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Commissioners Introduction and Welcome

The USA Softball of Illinois organization looks forward to another great softball season. We again work under the auspices of the National USA Softball organization which is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition to hosting Executive Director Craig Cress and his staff, the Oklahoma site is also home to the USA Softball National Hall of Fame.

Our state association follows the Constitution, Code and Bylaws of USA Softball of Illinois.  The Official Guide and Rule Book of the National organization includes all bylaws and rules.  If any direct rule conflict exists between state and national, the national rules take precedence. 

Our Illinois organization had a good year in 2018.  Even though our total number of teams declined, Illinois was again in the top twenty of the approximately 70 associations in overall registrations of JO and adult teams and umpires.

Our organization promises another exciting summer of USA/ASA softball.   You will find a complete listing of our 2019 tournaments in our brochure and on this website. Also included is a list of this years individual and team Hall of Fame inductees. Finally, a complete listing of all our tournaments is found along with a list of all past state champions and our special individual award recipients.

The brochure and website also includes other important information including our advertisers.  We urge you to patronize them as they contribute greatly to our sport.

Good luck to all teams, players, umpires and fans.  May you have a great season of USA Softball of Illinois competition.  See you at the ball park this summer!

Don Brewer, State Commissioner
USA Softball of Illinois

News and Information

SLOPITCH STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

By Admin 03/18/2019, 5:30pm CDT

USA SOFTBALL OF ILLINOIS

ANOUNCES SUMMER SLOPITCH

STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

 

USA Softball of Illinois has announced their 2019 summer softball schedule for men’s slo-pitch state tournament competition.  Slo-pitch state championship competition will be conducted in Coed, Men’s C, D and E.

The Coed Tournament will again be held in Alton this summer August 10-12.  Pekin will host the Class C Tourney August 16-18 while Decatur conducts both the D and E Tournaments July 19-21.

Teams interested in these tournaments should contact the respective Tournament Directors.

  • Coed:  Dean Emerick 618-560-6061
  • C:  Bob Adams 309-657-4065
  • D and E:  Lloyd Nelson 618-549-3194
  • All tourneys carry a $340 entry fee.

The men's Wooden Bat Fastpitch State Tournament will return to the great fastpitch city of Altamont this Summer on August 2-4.
 
This year's tournament will again be a double elimination event with a tournament entry of $300.  The event is open to all USA Softball of Illinois (formerly ASA) registered teams.  However, team rosters cannot include any pitcher classified major.
 
The deadline for entering and payment of fees is July 15.  Further information Can be obtained from Tournament Director Rich Well, Local Coordinator Ryan Beccue or State Commissioner Don Brewer.
 
Rich Well…richwell6@gmail.com
Ryan Beccue….rbeccue@stelmo.org
Don Brewer…d.brewer@mchsi.com
 
Entry fees are payable to Brewer at 25 Westwood Lane,    Murphysboro 62966.

The USA Softball Association of Illinois will induct ten individuals and three teams into their Hall of Fame on April 13, 2019.  The honorees will be formally recognized and honored in a ceremony held at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Banquet at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center.  The banquet will start at 5:30 P.M.

Individuals to be inducted are Mike Turner, Effingham;  Randy Ulrich, Quincy;  Mary Ellen Novak, Normal;  Mark Brayfield, Robinson;  Bill Burris, Casey;  Lloyd Nelson, Carbondale;  Steve Mitchell, Huntersville, North Carolina;  Paul Carlton, Decatur;  Doug Mammoser, Newton;  and Randy Milleville, Altamont.

Also to be inducted are three teams to go into the Team Hall of Fame. The three teams are the Decatur Challengers, a women's slopitch team;  Alton St. Mary's Church team and the Mattoon JO Premium organization.

Tickets are available for the general public through the Decatur Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Reservations can be made through Director Teri Hammel or her assistant Lynne Durham at 217-423-7000.  Tickets for a buffet meal are $40, which includes tax, gratuity coffee, tea,  and beer.  Twelve and under tickets are $25. 

For those needing overnight arrangements, the Decatur hotel and Convention center is offering a rate of $89 per night. 

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SLOPITCH STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

By Admin 03/18/2019, 5:30pm CDT

USA SOFTBALL OF ILLINOIS

ANOUNCES SUMMER SLOPITCH

STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

 

USA Softball of Illinois has announced their 2019 summer softball schedule for men’s slo-pitch state tournament competition.  Slo-pitch state championship competition will be conducted in Coed, Men’s C, D and E.

The Coed Tournament will again be held in Alton this summer August 10-12.  Pekin will host the Class C Tourney August 16-18 while Decatur conducts both the D and E Tournaments July 19-21.

Teams interested in these tournaments should contact the respective Tournament Directors.

  • Coed:  Dean Emerick 618-560-6061
  • C:  Bob Adams 309-657-4065
  • D and E:  Lloyd Nelson 618-549-3194
  • All tourneys carry a $340 entry fee.

The men's Wooden Bat Fastpitch State Tournament will return to the great fastpitch city of Altamont this Summer on August 2-4.
 
This year's tournament will again be a double elimination event with a tournament entry of $300.  The event is open to all USA Softball of Illinois (formerly ASA) registered teams.  However, team rosters cannot include any pitcher classified major.
 
The deadline for entering and payment of fees is July 15.  Further information Can be obtained from Tournament Director Rich Well, Local Coordinator Ryan Beccue or State Commissioner Don Brewer.
 
Rich Well…richwell6@gmail.com
Ryan Beccue….rbeccue@stelmo.org
Don Brewer…d.brewer@mchsi.com
 
Entry fees are payable to Brewer at 25 Westwood Lane,    Murphysboro 62966.

The USA Softball Association of Illinois will induct ten individuals and three teams into their Hall of Fame on April 13, 2019.  The honorees will be formally recognized and honored in a ceremony held at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Banquet at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center.  The banquet will start at 5:30 P.M.

Individuals to be inducted are Mike Turner, Effingham;  Randy Ulrich, Quincy;  Mary Ellen Novak, Normal;  Mark Brayfield, Robinson;  Bill Burris, Casey;  Lloyd Nelson, Carbondale;  Steve Mitchell, Huntersville, North Carolina;  Paul Carlton, Decatur;  Doug Mammoser, Newton;  and Randy Milleville, Altamont.

Also to be inducted are three teams to go into the Team Hall of Fame. The three teams are the Decatur Challengers, a women's slopitch team;  Alton St. Mary's Church team and the Mattoon JO Premium organization.

Tickets are available for the general public through the Decatur Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Reservations can be made through Director Teri Hammel or her assistant Lynne Durham at 217-423-7000.  Tickets for a buffet meal are $40, which includes tax, gratuity coffee, tea,  and beer.  Twelve and under tickets are $25. 

For those needing overnight arrangements, the Decatur hotel and Convention center is offering a rate of $89 per night. 

The USA Softball Association of Illinois will induct ten individuals and three teams into their Hall of Fame on April 13, 2019.  The honorees will be formally recognized and honored in a ceremony held at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Banquet at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center. 

Selected for induction in the individual categories are:

Mike Turner, Meritorious Service; Effingham, Illinois...  Made his mark in softball as a sponsor, manager, and outstanding slopitch player/pitcher for Turner Trucking of Effingham, Illinois.  Also served ten years as an ASA District Commissioner.  Turner won over 1,000 games as a pitcher and was one of the better hitters for the Turner team, compiling 2,057 hits including 174 home runs and 1,268 RBI’s in a 20-year career.     

Randy Ulrich, Umpire; Quincy, Illinois… An active ASA umpire from 1978 up to the present.  In his nearly forty-year career, Ulrich has worked an average of 200 plus games several years (since 2004).  Those games include over 35 state and seven national tournaments. Worked the championship game of five of those seven national tournaments. Currently serves as a Deputy UIC for Illinois.

 Mary Ellen Novak, Meritorious Service; Normal, Illinois…. Strong supporter and advocate for girls and womens fastpitch softball in the Normal area.  Support and efforts were primarily in the scheduling of umpires for over 23,000 plus games involving 47,000 umpire assignments.  Also served many years on the BNGSA Board of Directors as treasurer and was instrumental in the organization’s attainment of a favorable tax status

Mark Brayfield, Meritorious Service;  Robinson, Illinois…Mark was an outstanding mens fastpitch  pitcher for over 40 years.  During his illustrious career he pitched for Casey, Kankakee, Springfield, Nokomis, Bloomington, Forrest, Clearwater Bombers and several other teams.  Brayfield hurled for numerous state championship teams and was a frequent all-state selection. He is a member of the Clearwater Florida and Casey Truckers Hall of Fame.  

Bill Burris, Meritorious Service; Casey, Illinois…. One of the truly outstanding softball personalities in East Central Illinois.   Has been involved in ASA and high school softball for more than 40 years as administrator, leader, announcer and promoter.  Currently President of the Casey Softball Hall of Honor and ASA Hall of Fame, Bill was instrumental in transforming the organization to the USA Softball of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in 2010.  

Lloyd Nelson, Meritorious Service; Carbondale, Illinois…. The USA Softball of Illinois Vice President for southern Illinois, Lloyd is known by many as “Mr. Slopitch” in Illinois. He has been tournament director of the mens D and E slopitch state tournaments in Decatur for almost a decade.  In addition, he has for many years coached the Hit N’ Misses highly regarded coed team that won the state championship in 1997 and annually participates in the state tournament in Alton.     

Steve Mitchell, Mens Fastpitch Pitcher; Huntersville, North Carolina…. Pitched several years for Alton Sports Tap, a team he helped manage before switching to Tates Farm, then Bonuttis and finally Nokomis.   In a fifteen-year career, he pitched 11 perfect games and an additional eight no-hitters.  Competed in seven or eight national tournaments. 

Paul Carlton, Mens Fastpitch Player; Decatur, Illinois…. Including Masters level competition, Paul has competed in mens fastpitch softball for over 40 years.  Beginning in 1977 he played for Ashland, Ohio Faultless Rubber, Bloomington Beer Nuts, Cerro Gordo Broncos, and Decatur Pride.  He then semi-retired and played fourteen years for various Masters level teams, winning all American honors nine times and playing for eight national championship teams. 

Doug Mammoser, Fastpitch Player, Newton, Illinois... Brad played fastpitch softball for about fifteen years with one of his better years being for Effingham DJ in 1993 when he hit .367 with 5 home runs and 24 RBI’s.  However, his best season came three years earlier in 1987 when he had a .426 batting average with eight home runs and 51 RBI’s. In addition to DJ, Doug also played for Bobbers, TSA, and BOSS, all excellent Effingham teams.  He made the all state team in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992.     

Randy Milleville Fastpitch Player; Altamont... Randy played for approximately 15 years for Altamont, Bonutti Orthopedics and Tates Farm Implements.  One of his good years for Bonutti was 1994 when he cranked eleven home runs with 43 RBI’s and a .310 batting average. Prior to that (1986-1993), he accumulated a .343 batting average with 116 home runs and 466 RBI’s in 575 games.

The following teams/organizations were also voted to be inducted into the USA Softball of Illinois ASA Hall of Fame: 

Alton, Church Team

Mattoon Pride, JO Organization

Decatur Challengers, Womens Fastpitch Team

Don Brewer:   Donald L. Brewer                   Date: _February 21, 2019

Illinois ASA State Commissioner

Cell:  618-525-1986

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that over 200 umpires have been honored for their years of service and expertise by becoming members of the USA Softball Umpire Awards Program.  One of the nation's largest officiating organizations, USA Softball umpires are nationally recognized as the most trained and proficient in the sport and have the opportunity to be recognized for their dedication to the sport through three available outlets: the Medals Program, the National Indicator Fraternity and the Elite Umpire Program.
 
Click here to see the additions to the USA Softball Umpire Awards Program
 
"USA Softball’s umpire program continues to be a leader amongst sports officials because of the dedication of individuals like our latest Awards honorees," said USA Softball Director of Umpires, Kevin Ryan.  "Joining the USA Softball Umpire Awards Program is a testament to the countless hours they put in to refine and enhance their skills and the standard of excellence they uphold both on and off the field.  Congratulations on joining such elite programs." 
 
One of the more popular programs for USA Softball umpires, the Medals Program launched in 1999 and rewards umpires for their years of service who have not been assigned to a Regional or National Championship.  With four levels for this program, the Medals Program encompasses all levels of umpires who support the USA Softball program, whether at the local or national level.  Umpires who have been registered for three years (Blue Level), five years (Bronze Level), seven years (Silver Level) or more than seven years (Gold Level) can apply to the Medals Program.  Members of the Medals Program receive a ball cap, certificate and pin which symbolizes their achievement and a variety of leisure wear, jewelry and trophies are available for purchase. 
 
The National Indicator Fraternity was founded in 1986 and honors those individuals who have advanced to the next level in the umpire program.  In order to obtain membership into the National Indicator Fraternity, umpires must have been registered for at least seven years and have umpired or served as a National Championship Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) or Assistant UIC at three USA Softball National Championships.  Members of the National Indicator Fraternity receive a certificate, membership card, luggage tag and a pin. 
 
Launched in 2003, the Elite Umpire Program is the highest honor a USA Softball umpire can obtain other than selection into the National Softball Hall of Fame.  To become eligible, an umpire must have been registered for at least seven years, be a current member who is in good standing and participated in at least four National Championships (two of which must have been in the same category of play and from an upper level qualifying National Championship).  Umpires can apply for either Fast Pitch, Slow Pitch and Modified Pitch, and those who are selected will receive a ball cap, membership card, a framed certificate and pin.  
 
For more information on the USA Softball Umpire Program, please visit USASoftball.com.  

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