Years of Service and excellence in USA Softball National Championship hosting awarded

Nov. 01, 2018, 10:29 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, recognized members and tournament hosts during the Wilson sponsored luncheon at the 87th Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.  Awards were given in five categories: years of service to USA Softball, registration increases, excellence in conducting USA Softball National Championships in 2018, excellence in communication efforts in 2018 and the 2018 USA Softball Complex of the Year. 

The first awards given out Wednesday were the James Farrell Awards of Excellence for excellence in conducting a 2018 USA Softball National Championship.

 

2018 AWARD RECIPENTS

FIFTEEN TOURNAMENTS

Burlington, North Carolina

 

FIVE TOURNAMENTS

Roseville, California

 

FOUR TOURNAMENTS

Watertown, South Dakota

 

THREE TOURNAMENTS

Brick, New Jersey – Canton, Ohio – Mandan, North Dakota – Sterling, Virginia

 

TWO TOURNAMENTS

Findlay, Ohio – Glenville, West Virginia – Plano, Texas – Prairie Island, Minnesota – Ridgeland, Mississippi – South Bend, Indiana – USA Softball of Southern California – Wausau, Wisconsin – Yankton, South Dakota

 

ONE TOURNAMENT

Bloomington, Indiana – Bowling Green, Kentucky – Decatur, Illinois – Elkhart, Indiana – Evansville, Indiana – Fargo, North Dakota – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grantsville, Utah – Houston, Texas – Kent, Washington – Lakewood, New Jersey – Liberty, Missouri – Medford, Oregon – Montgomery, Alabama – North Mankato, Minnesota – Novi, Michigan – Portland, Oregon – Rochester, Minnesota – Rolla, Missouri – Salem, Oregon – Salem, Virginia– Salinas, California – Spartanburg, South Carolina – Springfield, Missouri – Tallahassee, Florida – USA Softball of Idaho – West Windsor, New Jersey – York, Pennsylvania

  

USA Softball local associations were given benchmark awards for increases in the registering of adult and youth teams, and umpires. The local associations receiving awards had to have an increase of at least 10 percent and/or an increase of more than 100 teams or umpires over five years of registrations to get an award. 

 

USA Softball of Georgia (Al Dattolo)

USA Softball of Massachusetts (Phil McElroy, Jr.)

USA Softball of Montana (Jim Pellegrini)

USA Softball of New Hampshire

USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia (Andy Dooley)

 

DOUBLE PLAY - INCREASES IN TWO OF THE THREE CATEGORIES: ADULT TEAMS, YOUTH TEAMS AND UMPIRES

USA Softball of West Virginia (Matt Stoddard)

 

TRIPLE PLAY - INCREASES IN ALL THREE CATEGORIES: ADULT TEAMS, YOUTH TEAMS AND UMPIRES

USA Softball of Arkansas (Walker Clark)

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MOST TOTAL REGISTRATIONS

7,829

USA Softball of Southern California (Phil Gutierrez)

MOST JO TEAM REGISTRATIONS

6,063

USA Softball of  Southern California (Phil Gutierrez)

MOST ADULT TEAM REGISTRATIONS

2,478

USA Softball of  Pennsylvania (Andy Loechner, Jr.)

MOST UMPIRE REGISTRATIONS

1,258

USA Softball of Pennsylvania (Andy Loechner Jr.)


Up next were the Years of Service awards. In the service award category, members were given the awards for their five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service to the organization.

 

FIVE YEARS

Dan Bennett, USA Softball of Portland

Sabrina Best, USA Softball of Maine

Amy Cardwell, USA Softball of Kentucky

Lori Chafe, USA Softball of Washington

Walker Clark, USA Softball of Arkansas

David Copeland, USA Softball of New York

Jimmy Derrick, USA Softball of Georgia

Dave Devine, USA Softball of Dallas/Fort Worth

Jim Donner, USA Softball of Seattle

John Durrant, USA Softball of Idaho

David Ethier, USA Softball of Rhode Island

Michelle Fletcher, USA Softball of Cincinnati

Roger Garcia, USA Softball of Alaska

Scott Greiner, USA Softball of Pennsylvania

Rick Hansen, USA Softball of Washington

Jack Jones, USA Softball of North Dakota

Jennifer Kowal, USA Softball of San Antonio

Ken Kwantes, USA Softball of Missouri

Brad Leonhard, USA Softball of Wisconsin

John Muller, USA Softball of Philadelphia

Brian Neuhardt, USA Softball of North Dakota

Jim Pellegrini, USA Softball of Montana

Kristy Rich, USA Softball of Missouri

Derek Smith, USA Softball of Metro Detroit

Traci Spear, USA Softball of Kansas

Troy Stowell, USA Softball of Michigan

Wayne Straty, USA Softball of Houston

Ron Taylor, USA Softball of St. Louis

Mike Thomas, USA Softball of Oklahoma

Ron Zimmerman, USA Softball of Iowa

 

10 YEARS

Stoney Burke, USA Softball of Houston

Perk Carter, USA Softball of Oregon

Clovis Unified School District, Allied Member

Rebecca Dawson, USA Softball of Oregon

Earl Kilian, USA Softball of Idaho

Scott Mercer, USA Softball of Metro Detroit

Craig Pippert, USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia

Billy Powers, USA Softball of Oregon

Bill Robison, USA Softball of Pennsylvania

Salem Parks & Recreation, Allied Member

James Senn, USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia

Special Olympics Oregon, Allied Member

Special Olympics International, Allied Member

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation, Allied Member

U.S. Navy, Allied Member


15 YEARS

Kristi Allen, USA Softball of Southern California

Darrin Duistermars, USA Softball of Michigan

Ron Merritt, USA Softball of Wyoming

Joe Pavone, USA Softball of Chicago

Henry Pollard, USA Softball of Central Virginia

Steve Shortland, U.S. Air Force

Drew Wells, USA Softball of Texas

 

20 YEARS

Carlton Benton, USA Softball of Florida

Jim McDonald, USA Softball of Philadelphia

Doug Parker, USA Softball of Texas

Renee Williams, USA Softball of Nebraska

 

25 YEARS

Alabama Parks & Recreation, Allied Member

Dick Gulmon, USA Softball of North Dakota

Michigan Parks & Recreation, Allied Member

NFCA, Allied Member

Carol Pipgras, USA Softball of South Dakota

 

30 YEARS

James Ellis, USA Softball of Tennessee

 

35 YEARS

Clyde Brewer, USA Softball of Dayton

Andy Dooley, USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia

Dave Epperson, USA Softball of Kansas

Bob Rowling, USA Softball of Montana

 

40 YEARS

Louis De Saro, USA Softball of Dayton

 

45 YEARS

Bert Weeks, USA Softball of North Carolina

 

USA Softball also awarded associations who excelled in communication efforts for the 2018 season.  The Best Website Award was presented to the association with the highest average website review for the 2018 season, while the Most Improved Website Award was presented to the association who has improved their website review the most from the 2017 season.  The Best of Social Media Award was presented to the association that best promotes and engages with their community through their social media platforms.

 

BEST WEBSITE

USA Softball of North Dakota (Dick Gulmon)

 

MOST IMPROVED WEBSITE

USA Softball of Hawaii (Don Meinel)

 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

USA Softball of Florida (Carlton Benton)

 

The final award of the day was for the 2018 USA Softball Complex of the Year.  After successfully hosting the 2018 USA Softball Men’s Class B and Class C Slow Pitch National Championships, Prairie Island Athletic Complex in Prairie Island, Minn. was selected as the 2018 recipient of the USA Softball Complex of the Year, presented by Stabilizer Solutions. 

 

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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro 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.