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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.  

Price per dozen FOB Cary, IL is $57.95 .

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 jrathe@nafasoftball.com or 847-800-5739



May 5-6 IL Gold Spring Kickoff

Date: May 5-6

Spring Kickoff

Hosted by Illinois Gold Fastpitch Softball

Location: 

Harlem Sports Complex (HCC) - 
9450 Forest Hills Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
 

6GG

Tournament Rules

Schedule & Brackets

Home team determined by coin flip in pool play.  Higher seed during bracket play

All teams must be NAFA Registered (NAFA Team Registration Link)

No Gate Fees

Tournament Director: 
Brian Fernette 
Direct questions to: bfernette@nafasoftball or igfsoftball@aol.com

May 20 13u-14u 1-Day NAFA National Qualifier

Date: May 20

1 Day NAFA National Qualifier

Hosted by Illinois Gold Fastpitch Softball

Age Divisions: 13u, 14u

Entry Fee: $160

Online Tournament Registration Link
 

3GG

Home team determined by coin flip in pool play.  Higher seed during bracket play

All teams must be NAFA Registered (NAFA Team Registration Link)

No Gate Fees

Tournament Director: 
Brian Fernette 
Direct questions to: bfernette@nafasoftball or igfsoftball@aol.com

May 25-27 Memorial Day Classic Auto Collision, NAFA MI State Tournament

Date: May 25-27

MI NAFA State, Classic Auto Collision Tournament
Hosted by the Escanaba Heartbreakers
 
Age Divisions: 10u, 12u, 14u
 
Entry Fee: $225
 
Double Elimination 3GG
Continuous batting / Free substitution throughout
Home team determined by coin flip
New new inning after 1 hour 20 minutes
 
All teams must be NAFA Registered (NAFA Team Registration Link)
 
No Gate Fees

Tournament Director: 
Todd Milkiewicz and April Stropich
Direct questions to: astropich@bankmbank.com

June 1-3 IL Gold Summer Kickoff

Date: June 1-3

Summer Kickoff

Hosted by Illinois Gold Fastpitch Softball

Age Divisions:

10u  - Full wait list
12u - one team spot available
14u - Full wait list
 

Entry Fee: $375 before Feb 1, $450 Feb 2 and after

Online Tournament Registration Link
 

5GG

Home team determined by coin flip in pool play.  Higher seed during bracket play

All teams must be NAFA Registered (NAFA Team Registration Link)

No Gate Fees

Tournament Director: 
Brian Fernette 
Direct questions to: bfernette@nafasoftball or igfsoftball@aol.com

Illinois Gold 16u / 18u Summer Kickoff NAFA National Qualifier

Date: June 8-10

Summer Kickoff

Hosted by Illinois Gold Fastpitch Softball

Age Divisions: 16u, 18u

Entry Fee: $450 before Feb 1, $525 Feb 2 and after

Online Tournament Registration Link
 

6GG

Home team determined by coin flip in pool play.  Higher seed during bracket play

All teams must be NAFA Registered (NAFA Team Registration Link)

No Gate Fees

Tournament Director: 
Brian Fernette 
Direct questions to: bfernette@nafasoftball or igfsoftball@aol.com

June 15-17 IL NAFA State Tournament Huntley, IL

Date: June 15-17

IL NAFA State, Swing Into Summer Tournament

Hosted by Huntley Travel Softball and the Huntley Park District

Age Divisions:
10u
12u
14u (Full, wait list only)
16u 
18u (Full, wait list only)
 

Entry Fee: $525

 

Online Tournament Registration Link
 

Double Elimination 4GG

Home team determined by coin flip in pool play.  Higher seed during bracket play

All teams must be NAFA Registered (NAFA Team Registration Link)

 

No Gate Fees

Tournament Director: 
Jim Ryan and Ryan Coffland
Direct questions to: jim@huntleytravelsoftball.com or rcoffland@huntleyparks.org


June 30-July 1 - NAFA Summer College Exposure

Ages: 14u, 16u, 18u 

Online Registration

Location:  

Harlem Sports Complex
9450 Forest Hills Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111
 
Forest Hills Lanes (18u)
7742 Forest Hills Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111

 

Forest Hills Lanes location specific information: 

1) Team coolers only. No outside coolers allowed if its a parent who has a cooler for a player thats ok gator aid and water only.

2) No outside food. Unless a player has a special eating diet such as gluten free only.

3) No pets dogs cats etc. This is a big one as many teams come from out of town and bring pets. Our insurance does not allow pets we are not covered for dog bites etc.

Guidelines

  • 4 game guarantee
    • 3 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 the Greater Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN area for all attending teams

All accepted entries will be accountable for registering team members through Captain U by June 1 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.

Questions: 

Brian Fernette IL State NAFA Director bfernette@nafasoftball.com

Jim Rathe Midwest NAFA Director jrathe@nafasoftball.com

College Coaches who have attended:

Marian University
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Lewis University
Rockford University
Rock Valley College
Benedictine University
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
Augustana
Trinity University
Trinity College
Ripon College
MATC
Benedict College
Alverno College
* many other coaches have been invited and may attend

Hotels for Summer NAFA College Exposure

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 

sjohnson@helmsbriscoe.com  (715) 246-2004

View the list of hotels for the Summer College Exposure Tournament

July 6-8 21st Annual McHenry Heatwave NAFA National Qualfier

Date: July  6-8

Hosted by: McHenry Heatwave & Woodstock Park & Recreation Department

Age Divisions:
10u
12u
14u: Wait list only
16u: Wait list only
18u: Wait list only
 

Entry Fee: $475

Online Tournament Registration Link
 

Double Elimination 5GG

Home team determined by coin flip

All teams must be NAFA Registered (NAFA Team Registration Link)

No Gate Fees

Tournament Director: 
Teresa Neel : rtean@comcast.net
Dave Zinnen: dzinnen@woodstockil.gov

2018 Midwest NAFA Nationals

2018 Midwest NAFA Nationals July 11-15

Hosted in conjunction with the Illinois Gold Fastpitch Softball Program

Date: July 11-15
8u & 10u - Games on Friday, Sat, Sunday only
 
 

Entry Fee:  8u = $350   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. (www.NAFASoftball.com 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, 2018    **

* 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 

sjohnson@helmsbriscoe.com  (715) 246-2004

View the list of hotels for Nationals