Indiana ASA News and Announcements
Jan 22

Written by: General Administrator
1/22/2013  RssIcon

ASA/USA Softball has had a remarkable run as a successful non-profit association over the past 80 years. The growth and development of the game has come from the efforts and dedication of thousands of volunteers that foster the game of softball in their local communities and are affiliated with ASA/USA Softball through their local associations. ASA/USA Softball’s National Headquarters and the ASA Hall of Fame Complex have become the Mecca of softball worldwide, playing host to the NCAA Division I Women's College World Series (WCWS) and International Softball Federation (ISF) events annually.


"ASA/USA Softball has built a solid reputation and has been extremely successful over the past 80 providing quality programming and education in all facets of the game of softball,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Millions of individuals both male and female ages 6 to 80 participate annually in ASA leagues and tournaments. ASA has been at the core of providing recreation to elite level competition to hundreds of millions Americans since its founding in 1933. Little did our founders know how many individuals would have their quality of life improve through the great game of softball and the efforts of the organization they founded, The Amateur Softball Association of America."


Since its founding, ASA/USA Softball has grown into the nation’s foremost softball organization and leader in equipment standards and certification. ASA/USA Softball offers the best of the best in competition for all ages and annually hosts over 100 National Championships throughout the country. ASA/USA Softball is also responsible for the selection, training, equipping and promotion of all USA Softball National Team programs and has been the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the U.S., as appointed by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), since 1978. With five National Team programs that regularly compete in both international and domestic competitions, USA Softball has made a name for itself as the most decorated program in softball history. The Women’s National Team program has captured nine World Championship titles, three Olympic Gold Medals and six World Cup of Softball titles, while the Men’s Fast Pitch National Team has nabbed four World Championship titles.


“Playing ASA Softball was definitely one of the highlights of my softball career and was without a doubt, the foundation of my future successes,” said two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and ASA Hall of Fame member Michele Smith. “ASA Women's Major Fastpitch softball was some of the most challenging and competitive ball I've ever played, therefore helping me become the athlete I was capable of being. The sport has grown and the ASA has helped to facilitate that growth through all levels of the game over the past 80 years. One of the capstones as I look back was being honored and inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame. To be named with the greats and historians of our sport is one of the greatest honors of my entire career.”


To mark its anniversary, ASA/USA Softball recently unveiled a commemorative logo (see attached). ASA/USA Softball will also enact a year-long celebration, including features in the “Inside Pitch” and “Balls and Strikes Online Magazine”, giveaways and promotions through social media. ASA/USA Softball will cap off its 80th Anniversary in November at the 82nd Annual Council Meeting in Oklahoma City with a variety of special events.


“ASA Softball is the best of the best,” said Jason Epps, assistant coach for the Texas Impact Gold 14U. “From the fields, umpires, level of competition, all the way around, there is no comparison.”

About ASA
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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