NAFA heads to Fargo for 25th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball

Written by Bob on June 28th, 2017

THE 2017 NAFA WORLD SERIES will be held at the Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, ND. Courtesy Photo

DAYTON, Ore. – In the winter of 1993, seven dedicated fastpitch men – Pat Bucknell, Jim Williamson, Loren Lathrop, Ronn Kopp, Roger Regez, Milt Waschow and Bill Musolf – met in Chicago with a lofty goal in mind: to create an international organization explicitly for male fastpitch.

And from that meeting, the North American Fastpitch Association was born.

In August, NAFA will celebrate an outstanding milestone – a quarter century of striving to make the game better for every man, young man, boy or masters-aged player who wants to play fastpitch the “NAFA way.”

NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, wants to make this milestone special and one long to be remembered by inviting all teams, players and fans to attend the NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak., Aug. 8-20.

“We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary of the North American Fastpitch Association in Fargo, North Dakota in August and we are inviting you to come join us,” said Hedgecock.

Professor Tadashi Yoshimura, manager and founder of the Waseda University men’s fastpitch team of Tokyo, Japan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the 2014 NAFA World Series Opening Day ceremonies, Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

The World Series will be played at Fargo’s 13-field softball facility, the beautiful new Northside Softball Complex.

Fargo, long revered as a men’s fastpitch mecca, is doing everything possible to make this the best world series yet to be held. But for that to happen, Hedgecock is asking all teams to advise whether or not they are attending or declining this year’s World Series.

“Let us know what your team name is this year and what class you are playing this year as well,” he said. “We hope to see you there and if your team can’t make it but you want to come play, we have a team for you.”

Teams will battle for seven division crowns in Fargo – which makes NAFA the only men’s fastpitch organization offering championships from a recreational division to an elite level.

DIVISIONS AND DATES

  • AA-Major, Aug. 9-11, Wed evening to Friday Afternoon
  • A-Major, Aug. 10-13, Thursday to Sunday
  • 23-Under, Aug. 11-13, (playing at times that avoid conflict with the A-Major)
  • Recreation Division, Aug. 12-13, (first time ever for this division)
  • A, Aug. 17-20, Thursday to Sunday
  • AA, Aug. 18-20, Friday to Sunday
  • 23-Under, Aug. 18-20 (the second week and playing at times that don’t conflict with the “A”)
  • Omaha right-fielder Kyle Kinman robs Illinois’ s Matt Hall of a two-run homer as he hauls in the ball before crashing into and over the fence. Omaha went on to win 4-1 in the 2010 NAFA A-Major World Series held in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

    ADDITIONAL NAFA WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENTS

  • Men’s Open World Series & West AA, A Nationals July 22-23 in Seattle, Washington
  • NAFA Boys Youth Fastpitch, July 30-31 in Vassar, Michigan (10U,12U,14U,16U,19U)
  • Wood Bat, Aug. 5-6, Kansas Midwest Nationals, Newton, Kansas
  • Masters Midwest World Series, Sept. 8-10, Rockford, Illinois
  • Masters West World Series, Sept. 15-17, Carson City, Nevada
  • Wood Bat Las Vegas West Nationals, Oct. 20-22, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • “Please join us for these other awesome events as well,” Hedgecock said. “This is going to be awesome.”

      FARGO HOTEL INFORMATION

    It is important that all players, managers and fans read the information about reservations: Click on this link: Reservation Information.

    Yours in making men’s fastpitch better,

    Benjie Hedgecock
    cell: 503-559-5398
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    work: 503-864-4487 work
    fax: 503-864-3939
    PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

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