Summer | Letter from the President

Sept. 01, 2018, 4:53 p.m. (ET)

Hear from USA Softball President John Gouveia in his monthly Letters from the President, featured in every issue of The Inside Pitch newsletter.


Remember when we used to refer to the “off-season”? For you youngsters out there, there used to be a time when each sport had a season, and an off-season. The off-season was when those of us on the administrative side of things could prepare for the next year. It was a time when you could evaluate how the previous season went, decide what changes to make, if any, and look to improve your program. Well with the advent of Fall Ball and in many cases Winter Ball, the off-season is no more. Softball, like many other sports, has become year-round. But that doesn’t mean that we still don’t have to find time to make those evaluations and think about those changes. And for USA Softball, now is that time. Council Members have until September 15 to submit proposed changes to our Rules, Code and Procedural Manual. It is critical that we look at our game, listen to our members, and make meaningful changes that will work to increase participation. Our President Elect Rodney Cobb has been known to say that we “need to make it easy for people to play our game and play it with USA Softball”, and he is absolutely correct. Let’s do just that. Take a hard look at what we do and how we do it, and let’s make it easy for our members to play USA Softball.  


Championship season is well under way with all of our youth National Championships having been completed, as well as a few on the adult side. The remaining adult events will be taking place over the next month or so. I’d like to give a special thank you to all of those who host our championships. Tournament bidders have been on the decline in recent years and I for one appreciate all of those local associations, host organizing committees, cities, counties and CVB’s that continue to step up as tournament hosts. Thank you all. 


On the International side, our Junior Men’s National Team suffered early losses to Top 4 finishers Canada and New Zealand that left them in a hole they couldn’t quite dig themselves out of, finishing 2-4, and good for eighth in the 16-team field at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. On the Slow Pitch side, both our Men’s and Women’s teams defeated Canada to win this year’s Border Battle, held in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. What a fantastic accomplishment. And finally, in Chiba, Japan our Women’s National Team scored seven runs off one of the all-time greats in Yukiko Ueno in a game for the ages to not only win back-to-back World Championship Gold, but also to become the first team to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2020. As Mel Allen used to say, “How about that!” 


See you at the ballpark!