- Fuzzy Buckenberger, Spokane ASA Commissioner
Fuzzy Buckenberger, Commissioner
2527 W. Longfellow Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205
Say it ain't so!
There will not be an ASA Men's 9-Man Modified Open Pitch national champion crowned in 2014.
Spokane ASA Commissioner Fuzzy Buckenberger's attempt to revive the floundering 9-man game by scheduling a Men's 9-Man Modified Open-Pitch National Tournament Labor Day weekend has failed.
An apparent lack of interest - at least a lack of teams - has forced the Spokane Commissioner to notify the ASA National Office that the tournament has been canceled.
"If we can generate some interest, I'd still like to try it again next year," said Buckenberger, who has a soft spot for the 9-man game. "If we have any players or teams, either here in Spokane or around the country - modified teams or C fastpitch teams - that would like to see it get going again, please get in touch with me. We will do it ... if we have the interest. That didn't happen this year."
Buckenberger, who can be reached at 509-993-8888, is definitely fighting an uphill battle.
The last ASA 9-man modified national was held in 2008 in Georgia and drew seven teams - none from West of the Mississippi. The last to attract a Western team was in 2005 in Georgia. Nugent Realty/5-Mile Pizza of Spokane tied for fifth. It was the only one of 18 teams from the West. Spokane last held a 9-man national in 2001 - the 9-man major - with five teams.
In the last 11 years - 2003-2013 - ASA's 10-man modified nationals have been held in the Midwest, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, with between 11 and 25 teams. None have been from West of the Missisippi.
Spokane Crash, 12-U B Region 15 Champion
Front row, left to right: Rylee Thomas, Maddie Fernimen, Kylie VanVleck, Emma Gray.
Kneeling: Head coach Scott Thomas.
Back row: Becca Daugherty, assistant coach Nicole Tiffany (holding Becca), Cheyanne Gleave, assistant coach Jeff Ahrendt, Cassie Ahrendt, Brooke Hecker, Erin Walls, Ashton Cathey, Kristah Tiffany, assistant coach Dave Fernimen.
Spokane Stealth, 10-U A/B Region 15 runner-up
Front: Mackenzie Nine.
Second row, left to right: Jaden Donohoe, Jade Christianson, Jessica Coriell, Kaitlin Stefek, Makenzie Nelson.
Third row: Peyton Bischoff, Mckenna Cottrell, Alison Shaler, Paige Hamilton, Rylen Palmer.
Back row: Assistant coach Kristin Stefek, head coach Carla Bischoff, assistant coach Tanya Palmer.
10-U and 12-U A/B Regionals
Congratulations to our ASA Regional champions: Tri-City Fuzion, 12U A; Spokane Crash 2001, 12U B; and Polson, Mont., Lil Lakers, 10U.
Five Spokane ASA teams have top-four Regional finishes. See story>
18-U A Regional National Qualifier
Congratulations to Blast '96 of Tigard, Oregon, which came out of the losers' bracket and defeated previously unbeaten NW Nitro of Newberg, Oregon, twice on Tuesday, July 8, in Newberg, 3-2 and 7-2, in the delayed finals to win the championship.
Liberty Lake Lightning, 16-U B
Back row (left to right): Assistant coach Scott Surby, Alisha Buffkin, Kailey Sanford, Riley Barnes, Rachel Valdez, Aubrey West, Hannah Conant, Sha Leonard, assistant coach Bob Sanford.
Front row: Head coach Dan Harder, Morgan Ulbright, Alex Surby, Bristol Morris, Shayden Clark, pitching coach Nettie Harder.
Spokane Mudhens, 18-U A/B
Back row (left to right): Head coach Octavio Morales, Allie Rude, Brooklynn Tacke, Carli Riordan, Jessica Albinson, Zoe Clark, Amy Anderson, assistant coach Matt Connor.
Front row: Hailey Jackson, Taylor Morales, Rachael Johnson, Jordyn McCracken.
See story on Spokane ASA teams at state.
With Coach Bruce Schmitt and sister-in-law Cindy Schmitt front-and-center, Spokane Stealth 16-U team counts down "Aunt Cindy's" chemo treatments.
Pink uniforms inspire Spokane Stealth and 'Aunt Cindy'
Spokane Stealth '97, a 16-and-under ASA girls fastpitch softball team, is going pink this summer.
Cindy Schmitt, sister-in-law of head coach Bruce Schmitt and the aunt of player Lauren Schmitt, has breast cancer. To help create awareness of the disease and to show support for "Aunt Cindy" as she battles this disease, the team is doing battle on the field wearing pink uniforms on Sundays. (Full story)
ASA used the story on the first page of the June edition of its online newsletter, Inside Pitch.
Spokane ASA championship tournament umpires
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
Congratulations … Have fun … We know you'll represent yourself and Spokane ASA well!
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
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 results.
Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association Summer Classic results.
ASA Girls 18U A Fastpitch Regional/National Qualifier results.
25th annual 4th of July Memorial Shootout girls fastpitch tournament results.
1st Spokane ASA Fall Classic girls fastpitch tournament, Sept. 5-7, 2014 - 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U,18U - $400 10U &12U, $450 14U-18U, 4GG
Spokane Crash Fall Invite, Sept. 20-21 - 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U - 5 GG, $425
Adult Tournaments in Spokane
ASA Men's 9-Man Modified Open-Pitch National Championship tournament, Labor Day Weekend, CANCELED
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
Plan ahead: ASA Girls 16-U B and Girls 18-U B Western National Championships July 27-August 2, 2015. More details 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.||