Northeast NSA


Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
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Who is NSA?

Who is NSA locally and how do I get more information?

How do I register my team with NSA?


How do I determine if my team should register Class "A" or Class "B"?

How do I file my roster with NSA?

Where can I get information about insuring my travel team and other general information?

Who plays at NSA tournaments?

How do I register for Northeast NSA Region 1 tournaments?

Do I have to pay in full for tourmanents at the time I register?

Does registering online hold my spot indefinately?

Can I call on the phone to have the Tournament Director hold a spot for me?

Is there a cancellation fee if I register for a tournament and then drop out?

Where can I get information about tournament formats and refund policies?

How can my team earn a berth to attend a World Series?

Once I earn a berth, are there any other requirements I must fulfill before I can go to the World Series?

What is the difference between a Try-Out Tournament and a Fall World Series Qualifier?



Who is NSA?

  • NSA is the National Softball Association. For more information on NSA at the national level, you can visit the National NSA website.

    Who is NSA locally and how do I get more information?
  • Your local NSA representatives is Northeast NSA representing Region 1 states including CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT. Cheryl is the NSA Massachusetts State Fast Pitch Director and the office manager of Northeast NSA. For more information about Northeast NSA please visit our website. We are the association that is here for the teams -- you tell us what you want and we will do our best to respond. If you have any questions, you can contact our office at (978)937-5515 or email us at info@northeastnsa.com with any questions you may have.

    How do I register my team with NSA?
  • All teams must register with NSA before they can play in any NSA-sanctioned tournament. To register your team, go to the NSA Registration page and completing the online registration form. Be sure to select your password at the end of the process (after clicking on submit application) so that you will be able to enter your roster online. Print out a copy of the page for your files and one to forward to the State Director with your registration fee. All youth registrations for Region 1 states including CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT, should be payable to Northeast NSA and mailed to 88 11th Street, Lowell, MA 01850. After the State Director receives and processes your payment, you will be emailed a sanction number from the National Office.

    How do I determine if my team should register Class "A" or Class "B"?
  • NSA does not have geographic restrictions on teams that wish to register as a Class "B" team. The only criteria used to determine if your team should register Class "A" or Class "B" is the level of play. If your team can play with known Class "A" teams, then you should register Class "A". This does not mean that you have to beat those teams half the time, but you should be able to stay in the game. On the other hand, if your team simply cannot compete with teams that are Class "A" teams and you are frequently "Mercy Ruled" then you should register your team as a Class "B" team. Most NSA tournaments in this area are "OPEN" tournaments, which means both Class "A" and Class "B" teams can register. We do not separate the teams at the tournament. Only Class "A" teams can attend the Class "A" World Series and only Class "B" teams can attend the Class "B" World Series. If a Class "B" team enters an NSA "OPEN" tournament and wins the tournament, your team will probably be reclassified as a Class "A" team if there were Class "A" teams competing in the tournament.

    How do I file my roster with NSA?
  • All teams must enter their roster online by going to the NSA Roster page and entering each players information. You must have an NSA sanction number (see above) and your password to get into the online roster system. Print out a copy of the completed roster and have it signed by parents and have this roster form with you at every NSA tournament. Along with the roster, youth teams must have copies of your players birth certificates and proof of team insurance with you at the tournaments available for inspection by the tournament director or NSA Officials.

    Where can I get information about insuring my travel team and other general information?
  • All teams must carry NSA's Westpoint Insurance in order to play in an NSA sanctioned tournament. You can either purchase a policy as your primary team coverage or you can purchase it on a tournament-by-tournament basis (see the tournament registration form for more information on this option). You can visit the National NSA website for all kinds of information about NSA and NSA tournaments including insurance requirements, rules and regulations, tournaments, world series, approved equipment, and lots more. If you still have questions, you can contact our office at (978)937-5515 or email us at info@northeastnsa.com with any questions you may have.

    Who plays at NSA tournaments?
  • Many of the same teams that play other major associations' tournaments also play NSA. We offer top-notch tournaments at the highest level of competition in the area. All our our tournaments are run in accordance with our strict tournament guidelines to insure that every NSA tournament you attend will be run in the same professional manner.

    How do I register for Northeast NSA Region 1 tournaments?
  • All teams must register for Northeast NSA tournaments online by going to the Youth Fastpitch page and entering your team information. You must have an NSA sanction number (see above) to register for tournaments (or at least have started the process). Be sure to click on "Register" after entering all information. A confirmation page will pop up on your computer screen showing the tournament information and where you should mail your payment to. Print out a copy of the confirmation page for yourself and one to send to the Tournament Director (listed on the confirmation page) along with your payment by the due date.

    Do I have to pay in full for tourmanents at the time I register?
  • No, most of our tournaments allow you to pay a "holding fee" or deposit which will temporarily hold your spot in the tournament. However, the balance of the entry fee MUST be paid by the due date. Team that do not send in their deposit withing 14 days of filling out the online registration form will be removed from the tournament and the spot will be opened up to other teams to fill.

    Does registering online hold my spot indefinately?
  • No, registering online will only hold your spot for 2 weeks or until the deadline, whichever is first, at which time a deposit or the full entry fee is due. If you fail to send in your payment within the two weeks, you will risk losing your spot. We will no longer hold spots without receiving a deposit in a timely manner.

    Can I call on the phone to have the Tournament Director hold a spot for me?
  • Northeast NSA policy is to only accept registrations via the website. Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis according to the time stamp on the registration when received in the Tournament Director's email.

    Is there a cancellation fee if I register for a tournament and then drop out?
  • There is a $100 cancellation fee for all teams that drop out BEFORE the entry deadline. If a team drops out after the deadline, a portion of your entry fee may only be returned at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Starting in 2017 we will more strictly enforce this cancellation policy.

    Where can I get information about tournament formats and refund policies?
  • You can get general tournament information and tournament format information by visiting our Tournament Format/Info page. Go to our Rain Policies/Refunds page for information about what happens if it rains during a tournament.

    How can my team earn a berth to attend a World Series?
  • There are a few ways your team can earn a berth to attend an NSA World Series. You can earn a berth my qualifying at any NSA qualifier. See our World Series Berth Matrix for information about how Northeast NSA awards berths based on the number of teams in an age division. You can also earn a berth my hosting your own NSA Qualifier in accordance with our guidelines. Your team can earn a berth by assisting our office with field maintenance and concessions at one of our tournaments. Finally, you can earn a Participation Berth by participating in three (3) or more NSA World Series Qualifiers (one must be the NSA State Championships). For more information about any of these options, you can contact our office at (978)937-5515 or email us at info@northeastnsa.com with any questions you may have.

    Once I earn a berth, are there any other requirements I must fulfill before I can go to the World Series?
  • Yes, every team that would like to validate their berth to the World Series MUST play in their State Championships (if available) unless your team earned their berth at an NIT (national invitational tournament) which would give you a direct berth. If there is no State Championship in your state contact your State Director to find out what the activation requirements are.

    What is the difference between a Try-Out Tournament and a Fall World Series Qualifier?
  • New rules establish two types of tournaments that can be run in the Fall/Spring: A Try-Out Tournament or a Fall World Series Qualifier. A Try-Out Tournament allows teams to use an open roster and to complete a paper roster for each Try-Out Tournament they enter. They still need a proper sanction number, but they do not enter their roster online. Teams are allowed to pick up any age eligible player to participate in the tournament. These tournaments are specifically for trying out players. Teams cannot earn a berth to the World Series for the following season at a Try-Out Tournament. Fall World Series Qualifiers require that teams enter their roster into the NSA database. These tournaments are specifically for earning World Series Berths for the sanction year that coincides with the season the tournament is held in. NSA now uses an August 1 through July 31 sanction year so a World Series Qualifier held in September 2016 would be a qualifier for the 2017 Winter or Summer World Series. Tournaments must specifically be designated as a World Series Qualifier in order for the tournament host to award World Series berths and all roster requirements must be followed by participants.


    Northeast NSA
    88 11th Street
    Lowell, MA  01850
    info@northeastnsa.com
    (978) 937-5515