OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the U.S., concluded the 87th Annual Council Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. after a week of evaluating proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of USA Softball.
Highlights of the USA Softball Annual Meeting included: the 38th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and announcement of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class, the Wilson Sporting Goods Awards Luncheon and the selection of 2020 USA Softball National Championship sites.
During the week, Regional Vice Presidents were elected to the Board of Directors as Bev Wiley (USA Softball of Rhode Island) will represent Region 1, Carlton Benton (USA Softball of Florida) will represent Region 3, Joe Patterson (USA Softball of Nebraska) will represent Region 7, Dick Gulmon (USA Softball of North Dakota) will represent Region 8 and Roger Garcia (USA Softball of Alaska) will represent Region 9.
In Championship Play news, the USA Softball Council Members voted and approved legislation that will allow Local Associations to determine how teams qualify for the following Girls’ Junior Olympic (JO) Class A National Championships effective the 2019 season: 10-Under East, 10-Under West, 12-Under, 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under.
USA Softball Council Members also awarded 2020 USA Softball National Championships for all divisions of play within USA Softball’s grassroots programs. The awarding of USA Softball National Championships is considered one of the most anticipated decisions made by the council as each National Championship has the potential to have thousands of dollars in economic impact for the host city. With the announcement of the 2020 National Championship hosts, teams can begin their quest for the ultimate goal in softball: to hold up a USA Softball National Championship trophy.
Also announced during the 87th Annual Meeting was the National Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The Class of 2019 inductees include: Rick Havercroft (Umpire), Britt Hightower (Slow Pitch Player), Warren Jones (Meritorious Service), Tony Laws (Meritorious Service), Jessica Mendoza (Fast Pitch Player), Mike Nye (Slow Pitch Player), Ron Parnell (Slow Pitch Player) and Joey Rich (Commissioner).
USA Softball would also like to thank the sponsors of the 2018 USA Softball Annual Meeting: Adams, Bloomington (Indiana), Chattanooga Sports Committee, Montgomery (Alabama), Salem (Oregon), Columbus (Georgia) Sports Council, Johnson City (Tennessee), Lee County Sports Development, Oklahoma City CVB, Play Tennessee Sports, Spartanburg (South Carolina), SportsEngine, Travel Salem, University Silkscreen, USA Softball of Southern California, USA Softball of Texas, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Visit Valdosta (Georgia), Wilson Sporting Goods
The 2019 USA Softball AnnualMeeting will head to Sparks, Nev. from November 9-15 while the 2020 USA Softball Annual Meeting will be held in Shreveport, La. November 7-13.
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 USA Softball National Team programs 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.