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!
******* NEW AS OF 1/25 *********
Showdowns is happy to announce that the Akron Racers professional softball team
( NPF) will be playing a regular-season game August 1 at Berliner Park in
Columbus Ohio, immediately after the pool play ends for Saturday evening. They
will be facing the Dallas Charge, the new team in the league this year. The
teams entered into the tournament will be given a special discount on team
tickets – details to follow in early March. This will make the tournament a bit
more special for the girls, and will allow the girls to enjoy a professional
softball game and make the World Series experience more memorable for them.
Also the Akron Racers will be putting on an instructional camp for the
girls in the tournament on Thursday, July 30 before the opening ceremonies. They
should be fun for the girls. The camp will be taught by professional players.
Again the cost and preliminary information about participating in the camp will
be available around early March on our website – www.fastpitchshowdowns.com.
we would like to announce that there will be All Star Games starting about 6 PM
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.
There will be a nominal charge to participate in the games, but 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. And these games will be coached by members of the Akron
Racers. 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.
********** New Addition as of 12/15/14*************
Showdowns is happy to host a 2015 MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for the
girls in the 8u, 10u, 12u All Sanctioned World Series in Columbus Ohio
July 31 through August 2. The competitions will be held on Saturday, August 1
from 12 noon to 5 PM. Major
League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run is intended to encourage youth
participation and emphasize the “FUN” element of baseball/softball. Since there
is NO registration fee, everyone has the opportunity to participate. Since the
competitions for 2015 will be over, these competitions possibly could qualify
you for the 2016 events ( this has to be finalized by Major League Baseball
which should do so by the 2015 event ). Further information and sign-up
opportunities will be available on our website starting March 1, 2015.
Open to all sanctioned teams - ASA, USSSA, PONY, TRIPLE CROWN, NAFA, AAU, AFA, USFA
, or any other recognized sanctioning body.
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.
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 2:00PM at Berliner Park. The Parade of Teams will start at 2:00PM
followed by the Skill Competitions. Karaoke will be provided during the
. 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 12:30PM. We ask all team participating in the Parade of Teams to be at the fields by 1:30PM. 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 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 - 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
- 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
- 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.
- The Official Pin Trading Event will be open at Opening Ceremonies,
and also near
Registration during the tournament. All interested players are invited
stop by the tent at their convenience to exchange pins with members of
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.
· 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
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
Games - Other skill games will be available for the girls to
participate in between games (ex. dunk tank, speed pitch, etc.)
Team Spirit Award - To
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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
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
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 --
happy to introduce our new partnership with Traveling Teams. They will be
assisting all out of town teams with hotel lodging. Our new partnership entails
that all teams must use their service in order to compete in the event. 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 availabile group rate to all
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 into tournaments hands 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
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.
Thank you again for your understanding and patience as we implement the
Columbus "Heads in Beds" program. We look forward to the 2015
Fastpitch Showcase season!
- 8U Rule Addendum - These are the tentative 8U 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.
- Directions to the fields - Lou Berliner Park, 325 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus OH 43223
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
Local Resources and Attractions
- Teams Registered - Team lists will be updated on or about the 1st and 15th of the month through June 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