OKLAHOMA CITY — Over 500 USA Softball Council Members and guests will descend upon the home of USA Softball as the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States hosts its 87th Annual Council Meeting at the Cox Convention Center. Held October 27-November 2, USA Softball administrators, players and tournament hosts will participate in a series of meetings to evaluate the needs of the organization, award 2020 National Championships and discuss proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of USA Softball.
A highlight of the Annual Meeting, USA Softball will honor eight individuals with the National Softball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This 38th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will honor the following inductees: Dick Brubaker (Fast Pitch Player), Crystl Bustos (Fast Pitch Player), John Daniels (Sponsor), Ricky Huggins (Slow Pitch Player), Todd Joerling (Slow Pitch Player), Bill Silves (Umpire), Christa Williams (Fast Pitch Player), Charles Wright (Slow Pitch Player). For live streaming of the Induction Ceremony at 6 pm CT, visit the event page.
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, October 27 the annual “Swing For A Cause” golf tournament will take place at Lincoln Park Golf Course while the annual bowling tournament will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at Heritage Lanes. All funds collected will benefit the USA Softball Special Programs.
The first General Council Session will take place on Sunday, October 28, where all Council Members and guests will hear from USA Softball President John Gouveia (USA Softball of Northern California Commissioner) and Executive Director Craig Cress on the state of USA Softball. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will also announce the 2019 National Softball Hall of Fame inductees following their committee meeting earlier in the day.
The annual Trade Show will also be held on Tuesday, October 30 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.
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. 31.
The 2018 Annual Meeting will conclude on Thursday, November 1 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 2020 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.
For more information on the 2018 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 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.