Council Members arrive in Greensboro for USA Softball Annual Meeting

Oct. 21, 2017, 9 a.m. (ET)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro, N.C. will welcome over 500 USA Softball Council Members and guests from all across the country as the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States hosts its 86th Annual Council Meeting at the Sheraton Greensboro.  During the weeklong event, which lasts from October 21-27, administrators, players and tournament hosts will participate in a series of meetings to evaluate the needs of the organization along with proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of USA Softball.

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While the 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 annual “Swing For A Cause” golf tournament will take place at Indian Valley Golf Course while the annual bowling tournament will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at All Star Lanes at Country Club Lanes West.  All funds collected will benefit the USA Softball Special Programs.

A highlight of the Annual Meeting, USA Softball will honor nine individuals with the National Softball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This 37th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will honor the following inductees: Mike Candrea (Tucson, Ariz.) – Meritorious Service, Jimmy Derrick (Douglasville, Ga.) – Umpire, Gary Evans (Mason, Mich.) – Umpire, Dick Gulmon (Valley City, N.D.) – Meritorious Service, Mark Martin (Fayetteville, Ark.) – Men’s Slow Pitch Player, Rick Minton (Cerro Gordo, Ill.) – Men’s Fast Pitch Player, Bob Quinn (Branchville, N.J.) – Men’s Fast Pitch Player, Willie Simpson (Oak Lawn, Ill.) – Men’s Slow Pitch Player and Evans Telegadas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Men’s Fast Pitch Player.  For live streaming of the Induction Ceremony at 7 pm ET, visit the event page.

The first General Council Session will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22, where all Council Members and guests will hear from USA Softball President Warren Jones (USA Softball of Ohio Commissioner) and Executive Director Craig Cress on the state of USA Softball.  It is at this session that the Council will have the opportunity to go over all Rule, Code and Procedural Manual Proposals for the 2018 season in detail before voting takes place on Thursday, Oct. 26.

The Wilson Sporting Goods Awards Luncheon, which honors Council Members for their ‘Years of Service’ and USA Softball National Championship sites, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The annual Trade Show will also be held later that day as close to 70 exhibitors will be in attendance. The Trade Show features exhibits from cities bidding on the USA Softball National Championships, equipment manufacturers, softball suppliers, and additional services or products as well. More than 500 Council Members, delegates and visitors are expected to attend.

The 2017 Annual Meeting will conclude on Thursday, Oct. 26 as the final General Council Session will take place as all code, procedural manual and rule changes will be announced. The USA Softball Council Members will also decide which cities will host the 2019 National Championships, which is one of the most anticipated decisions made by the council as each USA Softball National Championship has the potential to have thousands of dollars in economic impact for the host city.  Council Members will also vote to elect the President-Elect for USA Softball as three candidates are vying for the position of President of USA Softball: Rodney Cobb (USA Softball of Texas Commissioner), Andy Dooley (USA Softball of Piedmont, Va. Commissioner) and Darrin Duistermars (USA Softball of Michigan At-Large Player Rep).

For more information on the 2017 USA Softball Annual Meeting, please visit the event page on USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.