Welcome to the information page for the North American All Sanctioned World Series for all 16U, 18U, and 18+ teams!
Fastpitch Showdowns is
excited to announce that we will again host a "Player Development and Recruiting Clinic"
in 2016 before the North American All Sanctioned World Series for 16U, 18U and 18+. The clinic will be held Thursday July 14th from approximately 9am to 5pm. We will have college coaches and assistants in
to instruct the players on the skills that college coaches are looking
potential recruits, followed in the afternoon by games coached by
the college coaches (while still giving them instructions). This
being done in other parts of the country, and we are proud to offer it
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 80 players in the Clinic - 16 @ Pitcher, 8 @
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.
and Colleges that participated in 2015.
- Ohio Christian University
- Denison University
- University of Northwest Ohio
- Lake Erie College
- Ohio Dominican
- Ferris State University
- University of Rio Grande
- Schools participating in the 2016 Clinic will be posted as they confirm beginning April 1st.
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 (18+ Saturday and Sunday only.). 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.) Last year, we had over 100 teams at 16u and over 50 teams at 18u that enjoyed our tournament.
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, 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.
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 Friday, July 15
at 8:30 AM at Berliner Park. The Parade of Teams will start at 8:30 AM
followed by the Skill Competitions. All events on Friday morning, 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 7:30AM. We ask all team participating in the Parade of Teams to be at the fields by 8:00AM. The concession stand
will be available throughout opening ceremonies, but families are
welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy while watching the events. Games will
start on Friday immediately following the completion of the skills competitions. (Approximately at 12 noon).
- Parade of Teams - All teams are invited to come in uniform, costumes or street clothes and be introduced over the PA system at 8:30 AM Friday.
Teams will be introduced by age group.
- 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
· 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.
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
· College Coaches
- More than 200 Midwestern college coaches
from all divisions will be invited to attend.
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 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 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
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.
Tournament Information -
- The 16U, 18U and 18+ 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.
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION - HOTEL POLICY FOR ALL COLUMBUS OHIO FASTPITCH SHOWDOWNS
- 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 --
teams (except local teams) must go through our approved travel partner -
Traveling Teams - to book their lodging in order to participate in the
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
- 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.
- North American All Sanctioned World Series Rules
- These are the rules from last year's tournament. They will be substantively the same. The major change is that this year, based on their pool play finish, the top half of each pool will go into the Platinum Bracket and the bottom half of each pool will go into the Gold Bracket. These two brackets will not meet. 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
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.
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 beginning January 15th.
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.