Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association

Youth News

December 15, 2012

RULE AND CODE CHANGES FOR 2013

 

Rule Change: 

Girls FP 14U now pitch from 43 feet.

Girls FP 14U can now wear metal cleats.

Headbands worn by players do not need to be the same color.

An unreported substitute is found in the game they assume the ball and strike count.

Prior to start of all games a coin flip determines the home team.

When a batter enters or is discovered in the batter’s box and is using an altered or non-approved bat they shall be ejected.

 

Code Changes:

All Junior Olympic team personnel assisting in the dugout must visually display proof of an ASA background check. (Current year)

 

J O NEWS FALL 2012

                                                           

October 21, 2012

By Dale Ferron, Wisconsin Junior Olympic Commissioner

 

 

The 2012 summer and fall softball season has again shown an increase in the number of registrations for the Wisconsin Junior Olympic program.  We currently have over 12,070 individual registrations for 2012.  These numbers increase our youth team registration to 2777 teams for the 2012 softball season.  This is a slight increase over 2011.  That means WASA will have the same number of berths for the USA/ASA National Tournaments as they did for 2012, if everything in the region remains the same.  This means we will have five State berths and one regional berth.  We have also run another successful year of SCS tournaments.  The SCS tournaments have increased the opportunity for our ASA teams to play in a tournament every weekend.  The Wisconsin ASA has added more youth teams to our program through the Seymour League, which includes numerous small towns in Northwestern Wisconsin.  We have also registered more teams in the North Central area of Wisconsin.  We will be looking to add more areas to ASA family for the 2013 season.

Once again I want to take the time to thank my J O Staff for all of their help during the 2012 season.  I especially want to thank Dick Buskov, Dan Sonnenberg, John Peterson, Mike Mikalsen, and Richard Damon for all of their help putting together packets for our teams and umpires.  I also need to thank Dick Buskov for his help with the ACE coaching schools.  WASA has also increased the number of coaches attending ACE-coaching schools which include first, second, and third year participants.  This number does not include the number of coaches who took the ACE program on line.   The number of ACE coaches has been increasing each year.  Thanks coaches for your cooperation and I hope the ACE program has helped you with some hints for coaching in the youth program. 

I also need to thank Dick, Dan Sonnenberg, Mike Mikalsen and John Roth for their help at the SCS Tournaments throughout the 2012 season.  Between all of us we were able to attend all of the SCS Tournaments.  I want to thank all the teams that have participated in our SCS tournaments, the State tournaments and the teams that have gone on to play in the National tournaments.  We have increased the number of teams playing in State tournaments and this year we had a total of 50 teams attend National Tournaments.  Wisconsin teams once again are finding out that they can play with teams from across the nation.  I take my hat off to the players and the coaches that dedicate this much time to the softball program. A great job was done by all of our Wisconsin teams and we will see a better year in 2013. 

Once again I was selected as the ASA Rep for one of our ASA Northern National Tournaments.  I was assigned to Columbus at the 16B Northern Nationals.  We expected to have around thirty teams but ended up with 47 teams.  A great job was done by the Xplozion Softball program and John Roth.  They did an excellent job of handling the large number of teams.  This was a great tournament. 

Wisconsin had two teams that were National Champions.  The teams were the Oshkosh Raiders in the 10U Class B Northern Nationals and the Junior Phoenix from Appleton in the 16U Class A Northern Nationals.  Also, we had numerous Wisconsin’s umpires work in these tournaments and they did a great job.

The following are how our Wisconsin teams finished in Nationals for the 2012 season:

Northern Nationals Class A:  

 

AGE TEAM NAME TOWN RECORD PLACE
12U WISCONSIN BANDITS RED FT ATKINSON
2 - 2
4
  WISCONSIN BANDITS BLACK MAYVILLE
0 - 2
5
     
14U KAUKAUNA GHOSTS KAUKAUNA
4 - 2
9
  JUNIOR PHOENIX APPLETON
3 - 2
9
  KENOSHA CYCLONES KENOSHA
2 - 2
13
  WISCONSIN ELITE SHIOCTEN
0 - 2
33
     
16U JUNIOR PHOENIX APPLETON
6 - 0
1
  WISCONSIN BANDITS BLACK HORICON
7 - 2
2
  WISCONSIN BANDITS WHITE HORICON
0 - 2
25
     
18U BADGER BLITZ BARABOO
5 - 2
3
  SEYMOUR FLAMES EAU CLAIRE
2 - 2
13
  MILWAUKEE COMPETITORS MILWAUKEE
2 - 2
13
  JUNIOR PHOENIX APPLETON
2 - 2
17
  FASTPITCH UNITED JANESVILLE
0 - 2
25
  SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN STORM DODGEVILLE
0 - 2
25
  WISCONSIN ELITE APPLETON
0 - 2
33

Eastern Nationals Class A:

 

16U WISCONSIN ELITE APPLETON
0 - 2
33

 

Northern Nationals Class B:

 

10U OSHKOSH RAIDERS OSHKOSH
3 - 0
1
     
12U POINT FASTPITCH STEVENS POINT
9 - 2
1
  PRIDE OF THE MIDWEST JACKSON
3 - 2
5
  KENOSHA CYCLONES KENOSHA
3 - 2
5
  KAUKAUNA GHOSTS KAUKAUNA
2 - 2
9
  WISCONSIN ELITE BLACK CREEK
2 - 2
9
  MOSINEE EXTREME MOSINEE
2 - 2
13
     
14U POINT FASTPITCH STEVENS POINT
1 - 2
13
  PLOVER 14'S PLOVER
1 - 2
13
     
16U POINT FASTPITCH STEVENS POINT
6 - 2
2
  WISCONSIN RENEGADES LA CROSSE
4 - 2
3
  GREENFIELD IGNITORS GREENFIELD
5 - 2
4
  XPLOZION 97'S COLUMBUS
3 - 2
7
  GREEN BAY POWERHOUSE GREEN BAY
4 - 2
7
  MONROE LIGHTNING MONROE
4 - 2
9
  MOSINEE IMPACT MOSINEE
4 - 2
9
  MADA FASTPITCH STEVENS POINT
2 - 2
9
  XPLOZION BLACK COLUMBUS
3 - 2
13
  FRANKLIN FORCE FRANKLIN
3 - 2
13
  CHIPPEWA VALLEY FLASH CHIPPEWA FALLS
2 - 2
13
  SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN STORM PLATTEVILLE
1 - 2
17
  EVEREST FASTPITCH WESTON
1 - 2
25
  MILWAUKEE INVADERS FRANKLIN
1 - 2
25
  BORDERTOWN BANDITS SALEM
0 - 2
33
  KAUKAUNA GHOSTS KAUKAUNA
0 - 2
33
  SEYMOUR FLAMES BLACK EAU CLAIRE
0 - 2
33
  PRIDE OF THE MIDWEST BLACK JACKSON
0 - 2
33

 

Eastern Nationals Class B:

 

14U GERMANTOWN WARHAWKS RICHMOND
1 - 2
17

 

USA/ASA NATIONALS:

 

14U OSHKOSH RAIDERS OSHKOSH
0 - 2
97
     
16U WISCONSIN FIREBIRDS OCONOMOWOC
5 - 2
17
  KENOSHA CYCLONES KENOSHA
0 - 2
97
     
18U KENOSHA CYCLONES KENOSHA
2 - 2
33
  WISCONSIN LIGHTNING BLACK TREVOR
1 - 2
33

 

I am currently working on the listing and information for all of the SCS tournaments to be held during the 2013 season.  I have posted the results for the 2012 State Tournaments and the information for the 2013 State Tournaments will be all on our web site at www.wisconsin-asa.org.   There is a change this year as Wausau will host both the Class A and Class B State Tournaments.  Watertown will host the Class C State Tournament.  The Class A & B will on opposite weekends for 2013.  The extra day is only if needed.  A team can only play in one of the state tournaments.  Class B & C classification guidelines will be enforced this year.  I am looking forward to these sites running great tournaments.  I want to thank Watertown, Wausau and Baraboo for the great job they did in hosting the 2012 state tournaments.  The participation numbers were great this year.  My hat is off to all three organizations for a great job.

Watertown will again be hosting the National Qualifier for the 10U, 12U & 14U.  The date for the tournament is June 14 – 16, 2013 and the information for that tournament and all of the ASA National tournaments will be placed on our web site after I return from the National convention around the middle of November.  There has been some interesting legislation proposed for the coming year.  I will let you know of the changes when I return from Dallas.

Once again I will conduct ACE-coaching schools around Wisconsin.  The sites that have been set are in the Salem area, DePere and Lake Mills.  These classes take about one in half hours to two hours and we show extremely helpful videos.  You can also take the test on line at:  www.registerasa.com 

Please also remember that if your team will be participating in ASA championship play tournaments: one coach must be ACE certified (current year) and all other non-players in the dugout must have an ASA current year background check.

Please make sure you understand the following guidelines for youth classifications.  The main change was Class C is league teams with their league rosters.  This means they cannot be league all star teams and they will not be able to advance to any National Tournaments.  The other change is if teams dominate in Class B or C they can be moved up to Class A or B even though they meet Class B and C guidelines.  Also a player can only play in one state tournament.

At the present time we are looking for more areas to become ASA affiliates.  If you are interested in playing or officiating youth softball in Wisconsin please contact me by e-mail at:   daleferron@charter.net    I hope everyone has a good fall and we will see everyone in the spring. 

 

 

May 17, 2010

The following information is for all teams that will play in the National Qualifier, State Tournament or National Championship Finals.

Teams playing in the above tournaments are required to have the following criteria completed before the tournament. One coach on each team must have the current year ACE certification completed and should bring their current year ACE cards with them. All other non playing personnel in the dugout must have a current year ASA background check completed and display there Background check card. All teams must check in before playing there first pool play game. If you have any further questions please contact me.

 

May 15, 2010

Completing ACE Certification On Line for All Years:

1. Login to www.registerasa.com using last year's unsername (is usually your e-mail address) and password from ACE.
   
2. If you receive a message "your email is already in use" then click "Lost Your Password" link and follow directions.
   
3. Click on login page "create a member profile" and complete the profile.
   
4. An activation link will be sent to your e-mail address. This should be received the same day if not send an e-mail.
   
5. At that time you can go into the system. Please make sure you will be taking the correct years ACE Certification.
   
6. If the wrong year appears send an e-mail to "Submit Ticket" and cc me about the problem.
   
7. After your information in the system, wait for about 2 to 4 hours for the background check to be completed.
   
8.

After Background Check is passed you can take the test and answer questions.

   
   
  Steps if you have not taken the ACE Certification online and never registered with www.registerasa.com
   
1. Go to www.registerasa.com
   
2. Click "create a member" profile.
   
3. Complete the member profile and submit.
   
4. An e-mail will be sent to you from ASA Softball with a link to use.
   
5. Click the link in the e-mail to activate your account.
   
6. Sign in using your new username and password.
   
7. You can proceed to do your ACE Certification.

 

Watch for upcoming articles on ASA youth softball in Wisconsin.

 

J O NEWS FALL 2009

                                                           

October 22, 2009

By Dale Ferron, Wisconsin Junior Olympic Commissioner

 

The 2009 softball season has once again increased registrations for the Wisconsin Junior Olympic program.  We currently have over 10,500 individual registrations for 2009.  Theses numbers increase our youth team registration to 2614 teams for 2009 softball season.  This is an increase over 2008 by 250 teams.  WASA will increase our number of berths for the USA/ASA National Tournaments by one berth from the previous year.  That means we will have four State berths and one regional berth.  We have also increased the number of SCS tournaments from last year.  These SCS tournaments have increased the opportunity for our ASA teams to play in a tournament every weekend.  There is a possibility that we may have some SCS Tournaments in the Northwestern part of Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin ASA has added more youth teams to our program in Cumberland, East Madison Little League, and Seymour from the Northeast part of Wisconsin.  We will be looking to add more areas to ASA family for the 2010 season.

I want to take the time to thank my J O Staff for all of their help during the 2009 season.  I especially want to thank Dick Buskov, Arleen Case, Dan Sonnenberg, John Peterson, and Richard Damon for all of their help with creating packets for our teams and umpires.  I also need to thank Dick Buskov and Arleen Case for their help with the ACE coaching schools.  WASA has also increased the number of coaches attending ACE-coaching schools to 132 coaches, which include first, second, and third year participants.  This number does not include the number of coaches who took the ACE program on line.  Thanks coaches for your cooperation and I hope the ACE program has helped you with some hints for coaching in the youth program. 

I also need to thank Dick, Arleen, Dan Sonnenberg, Mike Mikalsen and John Roth for help at the SCS Tournaments throughout the 2009 season.  With their help we were able to attend all of the SCS Tournaments.  I want to thank all the teams that have participated in our SCS tournaments, the State tournaments and the teams that have gone on to play in the National tournaments.  One large success story was the Wisconsin Bandits 18U team coached by Roger Schliewe from Horicon.  The Bandits placed tied for ninth place out of 140 teams at the USA/ASA 18U Nationals in Las Vegas.  The number of teams playing in Nationals once again was a good number.  Wisconsin teams are finding out that they can play with other teams across the nation.  I take my hat off to the players and the coaches dedicating this much time to the softball program. A great job was done by all of our Wisconsin teams and a better year in 2010.  The following are how our Wisconsin teams finished in Nationals for the 2009 season.

 

NORTHERN NATIONALS CLASS A:

AGE GROUP TEAM NAME CITY RECORD PLACE
10U Allouez Stingers Allouez 0 - 2 9
  Watertown Thunder Watertown 0 - 2 9
  Wisconsin Lightning Fast Pitch Twin Lakes 0 - 2 9
  Xplozion Orange Columbus 0 - 2 13
         
12U Kimberly Cardinals Kimberly 3 - 2 2
  Ignitors Orange Greenfield 2 - 2 7
  Kenosha Cyclones Kenosha 1 - 2 7
  Jaguars Ashwaubenon 0 - 2 9
  Wisconsin Bandits Horicon 0 - 2 9
  Wisconsin Lightning Black Salem 0 - 2 9
  Xplozion Black Columbus 0 - 2 9
         
14U Xplozion Orange Columbus 0 - 2 33
         
16U Point Fastpitch Stevens Point 2 - 2 25
  Chippewa Valley Flash Chippewa Falls 1 - 2 33
  Wisconsin Bandits Red Beaver Dam 1 - 2 33
         
18U Badger Blitz Baraboo 5 - 2 2
  Competitors Milwaukee 1 - 2 33
         

  

Northern Nationals Class B:   

10U Oshkosh Raiders Oshkosh 5 - 0 1
         
12U Stevens Point Fastpitch Stevens Point 3 - 2 9
         
14U Oshkosh Raiders Oshkosh 2 - 2 9
         
16U Seymour Flames Red Eau Claire 6 - 0 1
  Powerhouse Fast Pitch Green Bay 5 - 2 2
         
18U Freedom Irish Freedom 4 - 2 2
  Oshkosh Raiders Oshkosh 2 - 2 5

 

Eastern Nationals Class B:   

14U Wisconsin Bandits Horicon 6 - 0 1

 

USA/ASA Nationals:

14U Kenosha Cyclones Kenosha 0 - 2 97
         
16U Kenosha Cyclones Kenosha 0 - 2 129
  Wisconsin Bandits Black Horicon 0 - 2 129
  Wisconsin Lightning Black Salem 0 - 2 129
         
18U Wisconsin Bandits Horicon 5 - 2 9

 

I am currently working on the listing and information for all of the SCS tournaments to be held during the 200 season.  I have posted the results for the 2009 State Tournaments and the information for the 2010 State Tournaments is all on our web site at www.wisconsin-asa.org.   Once again Watertown will host the Class A State Tournament.  We have a new host for the Class B State Tournament and it is Seymour, which is by Eau Claire.  The Class C State Tournament will be held in Baraboo.  The Class A & B will be held on July 8 through 11.  The extra day is only if needed.  The Class C will be held on August 6 through the 8.  Class B & C classifications will be enforced this year.  I am looking forward to these three sites running a great tournament.  I want to thank both Watertown and Kimberly for the great job they did in hosting the 2009 state tournament despite the problems.  The participation numbers were great this year.  My hat is off to both organizations for a great job.

Watertown will again be hosting the National Qualifier for the 16U & 18U.  The date for the tournament is June 24 – 26, 2010 and the information for that tournament and all of the ASA National tournaments will be placed on our web site after I return from the National convention around the middle of November.

Once again I will conduct ACE-coaching schools around Wisconsin.  The sites that have been set are in the Salem area, DePere, Stoughton, Lake Mills.  These classes take about one in half hours to two hours and we show extremely helpful videos.  Our State Fast Pitch Umpire in Chief Dick Buskov will also be presenting many umpire clinics for any umpires interested in attending.  The ASA would like to see more youth take up umpiring.  We are always in need of good umpires and we offer many opportunities for them to work in our weekend tournaments and in some of the leagues that we schedule umpires for. 

During our annual WASA meeting legislation was passed to better define classifications for youth teams.  This led to the creation of a Class C for youth softball.  The main change was Class C is league teams with their league rosters.  This means they cannot be league all star teams and they will not be able to advance to any National Tournaments.

At the present time we are looking for more areas to become ASA affiliates.  If you are interested in playing or officiating youth softball in Wisconsin please contact me by e-mail at:   ferron.softball@charter.net   I hope everyone has a good fall and we will see everyone in the spring.