SHREVEPORT, La. – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, concluded its 91st Annual Council Meeting after a week of various meetings and forums discussing the state of the sport and its hope for future growth. Over the course of the last week, USA Softball evaluated proposed code and rule changes for all divisions of USA Softball, announced 2024 National Championship locations and appointed Regional Vice-Presidents to the Board of Directors. Also highlighting the week was the 41st Annual National Softball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Wilson Awards Luncheon.
To read more about the Class of 2022 inductees who were honored at the National Softball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, visit USASoftball.com. Additionally, a recap of the 2022 Wilson Awards Luncheon where USA Softball Council Members were honored for various accomplishments can be found on USASoftball.com.
2024 National Championships Awarded
USA Softball Council Members awarded 2024 USA Softball National Championships for all divisions of play within USA Softball’s grassroots programs, including the below Girls’ Class A Fast Pitch National Championship Finals.
USA Softball Girls’ 10-Under Class A Fast Pitch East – Louisville, Ky.
USA Softball Girls’ 12-Under Class A Fast Pitch East – Johnson City, Tenn.
USA Softball Girls’ 14-Under Class A Fast Pitch East – Salem, Va.
USA Softball Girls’ 16-Under Class A Fast Pitch East – Johnson City, Tenn.
USA Softball Girls’ 18-Under Class A Fast Pitch East – Salem, Va.
USA Softball Girls’ 10-Under Class A Fast Pitch West – Broken Arrow, Okla.
USA Softball Girls’ 12-Under Class A Fast Pitch West – Broken Arrow, Okla.
USA Softball Girls’ 14-Under Class A Fast Pitch West – Broken Arrow, Okla.
USA Softball Girls’ 16-Under Class A Fast Pitch West – North Mankato, Minn.
USA Softball Girls’ 18-Under Class A Fast Pitch West – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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 2024 National Championships hosts, teams across the globe can begin their quest for the ultimate goal in softball: to be named a USA Softball National Champion.Click here to view a list of 2024 USA Softball National Championships
USA Softball Elected Regional Vice Presidents
During the 2022 Annual Council Meeting, nine of the 10 Regional Vice Presidents were reappointed to the USA Softball Board of Directors (BOD) while Richard Merritt, USA Softball of Texas At-Large Player Rep, joins the BOD as the Southwest Region Vice President. Representing the 10 USA Softball Regions across the country are:
Beverly Wiley(USA Softball of Rhode Island Commissioner) – Northeast Region
John McPhail (USA Softball of Central Virginia Commissioner) – Central Atlantic Region
James Ellis(USA Softball of Tennessee Commissioner) – Southeast Region
Walker Clark(USA Softball of Arkansas Commissioner) – South Region
Richard Merritt (USA Softball of Texas At-Large Player Rep) – Southwest Region
Darrin Duistermars (USA Softball of Michigan Commissioner) – Midwest Region
Mary Mahoney (USA Softball of Kansas City Commissioner) – Mid America Region
Dick Gulmon (USA Softball of North Dakota Commissioner) – Northern Region
Roger Garcia (USA Softball of Alaska Commissioner) – Northwest Mountain Region
Anna Louie (USA Softball of San Francisco Commissioner) – Pacific Coast Region
USA Softball would like to thank the sponsors of the 2022 USA Softball Annual Meeting: City of Shreveport, USA Softball of Southern California, USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Wilson Sporting Goods, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Visit Central Florida, Visit Johnson City and RPS Bollinger.
The 2023 USA Softball Annual Council Meeting will take place in Oklahoma City, Okla. from Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.