USA Softball announces umpires selected for 2018 USA Softball International Cup

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | May 21, 2018, 8:28 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sixteen umpires from five countries will showcase their skills at the highest level this July at the USA Softball International Cup, USA Softball announced today.  Hosted by USA Softball of Southern California, the USA Softball International Cup will be played at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. July 9-15.

USA Softball International Cup Umpire Staff:

Umpire Name Country/Association
Andrew Gallant Canada
Gen Gaudreau Canada
Scott McLaren Canada
Michal Zidek Czech Republic
Mitsunori Kusamoto Japan
Ayaka Kato Japan
Rodrigo Lugo Mexico
Geri Magwire USA Softball of Chicago
Cindi Brunot USA Softball of Florida
Jason Gehoski USA Softball of Michigan
John Baca USA Softball of New Mexico
Naomi Erdahl USA Softball of North Dakota
Toddrick Davis USA Softball of Ohio
Laura Head USA Softball of Southern California
Mindy Villa USA Softball of Southern California
Mark Korras USA Softball of Southern California

“We’re honored to have 16 incredibly talented umpires calling at the inaugural USA Softball International Cup,” said USA Softball Director of Umpires, Kevin Ryan.  “In addition to the nine USA Softball umpires selected, we’re also excited to have umpire representation from Canada, Czech Republic, Japan and Mexico.  It’s a great opportunity for each to hone their skills and umpire high-level softball and we know they will do a fantastic job.”

Umpires for the USA Softball International Cup from the U.S. are: John Baca (Santa Fe, N.M./USA Softball of New Mexico), Cindi Brunot (Latana, Fla./USA Softball of Florida), Toddrick Davis (Westerville, Ohio/USA Softball of Ohio), Naomi Erdahl (Bismarck, N.D./USA Softball of North Dakota), Jason Gehoski (Midland, Mich./USA Softball of Michigan), Laura Head (Signal Hill, Calif./USA Softball of Southern California), Mark Korras (Northridge, Calif./USA Softball of Southern California), Geri Magwire (Forest Park, Ill./USA Softball of Chicago) and Mindy Villa (Temecula, Calif./USA Softball of Southern California).

Brunot, Gehoski and Villa all represented the United States last year at the 2017 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship while Magwire and Head umpired at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship.

Umpires selected to the USA Softball International Cup, in addition to the Pan American Games, World Championship or Olympic Games, must be WBSC-certified.  As the National Governing Body (NGB) for softball in the United States, only USA Softball-registered umpires may become WBSC-certified.  For more information on WBSC-certification, please visit USASoftball.com.

General Admission tickets ($15) and Stadium seating tickets ($25) are now on sale and links to purchase can be found on the tournament website at USASoftballInternationalCup.com.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visitwww.USASoftball.com.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org.