Thank You Veterans!

Thank you to all who serve, your families, and loved ones. We are eternally grateful for your service; past, present, and future.

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!

Welcome to our new UIC!


It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Kayleen Dunson as Seattle Tacoma ASA Umpire-In-Chief effective September 4, 2012. Kayleen has not only proven herself as an outstanding umpire on the field but equally as important off the field as well. Kayleen has umpired in five ASA National Championships, attended two National Umpire Schools and an ASA advanced camp. She has served on the SMSUA Board since 2005 with the last two years as vice president. Her passion for the game and desire to train all umpires makes her an exciting choice for all of us. Please join me in congratulating Kayleen.

Kayleen replaces Lori Bish who has done an outstanding job over the last three years. Lori has provided many opportunities for umpires to attend national tournaments and has strengthened our exchange program. Please join me in thanking Lori for her time and job well done over the last three years.

Mike Rabin
Seattle Tacoma Commissioner 

Please join us in congratulating Kayleen and sending out a huge thank you to Lori!


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.


Who decides when it’s safe to play.

Please check the rainout line prior to your game, our assigners will update it as soon as any decisions have been made.

Slow Pitch Leagues

The city parks will decide prior to game time if the fields will be open or closed.  The umpire has the responsibility to determine if the field conditions are safe before and during the game, and can end the game when they feel it is no longer safe to play.  Once a field is deemed unplayable all remaining games on that field are also cancelled.


School Games

The home team coach determines if the field conditions are safe before the game starts. Once the game begins that responsibility shifts to the plate umpire. If you re playing a double header, the umpires determine if it is safe to start the second game.


College Games

The specified on site administrator determines if the field conditions are safe prior to the start of the game. Once the game begins that responsibility shifts to the plate umpire. If playing a double header, the plate umpire from the first game determines if the field is playable prior to the start of the second game.


JO Games

When working tournament games the tournament director determines field conditions to start the tournament and throughout the day. The umpires on individual fields decide during games if their fields are playable.


Please make your decisions to continue playing for the safety of the players. If you do call a game please let the assigners know as soon as you can.



Get Regional Clinic Presentations

ASA Region 15 Clinicians – Wild Bill Silves, Kevin Ryan, Malcolm Boyles, Bob Stanton, Brian Van Os, Lori Bish

What an amazing learning experience!

Thank you to all of the fantastic clinicians who gave so much of their time and expertise to help make all of us in Region 15 better umpires.

Nearly 250 umpires gathered for a great weekend of learning, building relationships and having some great fun. The head umpires from ASA in the United States, Softball Canada, and the International Softball Federation engaged everyone with their expert knowledge and creativity.

The Canadian’s sing for the Clinic – Thanks for being here!

We are especially thankful to the great contingent of umpires from up north who treated us to a rousing rendition of their National Anthem as well as sharing their thoughtful expertise and fun!

We’re working on a complete Clinic update, but until then here is access to some of the presentations:

Playing Rule Changes
Balance in Umpiring
Name That Game
Train the Trainers
ASA Evaluations
Batting Out of Order

Thank you to all Clinicians, all staff who helped make this so successful and especially to ALL THE WOMEN AND MEN IN BLUE who attended.


School Ball Rules Changes Here

All high school and middle school games are governed by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Rules. Although there aren’t many significant changes to the rules or mechanics this year, Gerald St.Clair went through some of the more significant changes for the members at the February 6 meeting.

If you missed that meeting, or want to refresh what you learned there, check out this slideshow that includes all of Gerald’s slides.

If we can help you with more or better training tools, please let us know.


Congratulations to Our Two New ASA Elite Umpires

Tom Henderson Receives his ASA Elite

Congratulations to Tom Henderson and Troy Fields for earning their ASA fast pitch Elite Umpire Award.

The ASA Elite Umpire Award is the highest recognition for ASA umpires and is the first step towards earning International Softball Federation (ISF) certification. To become an ASA Elite Umpire each umpire must be selected to work two major tournaments (Men’s, Women’s, or 18 Gold) and earn an ASA “Excellent” evaluation in each of those tournaments.

Troy Fields Receives his ASA Elite

Only a very small number of all umpires ever earn their ASA Elite Award.

We’re proud to have two new ASA Elite Umpires here with SMSUA. Give them a handshake or a hug next time you see them.

Free training programs for all members

Whether you’ve been umpiring for 30 years or 30 minutes, SMSUA offers top-notch training. We promise to work with all of our umpires to prepare them to reach the highest level they want to work.

We have lots of umpires who are happy working the recreational and young ages. And we have some umpires who have worked the highest levels (college world series, Olympics, and International).

Whatever your umpiring goals, our training program will help you meet them.

If you are just joining the umpire family, click here to learn about our free training for new umpires.

We look forward to seeing you on the field soon!