Capitol City 7 Game Guarantee Showdown

Welcome to the Capitol City 7 Game Guarantee Showdown!

June 1, 2 and 3, 2018

Because this tournament is early in June, MAKE SURE your team will be available to play at 11:45am Friday June 1st before you sign up.

This is because all teams are guaranteed 7 games and 3 days are necessary, except 8U and 10U teams who will play 5 games in 2 days (Saturday and Sunday only).  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. 

With a guaranteed 7 games for all teams (except 8u and10u teams who get 5 games guaranteed on Saturday and Sunday), 90 minute games, being able to bat up to your entire lineup, free substitution in the field, pool 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

***********  EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2018 *************

We are extending our offer of a one year membership to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to all new coaches (at 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) that did not receive their complimentary one year membership last season and are not already NFCA members.  This is good for all of the coaches for any of our tournaments who register for our tournaments before April 1st.  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 think that you will find the membership so beneficial that you will renew your membership on your own the following year.
  • Capital 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 12 TEAMS IN THE ENTIRE TOURNAMENT WILL MAKE IT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, 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.
  • 8U and 10U games will have one umpire, except the Championship Games which will have 2 umpires.
  • This is a USA Softball (formerly ASA Softball) Tournament.  If you do not already have it, USA Softball (formerly ASA Softball) Registration is available on site for $35 and is good for all of your USA Softball (formerly ASA Softball) tournaments for the rest of the 2018 season.  It is a simple process and takes about 3 minutes.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION - HOTEL POLICY FOR ALL COLUMBUS OHIO FASTPITCH SHOWDOWNS
  • 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, we have implemented the following --
  • All teams (except local teams - those within a 70 mile radius of the park) must go through the approved travel partner of Berliner Sports Park - Team Inn - to book their lodging in order to participate in the tournament.  The City of Columbus and Berliner Park feel that Team Inn will be best 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 - 800-233-TEAM (8326).
  • 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 ours, and using Team Inn is in our contract with Berliner Sports Park.  No other hotel agency can be used for a tournament at Berliner Sports Park.  Any non-local team that does not abide by this requirement will not be permitted to participate in the tournament  and will be removed.


  • Capitol City Showdown Registration - 8u - 5GG - $395 / 10u - 5GG - $425  / 12u-18u - 7GG - $515
    1. Click on the link above
    2. Scroll down to find the tournament you want to register for and click Enroll
      • If this is your first time registering for a tournament in 2018, click Create a New Account
      • If you have already created an account in 2018, sign in with your email and password
    3. If you are the Head Coach of the team you are registering, select yourself as the Enrollee.  If you are NOT the Head Coach of the team you are registering, click Add Enrollee and enter the Head Coach's information, then select that coach as the Enrollee. If you are registering multiple teams with different head coaches, you will add each coach as an Enrollee and then select that coach for each tournament you are registering them for.
    4. Enrollment Type is General
    5. Program - Select the tournament you want to register for
    6. Offering - Select the age group you want to register for
    7. Then click Add Enrollment
    8. If you would like to register for multiple tournaments, repeat steps 3 - 7.
    9. Once you are done selecting tournaments, click Proceed to Checkout.
    10. Fill out your Team Name.  If you signed up for multiple tournaments, be sure to check the tournament name written above team name to make sure you are entering the correct team for each tournament.
    11. Read and agree to Terms and Conditions and click Done
    12. Fill out the Billing Information
      • If you want to pay in full, click Place Order
      • If you want to put down a non-refundable $100 deposit, click Partial Pay and then Place Order
  • Capital 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.  
    • 8u Rule Addendum - This is the tentative 8u Rule Addendum for the tournament.  Final 8u Rules will be in the coach's packet which must be 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. 
    • There is no admission fee for the tournament.  The City of Columbus charges a parking fee of $5 per day per vehicle.  This money is used to continuously improve Berliner Park.  We have nothing to say or do with parking fee, therefore all vehicles with coaches and players are also charge (no coaches passes).

  • At Fastpitch Showdowns, we believe in the safety of all players comes first.  Whether that safety comes in the form of creating a positive experience for players, coaches and volunteers or by offering concussion certification, Fastpitch Showdowns is proud to offer access to training programs.  Please see our offerings below.
    • Team USA SafeSport Training - As a member of USA Softball (formerly ASA Softball) you have access to critical information to help keep every program safe. Even if you have not yet registered with USA Softball (formerly ASA Softball), but intend to during the 2018 season in order to participate in our events, you have access to this information.   Athletes will perform better, soar higher, and get more from sport if they feel safe. Misconduct threatens that safety, and it can happen in every sport and at every competitive level. This SafeSport online training program teaches you about the nature of misconduct in sport: how to recognize it, how to prevent it and how to take action. The information in this course will help to keep sport a positive experience for every athlete, coach and volunteer.
      • Follow the link above and click Register in the top right corner
      • Enter your information to set up an account - IT IS FREE!
      • Click the Add Membership box and select USA Softball.  If you already have your membership number, enter it here.  If you do not have your membership number or cannot remember it, don't worry.  A membership number is not required.  However, selecting USA Softball in the membership box is required to proceed.
      • Click Get Courses and select SafeSport
      • Click Add to Bag and complete the check out process.  Again, SafeSport training is completely FREE!
      • Finish the course at your convenience and print out your certificate upon completion.  Now you are SafeSport Certified
    • 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.

Local Resources
  • 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.
  • If you have any questions about this tournament, please contact us at Bill@fastpitchshowdowns.com.

 
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