OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America heads to Myrtle Beach, S.C., this week for its 80th Annual Council Meeting at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. Held Nov. 4-12, the Council Meeting brings together ASA administrators, players and tournament hosts from around the country to evaluate the needs of the association along with proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of softball. Elections will also be held for positions including the ASA President Elect, who will serve Nov. 2013-Nov. 2015, and the Board of Directors.
Live updates including photos and video will be posted on the ASA/USA Softball Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the meeting. To view the Facebook and Twitter pages, you do not have to be a member of either website. Announcements regarding major items including code and rule changes, tournament locations and the National Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will also be available at www.asasoftball.com.
Sunday’s general session will be highlighted by the presentation of the 2011 ASA Complex of the Year presented by Stabilizer Solutions, Inc., award to the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va., as well as the presentation of the Bright Light Award presented by ASA and Musco Lighting. Created earlier this year, the award honors an ASA registered Junior Olympic (JO) team that has shown a commitment to its community through service and volunteerism. The Carmichael, Calif., Yard Sharks 18-Under A team coached by Joe Price is the inaugural recipient.
Also on Tuesday at the general session, cities across the country will make their pitch to the 280 plus ASA council members to try and win their support to bring one of the 2013 ASA National Championships to their respective cities. 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.
While the majority of the Council Meeting will consist of breakout sessions for different committees and regions, several special events will be held throughout the week including the “Swing with the Legends” golf tournament on Friday, the ASA Awards Luncheon sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods on Monday, the 4th Annual “Fun Walk” presented by Missouri ASA on Tuesday morning and the National Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 induction on Wednesday evening.
More than 70 exhibitors from throughout the United States are expected to attend the annual ASA Trade Show, which will be held Saturday evening in the Palisades ballroom. The show will feature exhibits from cities bidding on the ASA National Championships, equipment manufacturers and softball suppliers with more than 1,000 council members, association delegates and visitors passing through.
A silent auction will also be held throughout the week in Myrtle Beach with various items, including those autographed by past and present athletes on the USA Softball Men’s and Women’s National Team, up for bid. The proceeds will be donated to the ASA Special Programs fund.
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 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 five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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