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What are the 2021 dates?

July 10-12

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?

Sanctioning is available when you check in at the tournament. The process takes 3 minutes. The pricing will remain the same in 2020 - $35 for onsite Team Registration.

What do I need for check in?

Proof of insurance and proof of USA Softball sanctioning. Sanctioning is available when you check in.

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.

14U, 16U and 18U TEAMS will play our Recruiting format. Teams will be divided into 4 team pools and will play 3 pool play games. At the completion of pool play all teams will then be seeded and placed into brackets. For each age group there will be 4 brackets - Gold (1st Place in Pool), Silver (2nd Place in Pool), Bronze (3rd Place in Pool), and Copper (4th Place in Pool). Bracket play will begin Saturday afternoon.   If you lose your 1st bracket game you will play one consolation game (5th game) and that will be your last game regardless if you win or lose. If you win your 1st bracket game, you play until you lose. The champion and finalist for each bracket in each age group will receive medals.

12U TEAMS ONLY will play Saturday and Sunday only in our 2 day format. Teams will be divided into 2 pools and play 4 pool play games. The fifth game will be between the corresponding finisher in the other pool – 1st Place in Pool A will play 1st place in B for the championship. 2nd Place will play 2nd Place, etc. There is no bracket play. The winner and finalist in the championship game will receive medals.

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 Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest tournament page. Final rules will be in the coach's packet that is picked up at registration.

Are metal cleats allowed?

As of 2020, in order to maintain the highest quality turf 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 8?

Clinic information can be found on the Buckeye RecruitFest page starting November 1

What college coaches are attending the clinic?

The list will be posted on the Buckeye RecruitFest page beginning April 15th and updates as coaches confirm.

What college coaches are attending the tournament?

The list will be posted on the Buckeye RecruitFest page beginning April 15th and updates as coaches confirm.

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

That link will be posted on the Buckeye RecruitFest page beginning November 1. Submitting your profile is a requirement of attending the tournament (for 14U, 16U and 18U).  Players are assigned bibs to identify them to college coaches.  All players at 14U, 16U and 18U must wear their bib throughout the tournament in order to play.  If you are already committed or not interested in playing in college, you must wear your bib backwards. 

What is the deadline for submitting my player profile?

June 25 at 11:59pm

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

Contact your coach to see your options. Players who have not submitted their profile by the deadline may be prohibitted from playing in the tournament.

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 Buckeye RecruitFest page.

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

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

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 

What are the future dates?