ARIZONA AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION UMPIRE RECOGNITION - UMPIRE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
In late 2011, the Arizona ASA Umpire Staff developed an Umpire Recognition Program to recognize umpires who have distinguished
themselves through their on field performance at the local level during State Championship Play and, in many cases, other
Championship Play and during National Championship Play. Also taken into consideration during the selection processes is the
umpire’s overall cooperation, support, enthusiasm and loyalty to Arizona ASA.
At first the program included a wide variety of categories and an overall Umpire of the Year Category. In 2013 the program was
further refined and it is envisioned will remain as it is today for many years to come. The Umpire Recognition Program includes
a District Umpire of the Year (can be either Fast Pitch or Slow Pitch) and an overall Umpire of the Year (can be either Fast
Pitch or Slow Pitch).
The Umpire of the Year Award is presented to the selected umpires in front of their peers at the Annual District Rules and
Mechanics Clinics conducted in each District. Each Umpire of Year receives a "Home Plate" Plaque, appropriately inscribed,
with their name, year and Award Title.
2015 Umpire of the Year Award Winners
Arizona ASA Umpire of the Year
Geri Magwire (Fast Pitch Umpire)
Northwest District Umpire of the Year
Chris Gall (Fast Pitch Umpire)
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Central District Umpire of the Year
Kevin Rusk (Fast Pitch and 16 Inch Slow Pitch Umpire)
South District Umpire of the Year
Paul Guiffre (Fast Pitch Umpire)
Wayne Fulton Character Award
Prescott Valley, AZ
The 2015 Arizona Amateur Softball Association Umpire of the Year Award was presented to Geri Magwire of Tempe, Arizona. The
Award was presented at the Central District Annual Fast Pitch Umpire Clinic, Peoria, AZ on 6 February 2015.
The 2015 Northwest District Umpire of the Year Award was presented to Chris Gall of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The Award
was presented at the Annual Northwest District Prescott Umpire Clinic on 16 April 2015.
The 2015 Central District Umpire of the Year Award was presented to Kevin Rusk of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Award was presented
at the Annual Central District Fast Pitch Umpire Clinic in Peoria, AZ on 16 February 2016.
The Wayne Fulton Character Award, named after the long time Arizona ASA veteran Umpire Wayne Fulton, is a special Award
periodically presented to an umpire who has distinguished themselves by their contributions to the success of other umpires
and to the success of and overall contributions to Arizona ASA both on and off the field. The Award was first created in 2011
by Aaron Burns and first presented to Wayne Fulton.
Recognizing him in 2015 for his immeasurable contributions over the past several years while serving as a National Championship
Umpire Coordinator, Field Supervisor of Invitational and Championship Tournaments and as an Umpire, this Award was presented to
Steve Harbeck of Prescott Valley AZ, during the Annual Northwest District Prescott Umpire Clinic held on 16 April 2016.
The Award reads:
"In admiration and appreciation of your dedication, enthusiasm, contributions and hard work on behalf of ASA Softball in Arizona.
From everyone who is part of Arizona ASA, thank you, Steve"