The Cannons program was established in 2007 to give New England baseball players the opportunity to participate at the highest level of youth sports in the country. In 2010, the Cannons were made up of players from 42 New Hampshire towns and 4 states (New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Maine). The Concord Lady Cannons were added in 2011 to provide local softball players advanced training and competitive softball over the spring and summer months.

 

ASA softball is for the player who may be seeking to test herself against advanced competition.

 

What is the goal of the Concord Cannons program?

Our Mission Statement - The Concord Cannons believe the teaching of hard work and dedication through teamwork and discipline creates a stronger person on and off the field. Our coaches thrive on getting the most out of each player’s ability on the field as well as in the classroom. All Concord Cannons players must be in good academic standing.

 

The Concord Cannons program is for the serious softball player – those who are looking for more than just town leagues. What the Cannons can offer you that most town leagues can’t are professional coaches, winter workouts, and better competition. The purpose of this program is to develop the younger athlete into a complete softball player. We will utilize our professional softball instructors to teach players how to train and play at a highly competitive level of softball. Our program will not only focus on softball instruction and training of young athletes, but also stress the importance of achieving academic excellence in the classroom. The Cannons are looking for dedicated, teachable athletes who want to take their game to the next level through hard work and dedication.

 

How is playing time determined? Is it shared equally?

It is important to understand that playing time is earned by performance and effort on the field. ASA softball is a competitive program, not unlike the high-level professional leagues we are familiar with. Please note, however, that the Cannons coaching staff is reasonable, and that every player will play, but there are no guarantees when it comes to playing time.

 

What role do we (the parents) play in helping our kids enjoy the game?

We understand that everyone wants what is best for each of their kids. We feel that with our indoor workouts and outdoor games that it is important to allow these players to grow with the teams’ coaches, and their teammates. Our coaches request that you allow them to teach them the sport at practices and games, and to keep a low profile around the dugout and coaching staff during these functions. We encourage parents to help foster their daughters appreciation for the game. We want the parents to be a positive presence, not a burden, as your kids grow as softball players and people.

 

What position should my daughter try out for?

Players should try out for their best position, but if they make the team there is no guarantee they will play the position they tried out for. Our players are expected to be versatile athletes, and may be called upon to play different roles on the team.

 

 

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What is the Amateur Softball Association?

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.

 

The ASA has many important responsibilities as the national governing body of softball in the United States, including regulating competition to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of player who annually play the sport.

 

When the ASA entered the softball picture in 1933, the sport was in a state of confusion with no unified set of playing rules and no national governing body to provide guidance and stability. The ASA changed all that by adopting softball's first universally accepted rules of play and by organizing consistent and fair competition across the nation.

 

From this beginning, the ASA has become one of the nation's largest and fastest growing sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 84 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 250,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than four million.

 


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