FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE IS ASA/USA SOFTBALL LOCATED?
ASA/USA Softball is headquartered in Oklahoma City at the National Softball Hall of Fame Museum and Complex. The National Office consists of 29 full-time employees who assist ASA local associations in administering softball programming and registration across the country. The address of the office is 2801 NE 50th St, Oklahoma, City, OK 73111. General phone line is 405-424-5266.
HOW ARE THE USA SOFTBALL and the AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION CONNECTED?
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and oversees aspects of the grassroots programs and the national team programs. USA Softball is a brand of the ASA is related specifically to the USA National Teams that compete internationally for the United States.
WHEN WAS THE USA SOFTBALL BRAND ESTABLISHED?
USA Softball was established in 1978 when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) named the ASA the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT NATIONAL TEAMS THAT COMPETE FOR USA SOFTBALL?
USA Softball has five different national teams that compete in various international competitions – Women’s National Team, Men’s National Fast Pitch Team, Junior Women’s National Team and Junior Men’s National Fast Pitch Team, and the Men's Slow Pitch National Team. Each of these National Teams compete at various International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships once every two years. To learn more about ISF, visit http://www.isfsoftball.org/
WHO SELECTS PLAYERS TO COMPETE FOR THE USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL TEAMS?
There are two committees that select players to compete on USA Softball National Teams – Men’s National Team Selection Committee and the Women’s National Team Selection Committee. These committees work tirelessly throughout the year scouting events across the country in search of the top athletes for national team selection. Committee members can be found at ASA tournaments, ASA Nationals, NCAA tournaments, NCAA Women’s College World Series and many other events.
HOW DO I GET SELECTED TO A USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL TEAM?
There are two committees that select players to compete on USA Softball National Teams – Men’s National Team Selection Committee and the Women’s National Team Selection Committee. These committees work tirelessly throughout the year scouting events across the country in search of the top athletes for national team selection. Committee members can be found at ASA tournaments, ASA National Championships, NCAA tournaments, NCAA Women’s College World Series and many other events.
Once committee members identify potential national team players, these individuals are invited to participate in tryout camps and from those camps they are selected to represent the United States in international competitions.
The best way to be noticed by members of the selection committees is to compete in high level ASA tournaments and ASA National Championships if you are not currently playing at the collegiate level.
WHERE CAN I SEE THE USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL TEAM PLAY?
Each year different USA Softball National Teams compete in events in the United States. The World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City is held each year during the month of July and showcases some of the top women’s teams in the world. Schedules for all the USA Softball National Teams can be found on their team pages, accessible through the "TEAM USA" tab at the top of this website. To purchase tickets to the World Cup of Softball, visit www.softballoutlet.com.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE USA SOFTBALL MERCHANDISE?
USA Softball merchandise can be purchased by visiting http://www.softballoutlet.com/ – the official USA Softball merchandise website. Proceeds from purchases of USA Softball merchandise go directly back to the USA Softball program.
I AM A JOURNALIST. HOW CAN I INTERVIEW A USA SOFTBALL ATHLETE, COACH, or STAFF MEMBER?
All USA Softball media requests should be directed to Steven Embree, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for ASA/USA Softball, at (405) 425-3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I WANT TO BECOME A USA SOFTBALL PARTNER/SPONSOR. WHO DO I CONTACT?
All ASA/USA Softball advertizing, marketing and sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Julie Bartel, Director of Marketing and Communications for ASA/USA Softball, at (405) 425-3463 or email@example.com.