Great Lakes National Championship
Great Lakes National Championship
10U Open, 10U B, 12U Open, 12U B, 14U Open, 14U B, 16U Open & 16U B Divisions
July 5-9, 2023
Victory Park – Canton, MI
46555 Michigan Ave. Capital 48188 Opening Ceremonies July 5, 2023
Times and Itinerary information below
Pool Games Begin July 6, 2023 5 Game Format
3 Pool Play / Double Elimination Championship Bracket Play Venues and Field InformationExpand
All venues close to shopping and within 15 minute commute to each other, professional scheduling with your teams best interest in mind!
- Canton Sports Center
- Three 4 Diamond Quads
- 200′ outfield fences all fields
- Kickers Sports Bar & Grill – Full service restaurant sports bar – AIR CONDITIONED
- Heritage Park
- One 4 Diamond Quad
- 200′ outfield fences on all fields
- No Pets In Quad Areas At Any Venue
- No Alcohol In Quad Areas
- No Smoking In Quad Areas
- Have Fun & Respect All Venues
All Teams must be registered with USSSA to participate. Teams that need to register with USSSA may do so HERE.
Teams can register for the National Championship and secure entries by clicking HERE.
Currently, all teams 14B and below must participate in their home state championship tournament to advance to National and World Series events. If you have any questions please contact YOUR state Director. To find your State Director click HERE.Team Discounted Spectator Gate FeeExpand
All Teams will pay a $375 upfront spectator gate fee that is due 2 weeks prior to the event. We strongly recommend that this is paid at the time of team entry!
This one time team gate fee allows all spectators (in any number) entry into all venues on all days during the entire event.
If a team misses the deadline for Gate Fee payment they will bring $495 (cash only) to the event to turn in at check-in prior to first game. No passes sold onsite!
Typical cost for event passes at $30 per for adults and $25 for 12-18U or day passes at $10/$8 are far more expensive than this one time upfront discounted fee.
All teams needing Hotel accommodations will book through our Hotel Service Partners – This is MANDATORY!
Michigan USSSA Fastpitch has partnered with Traveling Teams to assist our out of town teams with hotel accommodations. For our National Championship events, we require that all teams requiring lodging reserve their hotel accommodations through Traveling Teams. Michigan USSSA Fastpitch has opted to implement this stay-to-play policy for this event because of the many benefits its offers teams.
Benefits of Using Traveling Teams Include:
- Best Service
- Lowest Rates
- Nearest Hotels to the Venues
- Ensure that we have the appropriate hotel inventory for all teams
- Ability to work with the hotel regarding contract in rain-out situations
- Secure room accommodations to bring in quality officials and other staff that enhance our events and your tournament experience
Tentative Schedule Including Opening Day Ceremonies Itinerary
All opening ceremonies activities will be at Canton Sports Center. Gates will open @ 3:00 PM on July 6th.
Wed July 5th, 3PM
Gates Open -Team checkin, souvenir shop opens: tables with official tournament t-shirts and other apparel along with official tournament pins will be sold during opening ceremonies and daily until gone.
Wed July 5th, 4-5:00 PM
Manager’s Meeting – at Kickers Sports Bar & Grill inside the Canton Sports Center – Head coach or 1 representative per team
Wed July 5th, 5-6:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies – Great Lakes National Championship Team Parade, line up as a team on field-6, parade of teams will occur on field-5, pin exchange amongst teams to follow.
Wed July 5th, 6-8:00 PM
Player Party & skill competition: All players will be provided meal in the courtyard area; and are encouraged to take part in the home run contest on fields 1-4!
Thu July 6th, 8:30am
National Championship Pool Play Begins
Fri July 7th, 8:30am
National Championship Pool Play concludes – Bracket Play begins
Sat July 8th, 8:30am
National Championship Bracket Play to continue
Sun July 9th, 8:30am
National Championship Bracket Play concludes
Rules: All playing rules shall be governed by the official USSSA Fastpitch softball rulebook and national by-laws. The rulebook online at www.usssa.com will always supersede the latest printed version if a discrepancy exists.
Awards: The full size package that will be awarded for divisions with more than 32 teams consists of team trophies to the top six teams, individual awards to the top six teams, team sportsmanship award, outstanding pitcher award, outstanding offensive player award, outstanding defensive player award & MVP award.
Balls & Bats: We will use the Bownet USSSA College/Pro level leather ball with raised seams, .47 core. All bats must bear the USSSA thumbprint logo with a manufacturer’s stamp of 1.20 BPF and must be in accordance with the 2021 bat regulations.
Checklist for Managers/Team Administrators
- Submit your team’s gate fee payment at www.usssa.com from your team’s schedule using the credit card shopping cart provided. Must be paid no later than two weeks prior to the start of the event.
- Enter team roster online from your USSSA Team Management page after you login at www.usssa.com/fastpitch.