80 years of excellence and service to softball
CITY — The year 2013 marks a special milestone for the Amateur Softball
Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball as it celebrates 80 years of
innovation, leadership and excellence. When the first organized softball
tournament occurred September 2-9, 1933 during the Word's Fair in Chicago,
ASA/USA's founding fathers Leo Fischer and Michael J. Pauley realized a
universal set of rules needed to exist, thus establishing what would soon be
known as the ASA. With the formation of the ASA, softball finally had a
foundation from which to grow and develop. Since that time, ASA/USA
Softball has emerged as the nation's leading softball organization and offers
athletes from the ages of eight to eighty the opportunity to play "The
Game America Plays". Here, we celebrate the strides that ASA/USA
Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., has made during
its 80 years of existence to better the sport and it's participants.
to the founding of the Amateur Softball Association in 1933, softball was in a
state of confusion and without a universal set of rules. When founders
Fischer and Pauley laid the foundation for softball's future by adopting a
universal set of rules, they set the stage for what would become softball's
national governing body.
Amateur Softball Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which
mean's our goal is not to make a profit. Every dollar generated from grassroots
softball goes directly back into improving and furthering the sport.
the National Governing Body of Softball, it is ASA/USA Softball’s
responsibility to ensure that our coaches achieve a certain level of
understanding of what their duties are as coach of a youth softball team.
Therefore we established the ACE (Achieve, Certify, Educate) Coaching
Certification Program. ACE was developed and designed to provide softball
coaches of all levels – from beginning coaches to experienced veterans – an
opportunity to certify as a coach with a national softball organization.
are conducted at each ASA/USA National Championship around the country on a
yearly bases in an effort to correct any issues that are identified for the
future. The James Farrell Awards of Excellence are distributed each year at the
ASA/USA National Council meeting to host sites who receive high evaluation
marks for excellence in conducting an ASA/USA National Championships. The
host city must attain a percentile of 95 percent in each of the evaluation
categories of ASA/USA Representative, Umpire-In-Chief and National Office to
receive the James Farrell Award of Excellence.
Softball completed over 70,000 background checks this year on coaches and
personnel who surround our game because we care about the athletes safety and
protecting our athletes and environment is our TOP priority!
year ASA/USA Softball donates money to the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast
cancer research! Each Fall, ASA/USA conducts an online auction of pink items
signed by our national teams and give the proceeds to help find a cure!
Not only is this done on a National level, local ASA/USA Association umpires,
staff and volunteers participate in a variety of programs ranging from memorial
tournaments to fundraisers to help benefit breast cancer research.
30,000 umpires register and certify with ASA/USA each and every year! ASA/USA
is the ONLY softball association to offer complete training and bi-annual
Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) clinics, in which over 300 umpires and UIC's attend, to
help umpires achieve their goals and promote a positive experience for athletes
Softball has taken great strides to protect the integrity of the sport. Each
year, ASA/USA's Equipment Testing and Certification committee examines the
current rules and specifications governing various items of equipment. This
committee makes recommendations to ASA/USA's council comprised of ASA/USA
commissioners, select youth and player representatives, umpire-in-chiefs, elite
athletes and other affiliated members. The council is the ultimate decision
maker of ASA/USA rules and regulations regarding equipment. ASA/USA uses
certified labs that specialize in the dynamics of bat and ball collisions and
these labs use all of the latest ASTM Standards when performing these tests. The
results in the lab help ASA/USA better understand equipment performance through
experimental testing and numeric model.
years ago ASA/USA started a Coaches Committee to gather input from youth
coaches around the country to better improve the ASA/USA program. Most of
the coaches are involved in large organizations of teams that encompass 10, 12,
14, 16, and 18-Under. We also have ASA/USA Representatives at our National
Championships that ask for input on how we can improve our program.
you know that the ASA Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City and houses both
the ASA Hall of Fame museum as well as the ASA/USA National Office. The ASA
Hall of Fame Stadium, located across the parking lot from the Hall of Fame
Museum, annually hosts the NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS), the World
Cup of Softball as well as a number of other college and youth softball events.
Softball is active in promoting community involvement, responsible sports and
volunteerism through a variety of programs. Each year, ASA/USA and Musco
Lighting award a registered Junior Olympic (JO) team with $2,000 towards the
next year's tournament registration fees for showing a strong commitment to
community service. ASA/USA is also actively involved with bettering youth
sports through the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports (LMIRS) Program,
which provides expert advice for coaches and parents. Twice a year,
ASA/USA and the LMIRS Program offer $2500 community grants to youth sports
teams, clubs and organizations who rally supporters to create a Responsible
Softball has a national partnership with Special Olympics Softball that we
assist and administer our sports National Games each and every year. Our
umpires volunteer their time and efforts and ASA/USA donates thousands of score
books to teams across the nation to help their programs grow. Several of
Special Olympic Associations have teamed up with our local ASA/USA Associations
in providing venues and services to grow the Special Olympics softball efforts.
is the primary funding source for the USA Softball National teams programs! All
five programs (Junior Women, Junior Men, Women, Men, and Men's Slow Pitch) are
still alive and well because of the efforts of the ASA and keeping athletes
wearing the Red, White and Blue is a top priority. We are the only softball
association who supports this effort and provides financially to these teams!
National Team Program has come a long way since the first time USA Softball was
represented internationally at the 1965 International Softball Federation (ISF)
Women's World Championship and 1966 ISF Men's World Championship. Initially,
only the winners of the ASA Men's and Women's Major Fast Pitch National
Championships would represent the U.S. at international events until 1986 when
an All-Star format was adopted. In the 1990's, two National Team
Selection Committees (NTSC) were established to select the athletes who would
represent the U.S. on the five National Teams. Each NTSC is comprised of
an athlete representative who represents the requirements of the USOC, the head
coach of the National Team to be selected and three members who are either
allied members of the ASA or members of ASA/USA Softball. NTSC members
work throughout the year and scout a variety of events across the country.
Softball continues to give back to athletes and coaches through the National
Team Program. Our USA Softball athletes put on youth clinics, attend our
JO ASA/USA Softball National Championships and participate on the National
Council. Our National Team coaches also promote softball through National
Coaching Schools and training camps for youth coaches and athletes.
Softball provides people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love
at a variety of levels. ASA/USA offers recreational, league, tournament
and National Championship play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch
and annually conducts over 100 National Championships.
its founding, ASA/USA Softball has given millions of adults and children an
opportunity to play softball. A game that appeals to the masses, ASA/USA
Softball has helped softball move forward through uncertain times, often
against tremendous obstacles, to do what is best for the game and promote a
healthy and safe environment. ASA/USA Softball's legacy of service and
commitment to softball is evident throughout its 80 years of existence and as
we forge into the future, ASA/USA will continue to promote and better the sport
through its efforts on the National and International level.
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/.