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:
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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 2015 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 2015 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.
ASAís 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.
We are pleased to announce that North Dakota has once again been honored at the annual ASA/USA Council Meeting for another excpetional effort hosting a national tournament. This year's week-long gathering in Louisville KY saw Fargo being presented with the James Ferrell Award of Excellence for conducting one of the highest rated tournaments of 2015. Fargo made their national tournament debut over Labor Day weekend as the home of this year's Men's Slowpitch Class D Northern National Tournament. ASA also announced that the 2017 Men's Slowpitch Class E/Rec National Touornament has been awarded to Mandan, which has made a habit of collecting their own James Farrell Awards over the years. Congratulations to both local associations.
The television show "Softball 360" has become a regular visitor to the annual Sam McQuade Sr./Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament in Bismarck/Mandan. As a result, they became quite familiar with the unofficial first family of McQuades weekend, Michael & Connie Wolf. Following Connie's unfortunate passing earlier this year, "Softball 360" was thoughtful enough to memorialize her during Show 10 of their 2015 season. The full episode is shown below. Jump to 21:20 for their segment honoring Connie Wolf.
We are asking the great members of our association for help on behalf of Brandon Christianson, who was struck in the face by a line drive at the Men's Rec IV East State Tournament earlier this season. Brandon has endured numerous surgeries since yet the extent of the damage left doctors unable to save his right eye. There are a few ways you can help.
While the Pasta Feed & Silent Auction Benefit is now behind us (and was quite a success), donations may still be made online through a GoFundMe page or by mail to Gate City Bank, Brandon Christianson Benefit Account, 4151 45th St S, Fargo ND 58104.
Best of luck with your recovery, Brandon. The thoughts & prayers of our entire association are with you and your family.
Fargo's Mens Hair House/The Box/MMB Finishes 2nd
It was a massive tournament the likes of which North Dakota has rarely - if ever - seen before. 101 hours and 178 games after it began, 75 teams left Fargo's Anderson Softball Complex with a pair of losses. Only Kass & Co. out of Iowa survived the weekend unscathed and were rewarded for their efforts with the 2015 Men's Slowpitch Class D Northern National Championship. Their final victory saw them eliminate the last remaining North Dakota participant, Class D state champion and Fargo's own Men's Hair House/The Box/MMB - who went 7-2 to earn the second place finish. Congratulations to Kass & Co. as well as Men's Hair House/The Box/MMB.
Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of the teams, fans, umpires, volunteers and administrators who made this tournament such a success. Because of all of you, we believe this weekend will only continue to enhance our association's stellar reputation as a national tournament host.
Courtesy the "Softball News".... The North Dakota Amateur Softball Association has named five veteran players to their Hall of Fame. Meeting in conjunction with the Winter meeting of the North Dakota Amateur Softball Association on Saturday, January 17th, the Selection Committee elected Reinhold Fleck of Fargo; Rodney Nelson of Havana; Lamar Noriega of Fargo; Bob Piatz of Napolean and Roger Weigel of Bismarck. The new class was inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on Saturday, April 25th at the Gladstone Hotel in downtown Jamestown.
The addition of this yearís inductees has brought the total membership in the softball shrine to 261. The Softball Hall of Fame was established in 1957 and was among the first in the United States. A display of all members is housed in the Jamestown Civic Center. To nominate a player, manager, umpire, sponsor, commissioner or other deserving individual for future consideration, please complete and submit the newly redesigned North Dakota Softball Hall of Fame Nomination Packet.
ASA/USA Softball has posted their Code & Rule changes for the 2016 season. Among the notable items from these documents is elimination of the requirement for the use of chin straps on helmets at in all Junior Olympics divisions. At the adult level, over-the-fence home runs in the Men's E/Rec Slow Pitch division will no longer end the half-inning, courtesy runner will now be permitted at all levels of Adult Slow Pitch, and the top 10% of finishers at Class C, D & E/Rec Nationals will receive unpaid berth into next year's National Tournament of the next highest classification (C to B, D to C, E/Rec to D).
The North Dakota Amateur Softball Association lost a workhorse. We would like to express our most heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Junior Olympics Slow Pitch Commissioner Scott Schafer, who passed away on Tuesday, November 10th. In addition to his role as commissioner, Scott provided a wealth of assistance in the State Office. He was also very active within the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association.
Softball was ingrained in Scott's existence as the son of Duane (a former NDASA Commissioner who passed away in 1996) and Shirley Schafer, both of whom are North Dakota Softball Hall of Famers. That passion for the game was passed down to his children, all of whom are playing at various levels in Jamestown. Please keep his mother and each of his children in your thoughts and prayers as we approach the holiday season.
Those in attendance at the Women's Open State Tournament in Grand Forks took time before the games began to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of Connie Wolf - wife of Umpire-in-Chief Michael Wolf and 2013 McQuade Charity Softball Tournament Hall of Famer - whose valiant battle with cancer came to an end August 14th. On behalf of the entire association, we offer our heartfelt condolences to Connie's entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
Congratulations to Minot Burgess Detailing for their 3rd place finish at the 2015 ASA Slow Pitch Men's E/Rec Northern National Tournament in Rapid City SD. Burgess ended the weekend 4-2 to finish ahead of 34 of the tournament's 36 other entrants.
Congratulations to our inaugural NDASA/DeMarini Tournament Series winners: Fargo Men's Hair House/The Box/MMB (Class D), Mandan Berger Chiropractic (Rec I), Lisbon Lasers (Rec II), Minot Ryan GMC (Rec III), and Mandan Vicky's (Rec IV). For more information on the prize packages, please contact our local DeMarini representative, Scott Brahos, at brahosS@aetna.com.