North American All Sanctioned World Series - 8U, 10U and 12U - July 27, 28 and 29, 2018

We are thrilled to be featured again with our North American All Sanctioned World Series on the national softball program - Softball 360.  Click on the link below to watch the whole episode or just the segment from a recent North American All Sanctioned World Series

North American All Sanctioned World Series Segment of Softball 360 Episode Introduced by Jenny Finch

Softball 360 2017 Season Episode 9 - Full Episode

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Welcome to the information page for the North American All Sanctioned World Series for all 8u, 10u, and 12u teams!


Tournament Information

  • Lou Berliner Park, 325 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus OH 43223

Open to all sanctioned teams - USA Softball (formerly ASA Softball), USSSA, PONY, TRIPLE CROWN, NAFA, AAU, AFA, USFA, or any other recognized sanctioning body.

Are you tired of wondering all summer if you'll earn a World Series bid or if you know the right people? And then if you get a bid, you have to pay an exorbitant fee to enter (or an exorbitant admission charge) for a minimum number of games and play 1 game a day for 3 days while those hotel bills mount up? Well, so was I.

We use a format where each team will play a minimum of 5 games in 3 days. And you don't have to worry about qualifying as the only condition is that you finish in the top 10 of any tournament you were in this year or last year (ie - no rec. teams). Also, NO ADMISSION FEE IS CHARGED TO PARENTS OR FANS..... (the city of Columbus does collect a $5/day parking fee.)  We had 190 teams last year!  We sold out last year and hope to do the same in 2018!

Our goal is to make the tournament as fun as possible for the greatest number of players.  So throughout the tournament, coaches can bat up to the entire lineup if they choose, and there is free substitution in the field in both pool and bracket play.  This will make it possible for every girl on the team to enjoy the tournament. After pool play (in age groups with more than 16 teams participating), each pool will be divided into the top half and bottom half.   All of the top half finishers will go into the Platinum Bracket and the bottom half finishers will go into the Gold Bracket.  These two brackets will not meet. There will be medals and trophies for the winners of each bracket. That way even if the team did not do well in pool play they will have a chance to win their division.  By following this format there will be no more 1st seeds playing 8th seeds in the first round of bracket play.  Those games are not fun for either team.

***********  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.

We will have the same amenities you'd expect at a World Series -

  * Opening Ceremonies -- We welcome all teams that are participating in the tournament to be a part of the Opening Ceremonies. (Please note that participation is optional and at no cost to the team.)  Opening Ceremonies will consist of a variety of events including a parade of teams and skill competitions. For logistical reasons, we request that teams pre-register for all Opening Ceremonies events. The Opening Ceremonies will start Thursday July 26, 2018.  The Skill Competitions for 8U and 10U Teams ONLY will begin at 12:00PM.  In order to set up for the event, gates will not be open until 11:30am.   Skill Competitions for 8U and 10U Teams will be finished by 1:30PM.  Because of the Logistics of putting nearly 2000 girls thru the skills competitions, and the fact we did not want players and parents sitting around for 2-3 hours waiting for their turn to do them, we have changed the time for their skills contests for the 8u and 10u players to before the parade of teams.  The Parade of Teams for ALL TEAMS - 8U, 10U and 12U - will begin at 2:00PM.  We ask all teams participating in the Parade to be at the fields by 1:30PM.  The Skill Competitions for the 12U Teams ONLY will begin immediately following the Parade.  Music will be provided during the Skills Competition. All events on Thursday afternoon, including the Parade of Teams, all Skills Competitions and All Star Games will be at Fields #10-13.  Tournament Check-in for ALL TEAMS will begin immediately after the Parade of Teams.  Check in will also be available beginning at 6:30AM on Friday morning at tournament headquarters (in the blue tents across from Field #7).  The concession stands will be available throughout opening ceremonies, but families are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy while watching the events.
  • Parade of Teams - All teams are invited to come in uniform, costumes or street clothes and be introduced over the PA system at 2:00PM Thursday. Teams will be introduced by age group.  If you are interested in singing the US National Anthem or the Canadian National Anthem to kick off the Parade of Teams, please email OpeningCeremonies@fastpitchshowdowns.com.
  • Skills Competitions Description and Rules - All teams are invited to participate in our Skills Competition events.  Teams are permitted 2 entries per individual event and 1 entry per team event.  We would like to give more girls an opportunity but the reason we limit the number of participants is so that we do the skill events in an efficient manner.  Thanks for your understanding and please let your players know that only 2 will participate in individual events.  Certificates will be awarded to the winner of each event per age group.  Skills competitions will begin immediately following the Parade of Teams. 
  • Individual Events - Home Run Derby, Fastest Pitcher, Touch 'Em All
  • Team Events - Outfield Accuracy and 'Round the Horn
  • Please direct any questions regarding the Opening Ceremonies to OpeningCeremonies@fastpitchshowdowns.com. 
  • All Star Games - We would like to announce that there will be All Star Games starting about 5:00PM on Thursday evening after the opening ceremonies. Each coach will be able to nominate up to 4 players from his team to participate in the All Stars game. The cost for each player involved in the All-Star games will be $40 and includes an All Star t-shirt. Nominations will only be accepted by filling out the form below by July 6th. The accepted nominees will be notified by July 16th and will have until July 20th to accept their nominations and pay their fee, or decline the nomination. The nominees that were not accepted will also be notified by July 16th.  Those nominees will be placed on the waiting list and invited to participate as positions become available after July 20th.  We think it will be fun for the girls to get to know and play with girls from some of the other teams in the tournament.  Again we hope that this event makes the All Sanctioned World Series event more memorable for the girls. Click on the links below for more details.

·    Gift Swaps - A World Series tradition, each team is encouraged to bring a small souvenir(s) from their local area or hometown to present to all players on the other team before the start of the first game. This is a chance to show pride in your hometown and simply something each player will have in order to remember this World Series experience. Please do not spend a lot of money on this (we recommend approximately $5-$7 per bag price range - but it is entirely up to you)! Expect the opposing team to have 15 players.

  Pin Trading -   Pin Trading is fun! Don’t drop the ball!  The Official Pin Trading Event will be open at Opening Ceremonies, and also near Registration during the tournament.  All interested players are invited to stop by the tent at their convenience to exchange pins with members of other teams. (Please note, pin trading is optional).  You are welcome to purchase pins wherever you wish.  However, we have worked with and our official pin manufacturer is Dragonaire Pins.


·    Games - Other skill games will be available for the girls to participate in between games (ex. dunk tank, etc.).  Also this year there will be a "Fastpitch Showdown Fun Zone" behind Headquarters to give the girls and their siblings a place to enjoy themselves between games.  There are hula hoops, croquet, cornhole, ladderball, tug of war rope, individual jump ropes, team jump ropes, frisbees, horseshoes, and other playground toys for them to pass the time with. There is no cost to use anything in the Fun Zone.

     Team Spirit Award - To enter the Team Spirit Competition, please submit a video (no longer than 1 minute) to the Fastpitch Showdowns Facebook page.  Like us on Facebook.  Then upload your video to our page.  Please indicate your team name and age group.   All submissions must be posted to Facebook by July 1st.  Winning teams will receive a certificate at the Tournament.

    Most Valuable Team Award --  Also again this year, MVT awards will be given to qualified teams per age group based on academic success and civic involvement.  We truly believe there is more to softball than just winning games.  All MVT applications must be submitted by July 1st.  The winners in each age group who meet or exceed the MVT criteria will receive a certificate at the World Series and will be announced at the Parade of Teams.  Click here to submit your MVT Award Application.

·    Souvenir Program - There will be a program for the World Series and all teams are invited to send their team picture and have it put in the program at no cost. Team photos must be submitted by June 21st to Bill Beckham via e-mail at program@fastpitchshowdowns.com.  Good luck ads are also available at a reasonable cost.  Please submit your photos with the following qualifications:

  • JPG file format
  • 300 dpi (or better)
  • Horizontal orientation
  • Good Luck Ads are also available.  Ads are available for $25 for 1/4 page or $50 for a 1/2 page.  Must be 30 words or less.  Any photos submitted must be in the above format. Good luck ad's must be prepaid by credit card.  Must be submitted by June 21st.

So we welcome the teams who wish to use this tournament as an enjoyable and competitive tournament experience to end the season. But we also welcome the teams who wish to use this tournament in preparation for another World Series.

More Tournament Information

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.  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 - 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.
  • North American All Sanctioned World Series Registration -  All Teams 5GG - 8u - $495 / 10u and 12u - $565
    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
  • 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. 
  • 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 and Attractions
  • Team lists will be updated on or about the 1st and 15th of the month through January 15th.
  • As in all Fastpitch Showdown Tournaments, the 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 on this tournament, please contact us at Bill@fastpitchshowdowns.com.