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Wednesday, September 19
WELCOME!

 

2018 DIAMONDS FALL CLASSIC RULES FOR TOURNAMENT SEPT. 22-23 IN "RULES, DOCUMENTS & MATERIALS" UNDER "LOCAL RULES" ... IT'S A USA SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT; WEAR YOUR USA SOFTBALL GEAR ... CONTACT RICH HOBSON IF YOU HAVE NEEDS ... HAVE FUN!

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SPECIAL FALL GSL SLOWPITCH RULES ARE UNDER SCHOOL RULES IN "RULES, DOCUMENTS & MATERIALS" ... WEAR YOUR WOA UNIFORM; PROGRAM IS WIAA-SANCTIONED ... NO PIERCINGS, EARS, NOSE, LIPS, ETC., AND NO TAPE COVERING THEM. PIERCINGS HAVE TO GO IF THEY WANT TO PLAY; STRESSED BY WOA EXEC! ... NO USA SOFTBALL GEAR ... HAVE FUN!

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SSUA ELECTION MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, AT 6:30 PM AT CHESTER ELEMENTARY (WHERE WE HAD OUR TRAINING MEETINGS NEXT DOOR TO U-HI ON PINES JUST SOUTH OF 32ND). ... The following were nominated for offices at the picnic/nomination meeting on Aug. 29 at Mission Park: President – Steve Quaid. ... At-Large # 1 – Gary Kuck, Mike McCaskill, Skip Taylor. ... At-Large # 3 – Nic McAdoo. ... Appeals Committee – Randy Harnasch, Kathleen Burns, Cam Preston, Chuck Stewart, Mike McCaskill, Bob Baugh. Additional nominations can be made from the floor on the night of the election meeting. ... SEE YOU THERE 

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UMPIRES TAKE NOTE: WHAT'S THE DEAL ON UNIFORMS? ...

There's been some confusion on what uniforms we should be wearing for the different programs. Let's spell it out ...

City and County adult recreation slowpitch games: Plain cap, plain shirt, plain ball bags, plain or SSUA jacket, gray slacks or navy shorts. NO USA Softball/ASA gear.

Girls fastpitch - we have three tournaments coming up in September: USA Softball or ASA cap, shirt, ball bags, jacket or SSUA jacket, gray slacks. Shorts NOT OK.

High school slowpitch/junior high fastpitch: WOA or plain shirt, plain cap, plain ball bags, gray slacks, plain jacket or SSUA jacket. For high school varsity games, WOA shirts are required. NO USA Softball/ASA gear.

In all, clean and polished shoes!

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 UMPIRES: WITH THE GSL SLOWPITCH PROGRAM NOW SANCTIONED BY THE WIAA ...

The Fall Season WOA Clinics are online and must be completed in order to umpire. Go to WOA Central Hub, click on Softball and then Eligibility Center. It should show you how many requirements are needed. When you are finished, click Submit. Good luck and have a fun fall! 

 

PROMISING THIRD-YEAR UMPIRE SCOTT BALLOU DIES ...

Scott Ballou, who showed great promise as an umpire after having to sit out his rookie season in 2016 with a ruptured Achilles tendon, died unexpectedly on Aug. 9 from a heart attack. He was 62. See the family's obituary and a note from SSUA in "Rules, Documents & Materials" under "News 'n Notes." A memorial service for Scott was held Sept. 1 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ...

Nov. 10 - Annual SSUA awards banquet at the Airport Ramada Inn. Cougars are playing football at Cal that day; no excuse not to join your umpiring friends at the Ramada. Stay tuned for details. It promises to be a fun night! 

July 23-28, 2019 - How'd you like to work the plate in the championship game of a national tournament? Sound like fun? Start working toward that goal NOW! You'll have two opportunities in 2019. USA Softball, which earlier announced that the girls 14U A Western National would be played in Spokane on the aforementioned dates, said the 16U A Western National will join it in a combined national showcase event, USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) Commissioner Jamie Stewart announced. A great opportunity for all of SSUA and the Spokane USA softball community!

 

UMPIRES PLEASE NOTE: 

COUNTY RULES CHANGES ... 

Starting Monday, Aug. 20, all County weeknight games will have a time limit of 1 hour, or 5-innings, for the first game of the doubleheader. Second game is regular time limit or 7 innings; let daylight be your guide. And with all the smoke/haze in the air it'll get dark sooner than you may expect so use common sense.

> The Women’s D Division has been added to the divisions that have a maximum 7-runs-per-inning rule. However, if both teams in the Women's D agree prior to the first game of the doubleheader, this rule can be waived. This option is not available in any of the other divisions that have the 7-run-per-innning rule. All women's games will use the 7-run rule during league play. (Effective May 10, 2018) 

 

RANDY HARNASCH IN INLAND EMPIRE SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME

Congratulations to Randy Harnasch, an SSUA umpire since 1984, former association president and Spokane ASA Umpire in Chief, for being inducted into the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame during the organization's 42nd awards banquet June 23 at the Northside Eagles Lodge.

Randy, who is still an active umpire as well as serving the association as a training instructor, is the 22nd Spokane softball umpire to be enshrined. See the full list in the "History' category in Rules, Documents & Materials.

The Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame and Spokane Metro Softball Hall of Fame lists can be found on the USA Softball of Idaho District 8 (Spokane) website.  

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IN RULES, DOCUMENTS & MATERIALS ...

2018 Diamonds Fall Classic Rules under "Local Rules" ... Tournament is Sept. 22 & 23 

2018 Special GSL Slowpitch Rules under "School Rules" 

2018 Spokane Valley Girls rules under Local Rules

2018 City Coed, Men's, Women's and Masters 50s and Masters 60s Rules and City Code of Conduct and Bat Policy in "Local Rules" ... PLEASE NOTE: Masters 50s and Masters 60s rules have significant differences; please familiarize yourself with both of them

2018 County Rules & Regulations and Bat Policy with 2018 sticker in "Local Rules"

Ever wondered which SSUA umpires have worked State High School Tournaments? Thanks to John Isles, that information is now available with the click of a mouse. You'll find it under "History" in "Rules, Documents & Materials." Thanks John 

2018 SSUA Payroll FAQs and  Payroll Verification FAQs in "Information"

2018 Parochial 7th-8th Grade Rules in "School Rules" 

2018 Welcome to SSUA Fact Sheet & FAQs under "Information"

USA Softball National Championship Tournament umpire agreement (contract) under "USA Softball" 

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

SSUA Board Minutes

SSUA Bylaws and Policies & Procedures Manual

Gary Broadbent Memories compiled by Jim & Carolee Nyborg in "News & Notes," section No. 11 

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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.

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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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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

       

        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, ifyour 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 ofDirectors and USA Softball of Idaho District 8 Umpire in Chief Dennis Keys 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

   

SSUA BOARD 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

Bob Francis

Brian Hall

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

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

USA Softball of Idaho District 8 Deputy UIC - Bryan Raschka ... 362-0044 (c) ... bryan.raschka@aol.com

USA Softball of Idaho District 8 Deputy UIC - Carl Durr 

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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