USSSA Washington began with an idea, in 1968, because many individuals were unhappy and disenchanted with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), its rules, leadership and overall system. From a handful of people, several meetings in hotel rooms putting guidelines together they brought the United States Slo-pitch Softball Association to the sports community.
USSSA Washington began, with limited involvement, in about the same way in 1979. A handful of people put our organizational structure together, reached out to a ‘few’ interested sponsors, coaches, umpires and teams. Convinced them to take the chance and play our tournaments, with our slightly different rules and approach to the game of (slo-pitch) softball. Teams played our tournaments, qualified and played in our Divisional and World events. After participating in these championships it did not take long for the word to reach the softball community in Washington that USSSA was the game to play.
Our many talented volunteers attended parks department league meetings to help reach the teams and to spread the word about “the new kid on the block”.
The eighties were a time of growth and innovations:
Established a “State Office”.
Team classification is established and becomes the mainstay for Washington USSSA teams.
Team travel fund established.
USSSA Washington gets its own “Slo-Pitch News” publication.
Washington hosts their first Youth World Championships, and Corporate Regional Championships.
Team point system established.
First softball organization to play in the Kingdome, men, women, and youth teams.
In the nineties USSSA Washington continued to evolve with:
Over 350 registered Umpires.
Tournaments exceed the 300 mark.
Rule innovations introduced by USSSA Washington, most notably the 3/2 count, is adopted as a National rule.
Washington hosts the USSSA Church World Championships.
USSSA Washington establishes its own “Hall of Fame”.
USSSA Major N.I.T. comes to Washington.
With the new millennium of 2000 USSSA Washington continues its growth with:
Establishing a stable platform of tournaments within each program and Program berth awards.
Youth Fast Pitch and Baseball breaks new ground for Washington.
Tournament Entry voucher system upgraded.
Custom computer programs and our point system enhanced.
Establishing a USSSA Washington Web site opens our future to unending possibilities.
2010 gives our organization over 30 years of USSSA representation within Washington:
Adult scheduled tournaments exceed the 350 mark.
Umpire representation remains above the 350 count.
Our growth continues with Youth Baseball becoming stronger each year.
Our web site of USSSAWA.com has proven to be one of our greatest assets in keeping our teams informed and up to date with all of our rules and events, their points and their rankings.
Through the web our Tournament Directors reach more individuals with what their events have to offer.
With the web teams review tournament results almost in “real time”.
2015 gives our organization over 35 years of USSSA representation within Washington:
Adult scheduled tournaments exceed the 400 mark
Umpire representation remains above the 350 count
Our program has gone through Executive Board restructuring
Our website change to www.washingtonusssa.com, proving to be one of the greatest assets in keeping teams informed and up to date with rules, events, points, and rankings.
Using the internet, tournament directors reach more individuals with events we have to offer.
Washington USSSA has emerged into the social media world, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts to venture towards "real time" tournament results.
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