Events & Deadlines

Bollinger Insurance

RPS Bollinger Insurance's Liability Policy protects teams & individuals from lawsuits arising out of bodily injury or property damage to others as a result of your supervised ASA Team activities. The ASA Accident plan provides coverage for medical expenses that a a player may incur as a result of your participating in supervised ASA Team activities. This is a supplemental policy to help minimize your out of pocket expenses if you are injured playing softball. The coverage is subject to limits, conditions and exclusions of the policy and is not designed to cover "everything”.

For more details on team and individual insurance coverage, including policy limits, guidelines and exclusions, visit the RPS Bollinger Insurance web site and review their ASA Insurance Guide. Information regarding individual registration begins on page 30 of the ASA Insurance Guide, including Frequently Asked Questions on page 33.

To register, have a team or league manager contact NDASA Commissioner Dick Gulmon at 701-490-0078 or dick.gulmon@gmail.com.

Register ASA

ASA/USA Softball's RegisterASA.com web site provides a wide variety of featrures for everyone involved in ASA softball - players, coaches, managers, umpires, administrators:

Online registration

Coaching certifications

Background checks

Insurance certificates

ID cards

Tourney management

Online umpire exam

Certified Equipment

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) has taken great strides to protect the integrity of the sport. Each year, the ASA's Equipment Testing and Certification committee examines the current rules and specifications governing various items of equipment.

This committee makes recommendations to the ASA's council comprised of ASA commissioners, select youth and player representatives, umpire-in-chiefs, elite athletes and other affiliated members. The council is the ultimate decision maker of ASA rules and regulations regarding equipment. For a complete updated listing of ASA certified equipment, visit the ASA Certified Equipment page.

Furthermore, the 2015 ASA Equipment Committee Review is now available online. ASA's Equipment Testing and Certification Committee is chaired by NDASA Commissioner Dick Gulmon.

Men's Masters 35 National Returns To Mandan

March 5, 2016 - NDASA is once again proud to be the hosting the ASA/USA Softball Men's Masters 35-Over National Championship, which will be played August 26-28 in Mandan. North Dakota's stellar reputation at the national level in regards to such major events has almost assured us the opportunity to host a national tournament every year, and the Men's Masters 35 has a logical home here considering how the tournament has struggled since it was last held here in 2012.

The entry fee will be $350 if paid by August 1, 2016 ($450 thereafter). There will be two divisions of play: Competitive (with no player restrictions and a 4 HR limit) and Recreational (no players above Class D allowed, no more than 3 Class D players on a roster, and a 2 HR limit). The format will be double elimination with a three-game guarantee unless there is fewer than 10 teams, in which case it will be 2 games of pool play before being seeded into a double elimination bracket. For more information, visit the Mandan Parks & Recreation web site or contact Jack Jones at 701-426-8700 or jack@btinet.net.

ASA & NDASA transition to new names/logos in 2017

July 1, 2016 - The Amateur Softball Association has officially announced a significant identity change coming in 2017 for itself and all of its affiliated associations. Effective Jamuary 1, 2017, ASA will become USA Softball and the North Dakota Amateur Softball Association will become USA Softball of North Dakota. At the beginning of the new year, visitors should begin seeing the new name and logo incorporated into this web site as the transition begins across forms, umpire apparel, awards, and many other aspects of our association.

North Dakota Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Updated April 26, 2016 - Courtesy the "Softball News"...The NDASA Hall of Fame Selection Committee meeting in conjunction with the Winter meeting of the NDASA selected five long-time players to the Softball Hall of Fame. They are Larry Bellerud of Fargo, Jeff Burgess of Bismarck, Kyle Christensen of Glen Ullin, Jon Kegel of Fargo, and Michele Paul of Bismarck. They were be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, April 23 in Jamestown.

From left to right: Jon Kegel, Michele Paul, Kyle Christensen, Larry Bellerud, and (on behalf of Jeff Burgess) Sylvia & Nick Burgess

For more details about each member of the Class of 2016, check out the page dedicated to our newest inductees.

Terry O'Clair Joins List Of ND's "Elite" Umpires

February 2, 2016 - Congratulations to Terry O'Clair of Bismarck for earning the status of "Elite" Umpire in Slow Pitch Softball, the highest form of recognition for an umpire in ASA. O'Clair joins Michael Wolf (Bismarck), Tom Harty (Jamestown), Elliott Gerhardt (Bismarck), Allan Ziemann (Bismarck), and Gerald Payne (Grand Forks) among those in North Dakota who hold that status in slow pitch. Walt Stack (Bismarck) and Naomi Erdahl represent the state's Fast Pitch "Elite" Umpires". For more information on ASA's Elite Program, check out the Umpires section of the ASA/USA Softball web site.

In 2016, a pair of Bismarck umpires - Tom Hamkens and Ben Birkemeyer - will get the opportunity to earn points towards their "Elite" status this summer. Hamkens will be working the Men's Slow Pitch Class B National Tournament in Oklahoma City OK August 26-28. Birkemeyer has been assigned to the ASA Championship Series, also in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, due to already having achieved the "Elite" status, Gerald Payne will be working the Women's Armed Forces Tournament at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio TX September 18-23. Congratulations to these three great representatives of our association and thanks to all of our umpires for the work they do.

Series Standings Almost Final

August 25, 2016 - There are no more points to be earned. All classifications are updated except one. Once the Rec 4 state tournament results are reported and the last of the standings updated, all that will remain will be for prizes to be awarded. As is the norm, teams are encouraged to review the standings for any possibly errors and to report them immediately so they can be addressed. No changes will be made seven days after the Rec 4 standings are updated. Prize winners will be contacted thereafter.

"Softball News" - Latest Edition

Non-Approved Easton Bats

April 26, 2016 - Announcement from ASA/USA Softball on January 22, 2016: "The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, in working with Easton Baseball/Softball Inc. (Easton), announced today that Easton is voluntarily removing the following softball bat models from the ASA/USA list of certified bats: SCN1, SCN11BH, SCN1B, SCN2B, SCN3, SCN4B, SCN5, SCN5B, SCN6B, SCN7, SCN7B, SCN8, SCN8B, SCN9, SCX14, SCX14B, SCX24B, AND SCX3."

Non-Approved Easton Bat Images

Thanks to Barb Schmidt and Kathy Stefonek of Jamestown, we now have images of most of these bats available in the document linked above. Umpires, teams and local associations are encouraged to print this document for reference. Umpires will be checking for these (and other) non-approved bats, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the players to avoid using them during ASA-sanctioned play. Penalties for being caught doing so can be as harsh as a five year suspension.

Rules Clinics & New DUICs

February 16, 2016 - A heartfelt thank you to outgoing Deputy Umpire-In-Chief Mike Lein of Fargo, who has chosen to retire from the position. North Dakota UIC Mike Wolf has chosen to fill the DUIC void with not one, but two very capable and experienced umpires. Chris Coleman (Hillsboro) and Koby Pennick (Fargo) join the roster of Deputy Umpires-In-Chief for the 2016 season and will attend their first DUIC meeting in March when NDASA's top umpires meet in Jamestown.

Our 2016 schedule of Umpire & Managers Rules Clinics will begin following that DUIC meeting, starting with a clinic in Jamestown on March 20th. There will be a total of 37 such events throughout the state, culminating May 16th in Bismarck. All umpires, managers, and players are encouraged to attend at least one clinic.

New WSP Commissioner

January 25, 2016 - Congratulations to Amy Anderson of West Fargo for being named the next Women's Slow Pitch Commissioner of North Dakota. Amy will take over for Mary Hager, who will retire at the end of 2016. Amy will take an active role this season during the transition, including establishing the first Women's Slow Pitch Task Force later this year.

2016 Rule Changes

February 7, 2016 - National rules (for more detail, check out the ASA Code & Rule changes for 2016).

  • Elimination of the requirement for the use of chin straps on helmets at in all Junior Olympics divisions.
  • Over-the-fence home runs in the Men's E/Rec Slow Pitch division will no longer end the half-inning.
  • Courtesy runner will now be permitted at all levels of Adult Slow Pitch.
  • top 10% of finishers at Class C, D & E/Rec Nationals will receive unpaid berth into next year's National Tournament of the next highest classification (C to B, D to C, E/Rec to D).

NDASA rules (more detail can be found in the Advisory Meeting minutes).

  • Women's Slow Pitch Class D state tournament will now be double elimination tournament with a 3 game guarantee. Additionally, the home run rule for Women's Class D has been changed to follow the men's rule of 3 HRs w/excess out.
  • The top 1, 2, or 3 finishers from some Men's Rec classifications at the McQuade tournament will be automatically moved up in classification the following season.
  • Men's Master 40 & Masters 50 divisions of play will implement a national rule this season that allows a maximum of 5 runs per inning (with last inning and extra innings being open with no such limit) and the only run ahead rule being 20 runs after 4 innings.
  • Coed home run rules have been defined as follows: Dvision 1 - 4 HRs w/excess out; Divisions 2, 3, & 4 - 2 HRs w/excess out.