National Fastpitch Alliance

NFA Playing Rules



Welcome and thank you for choosing to participate in a National Fastpitch Alliance National Championship Tournament. Our experienced staff is here to provide assistance.

The NFA National Championship Tournament will follow NFHS rules: NFHS Rules.

GATE FEES: Admission will be: $10 per day.

GAME TIME: Three (3) Pool Games / Double Elimination Bracket; where Pool Games will seed teams into their respective Brackets.

Pool Games will be 1:40 minutes time limit, finish the inning. Pool Games can end in a TIE.

Bracket Games will be full 7-inning games. At the end of 7-innings, Bracket Play will immediately go to International Tiebreaker following NFHS Rules.

REMINDER: Please have your teams ready to play in the event the preceding game ends early. This can help us avoid any delays in game times.

RUN RULE: We will use NFHS Rules with the following modified eceptions: 8-run rule after 5-innings; 10-run rule after 4-innings; and 12-run rule after 3-innings.

DEFINITION OF TIE BREAKER: (Bracket Play Only) International tiebreaker immediately following the completion of the seven innings. Your last batted out will be placed at second base with no outs. Pool Games can end in a tie.


All NFA Tournaments will follow NFHS rules: NFHS Rules; unless otherwise specified.

Pitchers must start with both feet on the rubber (plant foot must start with heel on top of rubber not in front.)

• The pitcher will get 5 warm up pitches per inning.

• No infield meetings after a strikeout has occurred.


• Teams will flip for home team before each game.

• Line up cards are to be turned into the official scorekeeper before each game.

• The home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook.

• Infield will NOT be available before games UNLESS TIME PERMITS.

• Please help us by returning foul balls and game balls to the umpires following each game.

GAME UPDATES / WEATHER ALERTS: NFA will provide game updates to all coaches via the website; along with posting information on Social Media. Please ensure that you login to both of these.

Twitter Page: @NFAsoftball

Facebook Page: My-NFA


HOTEL REGISTRATION: The National Fastpitch Alliance has partnered with EVENT CONNECT to provide all attendees/groups with the best available hotel and property rates at the NFA National Championship. The NFA Staff has worked hard to provide you with a wide range of housing options at well-below market rates. We understand a strong working relationship and experience with these hotels and properties is critical for the long-term success of our events. For this reason, teams or attendees who are traveling from out-of-town are highly encouraged to book their rooms through our official travel partners, to ensure that the guaranteed room blocks are utilized. NFA tournaments are NOT "Stay to Play" events, instead you will work with EVENT CONNECT to insure you get the lowest NFA negotiated rate. Reservations made through Expedia, Travelocity, etc. are not eligible for the NFA negotiated rate.

For the Lowest Available Room Rates and to book online: EVENT CONNECT

WEATHER: In the event of inclement weather, we will provide notification of delays / changes / cancellations at our earliest convenience understandably our goal is to get in as many games as possible. Teams must be prepared and recognize that games may be rescheduled, relocated, shortened or changed in order to get as many games in, as necessary. Our priority is to offer travel teams the best opportunity to play showcase games at reduced fees while attracting as many college coaches as possible. In order to ensure this, Teams must understand that the entry fees do not cover all of the necessary expenses in order to host the tournament, thus the maximum refund would be approximately 30% of the entry fee after all prearranged expenses are distributed. If your team plays two or more games no refund will be issued. Ultimately, NFA will do everything possible to play the games and/or make it right as this is critical for the long-term success of our events. NFA shall communicate inclement weather issues and game updates to all coaches via the website; along with posting information on Social Media. Please ensure that you log in to both of these

FEE & REFUND POLICY: All teams will pay a $25 Non-Refundable Application Fee for all National Fastpitch Alliance National Championships, Showcases and other tournaments. Teams playing then NFA National Championship will pay a $100 Non-Refundable Deposit. Both of these fees are non-refundable regardless of withdrawal from or cancellation of events and is not eligible to be refunded.

Refunds shall be issued as followed:

• A 100% refund of the showcase fee will be issued if a team withdraws due to unforeseen circumstances (team injuries, roster defections, player availability, etc.) prior to 90 days to the start of the event. If a team withdraws within the 90 day window, they will forfeit 100% of the showcase fee.

• Terms of Play: By accepting a bid into a National Fastpitch Alliance Event, you are agreeing that your team and accepted teams from your organization will participate only in that event from its start to finish over the specified dates. Should your team or organization choose to participate in other related showcases or tournaments during this time, you will forfeit all remaining games as well as the full showcase fee. National Fastpitch Alliance reserves the right to ban teams or organizations from participating in all future Showcases and/or Tournaments hosted by National Fastpitch Alliance and partnering organizations.

Note: The success of all National Fastpitch Alliance events for its participants requires months of administrative planning, securing fields, hiring umpires, staffing, and purchasing supplies along with all of the other associated production costs. These expenses are incurred regardless of extenuating circumstances. Therefore, it is necessary to have these pertinent refund policies.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Please feel free to contact us should you have issues or concerns. We wish you all the best and hope you enjoy our tournament. Please send email questions, concerns and feedback about any tournament to the NFA email address: or contact your Regional Alliance Director.

DISCLAIMER: NATIONAL FASTPITCH ALLIANCE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR reserves the right to alter any details / rules as it sees fit.