DeafDigest Sports – May 24, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— Gallaudet athletic department job announcement

— tentative list of deaf vs deaf 2018 football games
(updated today)

— random deafsports thoughts

— track updates

— deaf referee in “street” hockey

— deaf umpire in Tennessee high school softball championships

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf pro golfer vs world’s best deaf amateur golfers

DeafSports picture of the day


Gallaudet athletic department job announcement

position opening
Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

Full job description and to apply:


Washington track

District IV 1B track meet


Team scores, women—1. Naselle 172; 2. North River 84; 3. Wishkah Valley
75; 4. Mary M. Knight 52; 5. Taholah 46; 6. Washington School for the Deaf
39; 7. Firm Foundation Christian 22.

Team scores, men—1. Naselle 140; 2. Mary M. Knight 89; 3. Firm
Foundation Christian 77; 4. North River 64; 5. Washington School for the
Deaf 52; 6. Wishkah Valley 44; Taholah 35.


2018 football games between deaf schools
(updated today)

Aug 25 Georgia at Louisiana
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas

Sep  6 Kansas at Wisconsin
Sep  6 Louisiana at Mississippi
Sep  6 Tennessee at South Carolina
Sep  8 Missouri at Arkansas
Sep  8 Oklahoma at Minnesota
Sep 13 South Carolina at Tennessee
Sep 14 Model at Fremont
Sep 15 Minnesota at Kansas
Sep 15 Iowa at Arkansas
Sep 15 New Mexico at Wisconsin
Sep 15 Carolinas at Louisiana
Sep 15 Mississippi at Georgia
Sep 15 Oklahoma at Minnesota
Sep 20 Tennessee at Carolinas (at Morganton)
Sep 20 Louisiana at Oklahoma
Sep 21 Texas at Model
Sep 22 Indiana at Alabama
Sep 22 Kansas at Missouri
Sep 22 Minnesota at Michigan
Sep 22 Wisconsin at Illinois
Sep 22 New Mexico at Iowa
Sep 22 South Carolina at Mississippi
Sep 22 Washington at Phoenix
Sep 27 Kansas at Oklahoma
Sep 28 Maryland at Texas
Sep 29 Phoenix at Colorado
Sep 29 Arkansas at New Mexico
Sep 29 Kansas at Oklahoma
Sep 29 Missouri at Minnesota
Sep 29 Wisconsin at Iowa
Sep 29 Carolinas at Georgia
Sep 29 Tennessee at Missisippi

Oct  4 Michigan at Wisconsin
Oct  5 Alabama at Model
Oct  6 Illinois at Minnesota
Oct  6 South Carolina at Carolinas (at Morganton)
Oct  6 Georgia at Tennessee
Oct  6 Mississippi at Louisiana
Oct  9 Kansas at Illinois
Oct 10 Tennessee at Carolinas (at Morganton)
Oct 13 Wisconsin at Minnesota
Oct 13 Louisiana at Alabama
Oct 13 Illinois at Michigan
Oct 13 Model at Indiana
Oct 13 Oklahoma at Mississippi
Oct 13 Iowa at Missouri
Oct 13 Phoenix at Fremont
Oct 18 Alabama at Arkansas
Oct 18 Missouri at Wisconsin
Oct 20 Mississippi at Maryland
Oct 20 Iowa at Kansas
Oct 20 Carolinas at South Carolina
Oct 27 Arkansas at Kansas
Oct 27 Minnesota at Iowa
Oct 27 Florida at Alabama
Oct 27 Louisiana at Georgia
Oct 27 New Mexico at Oklahoma

Nov 2 Georgia at Carolinas (at Wilson)

this list is not complete; seven more schools
will make the list complete

Please email barry@deafdigest.com if your
schedule is ready so the list will be
updated.  Thank you.

Also if you see corrections that need to be
made, please again email barry@deafdigest.com

Schedules often change; if your schedule has
changed since it was turned in, please re-send
your revised schedule.


random deafsports thoughts

The mercy rule in high school football is a good
rule. There is no point in adding more points to
a game that has already been decided. Yet –
it bothers DeafDigest Sports that some deaf
schools would travel long distances only to
be blown out in the first quarter. Just
wish there is an equal level playing field


deaf referee in “street” hockey

as edited from long newspaper story

In This Scrappy Street Hockey League, a Deaf Referee Helps Keep the Peace

Joel Cohen, who is deaf, is considered the top referee
in New York’s Mofo Street Hockey League

Players wear sneakers, not roller skates, and even though the surface
was 50 feet shorter than a regulation rink, it was exhausting.

“There’s no gliding in street hockey, you’ve always got to be
moving,” saione of the players.

There’s no body-checking allowed in Mofo Hock. But by the end of
the game, there were 13 penalties.

Cohen uses his whistle o call icing, offsides, and penalties,
and uses hands to signal goals and assists to the scorekeeper.

The players can stick check, take slap shots, and raise the
ball above the crossbar. They play 5-on-5, with three 20-minute
periods and a running clock.

Cohen earns $60.00 per game, and he also referees in other
leagues in the metro area.


deaf umpire in Tennessee high school softball championships

edited from newspaper story

Deaf umpire can still call ’em like he sees ’em

MURFREESBORO — There’s no loud drama to Tim King’s calls. Where some
umpires have a distinct “striiike” call, King relies on the motions.

King, who is officiating his third straight TSSAA state softball
championships, was born deaf. His speech is quiet and can be unclear. He
gestures to coaches and players, motioning for the pitcher to wipe her
hand before taking the ball or to confirm a substitution.

The 68-year-old Davidson County umpire has been doing this for more than
30 years. He has figured out the tricks to communicate with athletes.

Sometimes coaches approach still talking into their hands or cards, like
to avoid lip readers in the opposing dugout. One coach didn’t understand
when King asked her to move her hands, until he reached out and pulled her
arms to her side. She was so embarrassed she just walked back to the

Sometimes the other umpires will come in to help communicate. He’s worked
so long with some of them that they’re more used to the rhythm of gestures
and lip reading. A couple of times during Wednesday’s Class AAA game
between William Blount and Ooltewah, a second official started toward the
conversation only to be waved off by the player who understood.

Umpires tend to rely on their hearing. They watch the bag and listen for
the ball to hit the glove, or vice versa. King is all visual.

“He sees everything,” said Ken Cato, another umpire. “Tim has such great
vision of the field.”

King has umpired college and high school softball, including ACC and
Pac-10 tournaments. He likes high school for its role in growing the sport
and teaching athletes.

Sam Kerr, state supervisor of softball and tournament director, praised
King. He’d take him at any event and doesn’t know anyone who would turn
him away. King also officiates volleyball and basketball.

King said he’s never had any issues with kids giving him a hard time for
being deaf. Other officials said they’ve seen kids making fun of him, but
rarely in softball, where he is well known.

Players who have seen him regularly know him for being fair and
consistent, which is what every umpire strives for.