AABC

AABC

Founded in 1935, The American Amateur Baseball Congress boasts more than 200,000 participants throughout the country. It is the largest amateur baseball organization in the United States for players above junior baseball age and the only amateur baseball program which provides progressive and continuous organized competition – sub teens through adults. It is coordinated with other programs through USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

American Amateur Baseball Congress strives to enlarge and advance the scope of amateur baseball by stimulating interest, facilitating competition, and providing sound, experienced mentors to assist and educate local groups in obtaining the greatest health and strongest values.

It is now composed of seven (7) different age divisions in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Play is also conducted in four (4) single age divisions; 9’s, 11’s, 13’s and 15’s.
The AABC operates under a league concept as opposed to an all star concept. A league is composed of at least four (4) teams playing a minimum of six (6) league games. The winner of each league advances on to state tournament play. The winner from the state tournament advances on to regional play and from there to the World Series.

For more information on AABC visit <a href=”http://www.aabc.us”>www.aabc.us</a>

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ASA Softball

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.

When the ASA entered the softball picture in 1933, the sport was in a stateof 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.

BABERUTHLEAGUE

Babe Ruth League

Founded in 1951, Babe Ruth League is headquartered in Lawrence Township, New Jersey and remains one of the premier amateur baseball and softball programs in the world. Babe Ruth League has increased steadily from its first 10-team league in Hamilton Township, New Jersey to its present combined size of over 1 million participants in more than 9,000 leagues.

Originally named Little Bigger League, the program was renamed in 1954 when Claire Ruth, Babe Ruth’s widow, gave the organization permission to change its name to Babe Ruth League.
Since then, Babe Ruth League, Inc. has caught on nationally and internationally. The success of the Baseball and Softball program is partially due to the millions of volunteer hours spent every year. Every volunteer, from the local League Manager to the Chairman of the 17-member International Board, is dedicated to the betterment of youth, while at the same time producing better players.

The 13-15 Division, started in 1951, is where the players get their baseball feet wet for the first time under regulations and rules on standard diamonds. Each chartered league is eligible to enter a team in tournament competition. District winners go into statewide competition; each qualifying for one of eight regional tourneys. This division’s first World Series was held in 1952.

The next stop in the baseball ladder for young players is the Babe Ruth 16-18 division. Teams follow a similar route as their 13-15 counterparts with the highlights of the campaign being the 16-18 World Series.

In 1974, a 13-year-Old Prep League was added and in 1982 a third division was added to its program – the Bambino Division. In 1982, the Bambino Division expanded to all existing areas of the Babe Ruth program. In 2000, the 5 to 12-year-old divisions previously known as the Bambino Division was renamed Cal Ripken Baseball, a Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Babe Ruth League added yet another dimension to its program in 1984 – a Softball Division- designed for girls. The Softball Division is open to Babe Ruth League’s current age groupings from 4 to 18.
The Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball program, above all, is by and for youth. It focuses its resources to make better citizens through proper supervision of regulation competitive baseball/softball in addition to promoting mental and physical development. In adopting rules, in establishing standards, and in all planning, the primary consideration is the welfare of the participants.

For more information on Babe Ruth League visit <a href=”http://www.Baberuthleague.org”>www.Baberuthleague.org</a>

DIXIE

Dixie

The most fundamental intent of the organizers of Little Boys Baseball, Inc., was to develop a program which would emphasize local autonomy. It was our philosophy and belief that the parents and workers in each local league know what is best for them and their children.

Junior Dixie Boys is a Division of the Dixie Boys Baseball for boys of age 13.
Dixie Boys Baseball is primarily a youth baseball program for boys (13-14) playing on a medium sized diamond to meet the physical development of growing boys. The main purpose of this program is to provide a recreation outlet for as many boys as possible, with emphasis being on local league play rather than tournament play.
Dixie Pre-Majors is a Division of Dixie Majors Baseball for boys of age 15 -16 and 17.
For more information on Dixie Baseball visit <a href=”http://www.dixie.org”>www.dixie.org/</a>

ISA

ISA

The Independent Sports Association was founded in 1984 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, by Larry Nash. It is one of the four major governing bodies of amateur softball in America, with ASA, NSA, and USSSA. ISA organizes, sanctions, and governs competitive participation in various formats and classifications through league and tournament play.

The ISA’s popularity has grown steadily throughout its 25 year history, with current registrations in excess of 18,000 teams, 4,000 umpires, and a network in excess of 350 directors. ISA was the originator of the rule that permits stealing in slow-pitch, once the ball hits the ground or crosses home plate. This rule adds defense as an important factor and creates some balance to a predominately offensive game. Various homerun rules, including an inning ending out in men’s class “B” and below, governs competition levels and adds balance throughout the various classifications.

Our program incorporates participation in girls youth fast-pitch, Men’s Modified Fast-pitch, and Slow-Pitch in all age groups and competition levels.

The ISA umpire program is second to none. Our stringent training and selection process adds up to a quality umpire on the field of play.
As you can see we have covered all the bases. But we’re just getting started.
Don’t miss the golden opportunity to join the most progressive association in softball. While others are content to rest on their laurels we readily admit our best days are still ahead.
Softball for the 21st Century? You bet. The United States, Canada and Mexico have already experienced ISA play and we are growing daily. You would be a welcome addition to our program and I am sure you will be glad you picked ISA.

For more information please visit us at <a href=”http://www.isasoftball.com/home”>http://www.isasoftball.com/home</a>

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ISF

The International Softball Federation (ISF) is the governing body of softball internationally as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)

The ISF organizes and conducts world championship competition in women’s and men’s fast pitch, junior women’s and men’s fast pitch, women’s, men’s and coed slow pitch and women’s and men’s modified pitch. The ISF sanctions regional championships and provides technical support to Regional (Multi-Sport) Games. Additionally the ISF qualifies teams for Olympic softball competition in coordination with the IOC. The ISF provides the official playing rules for international competition including but not limited to; Olympic Games, World Championships, Regional Championships, Regional Games and other sanctioned competitions.
The ISF affiliates national associations/federations as members of the ISF and conducts a biennial Congress for its affiliates. The ISF is non-profit corporation incorporated in the United States of America.

For more information please visit us at <a href=”http://www.internationalsoftball.com”>http://www.internationalsoftball.com</a>

Little League Baseball Softball

Little League Baseball

Founded in 1939, Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program. Each year, 3 million youngsters play Little League Baseball and Softball in over 6,000 leagues spread across the globe in thousands of rural and urban communities alike.
Little League Baseball is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.”

Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork, and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage, and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Since 1947, the Little League World Series baseball tournament for children aged 11, 12, and 13 years old is held every August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The tournament has gained worldwide popularity and recognition and now the Little League World Series is one of eleven tournaments sponsored by Little League International. Each of them brings baseball or softball all-star teams from around the world together in one of four age divisions.
Little League Softball® was established in 1974 and today 360,000 athletes participate on more than 24,000 softball teams in over 20 countries. Softball initially began with only two divisions, Little League® and Big League, but now offers programs for girls ages 4 through 18. Every year, local Little Leagues enroll players within their boundaries to create teams and play a regular season against neighboring communities. In June, leagues have the opportunity to select and enter all-star teams to compete in the Little League International Tournament held in Portland, OR.

For more information on Little League Baseball please visit <a href=”http://www.littleleague.org”>www.littleleague.org</a>

NCAA

NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a voluntary organization through which the nation’s colleges and universities govern their athletics programs. It is comprised of institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals committed to the best interests, education and athletics participation of student-athletes.

A lot of people are confused about what the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is. To help reduce that confusion, this Web site uses the following terms:
The “membership” or “members” — The colleges, universities and conferences that make up the NCAA. The members appoint volunteer representatives that serve on committees which introduce and vote on rules called bylaws. The members also establish programs to govern promote and further the purposes and goals of intercollegiate athletics.
The “national office” — Approximately 350 paid professionals that implement the rules and programs established by the membership. The national office staff is located primarily at the headquarters office in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The “Association” – The entire organization comprised of members and staff. Many believe the Association rules college athletics; however, it is actually a bottom-up organization in which the members rule the Association.

For more information please visit us at <a href=”http://www.ncaa.org”>http://www.ncaa.org</a> or <a href=”http://www.ncaa.com”>www.ncaa.com</a>

NSA

NSA Canada

NSA Canada (National Slo-Pitch Athletics of Canada Inc.) was formed in the spring of 1997, when a group of softball community members got together and discussed the different problems we were having within the organizations we were with at the time…READ MORE It was at this first meeting where we learned of an organization in the United States called National Softball Association; so we chose to offer our members dual registration with NSA Canada and the National Softball Association of the USA. This dual registration allows our members the ability to compete at an international basis at the NSA-USA events.

Our mission right from that very first meeting was to be an organization that listened to its members, whether they are players, umpires, tournament organizers or league directors. This statement alone brings us many of the policies in place today!

The idea of not only being able to win a Canadian Championship, but to carry on and compete on an International basis, was very important to our members, plus our partnership formed with Labatt Brewery, which has proved to be a valuable part of our program. This partnership enables not only to compete, but to excel at offering tournament and league prize packages.

NSA Canada has continued to grow from a mere 270 members in the summer of 1997 to over 21,000 by the end of 2003. It is an organization designed by players. We believe everybody involved in this sport should have the option to play for whomever and whenever they desire.

For more information visit us at www.nsacanada.ca/

PONY-ProtectOurNationsYouth

Pony Baseball

Founded in the late 1950s, PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) Baseball and Softball boasts a global presence in 21 countries and over 500,000 annual participants ages 5-18.
PONY Baseball and Softball is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, Pennsylvania. It is dedicated to helping young people grow into healthier and happier adults, primarily through the organization of baseball and softball leagues.

PONY became an international organization in the late 1950s and currently has a presence in 21 countries. PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation’s Youth. The concept for the name originally came from boys at the local YMCA in Washington, Pennsylvania and stood for “Protect Our Neighborhood Youth,” but when PONY became an international program in the early 1950’s “Neighborhood” was switched to “Nation’s.”
PONY Baseball and Softball is designed to “Protect Our Nation’s Youth” by providing experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.
PONY Baseball in the “Traditional” program is made up of mainly 2 year age brackets (exception Shetland with the addition of 4 year olds and Palomino with the addition of three 19 year olds). The age brackets for ”Traditional” is as follows Shetland League (4, 5, and 6), Pinto League (7 and 8), Mustang League (9 and 10), Bronco League (11 and 12), PONY League (13 and 14), Colt League (15 and 16), and Palomino League (17 and 18; +3 19’s).

For more information on PONY Baseball & Softball visit <a href=”http://www.pony.org”>www.pony.org</a>

usssa

USSSA

The primary focus of USSSA Baseball is the development of programs that allow teams of all skill levels to compete against one another. USSSA believes the overall development of all players can be enhanced by the experience and fun of national tournament play.

Until now the majority of players were denied this opportunity because of their skill level. USSSA Baseball offers programs for four levels of play. Major and AAA programs are national programs that culminate in a World Series. The AA program is a regional program ran by the participating state that culminates at a National tournament. The A level is for recreational teams and is at a state level only.
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Classification guidelines; State Directors determine actual classification
Major Division – The top competitive teams in the country.
AAA Division – Middle of the pack competitive teams.
AA Division – Teams that have restricted rosters, drafted players, or play at the recreation level.
A Division – Recreational League teams only.
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