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General Information

DATES:  August 1, 2020

SITE:  Kearney, NE

Patriot Park – 4511 E 56th St., Kearney

SCHEDULES: Schedules will be posted at CornhuskerStateGames.com and emailed to participants the week of competition.

RULES: Birth certificates will be required to confirm age-appropriate participants (Ages 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 per ASA age guidelines for all competition).

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to all members of the top three teams in each division.

NOTE: Age determined as of January 1, 2020.

Events

Event Name
Catching
Hitting
Outfield
Pitching
Running
Fielding

Catching
Competition Drill #1:

  • Catcher wearing full gear would be thrown a ball.
  • A timer would start a stopwatch when the ball is received by the participant and stop it when the ball is successfully thrown from behind the plate to 2nd
  • Fastest time would be 1st place and so forth.
  • Five throws from this position/skill.
  • A blue batting statue would be placed at 2nd and first. Statue has to be struck by the ball for time to qualify.

Competition Drill #2:

  • Ball is set on a marked spot 6 feet in front of the catcher.
  • Catcher is in position behind home plate.
  • Timer signals go and starts the clock.
  • Catcher moves from behind home retrieves ball and throws to 1st
  • Fastest time would be 1st place and so forth.
  • Five throws from this position/skill.
  • A blue batting statue would be placed at 2nd and first. Statue has to be struck by the ball for time to qualify.

 

Hitting
Competition Drill:

  • Players will bat against 10 Balls from a machine.
  • Pitched from age appropriate distance and rate of speed for each age group.
  • Batter can select pitches.
  • Score is kept for 10 balls pitched.
    • 0 Points for foul tips and foul balls
    • 1 Point for balls that land in the infield prior to hitting grass
    • 2 Points for balls into the grass
    • 5 Points for home runs

BONUS BALL:  A target will be set in center field.  It will be moved back as age groups get older.  One ball will be hit.  The distance the ball ends up from the target will be measured.  This will be used as the tie breaker.

 

Outfield
Competition Drill:

  • Pitching machine will be set up on the pitching mound and pointed to the grass.
  • Participant will come onto field from the outfield gate.
  • Four cones will be set up in a diamond shape.
  • Five balls will be thrown from the machine into the center of the diamond (from each location or 20 total balls).
  • Outfielder will transition to the ball location and attempt to catch the ball.
  • Once ball is caught/retrieved it will be thrown to 2nd
    • Two (2) points will be given for all balls caught.
    • Two (2) points for balls that are successfully thrown to 2nd base with no bounces.
    • One (1) point for a one hop to the 2nd
    • Zero (0) points for balls that are not caught.
    • Zero (0) points for uncatchable balls at the 2nd
  • Diamonds/cones will start at 10 feet of grass and move back 10 feet for each age group.
    • Ages
      • 8 (15 feet of grass)
      • 10 (25 feet of grass)
      • 12 (40 feet of grass)
      • 14 (50 feet of grass)
      • 16-18 (75 feet of grass
        Distances may be modified.

Pitching
Competition Drill:

  • A volleyball on a batting tee.
  • Pitcher will throw 5 balls at the volley ball.
  • If the volleyball is knocked off the target the pitcher gets a point.
  • The tee/volleyball will be moved as follows:
    • Tee set on right side of plate – 5 balls pitched.
      • 1 point for ball being knocked off tee
    • Tee set on the middle of the plate – 5 balls pitched.
      • 1 point for ball being knocked off tee
    • Tee set on the left side of the plate – 5 balls pitched.
      • 1 point for ball being knocked off tee
    • Tee set on the middle of the plate volleyball is REMOVED and replaced with a softball– 5 balls pitched.
      • 1 point for ball being knocked off tee
    • The participant will be timed. Time will only be used for tie breakers. Fastest time wins.

Running
Competition Drill:

  • The timer will start the clock and yell go.
  • This competition has 3 parts:
    • Participants will be timed running to first.
    • Participants will be timed running all four bases.
    • Participants will be timed running a pickle drill.
      • The pickle drill will consist of two cones place between 1st and 2nd The runner will start on 1st base, run to a cone placed at 20 LF from 2nd base.  The contestant will touch the cone then run back to a cone placed 10 feet from 1st base.  The contestant will touch the cone and run to 2nd base.
    • All three times (run to 1st, running the bases and pickle drill) will be added together to determine placement.

Fielding
Competition Drill:

  • Pitching machine will be set up at home plate.
  • Pitching machine will throw balls into the ground at rate age appropriate rate of speed.
  • A hitting net will be set up at home plate.
  • The net will have 4 sections marked out. Each section will be labeled 1 through 4.
  • A cone will be set up at 2nd baseman position.
    • 10 balls will be thrown from the 2nd baseman position.
      • Participant will start BEHIND the cone, field the ball, throw into the net. Points will be awarded based where the ball lands in the net.
    • Contestant will move to Short Stop position.
      • The net will be moved to 1st
      • 10 balls will be thrown from the Short Stop Position
        • Participant will start BEHIND the cone, field the ball, throw into the net. Points will be awarded based where the ball lands in the net.
        • If a ball is completely misplayed (missed the ground ball) it’s -1 point.
        • If the ball misses the net it is -1 point.

Age Divisions

Age Divisions:

8U
10U
12U
14U
16U
18U

NOTE: Ages per ASA age guidelines for all competition.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

IF REGISTERED BY THE DISCOUNT DEADLINE:
$15 for first event until July 6
Additional Events – $7

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2020 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Sponsor gifts and coupons.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $10 processing fee per team. Registering online saves time, money and trees. If registering via the paper entry form, please rate your team as being Above Average, Average or Below Average. List this information in the Additional Details/Special Instructions section of the entry form.

Athlete Packets

Due to COVID-19, all athlete packets will be shipped. A shipping fee of $5 (Individuals) or $15 (Teams) will be added upon checkout. Packets include athlete shirt and one free Arby’s sandwich certificate per person. Athletes will receive their packet prior to competition.

The athlete packets DO NOT contain any sport specific information such as schedules, maps, bib numbers, etc. For sport-specific details, refer to your sport General Information.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Fast Pitch Softball Director Todd Parr at t-parr@wncs.net.

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or info@nebraskasportscouncil.com.

Event Sponsor

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Phone: 402-471-2544

Fax: 402-413-1119

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Lincoln, NE 68529

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