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USA Softball adds to Umpire Awards Program

Feb. 11, 2021, 12:08 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that a number of umpires have been honored for their years of service and expertise by becoming members of the USA Softball Umpire Awards Program.  One of the nation's largest officiating organizations, USA Softball umpires are nationally recognized as the most trained and proficient in the sport and have the opportunity to be recognized for their dedication to the sport through three available outlets: the Medals Program, the National Indicator Fraternity and the Elite Umpire Program. 

National Indicator Fraternity (NIF) Additions

The National Indicator Fraternity was founded in 1986 and honors those individuals who have advanced to the next level in the umpire program.  In order to obtain membership into the National Indicator Fraternity, umpires must have been registered for at least seven years and have umpired or served as a National Championship Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) or Assistant UIC at three USA Softball National Championships.  Members of the National Indicator Fraternity receive a certificate, membership card, luggage tag and a pin. 

Name Home Town Association
Adams, Rodney Johnson City, TN Tennessee
Appleberry, Emory Springfield, IL Illinois
Arzaga, Dennis Auburn, CA Sacramento
Badin, Stephen Lessburg, VA Piedmont
Barrows, Zachary Hixson, TN Tennessee
Bretz, Tony La Mesa, CA Southern California
Conley, Mark Stillwater, MN Minnesota
Cowden, Shannon Rancho Cordova, CA Sacramento
Daniel, Kenneth LaPlata, MD Maryland
DeFranco, Joseph Arlington, VA Piedmont
DeJesus, Alfredo Killeen, TX Texas
Duncan, Avery Chattanooga, TN Tennessee
Everett, Steve Fremont, CA Sacramento
Francis, Josh Snohomish, WA Washington
Gonzalez, Robert Cypress, TX Houston
Guarassi, Richard Fairfax, VA Piedmont
Haydett, Katie Saint Clair Shores, MI Detroit
Hayes, Pamela Brainerd, MN Minnesota
Heckel, Matt Bozeman, MT Montana
Hepler, William Los Angeles, CA Southern California
Jones, Michael Knoxville, TN Tennessee
Jones, Ricky Chattanooga, TN Tennessee
Lemanski, Ray Sterling Heights, MI Detroit
McElrath, Nico Chattanooga, TN Tennessee
Mclaughlin, Gary Coulterville, IL Illinois
Morrison, Jeremy L Bowling Green, KY Kentucky
Motter, Dana North Baltimore, OH Ohio
Petrie, David Dearborn Heights, MI Detroit
Richardson, Eugene St. Paul, MN Minnesota
Riley, James Plain City, OH Ohio
Rosa, Nelson Montgomery, AL Alabama
Sanders, Shamar Grosse Point, MI Detroit
Savage, Greg Elk Grove, CA Sacramento
Scharf, Steven New Baltimore, MI Detroit
Scott, John Spring, TX Houston
Stowers, Craig Burke, VA Piedmont
Vargas, Richard Virginia Beach, VA Piedmont
West, John Crossville, TN Tennessee
Wu, Don Arlington, VA Piedmont

Medals Program Additions

One of the more popular programs for USA Softball umpires, the Medals Program launched in 1999 and rewards umpires for their years of service who have not been assigned to a Regional or National Championship.  With four levels for this program, the Medals Program encompasses all levels of umpires who support the USA Softball program, whether at the local or national level.  Umpires who have been registered for three years (Blue Level), five years (Bronze Level), seven years (Silver Level) or more than seven years (Gold Level) can apply to the Medals Program.  Members of the Medals Program receive a ball cap, certificate and pin which symbolizes their achievement and a variety of leisure wear, jewelry and trophies are available for purchase.

Name Hometown Association Level
Anderson, C. Scott West Des Moines, IA Iowa Blue, Bronze
Baillargeon, Raymond Berlin, NH New Hampshire Silver
Baldock, Gary Shingle Springs, CA Sacramento Blue, Bronze
Baptiste, Amanda Taunton, MA Massachusetts Blue
Blackhorn, Lance Porcupine, SD South Dakota Blue
Brennan, Amy Maynard, MA Massachusetts Blue
Bueno, David Braintree, MA Massachusetts Gold
Busse, Jenna Rapid City, SD South Dakota Blue
Caillier, Jordan Rapid City, SD South Dakota Bronze
Capello, Joel Marysville, WA Washington Blue
Cobb, Riley Lawrence, KS Kansas Gold
Compton, Todd Grand Ledge, MI Michigan Gold
Conley, Mark Stillwater, MN Minnesota Gold
Crissinger, Robert Sacramento, CA Sacramento Blue
DeJesus, Alfredo Killeen, TX Texas Gold
Deschauer, John Alexandria, VA Piedmont Blue
Donnelly, Tom McLean, VA Piedmont Blue
Edwards, Ron Ft. Worth, TX Dallas Bronze, Silver, Gold
Gambrell, Rod Denton, TX Texas Bronze
Garn, Greg Portland, MI Michigan Gold
Gray II, Edward Ashburn, VA Piedmont Gold
Gregory, Lanita Norwood, MA Massachusetts Bronze
Gross, Ric Springfield, IL Illinois Gold
Guarassi, Rich Fairfax, VA Piedmont Bronze
Harris, Shawn Alexandria, VA Piedmont Blue
Harsin, Dick Lynnwood, WA Washington Blue
Heaton, Tom Edmonds, WA Washington Bronze, Silver, Gold
Heckel, Matt Bozeman, MT Montana Gold
Hepler, William Los Angeles, CA Southern California Silver
Hiltz, Michelle Fairfax, VA Piedmont Blue
James, Jodi Herndon, VA Piedmont Blue
Janis, Lindall Hot Springs, SD South Dakota Blue
Johnson, Donnie Lake Stevens, WA Washington Bronze
Jones, Art Grand Ledge, MI Michigan Gold
Jones, Charles Waterville, MN Minnesota Blue, Bronze, Silver
Kahn, Scott Huntington Beach, CA California Bronze
Kemmer, Blair Reiles Acres, ND North Dakota Silver
Klamert, Ron Snohomish, WA Washington Blue
Kotchha, William Sparta, MI Michigan Blue
Kuszay, Michael Somerset, MA Massachusetts Blue
Lacoy, Tamblynne Dandridge, TN Tennessee Blue, Bronze
LaFrenier, Norman Rochester, NH New Hampshire Gold
LaRoche, Zach Rapid City, SD South Dakota Blue
Lee, Jacob Bristow, VA Piedmont Bronze
Logan, Sarah Roseville, CA Sacramento Blue
Mabardy, William Melrose, MA Massachusetts Gold
Magill, James Riverton, UT Utah Gold
Marques, Julia Taunton, MA Massachusetts Blue
Martin, Joe Edgemont, SD South Dakota Bronze
Marzan, Joseph Lakeside, CA Southern California Blue
McLaughlin, Gary Coulterville, IL Illinois Bronze, Silver
Metzemaekers, Ray Methven, MA Massachusetts Gold
Miles, Kody Rapid City, SD South Dakota Blue
Miles, Mike Rapid City, SD South Dakota Bronze
Minick, Robert Black Hawk, SD South Dakota Blue
Moore, Devin Box Elder, SD South Dakota Blue
Morrison, Jeremy L Bowling Green, KY Kentucky Bronze, Silver, Gold
Motter, Dana  North Baltimore, OH Ohio Bronze, Silver, Gold
Orlando, George Paeonian Springs, VA Piedmont Silver
Park, John Waipahu, HI Hawaii Gold
Parsaca, Dan Grand Rapids, MI Michigan Gold
Patty, Russ Carmichael, CA Sacramento Blue, Bronze
Pexton, Rebecca Douglas, WY Wyoming Bronze
Pohaku, Craig Monroe, WA Washington Bronze
Rice, Dustin Aurora, CO Colorado Gold
Rivett, James Creal Springs, IL Illinois Silver
Roberts, Ryan Eaton Rapids, MI Michigan Gold
Rogers, John Millersville, MD Maryland Gold
Rosa, Nelson Montgomery, AL Alabama Gold
Rutherdale, Jay Sacramento, CA Sacramento Blue, Bronze, Silver
Salisbury, Matt Lansing, MI Michigan Gold
Sandoval, Carlos Crete, NE Nebraska Gold
Slusser, Larry Mesa, AZ Arizona Bronze
Smith, John San Diego, CA Southern California Blue
St. John, Jacob Concord, VA Piedmont Blue
Stowers, Craig Burke, VA Piedmont Bronze
Titus II, Delmar Oakes, ND North Dakota Blue
Tobin, Daniel Whitman, MA Massachusetts Gold
Townsend, Keith Holts Summit, MO Missouri Gold
Vazquez, David Eagle Point, OR Oregon Bronze, Silver, Gold
Ware, Patrick Woodbridge, VA Piedmont Blue
Washington, Lester Champaign, IL Illinois Silver
Weise, Curtis Sykesville, MD Maryland Bronze
Welch, Kris Beaverton, OR Oregon Gold
Westfall, Martin Roseville, CA Sacramento Blue
Williams, Terrance Chattanooga, TN Tennessee Gold
Williams, Zandy Fairfax, VA Piedmont Blue
Williamson, Jeffrey Wall, SD South Dakota Blue

Elite Umpire Additions

Launched in 2003, the Elite Umpire Program is the highest honor a USA Softball umpire can obtain other than selection into the National Softball Hall of Fame.  To become eligible, an umpire must have been registered for at least seven years, be a current member who is in good standing and participated in at least four National Championships (two of which must have been in the same category of play and from an upper level qualifying National Championship).  Umpires can apply for either Fast Pitch, Slow Pitch and Modified Pitch, and those who are selected will receive a ball cap, membership card, a certificate and pin.

Name Hometown Association Category
Amante, Joseph Hudsonville, MI Michigan Slow Pitch
Apfelbacher, Dallas Eagan, MN Minnesota Fast Pitch
Appleberry, Emory Springfield, IL Illinois Fast Pitch
Bowles (Norris), Ariana Russells Point, OH Ohio Fast Pitch
Bretz, Tony La Mesa, CA Southern California Fast Pitch
Coleman, Casey Clinton, UT Utah Fast Pitch
Gonzalez, Robert Cypress, TX Houston Fast Pitch
Harris, Willie Hershey, PA Pennsylvania Slow Pitch
Hill, Greg Athens, AL Alabama Fast Pitch
Kelley, Samuel Montgomery, AL Alabama Fast Pitch
Layman, Tess Mason, MI Michigan Fast Pitch
Linnell, Brian Oregon City, OR Oregon Fast Pitch
Louie, Chuck San Francisco, CA San Francisco Fast Pitch
McManus, Charles Evansville, IN Indiana Fast Pitch
Mellen, Scott Midland, MI Michigan Modified Pitch
Morrison, Jeremy Bowling Green, KY Kentucky Fast Pitch
Pulaski, Dominic Whitehall, MI Michigan Fast Pitch
Rader, Lyle Wahpeton, ND North Dakota Fast Pitch
Reyes, Mario Irving, TX Dallas Slow Pitch
Straiton, Wayne Barre, VT Vermont Fast Pitch
Vazquez, David Eagle Point, OR Oregon Fast Pitch

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