Players, Coaches and Umpires
These players and coaches form teams that compete in league and tournament play across the country. USA Softball has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today. Travel teams looking to fulfill their competitive desires begin traveling, often crossing city and state boundaries, competing in USA Softball organized, county, district, state, regional and national tournaments. These tournaments, in many cases, award berths to the ultimate prize in softball-the USA Softball National Championships. An estimated twenty percent of USA Softball registered softball teams compete at some level of Championship Play.
USA Softball's membership base has been built from thousands of local (recreational) softball leagues throughout the United States. These leagues are organized through local park and recreation offices, private softball complexes or directly through one of the local USA Softball offices.
Leagues often times fall into the parameters of a local USA Softball district. These districts provide local organization to the teams and leagues that fall within it boundaries. Often times, districts are the mediators between the state or metro association and teams.
State and Metro Associations
There are 70 local USA Softball associations across the United States. The administrators that volunteer their time to run the 70 local associations are commissioners. These commissioners have a staff comprised of a youth (JO) commissioner, umpire-in-chief and at-large-player representative. Based on how many teams they register in their area and the amount of tournaments they organize, the staff is increased accordingly. Many of these administrators maintain voting privileges on USA Softball's council that ultimately vote on the rules of softball and the code that governs the association.
The USA Softball National Office Staff is based out of the Headquarters in Oklahoma City. Click here to see a list of National Office Staff.