Category Archives: ASA Softball

7-1-2016 USA Softball Name Change

ASA/USA Softball announces organization rename and rebrand to USA Softball and unveils new logo

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the U.S., announced today their organizational rename and rebrand to USA Softball and new logo, which will be effective January 1, 2017.  As the sport of softball continually evolves, focusing on the USA Softball brand better reflects the legacy that ASA/USA Softball has established over its 80 years as the leader in the sport of softball.

“This is an exciting time for ASA/USA Softball as the rebrand to USA Softball reflects our vision for the growth of the sport,” said ASA/USA Softball President Warren Jones.  “For over 80 years, ASA/USA Softball has been the driving force behind the sport of softball, and this new logo truly embodies that character and legacy.  I encourage all of our members to embrace the change of rebranding our organization to USA Softball that the ASA/USA Softball Board of Directors approved during its September, 2015 Board Meeting.  As the National Governing Body of Softball, USA Softball will continue to serve as the leader in the sport of softball while helping foster the passion and love for the game to all.”

When ASA/USA Softball entered the softball picture in 1933, the sport was in a state of confusion with no unified set of playing rules and no NGB to provide guidance and stability. ASA/USA Softball changed all that by adopting softball’s first universally accepted rules of play and by organizing consistent and fair competition across the nation.  Since its founding, ASA/USA Softball serves the softball community as the leader in certified equipment standards, coaching education and umpiring while providing the best-of-the best in softball at all levels.  Whether as a coach, athlete, umpire, administrator or fan, ASA/USA Softball provides the most exciting, level and competitive fields of play.

ASA/USA Softball has left an everlasting imprint on the sport, athletes and officials, creating many historic “firsts” for the game, including the first set of unified rules, the first standardized uniforms for officials, a Hall of Fame to honor those individuals who have left an impact upon our sport and fielding the first U.S. Olympic Softball team in 1996.  From this beginning, ASA/USA Softball has become one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations. In its long history, ASA/USA Softball has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 160,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.2 million.  That legacy will continue to live on through the USA Softball brand, providing a clearer identity of what USA Softball stands for, represents and embodies.

“The evolution of our brand to USA Softball showcases our organization to its fullest potential,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “Rebranding shows our members, teams, umpires, players and fans that we are continually evolving and furthering the softball community while connecting and unifying them under the USA Softball brand.  I’m excited for our fans, members and administrators to connect and identify with our new look and the USA Softball brand.”

In addition to rebranding, ASA/USA Softball has also unveiled a new redesigned logo, approved by the ASA/USA Softball Board of Directors at its April 2016 board meeting, which will replace the ASA/USA Softball split logo throughout the transition to USA Softball.  The redesign contains several key elements of previous ASA/USA Softball logos, while clearly identifying the USA Softball brand as the organization evolves towards the future.  The home plate shape embodies the sport, while bold, block USA Softball lettering symbolizes USA Softball’s authority as the NGB.  Along with the redesigned prominent features of the logo, the stars and stripes pay homage to the U.S. flag and classic American iconography, connecting fans and members with the Team USA brand.  Several subtleties also lie within the new logo, as the three red stripes reference 1933, the year ASA/USA Softball was founded, and the stars represent the four territories of ASA/USA Softball.

For more information on ASA/USA Softball, please visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.

6-25-2016 ASA 18U Hall of Fame Qualifier

ASA Hall of Fame Qualifier

ASA Hall of Fame Complex welcomes 16 teams for 18-Under Hall of Fame Qualifier

OKLAHOMA CITY – The ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field will play host to the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ 18-Under (18U) Hall of Fame Qualifier June 25-27, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. A total of 16 teams will compete in a triple-elimination bracket over the span of three days.

Click here for live streaming and live stats throughout the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ 16-Under (16U) Hall of Fame Qualifier

The 18U tournament will kick off on Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. CT and continue through Monday with the Championship Game on OGE Energy Field at 1:00 p.m. CT with the “if-necessary” game to follow scheduled for 3:00 p.m. CT.

Participating teams this weekend include Windy City Ice Blue, Gametime Stars Prieto/Millus, Aloha Breeze-Combs, Tucson Scramblers, Centex Buzz Waller, Oklahoma Exclusive-Schmidt, Oklahoma Diamond Girls, Tulsa Elite, Texas Blaze Kirk, Team Power 97, Stealth Fastpitch – Snyder, Oregon City Nightmare, 98 Black Widows, Michigan Lookouts, Easton Softball and Oklahoma Ultimate.

Daily admission for the 18U Hall of Fame Stadium National Qualifier tournament is $7 for adults and $5 for youth and senior citizens. Fans will also have the option to purchase a three-day tournament pass for $19 on the first day of the tournament. The Hall of Fame Museum and gift shop will be open for fans attending the tournament. Hours of operation Monday through Friday are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.

Fans that cannot make the trip to Oklahoma City can watch their favorite team play as ASA/USA Softball will be offering free live streaming and stats at ASAUSASoftball.com.

5-25-2016 Final DII coaches Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2016

First-time national champions North Alabama, unanimous No. 1 in final NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – First-time national champion University of North Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 team in the final 2016 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Completing a historical campaign with a 60-7 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship, the Lions, under the guidance of head coach Ashley Cozart, defeated Humboldt State in the three-game Championship series. UNA rebounded from a 5-0 game-one loss with 10-1 and 4-1 victories. The Lions went 11-2 in the postseason, suffering its first loss on the second day of regionals to UAH, which forced them to battle from the losers bracket. North Alabama reeled off three straight shutout wins over Saint Leo (1-0) and UAH (7-0 & 7-0) to advance to Super Regionals where it swept Rollins (9-0, 6-5).

National runner-up Humboldt State finished just short of it third national championship falling to North Alabama. The Jacks (54-8-1) posted a 9-3 mark in the postseason and was one of two programs to have an undefeated run to the National Championships. HSU won five games during regionals and super regionals and continued its run with victories over Armstrong State (3-2) and West Texas A&M (8-5) before dropping one game to Armstrong in the semifinals. The Jacks rebounded with a 6-2 win over the Pirates, advancing them to the Championship series.

National semifinalists Armstrong State and Southern Arkansas come in at three and four. The Pirates (43-15) put forth an 8-3 record in postseason, sweeping the Southeast Regional and going on the road a knocking off the defending national champion North Georgia Nighthawks in three games (0-4, 4-2, 5-3 in 8 inn.). After dropping its opener at the Championships, Armstrong State won three straight and forced an “if-necessary” game with Humboldt State in the semifinals.

Making their first National Championships appearance, Southern Arkansas enjoyed its most successful season in program history. The Muleriders (53-11) won their first regional and super regional, while setting a program-record for wins. SAU also enjoyed an undefeated postseason run into the Championships. They to rebounded from an opening day loss to North Alabama with triumphs over Charleston (7-0) and West Texas A&M (7-4) before falling to the Lions in the semifinals.

The final four Championship participants, West Texas A&M, Adelphi, Grand Valley State and University of Charleston fill in your No.5 to No. 8 rankings. The Lady Buffs (59-5) and Panthers (35-22) each went 1-2 at the Championships with WT recording a 7-3 postseason mark and AU finishing 6-2. The Lakers (43-13) and the Golden Eagles. (50-12) finished 6-2 and 5-3, respectively in the postseason, both winning their super regionals on the road. UC made its first National Championships appearance.

Rounding out the top-10 are Super Regional participants North Georgia and Arkansas Tech. The Nighthawks (54-8) swept through their regional and won game one against Armstrong State, but dropped two games to the Pirates on the second day. The Golden Suns (49-11) posted three shutouts to win their regional, but were swept by Southern Arkansas at home to close out the season.

Along with Adelphi, Grand Valley State and Charleston, Rollins, Colorado Mesa and Georgia College all return to the top-25 at the end of the season.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll Final | May 25, 2016

Rank Team Totals 2016 Record Last Poll
1 North Alabama (16) 400 60-7 3
2 Humboldt State 384 54-8-1 5
3 Armstrong State 366 43-15 16
4 Southern Arkansas 353 53-11 15
5 West Texas A&M 336 59-5 1
6 Adelphi 320 35-22 RV
7 Grand Valley State 303 43-13 RV
8 Charleston 290 50-12 RV
9 North Georgia 264 54-8 4
10 Arkansas Tech 227 49-11 7
11 Wayne State (Mich.) 211 50-10 10
12 St. Mary’s 209 47-14 9
13 Indianapolis 174 51-6 2
14 Central Washington 160 41-14-2 17
15 West Virginia Wesleyan 150 54-11 12
16 Saint Leo 132 39-8 8
17 UAH 126 40-17 RV
18 Missouri-St. Louis 119 53-9 6
19 Southern New Hampshire 103 40-12-2 14
20 Missouri Western 84 45-13 11
21 California (Pa.) 78 38-6 20
22 Rollins 76 40-16-1
23 Azusa Pacific 69 40-12 21
24 Colorado Mesa 62 40-13
25 Georgia College 55 41-18

Dropped Out: No. 13 Caldwell, No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 19 Bloomsburg, No. 22 West Florida, No. 23 LIU Post, No. 24 Chico State, No. 25 (tie) Texas Woman’s, No. 25 (tie) Catawba.

New to Poll: No. 6 Adelphi, No. 7 Grand Valley State, No. 8 Charleston, No. 17 UAH, No. 22 Rollins, No. 24 Colorado Mesa, No. 25 Georgia College.

Receiving Votes: Caldwell (37), Trevecca Nazarene (15), Bloomsburg (14), West Florida (14), Chico State (12), Lenoir-Rhyne (10), Texas Woman’s (8), UC San Diego (7) Valdosta State (7), Pfeiffer (6), California Baptist (5), LIU Post (5), Upper Iowa (4), West Chester (3), Catawba (2).

4-27-2016 USA Softball P;ayer of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY — For the first time in her career, South Florida’s Astin Donovan (Guilford, Conn.) has landed the Week 11 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. The sophomore had her best weekends of the season, putting on three, multi-hit performances against Tulsa while helping lead her team to a 3-1 record on the week.

“I was not expecting to be recognized, so it is an honor to be selected as a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week,” said Donovan.  “I felt like I had some really good at-bats this weekend and I felt better than I have most of the season. I was really calm and confident at the plate and seeing the ball really well. I had a clear plan in mind as to what I wanted to do when I was at the plate but at the same time, I was just trying to get on base to help my team produce runs. We’re continuing to work hard to achieve our team goals.”

Donovan recorded multi-hit games over the weekend as then-No. 20 South Florida went 3-0 in an American Athletic Conference (AAC) series at Tulsa.  Donovan also recorded one of the Bulls’ four hits in a non-conference matchup against in-state rival No. 1 Florida.  Starting the week against the Gators, Donovan recorded a single in a closely-fought contest as South Florida fell 3-0.  In the series opener against Tulsa, Donovan recorded two hits as the Bulls walked away with a 2-0, shutout win.  She followed up with another strong performance in game two of the series, finishing the game 2-for-3, while acting as the spark for a one-out rally as the Bulls trailed 6-1 in the fifth inning.  Reaching base safely with a single, Donovan would come around to score to help fuel a five-run outing.  In their final game of the series, Donovan was once again 2-for-3 while picking up an RBI.  With the bases loaded, Donovan hit a double deep to right field to plate a run.

“Hard work pays off and no one exemplifies that better than Astin,” said South Florida Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “It’s nice to see that her team approach to playing the game is recognized.”

For the week, Donovan had a .636 batting average (7-for-11) and a .727 slugging percentage.  She recorded a double and had eight total bases on the week while scoring a run and adding an RBI.  This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors for Donovan and the first for an athlete from South Florida since Week 5 of the 2012 season when southpaw Sara Nevins received the award.

2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 11-14): Lexie Elkins – Louisiana-Lafayette – Senior – Catcher – Victoria, Texas

Week 2 (Feb. 15-21): Jailyn Ford – James Madison – Senior – Pitcher – Hot Springs, Va.

Week 3 (Feb. 22-28): Sierra Hyland – Cal Poly – Junior – Pitcher – Visalia, Calif.

Co-Week 4 (Feb. 29-March 6): Molly Hutchison – NC State – Junior – C/OF – San Diego, Calif.

Co-Week 4 (Feb. 29-March 6): Sierra Romero – Michigan – Senior – Infield – Murrieta, Calif.

Week 5 (March 7-13): Bianka Bell – LSU – Senior – Infield – Tampa, Fla.

Week 6 (March 14-20): Hannah Day – Troy – Senior – Outfield – Crestview, Fla.

Week 7 (March 21-27): Holly Speers – Kent State – Sophomore – Infield – Surrey, B.C.

Week 8 (March 28-April 3): Jessie Hufstetler – San José State – Senior – Infield – Atascadero, Calif.

Week 9 (April 4-10): Paige Parker – Oklahoma – Sophomore – Pitcher – Independence, Mo.

Week 10 (April 11-17): Delanie Gourley – Florida – Junior – Pitcher – Lakeside, Calif.

Week 11 (April 18-24): Astin Donovan – South Florida – Sophomore – Outfield – Guilford, Conn.

4-19-2016 USA Softball National Player of the Week

Florida’s Delanie Gourley stifles from the circle en route to Week 10 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY — After helping her No. 1 ranked Florida Gators sweep an offensively-fueled then-No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida’s Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) has landed the Week 10 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. The junior was stellar from the circle, stifling a power-hitting Ragin’ Cajun offense to just two hits and one earned run in a 2-0 performance.

“It’s an honor to win this weekly award,” said Gourley. “I thought I had a good weekend, but I’m never satisfied, as there is always things I can do better. For us as a team, it was a huge weekend for us. When a team comes in ranked No. 5 in the country, you want to play your best game and I feel like we did that this past weekend.”

Gourley’s performance in game one of the non-conference series was nothing short of outstanding as the junior left-hander gave up just two hits while striking out a career-high tying 13 batters in a complete-game effort. Striking out six batters to begin the game, Gourley helped land Florida its first-ever win over the Ragin’ Cajuns in program history. Another standout performance by Gourley in game three of the series helped the Gators secure the weekend sweep. Entering the game in relief of starter Kelly Barnhill in the middle of the second inning, Gourley registered eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits and no runs.

“Thank you to ASA/USA Softball for recognizing Delanie in her efforts to help our team sweep a great Louisiana-Lafayette team this weekend,” said Florida Head Coach Tim Walton. “I am so proud of Delanie and what she brings to our team both on and off the field. She really set the tone for us in game one this past Saturday and the rest of our team followed suit. I’m looking forward to her using this past week and this honor to help catapult her and our team to a strong finish of the regular season.”

For the week, Gourley was 2-0 in the circle with 21 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched while collecting a 0.62 ERA. This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors for Gourley and the first for a Florida Gator since Week 2 of the 2015 season.

2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 11-14): Lexie Elkins – Louisiana-Lafayette – Senior – Catcher – Victoria, Texas

Week 2 (Feb. 15-21): Jailyn Ford – James Madison – Senior – Pitcher – Hot Springs, Va.

Week 3 (Feb. 22-28): Sierra Hyland – Cal Poly – Junior – Pitcher – Visalia, Calif.

Co-Week 4 (Feb. 29-March 6): Molly Hutchison – NC State – Junior – C/OF – San Diego, Calif.

Co-Week 4 (Feb. 29-March 6): Sierra Romero – Michigan – Senior – Infield – Murrieta, Calif.

Week 5 (March 7-13): Bianka Bell – LSU – Senior – Infield – Tampa, Fla.

Week 6 (March 14-20): Hannah Day – Troy – Senior – Outfield – Crestview, Fla.

Week 7 (March 21-27): Holly Speers – Kent State – Sophomore – Infield – Surrey, B.C.

Week 8 (March 28-April 3): Jessie Hufstetler – San José State – Senior – Infield – Atascadero, Calif.

Week 9 (April 4-10): Paige Parker – Oklahoma – Sophomore – Pitcher – Independence, Mo.

Week 10 (April 11-17): Delanie Gourley – Florida – Junior – Pitcher – Lakeside, Calif.