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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 70

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April 15, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Interpretation of the new bat rule

Maybe being prepared is just a regional phenomenon ... In St. George's high altitude and chilly temps last month, we saw a lot of "older" legal bats with the SSUSA sticker and the BPF 1.21 (or lower) ... We saw a fair number of passive bat warmers, like the wooden boxes with a foil background and a Plexiglas front ... We saw a few smaller propane personal heaters that just happened to be outside of and in the general area of the dugout fences ... What we didn't see were broken bats in trash cans or hear about them, either ... Those teams seemed well "prepared" and didn't seem to suffer adverse consequences ...


April 15, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Interpretation of the new bat rule

JohnO28 ... This one isn't really a "new" development, and in our view it's fair to say there was ample time for players to plan accordingly ... The National Rules Committee published this bat certification change LAST YEAR (over 15 months ago) and it didn't take effect until almost 10 months later, on November 1, 2023 ...
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2022 SSUSA National Rules Committee • Official Minutes
Sunday – Tuesday, January 8 – 10, 2023
Sacramento, California – SSUSA National Offices

Agenda §12. Simplify legal bat rules

Recommendation: Simplify the language surrounding approved bats and set a firm date for grandfathered bats. Suggested Change: As of November 1, 2023, bats must be marked with the SSUSA/NTS logo. Older bats must be marked SSUSA approved (or have SSUSA logo), with 1.21 BPF or less.

MOTION APPROVED 9-0 (2 abstaining)


April 13, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Rex Noble

40-Men are playing this weekend in Las Vegas (Big League Dreams and Sunset Park) and 40-Women are at Arroyo Grande in Henderson ... It may be worth your time to go by whichever is appropriate for you and ask around ... Good luck!
April 12, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championships -- Posted Game Results

ALL Friday game scores (and bracket results for 60-Major) have been posted ... Good luck Saturday!
April 12, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championships -- Posted Game Results

From the links in the post titled SSUSA's SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2024 • "DRAFT" Game Schedules & Brackets at the top of this Message Board OR from the links in the middle column of the Southwest Championships tournament page ... In either instance, click on the age group you are interested in seeing ... Refreshing your download will yield the most recent version and data ...


April 10, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Double Play - Does run score?

Bear1369 ... B.J. and JohnO28 are both correct on this ... Here are a couple of things to keep in mind on this ... [1] Whenever the batter is retired by a caught fly ball (fair or foul), there can never be a "force out" on the play ... [2] A baserunner being doubled up for leaving a base too soon is never a force out situation, because a force only occurs when the baserunner is required to advance to the next base ...


April 6, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Baby!

Anything's possible! ... All it takes is every director reporting them in across all six complexes in a timely manner and no major issues with teams causing re-writes by bailing out of other events ... The five major regional event schedule sets (Tidewater, Southwest, Midwest, Texas State and Northerns) for April are also a factor ... But thanks for noticing ... That's the goal, we'll see how it plays out ...

TEASER: We're working on a "live test" of a real time scoring component application at the Midwest Championships in Kansas City for the week after next ... We haven't made a final decision on whether or not that test is going to be public or private (no, that's NOT an invitation to a public poll!) ... Stay tuned!


April 5, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores Posted

Awwww, birdie ... Don't tell anyone ... It was supposed to be a secret!
April 4, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championsips

You're welcome, Tom! ... It's a shade under 7 miles from BLD to Shadow Rock ... You should come out ahead on the extra gas being more than covered by not having the daily $8 entry fee at B.L.D. ... You win! ...

April 3, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament Question

@Matty507 ... This is all about "Rating Index" numbers ... The "one down" theory is with respect to the R/I's of the respective teams ... 75-Major+ (R/I=4) and 70-AAA (R/I=3) are only one "click" apart ... The 75+ player is eligible for the 70+ team IF that destination team has one of their three allowable out-of-rating players exemption slots open ... @Swanky: The information you have been provided remains accurate, and is exactly as we discussed previously ...


April 3, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for SSUSA age rule clarification

kel ... That player is eligible to play on a 70+ team if he turns 69 at any time in the current calendar year. We all "age up" on January 1st, just like racehorses do for age determinations ...
April 1, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The New Artificial Intelligence Cap

The "best" was still the time we pranked Big John from the Desperados about their runner-up finish in a AAA tournament resulting in their rating bump to Major+ ... I think the screaming is still echoing around the office here! ... That was a Classic ...
March 31, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

OK guys, I appreciate your concern for my well-being, although it's probably not viewed from my perspective as very sincere ... There's enough outdated and incorrect information being tossed out that the time has come to close this thread ... I'm happy and healthy ... And I'm content with my ability to draft fairly good schedules, handling mega-tournaments with brackets up to 85 teams, employing conditional "If" games in the elimination brackets to prevent any team getting an unfair advantage of a four-game guarantee and a unique sub-system for creating desirable seeding game match-ups ... I have no intention of apologizing for not having the technical expertise to incorporate "on the fly instant scoring" ... Heck, we did on the fly scoring in St. George last week and got pounded as though we had done nothing ... It's hilarious to me that the guys who show up here in the bright yellow VW Bug and wearing big floppy shoes think is a "piece of cake" (Hint: It's not) ...

This is my product, like it or not ... I'm an independent contractor and when (or if) SSUSA decides to make a change to another scheduling systems expert, they have full rights to do what they want ... That time isn't currently scheduled by either party! ... Happy Easter!

** THREAD CLOSED **


March 29, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championsips

Yes, really ... A couple of respectful observations ...

• Tournament schedules get drafted in the chronological order of their start date and the Tidewater Classic in Virginia Beach was completed on Thursday evening following TWO re-writes that were outside of our causation or control.
• I drafted the Session I component of the Southwest Championships overnight and it will publish after final review on Monday. It won't be sooner because we gave the staff the Easter weekend off.
• If you're interested, Maverick Construction will play at 8:00 and 11:00 AM on Tuesday, 04/09/24 on Field #7 @ Arroyo Grande Sports Complex ...
• The "housing-issue" excuse is generally a false one. Most players stay year-after-year at the same hotel/casino that issued their "frequent loser" cards. In fact, TENTATIVE has about a .985 batting average over the years and very rarely makes an out ...
• There IS a difference between the time when you may WANT something as opposed to when you might actually NEED it ... You're too early to fit the "NEED" category at this time ...


March 28, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championsips

In the next few days for your Session #1 age group ... We're still 12 days out from starting ... Your tentative field assignments have been posted, so there's really not anything that should be of much concern at this point ... Good luck!
March 25, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Doesn't it just take a couple of clicks and a little typing?

Thanks, Bob21 ... I agree with you completely on The Canyons ... I haven't been everywhere, but it would be a difficult task for me to name five dirt/grass facilities anywhere else that are better ... Every view from every field looks like a Champer of Commerce post card ...


March 25, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Doesn't it just take a couple of clicks and a little typing?

Wondering ... All of those individual age divisions were updated daily within 10 minutes of the last game of the day going final ... They were combined at the end of the event to result in the 31-page global report ... "Refresh" your download as Mango suggested and you can see any individual group without having to wade thru the entire tournament ... The upside of that approach is not having the "Ready, Fire, Aim ...... Oooopppps" moment happen ...


March 25, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Doesn't it just take a couple of clicks and a little typing?

It is only a couple of clicks for you to go to the Tournament page for the event and ALL of the scores for EVERY game will be at your fingertips.
March 24, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

Softball4b ... That "Abuse of the Equine Corpse" line was originally coined by a great old-school Sr. Softball Hall of Fame Legend nicknamed "The Wood" ... You'll know who he is when I tell you he ran the Major+ GSF (Golden State Fasteners) franchise for years ... He is a very funny man! ... I saw him a year or so ago at a Hall of Fame induction and we were laughing about that line ... The first time he used it here, in exactly this context, very few people figured out it's just a fancy way to say "Beating a Dead Horse" ... Maybe he'll chime in this time around! ...


March 23, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting Box rule change Left handed player called out correctly, entirely within the box

Montanapnc ... As the Tournament Director at the event you mentioned, I can state with certainty that our umpires did an excellent job describing and enforcing the new rule ... I covered it with them EVERY morning at the umpires' meeting before play commenced ...

The purpose of the rule change was three-fold, and we can describe it in about 75 words: ... It was [1] to conform the SSUSA rule to what is common in many/most other adult slow-pitch associations, [2] to simply define a very understandable concept of keeping the back foot down as an anchor against pitcher encroachment, and use the front edge of the plate, a common element in ALL ballfields, as the forward limit ... Batters' boxes ARE different from facility to facility, but the front edge of the plate is in the same place everywhere ... Good luck as you adapt to change ...


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