About Us

USA Softball of New York City is an affiliation of USA Softball, the national governing body of softball. We are one of over 70 metro/state associations in the United States.  USA Softball of New York City covers all five boroughs of New York, Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County.

USA Softball, formerly the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, was founded in 1933 and has evolved into the strongest softball organization in the country. The growth and development of the association led the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to name ASA the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. In 2015, ASA/USA Softball announced a re-brand of the organization to USA Softball, which would be effective September 1, 2016. USA Softball 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 nation. From this beginning, ASA Softball, now 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. 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 four million.

There are many ways you can get involved with USA Softball whether it be through hosting an event as the National team tours the country each summer, donating to one of the many funds dedicated to supporting the athletes of USA Softball or by joining our tradition of excellence as a sponsor or business partner. Be sure to check out all the ways you can be a part of USA Softball and see which one is best for you!

Glen Payne, Commissioner

Quick Facts About USA Softball
– The Amateur Softball Association was founded in 1933 by Leo Fisher and      Michael J. Pauley. Fischer and Pauley laid the foundation for softball’s future  by adopting a universal set of rules, setting the stage for what would become  softball’s national governing body.

– The ASA was named the National Governing Body of Softball (NGB) in the  United States by the United States Olympic Committee in 1978.

– In September, 2015, ASA/USA Softball rebranded to USA Softball, evolving  and reflecting the vision for the growth of the sport.

– USA Softball provides people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they  love at a variety of levels. USA Softball offers recreational, league, tournament  and National Championship play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch  and annually conducts over 100 National Championships.

– USA Softball is the primary funding source and the pipeline to the USA    Softball National teams programs! All five programs (Junior Women, Junior  Men, Women, Men, and Men’s Slow Pitch) are still alive and well because of  the efforts of USA Softball and keeping athletes wearing the Red, White and  Blue is a top priority. We are the only softball association who supports this  effort and provides financially to these teams and are the road to representing    the United States internationally at the Pan American Games, World  Championships and Olympic Games.

– USA Softball continues to give back to athletes and coaches through the  National Team Program. Our USA Softball athletes put on youth clinics, attend  our JO USA Softball National Championships and participate on the National  Council. Our National Team coaches also promote softball through National  Coaching Schools and training camps for youth coaches and athletes.

– USA Softball is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which mean’s our goal is  not to make a profit. Every dollar generated from grassroots softball goes  directly back into improving and furthering the sport.

– The USA Softball National Office is located in Oklahoma City and has 70 local  associations that register teams and organize leagues around the country.

– USA Softball registers over 160,000 softball teams comprising over 2.4  million players and annually registers over 80,000 youth girls’ fast pitch  softball teams comprising over 1.2 million girls.

– USA Softball established the ACE (Achieve, Certify, Educate) Coaching  Certification Program to provide softball coaches of all levels – from beginning  coaches to experienced veterans – an opportunity to become educated with a  national softball organization.

– USA Softball completes over 80,000 background checks a year on coaches  and personnel who surround our game because we care about the athletes  safety and protecting our athletes and environment is our TOP priority!

– USA Softball annually registers over 25,000 certified umpires and is the  ONLY softball association to offer complete training and bi-annual Umpire-in- Chief (UIC) clinics to help umpires achieve their goals and promote a positive  experience for athletes and coaches.

– Each year, USA Softball’s Equipment Testing and Certification committee  examines the current rules and specifications governing various items of  equipment.

– The USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City has served as host  of the NCAA Women’s College World Series more than any other site.

– USA Softball has a national partnership with Special Olympics Softball that  we assist and administer our sports National Games each and every year. Our    umpires volunteer their time and efforts and USA Softball donates thousands  of score books to teams across the nation to help their programs grow. Several  of Special Olympic Associations have teamed up with our local USA Softball  associations in providing venues and services to grow the Special Olympics  softball efforts.