We wanted to let teams know that we have less than 20 spots left for our Great Smoky Mountain Showcase in Asheville NC July 20, 21. MAX for this event is 49 teams. The Elite 80 camp will be on Thursday July 19. We have info on this Showcase on our website under Who’s Playing Spring Fall section. For more info or to sign up please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bryan Pack at email@example.com. Our 1st list of teams for this event will be on website the 1st week of February. We anticipate the Showcase being full next month. For info about the Elite 80 players camp please contact Bryan. The Showcase will be the 1st ever event at the Enka Sports Complex, a 7 field ball park in Asheville. All fields have artificial turf infields. Shown below are the latest drone photos from the park. They anticipate having everything ready early Spring.
Beginning with the 2018 season, we will NO longer be sanctioning teams at our events in NC. Teams MUST be sanctioned before they come to the events. We have previously posted the information about getting your teams sanction fee for FREE IF you purchase insurance thru Bollinger Insurance. Your sanction fee is INCLUDED IF you purchase the individual players/coaches insurance cards thru Bollinger. The cards are required for Championship Play events in USA Softball. For those that do NOT choose to purchase the USA Softball insurance thru Bollinger, the ONLY way to get sanctioned BEFORE you play your 1st event this year is by going to our USA Softball of NC Fastpitch website at www.USASoftballNC.org and purchasing your sanction online thru PayPal. Go to the right side of that home page to see where to begin paying your sanction. The cost of the sanction fee this year is $40 and it is valid thru December 31, 2018. You will receive a receipt you can use to show at tournaments that you have paid your sanction until your packet arrives in the mail. In your packet you will receive the 2018 USA Softball Rulebook, scorebook and sanction card. This is for our events in NC; For our events in Virginia (Got Game events), teams MAY STILL sanction at their 1st tourney if they choose to not print out form and mail in. For our joint tourneys with USA Softball of Virginia in that state, teams MUST be sanctioned with USA Softball. IF you have any questions, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We have finished our 2018 USA Softball of NC Tournament Schedule. It is listed below in a PDF file. They are also listed on our 2018 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE section of website and also on the SPRING/FALL section under Who’s Playing. You can also see our Virginia Tournament Schedules on the same sections of website. We remind teams that for ALL of our USA Softball of NC National/Region Qualifiers teams MUST go to the Tournament USA website to enter there. We can add you to our list but to officially be in those events you must enter at that site and ALSO print out the Entry Form that is on our Got Game site under the events on the Who’s Playing Spring Fall section of website and also listed on our USA Softball of NC website at www.usasoftballnc.org. The address for Tournament USA is www.tournamentusasoftball.com. We will be emailing teams that sign up more info early next year about the Championship Play events and requirements for those events. IF you have any questions, or if you would like to enter events, please email Tim at email@example.com. We will NOT be accepting entries into events this year by texting Tim. We will have more info early in January, but we will be adding an ONLINE ENTER/PAY feature to website for next season. We would like to again thank all the teams for their support last season and we look forward to a great 2018 tournament season!
2018 USA Softball of NC Tournament Schedule (PDF)
We just received our dates from Springwood Park in Burlington NC and we have been getting many texts/emails about the dates there this year so we have them listed below. We had been waiting for those dates to complete our 2018 NC Tournament schedule so we will pull all that together and get that posted to website tonight. We posted our 2018 Virginia Tournament schedule a couple weeks ago. We also have below the latest aerial photos from Enka Sports Complex in Asheville NC. They have made tremendous progress over the Fall. We will put out another email post update letting teams know that the NC schedule is up on the website.
2018 USA Softball of NC Burlington Dates
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”