The Amateur Softball Association of America has awarded the James Farrell Award of Excellence to the Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau for “One Of The Highest Rated Tournaments” of 2011. The ASA/USA 10/U Girls Fast-Pitch Softball National Championship tournament was held at Johnson City’s Winged Deer Park at the beginning of August in partnership with the Johnson City Parks & Recreation Department.
The James Farrell Awards of Excellence are named in honor of a former ASA Commissioner and is for cities that do an outstanding job of hosting ASA National Championship tournaments. To receive the award, cities must attain an overall rating of 95 percent or greater from the ASA Representative, Umpire-In-Chief and the National Office. The award was presented at the 80th Annual National Council Meeting of the Amateur Softball Association at the Awards Luncheon this week at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.
Also at the event, Tennessee ASA State Commissioner James Ellis, of the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department, was given a Benchmark Award. The Benchmark Awards are presented for increasing in the number of registration of adult teams, youth teams and umpires of at least 10 percent from the previous year.
Future tournament sites were also announced, and Johnson City was awarded two more upcoming events. The city will host the Girls’ 14-Under Class B Fast Pitch Tournament for the summer of 2013, and the Girls’ 18-Under Class A Fast Pitch Tournament set for 2012. Class A tournaments have seen as many as 140 teams competing in the past few years, and Class B tournaments usually bring in around 2 dozen teams.