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United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) was originally founded in 1968 as United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association. USSSA was first created as a national slo-pitch softball association. However, in 1997 it capitalized on its slo-pitch success and became a multi-sports association, which currently includes slo-pitch and fast-pitch softball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, golf, flag football, volleyball, wrestling, karate, and taekwondo, and in 2010, registered more than 153,915 teams. With directors and registered officials in 50 states, USSSA offers league play to men’s, women’s, youth, ethnic, and senior classifications, as well as year-end national and world tournaments.

Concord Softball Tournaments (CST) was formed in 1990 by John McKinley to provide quality and popular sports tournaments throughout California.  To date, CST has conducted more than 500 successful adult slo-pitch softball tournaments.  In 2014, CST entered the fast-pitch arena with the promise to provide exceptional events for the USSSA girls' fast-pitch program.

John McKinley is the Northern California USSSA State Director for all slo-pitch teams. He has been involved with USSSA softball since 1979. John was the Western Region Umpire-In-Chief for 20 years and a member of the USSSA National Playing Rules Committee from 1980 to 1999. He has also been a member of the USSSA Equipment and Safety Standards Committee, the USSSA Apparel Committee and the Umpire Mechanics and Casebook Committee.

John is only one of two individuals in the history of USSSA to have been honored by being awarded each of the three most prestigious awards presented by USSSA:


USSSA Umpire-In-Chief's Award (El Paso Texas - 1984)

Induction into the USSSA Hall of Fame (Savannah, Georgia - 1999)

USSSA President's Award (San Antonio, Texas - 2003)