OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, and USA Softball announced today that Tom Rausch (Fond du Lac, Wis.) has been appointed the commissioner for the Wisconsin ASA/USA association. The change, effective January 1, 2015, takes place following the retirement of former Wisconsin ASA Commissioner Tom Raimer.
"I am both honored and humbled to be selected as Wisconsin's ASA/USA Commissioner," said Rausch. "I am excited to take on this position as softball has been a great passion in my life. I revel in the challenges ahead of me and look forward to working with the team that is surrounding me. I hope to continue the program with the integrity and success of my friend and predecessor, Tom Raimer."
With a playing career that spanned 34 years, Rausch has been involved with the sport in a variety of levels since 1970. In 1983 he began his managing career, achieving over 922 career wins and picking up 10 Wisconsin ASA/USA Modified Pitch State Tournament titles and three ASA/USA Modified Pitch National Championships. In 1999, he was elected into the Fond du Lac Softball Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Wisconsin ASA/USA Hall of Fame in 2005 for his achievements in managing men's modified pitch.
On the administrative side, Rausch served 28 years on the Fond du Lac Softball Board of Directors, including four years as the organizations President. With the Wisconsin ASA/USA, Rausch served as State President from 1999-2002 and in 2004, was appointed Assistant State Commissioner in 2005 and has served as Treasurer since 2011. At the National Level, Rausch has been the Regional Player Representative for the Great Lakes Region since 2012 and served on the Modified Playing Rules Committee in 2009, 2011 and 2012 before being appointed as the Committee Chair in 2013.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Rausch has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with a Minor in Business Administration. He currently owns his own business, Rausch Insurance Agency, LLC., and is a member of the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus and the Noon Optimists. He also currently serves as National Committeeman for the Fond du Lac Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (FAIFA) and is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women’s, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.
The Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association (WASA) is an affiliation of the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the national governing body of softball. We are one of over 76 metro/state associations in the United States. The WASA covers all 72 counties in the state of Wisconsin.
The volunteer board of the WASA is dedicated and committed to the game of softball – both youth and adult and for men and women.
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, was founded in 1933 and has evolved into the strongest softball organization in the country. The growth and development of the association led the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to name the ASA the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
1. To promote amateur softball for all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry.
2. To establish uniform softball rules and regulations.
3. To provide it with proper safeguards in accordance with the spirit of true sportsmanship and establish principles for ethical behavior and matters relating to conflict of interest as provided by the ASA Council and Board of Directors.
4. To encourage the union of all eligible teams, organizations or groups into such separate associations with active membership in the ASA as may from time to time be deemed best adapted to advance the cause of amateur softball.
5. To establish and maintain by allied membership, alliances with non-profit associations or organizations devoted wholly or partially to the promotion and development of the game of softball on a state, regional or national level.
6. To promote and conduct annual amateur softball championships.
7. To educate and train in the proper skills of amateur softball play and rules of the game through promoting, organizing, and conducting clinics, seminars and training courses.