North American All Sanctioned World Series - 16U, 18U, and 18+ - July 12, 13 and 14, 2019

    • North American All Sanctioned World Series Raffle Winners
      • Thank you to all teams that participated!  Teams raised over $11,000 for their organizations.   All winners will be mailed a check by August 10.

      • $3000 Grand Prize Winner - Amanda Mankey - Michigan Blasters
      • $100 Winners
        • Kathy Beining - Magic 8U
        • Donika Boyett - Southern Kentucky Heat
        • Kim Burton-Henneman - Michigan Heat
        • Jim Carmen - 14U MIchigan Blasters
        • Shane Flowers - Twin City Mustangs
        • Alex Gill - Silver Creek 8U
        • Erik Gohmann - Ohio Wave 10U
        • Taylor Gordan - Perry 8U
        • Judy Hill - KY Heat
        • Ralph Kelsay - Wolfpack 09
        • Tim Maguire - Indy Edge 04
        • Ashley Mejia - S.W.A.T
        • Matt Napier - Kentucky Heat 04
        • Carl Parker - Ohio Storm '10
        • Missy Rappuhn - Pride
        • Aldo Rea - Tremors 14U
        • Greg Samuels - Mentor Big Red

  • FINAL 16U, 18U, 18+ NORTH AMERICAN ALL SANCTIONED WORLD SERIES BRACKETS - Below are the final brackets from the 16U, 18U, 18+ World Series. These are for informational purposes only.  These are the results as they were reported to us as of 7pm on Sunday.  Due to the fact that we are in the middle of our tournament season, no brackets will be changed for any reason.  We apologize if there are any mistakes.  Thanks for your understanding.


July 12, 13 and 14, 2019

Fastpitch Showdowns is excited to announce that we will again host a "Player Development and Recruiting Clinic" in 2019 before the North American All Sanctioned World Series for 16U, 18U and 18+.  The clinic will be held Thursday July 11th from approximately 8am to 1pm. We will have college coaches and assistants in attendance to instruct the players on the skills that college coaches are looking for in potential recruits, followed by games coached by the college coaches (while still giving them instructions).  This concept is being done in other parts of the country, and we are proud to offer it to the 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 100 players in the Clinic - 24 @ Pitcher, 16 @ Catcher, 12 @ 1st Base, 12 @ 2nd Base, 12 @ Shortstop, 12 @ 3rd Base and 12 @ Outfield.   For additional preliminary information on the Clinic, please go to our Player Development and Recruiting Clinic Page.

  • Universities and Colleges registered to participate in the 2019 Clinic
    • Albion College (MI)
    • Alverno College (WI)
    • Bethany College (WV)
    • Bluffton University (OH)
    • Centre College (KY)
    • Kenyon College (OH)
    • Franciscan University (OH)
    • Grace College (IN)
    • Hiram College (OH)
    • John Carroll University (OH)
    • Lake Erie College (OH)
    • Lourdes University (OH)
    • Marietta College (OH)
    • Mount St. Joseph University (OH)
    • Muskingum University (OH)
    • Ohio Christian University (OH)
    • Transylvania University (KY)
    • University of Illinois (IL)
    • Wilmington College (OH)
    • Wittenberg University (OH)
    • WVU Tech (WV)

  • Universities and Colleges that participated in 2018
    • Albion College (MI), Case Western Reserve University (OH), Concord University (WV), Eastern Nazarene College (OH), Gannon University (PA), Hiram College (OH), Kenyon College (OH), Lake Erie College (OH), Middlebury College (VT), Mount St. Joseph University (OH), Ohio Christian University (OH), Otterbein University (OH), Siena Heights University (MI), Transylvania University (KY), Ursuline College (OH), Washington & Jefferson College (PA), West Virginia University Tech (WV)
  • Universities and Colleges that participated in 2017
    • Ancilla College (IN), Ashland University (OH), Bethany College (WV), Cedarville University (OH), Coker College (SC), Georgetown College (KY), John Carroll University (OH), Hillsdale College (MI), Kenyon College (OH), Lake Erie College (OH), Lake-Sumter State College (FL), Monroe Community College (NY), Mount St. Joseph University (OH), Muskingum University (OH), Ohio Wesleyan University (OH), Roosevelt University (IL), Transylvania University (KY), University of Northwestern Ohio (OH), Washington & Jefferson College (PA), Westminster College (PA), Westmoreland County Community College (PA)
  • Universities and Colleges that participated in 2016
    • Bluffton College, Wheeling Jesuit University, Eastern Indiana University, Mount Joseph College, Indiana Tech University, Lake Erie College, Ohio Christian University, Transylvania College, Eastern Michigan University, Gannon University, Valdosta State University, Siena Heights University, Bethany College, Norfolk State University, University of Northwestern Ohio


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 (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 PARENTS OR FANS..... (the city of Columbus does collect a $5/day  parking fee.)  Last year, we had over 120 teams at 16u and over 50 teams at 18u that enjoyed our tournament. 

Although this tournament is not oriented specifically towards college recruiting, because of the number of teams that participate in the tournament, college coaches always attend.  Usually we have many college coaches throughout the weekend.  This year we expect over 100 college coaches to be in Columbus this weekend.  The exact number of college coaches will depend on how many players in the tournament contact college coaches of the schools they are interested in and invite them to come watch their team play.  At the college coaches' request, this year we are going to compile a player profile book for the college coaches in attendance.  Although it is not a requirement of the tournament, we certainly encourage all players who are possibly interested in playing in college to submit this form.  Because the college coaches want the most current information available, this for will be posted on June 1st.  There is not cost to be listed in the book.  The form takes about 2 minutes to fill out and may be completed by individual players, coaches or managers.  In order to meet printing deadlines, submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm June 28th.

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.

***********  EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2019 *************

We are extending our offer of a one year membership to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to all coaches (at 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) that have not received their complimentary one year membership from us previously 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 11 at 2:00PM at Berliner Park.  The Parade of Teams will start at 2:00PM followed by the Skill Competitions (approximately 2:30pm).  The All Star Games will start at approximately 5:00PM.   Opening Ceremonies, Parade of Teams and Skills Competitions will be at Fields #10-13.  Tournament Check-in will also be at Field #10-13 following the Parade of Teams.  The fields for the All Star Games are still being determined.   In order to set up the Opening Ceremonies, the gates to the fields will not be open until 1:00PM.  We ask all team participating in the Parade of Teams to be at the fields by 1:45PM.  The concession stand will be available throughout opening ceremonies, but families are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy while watching the events. There will be no tournament games on Thursday.  Tournament games will begin at 8:00AM on Friday.
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Because of the numerous requests from travel ball coaches, we are going to have All Star Games in 2019.  We think it is an important part of making the World Series more enjoyable for the girls.  The All Star Games will start on Thursday, July 11 at approximately 5:30PM.  The All Star Games will be coached by college coaches.  While college coaches will certainly be in attendance, the purpose of the All Star games is that the girls will have a more enjoyable World Series experience, and at the same time have a chance to meet and enjoy the opportunity of playing with players from other teams who love the game of softball. In the past many lifelong friendships have been formed.  Field assignments will not be made until one week before the tournament. Each team can nominate up to 4 players for the All Star games based on the players on-field and off field accomplishments.  We will attempt to place all 1st nominees first, then 2nd nominees and so on.  Therefore you should nominate your best player as your 1st nominee, second best player as your 2nd nominee, etc.  The cost of the games will be $50 per player and includes an All-Star game t-shirts, a player bib and listing in the All Star Player Profile Book distributed to college coaches.  All Star Games will be coached by college coaches. Nominations will be accepted through June 21st and players will be notified of their acceptance (or waitlist status) by June 28th (NOT BEFORE). They will then have until July 5th to pay and accept or decline the nomination. No money should be submitted until they are notified of their acceptance, and payment instructions will be sent to them then.  Players that were not accepted will also be notified by June 28th (NOT BEFORE). 

    ·    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.

         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.  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 21 via e-mail at  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 21.

    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.

    • The 14U, 16U and 18U divisions will be allowed to wear metal cleats on all fields. Berliner Park has made this exception for our tournament.  Berliner Park has converted all 31 fields to turf.  HOWEVER BERLINER PARK DOES REQUIRE THAT ALL PITCHERS CANNOT WEAR METAL CLEATS WHILE PITCHING.  TURF CLEATS, PLASTIC CLEATS, RUBBER CLEATS AND SNEAKERS ARE ALLOWED.
    • 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 - HelmsBriscoe - to book their lodging in order to participate in the tournament.  This is a different travel coordinator from 2018 and the City of Columbus and Berliner Park feel that HelmsBriscoe will be better able to help the out of town teams. HelmsBriscoe 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 15 hotels and will add more as contracts are finalized, 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 or have any questions whatsoever, please contact them directly at 614-519-7458 or
    • 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 HelmsBriscoe. 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 HelmsBriscoe is a requirement of ours, and using HelmsBriscoe 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 - 16u and 18u - $575 / 18+ - $495
      1. Click on the link above
      2. Scroll down to find the tournament you want to register for and click Enroll
        • If you have already created an account in 2018, sign in with your email and password
        • If you did not register for a tournament in 2018 or 2019, click Create a New Account
      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
    • Lou Berliner Park, 325 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus OH 43223 
      • We are proud to host the tournament at the Lou Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio.  In 2018, Berliner Park is converting all remaining fields to turf.  This will allow even more teams to play immediately after the rain stops.   The complex is the largest in the United States, with 31 TURF 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.  For all Fastpitch Showdowns tournaments, metal cleats will be allowed on all fields at the 14U, 16U and 18U divisions - with the exception of pitchers on the turf fields. PITCHERS CANNOT WEAR METAL CLEATS WHILE PITCHING.  TURF CLEATS, PLASTIC CLEATS, RUBBER CLEATS AND SNEAKERS ARE ALLOWED.
    • 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.  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.
      • 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

    • Teams Registered - Team lists will be updated on or about the 1st and 16th of the month.
    • If, 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.
    • If you have any questions on this tournament, please contact us at