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Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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April 14, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

Eazy ... Yes, the 55-Major Bracket start at 8:00 PM is correct ... With the exception of a single 2:00 PM game, the Seeding Rounds are at 3:30 and 5:00 PM ... There is a one-round Seeding Break at 6:30 PM prior to the bracket games for the 10 teams who do not earn a Round 1 bye ... This structure is the result of the event obliterating the former tournament record by two dozen teams ... The SSUSA Southwest Championships 2021 is now the largest Qualifier event in senior softball history (by any association) ... There are only two open game slots at BLD during the entire six-day run, both at 8:00 PM on Saturday night ... Good luck! ...


April 13, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

This is actually pretty hilarious ... The Hollywood Fields are still there ... They're going to be used, but the bleachers aren't because of COVID-19 protocol closures ... Enjoy, pretty much because it doesn't matter and it's out of anyone's control now! ... You'll be playing ball again after way too long away! ... Play safely and have fun! ...
April 13, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2021 Brickyard Invitational

JohnO28 ... Not enough teams entered in the 65+ and more senior age groups ...
April 11, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WAYNE GILMORE MEMORIAL

No worries Tim ... It could be a LOT worse back there ... Like, say, if a goose or two pooped in the outfield like at Sunset in Las Vegas!... Oh Gawd!! ... Consider yourselves lucky!! ... Ha!! ...
April 9, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WATER/COOLERS AT BLD

No worries Odie ... Here's a link to the complete flyer for those interested persons playing or spectating at BLD next week ...

BLD COVID-19 Policy: Las Vegas BLD


April 9, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WATER/COOLERS AT BLD

Here's an excerpt from a two-page flyer we received yesterday from BLD-LV ...

• Bag checks at the front gate will be temporarily eliminated.
• Hand stamps for park re-entry will be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe after each use.
• Coolers will not be provided inside the dugouts during tournaments. Guests may bring a cooler inside the park containing water or fruit only. Coolers will be visually inspected by Big League Dreams staff to ensure compliance.


April 8, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

AZRealtor ... Nobody has played ANYWHERE in Nevada for over a year now, so that term "recently" is a bit outdated would be my guess ... Warm Springs is a pretty standard three-field complex (we're using two diamonds) ... Dirt and grass ... 70' bases ... 300' outfield fences ... Covered dugouts ... Restroom facilities building ... No concessions on site (plenty of retail nearby) ... Lighted (but no night play scheduled) ... Good luck! ...
April 8, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

FOFO ... Hollywood was re-done by Clark County fairly recently to add two new diamonds (one adult, one youth/fastpitch) and add a combination Concessions/Storage/Restrooms building ... It is very likely quite different from the "Hollywood you remember" ...
April 7, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

That's some funny stuff! ... Don't ever underestimate the Power of Prayer! ... Ha!
April 7, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

FOFO ... They are NOT the turf fields (#3-4) and we are not using them because they have been closed by the Clark County Legal Department as unsafe/unplayable until they are repaired/replaced ... They are part of a six-field construction contract that also includes all four fields at Desert Breeze ... The absence of those six fields for the mid-term future, for reasons completely outside of our control, is what resulted in a very tight schedule in both sessions ... Good luck!



April 7, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

Please see the thread here titled: Covid19 rules and restrictions at Las Vegas BLD for the text of an official statement from BLD/LV on topic ...
April 6, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA 2day tournament Nashville

Tim McElroy provided the SSUSA Home Office with a final review DRAFT of those items last night ... Presuming approval, that information should be published today (Tuesday) ...
April 5, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

Call the office and ask for a rating increase to 50-Major for The Freak Show ... Guaranteed 6 HR's!! ... We get one or two of those requests per year, or the converse of a team declining a downward rating change after the semi-annual rating reviews ...
April 5, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women’s 50s Divisions

Albie34 and I have had a very cordial discussion on this issue and here's an update:

• SSUSA will reschedule the Women's 50+ Senior Division to a five-team three-game-guarantee bracket if ALL THREE of the 50W-AAA rated teams advise us by email BEFORE NOON ON TUESDAY 04/06/2021 that they consent to that structure ... Emails must be from the team Manager-of-record (only) to "info@seniorsoftball.com" with "Women's 50 - Las Vegas" in the memo line ...
• If all three teams consent, the format will be two Round Robin games (at Big League Dreams on Friday) to seed a Three-game-guarantee bracket beginning at Russell Road on Saturday and concluding at Hollywood Park (Field #4) on Sunday ... There are not enough vertical game slot times at BLD on Sunday to allow the division to return there as was originally contemplated ...
• The two currently rated 50W-Major teams will GIVE a 5-Run equalizer and be the HOME team in all games except for games against each other ... The top-finishing team from each division will earn first place awards and a 2022 T.O.C. bid in their respective divisions ... Any team that declines to participate in a Championship game because they are rated differently than their opponent will forfeit the game and all otherwise earned awards and T.O.C. berth ...

We will announce the final format and structure change, if any, here on Tuesday afternoon ...


April 5, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

Men's 40-Masters AAA are allowed six (6) home runs ... All other AAA age divisions are limited to three (3) ...
April 4, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Mercy Rule

You don't appear to read the rule correctly ... There is now a "Mercy Rule" for all ages and divisions of play, from 40+ through 85+ ... The rule is "15 after five, or 20 after four" ... In the case of Major-Plus 40+ through 70+ ages, it's the same "15 after five", but also "or 22 after four", since they are allowed seven (7) runs per ˝-inning at bat ...
April 4, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Covid19 rules and restrictions at Las Vegas BLD

BLD/LV has previously (pre-COVID) allowed you to bring in water ... If the policy hasn't changed, they require you to "check your ice chest" at the main office and transfer your water bottles into clear plastic carriers they provide free of charge ... At the end of the day, you bring back their container(s) and they give you back your ice chest ... Ice is free to you during the day for use in their provided coolers ...
April 3, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Covid19 rules and restrictions at Las Vegas BLD

Statement from BLD representative in Las Vegas ...
__________

"..Spectators are allowed. All participants/guests are required to wear a face covering inside the park. The exceptions to this are when players are actively playing on the field they have the option to wear one. Guests are to wear the face covering unless they are actively eating or drinking. We are also taking temperatures of all guests prior to entering the park as well. Other than social distancing that is all that is required.."
__________

As to your specific questions ...
1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Water (including Vitamin infused water), but NOT anything that is sold onsite, like gatorade type drinks, soft drinks, etc.


April 3, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women’s 50s Divisions

Albie ... Please call me at the Sacramento office at (916) 326.5303 after 9:00 AM on Monday morning (we don't staff the phones after Noon) if you want to discuss potential options ... Nothing will change based on Message Board posts ... Thank you ...
April 3, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

Dbax ... Reminds me of an actual incident from a few years back when a more senior (70+ and up) player came through the gate at BLD and his "lovely bride" was on an extended verbal rampage over the (then) $5 at anyone who appeared to be breathing ... I was one of those persons ... After a couple of minutes, which seemed like an hour, he sort of casually nudged her away toward Wrigley Field and I thought it was over ... A few hours later, here they come back toward the exit and I'm thinking "Here we go again!" ... She's walking the Wrigley left field fence line and he sort of veers my way ... When he get to me first, he whispers, "..I'm sorry about her when we came in ... Please don't tell her, because I'm going to say I let you have it again, but I'd pay $10 a day to play here ... I just can't let HER know that!.." ... It's all in the perception! ...


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