May 27, 2020
I have made decisions to restart USA Girls Junior Olympic Softball in the State of Maine with certain guidelines to be followed.
Effective June 1st 2020 and for the month of June 2020 teams will be allowed to practice or scrimmage.
No tournament games for the month of June.
The Maine State USA State Championships have been moved to July 30,31 and August 1st 2020, this means the 2020 Olympic Dream Event has been canceled. If you have registered for this event a FULL refund or admission to another event will be arranged.
The MAYSA Triple Play event has been either postponed or canceled.(I will update everyone soon with a decision on this event).
All Maine teams will not be allowed travel outside of Maine for months of June and July 2020. I will make a decision on what happens with events in August at a later date.
All events held during the month of July 2020 will be for Maine USA registered teams only. No teams from other states or other countries allowed.
I have attached the Maine version of back to the ballpark requirements which will be posted on the website. These need to be followed and used for practices and scrimmage games.
Maine USA Softball will hold 4 dates in June (6,7 13,14) which will have day long events for teams to play 2 games and we will use these dates to seek changes, make adjustments to any of the required items that I have requested in the back to the ballpark recommendations. I will publish something soon when I get my team of Commissioner/UIC’s together.
I know some of you have been approached for league play and I am requesting that the leagues use the Maine back to the ballpark recommendations that I have set forth. I will be conversing with all regaurding this compliance.
I want to THANK all of you for your patience and understanding going through this rough time.(COVID-19). During many of my phone exchanges with area commissioners the easiest thing to do would have been to cancel the 2020 season like some others have done. I for one could not let that happen and I have tried to provide a safe and workable guide to get the girls returning to one of the greatest sports of all time. (USA SOFTBALL).
I will be looking for assistance from all of you to make this happen, my feeling is that if we work together
for what is best for the players, coaches, parents and fans we can get through this.
Saying this I have found that there are no Social Distancing Police, Face Mask Police, Hand Sanitizing Police or anybody that will provide direct assistance to questions that may come up so I will do the best I can to protect everyone involved with events in the State Of Maine….
Cleveland “Brownie” Brown
USA Softball of Maine
Junior Olympic State Commissioner
State Commissioner / Districts 8&9 Commissioner
Tony Gowell is the USA Softball of Maine State Commissioner, has been the District 9 and 10 Commissioner for about 10 years, and the State Commissioner for about 7 years.
Tony has lived in Lewiston for about 3 years, and prior to that lived in Sabattus most of his life. He met his wife Mariann there and raised 2 boys, Anthony and Vincent, and they have 1 grandson. They downsized and moved into the city. Tony owns a pest control business which he has been a pest control professional for over 30 years. He and his wife love to travel and love trying different foods.
Tony has been a USA umpire for 20+ years, has been to 8 National tournaments, held multiple State tournaments and umpired in many more. His success in the umpire world, gives all the credit to Norm Davis as he made him that much better. Tony still enjoys umpiring all assets of the organization. He, also, is a basketball referee and a football official for about 15 years. He loves the camaraderie of the fraternity of officiating.
State Deputy Commissioner
State JO Commissioner
State JO Deputy Commissioner
Cleveland “Brownie” Brown
Brownie is the Maine USA Softball Junior Olympic State Commissioner. He has been the Coach of the popular Blue Demons softball program (1988-????), and Founder of the Fairfield P.A.L. Girls Softball (1998), USA Softball Umpire (1999). He is the Tournament Director of the USA Summer Tournaments, Founder of CEB Sports (1988), a program for today’s youth to learn/grow and enjoy life through sports, a Basketball Coach and Commissioner of the Central Maine Sunday Travel Basketball League.
Scott is the current State of Maine Umpire and Chief for Maine USA Softball. He has been an umpire for over 20 years and umpires all levels of High School, Junior Olympic and Adult Slow Pitch games all over the State of Maine. Slow Pitch is his favorite game and has provided him with an opportunity to umpire in four Slow Pitch Men’s National Tournaments. Scott is a member of USA Softballs National Indicator Fraternity
Scott enjoys working with different umpires helping them to improve and move up to the highest levels of the game. He is willing to travel the State conducting clinics and training umpires.
District 1 Commissioner
District 3 Commissioner
District 4 Commissioner
District 6 Commissioner
Jeff has been involved in ASA/USA softball since 1970, starting as a player and then as an umpire since 1981. As an ump Jeff has been a Division 1, 2, 3 umpire and has officiated many high school games and playoff games. He also has a USA Softball National Tournament to his credit.
Jeff has been the District 6 Commissioner since 1991, serving the greater Waterville area and all who need Softball info.
Probably better known for being Tournament Director for hundreds of Jr. Olympic Tournament and Adult tourneys, Jeff enjoys the organizational challenges a large tournament at multiple sites can bring. “the guy that sends all the emails”.
District 7 Commissioner
Rick has been involved with umpiring ASA/USA Softball for 32 years for both the Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch, and National Federation of State High School Associations. He, also, umpired numerous State tournaments.
Rick lives in Augusta. He is a 3-Sport Official, an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and 1st Year Commissioner of the Capital Area.
District 10 Commissioner
Jim Smith of Wilton has been involved with umpiring ASA/USA Softball since 1999. During this time, he has served as an Executive Board Member, President, and Umpire in Charge for the West Central Maine Umpires Association (District 10).
Jim has umpired in 3 National ASA/USA Fast Pitch Tournaments, attended 2 National Fast Pitch Schools and received the Indicator Fraternity Award in 2012.
District 11 Commissioner
District 11 UIC – 2015-present
Married, lives in Scarborough, two children
Master Candy Maker – Haven’s Candies 1996 – present
Past President Scarborough Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors – Chamber of Commerce 1998 – presentVolunteers on and has served on various town committees/activities – Community Services and Recreation Advisory Com, SCTV Com, Personnel Board of Appeals Com, Zoning Board of Appeals Com, Scarborough Superintendent Search Com, Scarborough Softball Boosters, Youth coach Softball – Soccer – Basketball.
District 12 Commissioner