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Fifteen Blues (and a son) Plunge on Jan 1, 2015

Calling em OUT before Plunging IN

Calling em OUT before Plunging IN

It was colder outside – 32 degrees – than it was in the water – 50 degrees. The sun was bright, the air was still, and the Seattle Blues rocked the Beach for the 2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge into Puget Sound on Alki Beach.

Check out the video here.

Malcolm Boyles, Mike Cavanaugh, Steve Choi, Charles Coburn, Kayleen Dunson, Jerry Forkner, Mike Katz, Bob Lewis, Kris Mack, Wayne McDonald, Tim Murphy, Mike Sepe (and son Derek), Sean Wells and Craig Williams held hands as they plunged together into the sound.

Wild Bill Silves heard there was a party so he showed up to watch in his bright orange mittens!

Wild Bill's Bright Orange Mittens

Wild Bill’s Bright Orange Mittens

Friendship. Family. Fun.

And a great free publicity opportunity to help recruit umpires. Thank you Jerry Forkner for bringing that beautiful American Flag (and that small bottle of “cheer”) and thank you West Seattle Blog and West Seattle Herald for your excellent coverage – with photos and video! And professional sports photographer Dale Garvey was there and he has graciously provided a link with free downloads for his amazing photos.

Check out the West Seattle Blog Articles – Pre-Dunk and Post-Dunk and the article in West Seattle Herald  here.

After the plunge there was hot cocoa (with added “cheer”), changing into warmer clothes, and a great time to just hang out with fellow umpires.

One of the dunkers texted later in the day, “I had a blast today. Seriously, you make me really enjoy not only being an umpire, but being an SMSUA umpire.”

Friendship. Family. Fun.

Here’s to more of this in 2015!

Plunging into 2014

Are we all crazy?

Kayleen Dunson, Malcolm Boyles, Mike Sepe, and Mike Rabin plunge into Puget Sound in full uniform to help recruit new umpires (not pictured but there, was Sean Wells).

Kayleen Dunson, Malcolm Boyles, Mike Sepe, and Mike Rabin plunge into Puget Sound in full uniform to help recruit new umpires (not pictured but there, was Sean Wells).















wellsBooyles handThe answer is “YES.”  But five of us braved the freezing temps of Puget Sound on New Year’s Day to show how much fun ASA Umpires can have! Thanks to Malcolm Boyles, Mike Rabin, Mike Sepe, Sean Wells, and Kayleen Dunson for the 2014 Polar Plunge!

This may become an ANNUAL EVENT! Think about it!

Malcolm Inducted into Hall of Fame

Malcolm HOF1Congratulations to our very own Malcolm Boyles who was inducted into the Northwest Region Hall of Fame January 26, 2013  in Wilsonville, Oregon

A  big thank you to all of the SMSUA and Region 15 Umpires who attended  If you would like to send Malcolm a congratulatory note, email him at 


Tell Us How to Recognize You!

SMSUA Members:

We want to know how best to recognize you! Please fill out this very short survey (it’s only 8 questions) to let us know what kind of an end-of-the-season Awards Ceremony you would most like to have next year. Your responses are completely confidential and will help us design a ceremony that is most meaningful to you.

The survey is now closed but if you have any additional feedback, please email Kayleen.




Congrats to Award Winners

Gerald St. Clair is Umpire of the Year

We had food and games and lots of time to talk with friends during our 2012 Awards Picnic. Oh yeah, and we handed out some awards.

Here’s a full list of award winners:

Commissioner’s Award: Don Hough
Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award: Lori Bish
Rookie of the Year: Steven Choi
Slow Pitch Award: Alex Momb
High School Umpire of the Year: Steve Sax
President’s Award: Kayleen Dunson
Umpire of the Year: Gerald St. Clair

Congratulations to everyone!

Even the smallest kids loved putting on the uniform and equipment!

We also had plenty of good food, an annual egg toss (won by Dean Fitzsimmons and Mark Jordan – check out their photo on the SMSUA Facebook page), a water balloon toss (and subsequent “fight”), and a relay race where kids had to don full umpire uniform and equipment.

A huge thank you to Erin Peterson, Megan Rabin, and Wally Chocklon for organizing the picnic, cooking the food, and making sure we had awards to hand out this year.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

June ASA Plays and Clarifications

Jack Floyd in Control of the Game

Do you know how to manage a game? The June plays and clarifications just came out with a pretty lengthy article on game management. It is one of the best breakdowns on game management that ASA has provided and is definitely worth a read.

Here’s what Jack Floyd has to say: “Respect for the game and how it is played contributes to how well an umpire manages and controls a game.”

And here’s another quote from the article: “Game Control can be described as taking charge of an unusual situation before the situation results in chaos.”

Several Region 15 umpires provided input including Jack Floyd, Don Alexander, John Wright and Bill Silves. Thank you to all of  you!

May ASA Plays and Clarifications

The May Plays and Clarifications from ASA are here and will give you information on how to rule on pitchers who “push, drag, push” as well as great information on obstructed runners and the look back rule. Click here for the full document.

Are You Checking Bats?

We all should be checking to make sure bats are legal before each game we do.

All bats should have the ASA approved certification mark for 2000 or 2004 and be free of burrs, dents, cracks and rattles.

Check out this handy “Quick Guide” on how to inspect bats. The ASA website is the best place to go for more resources. Here’s a link to the one-page color list of bats that HAVE the 2000 or 2004 stamp but have become “Non-Approved.” This is a handy reference guide you should print out and keep with you when you do your games.

Hope this helps to refresh your “bat check skills” and make it easier for all of us to check bats every game.


ASA’s April Rules and Plays

Is it legal to remove your mask with both hands while staring out in awe with your mouth agape – cute as a button?

Well, you probably won’t find the answer to that question in the ASA April Rules Clarifications just posted, but you will find lots of other great stuff.

Thanks to Lou McCaffery’s grand daughter for the great visual. She looks like a natural, doesn’t she?