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Updated: March 6, 2014 - 5:47 p.m. EST

2014 South Georgia Umpire Camp Set for Tifton on March 22
Sign up for the 2014 South Georgia Umpire Camp to be held March 22, 2014 at Connor Park and Tift County Recreation Department. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., training will begin at 9:00 a.m. and be concluded at 3:00 p.m. Cost is $30 and includes lunch and a school shirt. Download the Registration Form for more details. Contact Lee Folsom with any questions at sogaump@windstream.net or 229-561-3202.

Dates Set for 2014 Georgia ASA and Region 4 Qualifiers and States
In 2014, Georgia ASA will be using tournamentasa.com for all sanctioned tournaments. Some tournaments are up now and more will be added as we closer to the start of the season. Please see below for a list of dates for the following qualifiers and state tournaments:

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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