Buckeye RecruitFest Showdown

July 10, 11 and 12, 2015

********** NEW INFORMATION AS OF  12/15/14*******

Fastpitch Showdowns is excited to announce that we will host a
"Player Development and Recruiting Clinic" in 2015 at the Buckeye RecruitFest Showdown.  The Clinic will take place Thursday July 9th from approximately 9am to 5pm. We will have over 25 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 actual 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. Registration information and registration link will be posted approximately February 1st.  We will accept a maximum of 160 players into the Clinic.  Colleges sending coaches as instructors will be posted beginning approximately February 1st and will be updates as additional schools confirm.  For additional preliminary information on the Clinic, please go to our Player Development and Recruiting Clinic Page.

We feel the Buckeye Showdown 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 homerun fences on all 31 fields 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 conformation 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. 

  • Buckeye RecruitFest Showdown Player Profile Form - This will be posted by June 1st.

As with all Fastpitch Showdowns, pool play games will be 90 minutes long which gives you a better chance to get in a full game. And with 3 games minimum at that length for each team at 14U, 16U and 18U, you know that, win or lose, your girls will enjoy plenty of softball and college coach exposure and make your weekend worthwhile.  Your bracket play games will be 80 minutes long.  The 12U tournament will have the standard 4 pool play games Friday and Saturday and single elimination on Sunday.

Tournament Information

  • Buckeye RecruitFest Showdown Format - for 14U, 16U and 18U
    • The 2015 Buckeye RecruitFest Showdown will take 48 teams at 14u, 112 teams at 16u and 48 teams at 18u.  This makes it the biggest recruiting tournament east of the Mississippi. We will use the following format which was developed by college coaches to make it a better recruiting experience for themselves and the prospective college recruits. It is the same format used at the NFCA college recruiting tournaments in Florida and Texas.
    • The RecruitFest will start with the All Star games on Thursday, July 9 at 6pm. Each team can nominate up to 4 players for the All Star games based on the players on-field and off field accomplishments. The cost of the games will be $50 per player and includes an All-Star game jersey. Nominations will be accepted through June 17, 2015 and players will be notified of their acceptance (or rejection) by June 26 (NOT BEFORE). They will then have until July 1st to pay and accept or decline the nomination. No money should be submitted until they are notified of their acceptance, and payment instructions will be sent to them then.  Players that were not accepted will also be notified by June 26 (NOT BEFORE).  
    •  Each team will play 3 pool games on Friday and Saturday with bracket play starting Saturday afternoon. There will be a mandatory pre-game warm-up  prior to each pool game with on-field skills being showcased (basically infield/outfield practice).  Click here for the pre-game warm up format.
    •  At the completion of pool play all teams will then be seeded and placed into brackets. For each age group there will be 4 divisions - Gold (1st Place in Pool), Silver (2nd Place in Pool), Bronze (3rd Place in Pool), and Copper (4th Place in Pool). Teams will be placed into brackets based on their won/loss record, head-to-head, then runs allowed, then runs scored ( max of 7 runs scored per game ). If still tied a coin flip will determine winner. The teams will then play two games within their respective brackets to determine an overall winner of each super pool. Each super pool will consist of 4 teams who had the same finish in their respective pool. All teams (except 4 teams) will play Sunday at the request of college coaches that can not make Friday or Saturday games. Only the winners of the Gold super pools will play on to determine the overall winner of the tournament at each age group. If you do not win your pool, you can not be the winner of the overall tournament. However the winners of each Silver, Bronze and Copper super pool will receive ribbons that can be picked up by their coach at headquarters. The winner and finalist in the Gold division super pool play-offs will receive medals and an award presentation immediately following their final game.
  • The 14U, 16U and 18U divisions will be allowed to wear metal cleats on all fields including the turf fields.  Berliner Park has made this exception for our tournament.  HOWEVER BERLINER PARK DOES REQUIRE THAT ALL PITCHERS WHO PITCH ON TURF FIELDS (FIELDS 1, 4, 5, 10-17) CANNOT WEAR METAL CLEATS WHILE PITCHING.  TURF CLEATS, PLASTIC CLEATS, RUBBER CLEATS AND SNEAKERS ARE ALLOWED.
  • We are proud to be part of the ASA Heartland College Showcase Series this year.  This series consists of individually run ASA events that offer some of the best exposure to college coaches in the country.  For more information, check out www.asaheartlandseries.org

  • Buckeye RecruitFest Showdown Format - for 12U only
    • All teams will play 4 pool games Friday and Saturday.   Each team will then be seeded in bracket play depending on their record. The top half of each pool will go in to a Platinum bracket and will play a single elimination tournament. The lower half of each pool will go into a separate Gold division bracket and play a separate single elimination tournament. These brackets will NOT meet. The first and second place teams in each bracket will receive championship medals.  All teams will be able to bat their entire line-up and freely substitute in the field.  These rules and format are used to give the teams the opportunity to give the maximum number of players a chance to play.

The City of Columbus and Berliner Park have implemented a new "Heads in Beds" program in 2015 for their Baseball, Fastpitch, and Adult Softball tournaments. 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. They experimented with it last year, and there were numerous delays for many of the teams at registration as we had to get the correct information for them. This year 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, we are going to do the following --
ALL TEAMS will use our team travel coordinator group, Traveling Teams, to work with all teams that are coming from out of town. If you are coming from out of town, you will be required to book through the coordinator, but you can stay wherever you would like. If you are local team ( within 70 miles ), you just have to tell them. They will keep track of all the information that Columbus requires.  To book your hotel, please click here. The process will work like this --
1. First of all there is no additional cost to you.

2. You will be guaranteed the lowest rate available, either through the hotel or on the Internet.

3.  Their website will have 15-20 hotels listed when we first start, with a range of prices and accommodations for each tournament from which to choose. They will also list the distance from Berliner Park for each hotel. If you don't see anything you like, there is a listing on their website that will enable you to pick the hotel you would like to stay at, and they will try to make the reservations for you at that hotel - still negotiating a low rate. Then as teams pick and are confirmed for other hotels, those hotels will be added to the list. We would eventually like to get to approximately 30 or more hotels for each tournament in Columbus, so that the teams will have a wide variety of choices and accommodations.
4. You can make the reservations directly on the Internet through TRAVELING TEAMS WEB SITE, or if you prefer the travel coordinator will gladly take your call.

5. They will have someone available 24 hours a day to handle any problems you may have, before or during your stay.

6. Because of the increasing number of teams we have entering the tournaments from out of town, and the increasing requests for hotel recommendations, we think it will be a great service for the out of town teams -- especially the teams that are new to the tournament. But for everyone it will keep the cost of the tournaments at a reasonable level. And again most importantly, you can stay wherever you would like at the guaranteed lowest price.

Thanks again for your understanding and patience as we implement the Columbus "Heads in Beds" program
  • Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest Entry Form - Fastpitch Showdowns does not accept entry into any tournament without a completed entry form and at least a $100 deposit.  We do accept credit cards for payment.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • $25 discount to all first time NFCA Members.  Please click here to download membership form.  Membership form MUST be mailed to Fastpitch Showdowns with your entry form for discount to apply.  Discount will be applied to one tournament during the 2015 season.

  • College Coaches that are Registered to Attend the 2015 Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest - will be updated continuously beginning February 1st.
  • Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest Rules - These are the tentative rules for the tournament.  Final rules will be in the coach's packet which must picked up at registration at the start of the tournament.
  • The City of Columbus charges an admission fee of $5 a day per vehicle.
  • Directions to the fields - Lou Berliner Park, 325 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus OH 43223 
      • We are proud to host the tournament at the Lou Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio.  The complex is the largest in the United States, with 31 fields all in one location.  You do not have to park out in front and walk to the fields as the complex has adequate parking close to each field!!  Berliner Park and the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department is proud of their reputation in the fastpitch community and continues to make improvements.  As of 2014, Berliner Park will have 11 turf fields (called FieldTurf - the same surface that has been installed at the University of Louisville) which will make more turf fields than any single location in the United States. This will allow even more teams to play immediately after rain stops.  It is the next step in their long range plan of continuous improvements to the Park. 

  • At Fastpitch Showdowns, we believe in the safety of all players comes first.  All of our tournament staff is certified in the CDC Concussion Training Course.  Because we realize many coaches would like to be more knowledgeable about the developments in this area, we are happy to provide a link to the FREE CDC Heads Up Online Concussion Training Course.  Hopefully you will find this beneficial and we encourage all those involved with fastpitch softball to use this valuable resource.

  • Teams Registered - Team lists will be updated on or about the 1st and 15th of the month through June 1st.

  • If, as in every previous year, the tournament sells out, all schedules and pools will be emailed to the coaches at least 30 days before the tournament.  If you believe you are registered for the tournament and you have not received the schedule by then, please let us know.