North American All Sanctioned World Series - 8U, 10U and 12U - July 31, August 1 and 2, 2015

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

Exciting news this year -- We have split the 14U age group to their own weekend (July 24-26).  Because of this, it will enable us to take more teams at the younger age groups making it more enjoyable and even a better experience for the 8U, 10U and 12U teams.  We invite you to bring your team!

Open to all sanctioned teams - ASA, 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 your fans..... (the city of Columbus does collect a minimal parking fee.) 

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 30 at 3:00PM at Berliner Park.  The Parade of Teams will start at 3:00PM followed by the Skill Competitions.  Karaoke will be provided during the Skills Competition. All events on Thursday afternoon, including Tournament Check-in, will be at Fields #10-13.  In order to set up the Opening Ceremonies, the gates to the fields will not be open until 1:30PM.  We ask all team participating in the Parade of Teams to be at the fields by 2:30PM.    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 3:00PM 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 - 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.  The tentative order of events will be posted by November 1st.  Order may change based on participation.
  • Home Run Derby (Individual Event) -  Each player will be pitched 8 balls.  The winner will be determined by the highest number of balls hit OVER the fence.  In the case of a tie, 1 playoff round will be played.  2 players from each team may be entered.  The player must provide their own pitcher.  All balls will be "pitched" soft toss style.
  • Fastest Pitcher (Individual Event) - Each pitcher will pitch 3 consecutive balls that will be measured for speed.  Fastest pitch wins. (Unfortunately, we cannot objectively measure movement, so pitching will be judged solely on speed.) In the case of a tie, highest average of all 3 pitches will determine winner.  Playoff rounds of 3 pitches will continue until tie is broken.  2 players from each team may be entered.  The player must provide their own catcher - coaches/parents are permitted.
  • Fastest Touch 'Em All (Individual Event) - Each player will be timed on her speed running the bases (home to home).  Each player will get one attempt.  All bases must be touched.  Player with the fastest speed is the winner.  In the case of a tie, 1 playoff round will be played.  2 players from each team may be entered.
  • 'Round the Horn (Team Event) - Team will be timed based on the speed in which they are able to throw the ball around the bases.  Each team will take their infield BASES with shortstop starting on second base.  The ball will begin with the pitcher.  Pitcher will pitch the ball from the mound to the catcher.  Catcher throws to shortstop (standing on second base), shortstop to first, first to third, third to second (standing on second base), second to home.  Time will be stopped when ball is in catcher's glove.  Each team will get 2 consecutive attempts.  Fastest time wins.  In the case of a tie, 1 playoff round will be played.  Each team is allowed one entry. Each entry will be comprised of six players.
  • Outfield Accuracy (Team Event) - Each team is allowed 1 entry.  Each entry will be comprised of 3 players.  Players will attempt to hit a target at home plate from centerfield.  Each individual will get 3 throws.  Team with the highest number of total target hits will be the winner.  In the case of a tie, 1 playoff round will be played.
  • Tentative Order of Events - Will be posted by November 1st.  Subject to change based on actual participation.

·    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 -   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, speed pitch, etc.)

Also this year there will be a "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, tetherball, frisbees, hoseshoes, 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 13.  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 13.  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.

·    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 30 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:

  • JPEG 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 a1/2 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.

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 NEW INFORMATION - HOTEL POLICY FOR ALL COLUMBUS OHIO FASTPITCH SHOWDOWNS
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.  THE LINK WILL BE ACTIVE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 1ST. 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. Most importantly, you will be able to pick the hotel/motel that you would like to stay at during the tournament.  On their website you will have 20 - 30 hotels listed with the range of prices and accommodations for each tournament, as well as the hotel's distance from Berliner Park. If you don't see anything that you like, the last listing 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 guaranteeing the lowest rates.

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 as we implement this new policy as required by the City of Columbus.
  • 8U Rule Addendum - Will be posted by November 1st.
  • 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.  In 2014, metal cleats will be allowed on all fields for 14U teams only.  This is an exception to standard turf park rules that Berliner Park makes specifically for our tournament.
  • 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 knowledgable 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
  • Teams Registered - Team lists will be updated on or about the 1st and 15th of the month beginning January 1st.
  • 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.