Capitol City 7 Game Guarantee Showdown



Congratulations to the 2016 Capitol City Showdown Winners

10u - Fury Fastpitch Vegas beat Ohio Swat
12u -Central Ohio Lady Vipers beat Diamond Express
14u - WV Lady 'eers beat Ohio Lady Bombers
16u - Static Elite beat Freedom Elite
18u - Pride Elite WV beat Central Ohio Lady Vipers

Welcome to the Capitol City 7 Game Guarantee Showdown!

June 3, 4 and 5, 2016

Because this tournament is early in June, MAKE SURE your team will be available to play at the following times before you sign up. 
  • 16U and 14U teams MUST BE ABLE TO PLAY AT 11:45AM ON FRIDAY JUNE 3RD.  

This is because all teams are guaranteed 7 games and 3 days are necessary.  After the schedule has been sent out, THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES FOR ANY REASON (because your players still have school, because of snow days, etc).  Refunds will not be issued - you will just have to play less games.  And any team that does not play all 7 games for any reason (except due to rain during the tournament) will not be able to play in the championship game.  If you are not sure of your school schedule, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE TOURNAMENT UNTIL YOU ARE SURE. 

Fastpitch Showdowns is excited to announce that we will again host a "Player Development and Recruiting Clinic" at the Capitol City Showdown in 2016.  The clinic will take place Thursday June 2nd from approximately 9am 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. Players register to play a specific position in the Clinic.  Space is limited by position.  We will accept a maximum of 96 players in the Clinic - 24 @ Pitcher, 16 @ Catcher, 8 @ 1st Base, 8 @ 2nd Base, 8 @ Shortstop, 8 @ 3rd Base and 24 @ Outfield.   For additional preliminary information on the Clinic, please go to our Player Development and Recruiting Clinic Page.
  • Universities and Colleges confirmed as of 4/1/16 - Many other colleges and universities have been contacted and the coaches have expressed their interest but will not know their recruiting schedule until some time in May.  This list is subject to change.  We will update this list as more schools confirm.
    • Mount Joseph University
    • Bluffton College
    • Indiana Tech University
    • Lake Erie College
    • Ohio Christian University
    • Transylvania College
    • Siena Heights University
    • Bethany College
    • Norfolk State University
    • Hillsdale College
    • University of Northwestern Ohio

  • Universities and Colleges that participated in 2015.

    • Ohio University
    • Hillsdale College
    • Ohio Christian University
    • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
    • Denison University
    • Oberlin University
    • Malone University
    • Walsh University
    • University of Northwest Ohio
    • Lake Erie College
    • Ferris State
    • Ohio Dominican University

With a guaranteed 7 games for all teams (except 10u teams who get 5 games guaranteed for $430), 90 minute games, being able to bat up to your entire lineup, free substitution in the field, games no earlier than 11:45am on Friday and no later than 6:00pm on Sunday and pool winners advancing, we promise a good time for all.

So we invite you to come to a fun and competitive softball event.

Tournament Information

  • Capitol City Showdown Schedule - This schedule is preliminary.  The final schedule will be in the coach's packet that will be picked up at registration.
  • Capitol City Showdown Pools - These pools are preliminary.  The final pools will be in the coach's packet that will be picked up at registration.
  • Lou Berliner Park, 325 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus OH 43223 
  • We are pleased to offer free text/email alerts to all coaches, parents, fans and players.  To sign up for free tournament and weather updates, please go to then follow these instructions.  Standard text and data rates apply.

1)  Click the link above or copy and paste it in your browser.

                      2)  Click on the Subscribe tab.
                      3)  Then click on the empty box next to your tournament(s).

                      4)  Leave the "All Teams" box checked.

                      5)  Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out your name, email(s) and/or cell phone number.  Then select your cellphone provider.

                      6)  Click "Subscribe".  That's
it!  You will not receive a message from us until the night before or the morning of the first day of the tournament.
  • Capitol City Showdown Format - Each of the winners of the two pools from each age group will advance to a championship game.  These will be the only 2 teams from each age group that will advance as there will be no bracket play.  PLEASE TELL YOUR PLAYERS AND PARENTS THAT ONLY 10 TEAMS IN THE ENTIRE TOURNAMENT WILL MAKE IT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND PLAY 8 GAMES, AS WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO BE DISAPPOINTED.  This allows almost every team to know when and where their games are the entire weekend and therefore make travel and other plans accordingly.  With the ability to bat the entire line-up and free substitution in the field, it is a perfect format for teams to experiment with what they have and determine how they will play the rest of the year.  
  • 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.
  • The City of Columbus and Berliner Park has implemented a "Heads in Beds" program 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. 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 doing the following --
  • All teams (except local teams) must go through our approved travel partner - Traveling Teams - to book their lodging in order to participate in the tournament. Traveling Teams 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 30 hotels, with varying prices and accommodations.  So you are almost sure to find one that fits your needs.  If you do not find a hotel that fits your needs, please click on their option to pick your own hotel and Traveling Teams will make every effort to include that hotel in their list of approved hotels.
  • 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 Traveling Teams. That information goes back to the City of Columbus for proper tracking purposes.
  • To request a block of rooms, please click on the link here. It is a very simple process that will only take you a few minutes.
  • After you have submitted your request, a team travel coordinator will get back with you further discuss your request.
  • Due to the increase in the amount of teams we have entering into the tournament, we feel Traveling Teams will be the best fit to help alleviate all of the headaches that come with booking hotels. Especially for the teams that are new to the tournament and new to traveling. The best part of this partnership will save you hours of time and money.

  • Capitol City Showdown 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!
  • Capitol City Showdown Rules - These are the rules from last year's tournament.  They will be substantively the same.  Final rules will be in the coach's packet which must picked up at registration at the start of the tournament.
  • 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.  Among other things, they 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 Midwest. This will allow even more teams to play immediately after the rain stops.  It is the next step in their long range plan of continuous improvements to the Park.  In 2016, metal cleats will be allowed on both the turf and dirt fields at the 14U, 16U and 18U divisions - with the exception of pitchers on the turf fields. PITCHERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WEAR METAL CLEATS WHEN PITCHING ON TURF FIELDS.  TURF SHOES, PLASTIC CLEATS, RUBBER CLEATS AND SNEAKERS ARE PERMITTED. 
  • 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.
  • 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.