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 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.
Fargo hosts its first slowpitch national tournament Labor Day weekend when Class D teams (and some ambitious E/Rec teams) from throughout the region come to town for the 2015 Men's Class D Northern National Tournament. North Dakota has built a stellar reputation with ASA when it comes to national tournaments and we expect the Fargo association to only add to that. Check out the tournament's web site for additional information and its Facebook page for updates. Thanks to all those volunteering their time to assist in hosting the event and best of luck to all teams participating.
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.
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.
Our series standings are now updated for all tournaments except for the Rec IV West State Tournament. The process of reporting and compiling the results were new to everyone this season, so please take a moment to review the standings and report any potential issues to our Series Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Summer 2015 edition is now available for download and features a look back as this year's North Dakota Softball Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well as results and pictures from the 40th Annual Sam McQuade Charity Softball Tournament as well as the Girls' High School Fast Pitch State Tournaments. Fargo is well represented in this publication thanks to articles about the nationally ranked NDSU Bison softball team, the local association's prepararion for their first national slowpitch tournament and their new 13-field complex which is should be in use next season (and grow to a total of 28 fields with future expansion).
The newsletter also features 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.
From "The Softball News".... Naomi Erdahl has been selected as the only representative of the Northern Region to umpire a new JO fast pitch tournament in Chino, California. The tournament is considered to be a National Invitational this year and is designed to compete directly with Premier Girlís Fast Pitch. According to the memo sent out by Kevin Ryan, ASA Director of Umpires, this is a new championship that is extremely important to the ASA Junior Olympic program.
The list of umpires assigned to this tournament include the best JO fast pitch umpires in ASA.
Erdahl has long been considered one of the top fast pitch umpires in North Dakota having worked major ASA fast pitch tournaments and NCAA fast pitch league and Regional tournaments.
Read more in the Summer 2015 edition of "The Softball News".