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Chuck Stewart
509-995-2499
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2018 USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL UMPIRE SCHOOL
Thursday, February 15
WELCOME!

 

 2018 SSUA TRAINING SCHEDULE  ... THINK SPRING!

SSUA umpire training in 2018 will take place at Chester Elementary School, 3525 S. Pines Road in Spokane Valley – just southwest of University High School; basically behind the U-Hi softball and baseball fields.

We’ll be alternating Tuesday and Thursday nights for the most part in February and March, starting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and ending on Thursday, March 29. Because of room availability, the last three meetings will be on Thursday nights. Training is scheduled for 6:30 pm to 8 pm. There likely will be some nights that run over a little, so please be understanding and patient.

Most of the nights are scheduled for newcomers and our returning first- and second-year umpires. We’re only asking veterans to attend four of the nine.

We’ll also have an all-day indoor session on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 10 am-5 pm for everyone at University High School.

Below is the training schedule with room designation and for whom the training is targeted (you can download a printable copy with the weekly agenda in Rules, Documents & Materials, 6. Training - Clinics & Schools):

Feb. 15 - Community Room (newcomers, 1st- and 2nd-year umpires): Rules

Feb. 20 - Multipurpose Room (everyone): Game Management, Professionalism [Rich will return with the uniforms & equipment you ordered on Feb. 6]

March 1 - Multipurpose Room (newcomers, 1st- and 2nd-year umpires): Rules & Mechanics

March 6 - Multipurpose Room (everyone): New School Rules, Lineups, DP/Flex, Substitutions, pass out USA Softball test)

March 15 - Community Room (newcomers, 1st- and 2nd-year umpires): Rules & Mechanics, Q&A from first week of games

March 22 - Multipurpose Room (newcomers, 1st- and 2nd-year umpires): Rules & Mechanics, first night to return USA Softball test

March 29 - Multipurpose Room (everyone): Local Rules, Q&A, return USA Softball test 

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HOBSON, STEWART INDUCTED INTO IDAHO STATE 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.

Also at the state meeting, two other SSUA umpires and longtime former Commissioner Fuzzy Buckenberger were honored.

Jeff Camp, an umpire for 12 years who has worked seven USA Softball national championship tournaments, including three at the elite youth gold level, received the Larry Musgrove Award. Nic McIndoe, a 14-year-old first-year umpire who attends St. George’s, was given the Bob Martin Award.

Buckenberger received the Red Halpern Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of the late former longtime Idaho commissioner from Coeur d’Alene.

And two former Spokane women’s major modified pitch standout multiple All-Americans, Linda Bushinski and Kristi Kuntz, were inducted into the USA Softball Northwest Mountain Region 9 Hall of Fame.

See the story in Rules, Documents & Materials under the "News 'N Notes" tab.
















Rulees at www.spokanewasoftball.com. 

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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 the association's 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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SSUA BANQUET ... A FUN NIGHT OF DINING AND AWARDS ...

Excellent turnout for the 2017 SSUA Awards Banquet at the Airport Ramada Inn on Nov. 11. For those who didn't make it, this is to let you know you missed a good time and good food. Here's a list of the award winners: 

2017 SSUA AWARD WINNERS

Campbell-Stewart Award – Gale Hart

Presidential Pride Award - Darl Durr

Umpire of the Year Adult - Jake Perry

Umpire of the Year Youth - Dennis Keys

Most Improved - John Klemish

Rookie of the Year - Nic McIndoe

Rookie of the Year - Ashley Finn 

Home Run Award - Bud Meagley, Award Masters

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

Jake Perry, 26 years

Craig Adams, 20 years 

Jeff Camp, 10 years

Robert Berg, 5 years

Les Boudewyns, 5 years   

Congratulations all!  

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AND THE WINNERS ARE …

Jeff Camp was re-elected secretary at the SSUA elections meeting Sept. 27 at Chester Elementary School in the Spokane Valley but there will be three new faces when the new board takes office on Dec. 1.

Bryan Raschka was elected vice president, Dennis Keys was elected At-Large Director 2 and Sean Harrington was elected At-Large Director 3.

Camp; Raschka, who replaces Chuck DeBruin; and Keys, who replaces Carl Durr, will serve two-year terms. Harrington, who replaces Karen Nelli, is in a one-year position. A special thanks to DeBruin, Durr and Nelli for their service.

Returning board members are Steve Quaid, president; Gary Kuck, At-Large Director 1 and Ron Snyder, Past President. 

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LOOKIN' FOR YOUR HELP ...

Fellow SSUA Umpires. We’re compiling a list of our former members who have died to create a “memorial plaque” that we can post on the 4th of July Shootout website, since the tournament is dedicated to our deceased members, and also on Facebook and the SSUA website.

If you know of past members who have died, please get the names to Chuck Stewart at stewartce@hotmail.com, or give him a call at 995-2499. 

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In Rules, Documents & Materials ...

Board Minutes
 
2018 Welcome to SSUA Fact Sheet & FAQs under "Information" 
 
NASO Strong Safety, a program promoting a safe, secure environment for officials under, "Training - PowerPoints & Material"
 
2018 USA Softball Rules Changes in National Rules
 
2018 Federation Rules Changes in School Rules
 
2018 USA Softball Fast Pitch Camp under Training Opportunities 
 
2017 SSUA Payroll FAQs and Game Verification & FAQs in Information
 
Gary Broadbent Memories compiled by Jim & Carolee Nyborg in "News & Notes," section No. 11
 
On the Internet ...
 
 
National Federation training video: Plate mechanics
 
National Federation training video: Look-back rule
 
 
 
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Links

 

• Google Maps to help you find a school or a park

USA Softball background checks

SSUA Facebook

 

National Federation Softball

 

National Federation dumbthings smart officials believe

USA Softball rules clarificationand plays

USA Softball Inside Pitch

  

 

 

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

check the status of your game

on the SSUA Weather Hotline, 509-723-4511

       

        Gamescanceled or postponed by weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, by 12 noonwill be posted to the Weather Hotline. … Umpires will be called regardingcancellations or postponements that occur after 12 noon.

 

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

 

 

 

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WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE UMPIRES!

       Interested in umpiring? Contact information for the SSUA Board ofDirectors and USA Softball of Idaho District 8 Umpire in Chief Chuck Stewart is below.

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

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USA SOFTBALL UMPIRE AWARDS PROGRAM

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

Medals: http://downloads.asasoftball.com/umpires/pdf/2014MedalsApplication.pdf

National Indicator Fraternity: http://downloads.asasoftball.com/umpires/pdf/2014NIFApplication.pdf

Elite: http://downloads.asasoftball.com/umpires/pdf/2014EliteApplication.pdf

Rules, Documents & Materials Index

          

      USA Softball

       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

   

SSUABOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT - Steve Quaid ... 638-7050 (c) … rufieq@gmail.com

VICEPRESIDENT - Bryan Raschka …  362-0044 (c) … bryan.raschka@yahoo.com

DIRECTOR  1 - Gary Kuck … 951-8281 (c) … gkuck1@hotmail.com

DIRECTOR 2 - Dennis Keys ... 714-8373  (c) ... heavydk73@comcast.net

DIRECTOR 3 - Sean Harrington … (337) 412-1497 (c) … seanmh80@gmail.com 

SECRETARY - Jeff Camp ... 535-7875 (c) ... jcamp@designcamp.biz

PAST PRESIDENT - Ron Snyder … 381-8535 (c) onetuffblue@comcast.net

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RATING COMMITTEE

Ron Snyder, chairman … 381-8535 (c) onetuffblue@comcast.net

Craig Adams ... 999-5660 (c) ... craiga49@hotmail.com

Marty Boles ... 607-5908 (c) ... martybolesump@yahoo.com

Randy Harnasch ... 291-4525 (h) ... l.harnasch@gmail.com

Gale Hart ... 981-4493 (c) ... midget254@aol.com

John Isles ... 487-3557 (h) ... johnislesj@msn.com

Bryan Raschka ... 362-0044 (c) ... bryan.raschka@aol.com

 

 

APPEALS BOARD

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OTHERS

ASSIGNER & WOA LIAISON - Bob Francis … 230-5045 (c) ... bfrancis@savravb.org

ASSISTANT ASSIGNER - Marty Boles … 607-5908 (c) ... martybolesump@yahoo.com

ASSIGNING WEATHER HOTLINE - 723-4511

TREASURER – Rich Hobson … 924-6531 (h)ssuatreasurer@comcast.net (treasurer business only)  

WOA CLINICIAN - Kathleen Burns … 922-2572 (h) … katsablue@comcast.net

USA SOFTBALL of IDAHO DISTRICT 8 UIC - Dennis Keys, 714-8373 (c) … heavydk53@comcast.net 

 

 

UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT - Rich Hobson …924-6531 (h) … rchobson@comcast.net

WEBSITE - Chuck Stewart … 995-2499 (c) … stewartce@hotmail.com

Other phone numbers, if applicable, available in the Arbiter @arbitersports.com



   
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