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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

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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NAFA Releases Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Listing

Thursday, February 6th, 2014


  • April 11-13 Las Vegas Road Trip NAFA Qualifier Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 17-18 Lower Midwest Super Regional at Fun Valley in Hutchinson, Kansas
  • May 17-18 Reno West Coast FP Assoc. NAFA Qualifier
  • May 24-26 Grants Pass, Oregon Boatnik NAFA Qualifier Grants Pass, Oregon
  • June 14-15 NAFA Open in Fargo/Morehead
  • June 21-22 Upper Midwest Super Regional in Madison, Wisconsin
  • July 4-6 NAFA Western National in Carson City, Nevada (fly to Reno)
  • For more tournament listings and hotel information, visit: NAFA Tournaments

    WCFA gearing up for 2014, hosting popular Reno Shootout

    Sunday, February 2nd, 2014


    BILLINGS, MT – Bob Chapel, president of the West Coast Fastpitch Association announces that the WCFA 2014 schedule has been completed with travel league and tournament dates listed (with possibly more events to come).

    The first big tournament is the 4th Annual Reno Shootout, May 17-18, at the Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in the City of Sparks, Nevada.

    This is a NAFA qualifier.

    Winners in the upper and lower divisions will receive a paid berth into the NAFA World Series in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. The exact berth amount will be determined by the number of teams participating in the Shootout.

    The entry fee is $400.

    For Information, contact Bob Chapel at 406-690-0664.

    Mailing address:
    Robert Chapel
    West Coast Fastpitch Association
    1165 Capricorn Place
    Billings, MT 59105

    Wrapping up the 2013 California Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

    SANTEE, CA – If you’re a men’s fastpitch fan living in southern California, there’s not much in the way of top-flight tournaments to watch. Except the California Classic. It’s the only big-time tourney being offered south of Santa Barbara where Clyde Bennett hosts the Best of The West.

    Now concluding its fourth consecutive year, the Classic offers good competition. This year the Sooke Loggers of British Columbia, CA stopped the California A’s from claiming its fourth consecutive title with a 9-6 victory on Sunday.

    Some thought California was heavily favored. That the A’s – loaded with international stars – were a superior team. Especially with Argentine and ISC All-World pitcher Lucas Mata toeing the rubber.

    Schellenberg.Kevin.CalifA's.430web Shortstop Kevin Schellenberg is one of several international stars who play for the California A’s. He’s been a member of Team Canada that finished fifth in the 2013 ISF World Championships.

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    NAFA Super Regional men’s fastpitch tournament coming to Reno, Nevada

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


    BAKERSFIELD, CALIF – Bob Chapel has been directing top-flight men’s fastpitch tournaments since 1982.

    But on May 18-19 he’s planning a spectacular event: the Reno Shoot-Out. It’s a NAFA Super Regional 3-game guarantee tournament, with a paid berth into the NAFA World Series in Des Moines Iowa.

    He’s inviting teams rated NAFA A, A-Major, AA and AA-Major to come and “shoot it out” in Reno.

    Chapel also wants this to become a popular tournament and destination for fastpitch teams, players and fans. Much like what takes place in Las Vegas, he said.

    “This is my first year there (in Reno / Sparks, NV) trying to do this, and I want it to build up like the Las Vegas Road Trip (April 13-14).”


    DATES: May 18-19
    WHERE: Reno-Sparks, Nev.
    PLAYING FACILITY: Shadow Mountain Ball Park in Sparks. A four-diamond complex.

    SANCTIONING: West Coast Fastpitch Association and NAFA
    FORMAT: NAFA, three-game guarantee bracket


    ENTRY FEE: $425 (Entry deadline, May 10)
    AWARDS: Paid berth to NAFA World Series in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 8-18.
    (Additional awards based upon number of teams in each classification.)

    HOST HOTEL: Ramada Reno Hotel & Casino, 1000 E. 6th Street, Reno (775) 786-5151
    SPECIAL ROOM RATE: $65 when mentioning “West Coast Fastpitch”
    TOURNAMENT DISCOUNT: $25 refund of entry fee when a team reserves five rooms or more.

    CONTACT: Bob Chapel (406) 690-0664; email
    PRINT A FLIER: Reno Shoot-out Flier