This weekend Frank Brown Park welcomed in ASA softball, thanks in part to Arnold Head Coach Rick Green. Green, coaching the 12 and under Emerald Coast Jets, and after attending an ASA tournament last summer, helped bring the top notch softball organization to Panama City Beach.
Almost two dozen teams attended this weekend's National Qualifier, and Coach Green happy to finally see ASA close to home.
"When you play ASA, you're playing the best of the best," he said Saturday. "We wanted our kids to have a chance to see that. They are seeing that, and their eyes are wide open now. Now that they've finally played their first ASA game, they can tell this is the best of the best. They really haven't played competition like this before."
"All your top players when they're playing pro ball, or playing in college, whether they make the USA National Team, they've all played in the ASA program growing up," said Florida ASA Commissioner Carlton Benton. "If you want to play in the top of the game, the Amateur Softball Association of America is definitely the place to play."
Benton said ASA is planning on coming back in October, and holding two tournament every year in Panama City Beach.