Buckeye Showdown RecruitFest

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We consider the Buckeye Showdown Recruitfest the best college recruiting tournament in the Midwest. We have 31 fields in one complex ( so the coaches don't have to run from complex to complex - thus insuring the college coaches will be at your complex). It is the largest complex in the United States and last year over 200 teams ( from 13 different states and Canada ) enjoyed the exposure to well over 100 college coaches who had registered to be in Columbus that weekend. The tournament itself is preceded by the NFCA ( National Fastpitch Coaches Association) administered camp at the same complex -- Berliner Park -- on the Thursday, July 11 before the tournament. This will be one of only four sites in the country with the administered camp. ( Also Colorado, Atlanta, and Pennsbury ). Because of this, some of the best teams in the Midwest (and beyond) will be in Columbus that weekend, and that will bring in the maximum # of college coaches. We have been involved in fastpitch softball for over 25 years and we believe these camps are the best college exposure camps in the country. Please go to www.nfca.org for more details and to sign up to participate. You may sign up for the camp even if you are not playing in the Buckeye Showdown, and we highly recommend it for those serious about playing in college. The camp is immediately followed by the All-Star games Thursday night, so that the college coaches who are at the NFCA camp do not have to spend another one of their limited recruiting days. The All-Star games consist of up to 4 of the best players from each team nominated by their coaches, so the caliber of play is very good and the caliber of recruiting is also very good. The All-Star games will be coached by college coaches/players which makes it very enjoyable for the girls. And the girls really enjoy meeting and playing softball with girls of similar interests from different teams and different states. Many softball friendships are formed -- and some of the girls even might end up playing for the same college ! Then starting Friday morning, games start and we use the same tournament format that is used by the NFCA in their Top Recruit tournaments in Florida and Texas. This format was designed by college coaches for college coaches so that they could get the best look in the best situation for recruiting players. First of all, before each pool play game there will be a skills demonstration by each team (basically infield/outfield practice). Each team will play 3 pool games, and each pool game is important because if you don't win your pool, you will not be eligible to win the tournament. We do this because the college coaches requested that they really would only like to see the players compete in games that are meaningful. Each pool game will be 90 minutes long as we feel it gives the girls a longer chance for exposure and a better chance to enjoy a full game. ( 5 games at 90 minutes playing time each is the same playing time as playing 6 games at a minimum of 1 hour 15 minutes ). Then each team will play 2 bracket play games in a super pool against like finishers from different pools. Again the college coaches are not real concerned about who ultimately wins the tournament -- but again they requested that they would like to see the teams against equal competition. This should assure that. And the winners of each super pool will receive ribbons. There are several college coach amenities at the tournament to make it better for the college coaches. Each field will have a separate tent, table, and chairs behind the backstop for the exclusive use of college coaches. Also each dugout will have plastic brochure holders for your team/individual profile sheets ( there will also be tables set up at headquarters for this information). Each college coach will also have access to University Athlete -- which is the latest in softball recruiting software and will give them up to the minute information on the players they are looking for and where they are playing. We will also have a golf cart shuttle service available for all the college coaches to go between fields. And we will pay extra so that all fields will have temporary homerun fences, as again this is what the college coaches requested so that they could see the girls perform in a real college like atmosphere. So again if your primary purpose for attending the tournament is to win the tournament, then this tournament might not be for you ( although you certainly can win it). Because in order to attend the tournament your team will be required to fill out the roster form developed by University Athlete to get the coaches the proper information they need in a format they can use. And your players will also be requested to contact the college coaches of the colleges they are interested in and let them know they will be at the tournament. We can guarantee that there will be college coaches at the tournament, but with 31 fields they probably won't be at your game UNLESS YOUR PLAYERS HAVE CONTACTED THEM. But if your primary purpose for attending the tournament is to get the best college exposure of any tournament this side of the Sparkler/Fireworks in Colorado, then this is the tournament you want to attend in 2013, no matter what state you are from. So we feel the combination of the administered NFCA camp , 31 fields in one complex with over 200 recruitable teams, All-Star games, a tournament format set up for recruiting by college coaches, skills demonstrations, and a sincere desire by the participating teams to let the college coaches from the colleges they are interested in know what is happening, the stage is set to go that will lead to your best recruiting experience in 2013. Further information is on our website -- www.fastpitchshowdowns.com



We consider the Buckeye Showdown Recruitfest the best college recruiting tournament in the Midwest. We have 31 fields in one complex ( so the coaches don't have to run from complex to complex - thus insuring the college coaches will be at your complex). It is the largest complex in the United States and last year over 200 teams ( from 13 different states and Canada ) enjoyed the exposure to well over 100 college coaches who had registered to be in Columbus that weekend. The tournament itself is preceded by the NFCA ( National Fastpitch Coaches Association) administered camp at the same complex -- Berliner Park -- on the Thursday, July 11 before the tournament. This will be one of only four sites in the country with the administered camp. ( Also Colorado, Atlanta, and Pennsbury ). Because of this, some of the best teams in the Midwest (and beyond) will be in Columbus that weekend, and that will bring in the maximum # of college coaches. We have been involved in fastpitch softball for over 25 years and we believe these camps are the best college exposure camps in the country. Please go to www.nfca.org for more details and to sign up to participate. You may sign up for the camp even if you are not playing in the Buckeye Showdown, and we highly recommend it for those serious about playing in college. The camp is immediately followed by the All-Star games Thursday night, so that the college coaches who are at the NFCA camp do not have to spend another one of their limited recruiting days. The All-Star games consist of up to 4 of the best players from each team nominated by their coaches, so the caliber of play is very good and the caliber of recruiting is also very good. The All-Star games will be coached by college coaches/players which makes it very enjoyable for the girls. And the girls really enjoy meeting and playing softball with girls of similar interests from different teams and different states. Many softball friendships are formed -- and some of the girls even might end up playing for the same college ! Then starting Friday morning, games start and we use the same tournament format that is used by the NFCA in their Top Recruit tournaments in Florida and Texas. This format was designed by college coaches for college coaches so that they could get the best look in the best situation for recruiting players. First of all, before each pool play game there will be a skills demonstration by each team (basically infield/outfield practice). Each team will play 3 pool games, and each pool game is important because if you don't win your pool, you will not be eligible to win the tournament. We do this because the college coaches requested that they really would only like to see the players compete in games that are meaningful. Each pool game will be 90 minutes long as we feel it gives the girls a longer chance for exposure and a better chance to enjoy a full game. ( 5 games at 90 minutes playing time each is the same playing time as playing 6 games at a minimum of 1 hour 15 minutes ). Then each team will play 2 bracket play games in a super pool against like finishers from different pools. Again the college coaches are not real concerned about who ultimately wins the tournament -- but again they requested that they would like to see the teams against equal competition. This should assure that. And the winners of each super pool will receive ribbons. There are several college coach amenities at the tournament to make it better for the college coaches. Each field will have a separate tent, table, and chairs behind the backstop for the exclusive use of college coaches. Also each dugout will have plastic brochure holders for your team/individual profile sheets ( there will also be tables set up at headquarters for this information). Each college coach will also have access to University Athlete -- which is the latest in softball recruiting software and will give them up to the minute information on the players they are looking for and where they are playing. We will also have a golf cart shuttle service available for all the college coaches to go between fields. And we will pay extra so that all fields will have temporary homerun fences, as again this is what the college coaches requested so that they could see the girls perform in a real college like atmosphere. So again if your primary purpose for attending the tournament is to win the tournament, then this tournament might not be for you ( although you certainly can win it). Because in order to attend the tournament your team will be required to fill out the roster form developed by University Athlete to get the coaches the proper information they need in a format they can use. And your players will also be requested to contact the college coaches of the colleges they are interested in and let them know they will be at the tournament. We can guarantee that there will be college coaches at the tournament, but with 31 fields they probably won't be at your game UNLESS YOUR PLAYERS HAVE CONTACTED THEM. But if your primary purpose for attending the tournament is to get the best college exposure of any tournament this side of the Sparkler/Fireworks in Colorado, then this is the tournament you want to attend in 2013, no matter what state you are from. So we feel the combination of the administered NFCA camp , 31 fields in one complex with over 200 recruitable teams, All-Star games, a tournament format set up for recruiting by college coaches, skills demonstrations, and a sincere desire by the participating teams to let the college coaches from the colleges they are interested in know what is happening, the stage is set to go that will lead to your best recruiting experience in 2013. Further information is on our website -- www.fastpitchshowdowns.com

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