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QUESTIONS
1. How do we qualify for the USFA World Series?
2. How many points do we need to qualify for World?
3. What is the purpose of the points?
4. Do we have to play in the State Tournament?
5. How do we register with USFA?
6. How do we sign-up for a tournament online?
7. Where do we find out how many points we have?
8. What is the difference between the World Series and the Nationals?
9. Can our team host a USFA State Qualifier? How do we apply? What are the costs and what is required?
10. How can I find out about becoming an Area Director and what is required? 
11. Does USFA post the order of finish for tournament anywhere?
12. If we play in a USFA event in another state,  do receive credit for those points and does that meet the state qualifier requirement?
13. What is the difference between a State Qualifier, NIT & Regional Qualifier?
14. What safety & equipment guidelines does USFA use?
15. Lost / Forgotten Passwords - How do I find it?


ANSWERS

1. Q: How do we qualify for the USFA World Series?
  A: Refer to the "How to Qualify Page"
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2. Q: How many points do we need to qualify for World?
  A: At this time we don't require a specific amount of points providing you have met all other qualifications requirements.  Refer to the "How to Qualify Page".
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3. Q: What is the purpose of the points?
  A: Refer to the "Points"
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4. Q: Do we have to play in the State Tournament to qualify?
  A: Yes, unless you have received a berth from an NIT or by hosting a USFA State Qualifier.
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5. Q: How do we register with USFA?
  A: Click here and follow the instructions
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6. Q: How do we sign-up for a tournament online?
  A: Refer to the "Online Tournament Registration"
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7. Q: Where do we find out how many points we have?
  A: Click here, sort to your state and find your team name
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8. Q: What is the difference between the World Series and the Nationals?
  A:

The USFA World Series is the pinnacle event of the year with a cap of @ 500 teams. Because we understand that teams don't always have the time and money to come to Panama City Beach each year and because we have limited space to 500 teams, in 2005 we began offering our National Events as an alternative to the World Series. The National events are designed to mirror the World Series format on a more Regional level. Teams may attend any USFA National event they choose. While the World Series will remain in Panama City Beach each year, the locations of the National events will vary.

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9. Q: How do we find out about hosting a USFA State Qualifier? What are the costs and what is required?
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Anyone can apply to host a USFA State Qualifier. We encourage teams to host USFA events to assist in fundraising. You can apply to host a USFA State Qualifier by filling out the online application or simply contact your Area or State Director for more details. The complete details for a hosting an event are located required on the Tournament Application  USFA events are awarded by the local/state directors and are based on date and location. As a rule of thumb, USFA tries to ensure events aren't within 100 miles of each other on any given weekend unless the events are in populated team areas.

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10. Q: How can I find out about becoming a Director and what is required? 
  A: Contact the USFA Vice President
Jeff Strode - Office (850) 537-2101 - Cell (850) 420-7974
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11. Q: Does USFA post the order of finish for tournament anywhere?
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Yes, go to the National Tournament Database and use the pull down menus to narrow your search. Be sure to choose "Complete Tournaments" under the pull down menu STATUS. This will give you the Order of Finish of all past USFA Events. If your event is not listed or the results have not been posted within a few days of the event, Contact the USFA Vice President
Jeff Strode
- Office (850) 537-2101 - Cell (850) 420-7974

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12. Q: If we play in a USFA event in another state,  do receive credit for those points?
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Yes, your team will receive points regardless of where you play and you may attend a state qualifier any state, however you must attend the State Tournament in the state your team is registered.

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13. Q: What is the difference between a State Qualifier, NIT and Regional Qualifier?
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A State Qualifier, is just as the name implies - it is an event that qualifies your team to attend your USFA State Tournament or Regional Qualifier.

A NIT is a National Invitational Tournament - Double Points events. The top two places at these events earn a direct berth  to the World Series. Teams that don't receive a berth at a NIT will still receive double points for attending and will have also met the state qualifier requirement.

A Regional Qualifier (RQ) is an event with the same merit as a State Tournament
but is offered to teams from more than one state - This is generally for areas/states that do not have a State Tournament of their own or the distance to their State Tournament would be greater than 4 hours. Regional Qualifiers are open to all teams and all teams will earn triple points, however if your state has a State Tournament -- you must attend that event to qualify for the World Series.

Every team that plays in a USFA event earn points as follows:

PLACE STATE
QUALIFIER
NIT REGIONAL QUALIFIER STATE
TOURNAMENT
1ST

100

200

300

300

2ND 75 150 225 225
3RD 50 100 150 150
4TH 40 80 120 120
5TH 30 60 90 90
7TH 20 40 60 60
DNP 10 20 30 30
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14. Q: What safety & equipment guidelines does USFA use?
A:

USFA adheres to all safety guidelines established by the National Governing Body of softball. This includes illegal bats, mandatory face masks, etc.

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15. Q: Lost / Forgotten Passwords - How do I find it?
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Click here and fill out the information requested. Your email will be emailed to you. If you have changed email accounts since registering your team,contact
Contact the USFA Vice President
Jeff Strode
- Office (850) 537-2101 - Cell (850) 420-7974

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