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Jake Perry, Presidential Pride ... Chuck Jungblom, Campbell-Stewart
Saturday, November 22
WELCOME!

Chuck Jungblom receives Campbell-Stewart Award;

  Jake Perry is Presidential Pride recipient

            Chuck Jungblom,  a 27-year umpire who has worked 12 national tournaments over three phases, received the Spokane Softball Umpires Association’s top honor, the Campbell-Stewart Award, at the annual season-ending banquet on Nov. 8 at the Spokane Airport Ramada Inn.   

            Jungblom has been to nine Amateur Softball Association nationals in slowpitch (five), fastpitch (two) and modified pitch (two) and three Senior Softball USA nationals. The award, inaugurated in 1975 and honoring two former Spokane ASA umpires-in-chief, the late F. Bruce Campbell and Chuck Stewart, recognizes an umpire for longevity, dedication, excellence and service to softball umpiring in Spokane.

            Jake Perry, historically one of SSUA’s busiest umpires who overcame the effects of a stroke last winter to return to the field, received the Presidential Pride award from outgoing president Dallas Williams.

          Other awards went to Dennis Keys (adult) and Bryan Raschka (youth), umpires of the year; Tammy Doffek (adult) and Jasmine Devereaux (youth), most improved; and Kenny Williams (adult) and Daryl Williams (youth), rookies of the year.

            Special awards went to Ken VanSickle, athletic director at University High School and coordinator of softball for the Greater Spokane League, who was given the Home Run Award that recognizes a non-member for contributions to SSUA, and Del and Donna Sundberg, who founded the 4th of July Shootout girls fastpitch tournament that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. SSUA umpires have run the Shootout since 1996.

          Congratulations all!!!

          If you missed the banquet, we're sorry; you missed one of the best.

          John Isles put together a special PowerPoint that ran continuously during the banquet with all the Association's major award winners through the years and the names of umpires who worked some of the significant youth and adult tournaments in 2014. Check it out in "Rules, Documents & Materials" in the Awards and Honors category.

 

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DAVID BIRDSELL ELECTED NEW SSUA PRESIDENT

David Birdsell, the SSUA secretary, was elected president at the General Membership and Elections meeting on Oct. 6, 2014, at the SYSA Bingo Hall.

Birdsell will replace two-term president Dallas Williams when the new board takes office on Dec. 1, 2014. Williams will remain on the board as past president, replacing Andy Weiss.

Gil Peckham, currently the at-large restricted board member, was elected secretary. Mike McCaskill was elected to replace Peckham in the position that goes to a first- or second-year member.

The other two board members up for election, Ron Snyder, vice president, and Gary Kuck, adult director, were re-elected.

Bob Kuck returns for the second of his two-year term as youth director.

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Ken Mathia named new Spokane ASA UIC

 

Ken Mathia, an ASA umpire for 24 years, is the new Spokane ASA Umpire in Chief, Commissioner Fuzzy Buckenberger announced.

“I am extremely excited that Ken Mathia has agreed to be my UIC,” said Buckenberger. “Besides being one of the top slow pitch umpires in Spokane, he has a lot of experience as a program director and as a trainer.”

Mathia, a former SSUA assignor and president, replaces Randy Harnasch, who has filled the position for the better part of five years. See story at spokaneasa.com

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ASA CLINIC & SCHOOL OFFERINGS

CHECK OUT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN "RULES, DOCUMENTS & MATERIALS": THE 2015 ASA NATIONAL UIC CLINIC IN OKLAHOMA CITY FEB. 5-8 (ALL UMPIRES ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!);  THE FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM FOR AN ASA NATIONAL UMPIRE SCHOOL IN HILLSBORO, ORE., MARCH 6-8, 2015; A FLYER AND HOTELS INFO FOR AN ASA NATIONAL UMPIRE SCHOOL IN CASPER, WYO., APRIL 24-26, 2015.

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CONGRATULATIONS WOA MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS!

SSUA MEMBERS DAVE BERGHAMMER, MARTY BOLES, GARY BROADBENT, PAUL CLARY AND CARL DURR RECEIVED WASHINGTON OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARDS AT THE 2014 WOA CONFERENCE IN YAKIMA.

BROADBENT AND DURR ATTENDED THE CONFERENCE AND AWARDS DINNER TO ACCEPT THEIR AWARDS. THE OTHERS WILL RECEIVE THEIRS FROM JOHN ISLES, OUR REPRESENTATIVE TO THE WOA, WHO NOMINATED THE RECIPIENTS.

THEY BRING TO 25 THE NUMBER OF SSUA MEMBERS WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE WOA MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD. SEE ALL THE NAMES IN THE "RULES, DOCUMENTS & MATERIALS" SECTION ON THE SSUA WEBSITE IN THE "AWARDS & HONORS" CATEGORY.

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  ATTENTION UMPIRES!

CHECK OUT AUGUST EDITION OF ASA RULES CLARIFICATIONS AND PLAYS IN "RULES, DOCUMENTS & MATERIALS." SOME GREAT STUFF, INCLUDING ITEMS ON BATS, INCLUDING A NEW EASTON SLOWPITCH BAT (UNRELATED TO THE MAKO TORQ) THAT CARRIES AN ASA-APROVED STICKER THAT IS A NON-APPROVED BAT. ... ALSO SOME GOOD STUFF IN THE JUNE EDITION, INCLUDING AN ITEM ON HOW PREVENTIVE UMPIRING CAN KEEP YOU FROM BEING THE VICTIM OF "TRICK PLAYS"!

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  CHECK OUT THE NEW, LEGAL EASTON MAKO TORQ BAT

with rotating handle under "National Rules" in "Rules, Documents & Materials" and view this YouTube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cSN_sydN0c

 

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SSUA championship tournament selections

congratulations one & all!

   

Washington High School State Tournaments

4A, Spokane - Jeff Camp & Dallas Williams

3A, Lacey - Craig Adams

2A, Selah - Scott Hofstee

1A, Richland - Steve Quaid

1B/2B, Yakima - Paul Grubbs

Alternate - Andy Weiss

 

ASA Nationals

Girls 14U B Western, Medford, Ore. – Bryan Raschka

Girls 10U & 12U A Western, Salem, Ore. – Thomas Kirkpatrick

Girls 14U A Western, Pasco – Dennis Keys

Men’s D Slowpitch West, Salem, Ore. – Cam Preston

ASA National Slowpitch Championships, Edmond, Okla. - Gerald Howard


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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!

 

 

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WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE UMPIRES!

       Interested in umpiring? Contact information for the SSUA Board of Directors and Spokane ASA 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!

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CHECK OUT "RULES, DOCUMENTS & MATERIALS" ...

For

2014 PAY DATES & PAYMENT POLICY

REVISED SSUA RECREATION EJECTION REPORT

GOOD STUFF IN ASA RULES CLARIFICATIONS & PLAYS

UPDATED COUNTY & CITY LEAGUE RULES

COUNTY RULES & REGS + CITY CODE OF CONDUCT

CITY & COUNTY BAT POLICIES WITH THEIR APPROVED BAT STICKERS

(2014 NON-APPROVED BATS & LOCAL STICKERS DOCUMENT INCLUDES ASA NON-APPROVED BATS LIST WITH COUNTY & CITY STICKERS YOU CAN CLIP AND CARRY IN YOUR LINEUP CARD HOLDER!)

And there's more ...

MALCOLM BOYLES, ASA WESTERN DEPUTY SUPERVISOR OF UMPIRES,

HAS GREAT TIPS ON GAME MANAGEMENT ...

ASA'S FEBRUARY EDITION OF RULES CLARIFICATIONS & PLAYS HIGHLIGHTS AN ILLUSTRATION THAT IS OUT OF PLACE IN THE 2014 RULE BOOK. PLEASE NOTE, THE ILLUSTRATION ON PAGE 62 SHOULD BE IN THE MODIFIED SECTION. IT HAS NO BEARING AT ALL IN FASTPITCH.

THE JULY 2013 EDITION IN RULES CLARIFICATIONS & PLAYS HAS SOME GOOD STUFF ON THE LOOK-BACK RULE AND TAG OUTS.

ALL GREAT TRAINING MATERIAL!

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For results from the 2014 ASA 4th of July Shootout Memorial girls fastpitch tournament, the Silver Anniversary event, visit the tournament website at eteamz.com/4thofjulyshootout.

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ASA 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

1.    SSUA Bylaws

2.    Local Rules

3.  National Rules

4.    ASA Clarification & Plays

5.    Training

6.    SSUA Policies

7.    Information

8.    2014 ASA National Awards & Camps 

9.    SSUA Board Meeting Minutes

10. History

11.  Awards & Honors

12. Rec & High School Tournaments

13. 4th of July Shootout

   

SSUA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT - Dallas Williams … 999-7369 (c) wdallas7890@yahoo.com

VICE PRESIDENT - Ron  Snyder … 768-2972 (c)onetuffblue@comcast.net

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

YOUTH DIRECTOR - Bobby Kuck … 570-2845 (c) … Bobby21lee@yahoo.com

AT-LARGE - Gil Peckham ... 251-4997 (c) ... spokane45@gmail.com

SECRETARY - David Birdsell …879-2694 (h)lukesdaddy05@msn.com

PAST PRESIDENT - Andy Weiss … 465-9288 (h) phase4serv@gmail.com

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RATING COMMITTEE

Andy Weiss (chairman) … 465-9288 (h) mailto:phase4serv@gmail.comm

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

Steve Ayres … 951-5566 (c) … spokanebasketball@msn.com

Marty Boles … 497-9100 (h) … martybolesump@yahoo.com

Mike Carlson … 230-3916 (h) … mac62055@yahoo.com

Bob Francis … 230-5045 (c) … bfrancis@savravb.org

Scott Hofstee … 599-4412 (c) … scott.hofstee@gmail.com

 

APPEALS BOARD

Brian Hall … 496-9827 (c)carolinapanthers_65@msn.com

Rachel Honodel … 494-4791 (c)sportschick20000@yahoo.com

Ken Mathia … 951-8860  (c)umpassigner@aol.com

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

Carl Durr (alternate) 995-0890 (c)drmedfly19@msn.com

Richie Ross (alternate) … 251-4375 (c)Richard.Ross@uniform.aramark.com

OTHERS

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

ASSISTANT ASSIGNER - Marty Boles … 487-9100 ... martybolesump@yahoo.com  

ASSIGNING WEATHER HOTLINE - 723-4511

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

WOA CLINICIAN - Kathleen Burns … 922-2572 (h) … kburns@mutualofenumclaw.com

ASA UIC - Ken Mathia … 951-8860 (c) … umpassigner@aol.com 

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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