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What are the 2024 dates?

July 5-7

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

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?

If you have not yet registered for USA Softball, please complete the form below prior to the event and bring proof of completion to check-in or upload proof of sanctioning prior to the event.

USA Softball Ohio Team Registration Form

What do I need for check in?

Prior to the event, you will need to submit your proof of insurance, proof of USA Softball sanctioning and your roster online via your Team Sideline account.  If you are not currently sanctioned with USA Softball, you can do so when you check-in to pick up your coach's packet.

Instructions on submitting sanctioning and insurance

Instructions on submitting roster/player profiles

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 and will play our Recruiting format. Teams will be divided into 6 team pools and will play 4 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 6 brackets - Platinum (1st Place in Pool), Gold (2nd Place in Pool), Silver (3rd Place in Pool), Bronze (4th Place in Pool), Copper (5th Place in Pool) Nickel (6th Place in Pool). Bracket play will begin Sunday for all teams. The champion and finalist for each bracket in each age group will receive medals.

When should I expect the schedule?

The schedule should be emailed out to coaches and posted on our web site approximately 14 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 6?

Clinic information can be found on the Buckeye RecruitFest page

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?

Profiles are submitted via Team Sideline and can be done as soon as a team registers.  For more information, please go to Roster Submission Instructions.

Submitting your profile is a requirement of attending this tournament.  Players are assigned bibs to identify them to college coaches.  All players 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 27 at 11:59pm

What if I did not fill out my player profiles in time?

Player profiles are required to participate in this tournament. You may be able to add late roster additions at check-in.

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 both 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 here or contact them directly at 614-689-1148 or 

What are the future dates?