OKLAHOMA CITY —The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball will descend on Dallas, Texas November 10-17 as ASA/USA Softball will host its 81st Annual Council Meeting at the Hilton Anatole. During the weeklong event, administrators, players and tournament hosts from around the country participate in a series of meetings to evaluate the needs of the association along with proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of ASA/USA Softball. In addition to the business side of the organization, ASA/USA Softball also presents several awards during the Annual Council Meeting, including the James I. Moyer Sports Complex of the Year, the Bright Light Award presented by ASA and Musco Lighting, Years of Service, the James Farrell Certificates and Awards of Excellence for excellence in conducting ASA National Championships.
While the majority of the council meeting will consist of breakout sessions for the different committees and regions, several special events will be held throughout the week. On Friday, the “Swing for a Cause” golf series kicks off the Annual Meeting at The Golf Club of Dallas. All participants and non-golfers are also welcome to attend the dinner and auction, which will include items signed by current and former USA Softball athletes. All funds collected will benefit the Special Olympics National Games and ASA Special Programs.
More than 80 exhibitors from throughout the United States are expected to attend the annual ASA Trade Show, which will be held Saturday evening in the Trinity Ballroom. The show will feature exhibits from cities bidding on the ASA National Championships, equipment manufacturers, softball suppliers and the ASA/USA Softball National Office staff. More than 1,000 council members, association delegates and visitors will be in attendance.
The Wilson Sporting Goods Tournament Awards Luncheon will be held on Monday while the 5th annual “Fun Walk”, organized by Joey Rich, will be on Tuesday morning. Also on Tuesday at the general council session the 280 plus ASA/USA Softball council members will decide which cities will host the 2014 ASA National Championships. The decision of the host cities is one of the most anticipated decisions made by the council as each ASA National Championship has the potential to have thousands of dollars in economic impact.
On Wednesday, November 14 the 32nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held in the Coronado Ballroom. Members of the 2012 ASA Hall of Fame class include: Chris Armijo (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Jerry King (Maysville, Ky.), Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.), Leon Grunalt (Warren, Mich.), Larry Mays (Canyon Lake, Calif.) and Ike Wheeler (Bossier City, La.). In addition to honoring the Class of 2012, the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2013 Hall of Fame class was September 1. On Thursday, the final general council session will take place as all code and rule changes will be announced.
For further information on the 2012 ASA/USA Softball Annual Council Meeting, please visit ASASoftball.com. Photos and live updates from Dallas will be posted on the ASA and USA Softball Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.