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Umpire Award

Name/s: John Marquardt


How many years have you been involved in Softball?  49


Explain your involvement in Softball (coach/umpire/volunteer/player/sponsor, etc):

I started playing fastpitch softball in 1973 at Milltown SD. My fast pitch career included playing for Milltown, Kaylor, Tabor, and Mitchell Trail King. My Fast pitch career ended when we moved to Yankton in 1996 and there were non fast pitch teams anymore, so I tried Slow pitch for a few years. When my daughter decided to play softball, I coached her team to winning the 12U Class B State tournament. She stopped playing softball to pursue other hobbies. Missing the fields, I went to watch some games one night and Pee Wee Jones talked me into becoming an Umpire. The rest they say is history. I have been umpiring Since 2002 and still enjoy being around softball to this day. Marquardt Transportation has been a sponsor of local teams and ASA/USA softball for many years.


Your best memory of the Ringneck Tournament:

There are so many, but my favorite memory is after every Ring Neck tournament I realize how many new friends and acquaintances I have made. Being involved with the Ring Neck family is a great experience.


Other organizations involved with:

St John’s Lutheran Church, Yankton Girls Softball Ass., Yankton Men’s Softball Ass. and I am running for Yankton County Commission


Your advice to players/coaches:

My advice to players/coaches/ and fellow umpires is to enjoy softball but also learn from the experience of team building and fellowship from the people involved with this game.