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Northern Region (Region 8) General Information/Code

Dick Gulmon

Dick Gulmon

Region 8 Vice President (North Dakota)

Phone: 701-490-0078

2019-2020 term



Scott Gagnon

Scott Gagnon

Region 8 Director (Minneapolis)

Phone: 612-490-1374

2019-2020 term



Tom Bye

Tom Bye

Region 8 Junior Olympic Commissioner (Minnesota)

Phone: 651-270-0219

2019-2020 term

2019-2020 term

Steve Riswold

Steve Riswold

Region 8 Umpire in Chief (South Dakota)

Phone: 605-212-0657

2019-2020 term

Bradley Leonhard

Bradley Leonhard

Region 8 At Large Player Rep (Wisconsin)

I. REGIONAL MEETINGS

Voting Members Include

  • State/Metro Commissioners
  • Commissioner Emeritus
  • State/Metro Player Reps
  • State/Metro JO Commissioners
  • At Large Player Reps
  • Regional JO Commissioner
  • Regional Player Rep
  • State/Metro UIC
  • Regional UIC

Pocket proxy votes are allowed by a commissioner if a voting representative can not be present.

II. ADVANCING FEES

National entry fees are the responsibility of the local association sending the team(s).

III. TROPHIES/AWARDS

Tournament hosts are responsible for appropriate awards. Adults - Awards for first, second, and third. Individual awards are not required and are left as an option to the tournament host.

IV. HALL OF FAME TOURNAMENT

Minnesota and South Dakota will rotate USA Softball National Hall of Fame tournament berths and develop their own method of awarding them. Minnesota will have the 16-Under and 18-Under berths in even years and 12-Under & 14-Under berths in odd years. Vice versa for South Dakota.

North Dakota and Minneapolis will enter the rotation when they indicate they want to.

  • 2014 Minnesota - 16-Under and 18-Under
  • 2014 South Dakota - 10-Under, 12-Under, and 14-Under
     
  • 2015 Minnesota - 10-Under, 12-Under, and 14-Under
  • 2015 South Dakota - 16-Under and 18-Under
     
  • 2016 Minnesota - 16-Under and 18-Under
  • 2016 South Dakota - 10-Under, 12-Under, and 14-Under
     
  • 2017 Minnesota - 10-Under, 12-Under, and 14-Under
  • 2017 South Dakota - 16-Under and 18-Under
     
  • 2018 Hall of Fame Tournaments are cancelled due to stadium construction.
  • 2019 Hall of Fame Tournaments are cancelled due to stadium construction.

V. NATIONAL AND REGIONAL QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT ROTATION

Girls' Fast Pitch 10-Under, 12-Under, 14-Under, 16-Under, 18-Under National and Regional Qualifier Tournaments will use the following rotation unless agreed upon otherwise:

Association 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Minneapolis * * * * * *
Minnesota Regional Regional National Regional Regional National
North Dakota * * * * * *
South Dakota National National/Regional Regional National Regional Regional
Wisconsin Regional Passed Regional Regional National Regional

*The association has opted out of hosting a Junior Olympic Qualifier but may re-enter the rotation by notifying the Region 8 Board of Directors at the annual board meeting.                    
                    
A National Qualifier allows teams from any association in the country to play in it.                    
                    
A Regional Qualifier allows teams from only our region to play in it.

VI. RIVAL ORGANIZATIONS

Northern Region USA Softball Associations may not sanction tournaments of USA Softball state or national competitors.

Northern Region USA Softball Associations may not assign or supply USA Softball umpires in USA Softball uniforms to non-sanctioned tournaments or tournaments of USA Softball state or national competitors.

Northern Region USA Softball Associations may not sanction tournaments outside their territorial boundaries which are on file with the USA Softball National Office unless by mutual consent of the commissioners involved.

VII. JO GFP/BFP NATIONAL QUALIFIERS HELD IN REGION 8

No new inning shall begin after one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes. If the score is tied and the time limit expires, the international tie breaker shall be in effect at the top of the next inning.

For JO Girls Fastpitch National Qualifiers, a leather optic yellow red stitch cork core softball must be used. National Qualifier results (completed draw with team names and scores) shall be distributed to all associations that entered teams in the National Qualifier. Results must be sent within seven (7) days after completion of the tournament(s).

VIII. REGION 8 Position Rotation

NORTHERN REGION (REGION 8) USA SOFTBALL REPRESENTATION

Region 8 Positions 2018
Region Vice President North Dakota (Elected)
Region Director Minneapolis
Region Player Representative Wisconsin
Region Junior Olympic Commissioner Minnesota
Region Umpire In Chief South Dakota

Subsequent years will be agreed upon at a later date but prior to the 2018 National Council Meeting.

  1. The Region Vice President position is a USA Softball Board of Directors position and is voted upon every two (2) years.
  2. The association holding the Vice President position would not be eligible to hold any other positions, unless negotiated at the region meeting.
  3. An association in the region would only hold one position at a time. Positions would be rotated through the region as prescribed in the above table.
  4. In the event a new Region Vice President is elected, the association of the former Region Vice President assumes the spot of the new Region Vice President's association in the rotation.
  5. If a specific region position does not complete their full four year term, the position descends to the next association in line.

  6. If an association passes on their rotation for a region position, the association only descends one position unless otherwise requested.

X. Umpire Rotation

YEAR Minnesota Minneapolis North Dakota South Dakota Wisconsin
2009 MBSP MCSP, MDSP X X
2010 WDSP X MDSP MCSP
2011 X MDSP MCSP MBSP
2012 WCSP MDSP X MSCSP
2013 MCSP MDSP MCSP X
2014 TBD X TBD TBD
2015 X TBD TBD TBD
2016 TBD TBD X TBD
2017 TBD TBD TBD X
2018

Key
MBSP = Men's B Slow Pitch, MCSP = Men's C Slow Pitch, MDSP = Men's D Slow Pitch, MESP = Men's E Slow Pitch, WCSP = Women's C Slow Pitch, WDSP = Women's D Slow Pitch.

XI. Umpire Usage

When a Northern Region association hosts a USA Softball National Tournament and needs additional umpires the initial contact must be made with the local association commissioner, not the requested umpires.

For national tournaments held in the Northern Region, umpires shall be assigned based on the following:

  • Two umpire system - Three umpires shall be secured per field utilized.
  • Three umpire system - Four umpires shall be secured per field utilized.

Northern Region USA Softball registered umpires in one association who have been asked to umpire in another association, shall seek the permission of the releasing and accepting association commissioners and the State/Metro UIC's, to assure the umpire is in good standing and qualified.

Note: If an umpire is registered in two associations, the releasing association shall be defined as the one they do the majority of their umpiring.

XII. Other Information

2018 Region 8 JO Fastpitch "Regional" Qualifiers

Tournament Location (City, State) Date Contact Email Address Phone Numbers Entry Fee
10-Under A Minnesota TBD
10-Under A Wisconsin TBD
12-Under A Minnesota TBD
12-Under A Wisconsin TBD
14-Under A Minnesota TBD
14-Under A Wisconsin TBD
16-Under A Minnesota TBD
16-Under A Wisconsin TBD
18-Under A Minnesota TBD
18-Under A Wisconsin TBD

2018 REGION 8 JO FASTPITCH "National" QUALIFIERS

Tournament Location (City, State) Date Contact Email Address Phone Numbers Entry Fee
10-Under A Sioux Falls, SD TBD TBD
12-Under A Sioux Falls, SD TBD TBD
14-Under A Sioux Falls, SD TBD TBD
16-Under A Sioux Falls, SD TBD TBD
18-Under A Sioux Falls, SD TBD TBD
16U GOLD NGQT
16U GOLD NGQT
16U GOLD NGQT
18U GOLD NGQT
18U GOLD NGQT
18U GOLD NGQT

Region 11 14-Under Region Qualifier Brackets

WRA Park - Mound, MN on June 13-14, 2015

Region 11 16-Under Region Qualifier Brackets

WRA Park - Mound, MN on June 13-14, 2015

Region 11 18-Under Region Qualifier Brackets

WRA Park - Mound, MN on June 13-14, 2015

Region 11 14-Under National Qualifier Brackets

Sherman Park - Sioux Falls, SD on June 20-21, 2015

Region 11 16-Under National Qualifier Brackets

Sherman Park - Sioux Falls, SD on June 20-21, 2015

Region 11 18-Under National Qualifier Brackets

Sherman Park - Sioux Falls, SD on June 20-21, 2015