ASA Amateur Softball Associaton - Founded 1938.
ASA publishes Balls & Strikes Magazine (only published during the season) has many good tips from college and women players and coaches. Also, a listing of coaching schools around the country for interested parents. ASA does not offer an on-line version of its rules. You must contact one of their Chicago Commissioners for a rule book.
ISA Independent Softball Association
ISA concentrates its efforts in a dozen or so states, not including Illinois. Good Fast Pitch Rule Book.
NSA National Softball Association - Founded in 1982
Excellent Online Rule Book. Supports all kinds of softball.
NFCA National Fast Pitch Coaches Association
Excellent list of upcoming Camps & Clinics. Click Camps & Clinics, then click on "search the database." Finally, in the "State" box, enter "*IL" (without the quotes) to see all camps and clinics in Illinois. Many other interesting "Departments," such as Fast Pitch Coach and Fast Pitch Drills.
Softball Search Good softball search engine. Has everything you want to know about softball but afraid to ask.
It has been bought-out by Eteamz, who does not seem to be maintaining it. However, still some good info.
More FastPitch Drills The drills on our Coaches Corner page not enough for you? Want more? A web site called "eteamz" has a page with many, many more drills, categorized into drills for baserunning, catching, fielding, hitting, pitching, and throwing. The North Suburban Fast Pitch League was organized in 1991 to promote competitive fast pitch play in Chicago's north suburban area. The NSFPL recognizes the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) as the authoritative national governing body and follows ASA rules.
Coach Bill was asked in March 2001 by the ESAA to coach a 14U traveling team, to join and play other teams in the NSFPL.
Unfortuneately, we approached the NSFPL too late and we couldn't pull it off.
Lots of written info about gloves and phots of the glove.
However, I spoke to someone in their customer service department and, given their name, they were NOT very knowledgeable about gloves!
www.playersls.com Good service. They sell Louisville Slugger products. I purchased a female first basemen mitt from them. It arrived as promised and we are very happy with the mitt. It was also $20 cheaper as compared to everywhere else I looked.
Anwering machine but calls are quikly returned. Just in case, I recommend getting there mailing address in case your purchase needs to be returned.
FastPitch USA Library of articles and videos, pitching clinic, and other softball information. Also links to
nationalsportsclinics.com/ where they offer fastpitch coaching clinics...in the Chicago area and elsewhere.