Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

02 2009

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Softball Acronyms

In softball as well as any other sport there are lots of acronyms to go with it! Some of them you might already know and some you might not. Listed below are some of the more common acronyms used in softball and what they stand for, to help you as you come across them.

ACE: Achieve, Certify, Educate – The ACE Coaching Certification Program was developed and designed to provide softball coaches of all levels the opportunity to certify as a coach with the ASA.

ASA: Amateur Softball Association – This is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City. Since it was founded in 1933 the ASA has grown into the strongest softball organization in the country. Due to the rapid development of the ASA, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has dubbed the association the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.

BP: Batting Practice

DD: Darling Daughter – This is a term used most by softball Parents.  There are other variations such as Diamond Diva with Darling Daughter being most comon.

ISA: Independent Softball Association – Larry Nash founded the ISA in 1984 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. It’s one of the four major governing bodies of amateur softball in America along side ASA, NSA and USSSA.

ISF: International Softball Federation – The International Softball Federation (ISF) is the governing body of softball internationally as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often read “N-C-Double-A”) is a voluntary association of about 1,281 institutions, confrences, organizations and individuals that organize the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States.  Its headquarters are located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The NCAA is the largest collegiate athletic organization in the world, and because of the great popularity of college sports among spectators in the U.S. it is far more prominent than most national college sports bodies in other countries.  The NCAA Softball Division has a Softball Championship tournament held each year in June and featurs 64 college softball teams in the United States.

NFCA: National Fastpitch Coaches Association – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels.  There are many purposes to this particular association but the biggest one is to stimulate the development of quality leadership for fastpitch softball programs, and to recognize professional contributions to the sport.

NPF: National Pro Fastpitch – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), formerly the Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL), is the only professional womens’s softball league in the United States.  The WPSL was founded in 1997 and folded in 2001.  The NPF revived the league in 2004 and currently features five teams: the Philadelphia Force, Washington Glory, Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits and the Rockford Thunder.

NSA: National Softball Association – The NSA was created in 1982 by Hugh Cantrell in Lexington, Kentucky. NSA is a full service organization that offers a division of play and a level of competition that youth through adult can enjoy.

RPI: Rating Percentage Index – This system of power ranking was first used in 1981 to determine the selecting and seeding of the 65 teams appearing in the NCAA men’s basketball playoffs. In addition to a team’s winning percentage, the index takes into account the strength of a team’s schedule by factoring in its opponents’ winning percentage and the winning percentage of its opponents’ opponents. The exact formula is:

RPI = (WP * .25) + (OWP * .50) + (OOWP * .25)

Where WP is Winning Percentage, OWP is Opponents’ Winning Percentage and OOWP is Opponents’ Opponents’ Winning Percentage.

USSSA: United States Specialty Sports Association - The USSSA is a volunteer, non-profit sports governing body based in Kissimmee, Florida.  It was founded in 1968, originally in Petersburg, Virginia. The USSSA originally stood for the United States Slow-pitch Softball association.  However, in 1998 the USSSA expanded into other sports.  Currently the USSSA  governs 13 sports across the US, Puerto Rico, various US Military bases, and Canada, and has a membership of over 3.2 million.

USADA: United States Anti-Doping Agency – The USADA is dedicated to preserving the well being of olympic sprts, the integrity of competition, and ensuring the health of athletes.

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