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Graig Bolton
Softball, Fastpitch-Womens

    Graig Bolton learned the skills needed to be an umpire while serving in the Marine Corps and has now spent most of his adult life officiating.

    A native Iowan, Bolton has umpired in 16 states and three countries since he started in 1982. He became an Amateur Softball Association umpire in 1984 in Ames, Iowa and has been an ASA member ever since. He has been a member of the local Western Washington Umpires Association serving Tacoma-Pierce County since 1990.

    In addition to the ASA program, Bolton has also umpired USSSA, NSA, ISA (Seniors) slowpitch games and has umpired fastpitch softball at the high school and NCAA Division II and III levels.

    His talent has resulted in selection to umpire 11 ASA national tournaments (four slowpitch and seven fastpitch) and three NSA national tournaments including one super World Series; seven USSSA Western World Series tournaments; and over 15 WIAA high school district softball tournaments. Bolton has also umpired in 11 high school state softball tournaments in all classifications. He was the home plate umpire for two 4A state championship games, one 2A state tittle and two other state championship games on the bases.

    He has also held leadership positions in the WWUA including UIC (Umpire-in-Chief) for three years and the role of President of the WWUA for the 2017-18 season. When the softball season is done, he moves indoors. Bolton has been a high school volleyball referee for 21 years with the Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board.