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About Chicago Metro ASA

The Chicago Metro Boundaries include Kankakee on the South, North to the Illinois-Wisconsin Border, as well as Lake Michigan as the Eastern Border, and West to the Rockford Area.

Tom O'Neill is the Commissioner, and has been for about 25 years. He lives in Tinley Park, IL.  Besides serving the Softball Community, he is also one of the most revered NCAA Men's Basketball Officials.  Tom also sponsors and is the chief instructor for many outstanding Referee's Clinics and Camps, attended by College and High School Officials from throughout the Country.  He is also the Guest Speaker at many other Clinics.  He can be reached at

The Junior Olympic (Youth Softball) Commissioner is Joe Pavone, who lives in Orland Park, IL.  He has been the J.O. Commissioner for about 10 years, after being appointed by Mr. O'Neill.  Mr. Pavone is also an Attorney, admitted to Practice in 1980, with his Main Office in Lombard, IL.  Since beginning his tenure with the ASA, Joe has been selected by the ASA President to become the Vice-Chair: Northern Territory - of the National Junior Olympic Committee.  He has also been the Speaker and Lecturer at many ASA National Events specifically reviewing ASA Code and Playing Rules, including the effect they have on new Forms and Documents at Junior Olympic Seminars.  He has also been selected by the ASA President to be the ASA Representative at National Championships.  Joe can be reached at

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 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit

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 the 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 including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed four World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit