This weekend - July 19-21 - is for teams at 16u, 18u,& 18+. The younger age groups 8u-14u play their World Series the following weekend - July 26-28. Are you tired of wondering all summer if you'll earn a World Series bid or if you know the right people? And then if you get a bid, you have to pay an exorbitant fee to enter (or an exorbitant admission charge) for a minimum number of games and play 1 game a day for 3 days while those hotel bills mount up? Well, so was I. We use a format where each team will play a minimum of 5 games in 3 days ( 18+ Saturday and Sunday only. ). And you don't have to worry about qualifying as the only condition is that you finish in the top 6 of any tournament you were in this year or last year (ie - no rec. teams). This way everyone - players, coaches, parents, and fans - can make definite plans in advance. Also, no admission fee is charged to your fans..... (the city of Columbus does collect a $5 per day parking fee.) We will have the same amenities you'd expect at a World Series - 1. Opening ceremonies 2. Parade of teams 3. Skills competitions-- e.g. home run Derby, fastest pitcher, fastest touch them all, around the horn, outfield accuracy, batting screen tear down for the coach, etc. 4. Most Valuable Team awards 5. Team Spirit awards on YouTube 6. Gift swap 7. Pin trading 8. Programs And to top it off we have an in-house fundraising opportunity for those teams who wish to take advantage of it to raise money for this extra special tournament. All this is available for $495 for a 5 game guarantee. The preliminary information is on our website -- www.fastpitchshowdowns.com, -- but certainly if you have any specific questions, feel free to let us know. Last year we had over 160 teams, (including 114 at 16u), from 11 different states (from as far away as South Dakota, Maryland, and Alabama ) as well as Canada, at one complex,( as well as over 58 college coaches pre-register ), and we hope to do the same or better this year. So we invite all teams to come and face different teams from different sanctioning bodies, and have the girls enjoy an end of the season tournament, or a perfect preliminary for another World Series.