Umpire Selections for 2006 International Events
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association has announced the selection of 12 umpires to represent the United States this summer at three international events. These 12 individuals, who are all ISF certified, represent 10 different ASA Associations and have proven they are among the elite in their profession.
Lori Bish (Tacoma, WA/Seattle ASA) and Traci Stoelting (Avon, IN/Indiana ASA) will be representing the United States at the 2006 Women’s World Championship in Beijing, China. The XI ISF World Championship will be held Aug. 27–Sept. 5 and will be used to qualify the top four teams for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The World University Softball Championships will be held in Tainan City, Taiwan, July 15-23, and will feature one umpire from the United States. Christina Drumm (Oceanside, CA/Southern California ASA) has been named as the U.S. representative for this event.
Julie Johnson (Alexandria, IN/Indiana ASA), who worked as an umpire at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, will serve as Umpire-In-Chief for the II World Cup of Softball, July 13-17, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She will be joined by Jerry Bark (Killeen, TX/Texas ASA), Christie Cornwell (Greensboro, NC/North Carolina ASA), Kevin Davis (Grand Prairie, TX/Dallas ASA), Tanya Garig (San Francisco, CA/Oakland ASA), Keith Kearney (Killeen, TX/Texas ASA), Dora Martinez (San Antonio, TX/San Antonio ASA), Jeff Sloan (Omaha, NE/Nebraska ASA) and Bryan Smith (Lansing, MI/Michigan ASA).
The ASA umpire program is among the nation's largest officiating organizations with over 30,000 officials actively involved each year. ASA officials are nationally recognized as the best trained and proficient in the sport and are involved in competition starting with league play, city, state and national championships. Ultimately, ASA umpires could have the opportunity to work events such as world championship, Pan American and Olympic competitions.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visitwww.asasoftball.com
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.