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PRAYERS FOR BUCKS

A wonderful, well-attended celebration of life for Sharon Buckenberger, wife of former longtime Spokane commissioner Fuzzy Buckenberger, was held Sunday, Jan. 28, at Shadle Park High School.

Please keep Fuzzy and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

 



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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

 
HOBSON, STEWART INDUCTED INTO USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO HALL OF FAME; CAMP, McINDOE HONORED

Rich Hobson and Chuck Stewart, two former Spokane umpires in chief, were inducted into the USA Softball of Idaho Hall of Fame on Feb. 10 at the association's state meeting in Spokane.

Hobson (left in photo) was Spokane UIC for five years (1989-93) before joining the Amateur Softball Association national staff in 1994, where he served for 10 years, conducting schools and clinics from Alaska to Florida and in Germany as an often-requested instructor.

He started umpiring in 1980 and has served several positions on the Spokane Softball Umpires Association board, including president for two terms. He's currently the association treasurer and uniform dealer.

Hobson, a USA Softball Elite umpire in fastpitch, has worked multiple national championship tournaments and served as UIC at 19 of them. His honors include being a member of the USA Softball National Indicator Fraternity, the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame and the Washington Officials Association Meritorious Service Award. He has also umpired at the Division I college level and in numerous state high school tournaments.

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SPOKANE WOMEN'S MAJOR MODIFIED MULTIPLE ALL-AMERICANS BUSHINSKI, KUNTZ HALL OF FAMERS

Linda Bushinski and Kristi Kuntz, who went from standout high school softball players in Spokane in the mid-1980s to All-American women's major modified pitch players in the '90s, were inducted into the USA Softball Region 9 Hall of Fame on Feb. 10 in Spokane.

They were inducted by USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Commissioner Jamie Stewart. Their induction brings to 17 the number of Spokane men and women in the regional shrine.

After playing through the transition from slowpitch to modified pitch during their school days - Bushinski

(in left photo) at Rogers, Kuntz at North Central after being classmates at Garry Middle School - they easily gravitated to the higher-level women's major modified played nationally and formed an instant championship partnership.

Seven times in an eight-year period (1995-2002) they led teams to top-three finishes in Amateur Softball Association national championship tournaments, winning titles in 1998, '99 and 2002. During that span, they combined for eight first-team All-America honors, four second and one third.

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USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO GIRLS JUNIOR OLYMPIC FASTPITCH STATE TOURNAMENTS

All Idaho State girls fastpitch championship tournaments in 2018 will be played June 29 through July 1 in the Treasure Valley.

Entry fee is $375.

You must sign up using TournamentUSA Softball.

Find the signup link here for your tournament.

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2018 JUNIOR OLYMPIC GIRLS TOURNAMENTS IN SPOKANE

Registration information for all tournaments can be found at tournamentUSA

May 12-13 - Crash Mother's Day Invite - 10U Open, 12U Open, 14U Open CANCELED

June 1-3 - Stealth Invitational - 10U Open, 12U Open, 14U Open, 16U/18U Open

June 8-10 - SGFSA Summer Classic - 10U Open, 12U Open, 14U Open, 16U Open, 18U Open

July 4-6 - 4th of July Shootout - 10U Open, 12U Open, 14U Open, 16U/18U Open

Sept. 8-9 - SGFSA Fall Invite - 10U Open, 12U Open, 14U Open, 16U Open, 18U Open

 
USA SOFTBALL MEN'S E SLOWPITCH WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT IN BOISE
 
ZOOTOWN REGIONAL - MISSOULA - JUNE 29-30-JULY 1 - MEN'S, WOMEN'S, COED C-D-E SLOWPITCH
 
IT'S A HOAX! ... HERE'S WHAT FAKE NEWS REALLY LOOKS LIKE

Someone's playing WITH our game!

We all love it when people play our game. That's way we do what we do. No better game than softball. A day at the ballpark with family and friends. Can't beat it.

But when someone starts playing games with that game, well ...

In what appears to be an April Fool's prank, someone using the real USA Softball logo sent out a fake tweet on March 31 stating that beginning on

May 1 all infielders under the age of 18 would have to wear facemasks. Not true. False. A hoax. Fake news. Disregard.

And USA Softball has sent out a real email and post on its website discrediting it.

Our high school season is well under way. Summer ball is right around the corner. Here's hoping that summer is too!

Jamie Stewart, Commissioner, USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane)

 
JAMIE STEWART NEW USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO DISTRICT 8 (SPOKANE) COMMISSIONER

There's been a softball leadership change in Spokane. Fuzzy Buckenberger has retired as commissioner after 22 years. Jamie Stewart has been appointed his replacement.

"USA Softball is excited to have Jamie on board to help upgrade the quality of our sport in the Spokane community," said Bill Parks, USA Softball of Idaho commissioner. "His knowledge of the sport should help us make great strides in upgrading our programs in both youth and adult play."

Stewart, 46, got involved in the sport as a player in adult programs in 1989. In 2000, when his daughters began playing, he moved on to coaching. The last 17 years he has coached girls fastpitch at the Junior Olympic and high school levels.

He and wife Renee started the Spokane Dawgs, which quickly turned into an organization.

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DENNIS KEYS NAMED NEW UMPIRE IN CHIEF FOR USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO DISTRICT 8 (SPOKANE)

Dennis Keys, a softball umpire for 18 years, is the new USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Umpire in Chief, Commissioner Jamie Stewart announced.

Keys, the 2017 Spokane Softball Umpires Association Umpire of the Year at the youth level, replaces Ken Mathia, who resigned in November after three years to spend more time with his family.

"I again want to thank Ken for his service to USA Softball," said Stewart, emphasizing the importance of family as a priority.

Turning to his selection, Stewart said, "We're all excited about the appointment of Dennis Keys into the role of Umpire in Chief. He will bring a veteran's experience and a rookie's energy to the position."

Keys, 64, echoed that sentiment, noting he feels energy is one of his attributes.

"I want to help make Spokane softball better at all levels," he said. "I'm a good communicator, easy going, and I love our game."

Keys was also a basketball official for 16 years. In fact, he said, it was at a basketball meeting that a friend suggested he give softball umpiring a try. He did and was hooked.

Keys, who is retired following a 14-year career installing sprinkler systems, has umpired in four

USA Softball National Championship youth tournaments and two high school State tournaments.

He is a member of the SSUA board of directors and was also its Umpire of the Year-Adult in 2014.

Keys will be assisted by Deputy Umpires in Chief Bryan Raschka and Carl Durr.

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SPOKANE SOFTBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION WANTS YOU! ... (YES, YOU ... AND YOUR FRIEND)

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

Contact UIC Dennis Keys (714-8373) ... SSUA President Steve Quaid (638-7050) ... Assigner Bob Francis (230-5045) or visit the umpire website at eteamz.com/ssua.

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

For information or with questions regarding USA Softball girls fastpitch, contact USA Softball 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 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 245,000 teams and 3.5 million players (83,000 girls fast pitch teams, 1.2 million girls) play USA Softball each year. USA Softball registers more than 38,000 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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