Welcome to the
Michigan NSA 2013 - GIRLS FAST PITCH Season
If you are new to NSA, please select "Where to Begin" and "What to Bring"
To Sanction with NSA for the 2012-2013 Season:
You can pay by charge by selecting the link on the left, but you still need to fill out the Sanction form!
Click on: NSA Team Sanction Form on the left - fill out the form & submit it. You will receive
payment instructions at the bottom of the screen.
NSA By-Law I want everyone to be aware of:
There will be strict penalties for teams submitting rosters that have not been signed by the individual players and individual parents. Please make sure you are not caught by this bylaw in 2013.
NSA Scholarship Weekends:
I am proud to announce that to date Michigan NSA has sent over $36,000.00 to our NSA National Office on behalf of the Michigan NSA Weekend Scholarship Program & Recipients.
The program was started in 2007 as NSA wanted to give ALL girls that enjoy the game of softball a chance to benefit from participating in our program.
A scholarship for college will be awarded to a player during each Scholarship Weekend tournament.
ALL Michigan NSA Fastpitch Tournaments are Scholarship Tournaments!
Scholarships are done by a blind draw during the weekend and any player participating is eligible to receive the scholarship.
The players DO NOT have to participate in softball at the college level to receive the funds.
Please click here for more information on the Michigan NSA Weekend Scholarship Program.
I have posted the FALL schedule for the 2012-2013 season, but do expect some changes and additions - watch for updates. Please fill out the NSA Team Sanction Form to be on the mailing list.
Girls Fastpitch Classification Upgrades:
To help the teams compete and achieve at their highest level of play, the following classification rules will be instituted for the NSA North-Central Zone.
Classifications: State Directors could impose or set higher standards in the following regard.
State Directors will review the overall finishes of the team in making classification changes.
State Directors and/or Zone VP can change the classification of a team at ANY TIME during
the season due to the overall strength of the team.
State Tournament: State Tournaments with 16 or more teams per Age & Classification:
1st and 2nd Place or Top 10% (whichever is greater) will be Upgraded in Class if they retain 50% or more of the roster the following season.
State Tournaments with less than 16 teams per Age & Classification: Only 1st Place will be Upgraded
The upgrade from the State Tournament may be appealed to the State Director.
Appeal MUST be in writing with a list of players that will be participating the following season.
World Series: World Series Tournaments with 20 or more teams:
1st & 2nd Place or Top 10% (whichever is greater) will be Upgraded in Class if they retain 50% or more of the roster the following season even if they more up in age division.
VERY IMPORTANT: TRAVEL PERMIT
* IF you are planning to play Outside of Michigan for 14u, or 16u age level,
PLEASE MAKE SURE to inquire about the pitching distance before sending in payment!
* Must submit a Travel Permit (or email approval) Prior to attending any out of state tournaments other than World Series.
The pitching distance for the 16u will remain 43 ft in Michigan this year.
The pitching distance for the 14u will remain 43 ft in Michigan this year.
It was voted in as optional (40 or 43 ft) within our individual states, but at World Series the distance will be 43 ft.
FYI: Personally I am against the 14u division changing to 43 ft distance. I feel that the 14u includes younger players that would not get a chance to pitch, and if a player is on a HS team, she is probably playing with the 16u division anyway. In some states, the High Schools will be starting the 43 ft program in the spring of 2010 and some will not be until the following school year. I believe it would be a detriment to any team at 14u to have to change their pitching distance to attend the Worlds Series so ALL Michigan NSA 14u Qualifying tournaments will be at 43 ft.
Q&A: 14u Players from two different teams want to merge for early tournaments - is that possible?
Answer: 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"
Team ONE would need to be sanctioned separately - just cannot add the 14u players names until the COMBINED team is disbanded.
Team TWO would need to be sanctioned separately - just cannot add the 14u players names until the COMBINED team is disbanded.
Please let me know if you have questions.
The NSA State Championships have always been the week after Father's Day as it still will be this year.
So you can see the pattern, these are the dates for future years:
2012: June 21-24th
2013: June 20-23rd
2014: June 19-22nd
2015: June 25-28th
Parents, Players and Coaches -
I have received many questions regarding "Borrowing" of a player for a weekend.
If you have ANY questions, please contact me.
Violations are severe.... Suspension of both the Coach AND PLAYER!
1. Players cannot be BORROWED for a weekend tournament and return to their original NSA team! EVEN IF THE TEAMS ARE IN THE SAME ORGANIZATION!
2. Players cannot participate without being listed on the Official NSA Online Roster, printed out with signatures.
3. Players cannot be listed on TWO NSA rosters without a release form in my office & APPROVED - Stipulations apply.
4. Players participating that are not on the NSA official ONLINE roster are illegal/ineligible.
5. Players playing under an assumed name or "borrowing a jersey" for a weekend is illegal/ineligible.
If you are new to Girls Fast Pitch Softball, the National Softball Association,
or are just not quite sure what you need to do,
Please start at : Where to Begin? and "What to Bring & FAQ's"