The History of Regions and Associations in the Amateur Softball Association

Regions were created by ASA in 1942 to cut down the number of teams at Nationals. Previously, ever association could send their champ or representative to the National Championship. The Nationals started getting much too large and with Single Elimination play being the norm then, it was hard for teams to travel across county to potentially play just one game.  So, the Regional system of National Qualifying play was developed.  This also worked well because during this time period, World War-II was being fought and there were travel restrictions to preserve fuel and all other sorts of reasons.  The ASA divided the country up in Regions. Each Region has States and Metro Associations.  A team would have to win their respective State or Metro Tournament and then go on to the Regional Tournament. They would then have to win this event to go to the National Championship.

  • North Atlantic Region – established in 1942 with Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Metro Boston being the original members. Changed name to New England in late 1950’s.
  • Mid-Atlantic Region – established in 1942 with New York, New Jersey, Metro New York City, Metro Newark, Metro Rochester, and Metro Buffalo being the original members. In 1966 Metro Long Island and Metro Jersey City were added.
  • Central Atlantic Region – established in 1942 with Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Metro Philadelphia, and Metro Pittsburgh. Metro Pittsburgh was dropped in 1943. Delaware, Metro Richmond, and Metro Norfolk added in 1977.
  • South Atlantic Region – established in 1942 with North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The region was discontinued from 1944-1956, with the associations merging into the Southern Region in 1944. The region was reinstated in 1957 with North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee. and Metro Nashville. Metro Atlanta added was in 1977. Metro Memphis added in 1979.
  • Southern Region – established in 1942 with Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida were added in 1944 when South Atlantic region was disbanded from 1944-1956. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida dropped in 1956 and went back to South Atlantic. Mississippi, Tennessee, Metro Memphis, and Metro Nashville dropped 1956. Metro Miami, Metro Jacksonville, Metro Orlando, Metro St. Petersburg, Metro Mobile, and Metro Birmingham were added in 1977. This region was sometimes referred to as the Southeastern Region from 1957-1976.
  • East Central Region – established in 1942 with Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Metro Cleveland, and Metro Cincinnati. Indiana and Kentucky were dropped in 1943. Metro Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Metro Detroit were added in 1943. Michigan, Metro Detroit, and Metro Cincinnati were dropped in 1977.
  • West Central Region – established in 1942 with Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Metro Detroit, Metro Chicago, Metro Milwaukee. Michigan and Metro Detroit were dropped in 1943. Indiana and Kentucky were added in 1943. Metro Indianapolis was added in 1947. The region was disbanded 1977 and split up into Great Lakes and Midwest Regions.
  • Great Lakes Region – established in 1977 with Michigan, Wisconsin, Metro Detroit, Metro Milwaukee, and Metro Toledo created in 1977.
  • Midwest Region – established in 1977 with Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Metro Chicago, Metro Indianapolis, Metro Louisville, and Metro Cincinnati created in 1977.
  • Western Region – established in 1942 with Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Metro St. Louis, and Metro Kansas City. Nebraska was added in 1943. Metro Omaha added in 1977. The region was disbanded in 1977 and reformed to the Mid-America Region.
  • Mid-America Region – established in 1977 with Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Metro St. Louis, Metro Kansas City. Nebraska and Metro Omaha created in 1977.
  • Northern Region – established in 1942 with Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Nebraska dropped in 1943. Metro Minneapolis and Metro St. Paul were added in 1957.
  • Southwestern Region – established in 1942 with Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Metro New Orleans. Metro Houston was added in 1944. Tennessee and Metro Oklahoma City were added in 1949. Texas and Metro Houston were dropped in 1949. Mississippi and Metro Memphis added in 1959. Metro Tulsa was added in 1977. Tennessee was dropped in 1977. Metro Memphis was dropped in 1979.
  • Texas Region – established in 1949 with Texas, Metro Houston; Metro Fort Worth, and Metro San Antonio which was created in 1949. Metro Auston and Metro Dallas were added in 1977.
  • Rocky Mountain Region – established in 1942 with Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Metro Denver. Utah and Montana were added 1943. New Mexico dropped in 1943. Metro Denver merged with Colorado in 1943. Metro Denver was recreated and added in 1948. Arizona was added in 1951 and dropped in 1952. New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada dropped in 1952. Montana dropped in 1953. Utah added in 1957. New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and Metro Phoenix added in 1977. The region was split into two sections in 1979 (Rocky Mountain Cactus and Rocky Mountain Alpine).
  • Rocky Mountain Cactus Region – established in 1979 with Arizona, Metro Phoenix, Nevada, and New Mexico.
  • Rocky Mountain Alpine Region – established in 1979 with Colorado, Metro Denver, Wyoming, and Utah.
  • Cactus Region – established in 1952 with New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada which formed in 1952. Utah dropped in 1957. The region disbanded in 1977 and merged into Rocky Mountain Region.
  • Northwestern Region – established in 1942 with Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Nevada. Utah dropped in 1943. Washington and Oregon added in 1943; Metro Seattle created in 1943, Metro Portland created in 1949; Nevada dropped in 1952; Montana, Alaska, Metro Tacoma, and Metro Spokane added in 1977)
  • Pacific Coast Region – established in 1942 with Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Metro Los Angeles, and Metro San Francisco. Northern California and Metro San Francisco dropped in 1943. The region disbanded from 1945-1976 and was split in two in 1945.The Pacific Coast Region was reinstated again in 1977 with Southern California, Northern California, Metro San Francisco, Metro Oakland, Metro Sacramento, Metro Stockton, Metro Santa Clara, Metro Fresno, Metro San Diego, and Hawaii. Hawaii was created in 1977. Metro Los Angeles had since disbanded and Arizona had been part of the Cactus Region, now Rocky Mountain Region.
  • Northern Pacific Coast Region – established in 1942 with Northern California and Metro San Francisco forming in 1945. Nevada was added in 1947 and dropped in 1952. The region merged back into one Pacific Coast Region in 1977.
  • Southern Pacific Coast Region – established in 1945 with formed in 1945. Southern California, Arizona, and Metro Los Angeles. Metro San Diego was added 1950. Nevada was dropped in 1947. Arizona was dropped in 1951. The region merged back into Pacific Coast Region in 1977.
  • Alaska Region – established in 1964 with Alaska created in 1964. Alaska was absorbed into the Northwestern Region in 1977. The region was called the Alaska Command Force Softball Championships up until 1969.
  • Hawaii Region – established in 1966 with Hawaii created in 1966. Hawaii was absorbed into the Pacific Coast Region in 1977.
  • Canadian Region – established in 1939. Was split into East Canada and West Canada in 1953.
  • East Canada Region – established in 1939. Canada started having their own Canadian Men’s Championships in 1965.
  • West Canada Region – established in 1939. Canada started having their own Canadian Men’s Championships in 1965.
  • Atlantic Ocean– established in 1946 and disbanded in 1949. The region included Puerto Rico and Cuba.
  • Puerto Rico – established in 1960 and stopped in 1965.
  • Cuba – established in 1951 and stopped in 1960.
  • Mexico – established in 1945 and stopped in 1956.
  • United States Army – established in 1953 and stopped in 1957.
  • United States Navy – established in 1953 and stopped in 1966.
  • United States Air Force – established in 1950 and stopped in 1966.
  • United States Marine Corps – established in 1954 and played for one season.
  • All Armed Forces – formed the All Armed Forces All Stars in 1967.

ASSOCIATION DISSOLUTIONS

  • Metro Columbus was dissolved in 2003 and absorbed by Ohio.
  • Metro Omaha was dissolved in 2003 and absorbed by Nebraska.
  • Metro Oklahoma City was dissolved in 2004 and absorbed by Oklahoma.
  • Metro Atlanta was dissolved in 2005 and absorbed by Georgia.
  • Metro Phoenix was dissolved in 2006 and absorbed by Arizona.
  • Metro Tulsa was dissolved in 2006 and absorbed by Oklahoma.
  • Metro Tidewater was dissolved in 2007 and absorbed by Central Virginia.
  • Metro Boston was dissolved in 2008 and absorbed by Massachusetts.
  • Metro Cleveland was dissolved in 2009 and absorbed by Ohio.
  • Metro Memphis was dissolved in 2013 and absorbed by Tennessee.
  • Delaware was dissolved in 2015 and absorbed by Maryland-DC.
  • Metro Oakland was dissolved in 2015 and absorbed by Northern California.
  • Metro Buffalo was dissolved in 2015 and absorbed by New York.
  • Metro Spokane was dissolved in 2015 and absorbed by Washington.
  • Metro Dayton was dissolved in 2018 and absorbed by Ohio.
  • Greater San Joaquin was dissolved in 2018 and absorbed by Northern California.
  • Metro Cincinnati was dissolved in 2018 and absorbed by Ohio.

ASSOCIATION MERGERS

  • Metro District of Columbia and Maryland merged into Maryland DC in 2006.
  • Florida’s First Coast, Florida’s Sun Coast, North Florida, South Florida, and West Central Florida were merged into Florida in 2009.
  • Metro Dallas and Metro Fort Worth merged to form Metro DFW in 2015.
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