Championship Thursday

The most exciting day of the Nationals.
Great events from dusk till dawn!

The Youth Softball Nationals tournament culminates on Championship Thursday, the event’s marquee day!

ALL-STAR GAME

All players will be eligible to be selected to the Nationals All-Star teams. At least one player from each participating team is guaranteed a spot on the All-Star roster.

TEAM SHOWCASE

Teams get one last chance to show their talents on the diamonds with team skill competitions including 60 Yard Dash, Queen of Swat, Velo Across the Diamond, Coaches Fungo, Catchers Pop Time, and Around the horn.

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At the conclusion of the skills competitions, each player will be presented with their Nationals tournament ring as appreciation for their team’s participation.

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What to Expect On Championship Thursday

 

On Championship Thursday, finalist compete for the coveted title of Youth Softball Nationals CHAMPIONS! Following the Championship Game, the All-Star games commences, wrapping up the week of a lifetime!

Nationals Quarterfinals!

 

Championship Thursday begins with the Nationals Quarterfinals! Teams who advance after their first elimination round on Wednesday will begin Quarterfinals on Championship Thursday! Each age group will begin at 9:00am.

Final Four

 

Following Quarterfinals, the Nationals Final Four will take place! Semi-final matchups in each age group. The final four teams who survived their first, second round and quarter-final matchups will begin their quest for a National championship. Each age group will have two semi-final games at 11:00am.

Nationals Championship Games

 

At 1pm the atmosphere is electric as the Nationals championship games begin for each of the age groups at the magnificent Ned Donkle championship fields. The two teams in each age group that have made it here are to be commended as they have made it through the stretch of 5 pool play games and have won several elimination games over the course of 6 consecutive days of competition. Each and every player will be announced in a pre-game ceremony signifying their great accomplishment in getting this far. At the end of the game, a national champion will be crowned!

Team Showcase Finals

 

Team Showcase Finals begin for each age group. The Team Showcase Skills will take place throughout the week, with the finals being on Championship Thursday. All finalists get one last chance to show their talents on the diamonds with team skill competitions including 60 Yard Dash, Queen of Swat, Velo Across the Diamond, Coaches Fungo, Catchers Pop Time, and Around the horn. Awards will be presented to the winners of each activity.

Closing Ceremonies

 

NEW for Youth Softball Nationals! Each team will have their individualized Awards Ceremony immediately following their final elimination game, on Wednesday and Thursday. All coaches, family, and friends are invited to be up close and take tons of pictures of their athletes as they get recognized and share in their team’s success from their week at Youth Nationals! Following their final game at Youth Nationals, each team will be guided to our Closing Ceremony area, where they will be recognized as a team for their accomplishments throughout the week, receive all tournament rings & awards. Each player will be eligible to be selected to the Nationals All-Star teams, where at least one player from each participating team is guaranteed a spot on the All-Star roster. The selected players will be announced at the Closing Ceremony and will also receive their All-Star jersey and medal. The two coaching staffs that led their respective teams to the Championship games will have the honor of coaching the All-Star teams in this battle of Blue vs Black Thursday evening. We can’t wait to celebrate all of the athletes at Youth Nationals!

All-Star Game

 

The Nationals All-Star games begin for each age group. The atmosphere is awesome and energetic as the 14 players from the Blue All-Star team battle the 14 from the Black All-Star team in a fun, spirited competition! It’s a great opportunity for players and families that have battled against each other all week to find themselves as team mates. The All-Star game culminates an amazing week of competition and an incredible experience for all!