Jeff Sell Enjoying Time as President of The Pennsylvania Amateur Softball Association
Jeff Sell of Upper Hanover Township was recently named president of the Pennsylvania Amateur Softball Association.
As the president of the Pennsylvania Amateur Softball Association, Jeff Sell is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the sport, including the umpires and registration.
Since his election in March to the volunteer position, Sell says he spends most of his 25 to 30 hours a week working to solve problems for the ASA, which offers softball programs for boys, girls, men and women.
Most of that is completed on the phone and responding to email messages, according to Sell.
When the temperature warmed up, Sell's mileage increased. He said he attends at least one of the 35 to 40 tournaments held every weekend throughout the Commonwealth.
At the tournaments, he spends time with the directors and talks to the teams' managers.
"I go and show my support for the program," said Sell, 54, who lives in Upper Hanover and works at an office furniture manufacturer in East Greenville. "My position is more than ceremonial."
The sport has been an integral part of Sell's adult life. He started playing fast pitch softball for New Goshenhoppen in the Perkiomen Valley Church League in 1976 at the age of 17.
"I've been involved ever since," Sell said. "It's my hobby. I don't hunt or fish."
Over the next 17 years, he played for and managed various teams, including the Eagle AA, North Penn Gun Club, Allentown Patriots, Ski Brothers and Early Printing.
Sell's teams played in numerous state and regional tournaments as well as three national tournaments. "The teams I played on and managed won state and regional championships," he said.
As an ASA registered umpire since 1979, Sell has participated in 24 state tournaments, 15 regional tournaments and three national tournaments, giving him plenty of valuable officiating experience.
In 1998, he was inducted into the ASA National Indicator Fraternity.
"It's my favorite sport. Kids can begin playing when they are 10 and continue until they are 70. It's competitive and it provides good exercise. There is something there for everybody."
Public relations are a crucial segment of his new position, which requires a one-year commitment, according to Sell. "As a national governing body, we think the ASA is the premier organization," he said.
In 2013, the Amateur Softball Association of Pennsylvania registered 4,236 adult teams, 4,076 youth teams and 2,011 umpires. Last year, the organization led the nation in adult registrations, umpire registrations and combined number of registrations, according to Sell.
He said the state organization, which is divided into 16 districts, offers recreational play for all ages and runs 50 divisions of championship play.
Sell said he will probably run to remain in the position for a second year.
"I'm enjoying it so far," he said.