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Jim  Rathe

Jim Rathe

NAFA Midwest Director

Phone: 847-800-5739

Brian Fernette

IL State Director

Phone: 630-728-8646

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2017 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 in late 2016 with deliver in early 2017.  Price per dozen FOB Cary, IL is $54.95 .

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

2017 Midwest NAFA Nationals

2017 Midwest NAFA Nationals - July 12-16

Hosted in conjunction with the Illinois Gold Fastpitch Softball Program
****Weather Update:**** 6AM Sunday, July 16
All events are on schedule for Championship Sunday.
Pool Schedule:
Bracket Schedule: 
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
Swanson Park (location of the skills competition Thursday, July 13)
5444 Swanson Rd
Roscoe, IL 61073
Coaches Meeting & Team Check-in:
Wednesday, July 12
Holiday Inn Rockford
7550 E. State St
Rockford, IL 61108
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 no later than 12pm on Thursday July 13
5) Gate fee: $50 payable to Illinois Gold
6) Hotel address & number of rooms if applicable

Updated Tournament Information

Rules & Additional Information:

10u, 12u, 14u will have a team that will play an additional pool play game.  For this reason we will use the following criteria for seeding:
1) Record
2) Head to Head
3) Run Differential (max 7 runs)
4) Ave Runs Allowed
5) Ave Runs Scored
6) Coin Toss
All teams will be allowed to use continuous batting & free substitution during pool play.  10u only will be allowed to use continuous batting & free substitution throughout the tournament.
During pool play the home and away choice shall be decided by a coin toss. In bracket play the higher seed will have the choice.
75 minute finish the inning time limit on all games except for the Championship game.
Pool play may end in a tie.
Run rule shall be 12 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings, 8 runs after 5 innings.
10u only:
- Dropped 3rd strike will be in effect.
- Infield fly will not be in effect.

NAFA NIT, Live the Dream July 28-30

July 28-30, NAFA NIT Live the Dream 10u - 18u

Hosted by All Out Sports Marketing

Ages: 12u, 14u, 16u, 18u

Entry Fee: $500 no gate fees

James Park Sports Complex
300 Dodge Ave

Evanston, Il


  • All teams must be NAFA Registered (register your team with NAFA)
  • Online Registration holds your team's spot for 2 weeks until payment is received (Online Registration)
  • 4 game guarantee (2 pool into double elimination bracket)
  • 40 team max
  • Coaches to provide signed NAFA roster and Cert of Insurance at check-in prior to first game
  • NAFA Softball & All Out Sports Marketing will provide assistance for securing hotel blocks for the weekend with local hotels if needed
  • 75 minute finish the inning with 15 min between games (weather permitting)
  • Team trophy for 1st place, individual medals for 1st and 2nd place
  • All games 1 complex, 8 diamonds with plenty of warm up batting cages and areas to warm up.

Questions contact:

Marcello at

Team Registrations

NAFA College Exposure October 21-22

October 21 - 22 NAFA Fall College Exposure

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

Entry Fee: $425

Online Registration

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
* many other coaches have been invited and may attend

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 NATIONALS, 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