Motor City International Challenge Showdown

Happy to announce that registration is now open.  Please go to the registration link on this page to register.

Welcome to the Motor City International Challenge Showdown!

June 30, July 1 and 2, 2017

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 2017.  The clinic will take place Thursday June 29th 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 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.

  • Motor City Showdown Player Development and Recruiting Clinic Registration Link - Will be posted November 1st.
  • Universities and Colleges participating in the 2017 Clinic will be posted as they confirm beginning April 1st.
Universities and Colleges that participated in 2016
  • 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

Come join us for some fun and lots of softball over the holiday weekend. And it will be at one of the nicest complexes in the state of Michigan. We will have 14u,16u and 18u divisions, and all teams will be guaranteed 5 games. 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 will will continue to have 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.  In 2015, Canada won the Cup and last year the Cup was won by the United States.  Be ready, because Canada is coming back for revenge.

As a courtesy to our neighbors to the north, all Canadian teams that register for the tournament, will be able to pay by electronic check and we will accept the check at face value in Canadian funds.  We know that any trip to the United States is expensive already with the exchange rate being what it is, and we are glad to help out a little bit.

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 10th year doing this and we always enjoy working with Ann-Marie, Doug, and everyone else at the Canton Sports complex.

***********  EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2017 *************

This year we're very excited to announce something new for all Fastpitch Showdown tournaments. This year we have reached an agreement with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association  (NFCA)  to offer all coaches (at 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) who sign up for a Fastpitch Showdowns tournament before April 1st and who are not already NFCA members, a complimentary one-year trial membership in NFCA!  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.

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 dozens of college coaches throughout the 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.

  • Motor City Showdown Player Profile Form - Will be posted June 1st.

Tournament Information

  • Canton Sports Complex, 46555 West Michigan Ave., Canton, MI 48188
  • 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 Registration - All Teams 5GG - (14u, 16u, 18u) - $495
    1. All Registrations and payments must be done online.  We no longer accept mail in payments or registrations.
    2. To register,  please click on the link above
      • If this is your first Fastpitch Showdown registration for 2017, you must create an account.
      • If you already have an account, please log in.
    3. After you have logged in, click Begin Registration.
    4. Then click on your name.
    5. Select your desired tournament.
    6. Select your age group.
    7. Click Select to confirm your choice
    8. Click Team Contact
    9. Read and agree to Terms of Service
    10. Your information should populate on the next page.  Please scroll to the bottom and enter your team name as you want it listed. Then click continue.
    11. Verify information and click continue.
    12. If you would like to register for additional tournaments at this time, click Add Registration and repeat steps 3-10.
    13. Once you have completed your registrations, click Checkout.
    14. You can then either pay the registration fees in full at this time or put down a deposit of $100 per tournament (balance due May 1st).
    15. If you wish to pay in full at this time, click Next.
    16. If you wish to put down a deposit at this time, click Pay Partial and enter $100 per tournament.  Then click Next.
    17. Currently we are accepting payments by Visa and Mastercard only.  Fill out the payment information and click Submit Payment.
    18. You will see a confirmation page and you will also receive an email confirming your registration.
  • 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.

Thanks again for your understanding.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • If you have any questions about this tournament, please contact us at