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What are the 2020 dates?

July 17-19

Where is the event?

Lou Berliner Park, 325 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus, OH  43223 

How do I register?


I put down a deposit. When is my final payment due?

May 1, 2020

I want to pay by check. Where can I mail it?

We do not accept checks. Payment must be made through our online registration system at

What is your refund policy?

A $100 non-refundable deposit or payment in full is required to sign up for each Fastpitch Showdown Tournament. If the team decides to withdraw before the tournament is sold out (or May 1, whichever comes first ), a full refund will be issued less the $100 non-refundable deposit. If a team drops out after May 1 or the tournament has sold out earlier and we have turned away teams, no refund will be issued.

What if I am not sanctioned USA Softball?

This event is open to all sanctioned teams. Please provide proof of sanctioning when you check in. 

What do I need for check in?

Proof of insurance, proof of sanctioning, proof of age for all players and a roster to turn in. The only thing we will keep is the roster. 

Is there a parking or admission fee?

There is no admission fee. The City of Columbus charges a parking fee of $5 per day per vehicle. 

What is the format?

All teams have a 5 game guarantee. 18+ will play Saturday and Sunday only. 

All teams will play 4 pool play games. Single elimination bracket play will begin on Saturday afternoon. At 16U and 18U brackets will be divided into Platinum (teams finishing in the top half of their pool) and Gold (teams finishing in the bottom half of their pool). The brackets will not play each other. 18+ will have one bracket. The winner and finalist for each bracket will receive a team trophy and individual player trophies.

When should I expect the schedule?

The schedule should be emailed out to coaches and posted on our web site no later than 30 days before the tournament. 

What are the rules?

The rules will be available by Nov 1

Are metal cleats allowed?

As of 2020, in order to protect the fields, Berliner Park has prohibited metal cleats by all players on all fields at the park. Plastic cleats, turf shoes and sneakers are permitted. There will be no exception to this rule. 

How do I register for the Player Development and Recruiting Clinic on Thursday July 16?

Clinic information can be found at 

What college coaches are attending the clinic?

The list will be posted here on April 15th and updates as coaches confirm.

What college coaches are attending the tournament?

The list will be posted here on April 15th and updates as coaches confirm.

How do I submit my player profile for the college coaches book?

That link will be posted beginning June 1.

What is the deadline for submitting my player profile?

July 10 at 11:59pm 

What if I did not fill out my profile in time?

You can submit your information for the Player Profile Addendum that will be sent out to college coaches after the event.

How do I nominate players for the All Star Game?

Head coaches may submit player nomination for the all star game by clicking here (link will be active by Nov 1.)

Do I have to book a hotel through your hotel coordinator?

For this tournament 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 and you cannot book hotels independently. Any non-local team (more than 70 miles away) that does not abide by this requirement will not be permitted to participate in the tournament. To book please click on the link below or contact them directly at 614-689-1148 or

How does the gift bag exchange work?

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.

We have never done pin trading before. How many pins should I buy?

We suggest 200 pins per team. If you need help designing/ordering your pins, we suggest using our partner – Dragonaire Pins.

What is the schedule for the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday July 16?

Click here.

Do I need to submit specific player names for the skills competitions or Parade?

No, we require registration for the Opening Ceremonies to plan logistically. Have your player report to the designated field to participate. 

What are the rules of the skills competitions?

Click here.

Can a player participate in the Clinic, Opening Ceremonies and All Star Games?

Yes, the events are all on Thursday but do not overlap so players may participate in all events. 

What are the future dates?