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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

 
2020 USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO 10U & 16U GIRLS FASTPITCH STATE TOURNAMENTS MOVED TO MERIDIAN

In a letter to the teams registered to play in the USA Softball of Idaho 10U and 16U State Tournaments scheduled for July 10-12 in Spokane, Idaho Commissioner Bill Parks wrote:

"Because of the Covid-19 virus, lack of registered Spokane umpires and field availability, we have been forced to move these tournaments to Meridian.

"I understand the hardships this will cause, so anyone needing to withdraw will receive a refund providing they withdraw by July 1st. New flyers will come out the week of June 14 with more information. We will, however, be limiting the 16U tournament to 16 teams and the 10U to eight." He said registered teams will have first right of refusal.

"We can only hope next year will return to some sort of normal.

"Thank you for understanding."

The other State JO tournaments will also be July 10-12 with 12U & 18U in Caldwell and 14U in Boise.

2020 USA SOFTBALL GIRLS TOURNAMENTS SCHEDULED FOR SPOKANE

Registration information for all tournaments can be found at tournamentUSA

POSTPONED to AUG. 14-16

(Dates were June 12-14) SGFSA Summer Classic ages 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U

CANCELED

July 3-5 - 4th of July Shootout Umpires Memorial ages 12U, 14U, 16U/18U (High School)

MOVED TO MERIDIAN, IDAHO

July 10-12 - Idaho State 10U and 16U Championships

 
COVID-19 PANDEMIC IMPACTS SGFSA SUMMER CLASSIC & 4TH OF JULY SHOOTOUT UMPIRES MEMORIAL

Spokane's two largest, longest-running USA Softball-sanctioned girls fastpitch tournaments have fallen victim to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Officials of the Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association, whose Summer Classic has been a fixture for two decades and was scheduled for June 12-14 with 64 teams registered, is hopeful a postponement will allow the tournament to be played this summer. It has been tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 14-16.

Canceled, and gone completely in 2020, is the 4th of July Shootout Umpires Memorial Tournament that would have had its 31st renewal July 3-5. It had 48 teams registered. See the full story

 
BORED OUT OF YOUR GOURD? GIT UP AND GO GOT UP AND LEFT? IT'S TIME ... OK, BEYOND TIME ...

... to dig in so you'll be ready when you get back on the field

USA Softball's At-Home Resources - #playitsafeathome - is designed for players, coaches, parents and umpires. Free videos, ideas and instruction to get you inspired about our great game all from the comforts of home.

Check out these links on USA Softball and National Federation (NFHS) websites:

USA Softball COVID-19 Resources with player training tips from members of the USA Women's National Team (FREE): https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball

Umpires (FREE): https://nfhslearn.com/courses/umpiring-softball

NFHS Learning Center that coaches, parents, players and umpires will find beneficial (SOME FREE, SOME WITH A FEE): https://nfhslearn.com/courses

 
USA SOFTBALL and COVID-19 (Updated April 21)

USA Softball has been following the developing COVID-19 pandemic as the safety and well-being of the USA Softball community continues to be our top priority.

We recommend and strongly encourage the USA Softball community to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local authorities regarding activities involving group interaction.

USA Softball will make a determination on June 1 of the status of the 2020 USA Softball National Championship Finals and the 2020 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup that are to begin in mid-July.

Please understand that this situation is fluid.

Please stay safe and healthy. God willing, we're looking forward to seeing you on the softball field in 2020!

Jamie Stewart, USA Softball of Idaho District 8 Commissioner

 
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.

 
14U A WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPION SIDEWINDERS + 16U A WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPION CROSSFIRE

CONGRATULATIONS!

2019 USA SOFTBALL WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

14U A - NW SIDEWINDERS of EATONVILLE, WASHINGTON

16U A - CROSSFIRE ROLLINS of EAGLE, IDAHO

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Thank you teams, players, coaches, parents and fans for making this a successful USA Softball 14U A and 16U A Western National Championship Tournament. We hope you enjoyed your time in Spokane and most importantly had fun. We enjoyed having the opportunity to entertain you!

- USA Softball of Idaho District 8 Commissioner Jamie Stewart

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USA Softball of Idaho finishes

16U A ....................................................................14U A

1. Crossfire Rollins, Eagle 6-1 ...............................2. Spokane Sliders, 4-2

5T. Boise Blast, Boise 2-2 ......................................5T. Crossfire Burke, Eagle 1-2

7T. LC Lightning, Lewiston, 2-2 ..............................7T. Post Falls Blast, 1-2

9T. Spokane Stealth Martinez, 1-2 .........................7T. Coeur d'Alene Crush, 0-2

9T. Spokane Mudhens Connor, 1-2 ........................9. Spokane Diamonds Nine, 0-2

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Find Pool & Bracket results and final standings on tournamentUSA

16U A

14U A

 
SPOKANE SLIDERS FROM USA SOFTBALL OF IDAHO DISTRICT 8 RUNNERS-UP IN 14U A WESTERN NATIONAL

Congratulations Spokane Sliders for your second-place finish in the 2019 USA Softball 14U A Western National Championship Tournament.

 

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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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