In 1981, in the height of slow pitch growth, USSSA was introduced to the Lafayette Recreation & Parks Department, and without hesitation, the Department accepted the wants and needs of the slow pitch community, and converted their slow pitch leagues to USSSA. The effect of that decision is still felt today, as Lafayette is looked upon as being the slow pitch capital of Louisiana.
Some 27 years later, the league is still governed by USSSA.
During that tenure, in excess of 6000 teams have been registered through the City program, not to mention the hundreds of sanctioned tournaments conducted on City facilities.
Now with the advent of additional sports, 6000 teams is small in comparison, as to the number of participants and teams that compete in the USSSA association.
The active participation was recognized on the National level, as the Department was awarded the USSSA 1998 Distinguished Service Award at its convention in San Diego.
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