USSSA or more commonly known as the United States Specialty Sports Association. It is a sports governing organization that does not work for profits. Headquarter of this organization is in Viera-Florida. It had a different name earlier. Later in 1998, there was a change of name to its current name. The primary reason for this change of name was its expansion into other sports fields. It began governing various sports events for girls, boys,
Some Important Facts About The Organization
- The formation of the original body was in 1968 in Virginia.
- Space Coast sports ground which is in Viera-Florida became its new headquarters in 2017.
- The Washington Nationals Baseball Club gave them space at the Space Coast sports ground complex.
- This $50 million state-of-the-art multi-use complex houses the USSSA Hall of Fame and Sports Museum.
- In 2017, the total revenue generation for the body was $25.3 million.
The USSSA came into existence after the founders’ ideas went down at a different sports meeting. Some new developments were put into place by this new organization. The first World Softball Tournament under their banner was in 1968 in West Allis-Wisconsin. The body has the sanctioning authority over 38 sports fields. At an early stage, the body was controlling only a few thousand softball players. But towards a later stage, the number of participants grew to 3.5 million spread over 13 foremost sports fields.
Growth Of The Body
USSSA became debt-ridden in 1971. All the directors began to submit their resignation from its board. During a meeting in the fall of that year, the body decided to move forward with its operation. Later in the same year, there was an executive board meeting of the body. 40- year- old Al Ramsey became the Chief Executive Officer of the governing body. From 1970 until 1980, the organization grew rapidly adding new programs and structured divisions to their fold. Their first few members to the Hall of Fame came in the following year. In 1980 USSSA took a giant step by expanding the number of teams by adding the Southern Division. Jerry Ellis became the fourth President for the association. With him as the president, there was a massive increase in registrations by team and officials.
Strong Foundation Of The Organization
Under the leadership of Jerry Ellis, an extensive insurance policy came into existence for the teams and the game officials. It protected them from accidents on the field at a relatively low cost. This important consolidated the reputation of USSSA. In about three years the registrations doubled itself to 60,000 teams. All these successful turns of events led to the formation of the International Division. In 1987, total numbers of memberships were at an all-time high of 100,000 members. Al Ciaccia became the seventh National President of the USSSA which was also the 20th Anniversary year of the organization. In the following year, the organization expanded to eight divisions. With the expansion at its peak, the organization had to push its travel budget to $250,000 annually.