RPS Bollinger Insurance's Liability Policy protects teams & individuals from lawsuits arising out of bodily injury or property damage to others as a result of your supervised ASA Team activities. The ASA Accident plan provides coverage for medical expenses that a a player may incur as a result of your participating in supervised ASA Team activities. This is a supplemental policy to help minimize your out of pocket expenses if you are injured playing softball. The coverage is subject to limits, conditions and exclusions of the policy and is not designed to cover "everything”.
For more details on team and individual insurance coverage, including policy limits, guidelines and exclusions, visit the RPS Bollinger Insurance web site and review their ASA Insurance Guide. Information regarding individual registration begins on page 30 of the ASA Insurance Guide, including Frequently Asked Questions on page 33.
To register, have a team or league manager contact NDASA Commissioner Dick Gulmon at 701-490-0078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASA/USA Softball's RegisterASA.com web site provides a wide variety of featrures for everyone involved in ASA softball - players, coaches, managers, umpires, administrators:
Online umpire exam
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) has taken great strides to protect the integrity of the sport. Each year, the ASA's Equipment Testing and Certification committee examines the current rules and specifications governing various items of equipment.
This committee makes recommendations to the ASA's council comprised of ASA commissioners, select youth and player representatives, umpire-in-chiefs, elite athletes and other affiliated members. The council is the ultimate decision maker of ASA rules and regulations regarding equipment. For a complete updated listing of ASA certified equipment, visit the ASA Certified Equipment page.
Furthermore, the 2015 ASA Equipment Committee Review is now available online. ASA's Equipment Testing and Certification Committee is chaired by NDASA Commissioner Dick Gulmon.
March 5, 2016 - NDASA is once again proud to be the hosting the ASA/USA Softball Men's Masters 35-Over National Championship, which will be played August 26-28 in Mandan. North Dakota's stellar reputation at the national level in regards to such major events has almost assured us the opportunity to host a national tournament every year, and the Men's Masters 35 has a logical home here considering how the tournament has struggled since it was last held here in 2012.
The entry fee will be $350 if paid by August 1, 2016 ($450 thereafter). There will be two divisions of play: Competitive (with no player restrictions and a 4 HR limit) and Recreational (no players above Class D allowed, no more than 3 Class D players on a roster, and a 2 HR limit). The format will be double elimination with a three-game guarantee unless there is fewer than 10 teams, in which case it will be 2 games of pool play before being seeded into a double elimination bracket. For more information, visit the Mandan Parks & Recreation web site or contact Jack Jones at 701-426-8700 or email@example.com.
Updated April 26, 2016 - Courtesy the "Softball News"...The NDASA Hall of Fame Selection Committee meeting in conjunction with the Winter meeting of the NDASA selected five long-time players to the Softball Hall of Fame. They are Larry Bellerud of Fargo, Jeff Burgess of Bismarck, Kyle Christensen of Glen Ullin, Jon Kegel of Fargo, and Michele Paul of Bismarck. They were be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, April 23 in Jamestown.
From left to right: Jon Kegel, Michele Paul, Kyle Christensen, Larry Bellerud, and (on behalf of Jeff Burgess) Sylvia & Nick Burgess
For more details about each member of the Class of 2016, check out the page dedicated to our newest inductees.
February 2, 2016 - Congratulations to Terry O'Clair of Bismarck for earning the status of "Elite" Umpire in Slow Pitch Softball, the highest form of recognition for an umpire in ASA. O'Clair joins Michael Wolf (Bismarck), Tom Harty (Jamestown), Elliott Gerhardt (Bismarck), Allan Ziemann (Bismarck), and Gerald Payne (Grand Forks) among those in North Dakota who hold that status in slow pitch. Walt Stack (Bismarck) and Naomi Erdahl represent the state's Fast Pitch "Elite" Umpires". For more information on ASA's Elite Program, check out the Umpires section of the ASA/USA Softball web site.
In 2016, a pair of Bismarck umpires - Tom Hamkens and Ben Birkemeyer - will get the opportunity to earn points towards their "Elite" status this summer. Hamkens will be working the Men's Slow Pitch Class B National Tournament in Oklahoma City OK August 26-28. Birkemeyer has been assigned to the ASA Championship Series, also in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, due to already having achieved the "Elite" status, Gerald Payne will be working the Women's Armed Forces Tournament at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio TX September 18-23. Congratulations to these three great representatives of our association and thanks to all of our umpires for the work they do.
November 2015 - ASA’s Equipment Testing and Certification Committee - chaired by NDASA Commissioner Dick Gulmon - released their annual review detailing research on a variety of issues important to the game of softball throughout the nation at all levels. Much of their focus this year was on contrasting and comparing the 52/300 balls with the 47/375 balls, continued study of reaction time for fielders, and ball and bat compliance (including bat tampering). Many studies are conducted in conjunction with Dr Lloyd Smith and the Sports Science Laboratory of Washington State University.
April 26, 2016 - Announcement from ASA/USA Softball on January 22, 2016: "The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, in working with Easton Baseball/Softball Inc. (Easton), announced today that Easton is voluntarily removing the following softball bat models from the ASA/USA list of certified bats: SCN1, SCN11BH, SCN1B, SCN2B, SCN3, SCN4B, SCN5, SCN5B, SCN6B, SCN7, SCN7B, SCN8, SCN8B, SCN9, SCX14, SCX14B, SCX24B, AND SCX3."
Thanks to Barb Schmidt and Kathy Stefonek of Jamestown, we now have images of most of these bats available in the document linked above. Umpires, teams and local associations are encouraged to print this document for reference. Umpires will be checking for these (and other) non-approved bats, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the players to avoid using them during ASA-sanctioned play. Penalties for being caught doing so can be as harsh as a five year suspension.
February 23, 2016 - The moment many managers have been quite eager for has finally arrived - this season's invitational tournament schedules are now accessible here on our web site and will soon be found in the Spring edition of the "Softball News". There are currently 34 men's tournaments and 15 women's tournaments planned as well as 3 coed tourneys starting in August. The most ambitious of these tournaments, as usual, is the Sam McQuade Sr./Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament, which hosted 435 teams last year and will feature the return of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team this June. The games begin (weather permitting, of course) April 9th in Fargo.
February 16, 2016 - A heartfelt thank you to outgoing Deputy Umpire-In-Chief Mike Lein of Fargo, who has chosen to retire from the position. North Dakota UIC Mike Wolf has chosen to fill the DUIC void with not one, but two very capable and experienced umpires. Chris Coleman (Hillsboro) and Koby Pennick (Fargo) join the roster of Deputy Umpires-In-Chief for the 2016 season and will attend their first DUIC meeting in March when NDASA's top umpires meet in Jamestown.
Our 2016 schedule of Umpire & Managers Rules Clinics will begin following that DUIC meeting, starting with a clinic in Jamestown on March 20th. There will be a total of 37 such events throughout the state, culminating May 16th in Bismarck. All umpires, managers, and players are encouraged to attend at least one clinic.
January 25, 2016 - Congratulations to Amy Anderson of West Fargo for being named the next Women's Slow Pitch Commissioner of North Dakota. Amy will take over for Mary Hager, who will retire at the end of 2016. Amy will take an active role this season during the transition, including establishing the first Women's Slow Pitch Task Force later this year.
February 7, 2016 - National rules (for more detail, check out the ASA Code & Rule changes for 2016).
NDASA rules (more detail can be found in the Advisory Meeting minutes).