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Arizona ASA Umpires at the Arizona Special Olympics Fall Games

Ten Arizona ASA Umpires volunteered their time and umpiring services to Special Olympics Arizona Softball 2009 Fall Games on October 16th and Oct 17th at Surprise Farms Community Parks, in Surprise Arizona. Umpires represented each one of the three (3) Districts.

Mike Davidson and Dave Hatfield represented the North District and George Poole represented the South District. Umpires representing the Central District were Wally Latall, Andy Williams, Tom Lemke, Wayne Fulton, Dave Dickson, Doug Liebman and “Bear”.

Fourteen Teams participated in the event and according to Bud Levy from the Arizona Special Olympics Game Management Team the event was one of the most successful in the history of the Fall State Games. Bud Levy sent the below e-mail to the Arizona State UIC, Mike Davidson expressing his appreciation to the Umpires:

Fantastic Softball Tournament!!

Our FABULOUS Softball GMT put on a Fabulous tournament, once again!! With the exception of the weather, and we won't talk about that since it was out of our control, the tournament was absolutely GREAT, ran smoothly and everyone had a SUPER time.

We had 14 teams this year and a lot of wonderful surprises from some new teams and some unbelievably close games. We even had to award double gold metals to two teams that were evenly matched. That has never happened before!

Thanks to ALL of the umpires for the great job they did and thanks to Surprise for allowing us to use those great fields!! And how about the Diamondback Clinics once again this year!!

Fabulous & Thanks!! Looking forward to doing this again next year!

Bud Levey

Wally Latall AZ State Director of Umpire Support Services with his wife Liz in the Dugout at Surprise Stadium enjoying
Opening Ceremonies

Pictured from Left to Right are: Wally Latall, AZ ASA Director of Umpire Support Services, Anna Turco, Northern Arizona
Regional Director Special Olympics and Mike Davidson, AZ ASA State Umpire -in-Chief

South District Umpire George Poole clearing his indicator after a recorded out.

Central District Umpire Dave Dickson working the bases in a Semi-Final Game

Central District Umpire Wayne Fulton waits for Pitcher to release the pitch

Central District Umpire Doug Liebman working the bases in a Semi-Final Game

Wayne Fulton again, but this time he is wondering oh where oh where has his catcher gone?

"Bear" is working the phones to get a replacement Umpire

Pictured from left to right are: Joanne Hatfield, wife of North District Umpire Dave Hatfield, next, then Wally Latall,
AZ ASA Director of Umpire Support Services, AZ ASA State Umpire-in-Chief Mike Davidson and Central District
Umpire Doug Liebman. Close to 2,000 people attended Opening Ceremonies, which included dinner for the Special
Athletes, the Arizona Special Olympics Game Management Staff and hundreds of Volunteers. Over 1,200 Athletes
were present for the 2009 Fall Games and there were 48 participating Delegations.

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