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2023 JO State Championships - July 6-9

2023 State Championships Move to Holland

USA Softball of Michigan & USA Softball of Metro Detroit are proud to announce that the 2023 Girls' Junior Olympic Fast Pitch State Championships will take place in the Tulip City on Michigan's West Coast.  Welcome to Holland!

On behalf of the Holland Township Recreation Department, the City of Holland's Recreation Department, and USA Softball of Michigan...welcome to the Tulip City for the USA Softball of Michigan's Junior Olympic State Championships...the Wooden Shoe Challenge.  These tournaments will take place the weekend of July 6-9.  We are honored to have your team and family/fans join us in Holland (MI) for these prestigious events. 

The format will feature a five-game guarantee with four games of pool play that will seed teams into a single elimination bracket.  Depending on the number of teams, pool play will begin on that Thursday or Friday.

Once the deadline has passed, a more detailed tournament packet will be emailed to each manager with all of the details you'll need for this tournament.  For now, this page features some of the details you will need to get started to help make this the best experience possible.  Please see below for details including registration, sites, hotels, and more.  To sign up for this tournament, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Darrin Duistermars

Tournament Co-Director

Phone: 616-395-0178

Sites

Depending on the number of teams, we will have three available sites for this tournament including the Matt Urban Complex (City of Holland), Quincy Park (Holland Twp.), and Helder Park (Holland Twp.).  Between these three sites, we'll have eight lighted ball diamonds for our use.  If necessary, we will also have access to additional high school facilities.  For directions to these sites, please see the links listed below.

Paperwork, Check-In

Teams will need to present their the Official Roster Form at their assigned Check-In time.  The Official Player Pick Up Form can also be presented at Check-In, however, a Player Pick Up form must be signed by the commissioner or designee before being presented.  If a Pick Up Player form is needed, see the link listed below.

Coaches need to be approved by USA Softball of Michigan state staff through the RegisterUSA process.  This includes Background Check certification, SafeSport certification, Concussion certification (required in Michigan) and Picture ID.  One on-field coach must also be ACE certified.  

Players need to have Picture ID's and their parent signatures on the Official Roster Form

All teams will have assigned Check-In times once the deadline for entry has passed.  Teams will Check-In, collectively, with all players and coaches needing proper picture ID's and paperwork.

Amanda Bailey

Tournament Co-Director

Phone: 616-610-9985

Entry Fee & Online Entry

The entry fee for this tournament is $675.00.  If you are paying by check, please make the check out to "USA Softball of Michigan"  There are no gate fees for this tournament.  To enter online, please see the Tourney Machine listing below.  Teams will have until Monday, June 26, at 12pm to enter this tournament using the online process.

 

Bat Testing

Bat Testing will also take place at Check-In.  For Bat Testing, we are looking for and implementing the following...

  • An official ASA or USA stamp
  • Cracks or dents on the entirety of the bat
  • Shake test both straight up and turned over for wobbles, rattles, loose pieces, etc.
  • Compression Test
    • Every compliant bat will receive a sticker that is specific for said tournament
    • Each bat has a signature number that it must achieve to be compliant.  If it does not get to the required number after multiple tests, it will not pass

Please understand that we are not trying to eliminate bats.  In fact, we will do our best to get them in, if possible.  However, if you know you have bat that isn’t legal, don’t bring it.  For information on bat testing standards, click the link below.

David Schimpf

Umpire-In-Chief

Phone: 989-274-2501

Mail-In Entry

Payment must be at the Holland Twp. offices by Friday, June 23, at 5pm.  If not, your team will not be a part of the tournament.  To enter by mail, please send payment to the following address..

  • USA Softball of Michigan
  • Attn: JO State
  • 3316 Isabella St
  • Midland, MI  48640

Holland CVB & Pre-Tournament Apparel Orders

The Holland Convention & Visitors Bureau will be able to help assist you with your lodging, dining, and entertainment information.  Holland has multiple hotels within the city/township boundaries, but you can also check for additional options within the Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, and Saugatuck areas.  Checkout the the Holland CVB website link listed below.

With the possibility of being at multiple sites, we are looking at the option of doing online pre-tournament apparel sales.  This will include shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and more.  As we get closer to the tournament, more details and the actual online store will be listed here.

Matt Urban Sports Complex

Directions & Information on the City of Holland's Matt Urban Sports Complex

Tournament Forms

Official USA Softball Forms for Rosters, Tournament Entry, and Pick Up Players

Quincy Park

Directions & Information on Holland Township's Quincy Park

Holland CVB

Official website of the Holland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Helder Park

Directions & Information on Holland Township's Helder Park

Equipment Testing Standards

Information on the USA Softball Bat testing standards for all USA certified bats