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 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.
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.
This year's schedule for men's, women's and coed invitational tournaments is now available on our Invitational Tournaments page. There are currently 37 men's tourneys planned for this Spring/Summer as well as a dozen women's tournaments. Additionally, a pair of coed tournaments are scheduled for Grand Forks later in the season.
Furthermore, we now have details on the much anticipated debut of the NDASA/DeMarini Tournament Series for men's slowpitch. Teams in class D as well as each Rec classification may compete for a share of the $15,000 total prize package. Check out the Series page for more specific information on the rules, schedule and prizes.
By Walt Stack (from the Spring 2015 Edition of the "Softball News")....
Chris Hutton (fifth from the left in the picture above) flies out of frigid North Dakota a couple of weekends a month to join the Wounded Warrior softball team for games in warmer venues. Hutton is a veteran of the war in Iraq who returned home from that conflict only to suffer a devastating injury caused by a drunk driver in a hit and run in July 2006. The injury caused the loss of Huttonís lower leg just below the knee.
After playing in an exhibition game against the Wounded Warrior team at the 2014 McQuade Tournament, he was asked to play with the Warrior team and continues to do so into the 2015 season. He has joined the team for games in Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Polk County, all in Florida and hopes to continue every other weekend for the Spring season.
The Wounded Warriors were a big hit during their appearance in last yearís McQuade tournament and are eager to return however, they had a long time commitment to appear in a softball event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the same weekend as the McQuade this year. They are hopeful they can clear their schedule for 2016 to return to the Bismarck event. According to Hutton, the team is competitive and wins approximately 75% of the games they play despite the handicaps each of the players has.
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".
Umpires are encouraged to download and print the 2015 ASA Umpire Exam to test themselves in advance of the rules clinics already underway around the state. Those run by one of the state's Deputy Umpires-In-Chief should review the answers at those meetings. Test-takers can send an email to state Umpire-In-Chief Mike Wolf ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for the answers, which will also be posted here closer to the beginning of the season.
Our first newsletter of 2015 is in the process of being mailed to members of our association thoughout the state - a sure sign that a new season is not too far off. The Spring 2015 edition focuses on our newest Hall of Famers, the 40th annual Sam McQuade Sr. Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament and the debut of the NDASA/DeMarini Tournament Series. There are also articles dedicated to Hall of Famers Arnie Lizakowski, Olive Jacobson Kistner & Russ Burfening as well as former national UIC Tom Mason, each of whom sadly passed away in the last year.
The newsletter also features the usual excellent commentary from President Jack Lukes, former state Umpire-In-Chief and current "Softball News" editor Walt Stack, Commissioner Dick Gulmon, Junior Olympics Fast Pitch Commissioner Brian Neuhardt and Umpire-In-Chief Mike Wolf.
This year's schedule of Umpire & Manager Rules Clinics is now set with the first of 55 events throughout the state starting March 22nd in Jamestown. Local DUICs will be conducting clinics both on and off the field to help new umpires get accustomed to the rules & procedures for officiating a game as well as providing a refresher course for experienced umpires. Managers and players are also encouraged to attend to help acquire a better knowledge of the rules as the responsibilities of the umpires.
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!