Kings Island Showdown

Welcome to the Kings Island Showdown!

June 22, 23 and 24, 2018

We once again invite all the teams at 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U to come out to the Kings Island Showdown at Tealtown Ballpark in Milford Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati). As you can tell by the name of the tournament, our idea is for teams to combine two great elements of summer that the girls all ages really enjoy -- softball and amusement parks! It starts with a 5 game guarantee tournament on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be 4 games of pool play on Friday and Saturday, and then each pool will be divided into the upper and lower half. On Sunday they will enter a single elimination bracket, based on the same level of teams from the other pools of the same age group. This will help ensure the same level of competition on Sunday. Both the "Platinum" and "Gold" bracket winners and finalists will receive awards.
 
And then the idea is that as many teams as possible -- players, parents, and coaches -- will be able to enjoy Monday June 26th at the largest Amusement and Water Parks in the Midwest -- Kings Island. The Park is only about 15 minutes from the ball fields. This will allow all the teams -- especially those from a longer distance away -- to make the trip worthwhile. All teams will be able to purchase admission tickets for Monday June 25th at a significant discount. Teams that are participating in the tournament will be able to purchase tickets through Fastpitch Showdowns that are normally about $62 for $34 - which is our cost for buying in bulk. This means that if a team buys 15 - 20 tickets for its players, coaches and fans, the tournament cost is practically recovered in the discount received. But again the team can buy as few or as many as they need. We are happy to do this as again, we feel both things are something the girls look forward to.  We will have the order form and information for ordering the tickets posted to our Web site by May 1st. Tickets must be purchased by June 13th.  Again, the tickets are only valid for Monday June 25, 2018.  We wait until May 1st to post the information because this gives the teams time to confirm the number of players that want to go and give parents/siblings time to decide if they want to participate.  Friends and relatives of players and coaches are invited to be part of your team order.  HOWEVER THERE IS ONLY ONE TICKET ORDER PER TEAM ALLOWED AND ONCE THE ORDER IS SUBMITTED THE NUMBER OF TICKETS ORDERED MAY NOT BE CHANGED.

***********  EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2018 *************

We are extending our offer of a one year membership to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to all new coaches (at 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) that did not receive their complimentary one year membership last season and are not already NFCA members.  This is good for all of the coaches for any of our tournaments who register for our tournaments before April 1st.  We feel the NFCA is by far the best organization working to grow softball, and the benefits of a membership are many (click here for a list of benefits). Most importantly, we feel the many opportunities they offer to make you a better coach – drills, educational videos and books, instructional manuals, monthly tips, practice plans, coaches clinics, exclusive "Coaching Tools", etc. – will help grow the sport of softball in our area, and make your experience as a coach more effective and more enjoyable. As a coach you are a teacher first, and they offer the knowledge and experience for you to continue to grow. It is up to you to take advantage of what they offer, but we wanted to give all of the coaches that participate in our tournaments the opportunity to do so.

Your membership will be activated during the first 2 weeks of the month following your Fastpitch Showdown Tournament registration and will be good for 1 year.  We think that you will find the membership so beneficial that you will renew your membership on your own the following year.

So again we invite all teams -- if they can make Kings Island or not -- out to Tealtown Ballpark for weekend of fun and competitive softball.

  • Tealtown Ballpark, 4762 Tealtown Road,  Milford, OH 45150
  • Kings Island Showdown Registration - All Teams 5GG - (12u, 14u, 16u, 18u) - $495
    1. Click on the link above
    2. Scroll down to find the tournament you want to register for and click Enroll
      • If this is your first time registering for a tournament in 2018, click Create a New Account
      • If you have already created an account in 2018, sign in with your email and password
    3. If you are the Head Coach of the team you are registering, select yourself as the Enrollee.  If you are NOT the Head Coach of the team you are registering, click Add Enrollee and enter the Head Coach's information, then select that coach as the Enrollee. If you are registering multiple teams with different head coaches, you will add each coach as an Enrollee and then select that coach for each tournament you are registering them for.
    4. Enrollment Type is General
    5. Program - Select the tournament you want to register for
    6. Offering - Select the age group you want to register for
    7. Then click Add Enrollment
    8. If you would like to register for multiple tournaments, repeat steps 3 - 7.
    9. Once you are done selecting tournaments, click Proceed to Checkout.
    10. Fill out your Team Name.  If you signed up for multiple tournaments, be sure to check the tournament name written above team name to make sure you are entering the correct team for each tournament.
    11. Read and agree to Terms and Conditions and click Done
    12. Fill out the Billing Information
      • If you want to pay in full, click Place Order
      • If you want to put down a non-refundable $100 deposit, click Partial Pay and then Place Order
  • Kings Island Showdown Rules - These are the rules from last year's tournament.  They will be substantively the same.  Final rules will be in the coach's packet which must picked up at registration at the start of the tournament.
  • This is an ASA Tournament.  If you do not already have it, ASA Registration is available on site for $30 and is good for all of your ASA tournaments for the rest of the 2018 season.  It is a simple process and takes about 3 minutes.
  • This year we have again partnered with Traveling Teams to be our official hotel coordinator. We believe that their low price guarantee and personalized 24/7 support service offer the best service to our teams.  HOWEVER THIS IS NOT A STAY TO PLAY TOURNAMENT AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO BOOK HOTEL ROOMS ON YOUR OWN IF THAT FITS THE NEEDS OF YOUR TEAM BETTER.  If you do choose to go with Traveling Teams, here is how the process will work.  To book your hotel rooms through Traveling Teams, please click here.  Here is how the process will work.
1. First of all there is no additional cost to you.

2. You will be guaranteed the lowest rate available, either through the hotel or on the Internet.

3.  Their website should have 8-12 hotels listed with a range of prices and accommodations for each team from which to choose. They will also list the distance from Tealtown Ballpark for each hotel. If you don't see anything you like, there is a listing on their website that will enable you to pick the hotel you would like to stay at, and they will try to make the reservations for you at that hotel - still negotiating a low rate. Then as teams pick and are confirmed for other hotels, those hotels will be added to the list. We would eventually like to get to approximately 20 or more hotels in Cincinnati, so that the teams will have a wide variety of choices and accommodations.
 
4. To request a block of rooms, please click on the link here.  It is a very simple process that will only take you a few minutes.

5. They will have someone available 24 hours a day to handle any problems you may have, before or during your stay.

6. Because of the increasing number of teams we have entering the tournament from out of town, and the increasing requests for hotel recommendations, we think it will be a great service for the out of town teams -- especially the teams that are new to the tournament.  And again most importantly, you can stay wherever you would like at the guaranteed lowest price.
  • At Fastpitch Showdowns, we believe in the safety of all players comes first.  All of our tournament staff is certified in the CDC Concussion Training Course.  Because we realize many coaches would like to be more knowledgeable about the developments in this area, we are happy to provide a link to the FREE CDC Heads Up Online Concussion Training Course.  Hopefully you will find this beneficial and we encourage all those involved with fastpitch softball to use this valuable resource.
  • If, as in every previous year, the tournament sells out, all schedules and pools will be emailed to the coaches at least 30 days before the tournament.  If you believe you are registered for the tournament and you have not received the schedule by then, please let us know.
  • Team lists will be updated on or about the 1st and 15th beginning January 15th.
If you have any questions on this tournament, please contact us at Bill@fastpitchshowdowns.com. 
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