November | Letter from the President

Nov. 28, 2018, 5:26 p.m. (ET)

Hello again Council Members and Friends! 

 

Another year is almost upon us. Where did 2018 go? I was told by more than one Past President of our organization that my two year term as President would be done in the blink of an eye and they were certainly not kidding. It’s already more than half over. 

 

2019 begins the 86thyear of our organization’s existence. As the Amateur Softball Association of America and now USA Softball we have been providing opportunities to all who wish to participate in our sport since 1933. Since taking office one of my initiatives has been to look at our tournament program and find ways to make it easier for teams to qualify and participate in our events. Last year I discussed not resting on our laurels and making it as easy as we can for people to join our organization and play. I think some of the things we did in Oklahoma City at our annual Council Meeting does just that. I believe we have given our Local Associations the flexibility needed to give teams the opportunity to qualify early and play USA Softball. For that I thank the Council for looking ahead and not maintaining the status quo. With these changes and the advent of the Junior Olympic (JO) Cup and the All-American Games we have found alternative avenues for participation in our youth program and it is my hope that we continue to look for ways to engage our members and to provide the opportunities for play that they are looking for on the adult side as well. 

 

Finally, thank you to those individuals and associations who stepped up to the mic at our Council Meeting and pledged support to our National Teams Program either through the Legacy Club or the newly created Endowment Fund. Thanks to your generosity a total of $51,200 was pledged. While the Legacy Club provides immediate funding on a yearly basis, the Endowment Fund was created as a means of creating a steady funding stream that would build over time. As the fund grows, so does the annual support to our teams. Donations are always accepted and appreciated. To make a donation to the Endowment Fund, click here. To donate to the Legacy club, click here. I am very proud of our Board of Directors for taking the bold step in establishing the Endowment Fund, which was long overdue. Please promote both of these fundraising arms to everyone you know who supports USA Softball. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. 

 

See you at the ballpark!