Welcome to the official website of Texas ASA District 31!
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), 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 the ASA the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. The ASA 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, the ASA has become one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than four million.
There are many ways you can get involved with ASA/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 of 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!
The Texas Amateur Softball Association is incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas as a non-profit organization whose objectives are to promote organized amateur softball in the State of Texas for all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, or ancestry; to establish uniform softball rules and regulations that can be observed by all members; to educate and train in the proper skills of amateur softball play and rules by promoting, organizing, and conducting clinics, seminars, and training courses.
Texas ASA is the area of Texas not located in the geographic area of Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, and Houston. These are called “metro” areas and each has its own ASA organization that is responsible for the ASA operation in that metro to the Amateur Softball Association of America.
Texas ASA is divided into Districts and each district has a District Commissioner that has total responsibility for the district assigned to them. Each of these District Commissioners may in turn appoint other district personnel such as Deputy District Commissioners, District Youth Commissioners, District Umpire-in-Chiefs, etc. to assist them in administering the Texas ASA programs.
Texas ASA is comprised of a State Commissioner, President, State Youth Commissioner, State Umpire-in-Chief, State Intramural Commissioner and At-Large Player Representatives. The majority of these people make up the Texas ASA Executive Committee. Voting members of Texas ASA consists of District Commissioners, Deputy District Commissioners, and District Youth Commissioners.
Texas ASA conducts state-wide meetings every January and October. During these meetings the voting members establish rules, guidelines, bid and award state tournaments, and conduct other pertinent business matters that allow Texas ASA to be a success. The January meeting is dedicated to training ourselves to operate our program more efficiently.