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    Michigan NSA Fastpitch

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please note it is the COACH and/or MANAGER'S responsibility to know the rules. Ignorance of a rule or bylaw does not negate the penalty. If you have a question please check the NSA Rulebook.

     

    Q: What Bats are Approved for NSA Play?

    NSA Approved Equipment List

     

    Q: What are your normal Tournament Procedures?

    General NSA Tournament Information

     

    Q: How many times can players be released?

    Players can be released one time from August 1st to December 31st  and one time from January 1st to July 31st. Reminder: If a player participates in the FALL with a team and will be playing for a different team for the SPRING  The player must get a release BEFORE December 31st! This will allow them to play with a team in the spring and then be released to their summer team!

    PLAYER RELEASE FORM

     

    Q: How do I Pay for a Tournament? If we have weather issues do I get a refund?

    Michigan NSA's Payment's Transfers & Refunds

     

    Q: I want to participate in the Fastpitch World Series. What do I have to do?

    How Michigan Teams Qualify for World Series

     

    Q: How do I add a Player to my Roster?  Can a player be on two teams at the same time?  How many Players can I have on my Team?

    Rosters - General Information

    For FULL details on rosters and Player Eligibility, please review the NSA Rulebook or contact me.

      All players participating in NSA tournaments must be listed on the official NSA Online Roster. All players 18 years or older must sign their own name, and if under the age of 18 must have parent or legal guardian signature in order to participate
        You can have up to 25 Players on your Roster. Once you have filled your roster you cannot add any additional players. Player’s names do NOT get deleted from the roster for any reason.  Not even if you release a player, injury, relocation or if the player quits the team.
          Adding Players to your roster may be done anytime during the season BEFORE the State Tournament. For questions regarding adding players after the State Tournament, please contact the NSA State Office. 
            Anytime a Player is added a NEW COPY of your roster must be provided to the NSA Tournament Director BEFORE the new player participates.
              If you add a new player, you can print the roster, attain signatures of the parent or guardian (if player is 18 years of age or older - they will need to sign themselves), make copies and attach to your roster with the other parent signatures. Meaning you will turn in two pages for your roster the next time you participate.
                Players cannot be listed on two NSA rosters at one time without an official Player Release form on file in State Office and APPROVED by the State Director before the player participates with the new team. This is an ineligible/illegal player. PLAYER AND COACH WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 1 YEAR.
                  Players cannot play on two different AGE GROUPS with in the same organization. Players CANNOT be borrowed for a weekend. Even IF they are age eligible to play both age divisions. This is an ineligible/illegal player. PLAYER AND COACH WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 1 YEAR.
                  • Examples: A 14 year old cannot play one weekend with the 14u team, and then play a different weekend with the 16u team because they need players for a particular weekend. Players cannot play on a 12u team and a 14u team on the same weekend.
                      Players participating that are not listed on the Official NSA ONLINE Roster will be considered an ineligible/illegal player. PLAYER AND COACH WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 1 YEAR. Players not listed on your Online Roster will not be covered by your Insurance!
                        Players participating under an assumed name or "borrowing a jersey" for the weekend without being listed correctly on the NSA Online Roster will be considered and ineligible/illegal player. PLAYER and COACH WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 1 YEAR. Players not listed on your Online Roster will not be covered by your Insurance! 
                          Player Release Form: It is possible for a player to be released from their current team to participate with a NEW TEAM or AGE GROUP. It can only be done ONE time from September 1st to December 31st and ONE time from January 1st to August 31st. A Player Release Form must be signed by the current coach, player, and parent, and it must also be approved by your State Director, PRIOR to the change in team.
                            • Contact your State Director for guidance.
                              • Pick up of certain players could change your teams’ classification by changing the overall strength of your team.
                                • Once a player has been released from a team, they cannot change teams again during that half of the season. This means they cannot go back to the original team.
                                  • Players cannot be released from an “A” team to play with a “B” team.

                                  18u Teams: Any team with a player on the roster that has participated on a COLLEGE SOFTBALL TEAM MUST participate in "A" Classification.

                                   

                                  Q: Can 14u players from two different teams merge for early tournaments?

                                  Yes. As always with NSA, a team can sanction and play early in the year to combine the two 14u teams - We will call this the COMBINED TEAM of Team ONE and Team TWO 14 year olds. This allows the 14u girls to play before the older girls (16u) are ready to play because of High School. Once the older girls are ready to play, the COMBINED TEAM would be disbanded by the coach of record. This allows all the players from the COMBINED TEAM to go play for their regular team WITHOUT it counting as their one release for the year.

                                  • The COMBINED TEAM would lose any berths or points that were awarded them once they disband.
                                  • Once the COMBINED TEAM is disbanded, players from that team can be added to TEAM ONE and TEAM TWO.
                                  • The only issue is that a player cannot go from a Class "A" team to a Class "B"
                                  • The Combined team will need to be disbanded before Team One or Team Two could add the players to their roster. Both team One and Team Two need to sanction separately.
                                  Please let me know if you have questions.

                                  PAYMENTS, TRANSFERS & REFUNDS

                                  PAYMENTS

                                  • Membership (Sanction) Fee Payment: $30 per team. Make sure to fill out the Membership Form at PlayNSA

                                  Tournament Payments:  Make sure to enter your team into the tournament ONLINE at the PlayNSA Tournament Search

                                  • Payment by Check: Include your Team Name, Age Group, Tournaments Paying for & Contact Info
                                    • Make Payable to: NSA
                                    • Mail to: NSA P.O. Box 187, Fenton, MI 48430
                                    • NSF Fees will be $30 per check that is returned to our account. The team will be suspended until a money order or Cashiers check is received for the amount of the original check + $30 fee
                                  • Charge Payments: Find the tournaments you want to play in on the Michigan Pay Online page. Add them to your Cart making sure to continue the check out process until the screen says your card has been approved & it gives you an order number. You will also receive a confirmation email.
                                    • If you pay by a charge and then request and meet the requirements for a Refund, THE CHARGE CARD WILL BE CREDITED for the refund amount! There are no exceptions.
                                    • Only the amount of the Entry Fee will be considered for refund if your team cancels from a tournament.
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                                    REFUNDS

                                    • There are NO entry refunds or transfer of fees within 30 Days of the tournament or after a tournament or age group is marked as FULL, regardless of the number of days from the start of the tournament.
                                    • The NSA Rule Book contains full details on how to request a refund and is available HERE
                                    • Entry in to any NSA tournament constitutes acknowledgement and agreement to the refund policy.

                                    TRANSFERS

                                      • Contact the State Office as soon as you know you need to drop from a tournament, we will try to work with you to get your team replaced so you can receive a refund. NOTE: Even is a refund is allowed, a $25 Administrative Fee will be retained from the Entry Fee if Teams or Coaches cancel from a tournament regardless of the payment method.
                                      • TRANSFERS: If a TRANSFER is Allowed and your team paid by taking advantage of the early entry discount, you can transfer the discounted entry to the new tournament. If the new tournament you are transferring to DID NOT OFFER the early entry discount, you will need to pay the difference.

                                      Tournament Brackets

                                      NSA Tournament Management System (NEW)

                                      We are now using the Event Connect (Roomroster) Mobile App for Coaches and Spectators to get information directly to your phone! Including Brackets, Scores, FREE Team Chat, Communication from Tournament Directors and ease of attaining hotel rooms. From your Roomroster team dashboard in the App you can invite parents to join the team via email to have access to the FREE team chat.

                                      To View Brackets Online

                                      1. Select Tournament Name
                                      2. Select the Bracket Tab (All age groups will be listed together)
                                      3. Select Your Age Group

                                      Tournament Results & Hotels: Select the Tournament below or go to PlayNSA Tournament Search, select the tournament you're looking for and click Results Tab or Hotels Tab.

                                      Please Note for all NSA Tournaments:

                                      • It is the coach/managers responsibility to know the rules and bylaws of NSA. Ignorance of a rule or bylaw does not negate the penalty.
                                      • Reminder:  METAL CLEATS ARE ALLOWED IN  14u - 16u - 18u DIVISION ONLY
                                      • Pitching Distance in Michigan for 14u - 16u - 18u will be 43 feet.

                                      Date

                                      Tournament Name

                                      Location Info

                                      April 27-28 Early Bird Bash (Davison) Davison
                                      April 27-28 Early Bird Bash (Potterville) Potterville
                                      May 4-5 Cinco de Mayo Slugfest (Rockford) Rockford
                                      May 11-12 May Madness (Grand Blanc) Grand Blanc
                                       
                                      May 11-12 May Madness (Potterville) Potterville
                                       
                                      May 18-19 Great Lakes Classic - Latoszkiewicz Memorial (Port Huron) Port Huron / Ft Gratiot
                                       
                                      May 18-19 Great Lakes Classic - Latoszkiewicz Memorial (Davison) Davison
                                       
                                      May 18-19 Great Lakes Classic - Latoszkiewicz Memorial (Kalamazoo) Kalamazoo
                                       
                                      May 25-26 Memorial Day Battle of the Bats Potterville
                                       
                                      May 25-26 Line Drive Spring Slam Midland
                                       
                                      May 31- June 2 Fastpitch Fever - Catch it! (Davison) Davison
                                       
                                      June 1-2 Fastpitch Fever - Catch it! (Norton Shores) Norton Shores
                                       
                                      June 7-9 Fastpitch Challenge (Potterville) Potterville
                                       
                                      June 7-9 Crusher Summer Kick Off Standish
                                       
                                      June 7-9 Edge Bring the Heat "B/C"  Lake Orion
                                       
                                      June 14-16 10u "A" Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      10u "B" Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      10u "C" Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      12u "A" Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      12u "B" Michigan State Championships Midland
                                       
                                      12u "C" Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      14u "C" Michigan State Championships Midland
                                       
                                      June 14-16 Summer Sizzle (Davison) Davison
                                       
                                      June 21-23 14u "A" Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      14u "B" Michigan State Championships Midland
                                       
                                      16u "A" Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      16u "B" Michigan State Championships Davison
                                       
                                      18u Michigan State Championships Potterville
                                       
                                      June 28-30 Blue Water Bash (Port Huron) Port Huron / Ft Gratiot
                                       
                                      June 28-30 Blue Water Bash (Kalamazoo) Kalamazoo
                                       
                                      June 28-30 Line Drive Grand Slam Midland
                                       
                                      July 5-7 Firecracker Xplosion (Port Huron) Port Huron / Ft Gratiot
                                       
                                      July 5-7 Firecracker Xplosion (Potterville) Potterville
                                       
                                      July 12-14 Mitten Mayhem (Davison) Davison
                                       
                                      July 13-14 Mitten Mayhem (Norton Shores) Norton Shores
                                       
                                      July 13-14 CAN AM Games "B"  Richmond
                                       
                                      July 19-21 Davison Classic Davison
                                       
                                      July 19-21 Lisa Joliff Memorial Howell
                                       

                                      Insurance Information

                                      All teams that participate in NSA Youth tournaments must provide proof of TOURNAMENT INSURANCE for the team. Your team will not be allowed to participate with out a copy being left at the tournament site.

                                       

                                      NSA Westpoint Insurance Requirements

                                      As of 2016 it is required that all teams have NSA Westpoint coverage to participate in NSA events. Don't have NSA Westpoint Insurance? Don't worry we are here to help! There are two options:

                                      • Weekend Insurance: Any team can play with a Current NSA Membership (Sanction) - You do not need to do anything else! Michigan NSA will use their NSA Westpoint Weekend Program to make sure your team meets the insurance requirement for that weekend. This is only for the one WEEKEND you play NSA.
                                      • Yearly Insurance (Recommended): If your team has a NSA Westpoint yearly insurance policy you will receive $25 OFF every Michigan NSA tournament you enter. This will cover your team for practices and your team will have medical coverage for any softball event for the current season. Note: ASA may require that you purchase their insurance. Contact them directly.

                                       

                                      NSA Westpoint Quantity or League Insurance Discounts (Yearly Policy)

                                      Please remember to take advantage of the discounted Quantity/League rates:

                                      • 4 or more teams from an organization that purchases insurance at one time.
                                      • If you are an individual team, your team can take still take advantage of the Quantity/League Discount. We have set up a LEAGUE you can join to get the quantity/league rate, CALL Westpoint 800-318-7709 and ask for Angela or Annmarie - tell them you are joining the Michigan NSA Fastpitch League to get the discount.

                                      • Your team will need to have their current membership (sanction) number in order to purchase NSA Westpoint Insurance.

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                                      How Michigan Teams Qualify for World Series

                                      Your team must qualify to attend a NSA World Series Tournament, but don't worry there are multiple ways to get to the World Series! You must qualify in one of the following ways:

                                      Michigan NSA State Championships: TOP Four (4) finishing teams in each division qualify for the World Series. If the ONLY Michigan NSA tournament a team is playing in is the State Tournament, the team will be required to play in the "A" Division. Teams not participating in a Michigan NSA qualifier prior to the State, may be required to play in the "A" State Championships.

                                      • Participating / Play in the STATE TOURNAMENT means a team must physically play in the tournament or lose their berth. Paying & NOT SHOWING for the State Tournament will be cause for you to lose your berth!
                                      • Participating / Play in the STATE TOURNAMENT ONLY, does NOT Automatically Qualify your team for the World Series.

                                      Michigan NSA World Qualifying SUMMER Tournaments:  TOP Two (2) in all qualifying tournaments receive a World Series Berth. The teams MUST Participate in State Tournament to validate the Berth to the World Series.

                                      Michigan NSA World Qualifying FALL Tournaments: Teams that receive a berth from a Fall Qualifier (Outside Tournament) MUST meet the following criteria to retain the berth:

                                      • MUST retain 75% of their roster they qualified with
                                      • MUST play in at least 1 Michigan NSA qualifier & State Tournament the following calendar year

                                      Michigan NSA World Qualifying DOME Tournaments: Teams that receive a berth from a Dome Qualifier (Inside Tournament) MUST meet the following criteria to retain the berth:

                                      Dome Tournaments in the FALL/WINTER of the CURRENT year - OCT-NOV-DEC:

                                      • MUST have participated in the age group they will be playing the following year.
                                      • MUST retain 75% of their roster they qualified with
                                      • MUST play in at least 1 Michigan NSA qualifier & State Tournament the following calendar year

                                      Dome Tournaments AFTER THE NEW YEAR - JAN-FEB-MARCH-APRIL:

                                      • MUST have participated in the age group they will be playing during the current year
                                      • ALL NSA Roster rules will apply - Players must be released if leaving team
                                      • MUST play in at least 1 Michigan NSA qualifier & State Tournament

                                        NSA NIT Tournaments: 1st Place receives a Direct Berth to World Series and can by-pass the State Tournament. 2nd & 3rd Place Teams both receive a World Series Berth, but MUST participate in the State Tournament to validate their berth.

                                        HOSTING an NSA Tournament:  Host Organizations or teams that host an NSA qualifying tournament are awarded berths based on the overall number of teams participating in the tournament. Host teams receiving a berth will need to play in at least one additional Michigan NSA Qualifier, PLUS the State Championships in order to validate the berth.

                                        At Large World Series Berths: Don't meet any of these requirements? Not to worry every year Michigan NSA has berths left over for the World Series! Teams could receive multiple berths by finishing first or second in multiple tournaments and some teams decline berths after receiving them.

                                        At Large Berths will be awarded to teams with the following minimal criteria:

                                                  10u - Participate in 3 MI Qualifiers and NSA State Championships

                                                  12u - Participate in 3 MI Qualifiers and NSA State Championships

                                                  14u - Participate in 3 MI Qualifiers and NSA State Championships

                                                  16u - Participate in 2 MI Qualifier and NSA State Championships

                                                  18u - Participate in 1 MI Qualifier and NSA State Championships

                                        Once you Qualify you can Choose your Location from all across the country! For more information on the different World Series click HERE.