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Dedicated fastpitch promoter enters the NAFA Hall of Fame

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
2014 Ricola Cough Drop Men's Fastpitch Team. Doug Smith is pictured front row, far right; son John is front row, fourth from left.

2014 Ricola Cough Drop Men’s Fastpitch Team. Doug Smith is pictured front row, far right; son John is front row, fourth from left.

WASHINGTON, N.J. – For 10 years, Doug Smith played slowpitch softball, but when a friend coaxed him on to the fastpitch field in 1983, Smith left the slower game in the dust.

And for the next 32 years, until his death in February 2015 at the age of 60, Smith’s love for fastpitch never faltered. He was the sport’s consummate advocate. He played, he managed, he recruited, he entered his teams in leagues and tournaments. Smith even shopped for his team’s uniforms.

And with his sales background, Smith’s pitch to likely sponsors often met with success.

    SELLING THE GAME

“This is where Doug really shined,” said Bob Fedor, his good friend, former teammate, and on-field manager for many of those 32 years. “He became really good at getting businesses to support a group of guys who wanted to play local and travel fastpitch.”

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Umpiring friends head to NAFA World Series one last time for special honor

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

OAKCREEK, Wisc. – The miles to league games and tournaments add up into the thousands, the games into the hundreds. And the pay doesn’t make them rich.

For fastpitch umpires, that’s the price they pay to officiate the game they love. And Wisconsin umpires Steve Komoroski and Tom Ueberroth, certainly have a soft spot in their hearts for the game of fastpitch softball.

The two good friends started umpiring together about 1996, figures Ueberroth, 58. They’ve officiated the girls and women’s side from college division I to high school and tournaments.

ST CLAIR THE CATALYST

But they’ve umpired the men’s side as well, mainly with the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) in Wisconsin and at the NAFA World Series.

“Henry St. Clair (the late, former NAFA UIC) got me started in men’s fastpitch about 20 years a go,” said Komoroski. “You don’t make much money, but I love it.”

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Calling all 2016 NAFA Hall of Fame inductees

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – Congratulations to the class of 2016 NAFA Hall of Fame inductees. Your membership in this exclusive class of individuals places you with the “best of the best” in the history of the North American Fastpitch Association since its founding in 1993.

Hall of Famers we need information from you to make your induction a ringing success and one you will remember: (Requested by NAFA Executive Director Benji Hedgecock).

  • At what 2016 NAFA World Series would you like to be inducted?
  • What is your coat size?
  • Who will make your induction speach?
  • Please provide a biography of your career. (See Bob Otto request below)
  • Send information to Benjie Hedgecock.
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398 cell
    503-864-4487 work
    fax 503-864-3939
    PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

    I’ve been asked to write biographies of each of the inductees. I’ve created a questionaire to help us accomplish this goal. If you want me to write your bio, respond by email (address below) and I will send you a questionnaire. The NAFA World Series is less than a month away, so your response must be ASAP for me to get this done.

    The 2016 Hall of Fame Class

    UMPIRE

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • COACH / SPONSOR

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • PLAYERS

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • Thank You,
    Bob Otto
    botto3@verizon.net
    www.ottoinfocus.com

    NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.

    2016 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

    Umpire

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
  • NAFA CONTACT INFORMATION
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114