Dennis “Jake” Shulda from USA Softball of Massachusetts has been a softball umpire for 30+ years for high school, college and USA Softball. Jake is on the Board of Directors for the Greenfield Girls Softball League and member of the USA Softball of Massachusetts umpire staff. He has helped to expand the footprint of USA Softball in Western Massachusetts on both league and tournament levels. His greatest contribution may be his unrelenting commitment to mentor and train umpires, which makes Jake a highly-respected person and well loved by softball enthusiasts of all ages.
Patrick Goode of USA Softball of Massachusetts began umpiring last year after four years of officiating youth baseball. Patrick worked over 80 softball games in both One and Two Umpire Systems in his first year. Patrick, a student of the game, took advantage of classes and mentors to develop outstanding mechanics, rules knowledge and game management skills. Patrick is a high school junior, a member of the National Honor Society and plays both varsity hockey and baseball. Patrick even recruited a friend to umpire this year - hats off to Blues of the future!