We wanted to let teams know that we will be having a Summer League at Summerfield Athletic Park in Summerfield NC this summer. The 10u, 12u ages will play June 19 thru July 19 (taking the week of the 4th off) and the 14u and 16u/18u ages will play from July 24 until August 16. The MAX number of teams in each age will be 8 and each team will play games on Tuesday and Thursday. The last Thursday of each session we will hold a Single Elimination tourney with the TOP 4 teams in each age. IF we max out at 8 teams per age, each team will play one another 1 time. We will seed the teams at the end of the regular season just as we seed teams at our events. This league will be sponsored by USA Softball of NC. ALL teams will need their own accident insurance policy and will turn in a roster at the beginning of the regular season. We have not worked out all the details but we wanted to go ahead and let teams know so they have time to discuss if they want to sign up. The cost for the league will be $525 per team. We will use our Got Game and USA Softball of NC umpires during the league. Games will be 1 Hour 15 minutes finish the inning (games CAN end in a tie). The schedule will be posted on our Got Game website. We will begin play at 6pm and we MUST be finished by 10:30pm due to Summerfield town ordinance. Game times will be 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm. We feel this league will help many travel teams as well as allowing some new teams to form to combine players from several teams that do not get to play together in travel tourneys. The more time on the diamond for the players the better. Teams may NOW begin to sign up for this league by emailing Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Tim if you have any questions.
We also wanted to let teams know that our 2018 NC Tournament Schedule will be posted next week. We are still waiting on a couple more parks and we can complete it. The Virginia Schedule was posted last week. Thank you for all for the support from #GotGameNation over the last 5 years!
At our annual USA Softball of NC State meeting this past weekend, we held a discussion about a topic that no one wants to ever have to deal with or ever hear happening, but it does, and that topic is a sexual predator taking liberties against a player. We have seen in the news the last year a couple instances where coaches have preyed on a player on their team and somehow influenced the player to run away with them. This became a discussion because we wanted to make sure that we get out to all our teams about the insurance coverage that USA Softball (thru Bollinger Insurance) has that can protect teams and organizations concerning sexual abuse and sexual predators. I want to thank Mike Van Horn, who runs events for USA Softball of NC in the eastern part of the state for contacting Bollinger Insurance on behalf of us and finding out this information for us. I want teams to know that even though many sanctions offer insurance, Bollinger Insurance thru USA Softball is the ONLY SANCTION that provides this specific coverage IN ADDITION to the other medical and liability coverage. It ALSO covers your team no matter where you play and AT ALL TEAM FUNCTIONS. The info you will see below is the cost of coverage in NC, but we also encourage our Virginia teams to seriously consider buying this coverage as well. I am including below the response USA Softball of NC received from our inquiry about sexual abuse coverage and also the cost/comparison of purchasing insurance thru USA Softball. This was not an easy email to post and I have never pushed insurance on teams/organizations, but I felt this was the time to at least educate everyone on the advantages of Bollinger Insurance and before many teams have purchased their insurance for 2018. Teams in BOTH states can start the process of purchasing Bollinger Insurance at www.RegisterUSASoftball.com.
We e-mailed Bollinger Insurance for clarification of three specific examples of how this insurance works:
1) A team is at a tournament and a spectator who is at the event takes liberties with a child and the parent wants to sue the coach claiming he/she is negligent in the supervision of the child.
2) A coach is accused of taking liberties with a child on his team.
3) A parent on the team is accused of taking liberties with a child while at a team event.
In the scenarios above, we have to assume that either the organization or a covered individual (not the accused individual) is named in a lawsuit. The coverage would respond for any covered entity or individual named in a lawsuit. In scenario #1, I would find it hard to believe even in our ridiculous world that the coach could be asked to do more than coach the team, but the coach would be defended in that scenario.
In scenario #2, the coach is on his/her own in the defense, but the organization that allowed the person to coach has coverage if sued.
In scenario #3, the parent is on his/her own, but the team would have the coverage when sued for not doing a better job of preventing the circumstances that allowed the abuse.
USA Softball Non-Photo ID Cards (Based on 12 Players) $180 – $40 team sanction fee so total would be $140. (Our USA Softball of NC sanction fee will be $40 this year, so that fee is WAIVED if you purchase the Non-photo ID cards. For 2018, our cost for Non-Photo ID cards are $15 player/coaches) This type of coverage is for teams that do NOT PLAN to play in any CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY EVENTS (I.E. – Regular weekend tourneys with us at Got Game, NSA, Top Gun, USSSA, etc)
USA Softball Photo ID Cards (Based on 12 Players) $264 – $40 team sanction fee so total would be $224. (Photo ID cards are MANDATORY at Regional/National Championship play events. Once again IF you purchase those for your team, the $40 sanction fee is WAIVED. For 2018, our cost for Photo ID cards are $22 player/coaches and you will receive 2 PHOTO ID cards. Those must be presented at check in for Championship play events)
Common Carrier Fees: (FEES VARY, this was an average of several)
$152 for insurance plus team sanction fee of $50-60 dollars for 1ou and 12u for a total of $202 – $212
$193 for insurance plus team sanction fee of $50-60 dollars for 14u for a total of $243 – $253
$264 for insurance plus team sanction fee of $50-60 dollars for 16u/18u for a total of $314 to $324
IF you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com. We hope this has been helpful to teams and organizations. Thank you, Tim Doby USA Softball of NC JO State Commissioner 910.690.3556
Here is our 2018 Got Game Virginia Tournament Schedule. 3 of our events in the State will be joint events sponsored by USA Softball of NC and USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia. We have those noted below. We will have an UPDATED Got Game Sanction Form for Virginia up on website soon. You can still print that out and bring to 1st tournament or mail in. We hope to have our Complete 2018 NC Tournament Schedule posted by Friday, December 15. We are still awaiting dates from 4 parks and we still have 3 more meetings with parks this week. We will get all the Virginia dates on our 2018 Tournament Schedule and Who’s Playing Spring Fall links on website today. We also have our 2018 USA Softball of NC Championship play events listed and any other parks that have verified our dates. To sign up for the Championship Play events, teams MUST go to the USA Softball website and register. That address is www.TournamentUSASoftball.com. CLICK on Girls Fastpitch, then select North Carolina. For those Championship Play events we will be using the TournamentUSASoftball system for all schedules and results. For all other events in NC and Virginia, you can sign up by sending an email to Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will NO LONGER be taking entries by texts. We are working on adding to our website an option where you can pay online in addition to still being able to pay by check. We hope to have this complete soon. We encourage teams to purchase their team insurance thru USA Softball via the Player cards as this will allow you to have the USA Softball of NC Team Registration (Sanction) fee WAIVED. For those who do NOT purchase the Bollinger Insurance thru USA Softball, we will have up by the middle of December on our USA Softball of NC Fastpitch website (www.USASoftballNC.org) the USA Softball of NC Team Registration Form. You will have to pay this via PayPal and we will send you your Team Sanction Card, 2018 USA Softball Rulebook and Score book. This will be the ONLY way you can register (Sanction) your team from now on for our teams that are from NC. You must present your receipt at check in at tournaments until your sanction card arrives. There will be NO MORE sanctioning your team at tournaments. We encourage your team to purchase your insurance thru USA Softball and get your Team Registration fee waived. You can do this at www.RegisterUSASoftball.com. For our Championship Play events in NC this year, 1 coach must be ACE Certified and ALL COACHES in dugouts MUST have their BACKGROUND CHECK CARD on them at ALL times. We will give each team 5 lanyards at check in of the Championship Play events and they MUST have their BACKGROUND CHECK CARDS on them anytime they are in the dugout. All of this can also be done at www.RegisterUSASoftball.com. IF you have any questions please contact Tim at email@example.com.
2018 Got Game Virginia Tournament Schedule
Many of you have been asking about our dates in 2018 for the Roanoke Valley of Virginia. Yesterday we received them from the committee in that area. We have listed the dates below. On Monday, we will get them added to our Tournament Schedule and our Who’s Playing Spring Fall.
March 24 -25 Kickoff Classic Roanoke Valley
March 31 – “Chicks Rule” Easter 1 Day
May 12 – “Mother’s Day Celebration” Mother’s Day 1 Day
May 26-28 – “Memorial Day Madness” Joint 3 Day tournament with USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia
June 29-July 1 – “Firecracker Classic VA” Joint 3 Day tournament with USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia
August 11 -12 – “World Series VA”
September 8-9 – “Strike Out Hunger VA”
September 22-23 “Help Save the Next Girl” Joint tournament with USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia
October 13-14 – “Paint It Pink Roanoke Valley”
From ALL of us at USA Softball of NC and Got Game Fastpitch, we want to Thank our #GotGameNation for a great 2017! We hosted events on 34 weekends during the year and many weekends we were at 6 or 7 parks spread out over NC and VA. We are always honored when you choose to play with us in 1 of our tournaments. We are working on our 2018 Tournament Schedule and hope to have the complete schedule up by mid December. You can see the dates that we have VERIFIED by clicking on the 2018.Tournament Schedule header on website or by going to the Spring Fall section of our website. We are posting dates as they are VERIFIED with the parks. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week.
We wanted to let teams know that due to some issues with parks being available. we have made some changes to our 2018 USA Softball of NC Championship Play events. Listed below are the NEW dates:
May 26-28 – USA Softball of NC State Tournament 16u and 18u (2 Berths each age available to the USA Softball National Championships) Burlington/Graham area
June 9-10 – USA Softball of NC National Qualifier 10u, 12u and 14u (1 Berth each age available to the USA Softball National Championships) Greensboro/Burlington area
June 15-17 – USA Softball of NC State Tournament 10u, 12u and 14u (2 Berths each age available to the USA Softball National Championships) Greensboro/Burlington area
June 23-24 – USA Softball of NC Regional Qualifier 14u (OPEN to teams in Region 2) (1 Berth available to the USA Softball National Championships) Greensboro/Burlington area
June 29 – July 1 – USA Softball of NC National Qualifier 16u and 18u (1 Berth each age available to the USA Softball National Championships) Greensboro area
2018 USA Softball National Championships Sites:
10u – Montgomery, AL
12u – Spartanburg, SC
14u – Bowling Green, KY
16u – Kent, WA
18u – Salem, VA
***ANY teams playing will be eligible to participate in the Eastern Territory Championships. Those sites are listed below:
10u – Findlay, OH
12u – Findlay, OH
14u – La Plata, MD
16u – Findlay, OH
18u – Sterling, VA
Got Game Fastpitch is proud to announce that we will have a Showcase in August of next year with the Aftershock Organization at Peaks View Park in Lynchburg VA. The dates will be August 17-19, 2018. We will have more info on our Spring Fall section of our website tonight. The format will be 2 Pool Games Friday, 2 Pool Games Saturday, Single Elimination tourney on Sunday. Pool games will be 90 Minute DROPS, Bracket games Sunday will be 70 Minutes finish inning. We will offer 14u, 16u and 18u. MAX number of teams will be 49. For more info or to enter, please email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back on website tonight for more info.
At the USA Softball National convention last week, NC was awarded a Regional Qualifier in 14u. It has 1 berth to the 2018 USA Softball National Championships in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the winner. All teams in Region 2 can participate in this USA Softball of NC Championship play event. We will host this event in the Greensboro or Burlington area on June 30 July 1. If your 14u team would like to play please email Tim at email@example.com so he can add you to the Who’s Playing. We will email teams more info on entering this event in January. We will add it to our 2018 schedule tonight.
Listed below are the winners from the last 2 weekends of Monsterjam events. Teams will receive $100 off Entry Fee to a Got Game event in 2018. Thank you to all the teams that participated in those events and participated in the contests. IF a Site Director told you that you were a winner AND I missed listing you below, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We all have been very busy the last month so it is possible I missed someone and if I do, I apologize and we will get it corrected. Thank you to all of #GotGameNation for a great month of Paint It Pink and Monsterjam tournaments.
October 21,22 Freedom Park, Eden NC – Best Team Synergy; Best Dressed Coaching Staff Booyah
October 21,22 Carolyn Allen Park, Greensboro NC – Best Coaching Staff Synergy; Best Team Renegades Shaffer; Best Tent Aftershock Holt
October 21,22 Springwood Park, Burlington NC – Best Team Renegades 12u; Best Tent Randolph Rage
October 28 Southside Park, Martinsville VA – Lady Slammers Best Tent; Stealerz 05 Best Team
October 28 Timberlake Park, Lynchburg VA – Best Dressed Coaching Staff VA Elites; Best Theme (TIE) Maroon Crush 07 and Star City Elite Wells; Best Tent Sandlot Sluggers; Best Pumpkin STIX Bowling
October 28 Peaks View Park, Lynchburg VA – Best Tent Cove Creek Shockwave; Best Pumpkin Greenbrier Lady Intimidators; Best Theme Extreme Force Ring; Best Dressed Coaching Staff Stealerz 06; Best Team Thunderstruck 16u
We have finalized our 2018 Tournament Schedule for Enka Sports Complex in Asheville NC. USA Softball of NC was chosen as the EXCLUSIVE FASTPITCH SOFTBALL for this park. It will open in 2018 and will have 7 fields with artificial turf infields.. The Grand Opening will be in July at our Elite 80 Camp/Showcase. We will have more information on that event on Website in December. Right now all we are doing is taking teams info that they are interested in playing. We will consider strong 14u teams to go along with the 16u and 18u age groups. IF you are interested in playing in the Showcase July 19 – 21 or attending the Elite 80 Camp, please email Tim at email@example.com OR Bryan Pack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listed below are the dates for Asheville in 2018. To enter please email Tim at email@example.com. We will get these listed on website this weekend.
July 19 Thursday Elite 80 Camp/Grand Opening Ceremonies
July 20 – 21 Fri Sat GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS SHOWCASE
August 4 5
August 25 26
September 8 9
September 22 23
October 6 7
October 20 21