As the pipeline to the National Team Programs, the path to the podium starts at the grassroots levels of USA Softball.  Through a network of Local Associations all across the country, players, coaches and umpires can register with USA Softball and join a network of over 2 million members from all across the U.S. who share the same passion for the game.

There are a variety of ways to be involved with USA Softball.  At the grassroots level, USA Softball offers recreational, league, tournament and National Championship play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  Through registration with one of our state/metro associations, players and teams have the opportunity to participate in recreation/league play, compete in USA Softball-sanctioned tournaments and ultimately participate at a USA Softball National Championship.

The grassroots programs of USA Softball feed into the National Teams who represent the United States on the international stage.  As the National Governing Body, USA Softball is the ONLY organization that selects athletes, coaches and umpires for international and domestic competitions and is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the USA Softball National Team programs that compete in events such as the Pan American Games, World Championship and ultimately the Olympic Games. 

Many of the National Team athletes began their journey to Team USA through the USA Softball pipeline, while every umpire who represents the United States is registered through USA Softball. 

Find out more information about the divisions of play within USA Softball below and begin your Olympic journey today!