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THANK YOU

The 2019 NAFA Northern Nationals season was simply put, historic.

* Record registrations at 14U and 16U. We also matched our largest 18U field and had our second-largest 12U field.

* We introduced our first 8U Tournament in conjunction with the 10U Tournament in Cottage Grove. Thank you to those eight communities for joining us in the inaugural season.

* In total, between the six age levels, we had more than 400 teams from the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Missouri, and Kentucky. We also had teams from Manitoba, Canada.

We faced weather challenges, forcing tough calls as an organization both weekends. We THANK YOU for standing by those decisions, being ready to play when the time came.

Now that the 2019 tournament season is behind us, we look to 2020, always looking for ways to improve the experience of every team. We hope you join us next summer as we celebrate our 20th year at NAFA.

2019 8U FINAL Brackets

GOLD: Lakeville (1st), Rosemount (2nd) SILVER: Chaska (1st), Belle Plaine (2nd)

2019 10U FINAL Brackets

GOLD: Nebraska Gold (1st), Farmington Orange (2nd), Champlin Park Navy (3rd), Rosemount Gold (4th) SILVER: Soderville Beckman (1st), Forest Lake Rangers (2nd), Prior Lake White (3rd), Andover Angellotti (4th) BRONZE: Anoka-Ramsey Maroon (1st), St. Louis Park Orioles (2nd), Farmington Red (3rd), Seymour Flames (4th)

2019 12U FINAL Results

PLATINUM: Kaukauna Ghost Black (1st) South Dakota Premier (2nd), Windmills Blue (3rd), Rosemount Gold (4th) GOLD: Polar Bear Fastpitch (1st), Twin Ports Rampage (2nd), Rochester Riot (3rd), Soderville Vogel (4th) SILVER: Farmington Black (1st), Forest Lake Gold (2nd), North St. Paul (3rd), Orono Blue (4th) BRONZE: Chisago Lakes Kotval (1st), Rosemount Leuer (2nd), East Ridge Black (3rd), Seymour Flames Black (4th)

2019 14U FINAL Brackets

PLATINUM: North Dakota Elite (1st), Wisconsin Bandits (2nd), Illinois Impact (3rd), Hopkins Silver (4th); GOLD: Vortex 04 (1st), SE MN Gamblers (2nd), South Dakota Xplosion (3rd), Dickinson Diamonds (4th); SILVER: White Bear Lake Bears (1st), Waite Park (2nd), Prescott Matzek (3rd), Northwest Lightning (4th); BRONZE: Mankato Peppers Orange (1st), Wayzata Gold (2nd), Midwest Speed (3rd), Windmills (4th)

2019 16U FINAL Brackets

GOLD: Midwest Speed Gold 03 (1st), Kaukauna Ghosts (2nd), MN Chaos (3rd), Johnson Creek Yellow Jackets (4th); SILVER: Stiks Academy (1st), Andover Rak/Williams (2nd), Lake Zurich Lightning (3rd), Crow River Revolution (4th); BRONZE: Midwest United (1st), Seymour Flames (2nd), Kenosha Sting (3rd), Woodbury Blue (4th)

2019 18U FINAL Brackets

GOLD: MN A's (1st), Crush Tidal Waves (2nd), MN Alliance (3rd), MN Moose (4th); SILVER: Lady Hitmen (1st), Mankato Peppers (2nd), Manitoba Thunder (3rd), Downers Grove Rebels (4th)

NCAA Approved Bat List

Wondering if your bat is allowed for play at a NAFA Tournament? If it is NCAA approved, you're fine!

2020 NAFA Registration - Open This Winter

Online registration for the Midwest NAFA Nationals and the Northern NAFA Nationals for the 2020 season is expected to open January 1.

NAFA Northern Nationals 8U Registration: CLOSED

NAFA Northern Nationals 10U Registration: CLOSED

NAFA Northern Nationals 12U Registration: CLOSED

NAFA Northern Nationals 14U Registration: CLOSED

NAFA Northern Nationals 16U Registration: CLOSED

NAFA Northern Nationals 18U Registration: CLOSED

NAFA Midwest Nationals Registration: CLOSED

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance.

Contact us

Jim Rathe
Midwest NAFA Director

How to Qualify for NAFA Northern Nationals

1) Those that place in the top two in bracket play (Gold/Silver) at NAFA sanctioned events are allowed entry into the tournament. A list of those tournaments are available up top in the "Tournaments" tab.

2) Top four finishing teams at Tri-County and Big West league tournaments ("A" and "B") qualify as well if space is available.

3) All 10U and 12U "A" league teams can petition for entry by e-mailing Minnesota State Director Eric Kraushar at scotfan13@hotmail.com. Participating in at least one NAFA event is preferred.

4) All out-of-state teams are accepted. Please reach out to your respective NAFA State Director by using the "Contact" page in the tabs above.

5) 14U and above are open and a berth is not required.

6) All remaining teams interested will be accepted based on availability. Please contact Eric Kraushar at scotfan13@hotmail.com for available spots.

Filling Out Your Roster

Teams may use their season roster, but must update it to reflect your Nationals' line-up of players. Each roster can contain 18 girls.

A NAFA roster, if needed, is available below.

NAFA Midwest Nationals 2020

Tournament Dates: July 9-12

Ages: 8u, 10u, 12u, 14u, 16u, 18u, 23u

Locations: Rockford, IL & Beloit, WI

NAFA Northern Nationals 2019

Tournament dates for the 2019 season

12U: Eagan

Thursday, July 16-Sunday, July 19

10U: Cottage Grove, 14U: Eden Prairie, 16U Shoreview, 18U Chaska

Thursday, July 23-Sunday, July 26

Hotels

NAFA has made every effort to ensure your team’s trip to the Twin Cities to attend our NAFA Northern Nationals tournaments are as simplified and economic as possible.

NAFA  suggest your team use our online reservation tool or via our hotel coordinators. For a list of our over 50 participating “Host” hotels choose the link below for each age bracket.

For additional support in booking your team(s) hotels contact our hotel coordinators Shelley (shelley@deamicompanies.com or 715-246-2004) or John (jlarsen@helmsbriscoe.com or 507-202-8617).

Please state you are inquiring for the NAFA Northern Nationals.

10U - http://groups.reservetravel.com/group.aspx?id=30619

12U - http://groups.reservetravel.com/group.aspx?id=30621

14U - http://groups.reservetravel.com/group.aspx?id=30619

16U - http://groups.reservetravel.com/group.aspx?id=30620

18U - http://groups.reservetravel.com/group.aspx?id=30619

NAFA Softball: Why we play

Eric Kraushar, NAFA Minnesota State Director, a journalist in the west metro, penned a column on the NAFA experience for our Eden Prairie and Chaska host sites.

Please give it a read.

A Special Piece In The Heart