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

Jamie Stewart, District 8 Commissioner
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CROSSFIRE TEAMS WIN IDAHO STATE 16U (BURKE, top left) AND 10U (GARRETT, bottom left) CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
ORDERS OF FINISH FOR 2021 IDAHO 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U AND 18U STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS JULY 9-11

Second-place 16U Lake City Thunder is on top right. Second-place 10U Spokane Epic is on bottom right in pictures above.

16U and 10U orders of finish

12U, 14U and 18U orders of finish

 
PREDICTION OF RECORD HEAT FORCES CANCELLATION OF 4TH OF JULY SHOOTOUT SET FOR JULY 2-3-4

With temperatures forecast for 100-plus degrees all week, and the health and safety of participants the prime concern, the committee that puts on the Softball Umpires' Memorial 4th of July Shootout girls fastpitch tournament, announced on Friday (June 25) cancellation of the 31st edition.

In an email to team coaches and managers, Ken Mathia, president of Spokane Youth Softball Tournaments that puts on the event, wrote:

It is with unmistakingly sad faces that the Shootout Directors have decided to cancel this year's 4th of July Shootout.

The 10-day weather forecast, and being notified today of the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department's intentions with regard to the possible unprecedented heat, is the reason we decided to do this.

We have essentially been told by the SPRD that we will not have field maintenance crews or concession workers if the temperature is above a certain temperature. As of today, the city will keep all parks workers home or inside this entire upcoming week.

Next weekend's forecast in Spokane, as of today, is at or above that threshold. We

decided it better to decide now than wait into the last days before the tournament is about to begin so teams can have time to do what is necessary to cancel their plans and to hopefully re-plan for the Holiday weekend.

Speaking for the Shootout Committee, we are absolutely devastated having to make this decision ... especially after not being able to play last year. We hope you all can understand why we are doing this and why we are doing this now. Safety for all involved in playing, watching, umpiring and delivering this tournament, is first and foremost.

We sincerely hope you will return next year.

 
CARL DURR APPOINTED NEW UMPIE IN CHIEF FOR USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO DISTRICT 8 (SPOKANE)

Carl Durr, who has been involved in softball umpiring for nearly three decades, has been named the 16th umpire in chief in Spokane.

USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Commissioner Jamie Stewart appointed Durr to fill the position left vacant when Dennis Keys unexpectedly died on January 8, 2021, after three years in the role.

Durr, who has been the umpire in charge in the Spokane Valley Girls Softball Association since 1992, was a USA Softball of Idaho

District 8 Deputy Umpire in Chief since October 2017, serving under Keys and Ken Mathia and two interim UICs.

"The biggest priority," said Durr, "is to recruit new umpires. The COVID pandemic kinda took a toll on our numbers and impacted recruiting. We need to get some new people involved."

Through the years, Durr said, the Valley Girls umpire program has been a good training ground for Spokane Softball Umpires Association umpires.

"I hope we can continue that," he said. "That's been a good stepping stone for some of our Valley Girls umpires."

Durr first got involved in the Valley Girls program as a coach in 1986 and started umpiring soon after.

He joined SSUA in 1994 and has served on its board of directors and umpired in four ASA and/or USA Softball national championship tournaments, one regional tournament and one state tournament.

In an effort to strengthen his umpiring skills and teaching techniques, Durr has attended six USA Softball biannual umpire training clinics in Oklahoma City.

"The best place to learn is from the best in USA Softball," said Durr.

 
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, (509) 230-5045 Spokane UIC Carl Durr, 995-0890

USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) and the Spokane Softball Umpires Association have abided by government restrictions designed to slow and stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

With pandemic restrictions being eased and softball games and tournaments resuming, WE NEED UMPIRES! CAPITALIZED AND BOLD-FACED! The shortage is critical!

And most importantly to you, have we mentioned? we'll train you for free!

See contact information above.

 
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 above or through link on upper left!

 
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."

 
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 2020 SLOWPITCH 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 2021? 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.

 

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Girls fastpitch programs ...

Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association

Spokane Valley Girls Fastpitch Softball Association

Spokane Youth Sports Association (Spokane Indians Youth Baseball & Softball)

Adult programs ...

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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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