2014 GIRLS FASTPITCH

 
ON THE INSIDE!

Spokane ASA UIC position open

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

 
QUOTABLE
"Softball is game ... remember to always have fun!"
- Fuzzy Buckenberger, Spokane ASA Commissioner
 
 
 
WELCOME TO THE SPOKANE AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

Fuzzy Buckenberger, Commissioner
2527 W. Longfellow Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205

509.993.8888

 
2014 ASA NORTHWEST REGION 15 REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ... SPOKANE HAS A 1ST AND A 2ND

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.

 
2014 ASA 10-U & 12-U A & B REGIONAL AND 18-U A RNQ CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN SPOKANE

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.

View final brackets here or in menu on left column. 10U bracket ... 12U A bracket ... 12U B bracket Final placings with records available in link on left.

Five Spokane ASA teams have top-four Regional finishes. See story>

18-U A Regional National Qualifier

Results and order of finish for the ASA 18U A Regional National Qualifier June 28-29 are available here and through the link in the menu column on the left.

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.

 
2014 WASHINGTON ASA STATE CHAMPIONS

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.

 
16-U SPOKANE STEALTH PINK-PROUD PLAYING FOR 'AUNT CINDY'

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.

 
AN ASA MEN'S 9-MAN MODIFIED OPEN-PITCH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULED FOR SPOKANE IN 2014!

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?

 

Spokane ASA championship tournament umpires

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

Congratulations … Have fun … We know you'll represent yourself and Spokane ASA well!

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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 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

Morris Clark Senior Tournament, August 9-10, 4-game guarantee, $300. Registration deadline, July 30

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

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2015 ...

Tournaments

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.

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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.

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Keep up to date ...

New Easton bat model, the Mako Torq, with rotating handle, added to ASA Approved Bats list. Check it out and view YouTube video.

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.

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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.

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