USA Softball of Metro Detroit (Metro Detroit) is an affiliation of the national USA Softball and one of 67 metro/state associations in the United States. The USA Softball of Metro Detroit coverage area includes the counties of Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, and Livingston. The volunteer board of Metro Detroit is dedicated and committed to the game of softball – both youth and adult and for men and women. Metro Detroit went through some lean years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. In 1979 there were a mere 100 teams and 75 umpires registered through Metro Detroit, but in a matter on only three years, in 1982, Metro Detroit became the number one metro association in the United States for production and registration gains in both umpires and teams registered. From that year on, metro and state associations throughout the country look to Metro Detroit as a model tool in many respects. Currently, approximately 1500 teams, youth and adult, are registered through Metro Detroit and the local association continues to be one of the top local associations in the United States.
USA Softball of Metro Detroit is the only organization that offers mechanics training for both fast and slow pitch along with rule seminars. These programs have been conducted annually since 1976. USAMD has placed more than 125 local umpires in national USA Softball tournaments since 1990. USAMD has 20 of these national tournament umpires in the National Indicator Fraternity (umpires who have worked three national tournaments). USA Softball also recognizes umpires through the “Elite” umpire program and the Medals program.
The Metro commissioner is responsible for the organization and implementation of all policies and procedures within the local association. Board meetings, conducted by the President, are normally held the second Wednesday of the month, every other month, in the metro Detroit area. More than 10 sub-committees help the association continue to strive for excellence and promotion of the game of softball each year.
It is the mission of the USA Softball of Metro Detroit to provide assistance to and a quality softball experience for youth and adult teams, umpires, agencies, complexes, and supporters of the game of softball. Also to develop, direct, and promote the sport of softball to ensure maximum participation, optimal performance, and educational excellence.