It is a volunteer driven, not for profit organization base in Oklahoma City, OK.
It was founded in 1933 and evolved into the strongest softball organization in the
Country. Because of ASA commitment to the game of softball the USOC named the ASA
the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
As the governing body of softball, ASA has many responsibilities including: regulating
competition to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of players who
annually participate in softball, ASA Sanction competition in every state, and host
more then 90 National Championships yearly.
The ASA has many important responsibilities as the national governing body of softball
in the United States, including regulating competition to insure fairness and equal
opportunity to the millions of player who annually play the sport.
When the ASA entered the softball picture in 1933, the sport was in a state of confusion
with no unified set of playing rules and no national governing body to provide guidance
and stability. The ASA changed all that by adopting softball's first universally
accepted rules of play and by organizing consistent and fair competition across the
From this beginning, the ASA has become one of the nation's largest and fastest growing
sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network
of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early
days to over 250,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than four million.
ASA is about SOFTBALL, every type of SOFTBALL falls under ASA umbrella. ASA is not
concerned with running other sports, our knowledge and care is with Softball, the
players, teams and umpires.
The Junior Olympic program gives children the opportunity to participate from t-ball
through 18 years of age. Over 80% of all NCAA Division I College softball players
come from the ASA summer programs. There is the ACE training program for coaches,
as well as coaching schools and clinic for players.
The adult programs offer numerous opportunities to participate from recreation leagues
to National Tournaments, to the Pan American games to the Olympics. As they say
"the world is your oyster" It is there for the playing.