Umpires announced for General Tire World Cup of Softball IX and ISF World Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY — Eight umpires representing four countries will partake in the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX next month, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The World Cup of Softball, an international women’s fast pitch event includes six countries and is scheduled for July 7-13 at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. Four ASA/USA umpires have been selected to work the prestigious tournament.
“To be selected to work a world class international tournament is one of the highest honors an umpire can receive,” said ASA Director of Umpires Kevin Ryan. “These umpires have earned the right to work at this level through their hard work and dedication to the game. Having this many umpires selected to work international events in one summer just goes to show the quality of the ASA/USA Umpire program.”
Umpires for the World Cup VII are Canada’s Frankie Billingsley, Japan’s Ms Saeko Suda and Mr. Kazuhiko Otomo, Mexico’s Renzo Ruiz and the United States’ Laura Head (Signal Hill, Calif.), Sue Sawyer (Orange, Calif.), Bobby Shelton (Henderson, Nev.) and Branda Terpstra (Lynden, Wash.). The umpires will work 32 international softball games that feature Canada, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team.
In addition to the World Cup, umpires for two ISF World Championships this summer were recently announced and five ASA/USA Umpires are included. David Hardage (Southern California ASA), Larry Tait (Michigan ASA) and Casey Waite (Idaho ASA) have been selected to work the ISF Junior Men’s World Championships July 11-20 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada and in addition to working the World Cup, Sawyer and Terpstra have also been selected to umpire at the ISF Women’s World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands August 15-24.
Tickets for the General Tire World Cup IX are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.socal-asa.org. Single-session tickets can be purchased for $10-$15 for general admission per day or $30 for reserved seating per day.
The General Tire World Cup is sanctioned by the International Softball Federation.
Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is a member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body for the sport which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.
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 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.