What is the Amateur Softball Association?
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, was founded in 1933 and has evolved into the strongest softball organization in the country. The growth and development of the association led the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to name the ASA the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
The ASA has many important responsibilities as the national governing body of softball in the United States, including regulating competition to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of player who annually play the sport.
When the ASA entered the softball picture in 1933, the sport was in a state of confusion with no unified set of playing rules and no national governing body to provide guidance and stability. The ASA changed all that by adopting softball’s first universally accepted rules of play and by organizing consistent and fair competition across the nation.
From this beginning, the ASA has become one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 250,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than four million.
Quick Facts About the ASA
The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) was founded in 1933 and currently has approx. 3 million members across the US.
Groundbreaking at ASA’s current location of 2801 NE 50th Street in Oklahoma City occurred in 1969.
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium was constructed in 1987 and played to host some of top softball events in the world.
Thanks to the citizens of Oklahoma City, renovations to Hall of Fame Stadium were completed in July 2002 adding approx. 3,000 more permanent seats, additional parking spaces, and 2 new fields.
The ASA has invested ten’s of millions of dollars in infrastructure, payroll, and publicity in Oklahoma City since moving in 1966.
The ASA generates over $15 million in economic impact to Oklahoma City.
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is home to over 40 hours of live nationally televised coverage attracting over 18 million households watching softball “LIVE from Oklahoma City” (Note: This coverage is unsurpassed by any other venue in the state of Oklahoma and is top 5 in the US).
The ASA conducts over 100 National Championships on an annual basis in which 30,000 players compete across the US.
The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City has served as host of the NCAA Women’s College World Series and the World Cup of Softball more than any other site in the US.
Strategic Plan Summary
Vision: ASA will be the standard of excellence in softball
Mission: The Amateur Softball Association is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States.
We develop, administer and promote the sport of softball to provide opportunities for participation and the best possible experience for those involved.
- Fair Play
- Common Good
- Promotion and Education
- Ensure our future success as the leader in softball by improving the leadership and governance of our organization.
- Continue and enhance our long standing focus on the player, the quality of the game, quality of service, and overall service.
- Be accountable to each other and our sport in our mutual efforts to be the international leader in the sport of softball.
- Focus on financial and organization effectiveness that enhances our service, products and image.
- Craft effective external and internal connections with our players, officials, parents affiliates and the public.
- Create an internationally recognized, world class venue that meets our needs, and supports our mission and vision.
WHY PLAY ASA/USA SOFTBALL
- 2013 is the 80th Anniversary of ASA and USA Softball.
- ASA/USA is officially recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and International Softball Federation.
- ASA consist of 76 local associations across the country who operate as their own 501C3 Non-Profit Organization.
- ASA conducts youth and adult softball in every state and virtually every city in the United States.
- Whether it is 8-Under fast pitch league play on Tuesday night or the men’s slow pitch 65-over Championship, ASA has a place and skill level for everyone to play.
- Affordable insurance coverage for athletes, coaches, field owners, and umpires.
- Bollinger Insurance has been partnered with ASA Softball for 50 years.
- ASA affords the opportunity for teams and individually registered players to purchase accident insurance at low group rates.
- Field Owners and Umpire insurance coverage plans are offered too.
- ACE Coach Certification and Expert Training Opportunities.
- Expert advice training of the game from our own Olympic players and coaches
- Background checks on all coaches in championship play.
- Annual USA Softball National Coaching Schools.
- For the safety of our young athletes, in 2012, ASA ran over 70,000 background checks on adults who were involved with ASA Softball.
- ASA offers many different levels of play. Recreational, leagues, tournaments, national championships.
- ASA is one of the largest volunteer organizations in our country.
- ASA has the most knowledgeable and trained umpires in the country.
- Over 30,000 umpires register with ASA annually.
- Umpire Clinics and Schools are held weekly to train and develop umpires.
- Umpires receive accident and liability insurance.
- Training DVDs and equipment are available to umpires.
- Umpires have many different award programs.
- ASA conducts over 100 national championships each year that produce the country’s best post season teams.
- ASA is the pipeline to 5 USA National Teams.
- ASA is the leader in equipment standards and certification.
- ASA has established the most comprehensive performance standards of any softball organization in the world for bats and balls.
- ASA has spent millions of dollars in research and development for an equipment testing program.
- The testing program is designed to maintain the integrity of the game for current and future players.
- ASA is where champions play, umpire, and administrate.