The USSSA Fastpitch program will use a four-game format for the “C” divisions in this National Championship Tournament. Teams will be seeded into pools based on current USSSA ranking points and play a round robin. All teams will be seeded into a double elimination championship bracket following pool play. Seeding will be based on pool finish. The exact format of the tournament, e.g., number of games, number of teams in each pool, etc., will be set by the tournament director following USSSA Fastpitch guidelines as approved by the USSSA Fastpitch National Committee.
Below is a brief overview of the day by day schedule for this tournament:
|Wednesday July 17||9:00-11:00am||Manager's Check In|
|Wednesday July 17||11:30am-1:00pm||Manager's Meetings & Lunch|
|Wednesday July17||3:00pm-6:30pm||Opening Celebration|
|Thursday July 18||8:00am||National Championship Pool Play Begins|
|Friday July 19||8:00am||National Championship Bracket Play Begins|
|Saturday July 20||8:00am||National Championship Bracket Play Continues|
|Sunday July 21||8:00am||National Championship Bracket Play Ends|
Schedules will not be mailed out in advance per national policy. The pool play and double elimination brackets will be given to coaches during the Manager’s Check-In. Player, coach and other pre-tournament items will also be distributed at the Manager’s Check-In.
Note that all times are subject to change. Please verify itinerary during the Manager’s Check-In at the Holiday Inn - Dulles, 45425 Holiday Dr. Sterling, VA. Once the tournament begins, managers must check the main bracket board and/or online schedule for any changes in game times, field assignments or other items related to tournament play or functions.
Opening Celebration: Get ready for "The Red, White and Play Ball Games"
The official opening ceremonies and launch event for the USSSA C National Championships is being held from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Village at Leesburg — an outdoor shopping plaza located at 1602 Village Market Boulevard Southeast, Leesburg, VA 20175 (free onsite parking).
This event will have four very special guests serving as grand marshals so you don’t want to miss it!
All teams are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing patriotic apparel and bringing flags/signs. Teams should arrive and start lining up at 3:00 p.m. for the parade, which is set to kick off by 3:30 p.m. Competitive relay races and a team building competition will start at 4:00 p.m. with a brief trophy ceremony set for 6:00 p.m. All events will be held on the street. Enjoy onsite vendors offering official merchandise and softball gear, promotional partners and a photo booth. Shop 60+ stores, restaurants and entertainment attractions at the Village at Leesburg.
Families are encouraged to attend and are permitted to set up camps with canopy tents in parking spaces along the closed off streets. However, please don’t block the streets used for the parade; all camps must be taken down by 6:30 p.m. prior to street openings.
Schedule of Events by Age
Team Building Activity (4 Teams)
Teams will square off against one another in race to build the tallest tower. Each team will receive a set of building blocks and will have one minute to construct a tower that will be judged on its height. Full team participation is encouraged.
Relay Races (8 Teams)
Teams will go head-to-head for time in a series of three different activities with each consisting of different number of players per activity:
Pass the Hula Hoop (8 Players - Timed Event)
All eight players join hands in a single straight line and pass along a hula-hoop by staying linked together/not breaking the chain.
Cup Relay (8 Players - Timed Event)
All eight players line up facing one direction and attempt to fill an empty bucket by passing full cups of water over their head in the quickest time. One large bucket will be placed at the front of the line along with a stack of empty plastic cups. An empty bucket will be placed at the back of the line. The first player in line will dip and fill up the empty cup and pass over her head to the second player who will in turn grab and pass the cup over her head while not spilling any water. This continues down the line until the 8th and final player dumps the cup of water in the empty bucket. The team continues this process until the empty bucket is full and overflows on the side. BWF to fill up large garbage cans by sourcing water from building spigot.
Snake Race (6 Players - Timed Event)
Create a relay team of six players, lined up behind each other facing one direction. Every person in line “holds” a beach ball against the back of the player in front of them using only her chest/stomach, no hands allowed. The line of players, known as the “snake,” has to move together and navigate through a set of cones without dropping any of the balls or using their hands to hold the balls up. Penalty points for any dropped balls.