2017 Youth State Slowpitch meeting January 28, 2017
Meeting was called to order by Carol Pipgras, South Dakota Youth Commissioner, and Thez Langbehn, President.
Old Business – Reminding everyone that all high school seniors who have participated in the South Dakota softball program for 3 years are elligibile to apply for usa Softball of SOuth Dakota scholarships.
Remind ALL coaches from every team that they MUST check in at the tournament headquarters before they play their first game. (MANDATORY)
New Business that was discussed. Encouraging anyone who would like to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame to do so. Application forms can be found on our state website.
2017 – Rapid City – October 14th – Ramkota 2018 – Sioux Falls – October 13th – Holiday Inn
Helmets and chin straps will be used for all Invitational Tournaments and State Tournament. It is also the coach’s responsibility to check this equipment before the team plays in tournaments. These are used for the safety of the players, and liability issues for the tournaments.
A 52 core ball will be used for all divisions of play. Boys and Girls.
State Umpire school will be held in Sioux Falls at the Pentagon on April 7th – 9 th . Kevin Ryan from the National USA office will be the head instructor. DON’T miss out on this opportunity to learn from the best! Cost is $70.00. Enrollment form can be found on the state website.
The state organization is looking for sponsorship for the website. For $300.00 your league, business, city organization can be seen by thousands. Sign up now. This form can be found on the state website under that form area.
New branding of the state/national name is now being known as USA Softball. Old ASA umpire wear can be used for now unless doing a National Qualifier/National Tournament.
State Tournament will be in Huron on July 22nd and 23rd . The cost is $175.00, and all forms must be into me on or before the 1st of July. Draw will be July 11th, and will then be posted on the state website. Please DO NOT send in birth certificates when sending in your material for state tournament. You must have them with you when checking in your team, as we will check teams randomly during this time.
We will continue to use the 3 game guarantee for all divisions. 10 and under divisions will use a 5 run per inning. Send your roster, payment and entry form to:
804 S Garfield
Sioux Falls SD 57104
For more information please call 605-366-3110
Invitational tournament information can be found under the tournament area on the state website. Remember to support these tournaments!
Watertown will be hosting all girls divisions for the USA National Championship Tournament. This event will be the weekend after state. July 28 – July 30th. Cost is $. If your team is planning on playing in this fantastic event and super opportunity, you must play in the state tournament to qualify for the National Tournament.
**New rule for this year!!** If you are picking up a ball player for tournaments they need to wear the same uniform of the team they are playing with. This is for invitational and state tournaments. You can still pick up to 3 players, and as previously they must be off a USA registered team.