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2017 UIC Clinic - Ya' All Come
Tuesday, January 17




SSUA UMPIRES, our first meeting date has changed. We will now meet Monday, January 30, at 6 pm at the NEW SYSA Bingo Hall at 1221 N. Howard. It is on the corner of Howard and Boone, across the street from the Arena. Parking is next to the Value Village or on the north side of the building.

This year's meetings will take place on Mondays. All umpires are required to attend this first meeting.If you have any recruits, bring them to this meeting.

We have a 7-person training committee working hard to get everyone ready for the season. We have a lot to get through during the 1st meeting so be there.

See you all on the 30th.




Norm Fredrickson, an SSUA umpire for 29 years, has never met a ballplayer he couldn’t tolerate.

“In all the years I’ve umpired,” the soft-spoken Fredrickson revealed while accepting the prestigious Campbell-Stewart Award, “I’ve never ejected anyone.”

That’s quite a distinction for someone who has done exclusively slow pitch.

There’s something else Fredrickson hasn’t done. That’s umpire in an ASA championship event. He’s politely declined, content doing local leagues and their tournaments, he’s said.

“I’ve just wanted to have fun, and hope the players have fun,” he explained.

Fredrickson was the 41st recipient of the award named for two former longtime Spokane ASA umpires in chief, Bruce Campbell and Chuck Stewart. It recognizes an umpire for “longevity, dedication, excellence and service to softball umpiring in the Spokane area.”

Another SSUA veteran, Jim Wyer, who has been in sports officiating in Spokane for more than 40 years, received the Presidential Pride award from President Steve Quaid.

Wyer, who has the endearing nickname “Turtle” for his diminutive size and gait around the field, revealed that health issues will force him to curtail a career that has also included baseball and basketball officiating.

“Know anybody who could use my stuff?” he asked before saying he’d donate his uniforms and equipment to SSUA’s rookie program.

Other awards went to: Craig Adams, umpire of the year-adult; Marty Boles, umpire of the year-youth; Joe Geach, most improved-adult; Andy Dalziel, most improved-youth; and Sean Harrington, rookie of the year. Stewart received the Home Run Award for his work behind the scenes.



Congratulations to your slate of executive board members elected at the 2016 SSUA general membership/elections meeting on September 21, 2016, at the Eagles Lodge.

Steve Quaid was re-elected president and will serve a two-year term and Karen Nelli was elected to the one-year term as At-Large Director Position 3. Gary Kuck, who had been serving as Vice President-Adult, a position that was replaced by the 2015 by-laws changes, was elected to a two-year term as At-Large Director Position 1.

Chuck DeBruin, as Vice President, and Brian Hall, Ssecretary, will remain in those positions for a second year and serve until the positions comes up for election in 2017.

Carl Durr, who was elected in 2015 to a two-year term as Vice President-Youth, will complete his second year as At-Large Director 2. VP-Youth was eliminated by the 2015 by-laws changes.

Their terms began December 1, 2016. 

The 2015 by-laws amendments put all the board positions in two-year terms except At-Large Position 3, for members with three years’ experience or less, which remains for one year. It also calls for the President and At-Large Director 1 to be elected in even-numbered years and Vice President, At-Large Director 2 and Secretary to be elected in odd-numbered years.

The Appeals Board: Jeff Camp, Bobby Kuck, Chuck Stewart, Dallas Williams, Daryl Williams, Dave Berghammer (alternate), John Isles (alternate).  

You can check out the SSUA by-laws in the Rules, Documents & Materials section.

2017 Bi-Annual ASA UIC Clinic in Oklahoma City February 2-5 may be called "UIC," but it's for everyone; any umpire who would like to attend. This one is especially significant for Region 15 umpires. It marks the last one for longtime Region 15 UIC "Wild Bill" Silves, who will ride quietly into the sunset of retirement when the clinic ends. And, yes, it will be a party, as only Region 15 can throw, but there's a lot of learning that goes on, too; some very significant material that will benefit veterans and rookies alike. If you've ever wondered what a UIC Clinic is like/all about, this is a great time to find out. And the first weekend of February there are no games to worry about; you won't miss a thing! Save the dates. See the flyer in "Rules, Documents & Materials" under "Training - Clinics & Schools." The host hotel, the Sheraton Midwest City, has great rates right now at $81 a night. Find someone to share the room with and it's even cheaper. And you have some time to latch onto a great air fare, too. Questions? Contact Spokane ASA UIC Ken Mathia, 951-8860 or
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Board Minutes
2017 County SubZero Rules 
Gary Broadbent Memories compiled by Jim & Carolee Nyborg in "News & Notes," section No. 11
2016 ASA Non-Approved Bats with Pictures 
A Thank You letter from retiring Region 15 UIC "Wild Bill" Silves 


Campbell-Stewart Award – Norm Fredrickson

Presidential Pride Award - Jim Wyer

Umpire of the Year Adult - Craig Adams

Umpire of the Year Youth - Marty Boles

Most Improved Adult - Joe Geach

Most Improved Youth -Andy Dalziel

Rookie of the Year - Sean Harrington

Home Run Award - Chuck Stewart

WOA Meritorious Service

Craig Adams

Dallas Williams 

Eight SSUA members received WOA Recognition Program years-of-service pins:

Jim Wyer, 25 years
Jake Perry, 25 years
Ron Snyder, 25 years
Dennis Keys, 15 years
Dallas Williams, 15 years 
Steve Quaid, 10 years
Brian Hall, 5 years
Sean Pedersen, 5 years 

Congratulations all!




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ASA National Umpire Schools for 2016 & umpires website

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Rain, rain go away … but if it doesn’t …

check the status of your game

on the SSUA Weather Hotline, 509-723-4511


        Games canceled or postponed by weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, by 12 noon will be posted to the Weather Hotline. … Umpires will be called regarding cancellations or postponements that occur after 12 noon.

       In the event of inclement weather, if your game is not on the recorded message and you haven’t been called, GO TO YOUR GAME SITE! Because weather conditions can vary within our area, rainouts ARE NOT one-size-fits-all. You may have to postpone a game when you arrive, but that is one of your responsibilities that you can’t do from home!





       Interested in umpiring? Contact information for the SSUA Board of Directors and USA Softball of Spokane Umpire in Chief Ken Mathia is below.

              No experience is necessary, just a love of the game and a willingness to learn. And training is free!



Find out what you're eligible for; check out the application forms


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Rules, Documents & Materials Index


           Board Minutes

1.    SSUA Bylaws

2.    Local Rules

3.  National Rules

4. School Rules

5.    ASA Clarification & Plays

6.    Training - Clinics & Schools

7.  Training - PowerPoints & Material

8.    SSUA Policies

9.    Information

10.    ASA National Awards Programs 

11. News 'n Notes

12. History

13.  Awards & Honors

14. Rec & High School Tournaments

15. 4th of July Shootout



PRESIDENT - Steve Quaid ... 638-7050 (c)…

VICE PRESIDENT - Chuck DeBruin … 990-2691 (c) …

ADULT DIRECTOR - Gary Kuck … 951-8281 (c) …

YOUTH DIRECTOR - Carl Durr ...  995-0890 (c) ...

AT-LARGE – Karen Nelli … 953-0261 (c) …

SECRETARY - Brian Hall ... 496-9827 (c) ...

PAST PRESIDENT - Ron Snyder … 381-8535 (c)



Ron Snyder, chairman … 381-8535 (c)

Craig Adams ... 999-5660 (c) ...

Gale Hart ... 981-4493 (c) ...

John Isles ... 487-3557 (h) ...

Ken Mathia ... 951-8860 (c) ...

Bryan Raschka ... 362-0044 (c) ...

Dallas Williams ... 999-7369 (c) ...



Jeff Camp 

Bobby Kuck 

Chuck Stewart … 995-2499 (c) ...

Dallas Williams ... 999-7369 (c)

Daryl Williams

Dave Berghammer (alternate)

John Isles (alternate) 




ASSIGNER & WOA LIAISON - Bob Francis … 230-5045 (c) ...

ASSISTANT ASSIGNER - Marty Boles … 671-9429 (c) ...


TREASURER – Rich Hobson … 924-6531 (h) (treasurer business only) .  

WOA CLINICIAN - Kathleen Burns … 922-2572 (h) …

USA SOFTBALL of SPOKANE UIC - Ken Mathia … 951-8860 (c) …

UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT - Rich Hobson …924-6531 (h) …

WEBSITE - Chuck Stewart … 995-2499 (c) …

Other phone numbers, if applicable, available in the Arbiter @

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