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Updated: August 8 2014 - 2:12 p.m. EDT

Georgia ASA at 2014 USA/ASA Nationals
Teams from around the state traveled to ASA National Championships from cost-to-cost in late-July/early August. Click on the links below to see how they did.

Make sure to get the latest results on Georgia teams at National Championships at our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Calling Georgia ASA Fans and Photographers: We want your photos!
We're in the need of some photos to share on our Web page, Facebook and Twitter, Can you send us some?

Please upload them easily and directly using the following links:

2014 States (all age groups): Upload 2014 State Photos
HERE
18-Gold Nationals: Upload 18-Gold Nationals Photos
HERE
16-Gold Nationals: Upload 16-Gold Nationals Photos HERE

18-USA/ASA Nationals: Upload 18-USA/ASA National Photos HERE
16-USA/ASA Nationals: Upload 16-USA/ASA National Photos HERE
14-USA/ASA Nationals: Upload 14-USA/ASA National Photos HERE
12-USA/ASA Nationals: Upload 12-USA/ASA National Photos HERE
10-USA/ASA Nationals: Upload 10-USA/ASA National Photos HERE
18-Eastern ASA Nationals:  Upload 18-Eastern National Photos HERE
14-Southern ASA Nationals: Upload 14-Southern National Photos HERE

Or if you'd prefer, you may e-mail them to GeorgiaASAweb@gmail.com (just let us know what the photos are from)

See an example of the finish product of what we already have from the 2014 Georgia ASA State Tournament

Thanks for the photos!

Georgia Georgia Power DeMarini's Newton Earns ASA J.O. Player of the Week Honors
Hannah Newton (Peachtree, Ga.) led the Georgia Power DeMarini Gold with dominating performances in the circle earning her the 12th ASA Junior Olympic (JO) Player of the Week award, presented by Worth Fastpitch and StudentSports.com. Announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the ace pitcher amassed 25 innings while allowing just two runs on four hits, one walk and struck out 31 opposing batters.

“It’s an honor to be selected as the National ASA Player of the Week,” said Newton. “My teammates and coaches are winners of this just as much as I am. I’ve played for my coaches since I was little and there’s no way I would be where I am now as a player without them or my team around me.”

Newton has an 18-2 record on the season with an ERA of less than 1 and a 0.56 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) average. She has recorded 179 strikeouts in 131 innings in the circle. The starting pitcher is in her fifth year with the Georgia Power DeMarini Gold and holds an 11-1 record in ASA Nationals (14-Under 2010, 2011 and 16-Under 2012, 2013). Last week, Newton and her Georgia Power DeMarini Gold team are competing at the ASA/USA 18-Under GOLD National in Oklahoma City.

“Hannah’s not a pitcher that’s going to blow anyone away with her speed but she has great movement,” said Georgia Power DeMarini Gold Head Coach Ernie Yarbrough. “She always wants the ball and that’s all you can ask of a pitcher. She’s never missed a turn in six years playing for me. She has always been there. Hannah is very deserving of ASA (JO) Player of the Week.”

Established to recognize JO players 18 years or younger for outstanding play in an ASA/USA sanctioned event, the ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week will honor 14 athletes, male or female, from May 9 - August 8 following the conclusion of the ASA/USA JO National Championships. Nominations will be taken on a week-by-week basis (see below schedule) and will be submitted and accepted through http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/02/12/asa-player-week-form/
until noon ET every Tuesday. In order to be eligible for the award, athletes must be registered with their local ASA/USA association and must have participated in ASA/USA Softball sanctioned events or tournaments during the week nominated.

Georgia ASA Crowns 2014 State Champions
Congratulations to all five J.O. Class A teams who were crowned Georgia ASA Champions!
Teams from all over Georgia competed around the state the weekend of July 11-13. Each age group first participated in pool play before moving on to the double elimination bracket ... similar format to the ASA/USA National Championships many teams will compete in at the end of the month. Completed brackets and some team photos are listed below. Thanks to all players, coaches, umpires, tournament staff and fans for a wonderful championship weekend. 

See Photos from the weekend. Do you have photos to share? Please UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS HERE

Download the ASA Umpire Mobile App
Stay on top of the game by learning the Official Rules of Softball, as published by the Amateur Softball Association of America. Now available for iOS (iPhones/iPads) and for Android devices, find out how ASA's Apps can help you learn the rules of softball. You can download ASA's Apps HERE.

Clarification on Electronic Cigarettes
The official interpretation by the ASA National Office is an electronic cigarette or personal vaping device is deemed as a tobacco product. If a state, city or private complex has a more stringent law on the books than that law must be followed.

A reminder to players, coaches, umpires and fans on the mention of tobacco products in the ASA Code and Official Rule Book of Softball:

Junior Olympic Championship Play
The ASA Code in Article 310 General Regulations of Championship Play, G Junior Olympic General Regulations 02 states the following: Use of Tobacco Products. The use of any tobacco products is prohibited at all Junior Olympic Tournaments.

The Official Rules of Softball in Rule 5, The Game, Section 12, Dugout Conduct, C states:
(JO Only) The use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is prohibited at all Junior Olympic Championships.
Effect: The first offense is a team warning. Any repeated offense shall result in the ejection of that team member.

Adult Championship Play
The Official Rules of Softball in Rule 5, The Game, Section 12, Dugout Conduct, B states;
Adult: Participants may not smoke or use alcohol beverages inside the dugout or on the field.

Senior Deputy State UIC Position Announced
Congratulations to Rick Hearn, who was announced the new Deputy State Umpire-in-Chief at the State Umpire Clinic on January 25 in Douglasville. Rick will assist the State UIC, Jimmy Derrick, in performance of his duties and to take over full responsibilities of the State of Georgia UIC in the future. Rick's former position of Georgia ASA Assistant Umpire-in-Chief will be filled in the coming months.

2014 Welcome Letter to Georgia ASA Umpires
All Georgia Umpires should download the 2014 Welcome Letter from Georgia ASA Assistant Umpire-in-Chief, Rick Hearn. In the letter, Rick recaps the 2013 season from the umpire perspective, outlines the focus for 2014 and recaps the upcoming umpiring training events
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ASA Rule and Code changes for 2014
ASA voted in rule, code and procedure changes its Annual National Meeting in Oklahoma City in November. Click here for list of 2014 changes now in effect (as of January 1, 2014).

2014 Hall of Fame Dates Set
The dates have been set for the 2014 Hall of Fame Nationals Qualifiers have been set. The dates are as follows:

  • June 13-15, 2014  -- 14U HOF
  • June 20-22, 2014  -- GOLD National Qualifier
  • June 26-28, 2014  -- 16U HOF (Thur-Sat)
  • June 28-30, 2014  -- 18U HOF (Sat-Mon)
  • July 4-6, 2014 -- 12U HOF
  • July 11-13, 2014 -- 10U HOF

Georgia ASA Shines at ASA Nationals
Georgia ASA had a tremendous showing by the 61 teams who participated in ASA/USA National Championships and the Territory Nationals including two USA/ASA National Champions and two Territory National Champions. Below are the eight teams (13% of Georgia ASA teams at Nationals) who placed in the top three of their respective tournaments. Great job by all participants all year and the powerful showing on the national stage. You all represent Georgia ASA very well and make us proud.

  • 10A ASA/USA National Championships – 3rd Place – Georgia Impact ‘02
  • 12A ASA/USA National Championships – 3rd Place – Georgia Impact – Lewis
  • 16A ASA/USA National Championships – Champions – Atlanta Vipers - Berry
  • 18 Gold – ASA/USA National Championships – Champions – Atlanta Vipers - Giles
  • 12A – Southern National Championship - Runner- Up – Elite Blue ‘00
  • 14A – Eastern National Championship Champions – Southern Force – Wilbur, Runner-up – East Cobb Athletics – Batchelor
  • 18A – Southern National Championship - Champions – Georgia Elite Gamers
     

Atlanta Vipers - Berry: 16A National Champions!
Congratu
lations to the Atlanta Vipers - Berry who were crowned 2013 ASA/USA 16A ASA/USA National Champions! The team went undefeated through the winners'  brackets, averaging 10.4 runs per game, outscoring their opponents 83-26-7 in eight games, including a 9-5 win over Lady magic of Sacramento, CA in the Championship Game. Georgia ASA had 11 teams in the field of 138 teams competing at ASA's top JO tournament held in Sunnyvale, CA. The Atlanta Vipers - Berry join Georgia ASA's Atlanta Vipers - Giles who won the 18-Gold National title the previous week.

Were you at the 16A in California? We'd love to see your photos. Please UPLOAD 16A PHOTOS to the Georgia ASA SmugMug site so we can share your photos with everyone.

Congratulations to Georgia ASA's two ASA/USA National Champions: Atlanta Vipers - Berry and Atlanta Vipers - Giles.!

16A National Championship: Sunnyvale, CA | Pool Bracket  | Winners' Bracket | Losers' Bracket  | Stats | GA ASA Photos | UPLOAD 16A PHOTOS

Atlanta Vipers - Giles: 18-Gold National Champions!
Congratulations to the Atlanta Vipers - Giles who were crowned 2013 ASA/USA 18-Gold National Champions! The team went undefeated through the winners'  brackets, outscoring their opponents 33-7 in seven games, including a 3-2 win over Wagners Gold - Dunn of Oviedo, FL in the Championship Game. Georgia ASA had five teams in the field of 64 competing at ASA's top JO tournament held in Clearwater, FL. The 18-Gold is the second 18-Gold crown for Georgia ASA since the East Cobb Bullets won the National Title in 2010.

Georgia ASA Teams at USA/ASA National Championships
Fifty teams from across Georgia are participating in ASA/USA National Championships from cost-to-cost this week. Be sure to keep up with our updates on Georgia teams via Facebook and Twitter. Are you attending one of these tournaments? Please upload your pictures and videos via the links below so we can share your pictures with the Georgia ASA community. We're looking for action shots, candid photos ... share your pics at Nationals. Information on each National Championship is listed below. Good luck to all the players, coaches, umpires and fans representing Georgia ASA this week.

Georgia ASA Crowns 2013 State Champions
Congratulations to all five J.O. Class A teams who were crowned Georgia ASA Champions!
Teams from all over Georgia will be competed in Marietta (12A and 16A), Calhoun (10A and 18A) and Forsyth County (14A) the weekend of July 12-14. Each age group first participated in pool play before moving on to the double elimination bracket ... similar format to the ASA/USA National Championships they will compete in at the end of the month. Photos of the winners and some completed brackets are listed below. Thanks to all players, coaches, umpires, tournament staff and fans for a wonderful championship weekend.

Craig CressCraig Cress Announced as Next National Executive Director of ASA
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and USA Softball Board of Directors announced today the selection of Craig Cress (Edmond, Okla.) as the next Executive Director for the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States. Cress, who currently serves as the association’s Director of Membership Services since May 2002, will begin duties as Executive Director effective November 15, 2013 at the ASA/USA Annual Council Meeting in Oklahoma City. Click here for more on the story.

Happy 80th Birthday ASA!
From its humble beginnings, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball has become one of the nation’s leading sports organizations. As the association celebrates its past 80 years in 2013, numerous individuals have helped make ASA/USA Softball the nation’s foremost softball organization. Here, we salute those who played a vital role in the first decade of ASA/USA Softball’s history.

RegisterASA.com Open for 2014 Team Registrations
RegisterASA.com is up and open for business. Teams may register for the 2014 ASA season. Please contact Kim Townsend if you have any questions or need assistance with your team registration.

New Certification Mark for Slow Pitch Bats Manufactured in 2013 and Beyond
A new Certification Mark will be used on all future bat models manufactured FOR THE GAME OF SLOW PITCH for 2013 and beyond. The new certification mark will look like the image to the right (ASA Shield). The current 2000 and 2004 Certification Marks will continue to be valid Marks for the existing Slow Pitch bats, while any new models produced by the manufacturers will display the new Certification Mark. All bats currently listed on the approved bat lists will remain legal for ASA/USA Softball play. ASA/USA Softball will continue to perform random testing of all approved models to verify conformance of the approved bat performance standard and any model found out of compliance could be added to the non-approved list. All models currently listed on the non-approved list will not be allowed in ASA/USA Softball play.

Please note, there will NOT be any changes for Certification Mark and Test Standard for all bats used in the game of ASA/USA Fast Pitch Softball for the 2013 season. The current 2000 and 2004 Certification Marks will continue to be the appropriate Marks for Fast Pitch, and any new models produced by the manufacturers will continue to display the 2004 Certification Mark.

Clarification: If the new ASA stamp is on the bat, it CANNOT be used in the game in fast pitch, but it CAN be used in the game of slow pitch

For more information on Certified Equipment, click here. | ASA YouTube Explanations: Certification Marks | Fast Pitch Bats | Slow Pitch Bats

Georgia ASA Awarded A National Championship in 2015
Georgia ASA was awarded the 2015 ASA/USA 12A Girls' Fast Pitch Southern National Championship in Columbus, GA at the 81st Annual ASA National Council Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK in mid-November, 2013. Columbus will host the tournament July 29, 2015 - August 2, 2015 at the site of the 1996 Olympics for Softball.

Many J.O. Fast Pitch Class "A" teams from around Georgia will be working toward a National Title in 2015. The USA/ASA Class "A" National Locations for 2014 are as follows:

  • USA/ASA Girls’ 10-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Normal, IL (July 26 - Aug 2, 2015)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 12-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Sacramento/Roseville, CA (July 26 - Aug 2, 2015)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 14-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Salem, VA (Aug. 5 - Aug 9, 2015)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 16-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Chattanooga, TN (July 26 - Aug 2, 2015)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 18-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Spartanburg, SC (July 26 - Aug 2, 2015)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 16-Under GOLD Fast Pitch – TBD (TBD)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 18-Under GOLD Fast Pitch – TBD (TBD

Click HERE for a full list of 2015 National Championships

Georgia ASA is preparing to host two ASA National Championship this year (2013):

  • ASA Fast Pitch Girls' 14-under Southern - Columbus, GA (July 27 - Aug 3, 2014)
  • ASA Fast Pitch Girls' "B" 18-under Southern - Columbus, GA (July 29 - Aug. 3, 2014)

Many J.O. Fast Pitch Class "A" teams from around Georgia will be working toward a National Title in 2014. The USA/ASA Class "A" National Locations for 2014 are as follows:

  • USA/ASA Girls’ 10-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Johnson City, TN (July 27 - Aug 3, 2014) | Web Site
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 12-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Bloomington, IN (July 27 - Aug 3, 2014) | Web Site
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 14-Under “A” Fast Pitch – San Diego, CA (July 27 - Aug 3, 2014)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 16-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Salem, VA (July 27 - Aug 3, 2014) | Web Site
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 18-Under “A” Fast Pitch – Montgomery, AL (July 27 - Aug 3, 2014)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 18-Under GOLD Fast Pitch – Broken Arrow, OK (July 21 - 26, 2014)
  • USA/ASA Girls’ 18-Under GOLD Fast Pitch – Oklahoma City, OK (July 20 - 26, 2014)

Click HERE for a full list of 2014 National Championships.

2013 Georgia ASA Qualifying Procedures for Georgia Association Berth Tournaments
Download the 2013 Georgia ASA Qualifying Procedures for Georgia Association Berth Tournaments document. This will tell you everything you need to know before the Georgia Association Berth Tournament and what to do after your teams earns its berth. Please note, these are for Georgia ASA Association Berth Tournaments ONLY.

2013 Rules to Qualify for 2013 State Tournament
1. Teams must participate in at least two ASA sanctioned tournaments in order to enter the 2013 ASA State Tournament.
2. Teams that wish to participate in one of the ASA Territory National Championships must participate in at least two qualifiers and the ASA state tournament.

Twitter logoFacebook LogoGeorgia ASA Creates Facebook and Twitter Pages for Georgia ASA UMPIRES
Umpires: Now you have a Facebook page dedicated to Georgia ASA umpires ... as well as a Georgia ASA Umpires Twitter Page. After a successful first year with the Georgia ASA Association Facebook and Association Twitter pages in 2010, which generated over 850 followers, Georgia ASA decided to extended the new form of communication to umpires. The original Association Facebook and Twitter pages will still be heavily active with status updates/tweets on tournaments, rules, national berths, web site updates, meetings, photos, video and more. Umpire information will still be posted on the existing association sites, but the new umpire sites will allow for more in-depth umpire-centric content. The new umpire sites will, of course, be tailored for Georgia ASA Umpires, but anyone is welcome (and encouraged) to "Like It" on Facebook or become a "Follower" on Twitter. We look forward to seeing you as on our new Social Media sites!

Georgia ASA Launches J.O. Coaches' Accountability Program
Georgia ASA has instituted the Georgia ASA Coaches’ Accountability Program for unsporting behavior which results in the coach being ejected. This is effective beginning April 1, 2010 for all Georgia ASA Events, including Association Berth Tournaments, National Qualifiers, Region Tournaments, Territory Tournaments, Friendly, and any other event that utilizes ASA certified and sanctioned umpires. Download the details of the Georgia ASA Coaches’ Accountability Program here. Any questions, please contact Georgia ASA Commissioner, Al Dattolo.

Georgia ASA Crowns 2012 State Champions
Teams from all around Georgia competed for the Class "A" and Class "C" Titles over the past few weeks. The 16s and 18s played in Woodstock while the 10s, 12s and 14s battled in Cobb County. The Class "C" teams competed in Forsyth and produced four State Champions. Great job by all participating teams. A special Congratulations to our State Champions! The 2012 Georgia ASA State Champions are as follows (photos to be added shortly):

  • 18U-A GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION: '94 Duluth Wildcats
  • 16U-A GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION: Atlanta Vipers (Prance)
  • 14U-A GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION: Georgia Force '97| COMPLETED BRACKET
  • 12U-A GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION:  Worth Cobras (Cocker) | COMPLETED BRACKET
  • 10U-A GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION:  Easton Elite Heat '01 | COMPLETED BRACKET
  • 13O-C GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION:  Dacula  
  • 12U-C GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION:  Norcross Blue Devils  
  • 10U-C GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION:  Twin Creeks Tewisters (Worley)
  • 8U-C GEORGIA ASA STATE CHAMPION:  SAA Angels All Stars

 

 

 

       
       
       
       
 
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