Motor City International Challenge 5 Game Guarantee Showdown



Welcome to the Motor City International Challenge 5 Game Guarantee Showdown!

July 1, 2 and 3, 2016

Thank you for all of your support! We are currently SOLD OUT at all age groups.   If you are interested in being put on the waiting list for any  age group, please let Bill know at  Please indicate the age group and tournament that your are interested in as part of your email.

Fastpitch Showdowns is excited to announce that we will again host a "Player Development and Recruiting Clinic" at the Motor City International Challenge 5 Game Guarantee Showdown in 2016.  The clinic will take place Thursday June 30th from approximately 9am to 5pm. 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 in the afternoon 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 96 players in the Clinic - 24 @ Pitcher, 16 @ 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.

  • Universities and Colleges confirmed as of 5/15/16 - Many other colleges and universities have been contacted and the coaches have expressed their interest but will not know their recruiting schedule until some time in May.  This list is subject to change.  We will update this list as more schools confirm.
  • Mount Joseph College
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Transylvania University
  • Ohio Christian University
  • Gannon University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Valdosta State University
  • Calvin College
  • Siena Heights University
  • Bethany College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Universities and Colleges that participated in 2015
    • Denison University
    • Lourdes College
    • Ashland University
    • Eastern Michigan University
    • Lake Erie College
    • University of Northwest Ohio
    • Walsh University
    • Ohio Dominican University
    • Siena Heights University
    • Northwood University-Michigan

Come join us for some fun and lots of softball over the holiday weekend July 1-3. And it will be at one of the nicest complexes in the state of Michigan. We will have 12u 14u,16u and 18u divisions, and all teams will be guaranteed 5 games for $450. As with all Fastpitch Showdowns, the pool play games will be 90 minutes long so you get a realistic chance to finish the game or at least get the feel for a full game. And with each team getting a minimum of 5 games, there will be plenty of enjoyable softball going on. Each team will play 4 games of pool play on Friday and Saturday and depending on how your team did in pool play, each team will be seeded into either the "A" or "B" single elimination tournament on Sunday.  Throughout the entire tournament, coaches can bat up to their entire lineup and freely substitute in the field.

Again this year we will have something a little different -- just for fun. Because of the number of Canadian teams we traditionally host at the tournament, we have decided to add a "United States vs. Canada" factor to the tournament. Every time a Canadian team plays a U.S. team in pool play, we will award one point to the winner. At the end of pool play we will add up the number of points for each country, and the country that has the most number of points will be declared that year's winner. We will have a large trophy that will have the winning country engraved on it, and will keep it at the restaurant until the following year. This isn't anything formal and the competitions will be random, but it's something we hope adds a little bit of fun and excitement to the tournament for the girls.

If you are not currently a member of ASA, you can simply join at the tournament in about 3 minutes for $20, and it is good at all ASA tournaments for the rest of the season.

This is our 9th year doing this and we always enjoy working with Ann-Marie, Doug, and everyone else at the Canton Sports complex.

Tournament Information

  • Motor City Showdown Schedule - This schedule is preliminary.  The final schedule will be in the coach's packet that will be picked up at registration.
  • Motor City Showdown Pools - These pools are preliminary.  The final pools will be in the coach's packet that will be picked up at registration.
  • Motor City Showdown Brackets - These brackets are preliminary.  Final brackets will be posted at headquarters at the conclusion of pool play.
  • Canton Sports Complex, 46555 West Michigan Ave., Canton, MI 48188
  • We are pleased to offer free text/email alerts to all coaches, parents, fans and players.  To sign up for free tournament and weather updates, please go to then follow these instructions.  Standard text and data rates apply.

1)  Click the link above or copy and paste it in your browser.

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                      6)  Click "Subscribe".  That's
it!  You will not receive a message from us until the night before or the morning of the first day of the tournament.

Click on the following links for more Tournament Information

  • Motor City Showdown Format - All teams will play 4 pool games. Each team will then be seeded in bracket play depending on their record. In age groups with 8 or more teams, the top half of each pool will go in to a Platinum bracket and will play a single elimination tournament. The lower half of each pool will go into a separate Gold division bracket and play a separate single elimination tournament. These brackets will NOT meet. The first and second place teams in each bracket will receive championship medals.  All teams will be able to bat their entire line-up and freely substitute in the field.  These rules and format are used to give the teams the opportunity to give the maximum number of players a chance to play.  
  • Motor City Showdown Entry Form - Fastpitch Showdowns does not accept entry into any tournament without a completed entry form and at least a $100 deposit.  We do accept credit cards for payment.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Motor City Showdown Rules - These are the rules from last year's tournament.  They will be substantively the same.  Final rules will be in the coach's packet which must picked up at registration at the start of the tournament.
  • There will be an admission charge of $6/day or $12 for the weekend.
This year we have partnered with Traveling Teams to be our official hotel coordinator. We believe that their low price guarantee and personalized 24/7 support service offer the best service to our teams. We have decided with the number of out of town teams that attend this tournament, especially from Canada ( and with the current Canadian exchange rate), it would be in the best interest of the majority of our teams to partner with one hotel coordinator to assure we have adequate hotel room inventory, and that the rooms that are offered to our teams are at the lowest rate available. Plus this allows us to keep the tournament fee low as field costs and umpire fees continue to go up, and also assures us of having room accommodations for college coaches, officials, and other staff. For the above reasons we have made this a STAY TO PLAY tournament for out of town teams (more than 75 miles away). Please do not book your hotel through any other travel agent and do not contact the hotel directly. 

To request a block of rooms, you can CLICK HERE to access the reservation webpage for the weekend or you may contact Traveling Teams at 800-430-1159. 
They will have someone available 24 hours a day to handle any problems you may have, before or during your stay. 

Traveling Teams has guaranteed the lowest rates available at these specific hotels, and they also have an option to select a hotel that you prefer if you don't find one suitable on their list. They will work their hardest to get you the best rate available at that hotel.

This STAY TO PLAY requirement will go into effect for all out of town teams (more than 75 miles away) that sign up after December 1, 2015. We certainly encourage the earlier sign ups to also go thru Traveling Teams, as they offer the lowest rates available - but it is not required. For all later sign ups, it is a requirement for entering the tournament. You can sign up for the tournament first, and then once you are accepted, you can get your hotel rooms through Traveling Teams.

Thanks again for your understanding, and certainly if you have any questions just email Bill at
  • 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.
  • Teams Registered - Team lists will be updated on or about the 1st and 15th of the month beginning January 15th.
  • 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.