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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

    From the Land of Oz a Wizard of a men’s fastpitch team

    Monday, October 12th, 2015
    The Wizards of Oz from Kansas took runner-up in the 2014 Topeka Fiesta tournament, losing to the Topeka Toros in the championship. Front row, left, Gary Starkel, Chaz Williams, Niran Buckley, Jeff Tarwater, Ray Foster, and Colton Wray. Back row, left, Grady Wray, Colby Miller, Adam Henry, Kyle Starkel, Norm Hancock, Jarrod Lamott, and Tony Buckley.  Photo courtesy of Jeff Tarwater, player / manager

    The Wizards of Oz from Kansas took runner-up in the 2014 Topeka Fiesta tournament, losing to the Topeka Toros in the championship. Front row, left, Gary Starkel, Chaz Williams, Niran Buckley, Jeff Tarwater, Ray Foster, and Colton Wray. Back row, left, Grady Wray, Colby Miller, Adam Henry, Kyle Starkel, Norm Hancock, Jarrod Lamott, and Tony Buckley. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tarwater, player / manager

    SILVER LAKE, Kan. – Should you go searching for Oz, Kansas, good luck in finding it. For it’s a magical, mythical place involving a cast of characters including a young girl named Dorothy, her dog Toto, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, wicked witches and a sham of a wizard.

    Most people are familiar with the Wizard of Oz. And by now are scratching their heads asking, “Okay, I’ve read the book and seen the movie, but what does it have to do with men’s fastpitch softball?”

    Well, one of the longest running teams in Kansas has embraced the classic fairy tale by spinning it into some good-natured fun and parlaying it into one of the most recognizable names in men’s fastpitch: Wizards of Oz.

      HAVING FUN WITH OZ

    Many folks believe that a town called Oz does exist claims Wizards of Oz player / manager Jeff Tarwater. And the charismatic team leader does little to change their perception.

    “My friend Mike Watson (NAFA Vice President) back in 2009 asked me, ‘why don’t you just tell people we are from Oz?’ I thought about it, and decided to have some fun with it,” said Tarwater. “Of course, that town doesn’t really exist, but it does get conversations started no matter where we go.”

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    Magnificent Masters battling in Carson City for NAFA World Series Championships

    Friday, September 18th, 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.

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The masters teams have arrived, the brackets are set, and fastpitch softball’s top players from across the U.S. and Canada from ages 40 to 60 and older will battle for championships in five divisions: 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 and older from Sept. 18-20 at Centennial Park in Carson City.

    Check out the brackets and drop by the park to take in some great ball games from veterans who can still showcase their skills: NAFA WEST MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Need lodging? Then consider Gold Dust West Hotel and Casino in Carson City for your comfort, dining and gaming pleasure.

    Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

    YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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    NAFA World Series A Division championship tournament set to begin

    Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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    Greg “Chopper” Lammers will be one of the pitchers wind-milling his assortment of risers, drops and change-ups to the plate in the NAFA World Series A Division tournament, Aug. 14-17. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – At 11 a.m. Thursday, 44 teams will start competing for the NAFA World Series A Division championship.

    The action takes place at the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline.

    Teams are coming from Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowas and from our great neighbor to the north, Canada.

    Canada is sending the Kakebeka Red Ants, and Kelvington PDC.

    Will they be as successful as the Pepperjacks of Novia Scotia? Or the the Lloydminster Dodgers of Alberta? These two great ball clubs battled over three games to determine a champion in the AA Division with the Pepperjacks finally prevailing.

    If the A Division championship play-down is as exciting as last week’s A-Major, AA, and AA-Major, then this will be a great tournament.

    But only time will tell in the three day event that runs through Sunday with the championship scheduled for 1:15 p.m., with a second “if necessary” game at 3 p.m. if needed in the double knockout format.

    See printable bracket: 2014-NAFA A Bracket

    Field set for NAFA Boatnik men’s fastpitch tournament in Grants Pass

    Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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    GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Ten teams with players coming from Oregon, California, Washington and Montana will battle for the championship of the NAFA Boatnik Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, May 24-26.

    The tournament has special significance as it is dedicated to the memory of Jake “The Stat Man” Andreas.

      TOURNAMENT DETAILS

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    WCFA gearing up for 2014, hosting popular Reno Shootout

    Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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    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

    Plan now for Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament

    Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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    By ROBERT HERNANDEZ
    NAFA Pacific Coast Vice President
    SCIFL President

    ANAHEIM, CALIF – NAFA and the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) are pleased to announce the seventh edition of the Las Vegas Road Trip fastpitch tournament.

    The date of this tournament will be April 11-13, 2014. The championship games will be scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, with “IF” games immediately following if necessary. Teams flying out on Sunday should make their plans for late departure times in the event the brackets are running late.

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    Has the time come for Coed Fastpitch Softball?

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


    Could coed fastpitch softball provide a new avenue for males and females to compete together?
    By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – There’s no doubt that men’s fastpitch softball has been on the decline throughout the U.S. And in Southern California the fall off of men’s teams has been as great, or greater than any other state in the country.

    The Western Softball Congress League that for many years produced International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament champions: Gone.

    The Pacific Coast Softball League that produced some of the best Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Class “A” teams in the country: Gone.

    The Southern California Fastpitch Association that produced top ASA Class A & B teams for years: Gone.

    All that’s left in southern Cal is the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), which has about a dozen ASA and North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) lower level teams gamely hanging on and keeping the sport alive.

    There’s also a smattering of city leagues, but that’s it. Nothing else.

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    Plan now for the 22nd Annual 2014 NAFA World Series

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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    QUAD CITIES – The 22nd Annual 2014 NAFA World Series in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa offers five divisions from 23-Under, A, A-Major, AA and AA-Major in which teams can compete against competition of equal ability.

    For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA Fastpitch.