Sanctioning Bodies

USSSA Fastpitch Softball offers programs for women and girls at several ages and skill levels. USSSA hosts tournaments for Fastpitch teams ranging from 6 & under to 18 & under, as well as tournaments for adults. USSSA Fastpitch Softball holds World Series Tournaments in states across the country throughout the year. It is the USSSA mission that all girls, no matter their location, age, or skill level, have the opportunity to get involved with USSSA Fastpitch Softball.

National Softball Association (NSA) is specifically designed to meet the special needs of each complex owner and the parks/recreation departments for today and in the future. That means under NSA’s present structure your complex will never have to bid on a post season tournament. The NSA is not in the tee shirt novelty business – those rights belong to your complex and the tournament director. Around the country, park/complex owners and park/recreation directors search for new and better ways to satisfy their teams, managers and sponsors. Where there is a need, NSA is ready to respond with a system that guarantees more post season berths to the teams participating in NSA leagues and tournaments. This alone will make the teams, managers and sponsors more receptive to playing in your parks.

PONY Softball has grown from humble beginnings in 1976 to more than 4,000 teams throughout the United States and more than twenty foreign countries. PONY Softball is not designed for a few highly skilled athletes, but for as many players in the community as possible who are sincerely interested in the game. In the leagues for younger age players, it is generally desirable to make every attempt to include every player who registers. Doing so will give them an opportunity to determine their fondness for the game, and also give them the chance to learn the basic skills the game requires. At the same time, particularly as the players advance in age, the privilege of participation should be earned through attainment of performance levels by conscientious attendance at games and practice sessions as well as by general conduct and development on the playing field.

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.

The mission of Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) is to provide a national platform on which fastpitch softball players can demonstrate their individual and team-enhancing skills, competing against the Best of the Best players and teams. The objectives include upgrading those skills through the ultimate developmental step of games and showcasing those skills at the highest possible level of competition, so that both players and college scouts are afforded the most viable evaluation of their talents with bat, ball, and glove. The Premier offers a competitive stage for players at ascending age levels. Teams are invited from around the country to the national games on the basis of proven performance, and/or, qualifying tournaments. Premier employs a championship format, which tests player and team endurance and capability, and is a vital preparation for the college years to come. Premier pursues a standard of excellence on and off the field, for players, coaches and umpires.The team and players which stand on the top tier of this competition as national champions are truly the Best of the Best.