GGF Taylor Foster Scholarship presented

The 1st recipient of Got Game Fastpitch! Taylor Foster Scholarship has been awarded to:

Lauren Elizabeth Rowland. 

Lauren’s area of study will be Physical Education while  attending Radford University.

She has participated in school ball receiving many awards

Honorable Mention All District Softball at large,  Second Team All Conference Outfield, Second Team All Conference Pitcher, Second Team All Conference Utility Player

Lauren played Travel Ball with Aftershock  for 4 years and her current team is Blue Ridge Sudden Impact.

Lauren was presented her check  June 18th. Taylor’s mother (Wendy) her sister (Delaney) her brother (Dylan) were all present for this presentation.Scholarship

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“BLUE OUT” Tourneys – FYI

We know that many of our #GotGameNation parents work in the Law Enforcement profession.  To honor them, and ALL Law Enforcement Officers in our Country, we are holding 2 weekends of “BLUE OUT” tournaments.  We encourage teams/parents/fans to wear BLUE these weekends to show your appreciation to all those in this profession.  Our 1st “BLUE OUT NC” will be August 13, 14 in Summerfield and Greensboro NC.  Our “BLUE OUT VA” tourneys will be held in Martinsville on August 20 and in Lynchburg August 20,21.  In our NC event, we are giving the FIRST 15 teams to sign up $50 OFF Entry Fee Cards for their next Got Game 4 Game Guarantee tournament.  IF your team would like to sign up please send email to timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com. 

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GAMETIMES now POSTED for “Diamond Heat”/South Hill – FYI

We are very sorry that our earlier post confused teams/parents about the situation at Parker Park in South Hill, VA.  As of NOW, we have pulled ALL 2016 dates at this park.  We will not be going back to this park unless their 1 Team Cooler ONLY Policy is dropped.  We are sorry about any confusion.  Thank you to the teams that have already moved to NC that weekend.

GAMETIMES are now POSTED for our “Diamond Heat” events in Oak Ridge and Summerfield NC.  We have 8 16u/18u teams at Oak Ridge and 12 16u/18u teams playing at Summerfield.  We need ALL teams to VERIFY to us that you received your times. Please email us at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com or text to 910.690.3556 to VERIFY your times.

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South Hill VA – FYI

We have an update for teams concerning Parker Park in South Hill, VA.  We found out this past Saturday at our 1 Day tourney that there is a new policy at Parker Park that only 1 team cooler is allowed in the park.  While we tried to work this out with the new concession company, we were unable to do so.  There is no compromise from our standpoint on this subject.  For 4 years we have told all of you that we will never play at a park that limits coolers into the park.  Some do have rules about coolers but we were able to make them see our side of the issue.  Teams/parents pay a lot of money to play in our events and many stay in hotels/eat at local restaurants/shop during their stay, etc so those cities/parks came to realize that they still wanted us to play there and we were able to relax their policies on coolers.  Many teams utilize their breaks during play to have a team meal and this is a very important aspect of travel ball.  We will try over the next couple of days to book a park in the South Hill area, but we do not feel that it is very likely.  We will offer any team moving from our August 6th event at South Hill to NC $50 OFF their Entry Fee.  We really enjoyed our tournaments in South Hill but with a new concession contract in place, we do not foresee us going back there anytime in the next couple years.  We hope teams/parents will understand our position on this issue.  Please email us at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com to move from South Hill to our NC tourneys the weekend of August 6,7.

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July 30-31 UPDATE

We wanted to post some information about this coming weekend’s tourneys.  16u/18u will be at Oak Ridge and Summerfield and that age is FULL.  We will put 8 teams at Oak Ridge and 12 teams at Summerfield.  We have cancelled our 10u and 12u 1 Day tourneys.  For the 14u we now have 3 teams for the 1 Day at Jaycee Park in Reidsville.  We must have 6 teams in 14u in order to host the tourney.  We are giving teams up until 11am tomorrow to sign up. GAMETIMES will be posted by 7pm tomorrow.  We are giving the 3 14u teams that are signed up plenty of time to be able to find somewhere else to play by deciding tomorrow at 11am.  14u teams that would like to play this Saturday in Reidsville, please email us at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com.

REMDINDER to the teams playing in our “16u/18u Select” (Aug 5-7) – We will begin play on Friday, August 5th at Noon.  Teams will play 2 Pool games on Friday and Saturday and be seeded into either a GOLD or SILVER Single Elimination Sunday bracket.  Games on Friday and Saturday will be 1 Hour 30 Minute DROPS (Finish Batter).  Scores at time of DROP will be used to seed the Sunday brackets.  This event is FULL with 20 teams.  Each team receives up to 13 Tournament shirts for their players. We still have a couple teams that have not turned in the t-shirt sizes of their players and for the teams that do NOT turn those in, your team will receive 5 Small, 5 Medium and 3 Large t-shirts.

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August 27,28 14u Select and 16u/18u Select ADDED to Burlington NC

We were just given Springwood Park in Burlington NC for August 27,28.  We will make this an event similar to the 14u Select we just hosted at that park this past weekend.  We will take 8 teams in 14u and 8 teams in 16u/18u. It will be a 5 Game Guarantee.  Each team will play 4 Pool games on Saturday to be seeded into a Single Elimination Sunday bracket.  We got positive feedback from teams about the format from this past weekend.  We will have this event listed on our Who’s Playing Spring/Fall section of the website once we have the GAMETIMES for this coming weekend finished and online.

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Registration for 2017 Florida State Softball Camp NOW OPEN

We now have the REGISTRATION set up for our 2017 Florida State Softball Camp 7.  The camp will take place on Monday and Tuesday, July 10-11, 2017. The 10u and under portion of the camp will be on Monday, July 11 at 6pm.  Check in will begin at 5:15pm.  This camp will cost $50 and LIMITED to 50 players.  The 12u and up portion of the camp will be over 2 days.  You can sign up for both days ($150) or choose Monday or Tuesday ($100).  This camp will be LIMITED to 150 players.  To sign up for the camp please go to gotgamefastpitch.myonlinecamp.com.

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2016 Notes – FYI

Here are some items we went over at our NC and VA Coaches Meetings during January and February.  I wanted everyone to be updated before we begin our 2016 Tournament Schedule this weekend.

– Teams must turn in ROSTERS BEFORE your 1st GAME, whether that is a Warmup or Pool game.  IF you have any players who may only be available on Sunday, they MUST be on the ROSTER when you turn it in.  You will not be allowed to add players once you turn in roster. 

– ASA Roster form is available on our website, www.gotgamefastpitch.com and go to the header ASA LINKS.  Please go to the FILLABLE ASA Roster Form and type in player info and save/print.  ONLY PRINTED ASA ROSTER FORMS will be accepted at our NC ASA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS in 10u, 12u, and 14u for June 10-12.  I will accept hand written forms in other events but I encourage teams to please use the fillable form and save/print and use that to turn in to directors.

– Teams must pay Entry Fee by Noon on Saturdays.  Many times last season my Site Directors are calling me so that I can contact teams that haven’t paid and it is late on Saturdays.  I encourage my Directors to collect fees by Noon on Saturdays and get those fees placed in their vehicles or turned in to the Gate worker.  Please help me with this issue this season. 

– One question that comes up often is do I need to turn in a roster each weekend even though my roster hasn’t changed?  Answer is YES.  I need a ROSTER turned in each weekend for Insurance Purposes. 

-Each player is allowed to TEMPORARY PLAY 3 times during Summer (June,July,August). Other months are OPEN Rosters. TEMPORARY Release forms are on website. This does not apply to our 2016 NC ASA State Championship for 10u, 12u and 14u on June 10-12.

– Each team is allowed 4 Coaches/Scorekeeper to be allowed into the tournaments.  As you know I give my gate staff a Coaches Sign in sheet and they ask you for your Initials.  Many times last season we had the Head Coach come to sign in and the 4 spots have already been taken.  PLEASE designate to your team before each event who your 4 will be. 

– Each team is also only allowed 4 Coaches/Scorekeeper in team dugout.  This is just a reminder as we had no issues with this last season.  I made a point to teams about this issue at last years Coaches meetings and teams really helped us with this last season. 

– Our daily Gate Fees for 2016 will be: $6 Adults, $3 Seniors. 12 and under FREE.  Some events in VA there will be no Gate Fees.  Those are designated on our Website under the Spring/Fall Who’s Playing section of our website. 

– During Warmup/Pool play I will again allow FREE DEFENSIVE SUBSTITUTIONS.  This doesn’t apply to ASA Championship Play, which for us this season will only be June 10-12 during our NC ASA State Championship in 10u, 12u and 14u. 

– To eliminate any confusion, this season I will replace Blue/Green/White brackets with Gold/Silver/Bronze.  This has been a request from many coaches/parents.  Since I do not allow teams to sign up as an A or B team, the only way to be fair to many teams is to split into separate Brackets after Pool play.  I usually do not split unti we get over 12 teams in an age but the younger ages will many times be split at lower number. 

-I wanted to let our NC 10u, 12u and 14u teams know that they do NOT have to purchase the Individual Player Insurance cards for our State Tournament set for June 10-12. IF your team qualifies for further ASA Championship Play or play in Regional Qualifiers then you MUST have the Individual Player Cards.  You can find that information at www.registerasa.com or you can contact me if you have any questions. 

– Sanction fees for 2016 will be $3o for NC ASA and $25 for Got Game Fastpitch.  IF you will not play with us in NC you will only be required to pay the Got Game sanction.  Once you sanction ASA whether in NC or Virginia, you are sanctioned for all states.  IF you purchase the Individual Players Cards thru ASA Bolinger Insurance your sanction fee is covered in that and your State Commissioner will send you your packet.  Otherwise, if you sanction NC ASA at your 1st event with us in NC, we will give you the 2016 ASA Rulebook and Scorebook. 

– One question that I have received many time during the off season is can Virginia teams play in our NC ASA State Tournament.  The answer is NO.  ONLY NC based teams are eligible.  You can sign up for your Virginia ASA State Tournament by emailing John McPhail at jmcphail4@gmail.com or by going to www.vaasasoftball.org.  The Virginia ASA State tournament in ALL ages is set for June 17-19 in the Roanoke Valley. 

– We still have a few spots available for our Florida State University Softball Camp.  It is set for July 11,12 at Springwood Park in Burlington NC.  12u and up can either participate 1 day for $100 or both days for $150.  Our 10u will have their camp on Monday, July 11 from 6pm to 8:30pm.  10u camp is $50.  ALL Players will receive a camp t-shirt.  You can sign up for this camp at www.gotgamefastpitch.myonlinecamp.com.  Coach Lonni is planning on bringing several current and former FSU Players including Jessica Burroughs, Lacey Waldrop, Maddie O’Brien and Macey Cheatham. She also will be adding more head coaches from other college programs as we get nearer the time of the camp.  Our Preferred Hotel for this event is the Ramada Convention Center in Burlington NC and that hotel info is listed under HOTELS on our website. 

– Please contact me if you have any questions on any of these topics.  You can contact me at 910.690.3556 or at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com.   We look forward to seeing the teams back on the Diamond in 2016.

 

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Got Game Showcase VA – Dinwiddie Sports Complex August 27,28

We have made our August 27, 28 date at Dinwiddie Sports Complex in Sutherland Virginia a SHOWCASE (16u and 18u) event.  I have listed all the information concerning this event on our Spring/Fall Who’s Playing section of the website.  I can take a MAX of 12 teams for this 5 Game Guarantee Showcase.  Teams will play 3 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday.  ALL players will receive a Tournament shirt and ALL gate fees are included in the Entry fee.  We will do our best to make sure we have college coaches in attendance BUT I remind teams/parents that the task of making sure the colleges your daughter/player is interested in and showing up belongs to you. Contacting coaches by letters and emails are preferred method to let them know your daughter/player is interested in their school.   Dinwiddie Sports Complex is a beautiful park that  is right off Highway 460 in Sutherland.  Got Game is the 1st Travel Organization to be allowed to host events at this facility. We are honored they chose us and we hope to fill up both dates (10u and 12u will be at this park July 30, 31)  Please let me kn0w if your team would like to play by emailing me at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com.  This is a PRE-PAY event.  Entry fee and team t-shirt sizes are due by August 15.  ALL information is on Spring/Fall section of website.

 

 

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Preferred Hotel for Florida State University Camp – FYI

I have reached an agreement with the Ramada Inn and Conference Center to be our Preferred Hotel for our Florida State University Camp in July and for our events in Burlington NC this season.  The rate for the FSU Camp will be $72 a night for 2 Double beds.  For individual rooms, please call the Front Desk at 336.227.5541.  For Team Group rates for this event AND Got Game NC ASA tournaments in Burlington, please contact Lucy Wallace at 336.369.0482.  I have listed some details about the Ramada Inn below.  Lucy can also help you in booking rooms at the Best Western in Burlington as well.  Please contact her ASAP if you need hotel accommodations as this rate will expire June 26th (I had them block off 10 rooms today) and rooms will be released.
Ramada Burlington Hotel and Conference Center
2703 Ramada Road, Burlington NC  27215
Newly Renovated in 2013/2014
138 beautiful guest rooms including suites, kings and doubles
FREE Hot breakfast buffet
FREE USA Today and FREE local phone calls
All rooms include micro-fridge, coffee maker, ironing board/iron & hair dryer
64 Channel cable TV and HBO
Flat Panel TVs
FREE wireless internet – recently upgraded
Interior and Exterior Corridors
ADA Rooms available
Meeting space for 10-600 people
Outdoor pool (seasonal)
40 West Restaurant on site – includes a grill & bar open in the evenings
      from 5pm-9pm – Tues. – Sat.
Outlet shopping nearby, .05 miles
Conveniently located at Exit 143 off I-85 & I-40

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