The Softball Committee (“Committee”) is a standing committee established by the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (“DIAA”) pursuant to 14 Del. C. § 304(2). Created at 14 Del. C. ch. 3, DIAA preserves and promotes the educational significance of interscholastic athletics; ensures that interscholastic sports remains compatible with the educational mission of the member schools; provides for fair competition between member schools; promotes sportsmanship and ethical behavior; establishes and enforces standards of conduct for athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and spectators; protects the physical well-being of athletes; and promotes healthy adolescent lifestyles.

The Committee is charged with:

  • working with the DIAA office staff to perform tasks related to running the state tournament, including:
    • establishing written procedures for determining tournament berths and selecting tournament sites,
    • determining state tournament berths, and
    • inspecting member schools’ venues and determining viability for competition;
  • working with the Officials’ Committee to evaluate an officials’ association during its probationary period; and
  • working with the Officials’ Committee to make a recommendation to the Board at the end of an officials’ association’s probationary period.

The Board’s Chairperson shall appoint an individual to serve as the Committee’s Chairperson who shall serve for an indefinite period of time. However, the Board’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, may remove the Committee’s Chairperson.

The Committee’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, shall appoint individuals to serve on the Committee. Committee members shall be geographically representative and may include administrators, athletic directors, coaches, local school board members, officials, and members of the public. Individuals appointed to serve on the Committee shall serve for an indefinite period of time. However, the Committee’s Chairperson, with the advice and consent of DIAA’s Executive Director, may remove individuals from the Committee.

The Committee shall conduct itself in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Department of Education’s rules and regulations.

Approved by the Board of Directors on 09/14/2017.

Committee Members

First Name Last Name Conference Affiliation Title Committee Position County Term Expires BOD Approved
Diane Carden   DIAA State Interpreter (Softball) Member NC 2024  
Deb Hauth   DE Umpires Assoc. Official Member SC 2021 19-Apr
Susan Heiss Non-Conference Ursuline Academy Athletic Director Member NC 2022  
Bud Hitchens Henlopen Henlopen Conference Conference Adm Member SC 2021  
John Marvel Henlopen Sussex Tech HS Coach Member SC 2021  
Dave Morrow Blue Hen     Member NC 2021  
Michelle Niblett Henlopen     Member SC 2021  
Karen Pritt Henlopen Smyrna MS   Member KC 2021 20-May
Jeff Ransom DISC Wilmington Friends School Athletic Director Member NC 2022 19-Apr
Greg Shivery Diamond State Newark Charter Athletic Director Chair NC 2022 Febrary 2019
David Swift   DE Softball Umpires Assoc. Official Member   2021 20-May
Dr. Eileen Voltz Diamond State Charter School of Wilm. Coach Member NC 2021 20-May
John Wells Henlopen Sussex Central HS Coach Member SC 2021 20-May
Vacant                
Vacant