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Birth Date Eligibility

NAFA will continue to use Dec. 31 as the cut-off for age eligibility for the 2024 softball season.

Birth Year Age Group
2015, 2016, 2017 8U
2013, 2014 10U
2011, 2012 12U
2009, 2010 14U
2007, 2008 16U
2005, 2006 18U


NOTE: NAFA Northern Nationals, because it is hosted in a state (Minnesota) where many community teams are governed by USA Softball, will have an allowance for players born between Aug. 31 and Dec. 31. Those players that compete at an allowed age group in their league will be allowed to participate at Northern Nationals with their team.


 Complete the online registration (Online NAFA Team Registration).

2024 NAFA Midwest/Northern Nationals Dates

Dates for the 2024 Midwest and Northern NAFA Nationals

Midwest (Rockford, IL /Janesville, WI) - July 11-14, 2024
10U & 18U - Janesville, WI
8U, 12U, 14U, 16U - Rockford & Loves Park, IL
Online Registration 

8U: Lexington, MN -- July 19-21, 2024
Teams: 28
Online Registration (FULL)

10U: Cottage Grove, MN -- July 18-21, 2024
Teams: 86
Online Registration (FULL)

12U: Eagan/Mendota Heights, MN -- July 18-21, 2024
Teams: 128
Online Registration (FULL)

14U: Prior Lake/Lakeville -- July 25-28, 2024
Teams: 144
Online Registration (FULL)

16U: Champlin/Coon Rapids -- July 25-28, 2024
Teams: 112
Online Registration

18U: Eden Prairie/Chaska -- July 25-28, 2024
Teams: 72
Online Registration (Waitlist)

NCAA Approved Bat List

Wondering if your bat is allowed for play at a NAFA Tournament? If it is NCAA approved, you're fine!

Winter & Summer Tournaments

We continue to add more tournaments and leagues for your teams to participate and to qualify for the Midwest and Northern NAFA Nationals.  Quick links are provided below.  Teams are allowed to participate across state lines.  We also have 2 College Exposure tournaments in October (IL and WI).

IL NAFA Tournaments

MN NAFA Tournaments

WI NAFA Tournaments

Booking Your Hotel Stay

NAFA National Tournament Host Hotels. We strongly encourage you set up a team block at a participating hotel as soon as possible as rooms fill fast.  Our hotel team works closely with hotels to ensure they remain in business and can accommodate the needs of each team.

NAFA has made every effort to ensure your team’s trip to attend our NAFA National tournaments are as simplified and economic as possible. We recommend teams use our online reservation tool for their housing needs. Do not contact the hotels directly.

For a list of our over 50 participating “Host” hotels choose the link below for each age bracket. Our system allows you to Select a Hotel and Create a Team block in seconds and our hotel coordinators are available to support you if you have questions or need additional rooms.

For additional support in booking your team(s) hotels contact our hotel coordinators at House My Team (844) 898-6346.

Click HERE for the host hotels for Midwest NAFA Nationals - Rockford, IL

Click Here for the host hotels for Midwest NAFA Nationals - Janesville, WI

Click HERE for the host hotels for Northern NAFA Nationals 10U - Cottage Grove

Click HERE for the host hotels for Northern NAFA Nationals 12U - Eagan

Click HERE for the host hotels for Northern NAFA Nationals 14U - Prior Lake/Lakeville

Click HERE for the host hotels for Northern NAFA Nationals 16U - Champlin Park/Coon Rapids

Click HERE for the host hotels for Northern NAFA Nationals 18U - Eden Prairie/Chaska

Filling Out Your Roster

The below roster is the official roster to be used at NAFA Nationals and NAFA qualifiers.

We suggest after completing, make a few extra copies to keep with your player birth certificates.

NAFA Softball: Why we play

Eric Kraushar, NAFA Minnesota State Director, a journalist in the west metro, penned a column on the NAFA experience for our Eden Prairie and Chaska host sites.

Please give it a read.

A Special Piece In The Heart