2015 National Championships
David Lee - 16UA Northern National in Novi, Michigan.
I was asked if I would be willing to attend a national tournament in Novi, MI back in the winter sometime. Having family in the area, I said absolutely. The original list of umpires that I received had only 17 umpires on it, because they started out with only 30 teams. By the time I had arrived in Novi the number of umpires was expected to be 40 and the number of teams had swelled to 65. We had a great tournament, with very competitive teams. Our final four teams were from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.
It is an easy job for the umpires when pitchers are making pitches, hitters and hitting, and fielders are making plays. We had the whole package. Softballs put in play and players diving and sliding, and just making plays. The teams who won made plays and scored runs. It made for a great week. Personally as a representative of the Metro St. Louis ASA umpires, I had a great week. Got to meet and work with a number of fantastic umpires, from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The umpires were welcoming, helpful, and basically great to be around. I was fortunate enough to be selected to work the plate in the Championship game. I had a great crew, Larry Klimek U1, and Stephanie Perrie U3 worked with me. It was an excellent experience for me and I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent St. Louis ASA umpires.
Daimon Russell - Springfield, MO
Roy Shoffner - Springfield, MO
The 18U Northern A National was quite a hit with me. The Killian Complex had awesome fields and the maintenance crew kept them looking great throughout the tournament. Dressing in the college locker rooms made changing and cooling off between games very convenient. I hope many future nationals can play in Springfield.
The biggest hits of the tournament were home runs. There were A LOT of homeruns! Many games in the tournament were back and forth, high scoring games, with homers flying out from members of both dugouts. Low scoring, pitcher duels were at a premium in Springfield.
With all the homeruns, keeping ahold of balls was a challenge for all. It seems that exuberant parents were collecting them as souvenirs. Considering the amount of homeruns hit in the tournament, balls were being collected faster than we could replenish the ones leaving the park!
Shannon Kamp - Salt Lake City, UT
Men’s E Slow Pitch ASA National Championship
What’s coming up in 2016?!
StLMSUA Holiday Party
Special Olympics Tournament 2015
Probably not the best decision. Just as we are required to provide a safe experience for the players, we need to be safe, too. If diagnosed with a concussion, an athlete must be cleared for progression to activity by an approved healthcare provider, MD/DO/PAC/LAT/ARNP/Neuropsychologist (Emergency Room physician cannot clear for progression). And this is just getting the all clear to begin working up to previous activity level. It's a minimum of a six (6) day process. Umpires need to use the same common sense.
A good article about concussions can be found here. We all have Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, or Aleve with our gear. DO NOT TAKE THESE if you think you may have a concussion. Be smart. Be safe.
Upcoming NCAA Umpire Camp – St. Louis: September 18-20
Kathie Graff will again host her annual umpire camp designed for those desiring to get into NCAA Softball. This is an entry level camp held at ABC Park, St. Ann in conjunction with Fontbonne University’s Reverse Exposure Tournament. Friday night includes some classroom instruction, then Saturday& Sunday umpires work college games using the 3U System. Evaluations are provided and umpires usually get at least one game at each position. If you are wanting to work your way up into college softball, and have not already attended a camp, this is a great place to start! Save yourself the hotel room cost! For more information visit: http://www.umpiregraf.com/
Kathie also host camps at other locations across the country. The St. Louis Camp offers college teams where most have girls games. Moreover, the O’Fallon Camp in October is NOT available for St. Louis Umpires. St. Louis ASA has fall tournaments that weekend and umpires are encouraged to umpire them that weekend.