USSSA Great Lakes - National
Congratulations on an
outstanding 2017 season. This season, Ohio is hosting the Great Lakes National-Championships for "Odd Year" registered teams. The
event is being held in the Mid-Ohio region of the state in Marion
the week of July 19-23,2017. The host facility will be River Valley
Baseball for Youth (RVBFY). RVBFY is a 10 diamond complex with 2
fields fenced at 150' and 8 fields fenced at 200'. These are true
youth dimensions and not adult fields converted into youth fields
for the day.
The USSSA Fast-Pitch program will use a 5-game guarantee
format in its 9u/11u/13u/15u National Championships Tournament.
Teams will be seeded into pools based on current USSSA ranking
points (as of July 5, 2017) and play a round-robin. All teams will
be seeded into a double-elimination championship bracket following
pool play. Seeding will based on order of finish in pool play. To
guarantee your spot in the tournament, your team will need to
complete the online entry process. All entries must be paid online
thru the www.usssa.com website.
You will be required to submit your entry and payment online. At
this point your team entry is subject to approval by your state
director. Once approved, your entry will be accepted into this
National Championship. Once accepted into the event, teams will be
sent information on what is required and all deadlines to meet. All
roster/gate/merchandise pre-orders paperwork for the event
is must be completed no later than noon on July 5, 2017. The entry
fee for this event is $550.
and Insurance: All team rosters must be on the USSSA
website and must be the one that you have earned your berth to this
event with and was submitted for approval to play this event.
Violation of this could result in teams removal from the event.
Teams will be required to turned in a signed copy of the roster
along with a copy of the team insurance policy. Teams should also
have proof of age in their coaches possession at all times. Proof of
age must be verified by a government issued document that identifies
the player by name, gender, and birthdate. Failure to produce such a
document if asked for by a tournament official and deemed to be
non-fradulant by a tournament official will result in the offending
team losing the game, being eliminated from the tournament, being
placed last in the standings, and forfeiting all awards, sponsors
travel monies, entry fee for the event, and berths that would have
been awarded at the event.
Check List: Please click on this link for the
Forms Check List. This is what you will need to send with your
other paperwork to the tournament director prior to July 5, 2017.
All play will be governed by the official USSSA Fast-Pitch softball
rulebook and rule addendums. Note that the rulebook online will
supersede the latest printed version if a discrepancy exists. Click
here for the rulebook:
2017-18 USSSA FP Rulebook.
1. Team Trophies
2. Individual Awards
3. Team Sportsmanship Award
4. Outstanding Pitcher Award
5. Outstanding Offensive Player Award
6. Outstanding Defensive Player Award
7. MVP Award
Exchange: There will be a non-mandatory gift
exchange during one of your pool games. Teams wishing to participate
should bring something representative of your home area, the value
of which is not important. It is recommended that teams bring 16
gifts to exchange. Please let tournament staff know if you do not
find anyone to participate with and we will help out.
Complex: River Valley Baseball for Youth (RVBFY) is
a private non-profit park ran by the RVBFY volunteers and board.
RVBFY prides itself on safe playing conditions, good concessions
along with pricing, and a clean facility to bring the family to
watch youth sports. All proceeds generated by the complex go right
back into the youth softball and baseball programs which the
volunteer groups runs each spring/summer. Click here for a map of
RVBFY Complex: RVBFY
The Great Lakes Odd Year-National Championships has a housing partner in Traveling
Teams, Inc (TTI). TTI has set up a link for the event here:
Marion, OH - Great Lakes Odd Year National Championships Housing.
Please keep in mind that TTI works hard to find housing for the
event. This helps keep other costs associated with the event down
like housing of tournament and event officials. Teams are free to
book their own rooms if they choose.
Some of the benefits of using TTI are:
* Best Service
* Lowest Rates
* Closest hotels to the venue
* Secures accommodations to bring in quality
officials and other staff than enhances the events that Ohio USSSA
hosts which enhances your tournament experience.
* Ability to work with the hotels in a rain
Admission: There is a gate fee admission for the week for the
complex. Click here to download that form:
Gate Pass Form.
There will also be a link to pay online with a
credit card. That link is right here: USSSA Great Lakes National Championships online tournament listing
Championships Merchandise: There will be souvenirs
available to purchase from Team IP both on a pre-order basis and at the
tournament site. There will be a form to download along with a
credit card link to purchase online. This link will go active as of
March 1, 2017. The image below is from 2016 just to give you an idea
of what is available. Just click on the picture or go the webpage:
Schedule: For a tenative schedule - click here:
Tenative Weekly Schedule. Pool game schedules will
not be mailed out in advance nor will bracket schedules. These will be posted to the
USSSA website and copies will be given to the coaches when they
check their teams in. Please note that times are subject to change.
Please verify itinerary during team check in. Once the event begins,
managers must check the game board at the tournament site for any
updates or changes. This will be the only bracket that counts. Teams
are also encouraged to make sure they have all of their team and
coach data updated including text and email information. The USSSA
system is set to email coaches and/or team members. If you have
parents that you want to get information to quickly, list their
email for your players information.
Opening Day Schedule (July 19,2017) and Event Timeline:
Weds - July 19, 2017:
Time: 11:00 AM - Team Check-In at Tournament
Time: 11:00 AM - Team "Skills" Challenges on
Time: 2:00 PM - Coaches Meeting. Baseball
field behind concession area.
Time: 3:00 PM - Umpires Meeting.
Time: 4:00 PM - Team Line up for Parade of
teams. Age group:youngest to oldest in alphabetical order.
Time: 5:00 PM - Parade of Teams/Opening Party.
Thursday - July 20, 2017:
Time: 8:00 AM - Pool play begins for all age groups.
Friday - July 21, 2017:
Time: 8:00 AM - Pool play continues.
Time: 12:30 PM - Bracket Play begins for all age groups.
Saturday - July 22,2017:
Time: 8:00 AM -
Bracket Play resumes (All Age groups)
Time: 3:00 PM - 9u & 15u championships.
Sunday - July 23, 2017:
Time: 8:00 AM -
Bracket Play resumes for 11u & 13u final 4 teams.
Time: 1:15 PM - 11u & 13u Championships.
Information regarding "Odd Year" Classifications:
USSSA offers the "odd year" classification for teams that are true
1st year teams in a new age group. An example would be a team with
all 2007 birthdays or younger. That would be a 9u team and eligible
to participate in the 9u championship. 11u classification would be
2005 birthdays or younger, 13u classification would be 2003
birthdays and younger, and 15u would be 2001 birthdays or younger.
Teams down an age group are also encouraged to participate. This
means 10u teams can play in 11u, 12u teams can play in 13u, and 14u
teams can play in 15u. When those traditional age groups play up
they reap the benefit of double USSSA National system points plus a good challenge or
"tune up" prior to the traditional age groups National events. There
is also an exception that can be made for teams that have one player
that puts them out of the Odd Year classification. That one player
can be released for this event and then added back to the roster for
the remainder of the season once the event is completed. Please
Ohio USSSA State Office for more details.
TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT:
Your team must be registered online to
enter events online. Go to www.usssa.com
and then go to the Fastpitch Section. Click on Log in/Log out and
enter your log in id and password. Below your team name, you will
find the option "Find A Tournament / League". Click in the circle
next to it and then click submit. Set your search criteria by
clicking on the options that you would like to find tournaments on.
The easiest way to find this event is to choose Ohio for the
state, and choose National Championships. This will bring up the 4
age group listings for this event.
(Note: You may click in the circle under Find An Event to show
only events for the class you select or Show all events your team is
eligible to participate in. In the event type, you will get better
results with keeping the All Tournaments and League Formats option
selected.) You may enter a date if you would like, or you may
leave it blank.
Click submit. Once you've found the age group for this tournament,
click on the amount to Pay on line now. This will bring you to the
online payment page. Fill in all the required information. You will
be given a confirmation page when your online payment is accepted.
Teams will still need to contact their respective state director to
make sure they meet the requirements to attend National Championship
events. These may vary state to state.
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