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A quick guide to everything you need to know about USA Softball!
USA Softball, formerly the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, was founded in 1933 and has evolved into the strongest softball organization in the country. The growth and development of the association led the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to name ASA the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.  In 2015, ASA/USA Softball announced a rebrand of the organization to USA Softball, which would be effective September 1, 2016.  USA Softball has many important responsibilities as the National Governing Body of softball in the United States, including regulating competition to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of players who play the sport.

USA Softball is headquartered in Oklahoma City at the National Softball Hall of Fame Museum and Complex.  The National Office assists USA Softball state/metro 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.

USA Softball National Office staff also oversee the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.  The Softball Capital of the World® is the ultimate destination in the softball world! With four fields and other world class amenities, the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex has played host to the best softball competition in the world, including USA teams that represent the nation in international competitions.

Through its network of state/metro associations, USA Softball provides online registrations for teams, leagues and umpires. Most state/metro associations use to process individual registrations will have specific, detailed instructions posted on their website to guide their members through the registration process. NOTE: Some associations do not allow online registrations but will provide instructions on how to register your team or league.

Please use the Association Search above to find contact information for your Local Association Commissioner to find out more information on how you can register to become a member of USA Softball.
Costs are determined locally, and vary with each Local Association. Please use the Association Search above to find contact information for your Local Association Commissioner to find out more information on costs for registration.

While the National Office does not recommend or provide assistance with finding a local team or league to play on, contact your state/metro association as they may have resources for what is available in your area for your desired competition level.

Please use the Association Search above to find contact information for your Local Association Commissioner.

USA Softball's umpire program is among the nation's largest officiating organizations with over 25,000 officials actively involved each year. USA Softball umpires are nationally recognized as the best trained and most proficient in the sport.  USA Softball umpires are involved in officiating competition such as league play, city, state and National Championships. With experience and the required qualifications, USA Softball umpires could officiate events such as World Cups, Pan American Games and Olympic competitions.

Becoming a USA Softball umpire is something that you must start at the local level. For information, contact your local Umpire-in-Chief by using the Association Search.

USA Softball has an extensive list of tournaments on  A number of associations also publish tournament listings on their association website.

For more information, contact your Local Association by using the Association Search above.

Beginning with the 2019 Championship Season, USA Softball will no longer conduct National Qualifiers in the girls' fast pitch Class A division for the following National Championship Finals: 10-Under East, 10-Under West, 12-Under, 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under.

According to USA Softball Code, Article 314 H, all teams are eligible to qualify for the USA Softball Class A Fast Pitch National Championship Finals through their state/metro association.  To find out how your team can qualify for a USA Softball National Championship Final, please contact your Local Association Commissioner or Junior Olympic (JO) Commissioner. You can use the Association Search above to find contact information.

The USA Softball National Office requires that at least one Junior Olympic (JO) coach present in the dugout during Championship play must have completed the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program. Additionally, all JO team non-player members over the age of 18 that are in the dugout and/or on the field of play must have passed a USA Softball background check. State/metro associations may require additional requirements for JO coaches.

Beginning in the 2018 season, all ACE coaches must first take the U.S. Center for SafeSport's SafeSport courses prior to starting ACE. SafeSport is composed of three individual lessons, and all lessons must be completed in full before you are considered SafeSport educated. Please note that additional refresher courses will be required upon renewal.  If you would like to know more about the U.S. Center for SafeSport's SafeSport initiative, please click here.

Contact your state/metro Commissioner for the most accurate information regarding JO coaching requirements in your area.  You can use the Association Search above to find contact information for your state/metro Association.

On the USA Softball website, there is a section called Equipment that has the most up to date information on Certified Equipment - meaning approved bats and balls for Championship Play. Only items that are listed on our Certified Equipment can be used in USA Softball Championship Play. Please remember that any and all equipment may be subject to testing before and/or during an event and could be ruled invalid for use, even if it is a certified bat.  A mark of certification is not guaranteed if that piece of equipment has been altered in any way or has deteriorated over time.

Should you have concerns with equipment testing, contact the Umpire-In-Chief of the event as soon as possible.  

The “Official Rules of Softball”, the participant manual that governs USA Softball Championship Play, is a benefit of membership. For information on receiving a participant manual, contact your Local Association Commissioner.  You can use the Association Search above to find contact information.

If the question arises at a tournament or you have a rules question, it is best to address the question to the tournament director or your UIC. General questions that do not arise from a tournament should be directed to the Local Association Commissioner. If your association cannot answer it, they will reach out to the appropriate person at the National Office.

Use the Association Search above to find contact information for your Local Association.

USA Softball has 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, the Men's Slow Pitch National and Futures Team and the Women's Slow Pitch National Team and Futures Team.  These National Teams can compete at various World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championships once every two years in addition to Border Battle, Pan American and Olympic Games.  To learn more about the WBSC, visit
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 USA Softball tournaments, USA Softball Nationals, NCAA tournaments, the NCAA Women’s College World Series and many other events.
Once committee members identify potential National Team players, those individuals are invited to participate in Selection Trials where they have the opportunity to be 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 USA Softball tournaments and USA Softball National Championships if you are not currently playing at the collegiate level. 

Each year different USA Softball National Teams compete in events in the United States.  Schedules for all the USA Softball National Teams can be found at or on their respective team pages!

Women's National Team >>

Men's National Team>>

Junior Women's National Team>>

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Women's Slow Pitch National Team>>

Men's Slow Pitch National Teams>>

USA Softball merchandise can be purchased by visiting – the official USA Softball merchandise website. Proceeds from purchases of USA Softball merchandise go directly back to the USA Softball program.

Umpires can find Official Gear by visiting - the umpire's one-stop shop!

All USA Softball media requests should be directed to Morgan Palmer, Communications Manager for USA Softball, at (405) 425-3475 or  Please visit our "Media" tab at the top of this website for media policies and procedures.
If you are interested in becoming a USA Softball sponsor or National Team supplier, please contact Dre McKee, Director of Marketing and Communications for USA Softball, at (405) 425-3463 or