Oklahoma City welcomes ASA USA Softball members from across the country for 82nd Annual Council Meeting
CITY —The city of Oklahoma City, the home of the Amateur Softball Association
(ASA) of America and USA Softball, welcomes over 225 ASA/USA Softball council
members November 9-16 as ASA/USA Softball hosts its 82nd Annual Council Meeting
at the Renaissance Hotel/Cox Convention Center. During the weeklong
event, administrators, players and tournament hosts from around the country
participate in a series of meetings to evaluate the needs of the association
along with proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of ASA/USA
Softball. In addition to the business side of the organization, ASA/USA
Softball also presents several awards during the Annual Council Meeting,
including the Complex of the Year, presented by Stabilizer Solutions, the
Bright Light Award presented by ASA and Musco Lighting, Years of Service, the
James Farrell Certificates and Awards of Excellence for excellence in
conducting ASA National Championships. In addition, ASA/USA Softball will also
be honoring Executive Director Ron Radigonda, who is retiring at the conclusion
of the Council Meeting after serving as Executive Director for the past 15
Clickhere for more information on the ASA/USA Softball Council Meeting.
majority of the council meeting will consist of breakout sessions for the
different committees and regions, several special events will be held
throughout the week. On Saturday, the “Swing for a Cause” golf series
kicks off the Annual Meeting at Lincoln Park Golf Course, located just down the
road from the ASA/USA Softball National Office. All participants and
non-golfers are also welcome to attend the dinner and auction, which will
include items signed by current and former USA Softball athletes. All
funds collected will benefit the Special Olympics National Games and ASA/USA
November 10 marks the first General Council Session, where the 2013 Complex of
the Year and the 2013 Bright Light Award recipients will be presented with
their respective accolades in front of over 300 Council Members and guests. The Council will also have the
opportunity to go over all Rule and Code Proposals before voting takes place on
Thursday, November 14.
individuals will be forever enshrined into the National Softball Hall of Fame
as the 33rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held in
Great Hall C at the Cox Convention Center on Sunday evening. Members of the
2013 ASA Hall of Fame class include: Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) –
Fast Pitch Player, Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif.) -- Fast Pitch Player, Randy
Melvin (Dowagiac, Mich.) - Umpire, Shirley Simmons Snell (Shreveport, La.) -
Slow Pitch Player and Margie Wright (Clovis, Calif.) - Meritorious
Service. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be streamed live and
links will be available on Sunday at USASoftball.com.
Wilson Sporting Goods Awards Luncheon, which honors Council Members for their
Years of Service and ASA/USA Softball National Championship sites, will be held
on Wednesday, November 13. The annual ASA/USA Trade Show will be held
Wednesday evening at the Exhibit Hall at the Cox Convention Center. More
than 70 exhibitors from throughout the United States are expected to attend
members the Trade Show, which features exhibits from cities bidding on the ASA
National Championships, equipment manufacturers, softball suppliers and the
ASA/USA Softball National Office staff. More than 800 council,
association delegates and visitors will be in attendance.
6th annual “Fun Walk”, organized by Missouri ASA Commissioner Joey Rich, will
be on Thursday morning and features a walk around the Oklahoma City
Underground. Later that day, the final general council session will
take place as all code and rule changes will be announced. The ASA/USA Softball
Council Members will also decide which cities will host the 2015 ASA/USA
National Championships, which is one of the most anticipated decisions made by
the council as each ASA National Championship has the potential to have
thousands of dollars in economic impact for the host city. In addition,
the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced following the Hall of Fame
Selection Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 12. The deadline to submit
nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame class was September 1. Capping off
Thursday evening and the Council Meeting is the reception for retiring
Executive Director Ron Radigonda, which will be held in Great Hall D & E at
the Cox Convention Center.
For further information on the 2013 ASA/USA Softball Annual Council Meeting,
please visit USASoftball.com.
Photos and live updates from Oklahoma City will be posted on the ASA/USA
Softball Facebook and Twitter pages.
2014 ASA/USA Softball Council Meeting will take place November 8-14 in Reno,
Nev. at the Nugget Hotel.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing
Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic
Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations
and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the
USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs
together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting
these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions.
The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports
involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at
the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World
Championship titles as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For
more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.