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Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame

Spokane Metro Softball Hall of Fame

Sanction form to put on an ASA tournament

10 reasons to Play ASA softball

"Softball is game ... remember to always have fun!"
- Fuzzy Buckenberger, Spokane ASA Commissioner

Fuzzy Buckenberger, Commissioner
800 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201
Spokane, WA 99202



John Miller, Director of Member Services in the ASA National Office, congratulates Jim Bedard on his induction into the ASA Northwest Region 15 Hall of Fame as Spokane ASA Deputy Commissioner Larry Chatterton looks on.

Jim Bedard, the Spokane ASA Adult Player Representative since 2001, became the 13th person from
Spokane to enter the ASA Northwest Region 15 Hall of Fame when he was inducted Jan. 25, 2014, during the annual Region 15 Council meeting in Spokane. See full story>


Attention teams planning to enter the 2014 ASA 18U A Regional/National Qualifier June 27-29 ... securing hotel rooms is an URGENT matter!

That weekend is the busiest of the year in the general Spokane area for hotels and motels. Chief among the attractions are Hoopfest, the city's nationally acclaimed 3-on-3 street basketball tournament, and the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Triathlon just 40 miles to the east.

Spokane will also host the ASA 10U & 12U A/B Regional tournaments July 18-20.


Spokane ASA Commissioner Fuzzy Buckenberger, with the backing of the ASA National Office, is making a bold move in an attempt to revive the floundering Modified Pitch program by scheduling a Men's 9-Man Modified Open-Pitch National Tournament for Labor Day
Weekend in 2014. View flyer.

"We want to see if we can get the 9-man Modified game going again," said Buckenberger, who has played on or coached five ASA men's or women's modified national championship teams.

See full story.

Pictured above is the umpiring crew that worked the fourth ASA Men's Major Modified Championship tournament that was held in Spokane in 1978.

It was first of many successful men's and women's ASA modified nationals in Spokane.

Spokane ASA has also conducted national tournaments in women's and girls fastpitch and men's and women's slowpitch, first at Franklin Park and now at the Merkel Complex.

Many of the crew members in that modified tournament were from Spokane, including one who is still umpiring. Can you pick him out?


2014 ...

ASA Rules and Code Changes

View the 2014 ASA Playing Rules Changes with Comments revised 1-28-2014

View the 2014 ASA Code Changes with Comments updated 1-20-2014

ASA tournaments

See a list of all the ASA National Championship Tournaments for 2014

See a comprehensive list of youth & adult tournaments in ASA Northwest Region 15

Junior Olympic Girls Tournaments in Spokane

Spokane Crash Mother's Day Open girls fastpitch tournament, May 10-11 - 10U, 12U, 14U - $400, 4GG

Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association Summer Classic, June 13-15 - 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U - $400 10U, $450 12U-18U, 4GG

ASA Girls 18U A Fastpitch Regional/National Qualifier, June 27-29 - 3-game format, $400

25th annual 4th of July Shootout girls fastpitch tournament, July 4-6, 2014 - 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U - $480, 4GG

ASA Girls 10U & 12U A & B Regionals, July 18-20 - 3-game format, $400

14th annual SYSA Krista L. Baker Memorial tournament & Family Fun Day, July 25-27

1st Spokane ASA Fall Classic girls fastpitch tournament, Sept. 5-7, 2014 - 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U,18U - $400 10U&12U, $450 14U-18U, 4GG (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)

Spokane Crash Fall Invite, Sept. 20-21 - 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U - 5 GG, $425

Adult Tournaments in Spokane

Spokane County Spring Summer Showdown, men & women July 12 -13, coed July 19-20; 3-game guarantee, $175 ($220 after April 16)

ASA Men's 9-Man Modified Open-Pitch National Championship tournament, Labor Day Weekend, August 29, 30, 31 (Monday, September 1, will be a travel day) Information: Spokane ASA Commissoner Fuzzy Buckenberger, (509) 993-8888

Spokane County Mid-Summer Tournament, men & women Sept. 6-7, coed Sept. 13-14; 3-game guarantee, $175 ($220 after July 11)

Spokane County 1-Pitch Tournament, coed, Oct. 25-26; modified triple-elimination format, $190, deadline Oct. 17


2015 ...


ASA Girls 16-U B and Girls 18-U B Western National Championships. Plan ahead; more details in the future as they become available.


Thank you teams, players, coaches and fans for supporting Spokane ASA!

For information or with questions regarding ASA girls fastpitch, contact Spokane ASA 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 Spokane ASA Commissioner Fuzzy Buckenberger at fuzzybuck@comcast.net or (509) 993-8888.


Keep up to date ...

Louisville Slugger bat models removed from ASA Approved Bats list

At the request of Louisville Slugger, the following three 2013 fastpitch bat models were removed from the ASA Approved Softball Bat List - the TPX FP136 OneX, TPX FP1368 OneX and TPX FP1369 OneX.

In a press release, Louisville Slugger said in part: "We have become aware of a manufacturing issue that has compromised the durability of the oneX bat which potentially shows up in the form of cracking between barrel and handle. In extreme cases, the manufacturing defect has resulted in a complete fracture between the handle and barrel." To view the full release, visit the Louisville Slugger website.


Don't go batty on bat issues ...

Certified bats: ASA continues to refine its process to try and ensure that only allowed and certified bats are used in Championship Play. All bats manufactured for 2013 and beyond will bear the trademarked ASA logo identifying them as ASA-approved bats. Bats bearing the 2013 Certification Mark will be allowed in men's modified pitch, men's fast pitch, Junior Olympic boys fast pitch and slow pitch only. In 2013, bats bearing the 2013 Certification Mark were allowed in slow pitch only. Also allowed in those phases, as well as girls fast pitch, are bats that bear either the ASA 2000 or 2004 certification marks and do not appear on an ASA non-approved bats list. Also allowed are bats that were manufactured prior to 2000, and in the opinion of the umpire would comply with ASA bat-performance standards in effect at that time.

12-inch slow pitch softball rule takes effect in 2014: Please be advised that the rule change passed at the 2012 ASA Council meeting regarding 12-inch softballs for slow pitch went into effect in 2014. The rule makes the .52 COR/300 lbs ball the only one allowed in men's adult slowpitch, men's coed and men's masters slow pitch in Championship Play. It removes the .44/375 ball as an approved ball for men in those slow pitch programs. The .44/375 ball is still approved for the Seniors program .

Spokane and ASA

The Spokane Amateur Softball Association (SASA) is one of 76 local associations in the United States serving teams, players, coaches and umpires in the sport of softball. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) was formed in 1933 and has remained the official rules writer and interpreter for the sport. ASA, recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of softball, 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 245,000 teams and 3.5 million players (83,000 girls fast pitch teams, 1.2 million girls) play ASA softball each year. ASA registers over 38,000 umpires each year and is known for having one of the best officiating programs of any sport in the U.S.