OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the U.S., concluded the 87th Annual Council Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. after a week of evaluating proposed rule and code changes for all divisions of USA Softball.
Highlights of the USA Softball Annual Meeting included: the 38th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and announcement of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class, the Wilson Sporting Goods Awards Luncheon and the selection of 2020 USA Softball National Championship sites.
During the week, Regional Vice Presidents were elected to the Board of Directors as Bev Wiley (USA Softball of Rhode Island) will represent Region 1, Carlton Benton (USA Softball of Florida) will represent Region 3, Joe Patterson (USA Softball of Nebraska) will represent Region 7, Dick Gulmon (USA Softball of North Dakota) will represent Region 8 and Roger Garcia (USA Softball of Alaska) will represent Region 9.
Also announced during the 87th Annual Meeting was the National Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The Class of 2019 inductees include: Rick Havercroft (Umpire), Britt Hightower (Slow Pitch Player), Warren Jones (Meritorious Service), Tony Laws (Meritorious Service), Jessica Mendoza (Fast Pitch Player), Mike Nye (Slow Pitch Player), Ron Parnell (Slow Pitch Player) and Joey Rich (Commissioner).
USA Softball would also like to thank the sponsors of the 2018 USA Softball Annual Meeting: Adams, Bloomington (Indiana), Chattanooga Sports Committee, Montgomery (Alabama), Salem (Oregon), Columbus (Georgia) Sports Council, Johnson City (Tennessee), Lee County Sports Development, Oklahoma City CVB, Play Tennessee Sports, Spartanburg (South Carolina), SportsEngine, Travel Salem, University Silkscreen, USA Softball of Southern California, USA Softball of Texas, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Visit Valdosta (Georgia), Wilson Sporting Goods
The 2019 USA Softball AnnualMeeting will head to Sparks, Nev. from November 9-15 while the 2020 USA Softball Annual Meeting will be held in Shreveport, La. November 7-13.