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 2014 ASA Equipment Committee Review is now available online. ASA's Equipment Testing and Certification Committee is chaired by NDASA Commissioner Dick Gulmon.
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
From Junior Olympic to Senior Softball, Bollinger covers it all.
From ASA press release - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States recently announced the 2014 Official Rules of Softball are now available for purchase on the Apple and Android platforms. The user-interactive application contains the complete version of the 2014 Official Rules of ASA Softball and also has a searchable option on the iOS platform only.
The new app is available for all participants of softball including umpires, coaches, parents, players and fans. A great tool to learn the rules of softball, the $15 annual fee app is a new and innovative for accessing the official rules of softball.
From "The Softball News"... When the Mandan Parks and Recreation Department and the Mandan Softball Association bid on and were awarded the Northern National E/Rec tournament for 2014 they were hoping to attract 40 to 50 teams from the Northern Region. Because of exceptional attendance from North Dakota teams, the tournament began on August 29 with 63 teams seeking the title. 47 teams from North Dakota registered and participated in the event along with 7 teams from Minnesota, 4 from Montana, 2 each from Wisconsin and Nebraska plus one each from Iowa and South Dakota
After the dust had cleared and the teams were headed home, a team from Williston had claimed the title after winning eight games while losing only one. The team, sponsored by Mulliganís, lost the undefeated game to Club 63 from Rochester, Minnesota but came back with a win over the third place team, Split Second Mighty Ducks from Monticello, Wisconsin and then won twice against Club 63 to take home the title and the trophy.
For more, check out the Fall 2014 edition of "The Softball News".
The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team put on quite a show in front of a large and very appreciative crowd on opening night of the Sam McQuade Sr Charity Softball Tournament earlier this season. The WWAST debuted with an exhibition victory over a group of our own North Dakota veterans before a tough one-run loss to eventual Rec IV runner up Strohs in tournament action. While we were deprived another exhibition game due to rain on Saturday, there is hope that the team will return to the tournament possibly as soon as next season.
2015 Advisory Board Meeting minutes includes increase in the men's Class D home run limit, intention to begin a men's tournament series in 2015, expansion of the courtesy runner rule to allow in all divisions of men's and women's play, return of the men's Class C and Class D state tournaments as well as the introduction of a men's Open state tournament and an increase in pay for J.O. Fast Pitch umpires to $40 per game.
Click here for links to ASA's playing rule changes, code changes and procedural manual changes for the 2015 season (as well as the 2014 ASA/USA Softball Code and Procedure Manual).
Fargo will host this year's Men's Class D Northern National Tournament in early Spetember. This will be the city's first slow pitch national tournament. The Class E/Rec Northen National Tournament - played in Mandan in 2014 - will be in nearby Rapid City SD in 2015. Click here for the complete list of ASA National Championships.
A poem by Hall of Fame inductee Darcie Hanson
After the last game of summer,
I packed away my softball gear and think this is probably the last time I play this great game!
The aches and pains last a little longer,
The step isnít as quick and spry as it once was,
The hits arenít as sharp or long as they used to be,
And the arm doesnít have any zing in it.
The winter is long and healing.
The aches and pains are almost gone.
The smell of fresh grass,
The sound of kids playing outside,
The feeling of the warm sun shining down,
And the yearning starts all over again.
I want to hear the snap of the ball hitting the leather glove!
I want to feel the ball coming off the bat!
And I long to spend time with my friends of summer!
OK maybe one more year!
I love this game!
All episodes of the television show "Softball 360" - which can be seen on the Midco Sports Network in North Dakota - will be available for viewing online, including a future episode with segments filmed at the Sam McQuade Sr./Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament in June. Click on the Softball 360 logo above to view the episodes presented by ASA/USA Softball.