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2017 NAFA World Series Information for teams, players and fans

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

FARGO, ND – The North American Fastpitch Association World Series takes place Aug. 9-22 at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo.

Click on 2017 NAFA World Series for information concerning:

  • Divisions
  • Schedule
  • Teams
  • Venues
  • Documents
  • Registration
  • Brackets
  • Contact Information

    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398.

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

    Wednesday, 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

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    NAFA World Series is showcase for men’s softball

    Saturday, August 13th, 2016

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    By Shane Frederick sfrederick@mankatofreepress.com

    MANKATO, Minn. – As mayor of Mankato, Eric Anderson is happy to have the North American Fastpitch Association World Series back in the area.

    As a softball player, however, he’s thrilled.

    “The thing I personally like is it gives people a chance to come up here and see the game played,” Anderson said before taking the field for the Pub 500 team’s second game of the tournament Friday afternoon. “There’s an added benefit that a lot of people have come here and are staying in the area, but as the (men’s) game shows signs of dying out, people can come out and see some good fastpitch softball.”

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    Devotion to men’s fastpitch ushers Bob Chapel into the NAFA Hall of Fame

    Thursday, August 11th, 2016

    “I just keep going because I love it.” – Bob Chapel

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    Bob Chapel puts the radar gun on the pitchers at the 2010 NAFA World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BAKERSFIELD, CALIF – When it comes to job security, Bob Chapel knows he’s safe. Knows that few, if any, will rush forward eager to take his place running men’s fastpitch tournaments in northern and central California.

    Since 1982, the 69-year-old has been a tournament director. Starting in March, Chapel’s weekends are spent on softball fields in Bakersfield, Stockton, Sonora or Reno running tournaments. Over 150 and climbing, he figures, in those 31 years.

    Back in 1982 when he directed his very first tournament – an ASA event – 32 teams were entered. It wasn’t all that difficult finding teams since the sport was booming in California’s central valley. The scene has changed over the years with far fewer teams playing the sport.

    But that doesn’t stop him from fighting to keep the sport alive in his part of the country. Why does he carry on when so many of his generation have left fastpitch in the rearview mirror?

    “I do it because I love doing it,” said Chapel, who splits time between homes in Bakersfield and Billings, Montana. “The guys keep asking me back. And who is going to take over if I step away?”

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    Still time to play in the 2016 NAFA World Series

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    DAYTON, Ore. – For teams and players who have yet to register to play in the 2016 NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota, you can still do so. But time is running short.

    “We would love to have (more teams) come and participate in our World Series,” said Hedgecock. “Or if you want to play, but don’t have a team, let us know and we will find you one.”

    The three divisions still open for registration

  • Aug. 18-21 Men’s “A” (lowest level)
  • Aug. 19-21 Men’s “AA”
  • Aug. 19-21 “23-Under” (no time conflicts with other divisions on Friday or Saturday nights)
  • Contact NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock and register now.
    Phone: 503-559-5398
    Email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com

    The Natural heads into the NAFA Hall of Fame

    Saturday, July 30th, 2016


    Trevor Knight will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies during the 2016 NAFA World Series in North Mankato and Mankato, Minnesota.

    OLYMPIA, Wash – Pat Bucknell has managed and coached his share of teams and players over his long career in men’s fastpitch. He has won NAFA World Series championships with some very fine athletes in his stable.

    One of the finest? Shortstop and third baseman Trevor Knight of Olympia, Washington.

    “He was a natural,” said Bucknell, “one heck of a ball player. If he had chosen, I think he could have played pro ball. He was that good.”

    Just how good?

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    NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.

    2016 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

    Umpire

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
  • NAFA CONTACT INFORMATION
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114

    NAFA Releases 2016 World Series Information

    Friday, July 1st, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, Ore – For the latest information about the 2016 NAFA World Series dates and locacations, visit the NAFA Website

    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    Cell: 503-864-4487
    Email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    Fax: 503-864-3939

    Canada, Mexico and United States Teams Battle For Las Vegas Road Trip Championships

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

    maccabi.scifl.92Some of the best talent in North and South America will compete for championships in the Las Vegas Road Trip IX men’s fastpitch tournament, April 8-10 at Sunset Park fields in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    To all teams, players and fans:

    Less than a month away and here is the latest update on the Las Vegas Road Trip IX, April 8-10. At this time there are 32 teams confirmed to play. Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented at the tournament.

    The schedule has been set and all divisions will use the 3-game guarantee NAFA bracket. The championship games are scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday with “IF” games immediately after if necessary. As with any tournaments these are the scheduled times and games may push back a bit during the course of the day so please plan flights accordingly.

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    Plan now for 2016 NAFA World Series

    Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    By BENJIE HEDGECOCK / NAFA Executive Director

    DAYTON, OR – The NAFA World Series is just seven months away. Start planning to enter your team in one of the nine divisions offered by the organization that serves approximately 150 men’s, junior men’s and masters teams.

      Mark Your Calendar
  • “Open” World Series & West Championships( “A”, “AA”) will be July 22-24 in Seattle (Fife), Washington
  • “A-Major” Aug. 11-14 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • “AA-Major” Aug. 10-12 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest Aug. 13-14 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • NAFA.cover Fastpitch softball: hitting, pitching, running and fielding – much like baseball except fastpitch does it underhanded and much faster! Many of NAFA’s top players come from Canada, United States, Mexico, Japan, Europe and South America.

      Mark Your Calendar
  • “A” Aug. 18-21 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • “AA” Aug. 19-21 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • 23-Under Aug. 19-21 in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Masters East Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West Sept. 16-18 in Carson City, Nevada
  • Visit NAFA website for up to date information.

    Benjie Hedgecock
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