April 15th, 2017

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Annual Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

By RONN KOPP
NAFA President

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The 39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held June 9-11 at Fred Tate Memorial Park in Rice Lake.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS
  • Team Classifications: NAFA “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”
  • Tournament Size: 12 Teams (The first 12 to submit complete entries, including roster)
  • Tournament Format: NAFA 3-game guarantee
  • Entry Fee: $225 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch
  • **Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2017 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.**

  • Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted.
  • AWARDS (Based on 12 team field)

    • 1st place $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 3rd $300 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 4th $150 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections
    • MAIL CHECKS TO

      Rice Lake Orangemen
      Post Office Box 202
      Rice Lake, WI 54868

      2017 TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
      Loren Lathrop, Phone 608-422-5781 or 608-228-2430)

    Men’s fastpitch undergoing a revival in Austin, Texas

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    AUSTIN, Tex – Men’s fastpitch is making a comeback in Austin through the efforts of Toni Castillo, Rudy Almarez and Ray Saldana, who joined forces to start a fall league in 2016.

    The Austin Men’s Fastpitch League started with four teams: the Jokers, Indians, Yellow Jackets and Rams.

    To keep the cost down, team managers called balls and strikes, and because of the short fences (200 feet) home runs were ruled as doubles.

    The league even introduced wood bats toward the end of the season (wood bats are used in the NAFA Wood Bat World Series).

    After the successful fall rollout, a spring league was planned with a nearly doubling of teams to seven with games slated to be played in East Austin. With such a sudden spurt in growth, the league is searching for a second field.

    An encouraging sign is the upsurge of younger players on the league team rosters. But certainly more teams and players are welcomed to sustain this amazing growth.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Tony Castillo: tcbc.castillo@sbcglobal.net
  • Rudy Almarez: zapatalanding@gmail.com
  • Ray Saldana: raymondcsaldana@gmail.com
  • Dean Hector-Keddy: hector@htu.edu
  • 2017 Midwest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Schedule

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    Checkout 2017 men’s fastpitch tournaments in the Midwest provided by Richard Quigley and Ostrander Fastpitch of Minnesota.

    2017 George L. Cournoyer Sr. Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    Expect plenty of fast-paced and exciting fastpitch action at the George L. Cournoyer Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    WAGNER, So. Dak. – The 20th Annual George L. Cournoyer Sr. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held in Wagner, South Dakota, June 16-18.

    For serious fastpitch teams, take note of the payout. It is impressive!

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

  • Dates: June 16, 17, 18
  • Location: Wagner, So. Dak. (Two hour drive west of Sioux Falls.)
  • Entry Fee: $400 plus one softball
  • Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • PAYOUT
    1st place $3,000 and Hoodies
    2nd place $2,000 and Hoodies
    3rd place $1,500 and Sweatshirts
    4th place $1,000 and Sweatshirts
    *All prize money is guaranteed*

    AWARDS

  • Most Valuable Player: Hoodie and Star Quilt
  • Second Base: Bat, Bag and Star Quilt
  • Ten All-Tournament Sweaters
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Nick Cournoyer (605) 469-5336
    Krystle Cournoyer (605) 481-2764
    Joey Cournoyer Sr. (605) 384-3068
    On Facebook: George Cournoyer Memorial Tournament