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Dave Dowell

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Sept. 7, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a player run for another one twice in one inning?

Tim ... It's pretty simple ... He's saying he cheats because he believes there is a slim chance that he will be caught ... That's not exactly within the spirit of respecting the game ...
Sept. 4, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC qualifiers

I'm sure they will ... Most logical guess is the list will be updated and published after the World's conclude ... The office professionals are more than a little busy right now on the higher priority of getting everything ready for a 655-team tournament about to begin ... Thanks! ...
Sept. 2, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Worlds - Field Assignments

FOFO ... Lorenzi used to be an absolute first class facility and one of my favorites in the 4-field configuration ... As a two-field option, it's less attractive from a scheduling perspective ... Doc Romeo is also, effectively, only a two-field utilization ... It's only three fields because Fields #1-4 are Little League ... The adult fields (#5-7) were fairly nice ... But the last time we used Doc, the City wouldn't allow any division that might hit a home run play on #5 because of it's proximity to the kids' skate park ... The CLV is also the world's leader in red-tape hassles to secure permits and their per-game rental rates were, at the time, the most expensive in the country ... I certainly miss both facilities as they were in their heyday, but neither justifies even a second glance today ...


Sept. 2, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Worlds - Field Assignments

FOFO ... No kidding! ... It's been a major challenge this year after Clark County took six fields out of the inventory ... Desert Breeze #1-4 and Shadow Rock #3-4 are dark to the public while rehabilitation work is being done ... But there is good news ... We still have a couple days left in the last of the entry periods and we're sitting on 655 teams right now, which shatters the former tournament record by over 30 teams so far ... Good luck everyone! ...
Sept. 2, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Clarification for Vegas??

Mike ... As Nancy mentioned, from the MENU bar above, hover your mouse over TOURNAMENTS ... From the drop-down you'll see, click on RULES ... The link to the referenced "white-paper" is the third item on the page (and the first below SSUSA Rule Book and the Manager's Guide) ...

SSUSA World Championships Roster Considerations & Rules Player Roster Add rules PDF digital file

Good luck!


Sept. 1, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Worlds - Field Assignments

t_t ... Glad that works for you on an interim basis ... You're a brave man to employ the "political solution" by commandeering her phone! ... [grins] ... Good luck!
Sept. 1, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV Worlds

"..Would putting the the 5 team 80 Majors at BLD (maybe the two 80 Major Plus teams too) and moving the 6 team 65/70 Major Plus games to Arroyo Grande work?.." ... NOPE, for a few reasons ...

1. Twenty (20) team capacity at Arroyo Grande due to Local League Restrictions ... At that max now, and trading your "6" for the 85+ "5" doesn't fit ...
2. 80-Major+ (2 teams) have to play with 80-Major through Tuesday, which is an eight team division ... Can't split them out before then ...
3. 80+ and 85+ teams will only play under duress at BLD because of the daily $6 admission fee and the cost of food/beverage ... Not worth the daily "noise" for BLD or SSUSA staff ...
4. BLD isn't "..the only option.." ... We still have Warm Springs and, in theory, Cheyenne ... Those are both, in my view, "lesser" options, but they could have been used for your group ...

Good luck and thanks for thinking about it a bit ... Complaints are fine ... But I generally just dismiss them if they lack at least some sort of a proposed solution! ...


Sept. 1, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60AAA Wolrd Championships

Papajoe56 - 60-AAA at The World's in Las Vegas ...

THURSDAY Seeding games at BOTH Sunset (all six fields) and Warm Springs (all three fields)
FRIDAY & SATURDAY Bracket games at Sunset (all six fields) ONLY
SUNDAY Championship Sunday at Arroyo Grande (Fields #5-6)


Sept. 1, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV Worlds

Thanks Murray, that's funny stuff! ... I'm curious, take a peek at the Master Grid and show me how would you have done it? ... Your only viable alternatives are Warm Springs Fields at Sunset or Cheyenne Park (but not really, because opening that one for only six teams isn't logical or economically wise) ... Oh, only two of the Warm Springs fields are available simultaneously because #8 and #9 are too close together for outfielder safety ... Also, Minnesota has a Hall of Fame induction guy who makes sense to play at BLD Monday where his ceremony is ... Let me know ... This isn't as easy as some may think! ... Good luck, I'll be there at BLD ...


Sept. 1, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Worlds - Field Assignments

t_t ... I also have an Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S9) but I can download and view the PDF files ... Another user whispered to me a potential workaround, so I'll try to see over the next couple of days if that works ... Thanks for your patience ...
Sept. 1, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 55 AAA AMERICAN/NATIONAL PODS

Hi curtiss ... SSUSA doesn't determine which teams go into each pod ... YOU do ...

Thursday Seeding Games are at Big League Dreams (35 games/teams) and Warm Springs (12 teams/games), after which the results of those games will be used to seed-assign the teams from #1 through #47 ...
The Winner of the USA game is the #1 Seed in the American bracket pod ... From there it is a "serpentine draft" ... USA game runner-up is #1 Seed in the National bracket pod ... Third seed is #2N, fourth seed is #2A, fifth is #3A, sixth is #3N, back and forth until all 47 teams are bracket slotted ...
ALL bracket games are at Big League Dreams Sports Park
I am solely responsible for who you play on Thursday (except for the USA teams who earned their own way on merit to their National Championship game) ... You are solely responsible for who you play after Thursday ...
No teams will be eliminated on Friday ... Saturday will be "moving day", with eight teams advancing to Sunday and 39 teams "movin' on out" ... Good luck everyone! ...


Sept. 1, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Clarification for Vegas??

stripersonline ... There's a one-page white paper on this available here from the RULES PAGE ... It's titled SSUSA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ROSTER CONSIDERATIONS ... Rather than me quoting it, please read it over ... There are simple restrictions on what teams/players have available in being or signing non-qualified "free agents" this late in the game ... I agree with your general observation about eligibility ... When these posts ramp up every year for the World's (and to a lesser degree, the T.O.C.), I'm reminded of the casual-day-labor section on Saturday morning at the local Home Depot: A bunch of nice guys there willing to help out, but I'm not likely to ever see them again ...


Aug. 31, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Worlds - Field Assignments

t_t ... The only suggestion I would have is to see if you can find out what software, and what version of it, your device(s) may be using in trying to open/view the files ... They are generated using "Adobe Acrobat", which is pretty much the industry standard ... Adobe's "Acrobat Reader" is updated frequently and is generally available free of charge ... Maybe browse through www.adobe.com and see what they have? ... Good luck!
Aug. 31, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a player run for another one twice in one inning?

EVM - It seems to be the consensus that I never should have typed that post ... Now I feel JUST LIKE a lot of you guys! ... NEVER MIND! ...
Aug. 30, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a player run for another one twice in one inning?

I like it! ... You're hired ... You get the same pay I do for Rules Committee ... An occasional "Atta Boy, Dave" ... Thanks, B.J.!
Aug. 30, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a player run for another one twice in one inning?

Well, then maybe it's longer than a four word fix! ... We've got time ... There's a way to word is so the effect is "No Way No How Is ANY Player Running on Behalf of Someone Else on His Roster More Than One Time an Inning for That Player!" ... We'll have to clean up the language I suspect! ... Ha!
Aug. 30, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a player run for another one twice in one inning?

Interesting discussion ... The intent was very clear long ago: An offensive player should not get to run for someone else more than once an inning ... The language is somewhat inconsistent with the intent ... Take advantage of it for the short term ... Here's a proposed simple four-word rule amendment for the National Rules Committee to consider in the fall that should shut down this loophole ... I'm confident there at least 7 votes to make it into the book! ...

8.5(3) COURTESY RUNNER REPLACEMENT
A courtesy runner may not be replaced by another courtesy runner or by a substitute except for injury causing removal of the original courtesy runner permanently from the game.


Aug. 30, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 55 Major

I got you yankee9 on knowing what you were asking ... No worries ... The short answer is that the 55-Major will be using BOTH Sunset and Arroyo Grande for Seeding Games ... Bracket play will be at Arroyo Grande and Russell Rd. (but NOT at Sunset) on Friday and Saturday ... "Sunday Survivors" will play at Arroyo Grande ... For details, please take a look at the Bracket ... There are FIELD CODES on both pages that indicate how to read the field assignments for individual games ... Games marked AG# are on Arroyo Grande Fields #5-8 ... Games marked RR# are on Russell Rd. Fields #2-3 ... Good luck!


Aug. 30, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60 AAA in Vegas

H ... Yes, it's all based on team counts ... I have written custom Three-Game-Guarantee (3GG) bracket templates for up to about 36 teams ... Anything less than that (like the 32-team 55-Major) doesn't require splitting the teams into smaller groups known as "pods" ... The proper seeding is already built in ... Above that number, it's simply too cumbersome all in one bracket ... It's easier to do two separate "pods" at approximately one-half of the total ( 1 team) and bring them together on Championship day with appropriate "cross over" feeding of teams ... You can see that on page 5 of both the 60-AAA and the 55-AAA brackets this year ... OK, back to work for me! ... Travel safely and good luck ...


Aug. 30, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60 AAA in Vegas

H ... For those who play Fantasy Football, a serpentine draft is used to balance the picks so that one team isn't getting the first pick in every round (if you study this, the "best" place to be over a multi-round draft is in the "5" or "6" slot) ... In a 10-team League, the picks will be ...

R1/R2
1 / 20
2 / 19
3 / 18
4 / 17
5 / 16
6 / 15
7 / 14
8 / 13
9 / 12
10 / 11

I use this technique whenever we have a "pod" situation ... Doing it this way ("left/right/right/left..") is slightly statistically more fair than the "left/right/left/right.." method ...


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