Because of numerous requests, we are moving to an online registration and payment format in 2017. Because we are getting this set up, registrations and payments will not be available until October 1st. However we wanted to let you know our 2017 tournament and clinic schedule as soon as it was confirmed. All other information (except for registration) has been updated below for 2017.
July 7, 8 and 9, 2017
We were so excited to have the national TV show, Softball 360, record an episode in 2015 at the Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest. Check out a clip of the video below.
Fastpitch Showdowns is excited to announce that we will again host a "Player Development and Recruiting Clinic" at the Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest in 2016. The clinic will take place Thursday July 6th from approximately 8am to 5pm. We will have college coaches and assistants in attendance to instruct the players on the skills that college coaches are looking for in potential recruits, followed in the afternoon by games coached by the college coaches (while still giving them instructions). This concept is being done in other parts of the country, and we are proud to offer it to the players in the Midwest. In addition to the instructors, there will be college coaches in attendance observing the clinic and games looking for recruits. Players register to play a specific position in the Clinic. Space is limited by position. We will accept a maximum of 200 players in the Clinic - 48 @ Pitcher, 32 @ Catcher, 24 @ 1st Base, 24 @ 2nd Base, 24 @ Shortstop, 24 @ 3rd Base and 24 @ Outfield. For additional preliminary information on the Clinic, please go to our Player Development and Recruiting Clinic Page.
*********** EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2017 *************
This year we're very excited to announce something new for all Fastpitch Showdown tournaments. This year we have reached an agreement with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to offer all coaches (at 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) who sign up for a Fastpitch Showdowns tournament before April 1st and who are not already NFCA members, a complimentary one-year trial membership in NFCA ! We feel the NFCA is by far the best organization working to grow softball, and the benefits of a membership are many (click here for a list of benefits). Most importantly, we feel the many opportunities they offer to make you a better coach – drills, educational videos and books, instructional manuals, monthly tips, practice plans, coaches clinics, exclusive "Coaching Tools", etc. – will help grow the sport of softball in our area, and make your experience as a coach more effective and more enjoyable. As a coach you are a teacher first, and they offer the knowledge and experience for you to continue to grow. It is up to you to take advantage of what they offer, but we wanted to give all of the coaches that participate in our tournaments the opportunity to do so.
Your membership will be activated during the first 2 weeks of the month following your Fastpitch Showdown Tournament registration and will be good for 1 year.
We feel the Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest presents the best chance in the Midwest for your team to be exposed to college coaches in a tournament format. Lou Berliner Park offers the college coaches a chance to see multiple players and teams in one location without having to go from complex to complex. Berliner Park also has home run fences on all 31 fields (unless there is a city league game that evening) which will make it a more realistic and more enjoyable tournament for the girls.
Please note that the tournament is for 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U only. The 14U, 16U, and 18U are the primary age groups that the college coaches said they were interested in, and this tournament is build around the wishes of the college coaches. And we have added the 12U division to give the younger players the exposure and experience of a true college recruiting tournament at the same complex.
ATTENTION ALL 14U, 16U and 18U Coaches - At the multiple
requests of College Coaches, we are compiling a tournament player
database for all of the College Coaches so they can better recruit your
players. It is a REQUIREMENT for entry in this tournament that every player on your roster is added to this database. The form will be available June 1st and this information must be submitted by June 30th. The reason the form will not be available before this is because of the numerous changes in the roster and the information required that may occur between your confirmation for the tournament and June 1. We feel that by June 1st most rosters and information are correct. If we do not have this information on ALL of your players by June 30th, they may be removed from the tournament. There is no cost
to you and this is the best way for the College Coaches to be aware of
your team and who is on it.
Additional Tournament Information
· The City of Columbus and Berliner Park have a "Heads in Beds" program for all of their tournaments - Baseball, Fastpitch and Adult Softball. They are doing it to more accurately reflect the number of visitors and participants they have in their various events, and the economic impact they have on the city. They use this information, and other information, in determining their funding from the City for improvements to the Park. The gathering of the proper information DIRECTLY affects the cost of the fields for us, which DIRECTLY affects the cost of your entry fee. To keep the entry fees at a minimum, the following is required --
· All teams (except local teams - those within a 70 mile radius of the park) must go through their approved travel partner - Team Inn - to book their lodging in order to participate in the tournament. This is a different travel coordinator from 2016 and the City of Columbus and Berliner Park feel that Team Inn will be better able to help the out of town teams. Team Inn eliminates all of the hassles that team managers endure when making hotel arrangements. They completely eliminate the time that comes with looking for the right hotels, seeking hotel availability, and the negotiation process. Along with all of that, they guarantee the best available group rate for the same type of room and accommodation to all participating teams. On their web site they have a list of over 25 hotels, with varying prices and accommodations. So you are almost sure to find one that fits your needs. But if you have specific hotel in mind that is not listed, please contact Kim at Team Inn - 440-539-4738.
A local team is considered to be
within a 70 mile radius to the tournament fields. If you fall within that
guideline, please confirm that with Team Inn. That information goes back to the
City of Columbus for proper tracking purposes.
· To book a block of rooms, please click on the link here. It is a very simple process that will only take you a few minutes.
· Booking team hotel rooms through Team Inn is a requirement of our contract with the City of Columbus. Any non-local team that does not abide by this requirement will not be permitted to participate in the tournament by the City of Columbus and will be removed from the tournament.
The City of Columbus charges an admission fee of $5 a day per vehicle.