History of Softball Asia
Between 1990 and 2002, major steps were taken by ASA-ASIA which saw the vast growth and rapid development of Softball in Asia. It saw the introduction of Softball as a competitive sport in the 1990 Beijing Asian Games, its retention in the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games, the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, 2002 Busan Asian Games, 2006 Doha Asian Games, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, 2014 Incheon Asian Games and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.
Thereafter, ASA-Asia has notfailed to host regular Asian Championships for Men and Women, and introduced the Asian Junior Men (19 & Under) Championship in 2000 and junior Women (19 & Under) Championship in 2002 on alternate basis. Asian members also played a vital role in the introduction of Women Softball competition in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
3 Asian teams, that are, Japan, China and Chinese-Taipei qualified to compete as the world's best at the Olympic Games. At the 2008 Beijng Olympics, Japan won the gold medal. Women Softball is set to return to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic.
At the 2002 16th ASA-Asia Congress in Shenzhen, China, members reviewed the organisation of ASA-Asia. In keeping with the changing world trend and the Olympic move to open the sports to all Softball participants, amateurs and professionals, and to reflect the consolidation of all federations/associations within Asia, was revamped and its name formally changed to "Softball Confederation Asia".
The Softball Asia Constitution was also amended to bring on board both the ISF Vice President (Asia) onto the Softball Asia Executive Council as automatic At-Large Executive Council Members, for closer and synergetic cooperation of both ISF and Softball Asia.
In 2013, the ISF merged with the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) to form the IOC-recognised merged international federation of World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). Softball Asia has fostered and will continue to build on its strong association and collaboration with WBSC for the promotion and development of Softball in Asia and worldwide.
In 2018, another review was done with the launch of a new name "Softball Asia" with a refreshed logo. The Constitution was also reviewed and the recognition of Softball Asia by the IOC-recognised merged international federation of WBSC affirmed therein. The Asian Softball Championships were also renamed "Asia Cups" in line with the WBSC's world-level championships as "World Cups". The Asia Cups would comprise of Women Softball and Men Softball, with the introduction of Under 23 Men Softball, Under 18 (in place of the previous Under 19) Men & Women, Under 15 Boys and Girls as well as Under 21 Mixed Teams, to streamline with the WBSC World Cups of the similar categories.
Biennial SA Congress
Since 1990, ASA-Asia (now the SA) has continued to hold its biennial Congress as follows: