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Illinois NAFA

Jim  Rathe

Jim Rathe

NAFA Midwest Director

Phone: 847-800-5739

Brian Fernette

IL State Director

Phone: 630-728-8646

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2018 NAFA Team Registration

Teams will need to be registered to participate in NAFA Sanctioned events.  There are 2 steps that will need to be completed.

1) Complete the online registration (Online NAFA Team Registration) or mail the PDF registration form.

2) Send $30 NAFA Membership fee 

Make check payable to: NAFA Softball

Send to: 
NAFA Softball
Attn: Jim Rathe State Director
900 S Rawson Bridge Rd
Cary, IL 60013

NAFA Team Roster

The Official NAFA team roster can be found below.  This roster is to be turned into the respective NAFA Tournament Director prior to games being played.  

Tournament directors may additionally ask to see certificate of insurance, and copies of birth certificates or drivers license of players to confirm age eligibility.

Players may only be listed on one roster for said tournament.  Additional players may not be added to an official roster once the tournament begins unless an injury exception has been granted by either the Tournament Director or State Director.

Softball Order form

NAFA is once again extending the invitation for teams to piggy back their order for Softballs by participating in our bulk discount program.  Sterling is the Official Softball of Illinois NAFA.  

The order will be processed after the Deadline of Nov 17, 2017 with deliver in early 2017.  Price per dozen FOB Cary, IL is $56.95 .

They are available in 11" and 12".  Balls will be stamped with the NAFA logo and the NFHS logo approved for HS play.

Online Softball Order Form

Please direct any questions to Jim Rathe or 847-800-5739

NAFA College Exposure October 21-22

October 21 - 22 NAFA Fall College Exposure

Ages: 16u, 18u (max 24 teams per age level)

***WEATHER UPDATE: Start times have been pushed back by 1 hour (updated 6:30AM) . Updates will be posted on Twitter @NAFASoftball
We will post another update at 8AM.***

Harlem Sports Complex
9450 Forest Hills Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111
Forest Hills Sports Complex
7742 Forest Hills Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111

3 game guarantee. 2 pool games followed by single Elimination bracket
Free substitution & continuous batting
All games 75 min time limit, finish the inning.

Event is a 2018 NAFA National Qualifier for the Midwest NAFA Nationals in Rockford, IL and the Northern NAFA Nationals in Eden Prairie or Shoreview, MN

All accepted entries will be accountable for registering team members through Captain U by Sept 15 or team will be removed from entry list and replaced by team from waiting list.  Form submission and payment do not guarantee acceptance. 

Inclement weather policy:  No games played $50 administrative fee withheld, 1 game played $100 withheld, 2 games played no refund.


Brian Fernette IL State NAFA Director

Jim Rathe Midwest NAFA Director

College Coaches who have attended:
Marian University
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Lewis University
Rockford University
Rock Valley College
UW Eau Claire
UW Stout
Lakeland College
Heartland Community College
Edgewood College
Sauk Valley College
University of Dubuque
Lake Forest College
Beloit College
North Central College
Concordia College Chicago
Kishwaukee College
McHenry County College
Ripon College
MATC - Milwaukee Area Technical College
Trinity College
Trinity University
* many other coaches have been invited and may attend

IL Gold Softball 10u 12u 14u Fall Tournament

Oct 21-22 IL Gold 7th Annual Fall NAFA National Qualifier

Date: Oct 21-22

Age: 14u


- 4 game guarantee (3 pool into single elimination)
- 1hr 20 min finish the inning
- Mercy Rule: 10 runs after 3 innings, 8 runs after 4 innings
- Continuous & Free Substitutions for Pool play.  Bracket follows NAFA Rules
- Pool play can end in a tie


Davis Junction Fields, 100 N Moody St, Davis Junction, IL 61020

Harlem Sports Complex, 9400 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111

Forest Hills Lanes, 7742 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111


* $100 Cancellation Fee - refunds for cancellation 30 days in advance, no refunds less than 30 days unless the spot is filled.

Oct 21-22 Live the Dream 12u-18u Morton Grove

Date: Oct 21-22

Age: 12u, 14u, 16u, 18u 

Cost: $500

Online Registration

75 min with 15 min between games

2 pool into single elimination

Max 30 teams

2 umpires per game

Age groups may be combined. Age divisions will be scheduled with 4 or more teams.


Harrer Park, 6250 Dempster St, Morton Grove, IL 60053

2018 Midwest NAFA Nationals

2018 Midwest NAFA Nationals July 10-15

Hosted in conjunction with the Illinois Gold Fastpitch Softball Program

Date: July 10-15

Entry Fee: 10u = $400          12u to 23u = $500

- $50 gate fee per team made payable to Illinois Gold and turned it at checkin. 
- We will provide assistance for securing hotel blocks for the tournament with local hotels.
- All teams MUST be NAFA registered. ( for more info)
- Participating teams may also play in NAFA Northern Nationals. 
- Online registration holds your teams spot for 2 weeks until payment is received.
- Teams may earn a berth from one of our qualifying events or petition the Midwest NAFA Director or State Director to receive an At-Large berth.

         ** REGISTRATION DEADLINE              JUNE 25, 2017    **

* Refunds provided if a replacement team is found.

Location: (additional locations may be added)
Harlem Sports Complex
9450 Forest Hills Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111
Forest Hills Lanes
7742 Forest Hills Rd

Loves Park, IL 61111

Coaches Meeting & Team Check-in:

Wednesday, July 11 at 6pm (location TBD)

Items to bring: 
1) Certificate of Insurance
2) Proof of age for players (birth certificate, drivers license, passport)
3) Signed NAFA Roster
4) Completed Skills Competition online form Please complete this by the time of the Coaches meeting
5) Gate fee: $50 payable to Illinois Gold
6) Hotel address & number of rooms if applicable


There will be a 2 day player skills camp, coaches clinic, parent information session on college recruiting hosted and led by current and former college coaches on July 10-11 in conjunction with the Midwest NAFA Nationals.  Day 2 the college coaches will coach the players in a scrimmage games.

More details to come including online registration.

Hotels for Midwest NAFA Events

NAFA has had a long standing relationship working with Helms Briscoe to help teams to get the best rate on hotel rooms for our NAFA National tournaments.  While we are not a stay and play tournament (mandating you stay in our hotels, Shelley and John Larsen can help you and your team to ensure a simplified economic experience.

Please reference NAFA MIDWEST, your team name, age group when you contact John or Shelley.

We strongly recommend that you book your reduced rate team hotel rooms soon.  If you have any questions please contact John or Shelley at  (715) 246-2004

View the list of hotels for Nationals