NORTH AMERICAN ALL SANCTIONED WORLD SERIES JULY 18-20, 2014
Welcome to the information page for the North American All Sanctioned World Series for all 16U, 18U, and 18+ teams!
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.
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 18
at 8:30 AM at Berliner Park. The Parade of Teams will start at 8:30 AM
followed by the Skill Competitions. Karaoke will be provided during the
Skills Competition. All events on Friday morning, including Tournament Check-in, will be at Fields #10-13. 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. Team Spirit and MVT award
winners will be announced during the Parade of Teams. (Please see below
for MVT and Team Spirit Award details.).
- 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 and catcher - coaches/parents are permitted.
- 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 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.
· 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.
Games - Other skill games will be available for the girls to
participate in between games (ex. dunk tank, speed pitch, etc.)
· 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 email@example.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
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.
Click on the following links for more Tournament Information -
- North American All Sanctioned World Series Rules - TBD
- 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 the turf fields. This is an exception to standard park rules that Berliner Park makes specifically for our tournament.
- CaptainU is a
service designed to help players and teams maximize their exposure to college
coaches. Participating with CaptainU is not a requirement of the
tournament, but those that choose to will be included in the player profile
book they will create and send to college coaches. They also offer
some premium paid features that you have the choice to opt-into if you are
looking for additional help through the recruiting process. But no one is
under any obligation to do so and you have the choice to stick with the free
tools for as long as you like.
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
- Team list will be updated on or about the 1st and 15th of every month beginning January 1st.
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.