A quick guide to everything you need to know about USA Softball!

What is 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 re-brand 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 player who annually play the sport.

Where is USA Softball located?

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 USA Softball 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.

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.

How do I register to play USA Softball?

Through its network of State and Metro associations, USA Softball provides online individual registrations for team and league members. Most local associations that use RegisterUSASoftball.com to process individual registrations will have specific, detailed instructions posted on their website to guide the user through the registration process. NOTE: Some associations do not allow online registrations but will provide instructions on how to register your team or league.

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How much does it cost to register to play USA Softball?

Costs are determined locally, and vary with each Local Association. Please contact your Local Association Commissioner to find out more information on costs for registration.

Where can I find a team to play on?

The National Office does not recommend or provide assistance with finding a local team or league to play on.  However, contact your Local Association as they may have resources for what is available in your area for your desired competition level.

How do I become a USA Softball Umpire?

The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation's largest officiating organizations with over 26,000 officials actively involved each year. USA Softball umpires are nationally recognized as the best trained and proficient in the sport and are involved in competition starting with league play, city, state and national championships. Ultimately, USA Softball umpires could officiate events such as world championship, Pan American and Olympic competitions.

Becoming a USA Softball umpire is something that you must do through your local association. For information, contact your local Umpire-in-Chief.

Where can I find USA Softball tournaments in my area?

USA Softball has an extensive list of tournaments on TournamentUSASoftball.com.  A number of associations also publish tournament listings on their association website. For more information, contact your Local Association.

Where can I find a list of National Championship Qualifiers?

USA Softball National Championship qualifiers are held at both the Regional and Territory levels in the girls’ fast pitch division.  You can find a list of qualifiers on our website at USASoftball.com.  

What are some requirements to be a youth softball coach with USA Softball?

The National Office requires that one JO coach present in the dugout during National Championship play must be certified through the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program. Additionally, all JO team personnel in the dugout and on the field must have passed a background check. Local associations may have stricter requirements for JO coaches.

Beginning in the 2018 season, all ACE coaches must first take the USOC'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. If you would like to know more about the USOC's SafeSport initiative, please click here.

Contact your Local Association Commissioner for the most accurate information regarding JO coaching requirements in your area.

How do I know if my equipment is certified for USA Softball Championship Play?

 On our national website, we maintain a section called Certified Equipment, which has the most up to date information on approved bats. Only items that are certified equipment can be used in USA Softball Championship Play. Remember that equipment may be subject to testing at games and tournaments, and could be ruled invalid for use, even if it is a certified bat.

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

Where can I get a copy of the Official Rules of Softball?

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 also find the Official Rules of Softball mobile app for both Apple and Android products.  The app is $15, and links to download latest version can be found on our website USASoftball.com.

Who do I contact with a general question?

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.

What are the USA Softball National Teams?

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 Teams and the Women's Slow Pitch National Team.  These National Teams can compete at various World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championships once every two years in addition to the annual Border Battle, Pan American and Olympic Games.  To learn more about the WBSC, visit http://www.wbsc.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 USA Softball tournaments, USA Softball Nationals, NCAA tournaments, the NCAA Women’s College World Series and many other events.

How do I get selected to a USA Softball National Team?

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 USA Softball tournaments and USA Softball National Championships if you are not currently playing at the collegiate level. 

Where can I see the National Teams play?

Each year different USA Softball National Teams compete in events in the United States. The World Cup of Softball 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 at USASoftball.com or on their respective team pages!

Women's National Team >>

Men's National Team>>

Junior Women's National Team>>

Junior Men's National Team>>

Women's Slow Pitch National Team>>

Men's Slow Pitch National Teams>>

Where can I purchase USA Softball merchandise?

USA Softball merchandise can be purchased by visiting USASoftballStore.com – 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 OfficialGear.com - the umpire's one-stop shop!

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 Codi Warren, Managing Director of Communication for USA Softball, at (405) 425-3431 or cwarren@usasoftball.com.  Please visit our "Media" tab at the top of this website for media policies and procedures.