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2013 Official Rules of Softball Mobile App available

Scan this QR Code or visit to purchase!

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States recently launched its 2013 version of the Official Rules of Softball in an online mobile platform. Available for purchase for $4.95 for an annual subscription, the searchable application is available for all iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Androids, Windows phones, and tablet users. This app does not replace the ASA Rulebook.

CLICK here to for a visual photo demonstration of the new RULES APPLICATION via Mobile Devices

From any of the mobile devices listed above, visit and you will be directed to ASA’s mobile site where the first table item listed is the OFFICIAL RULES APPLICATION link. Click there to begin the process to purchase.

Designed using feedback from the ASA community and ASA Umpires, the new mobile rules app provides a searchable engine of the 2013 version of the Official Rules of Softball. Also listed are common key words found in the rulebook to serve as a guide to the user to search the necessary rule or rule reference.

“On behalf of the ASA, we are thrilled to be launching this new product to all ASA participants and umpires,” said ASA Supervisor of Umpires Kevin Ryan. “While this does not replace the printed version of the rulebook, it serves as another way to communicate our rules and message to the always evolving mobile user participant of our game. Our designated task force who has been evaluating the service for months feels this will help educate all levels of play and continue to teach all ages the rules of softball.”

In addition the rules app, the site provides users with easy to access ASA tournament listings, ASA Certified Equipment, top headlines, local association contacts, and an event listing for the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. In addition, the new technology provides a list of ASA preferred business partners and links to and Visit from any web-enabled phone to access the site.

The mobile website is intended to keep up with the increase in mobile surfing and meet the public’s growing preference for receiving information. The content is targeted to users who are at the softball field and will target relevant material that users may need. provides capabilities for users to:

• Search ASA Tournaments: Users can search for and locate current, future, and past ASA National Championships and Qualifiers

• View ASA Certified Equipment: This quick-use option allows users to view and search for ASA approved and non-approved bats and balls

• Shop: Users can have quick access to specific items they wish to purchase, ranging from hats to ASA Hall of Fame Complex event tickets

Double Deez wins Men's Class C Slow Pitch Northern National Tournament!

Double Deez (Preston, IA) had a perfect weekend going 7-0 and winning the Men's Class C Northern National in Liberty, MO.  The team will now advance to the Hooter's Championship Series in Oklahoma City Oct. 1-3.


Team Photo  Order of Finish   Tournament Bracket    All-American Team

Iowa Alliance - Women's Masters 35 & Over Slow Pitch National Champions!

Team Photo    Tournament Bracket



Bill Blanchard, Joe Cordt and Jeff Puffett were inducted into the 2009 Men's 16" Men's Major Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 8th in Cedar Rapids at the Men's Major and Class A 16" State Tournaments held at the Tait Cummins Softball Complex.  

See Photos    See 16" HOF Web Page


Iowa ASA Men's Slow Pitch Classification and Restricted Player Lists

ASA championship play’s original or primary design is a player will choose a team to play for throughout the year and then also play for that team in championship play.  In recent years we have had issues with A and B classification teams either not playing in ASA championship play or playing in the Open A classification.  This has created a situation whereby players from these high level teams have been joining lower level teams to play in ASA championship play instead of being regular players with this team throughout the season.  This violates a key principle of what ASA championship play is designed to be.  In response to criticism of this practice the Restricted Player List concept was passed.

Restricted Player List: Any player on the Iowa ASA Restricted Player List will not be eligible to participate in

championship play below the B level. The classification committee will be responsible for

identifying members of the Restricted Player List.  If a player wishes to be removed from this list they must appeal the State Commissioner and demonstrate that they are a regular player with the Class C team (one of three Class B players allowed) and that they are not playing at the Class B level or higher.

National Player Classification List

Iowa Restricted Player List - Revised 7-28-09


ASA Introduces Slow Pitch Player Database Online

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced today that the official ASA Slow Pitch Player Database is now available online.  In an effort to properly classify teams, the website will continue to be a work-in-progress and contains data from the past five years of championship play.

Click to view the database.

“The ASA feels this database will better maintain the integrity of our slow pitch play,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda.  “This tool will be utilized to help enforce the ASA Code that was passed in November of 2008 that rates each player.  The combined player ratings for an entire roster then determines the classification that team must play for the 2009 season.”

The website will be continuously updated as more upgrades are completed.  Please check the site on a regular basis as player appeal process information will be made available at a later date. The National Adult Slow Pitch Classification Board will handle all appeals and the five members of the Board will be released at later date.

2009 Iowa Classification Code Now Available

The revised 2009 Iowa ASA Classification Code is now available online following the Iowa ASA Annual Council Meeting where several changes were approved by the Iowa ASA Council Members.  View Iowa ASA Classification Code


State Umpire Clinics set for March 14th and 15th

 2009 State Umpire Clinic Registration Form

 The 2009 Iowa ASA State Umpire Clinics are scheduled for Saturday, March 14th - Nevada and

Sunday, March 15th - Cedar Rapids.  Both are from 12pm-4pm.  

These clinics are geared toward new and veteran softball umpires alike.

Each Iowa ASA State Umpire Clinics is run by a team featuring Iowa ASA Umpire Staff Members. The

clinic will feature rule changes and interpretations, umpire mechanics of both fast pitch and slow pitch,

signals, game management and more. Umpires dress is casual.  The fee is $45 and includes the 2009 Umpire Registration packet.


Urbandale Sports Association Awarded National Tournament Award

The Urbandale Softball Association was awarded the James Farrell National Tournament Awarded for being one of the highest rated National Tournaments conducted for 2008!  Urbandale hosted the Men's Class A 16" Slow Pitch National Tournament at Walker Johnston Park.  Click Here for Award Photo with USA Board Members.


ACE Coaching Certification Youth Coaching Requirement

The ACE Coaching Certification is now required for at least one Coaches/Team for Teams that participate in Championship Play (State, National Tournaments, National Qualifiers).  We encourage all coaches to take advantage of this excellent coaching training.  ACE Coaches will receive the added benefit of receiving emails and blogs containing helpful coaching tips and coaching advice from Mike Candrea, well known coach of the Arizona Wildcats and former coach of the USA Women’s National Team.  This is also an excellent way for leagues to certify, train and background check their league coaches. For more information.  NOTE - Coaches that are new to the certification and are taking this for the first time will take level one.  Level two is for coaches that are recertifying after taking level one, and each additional level corresponds with another year of recertifying.  Coaches must recertify each year and coaches that have taken level one and no more than two years have lapsed may take level two this year without reverting back to level one. Click Here


Survey Question:  Do you think the ASA Equipment Specifications for Softball Bats and Softballs are? 

A.  Too Hot (need to made more safer)   B. Not Hot Enough (need to be increased)  C.  Just Right (leave them where they are at) 

Click Here To Take The Survey


Iowa ASA Announces State Tournament Dates and Locations

The 2009 Iowa ASA State Tournament Sites were awarded Thursday evening, Dec, 18th by the Site Selection Committee.  Please click here to view the locations and dates of all Iowa ASA State Tournaments for 2009.  Note:  The date for the Girl's 10 & Under Class C Fast Pitch State Tournament has been moved to June 12-14.  The Men's Masters 35 & Over State Tournament has been awarded to Waterloo on August 7th - 9th.  See Also 2009 Open State Tournament Entry Form


ASA Announces 2009 Code Changes

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Please Click here to view the PDF file that includes the 2009 ASA Code Changes.  See Also 2009 ASA Code


ASA Announces 2009 Rule Changes

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Please Click here to view the PDF file that includes the 2009 ASA Playing Rule Changes.


2008 Iowa ASA Tournament Results


2007 State Tournament Results


TCP of Burlington Runner-Up in Men's Class A Slow Pitch National

9/28 - ABS returns to Delaware as the 2008 ASA Men’s Class A Slow Pitch National Championship after turning back a determined TCP team of Burlington, Iowa, 15-10, in the "if" game Sunday afternoon at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The loss ended a tremendous run for TCP (6-2), which was led by pitcher Losson White who was named the tournament’s MVP and clearly deserved it as he did everything he could to propel his team to victory.

Full Story


Hawks/Miss Kitty’s of Des Moines comes from behind to win Women’s Open National Championship
9/27 - Coming from the loser’s bracket, Hawks/Miss Kitty’s captured the 2008 Women’s Open National Championship in a 6-5 walk-off decision over the Armed Forces. It was a long day for the winning team as they played five games tallying a 4-1 record. The Hawks forced the “if” game five when they skunked Armed Forces 10-0 in game four. In the final championship win, the Hawks were led by catcher and tournament MVP Sirene Johnson who led the way going 2-for-4 in the final game with three RBI. Armed Forces put up a great fight with four batters each contributing two hits. But they couldn’t hold the lead as Hawks/Miss Kitty’s scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the eventual walk-off win.  Iowa player Cara Coughenour was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Full Story


Men's Major 16" National Tournament Results

8/31 - Stover places 2nd and Niner's 3rd at The Men's Major 16" Slow Pitch National Tournament in Crystal Lake, IL


Kings win the Men's 16" Class A Slow Pitch National Tournament

8/31 - The Men's Class A 16" National Tournament (Urbandale, IA) was Aug. 29-31 at the Walker-Johnston Softball Complex.

For a complete listing of tournament information with tournament results, please visit the tournament webpage


S&R Metals/Bosch Financial/ING wins ASA Class B Coed Nationals in La Grange, GA Aug. 25-27. 

8/27 - Congratulations to the Co-Ed Class B Slow Pitch Team S&R Metals/Bosch Financial/ING of Cedar Rapids consisting of  Mary Jo Nies, Jennifer Steffen, Staci Irons, Bryce Schweitzer, Josh Weber, Kim Lake, Brad Jipson, Jennifer Hebert, Zach Hoover and Paul Henning.  see team photo

Three Men's 16" Slow Pitch Players Inducted into 16" Slow Pitch Hall of Fame

Three players were inducted into the Iowa ASA Men's 16" Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 9th in Marshalltown

at the S. Sixth St. Softball Complex.  Congratulations to Thomas Dvorak, Sam Crouse and Randy Dvorak who join the Class of 2008 16" Hall Of Fame!

Photo Gallery


 Steve Nielsen Inducted into Men's Slow Pitch Hall Of Fame July 26th

See Photo Gallery


Urbandale to host ASA Men's Class A 16" National Tournament Aug. 29 - Sept. 1 at Walker-Johnston Softball Complex

  Due to the flooding in Cedar Rapids and lack of available hotel rooms in that area,

the Men's 16" Class A Slow Pitch National had to find a new home.  We would like to thank the Urbandale Sports Association for being able to turn two years worth of planning and preparation in just 6 weeks .  For more information on the tournament -  Click Here


District UIC Perry Brown passes away suddenly

It is with great sadness, yet fond memories that we make this post. On Thursday, May 29, 2008 Perry Brown passed away suddenly while umpiring a softball game. Perry touched many lives - not just as umpires, but as people too. He was a kind, caring and patient man. Perry, from Ft. Madison, IA served Iowa ASA as the District UIC for SE Iowa and will be greatly missed by all.
Please visit this link for more information on Perry Brown


Adult and Youth National Qualifier and Mid-America Regional Tournaments held in Iowa Information


National Qualifiers/Regionals


ACE Coaching Certifications now available Online!

The Amateur Softball Association announced today that their ACE Coaching Certification Program is now available to coaches nationwide in a new web based format.  Coaches who had an active certification as of 2007 can access the online system with their prior information and continue their certification beginning with the next appropriate level. New coaches can begin certifying online with Level 1. Coaches can watch the ACE Coaching Certification instructional videos and complete their certification tests at



New for 2008!  Girl's Fast Pitch Northern National Qualifiers!

Iowa ASA Girl's Fast Pitch Teams, in addition to playing in the Iowa ASA State Tournament in their respective age and classification, must also play in at least one  SANCTIONED Invitational (Local) Tournament to qualify for the ASA Northern National Tournaments.  For more information on the ASA Northern National Qualifying Tournaments for Iowa ASA Teams Click Here 

2008 ASA Rule Changes

Louisville, KY - 2008 ASA Rule Changes were voted in recently at the ASA National Council Meeting in Louisville, KY.  Girl's 10 & Under Class B Fast Pitch will add stealing and dropped third strike rule, Girl's 18 & Under Class A Fast Pitch will pitch at 43 feet and all Adult Slow Pitch will no longer require players to run out home runs.  For a complete listing of the new 2008 rule changes and comments Click Here


Also see 2008 ASA Code Changes


Combat’s Lady Virus VIRSP3 Bat no longer authorized for use

The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, today announced that the softball bat model VIRSP3 Lady Virus manufactured by the CE Composites, Inc. (DBA Combat) is no longer authorized for use in ASA Championship Play.



Men's Class A Restricted Player List Announced

Oklahoma City, OK-- The Amateur Softball Association of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that the following players have been named to the ASA Men's Slow Pitch Restricted Player List (RPL):



Which is harder to hit? Baseball or Softball?

FSN with Jennie Finch


2008 Iowa ASA Tournament Sites Released

Grinnell 12/13/07 - The dates and sites of the 2008 ASA Championship Play Tournaments was released following the Site Selection Meeting in Grinnell Thursday evening.  Click on the link below to review the state, regional and national qualifier tournament dates held in Iowa.

2008 Tournament Dates and Sites


58 Iowa Teams compete in National Tournaments

Click Here for all of the results of teams that participated in National Tournaments in 2007


Iowa ASA 2008 State Tournament Bid Information Available

Bids are now being taken for over 35 Championship Play Tournaments to be held in Iowa in 2008.  If you are interested, please contact the Iowa ASA State office at 641-236-5766 or e-mail Iowa ASA State Commissioner Tom Topping at  Bids are due Friday, Dec. 7th.  For a listing of all tournament dates  Click Here  Sites will be posted on this website Dec. 14th.



9/30/2007 -

Seven Inducted into Iowa Men's Fast Pitch Hall Of Fame - Sunday 9/30/07 - Cedar RapidsJim Sovereign, Steve Fagen, Steve "Cowboy" Donahue, Kevin Hartwig, Carroll "Duke" Mc Cullough, Jack Minder and Clyde Reid (posthumously) were inducted into the Iowa Men's Fast Pitch Hall of Fame at the Longbranch Restaurant in Cedar Rapids.  For Photo and Inductee Resumes available Click Here


9/4/2007 -

Storm/Bosch Financial of Cedar Rapids Wins ASA Hooter's Men's Class D West Slow Pitch National!

Topeka, KS - Storm/Bosch Financial went 8-0 through the 65-team field to win the ASA Hooter's Men's Class D West National Slow Pitch Tournament in Topeka, KS Labor Day weekend.  Storm/Bosch will now advance to the Hooter's Championship Series in Oklahoma City on Sept. 28-29.  The Storm landed 6 first-team All-Americans and 2 selected to the 2nd Team, while Mysak and Beaver also had players selected to the All-Tournament Teams.  Other Iowa teams finishing well were Beaver 5th, 4-2 (Waterloo), Wolf Pack 9th, 3-2 (Cedar Rapids), Mysak Transmission 9th, 4-2 (Cedar Rapids), Frog Town 17th, 3-2 (Cedar Rapids) and Victors 25th, 2-2 (Urbandale). 

For all of the National Tournament Results Click Here 

Storm/Bosch Financial Team Photo    Tournament Summary