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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A Quick Start Guide For Each Fastpitch Northwest Event and Programs

FASTPITCH NORTHWEST FAQ

1.  What is the Mission of FPNW?
Our mission at Fastpitch Northwest is to identify the top players in our region and offer events and programs to showcase their skills and assist in their pursuit to play beyond high school.

2.  Are FPNW Events open to all players?
Prospect Evaluation Camps, Futures Showcase and Uncommitted Showcase are open to any eligible player. NW Championships and Team Northwest are by invitation only.

 

PROSPECT EVALUATION CAMPS FAQ

1.  What is the purpose of a PEC?
A PEC is the first step a player takes earn a spot at one of the FPNW College Exposure events. The goal is to offer all deserving athletes in our region an opportunity to compete for an invitation to attend the Northwest Championship College Exposure event held annually in Central WA.

2.  When and Where are PEC’s held?
Prospect Evaluation Camps are held at strategic locations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho during the months of June and July. Beginning in the fall of 2021 additional locations will be added in Hawaii and British Columbia.

3.  How long does a PEC last?
Camps begin at 9:00AM and depending on how many players are in attendances will finish up between 1:00PM and 3:00PM. Players should arrive by 8:30AM to check in.

4.  What do we do at a PEC?
Typical Schedule:
8:30AM - Player check in - receive workout shirt and evaluation number.
9:00AM - Player/parent orientation - Q&A
9:15AM - Player Photos For Recruiting Profile
9:30AM - Warm up - stretch and run
9:45AM - SPARQ Testing (Speed-Power-Agility-Reaction-Quickness) & Base Running Times
10:40AM - Play catch - prepare for fielding and throwing
10:45AM - Outfield Evaluation and Throwing Velocity
11:15AM - Infield Evaluation and Throwing Velocity
11:45AM - Catcher POP Times
12:00PM - Lunch Break
12:30PM - Hitting Evaluation and Ball Off Bat Exit Velocity
1:30PM - Pitching Evaluation and Pitch Velocity
2:30PM - Wrap up and Q&A


5.  What is SPARQ Testing and why is it important?
SPARQ is a series of tests designed to measure general athleticism and conditioning. The results from various tests in each of the areas of speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness gives coaches and recruiters an overall picture of an athletes potential and commitment to improvement. The SPARQ test revials which areas you should concentrate your training and where you can improve. The following tests make up the assessments in the Fastpitch SPARQ.

  • 20 Yard Dash — a straight line sprint test that measures acceleration, and is a reliable indicator of speed, agility and quickness.

  • Standing Long Jump — jumping for maximum distance, this test measures explosiveness, and is a reliable indicator of speed and power.

  • 
Rotational Power Ball Throw — The test involves throwing a Power Ball across the chest for maximum distance. It measures core strength and total body power and simulates the rotational core movements common hitting and throwing in softball.


  • 20 Yard Shuttle — A lateral/sprint movement test that measures the agility of the athlete, especially body control and change of direction.



6.  Do players receive instruction at a PEC?
PEC evaluations and coaches may offer pointers and advice but the primary goal is to evaluate a players ability and skill level for invitation to participate at the NW Championships in August.

7.  Who evaluates players at a PEC?
Our state and regional directors are the principal evaluators and make recommendations for player invitations to the NW Championships.

8.  What else do players receive at a PEC?
Players will be issued a FPNW shirt to keep and wear during the camp. Each player will also receive a Personal Profile Web Page to use during the college recruiting process.

9.  What about recruiting videos?
Recruiting videos are offered as an optional service at PEC’s. Players may choose to be video taped during the SPARQ testing, fielding, hitting, catching or pitching. Videos will be edited and made available players to use in recruiting efforts and also posted to Player Personal Profiles.

10.  When will my athletic and skills test results be posted on the website?
Results will be compiled and posted on our website approx. one week after the PEC.

11. When will my Player Profile be posted on the Website?
Following your PEC you will receive via email instructions for submitting your profile info. Your profile will be posted approx. one week after receiving your info.

12.  When will I know if I am selected for invitation to the NW Championships Exposure Event?
Invitations for the NW Championships will go out via email approx. 10 days following each PEC.

13.  If I can’t attend the Prospect Evaluation Camp (PEC) in my state because of a scheduling conflict, can I attend another PEC camp?
Yes, you can. Please contact Fastpitch NW General Manager Mike Brooks to assist in scheduling you for another camp.

 

14.  Do I have to live in a Northwest State to attend a PEC?
No - We have had players from California, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona and even New Hampshire attend PEC’s and also the Northwest Championships.

15.  If I can’t make any of the Prospect Evaluation Camps (PEC) is it possible for me to still play in the Fastpitch NW Championships in July?
Contact Mike Brooks for other options.

16.  Do I have to attend a PEC in order to go to the NW Championship?
Yes, college coaches all want the information from our camps to use as a comparison when recruiting and they want the unbiased statistics we provide with our profiles.

17.  Will there be college coaches at the PEC?
Most of our PEC evaluators are college coaches but typically we do not see college recruiters at our PEC's as they want to see you compete in a game setting, not just a workout.  This is the reason the NW championship is so important to attend, it provides both.

18.  Are PEC's open to all players?
Yes, all high school age players with aspirations to play at the "Next Level" are welcome to register for one of our regional PEC's. Pre-registration with player fee payment is required.

19.  Pitchers: Do I have to bring my own catcher to the PEC?
No, there have been very few instances when we don't have at least one catcher for our PEC's

20.  What do I wear to the PEC?
FPNW asks that you wear normal practice apparel, but we do provide a camp shirt and number that will be worn during the camp.

21.  What else should I bring?
Lunch - Drink - Bat - Glove - Batting Glove

22.  Can parents and friends come watch the PEC?
Absolutely! FPNW PEC's are open to all.

23.  More details and Player Registration

 

NW CHAMPIONSHIPS EXPOSURE TOURNAMENT FAQ

1.  What is the NW Championships Exposure Tournament?
The Fastpitch Northwest Championships have been one of the premier exposure and recruiting events in our region for the last eleven years and has featured top level players from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, Hawaii and British Columbia. Our unique format allows college coaches to see all games and evaluate talent without leaving our complex at the Chehalis Sports Complex in Chehalis, WA. To date over 300 FPNW alumni have gone on to play at the collegiate level.

2. What is the Event schedule?
The first day of the event is set aside for each team to have a short practice on the game fields. There is also time for players to have recruiting videos done. We finish up the first day with a recruiting seminar and awards ceremony in the NW Sports Hub in Centralia. Over the next two days each team will play 5 competitive games.

3. Where are the games played?
All games are played at the new turfed Chehalis Sports Complex. The layout is perfect for college coaches to see all games without leaving the complex.

4. What is the Tournament format?
There are two divisions - Upperclass and Underclass. Teams play a round-robin, 5 game format with a champion crowned on the last day. NOTE: Beginning in 2022 a Futures Division will be included at the Northwest Championships.

5. How are players selected for the Event?
Players are evaluated and selected for invitation at one of our Prospect Evaluation Camps (PEC). Our state directors and general manager make the final selections. Invitations for the Northwest Championship Tournament will go out to players via email after each Prospect Evaluation Camp. You must receive an invitation to register for this event.

6. How are players assigned to teams?
Players are assigned to teams by state and grad year. Rosters will include 11 to 12 players. There will also be “At Large” teams assembled for each division.

8.  Who are the team coaches?
Team coaches are assigned by each state director and may be current or ex college coaches, high school coaches or college players.

8. What college coaches will be in attendance?
We normally have representatives for  over 80% of all NW Colleges in attendance at the Northwest Championships. We also recommend that players contact schools they are interested in to let them know they will be playing in the event.

9. Are special event hotel discounts available?
Yes - A list of all participating hotels and area vendors will be posted on our website.

10. What else can I expect at the Tournament?

  •  Each player will receive a team game shirt.

  • Game MVP awards will be named after each game.

  • Each game will be live streamed video and recorded for coaches and family not able to attend the event.

  • All Tournament Teams for each division will be announced via video on our Facebook page following the event and awards mailed to players.

  • Top players from the tournament will be selected to play *ALL EXPENSES PAID* for Team Northwest at the City of  Lights National Showcase in Las Vegas in October.


11. More Event Details and Past Tournament Results

 

TEAM NORTHWEST FAQ

1.  What is Team Northwest?
Fastpitch Northwest assembles the top players from the Northwest Championships and invites them to compete as Team Northwest at the Triple Crown City of Lights National Tournament and Instructional Camp in Las Vegas, NV the last weekend in October.

2.  How are players selected for Team Northwest?
Players are selected from the “All Tournament Team” selected by the state directors at the Northwest Championships.

3. Who are Team Northwest Coaches?
Team Northwest coaches are state directors or other Fastpitch Northwest staff.

4.  What Travel Expenses are covered with Team Northwest?
All player travel expenses are paid including airfare, hotel, meals, uniform, travel gear, local transportation, team chaperone and registration for the “Individual Showcase Camp” instructed by the college coaches attending the event. - Parents are encouraged to attend however parent expenses are not included.

5.  What else is included with Team Northwest?
A detailed roster sheet including player photos is produced and handed out to college coaches at games.

6. How many college coaches will attend the National Event?
In 2020 over 70 college coaches from all parts of the country were in attendance.

7. More Team Northwest Details and Past Results

 

FUTURES EVALUATION SHOWCASE FAQ

1.  What is the Futures Showcase?
The 2021 Futures event is for players in HS grad classes 2027 and 2028 and introduces younger players to the same testing, analytics and competition the older players go through on the road to the "Next Level".
 
2.  Is the Futures Showcase open to all players?

Yes - All players who meet the age and grad year requirements are welcome to regester.

3.  What is the Event format?

  • DAY 1 - In depth workout including skills testing on our full size indoor field. All testing results will be made available and posted on this website.

  • DAYS 2 & 3 - Players will be assigned to teams and will play four tournament style games over two days.

  • The Player Workout and each game will also be available via "LIVE STREAMING VIDEO" - Video replay will posted on this site following the event.

  • Players will receive shirts in their state colors to wear during the workout and games.

  • Event Program with rosters and player information.


4.  Who are the player evaluators and team coaches?
Fastpitch Northwest state directors and management staff will be evaluating players and coaching teams during game play.

5.  When and Where is the Futures Event held?
In 2021 the event will be held December 21-23 at the NW Sports Hub indoor facility in Centralia, WA.

6. What else can I expect at the Futures Event?

  • Each player will receive a Personal Profile Web Page which can be managed, updated and used for future recruiting efforts.

  • The player workout and each game will also be available via "Live Streaming Video"with replays posted on our website.

  • An "ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM" will be selected and sent "ALL EXPENSES PAID" to a National Level Tournament in January 2022.

  • Players will also be evaluated for invitation to the  "FUTURES DIVISION" in the 2022 Northwest Championships.

 

6. More details and player registration

 

UNCOMMITTED SHOWCASE FAQ

1.  What is the Uncommitted Showcase?
The Uncommitted Showcase is an opportunity for upperclass high school players who have not yet committed to a college program to showcase their skills in front of college recruiting coaches.
 
2.  Is the Uncommitted Showcase open to all players?

Yes - All players who meet the age and grad year requirements are welcome to register.

3.  What is the Event format?

  • DAY 1 - In depth workout including skills testing on our full size indoor field. All testing results will be made available to college coaches.

  • DAYS 2 & 3 - Players will be assigned to teams and will play four tournament style games over two days.

  • The Player Workout and each game will also be available via "LIVE STREAMING VIDEO" - Video replay will posted on this site following the event.

  • Players will wear their "HOME" uniform (high school or club team) during the workout and games.

  • Each coach will receive an Event Program with rosters and player information.
     

4.  When and Where is the Uncommitted Showcase held?
In 2021 the event will be held December 27-29 at the NW Sports Hub indoor facility in Centralia, WA.

5. How many college coaches will be in attendance?
Every college in the Northwest and across the country will be invited to attend. Coaches will receive a detailed player roster. The workout and each game will be available via live streaming video with replay’s posted to our website.

6.  More details and Player Registration
 

 

PLAYER RECRUITING PROFILES FAQ

1.  What are Fastpitch Northwest On-Line Profiles?
At specific events players also receive a Personal Profile Web Page to be used for recruiting purposes when contacting or responding to college coaches. Profile Pages are posted on this site and FREE to all college coaches.

2.  What is included with a Profile?
All Camp stats and SPARQ scores, Personal Athletic and Academic accomplishments,
Spring & Summer game schedules, HS and Club Team info and coach referrals.
We will add any videos and photos (supplied by player/parent)


3.  When will I be able to view my profile online?
Following your Event you will receive via email instructions for submitting your profile info. Your profile will be posted approx. one week after receiving your info.  Sparq Testing and Rank Stats will take up to 3 weeks to be finalized.

4.  Will college coaches be able to view my Profile?
Yes - Any coach can view your Profile just by going to our website. We also regularly send emails to every college in the country with Profile updates. We recommend that players refer interested coaches to their Profile during recruiting communications.

5. How do I make updates or changes to my profile?
A team member from FPNW will make any changes you provide.

6.  See Player Profiles Here
 

 

RECRUITING VIDEOS FAQ

1.  What are Fastpitch Northwest Recruiting Videos?
The number one request we receive from college coaches is player videos to help them in their recruiting efforts.
This is an additional service we offer players during the testing and skills portion of each Evaluation Event. Players/Parents may purchase these videos which can be added to their FPNW player profile pages and shared for use in additional recruiting efforts.


2.  Where can I have my videos done?
Recruiting videos are offered at Prospect Evaluation Camps, Day 1 of the NW Championships and Day 1 of the Futures Showcase.

3.  How are the videos formated?
Coaches prefer to see shorter videos of each skill rather than one long video with all skills running together. We will create an edited video of each skill and assemble a play list to post to your profile page. Players can chose to be filmed during Hitting - Pitching - Catching - Infield - Outfield or SPARQ Testing.

4.  How and when do I receive my videos?
Videos are normally competed and available within 14 days of your event. They will be posted unlisted on Youtube. You will receive the links in an email - Only you and those you share the links with will be able to view the videos on Youtube. They will also be posted on your Fastpitch Northwest Payer Profile.

5.  Can I use my videos in other recruiting efforts?
Yes - you can use the videos any way you like to enhance your college recruiting efforts.

6. How do I sign up for Recruiting Videos?
Select the link below to see more info

7.  Sample Videos and Registration info