******************** WE JUST WANTED TO REMIND OUR CANADIAN FRIENDS THAT WE ARE WELL AWARE OF THE DOLLAR EXCHANGE RATE AND HOW THAT AFFECTS YOUR COST TO ATTEND A TOURNAMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. WHEN I USED TO COACH, WE ALWAYS ATTENDED THE TOURNAMENT IN KITCHENER ONTARIO ( WITH PETE ) AND HAD A GREAT TIME WITH GREAT PEOPLE - IT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SUMMER FOR THE GIRLS. AS PARTIAL PAYBACK FOR THAT, WE ARE HAPPY TO ACCEPT YOUR PAYMENT FOR THE TOURNAMENT IN CANADIAN FUNDS AT PAR WITH U.S. FUNDS. BECAUSE REGISTRATION FOR THE TOURNAMENT IS ON LINE THIS YEAR, AND WE CAN'T ACCEPT CHECKS, THE FULL REGISTRATION FOR THE TOURNAMENT FOR CANADIAN TEAMS THAT PAY WITH CREDIT CARD, WILL BE $350.
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
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 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 that participated in 2016
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
1) Click the link above or copy and paste it in your browser.2) Click on the Subscribe tab.
3) Then click on the empty box next to your tournament(s).
4) Leave the "All Teams" box checked.
5) Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out your name, email(s) and/or cell phone number. Then select your cellphone provider.
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.
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.