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1. January 2010 Official Newsletter of the Amateur Softball Association of America A note from Amateur Softball Association President Andy Dooley Olympic Silver Medalist…
  • 1. January 2010 Official Newsletter of the Amateur Softball Association of America A note from Amateur Softball Association President Andy Dooley Olympic Silver Medalist Caitlin Lowe, shown above making a catch at the 2009 KFC World Cup of Softball presented by Six Flags, is among the 15 veteran athletes who received an offer to play for USA Softball’s 2010 Women’s National Team. The team will be finalized in March 2010. MAKING THE TEAM Seventeen athletes, including two rookies, were offered a contract to play for the 2010 Women’s National Team The Amateur Softball Association Calif.); Cat Osterman (Houston,Texas); (ASA) of America announced on Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.); and Jan. 11 the 17 athletes who were Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo.). offered a USA Softball Athlete Fifteen of the athletes played Agreement for the 2010 season. The on the 2009 WNT while Canney and final roster for the 2010 USA Softball Williams would be making their first Women’s National Team (WNT) will apperance on the team if they accept be announced in March with the their contract. team competing in the International The following 13 athletes selected Softball Federation’s (ISF) Women’s from the selection camp will be World Championships, June 23-July alternates on the 2010 USA Softball 2, 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela as well Women’s National Team: Valerie as other events to be scheduled at a Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.); Brandice later date. Balschmiter (Newark, N.Y.); Courtney The athletes who were offered a Bures (Haymarket, Va.); Molly Johnson USA Softball athlete agreement for (Lexington, Ken.); Megan Langenfeld 2010 are: Monica Abbott (Salinas, (Bakersfield, Calif.); Brittany Lastrapes Calif.); Chelsea Bramlett (Cordova, (Laguna Niguel, Calif.); Jenae Leles Tenn.); Eileen Canney (Paradise, (Fair Oaks, Calif.); Stacey Nelson Calif.); Ashley Charters (Beaverton, (Los Alamitos, Calif.); Amber Patton Ore.); Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, (Forsyth, Ill.); Brittany Rogers (Dacula, IN THIS ISSUE Calif.); Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.); Ga.); Melissa Roth (Long Beach, Calif.); Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.); Vicky Taylor Schlopy (West Hills, Calif.); and Galindo (Union City, Calif.); Alissa Page 6 | Indiana ASA’s Wayne Myers Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va.). Haber (Newark, Calif.); Ashley Hansen passes away after battle with cancer Continue to check out www. (Chandler, Ariz.); Ashley Holcombe for the most-up- Page 9 | 2010 Men’s Slow Pitch (Fayetteville, Ga.); Lauren Lappin to date info including roster and Restricted Player list released (Anaheim, Calif.); Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, schedule. Calif.); Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Page 12 | Massachusetts softball united as one association
  • 2. Maryland-D.C. purchases customized equipment trailer A note from The Inside Pitch editor Jamie Blanchard jblanchard@ Advertising packets $7 All 2010 registration materials mailed jblanchard@softball. org dford@softball. org Corrections The Inside Pitch Official newsletter of the Amateur Softball Association Phone Fax Web site Editor E-mail g Assistant Editors Page 2 THE INSIDE PITCH January 2010
  • 3. News & Notes from the National Office Cat Osterman receives decade honors ASA/USA Softball’s Facebook following nears 10K asausasoftball www. CAT OSTERMAN Balls and Strikes online mag Great Britain wins airfare to hit the net on Dec. 17 2010 Women’s Worlds www. ballsandstrikes.asp Venezuela replaces OKC as 2009 ASA scorebooks still host of 2010 Women’s Worlds available to associations Softball Canada hosting Women’s Worlds in 2012 January 2010 THE INSIDE PITCH Page 3
  • 4. ALL THE LIGHT AT HALF THE OPERATING COST NOT ALL THE CHEERING WILL BE FOR THE PLAYERS Official Lighting Supplier of the Amateur Softball Association Light-Structure Green™ reduces your sports-lighting operating cost by 50% or more with less energy consumption, cuts spill light by 50%, and eliminates 100% of your maintenance costs for the next 25 years. Constant Light™ provides target light levels for 25 years. We guarantee it! From foundation to poletop, Light-Structure Green makes your sports-lighting projects fast, trouble-free, and now more affordable than ever. Call, email, or check our website today for details. 800/825-5004 Unequaled performance . . . for your budget, for the environment. e-mail: ‹ 0XVFR /LJKWLQJ à $'$6$
  • 5. In Memoriam Spokane ASA selects new UIC to replace Robert J. Adams retired Stewart RANDY HARNASCH December 2009 THE INSIDE PITCH Page 5
  • 6. Indiana ASA’s Myers passes away at 84 The late Wayne Myers with wife of 24 years Phyllis at an Indiana ASA function. www. Softball night at the Dome raises over $5k Elk River Special Olympics and Osseo-Maple Grove Special Olympics, pictured above, were two teams that competed in the Special Olympics softball game at the Metrodome following the Twins-Tigers game. Page 6 THE INSIDE PITCH January 2010
  • 7. Every day, millions of lives are shaped with a softball and a little open space. There’s an insurance company that understands the value of those lessons. Far from the stadium lights and the roar of the crowd come the Responsible Sports moments when youth sports matters. These opportunities help form eNewsletter. bonds that enrich the game and enhance the lives and life skills of Sign up today at young players. That’s why Liberty Mutual and our partners are proud to bring you the Responsible Sports™ program – offering educational resources, training tips and teaching tools for youth sports parents and coaches, plus coaching awards and valuable community grants. Memorable youth sports moments are waiting for you. Visit today. Liberty Mutual Official Sponsor of © 2009 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • 8. ASA’s Official Team Insurance Plan for the 47th year! Bollinger provides Team Insurance Plans for ASA’s JO and Adult Teams. These coverages stand ready to defend and protect you in the event of injuries or lawsuits arising out of your softball activities. ASA Team Accident Insurance Plan provides a $250,000 Excess Medical Expense benefit for injuries to your players. Various deductible options offer you additional savings. The ASA Team Liability Insurance Plan provides your team with $5,000,000 in protection for bodily injury or property damage claims arising out of your team’s games, practices or fundraising activities. Note: Many ASA Associations are requiring Individual Registration for their Junior Olympic teams. One benefit of Individual Registration is that Liability and Accident Insurance are automatically provided as part of the ASA membership fee. If your local ASA Commissioner is using Individual Registration, you do not need to purchase the ASA Team Insurance Plan. Contact your ASA Commissioner or Bollinger for more information. Leading the way with ASA Individual Registration: Best Practices for Teams and Leagues Why Individual Registration? As the National Governing Body for Softball, ASA/USA Softball is committed to the goal of providing accident and liability insurance to all participants in the Junior Olympic (youth) program. This is especially important as more and more American families do not have their own medical insurance. To ensure that our JO players receive the insurance protection they need, ASA/USA Softball has been converting to Individual Registration (as opposed to team registration) for the JO Program. Individual Registration is also available to Adult leagues in certain areas. How is the insurance plan for Individual Registration different from Team Insurance? There is no difference in the limits of coverage under the Individual Registration or Team Insurance plans. The program is still administered by Bollinger and underwritten by Markel Insurance Company. How to get started? Contact your local ASA Commissioner or JO Commissioner for details on how to Individually Register. To find the contact information for your Commissioner, go to the ASA/USA Softball web site at For answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Individual Registration, please visit Bollinger’s ASA web site, and click on “Individual Registration.” Important Note: In order to participate in ASA Junior Olympic/Youth Championship Play, all teams must be ASA Individually Registered or purchase through Bollinger the ASA Team Insurance Package Plan. 101 JFK Parkway, PO Box 390, Short Hills, NJ 07078 1-800-526-1379
  • 9. ASA announces new slow pitch RPL Men’s Class A Restricted Player List *New to the RPL www.asasoftball. com/adult/restrictedplayers.asp Now live: Responsible Sports’ new season evaluation tool Are you the league administrator? Sign up today! Tell your administrator to use the tool this winter at Softball. January 2010 THE INSIDE PITCH Page 9
  • 10. Metro Detroit ASA Hosts National Umpire School APRIL 10-11, 2010 OXFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL 1420 East Lakeville Road Oxford Township, Michigan 48371 Metro Detroit REGISTRATION $80 (Make check payable to MDASA) Name____________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________ City ________________________ State ____________Zip _______________ Phone ________________________________ Email _____________________________________________ Shirt Size _____________ Circle Area of Interest: Fast Pitch Slow Pitch Both HOTEL RESERVATIONS Best Western Palace Inn, 2755 S. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360, (248) 391-2755 $79/night if you mention you are with the Metro Detroit ASA Umpire School Room reservations must be made by March 9, 2010 to receive this rate TENTATIVE SCHEDULE Friday, April 9, 2010 – Best Western Palace Inn 6:00 – 10:00 pm Check In/Hospitality Saturday, April 10, 2010 – Oxford Middle School 8:00 – 9:00 am Check In and School Photo 9:00 – Noon Instructional Sessions Noon -1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 - 4:00 pm Instructional Sessions Best Western Palace Inn 6:00 – 7:00 pm Optional Buffet Dinner 8:00 – 11:00 pm Hospitality Sunday, April 11, 2010 – Oxford Middle School, 8:00 am – Noon Instructional Sessions Noon -1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 – 3:00 pm Instructional Sessions 3:00 – 3:30 pm Closing Ceremony 2010 - 2011 National Tournaments scheduled in Michigan: Northern Territory Girls 18-Under A Novi, MI August 2010 Northern Territory Girls 14-Under B Novi, MI August 2011 Northern Territory Girls 16-Under A Mt. Pleasant, MI August 2011 National tournament umpires must attend a National Umpire School. UMPIRE UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT WILL BE SOLD AT THE SCHOOL Mail this Application and a check to: For information contact: MDASA NUS Bob Lawson, MDASA UIC 30740 Lincoln Court 248.437.4356 New Hudson, MI 48165
  • 11. Massachusetts softball united as one By Rich Fahey, special to The Inside Pitch New Massachusetts ASA Commissioner Joe Alfonse, pictured above with umpires, welcomed the Amateur Softball Association of America’s (ASA) Director of Membership Craig Cress, and Norm Davis among oth- ers, to the Metro Boston Umpires Association banquet on Nov. 21. The banquet was held after meetings with the now combined associations of the former Metro Boston ASA and the former Massachusetts ASA. Alfonse and his staff have been working hard to build relationships between the two associations in efforts to unify Massachusetts as one ASA, as well as provide better services to leagues and umpires alike. www.facebook. com/ASAMass ( Page 12 THE INSIDE PITCH January 2010
  • 12. Host a free Aquafina Pitch, Hit Run competition MLB looking for associations to hold local events in spring 2010 “ASA is thrilled to be partnering again this year with Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit Run, especially at the National level.” com. Page 14 THE INSIDE PITCH January 2010
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