all sounds good
All notable events, qualifiers, showcases in the midwest will become PGF Sanctioned events. Sparks, Hawks Gold Showcase, Top 50 Showcase, Dreams, etc. If you want to play the top showcases you are going to have to be a registered PGF team. They will be a adding a Colorado type event over July 4th weekend in the Midwest.
There are 7 regions across the country - each will host a "Regional Championship" similar to eastern asa nationals. This is primarily to target the younger age groups that do not want to travel to California. Although it is open to all age groups. Region 3 - will have its Regional Championship in Chicago at the same time as the other Nationals in California. There will be many regional championship qualifiers throughout the midwest, to go along with the National Championship qualifiers which have already been released.
18u Premier is the top teams, 18u Platinum is equal to ASA Gold.
14u and 16u Nationals will be the same week to accomodate the college coaches in recruiting
12u, 18u Premier, and 18u Platinum will be the following week. Again to allow the coaches to watch/babysit at one place.
All teams, umpires, coaches will be PGF registered to play in any events. With the extra tournaments, regional qualifiers, national qualifiers, it make the registration very feasible and normal.
Of course this is just speculation.
all sounds good
I see that Team New Jersey already mentioned the PGF Northeast Championship on their website....
Team NJ Softball
I just wonder what the turnout of college coaches will be at these Regional Championships????
The Colorado type event sounds interesting....
Last edited by mckenna7; 11-07-2012 at 08:37 AM.
it used to be years ago that you had to specify what level you were playing at. if you played ASA Gold and didn't qualify, you couldn't then try to qualify for ASA 'A'. I wonder if PGF will be the same?
Anyone know the dates for the 2013 18u Premier and 18u Platinum Nationals?
The first post has the dates I got from a PGF rep, Bret Denio (aka jmo on several other boards). I'm not sure why he included Saturday, July 27 for the second week because the typical schedule has been:
Saturday: Most teams arrive.
Sunday: Coaches' breakfast meeting with draw of bracket. Optional practice games.
Monday: First pool games until 1pm. Opening ceremonies.
Tuesday: Last day for team check-in. 2nd and 3rd pool games.
Wednesday: First 2 rounds of winners bracket.
Thursday: Both winners and losers brackets.
Friday: Complete double elim brackets* to determine finalists for championship game.
Saturday: Championship games.
*Note: PGF format splits teams into 2 double elim brackets and the 2 bracket winners play a single game for the championship.
I was just hoping that they were not the same weekend. It would be nice to see some of the west coast teams in Clearwater this year. Not sure how many will actually make the trip - but you never know.