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WELCOME TO USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO DISTRICT 8 (formerly Spokane ASA)

Jamie Stewart, District 8 Commissioner
usaidahodistrict8@gmail.com

509.869.5707

 
FORMER SPOKANE USA SOFTBALL UMPIRE IN CHIEF RICH HOBSON NAMED TO REGION 9 HALL OF FAME

Rich Hobson of Spokane, who has spent more than one-third of his 40-year softball umpiring career in leadership positions, has been voted into the USA Softball Northwest Mountain Region 9 Hall of Fame.

A member of the Class of 2022, he has umpired and instructed at the highest amateur levels. He will be inducted in January.

"Rich has all the qualities a hall-of-famer should have," said longtime friend and colleague Malcolm Boyles of Bothell, a former Amateur Softball

Association Western Deputy Director of Umpires. He has "the ability to demonstrate excellence on the field and leadership abilities that are known and respected nationally."

See the whole story.

Above: Rich Hobson (left) with Mike Sepe of Seattle (center) and Malcolm Boyles of Bothell before a men's fastpitch game in Yakima in 2012. "It was the last time we worked together as a crew," Rich said. "Another great memory."

 
MAJOR CHANGE! ... SAVE THE DATES! JUNE 11-13 FOR SGFSA SUMMER CLASSIC 10U-18U TOURNAMENT

The Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association announced its annual Summer Classic for girls 10U-18U teams will be back in its normal timeslot, June 11-13.

We understand the high school season will now run from March 15 through May 1, which means it will conflict with our plans to hold a tournament for 10U-14U teams April 24-25. Those plans are now off and we're working hard at getting teams registered so we can have a full field for the Summer Classic.

You can register your teams now at tournamentusasoftball.com.

We will keep you updated if there are additional changes. Follow the Spokane Girls Fastpitch Facebook page for all the latest information.

ALSO SAVE THE DATES OF JULY 2, 3, 4 for the 31st annual 4th of July Umpires Memorial Shootout for ages 12U, 14U, 16U/18U (High School).

You can register for the 4th of July Shootout and find more information on the TournamentUSA website, https://gfp.tournamentusasoftball.com, under Idaho or Region 9.

The Summer Classic and 4th of July Shootout had to be canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

 
CITY OF SPOKANE OFFERING 10U & 12U GIRLS FASTPITCH LEAGUES THIS SPRING

Registrations begins March 1 for a 5-week, 10-game inaugural season.

Find information on the City Parks website.

Follow the path to see how to register and plans for the 10U and 12U programs by clicking "catalog," "sports" and "youth leagues." Have a fun Spring!

 
SPOKANE IS THE SITE OF THE USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO GIRLS STATE 10U & 16U TOURNAMENTS JULY 9-11

All the 2021 USA Softball of Idaho Girls Fastpitch State Tournaments will be July 9-11.

Besides the 10U and 16U being in Spokane, the 12U and 18U will be in Caldwell at the G.A.L.S. Softball Complex and the 14U in Boise at the Willow Lane Athletic Complex.

Teams must register through the TournamentUSA website.

To qualify for the following USA Softball Junior Olympic Girls tournaments:

10,12,14,16,18 Western Nationals Class A & B and 10,12,14,16,18 USA Softball Class A Nationals, the only requirement is that your registered team play in the Idaho State tournament.

Thank you for supporting USA Softball and Idaho Junior Olympic girls fastpitch.

 
PLAY, COACH, SPONSOR: HAVE FUN IN USA SOFTBALL! ... WOMEN, MEN TRY YOUR HAND AT UMPIRING!

Did you have fun playing? You can be back on the field and get paid for it!

See umpire information below!

 
SPOKANE UMPIRE IN CHIEF DENNIS KEYS PASSES AWAY ON JAN. 8 AT AGE 67

Dennis Keys, the USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Umpire in Chief the last three years, died on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2021, after a battle with leukemia.

He was 67.

Keys was appointed to fill the vacant UIC position in January 2018 by Commissioner Jamie Stewart.

"Dennis will be missed by so many," said Stewart. "He brought smiles to the faces of players, coaches and his fellow umpires."

That reflected his credo. He said softball

was a game, and games should be fun. He'd arrive at a ball park with a smile on his face and generally left with one. If the teams didn't have fun, it wasn't Dennis' fault.

"He loved life and he brought that energy to everything he did," Stewart said.

A 19-year veteran, Keys was equally comfortable doing girls fastpitch and adult modified and slowpitch. He twice received Umpire of the Year awards from the Spokane Softball Umpires Association, in 2017 for his work umpiring youth games and in 2014 for adults.

He umpired in five ASA or USA Softball Girls Fastpitch National Tournaments, including in 2017 the 12U B Western National in Portland, the 2015 18U/16U B Western in Spokane and in 2014 the 14U A Western in Pasco.

He also had an armload of ASA/USASoftball girls regional and Idaho State tournaments to his credit.

Dennis was one of the Spokane Softball Umpires Association's most popular school umpires, mainly because of his relaxed, fun-loving approach. Coaches and players knew they'd get a high-energy effort and fair game. He worked the 2016 State 2A Tournament in Selah and countless league, district and regional tournaments through the years.

He received the Washington Officials Association's 15-year service pin in 2016.

A past member of the SSUA Board of Directors, he was an eager trainer of umpires, making him a perfect fit for the UIC position.

The 2021 season hasn't even started and he's already missed. Rest in peace Dennis.

 
CONGRATULATIONS GERALD HOWARD ON BEING NAMED WOA SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL UMPIRE OF THE YEAR

Gerald Howard, a member of the Spokane Softball Umpires Association, was named the Washington Officials Association Slowpitch Umpire of the Year for 2020.

Howard, who has umpired 35 years, 20 of them in Spokane, is a slowpitch-only umpire who has risen to be recognized as one of the best in that phase of

the game in the country. In 2013 he was named a USA Softball Elite Slowpitch Umpire and has worked seven USA Softball national tournaments.

He is just the second Spokane umpire to receive a yearly WOA state-wide award. Kathleen Burns was honored in 1997 when fastpitch was the only phase of softball recognized in Washington.

 
2020 SPOKANE GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION CLINIC - 10U & 12U PLAYERS

110 softball players! Wow! The Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association would like to thank the girls, their parents and families for their participation and support.

Hope to see you back in 2021!

A special thanks to our clinicians, former University of Washington players Taylor Van Zee and Courtney Gano, and Whitworth University coach Bob Castle.

You all helped make it a huge success!

 
2020 SPOKANE GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION CLINIC - 14U, 16U & 18U PLAYERS
 
HONORED: NATIONAL AND STATE AWARDS FOR USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO DISTRICT 8 (SPOKANE)

USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Commissioner, wife collect hardware

Jamie Stewart, USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Commissioner, and Renee Stewart, president of the Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Assocition, received special awards.at the 2020 USA Softball of Idaho state meeting in Boise.

Jamie, whose District 8 association put on USA Softball 14U A and 16U A girls fastpitch Western National Championship Tournaments in 2019, received the James Farrell Award of Excellence from the national office for staging two national tournaments that received overall evaluations of 95% or better from the USA Softball representative, Umpire in Chief and the national office.

Renee, who has been involved as a player, coach, tournament director and administrator for more than 30 years, said "softball is a big part of our family; what an honor that we both received awards for doing what we love," after accepting the Red Halpern Lifetime Achievement Award from USA Softball of Idaho Commissioner Bill Parks in memory of the late former longtime Idaho state commissioner and Coeur d'Alene parks department director.

 
WHAT'S NEW IN 2020? SAFESPORT AND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL ADULTS IN USA SOFTBALL!

The "Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017" and signed into law by President Trump in February of 2018

requires that anyone 18 and older - players, coaches and umpires - who are involved (in softball's case) on the field with athletes under the age of 18 are required to take the Safesport training and pass a background check.

The Federal law says in part that youth-serving national sports organizations - in our case, USA Softball - "offer and provide consistent training to all adult members who are in regular contact with amateur athletes who are minors ... (and) allow a complainant to report easily an incident of child abuse to appropriate persons."

You can read USA Softball's letter to members regarding Safesport and visit Register USA Softball/ACE Coaching to find information and a place for coaches, players and umpires to log in, register, and gain access to background checks.

 
SSUA WANTS YOU! ... YES, YOU ... (AND YOUR FRIEND!) ... TO JOIN US AND BECOME A SOFTBALL UMPIRE!

There's always a need for umpires and SSUA will train you for free!

Questions?

Contact:

SSUA President Steve Quaid (638-7050) ... Assigner Bob Francis (230-5045)

USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) and the Spokane Softball Umpires Association are abiding by government restrictions designed to slow and stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and therefor stand idle.

When life returns to normal and softball resumes, we'll still need umpires ... and most importantly to you, we'll train you for free!

In the meantime, stay in, stay well and stay tuned.

 

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Thank you teams, players, coaches and fans for supporting USA Softball in Spokane!

For information or with questions regarding USA Softball girls fastpitch, contact USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Junior Olympic Commissioner Gary Blake at garyblake@comcast.net or (509) 328-1921 (home) or (509) 939-6295 (cell).

• For information or with questions about adult programs, contact USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Commissioner Jamie Stewart at usaidahodistrict8@gmail.com or (509) 869-5707

Spokane and USA Softball

In 2015, Spokane, formerly the Spokane ASA, became District 8 under the umbrella of USA Softball of Idaho, which is one of 74 local associations in the United States serving teams, players, coaches and umpires in the sport of softball. USA Softball's predecessor, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), was formed in 1933 and has remained the official rules writer and interpreter for the sport. USA Softball, rebranded in November 2016, is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of softball, and conducts youth and adult softball programs in every state and virtually every city in the United States through a network of state and metro local associations. More than 120,000 teams and more than 2 million players register and play USA Softball each year. The USA Softball youth program, also known as the Junior Olympic (JO) program, is among the nation's largest youth sports organizations. USA Softball registers more than 25,000 certified umpires each year and is known for having one of the best officials' training and officiating programs of any sport in the U.S.

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