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What are the 2021 dates?

July 30-August 1

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, 2021

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 from any sanctioning body 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.

All teams will play 4 pool play games. Single elimination bracket play will begin on Saturday afternoon. 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. 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 approximately 30 days before the tournament. 

What are the rules?

The tentative rules are posted on the 8U, 10U, 12U World Series tournament page. Final rules will be in the coach's packet that is picked up at registration.

How do I nominate players for the All Star Game?

Head coaches may submit player nomination for the All Star Game via the link on the 8U, 10U, 12U World Series page.

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

For this tournament booking team hotel rooms through a hotel coordinator 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 29?

The schedule for the Opening Ceremonies can be found via the link on the 8U, 10U, 12U World Series page.

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

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

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?

The rules for the Opening Ceremonies skills competitions can be found via the link on the 8U, 10U, 12U World Series page.

What are the future dates?