The SODA Profile
Sportsplex Operators & Developers Association (SODA) was founded in 1981, when at a meeting in Hutchinson, Kansas, the need for a new national service organization devoted to sports facilities was recognized. Seventy sports complex owners and recreation directors in attendance felt the sports governing bodies were targeted toward participants and teams, and little was geared toward facility owners, directors and operators.
Working with the public and private sector, SODA was created to provide the softball and recreational facilities it services with programs and benefits which would help make them successful.
In a move reflecting the diverse interests of members, in 1994 SODA changed its name to “Sportsplex Operators & Developers Association.” Today the association welcomes not only groups and facilities involved in softball, but those with operations in other recreational sports such as baseball, basketball, cricket, dodgeball, flag/touch football, frisbee golf, inline hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wiffleball, etc. Suppliers, facility designers, project managers and builders are also welcomed.
SODA is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Policy decisions are made by the SODA board of directors. It is a national service, non-profit 501-C3 organization.