WHY PLAY ASA JUNIOR OLYMPIC (YOUTH) SOFTBALL?
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) has made an investment in the future of softball with the ever-growing Junior Olympic Youth program. More than 78,474 teams and 342,702 individuals register under the ASA Junior Olympic banner. That accounts for more than 1.1 million boys and girls playing ASA Junior Olympic Youth Softball. ASA consists of 76 Local Associations across the country that also operates as their own 501 C3 or 501 C6 Non – Profit Organizations. ASA conducts youth and adult softball programs in every state and virtually every city in the United States.
The goal of the ASA Junior Olympic Youth program is to help develop the interest, skills and desire of a new generation of softball players. To achieve this goal we emphasize fun over winning, and advocate a positive, supportive environment for all players.
Opportunity for Involvement at Both the Recreational and Competitive Level
The JO program offers five divisions of play for boys and girls, including 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and 18-under, in both fast and slow pitch. Although the ASA does offer over 50 Junior Olympic National Championship and National Tournament events, the majority of its teams play in recreational leagues. These leagues offer players the opportunity to play for the pure love of the sport, in an environment where they can have fun and are with their friends. Recreational teams make up the bulk of the ASA Junior Olympic Youth program.
For the more competitive teams, national championship competition is offered for boys and girls in both fast and slow pitch, at all age levels. Teams have to qualify for ASA Junior Olympic National Championship events, which mean only the best of the best, compete for the title of ASA National Champion. In girls' fast pitch, the ASA recognizes Class A and Class B classifications, with Class A being a higher level of play. In addition, in 18-under and 16-under Girls Fast Pitch the ASA offers the GOLD classification, which is the highest level of play in girls' fast pitch.
Best Umpires in the World
The ASA is well known for the quality and professionalism of its umpires. ASA umpires are considered the best-trained and educated umpires in the world of sports. ASA umpires are committed to the sport, and to providing the best game experience possible for the teams.
Reinvest in Our Youth
The ASA has been putting time and money into its youth programs for more than two decades. Each year, the ASA national office invests nearly a quarter of a million dollars on coaching and skill schools, player camps, training videos and manuals. Numerous staff hours are devoted to ensuring that its youth have the best softball playing experience possible.
Softball and Youth Safety
Safety is also a major concern of the ASA, and the organization has initiated many safety issues. The ASA was the first association to require all of its youth batters and base runners to wear helmets; to require catchers to wear a mask with a throat protector and an approved helmet with ear flaps; to allow the use of a double-base system at first base; to eliminate the use of metal spikes at the league level, and to recommend the use of safety balls and bats for players at the 10-under levels.
The ASA JO program is dedicated to building healthy, productive, confident kids. Sometimes adults fail to realize just how difficult the skills of softball can be for youngsters. Therefore, we encourage coaches and parents to allow kids to learn at their own rate, and to praise players as they progress in their development.
Everyone wants to be a winner. The ASA's purpose is to create a team of winners - winners not only on the softball field, but in life.
Foremost, the ASA Junior Olympic Youth program is about kids - it's about creating a positive environment where they can grow and develop, and learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. Most importantly, it's about making sure they come away from their softball experience feeling confident about themselves and who they are.
WANT TO PLAY SOFTBALL?
The ASA's Junior Olympic program of
teams is among the nation's top youth sports programs and is available
through each state and metro association. If you want to be the
BEST, then you should play among the BEST! PLAY ASA!
If you want to be the BEST, then you should play among the BEST! PLAY ASA!