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2024 Capital City FAQ
What are the 2024 dates?

May 31 - June 2

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.

Is this tournament sanctioned?

Yes, this is a USA Softball sanctioned tournament.

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 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

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 are guaranteed 7 games (except 10U – 5GG, Saturday and Sunday only). All age groups will be split into 2 pools. The winners of each pool will advance to the championship. Only 10 teams in the entire tournament (2 per age group) will make it to the championship. This tournament will not have bracket play. The winner and finalist from 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 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 quaility 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.

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 online, please click here below or contact them directly at 614-689-1148 or

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