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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

 
SAVE THE DATES! ... APRIL 24-25, 2021 FOR A SGFSA 10U, 12U, 14U TOURNAMENT ... SAVE THE DATES!

Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association will host a tournament at the Dwight Merkel complex April 24-25, 2021 for 10U, 12U and 14U teams.

"Unfortunately," reads the SGFSA Facebook post announcing the tournament, "our Summer Classic will need to be postponed to later in the summer due to the high school schedule which goes through June 27th this season because of COVID."

"Stay tuned for more details."

The 2020 Summer Classic, a tournament that has been a fixture for two decades, generally the second weekend in June, had to be postponed from its original date until August before it was ultimately canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions.

ALSO SAVE THE DATES OF JULY 2, 3, 4, 2021 for the 31st annual 4th of July Umpires Memorial Shootout for ages 12U, 14U, 16U/18U (High School).

The tournament also had to be canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Both the Summer Classic and 4th of July Shootout are USA Softball-sanctioned tournaments.

 
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 a couple of special awards.at the 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 last summer, 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 UIC Dennis Keys (714-8373) ... 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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USA Softball Rules, Code and Procedural Manual Changes

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2020 USA Softball Code changes with comments

2020 USA Softball Procedural Manual changes with comments

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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)

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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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