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ASA/USA Softball Annual Council Meeting concludes as the organization moves into the 2017 season as USA Softball

Posted by Mike O'Neill on Nov 28 2016 at 12:02PM PST
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 19, 2016

ASA/USA Softball Annual Council Meeting concludes as the organization moves into the 2017 season as USA Softball

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the U.S., concluded the 85th Annual Council Meeting in Shreveport, La. after a week of evaluating proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of ASA/USA Softball. ASA/USA Softball also announced today its sites for the 2018 Championship season as teams will begin their quest for the ultimate goal in softball: to hold up a USA Softball National Championship trophy.

To see a list of 2018 ASA/USA National Championships, please click here

At the Annual Meeting, the ASA/USA Softball Council Members also voted on a restructuring of the Board of Directors to a Regional representation format following the realigning of the regions of ASA/USA Softball from 15 Regions to 10. Starting January 1, 2017, the USA Softball Board of Directors will be comprised of one Board representative from each Region, the current President, past-President and President-elect, an At-Large Representative and four Elite Athlete Representatives. With the restructuring, Region 1 elected Bev Wiley of USA Softball of Rhode Island, Region 2 will be represented by Andy Dooley of USA Softball of Piedmont, Va., Region 3 elected Carlton Benton of USA Softball of Florida, Region 4 elected E.T. Colvin of USA Softball of Mississippi, Region 5 will be represented by Rodney Cobb of USA Softball of Texas, Region 6 will be represented by Darrin Duistermars of USA Softball of Michigan, Region 7 will be represented by Joe Patterson of USA Softball of Nebraska, Region 8 elected Dick Gulmon of USA Softball of North Dakota, Region 9 elected Bill Parks of USA Softball of Idaho and Region 10 will be represented by Sam Ducato of USA Softball of Northern California.

In Championship Play news, the ASA/USA Softball Council Members voted and approved the creation of a new division of Championship play with the Girls’ Class C Fast Pitch National Championship Finals. This new division created a Girls’ Class C Fast Pitch National Championship for 10-Under, 12-Under and 14-Under in each region. Each tournament will be structured so that each team will play a minimum of four games, two pool play games and a double-elimination bracket. Also added to the 2017 USA Softball code was the creation of a Girls’ Regional Championship Finals for 8-Under fast pitch. All teams within a region that are age eligible will qualify for their Regional Championship Finals through their Local Association. The structure of the 8-Under Girls’ Regional Championship Finals will give teams a minimum of four games, two pool play games and a double-elimination bracket.

The end of the 85th Annual Meeting also marked the official start of the 2017 season, in which ASA/USA Softball will officially rebrand and rename to USA Softball. As one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing sports organizations, USA Softball will continue to sanction competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations. Having grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 160,000 teams today, USA Softball represents a membership of more than two million

“This is an exciting time for our organization as the rebrand to USA Softball reflects our vision for the growth of the sport,” said USA Softball President Warren Jones. “For over 80 years, we have been the driving force behind the sport of softball, and this new logo truly embodies that character and legacy. As the National Governing Body of Softball, USA Softball will continue to serve as the leader in the sport of softball while helping foster the passion and love for the game to all.”

In addition to rebranding, USA Softball has also unveiled a new redesigned logo, which will replace the ASA/USA Softball split logo after the transition to USA Softball. The redesign contains several key elements of previous ASA/USA Softball logos, while clearly identifying the USA Softball brand as the organization evolves towards the future. The home plate shape embodies the sport, while bold, block USA Softball lettering symbolizes USA Softball’s authority as the NGB. Along with the redesigned prominent features of the logo, the stars and stripes pay homage to the U.S. flag and classic American iconography, connecting fans and members with the Team USA brand. Several subtleties also lie within the new logo, as the three red stripes reference 1933, the year USA Softball was founded, and the stars represent the four territories of USA Softball.

The 2017 USA Softball Annual Meeting will head to Greensboro, N.C. October 21-27, 2017 while the 2018 USA Softball Annual Meeting will take place in Oklahoma City, Okla.

About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than two million. ASA/USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that 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 10 World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.

Codi Warren I Managing Director of Communications
Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
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