Years of Service and excellence in USA Softball National Championship hosting awarded in Sparks, Nevada at Wilson Sporting Goods Luncheon

Nov. 13, 2019, 6:07 p.m. (ET)

Sparks, Nevada — USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, recognized members and tournament hosts during the Wilson sponsored luncheon at the 88th Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday in Sparks, Nevada.  Awards were given in five categories: years of service to USA Softball, registration increases, excellence in conducting USA Softball National Championships in 2019, excellence in communication efforts in 2019 and the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year. 

The first awards given out Wednesday were the James Farrell Awards of Excellence for excellence in conducting a 2019 USA Softball National Championship.

 

2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

TWENTY-ONE TOURNAMENTS

Burlington, North Carolina

 

FIVE TOURNAMENTS

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  

THREE TOURNAMENTS

Payson, Arizona – Redding, California – Salem, Virginia – South Bend, Indiana

 

TWO TOURNAMENTS

Brick, New Jersey – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Hendersonville, Tennessee – Mandan, North Dakota – North Mankato, Minnesota – Plano, Texas – Portland, Oregon – Prairie Island, Minnesota – Spokane, Washington – Sterling, Virginia

 

ONE TOURNAMENT

Bloomington, Indiana – Cape Girardeau, Missouri – Columbia, Missouri – Emporia, Kansas – Evansville, Indiana – Fairfield, Ohio – Independence Township, Michigan – Johnson City, Tennessee – Lakewood, New Jersey – Medford, Oregon – Montgomery, Alabama – Nevada/Ames, Iowa – Normal, Illinois – North Bradford, Connecticut – Rapid City, South Dakota – Richmond, Virginia – Rochester, Minnesota – Roseville, California – Salem, Oregon – St. Joseph, Missouri – Stratford, Connecticut – Toms River, New Jersey – Topeka, Kansas – USA Softball of Southern California – Waxahachie, Texas – Worcester County, Maryland – 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 Alabama (Natalie Norman)

USA Softball of Alaska (Roger Garcia)

USA Softball of North Dakota (Dick Gulmon)

USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia (Andy Dooley)

USA Softball of Wyoming (Ron Merritt)

 

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

USA Softball of Portland (Ron Boley)

 

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

7,713– USA Softball of Southern California (Phil Gutierrez) – Oct. 15

6,104– USA Softball of Pennsylvania (Andy Loechner, Jr.) – Oct. 1

 

MOST JO TEAM REGISTRATIONS

5,949 - USA Softball of  Southern California (Phil Gutierrez)

 

MOST ADULT TEAM REGISTRATIONS

2,374 - USA Softball of  Indiana (Mick Renneisen)

 

MOST UMPIRE REGISTRATIONS

1,170 - 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 years of service in five-year increments to the organization.

 

FIVE YEARS

Dave Adelhart, USA Softball of Oregon

Jim Ballengee, USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia

Carol Bruggeman, NFCA

Gregg Gagnon, USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth

Tony Gowell, USA Softball of Maine

Chad Greene, USA Softball of South Carolina

David Harris, USA Softball of South Carolina

Dakota Hill, USA Softball of Louisiana

Lorrie Ivie, USA Softball of Southern California

Sheri Jenkins, USA Softball of Sacramento

Nik Mead, USA Softball of Colorado

Dwayne Sealy, USA Softball of Florida

Jeff Sell, USA Softball of Pennsylvania

Randy Shepard, USA Softball of Ohio

Barb Walters, USA Softball of Wisconsin

Michael Warner, USA Softball of New Jersey

Joe Wuensch, USA Softball of New York City

Ernie Yarbrough, USA Softball of Georgia

 
15 YEARS

Steve Fornadel, USA Softball of Pennsylvania

Vince Frascona, USA Softball of Central California

Mel Pinkley, USA Softball of St. Louis

Kristy Rich, USA Softball of Missouri

 

20 YEARS

Perk Carter, USA Softball of Oregon

Al Dattolo, USA Softball of Georgia

Mike De Leo, USA Softball of Detroit

Mary Mahoney, USA Softball of Kansas City

Phil McElroy Jr., USA Softball of Massachusetts

 

25 YEARS

Bill Parks, USA Softball of Idaho

Marie Payne, New York City

Roger Short, Mississippi

R.B. Thomas Jr., USA Softball of Central Virginia

 

30 YEARS

Stu Alderman, USA Softball of Detroit

Brenda Grubbs, USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth

Jerry Hanson, USA Softball of Michigan

Brenda Petty, USA Softball of Kentucky

Tom Raimer, USA Softball of Wisconsin

Mick Renneisen, USA Softball of Indiana

E. Scott Southworth, USA Softball of Central Virginia

 

35 YEARS

Warren Jones, USA Softball of Ohio

Tom O’Neill, USA Softball of Chicago

Chuck Hawke, USA Softball of Kansas City

 

40 YEARS

Jack Aaron, USA Softball of Texas

Al Rivard, USA Softball of Minneapolis

 

55 YEARS

Itch Horton, USA Softball of Greater San Joaquin

 

USA Softball also awarded associations who excelled in communication efforts for the 2019 season.  The Best Website Award was presented to the association with the highest website review for the 2019 season, while the Most Improved Website Award was presented to the association who has improved their website review the most from the 2018 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 New York (David Copeland)

 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

USA Softball of Florida (Carlton Benton)

 

The final award of the day was for the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year.  After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation in a mere six months and successfully hosting the 2019 USA Softball International Cup, South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia. was selected as the 2019 recipient of the USA Softball Complex of the Year, presented by Stabilizer Solutions. Over 9,900 fans enjoyed the USA Softball International Cup, a week-long competition of international play, resulting in the USA Softball Women’s National Team taking home the Gold and the U-19 Women’s National Team earning the Bronze Medal.