2014 Nationwide Conference Championships tournament preview!

2014 Conference Championships!


Nationwide Conference USSSA!


Aug 29 – 31


Tournament Preview


2014 Conference Championship Bracket Link

2014 Conference Qualifier Bracket Link

The 2014 Nationwide Conference USSSA Championships take place this coming weekend, August 29-31 in Kissimme, Florida at the USSSA headquarters.  This years tournament is again using a bracket where seeds 9-16 have 2 play in games, and seeds 5-8 have one play in game.  The 8 loser’s from the first two rounds drop to a double elimination “Open” bracket of their own, while the top 8 teams play for the Conference Championship.  All 16 teams are playing for points which count as if this was a 7th Nationwide Conference tournament and a good weekend or a bad weekend could affect the seedings for the Major World Series.

In addition over at Fortune Road Softball Complex there is a  “Conference World Series Qualifying tournament”.  The winner of the 10 team event gets the #17 at the Major World Series.

Most of the action can be viewed at USSALive.com  and begins on Friday, August 29th at 5 PM eastern time!

The bracket for the Major division of course has the top 16 teams in the Nationwide Conference USSSA.  One thing we never know is what teams are going to be missing players and who will have their full squad.  What teams will wilt in the heat, and what teams are hungry to gain a spot or two for the Major World Series.  Most all of the teams are healthy though as players banged up during the grueling regular season have had time to heal for the most part.

Lets take a look at the Major bracket:

All of the games in the Major bracket are good games.  Last year there were just 7 run rule games and most of those were on Sunday as Resmondo defeated Laservision a year ago.  Two years ago neither Resmondo or Laservision were anywhere to be seen on Sunday as they finised tied for 7th and TYJA and R&M Metals were in the championship game.  Here is a link to the archived games from the 2012 Conference Championships.  Last year in 2013 four teams from the 9-16 part of the bracket won their first and second games and made it into the round of 8 on Friday night.  That means none of the 5-8 seeds made it to the round of 8 and they dropped into the “open” bracket!

In the first round there are 4 great games on tap.  OI Livingston, the second year ‘B’ team who is primed for a ‘B’ World run and has the hitting to play on the big fields takes on B&B Drywall who is the Conference newcomer of the year having a winning record in all but one Conference event this year and winning Conference tournaments in Arkansas and Colorado!  Red’s Astros who is looking to move up a few spots for the Major World Series takes on TG Brand another Conference ‘B’ team who ironically finishes either 5th or 17th every other tournament.  No kidding, take a look!  And its their week to finish 5th.     In other first round action Team Combat takes on 3rd Street.  That, like the other games in the first round should be about a toss up as 3rd Street is 1-0 vs Team Combat this season.  In the final first round game Classic Glass takes on Taylormade. Classic with a 1-0 edge on Taylormade during the season and Taylormade is just 6-9 vs ‘B’ teams this season.

The winners of those 4 games will take on the 5-8 seeds.  Look for OI and Linedrive to be a great matchup with the winner if its Line Drive to take on their “bench clearing” rival Resmondo late on Friday night.  You never know though the ‘A’ World Champs might have a relapse if they aren’t careful.  Red’s should get to Backman…again.  These two teams have been stuck in the same part of the bracket all season with Red’s winning the last matchup in Michigan.  Team Combat may get to Buzini.  Buzini lost two close games at ‘A’ Worlds and should be ready to play some games.  They won 2 in a row on Friday night last year.  And I look for Classic Glass to get past Taylormade and take on Precision.  I think this bottom part of the bracket is the place where a first round team could break through to the final 8.

Osceola County Stadium Field Dimensions

330-390-400-390-330 approximately on all fields

Fortune Road Field Dimensions


Weekend Weather – Warmer than normal

2013 Winner – Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth

2012 Winner – TYJA/Suncoast Reebok

2013 Nationwide Conference Championship tournament report link

2012 Nationwide Conference Championship tournament report link

2011 Nationwide Conference Championship tournament report link

2010 Nationwide Conference Championship tournament report link

Past tournament results

2013 Major Conference Championships
1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth
2 NY-M Laservision/Desert Falls/Boombah/Easton
3 TN-M Shoppe/TYJA/Louisville Slugger
4 OH-B Pure Romance/Chic’s/Insanity/Easton

2013 Open Conference Championships
1 FL-A Demarini/Dirty/Xtreme
2 IA-A GTL/Doerflinger/R&M Metals/Easton
3 MI-A Line Drive Sportz/SSS/Miken
4 IN-A Red’s Astros/Slugger/Stucco/Dirty

2013 Conference Qualifier Champions
1 GA-B Team Adiktiv/Dynasty/D2E/LS/TYJA
2 OH-B 3rd Street/Louisville Slugger
3 NC-B B&B/Sears/BMW Insulation/Easton
4 MN-B Xtreme/Miken

2012 Major Conference Championships
1 NY-A TYJA – Suncoast Reebok
2 IA-A R&M metals/troupe/pipac/s&r/easton
3 UT-M Nordkap/desert falls/easton

2012 Open Conference Championships
1 MI-B Line Drive Sportz/sss softball
2 IN-B Reds Astros/tps/sports den
3 CA-A West Coast Doerflinger – easton
4 GA-B Down2earthsports.com/sbc/worth

2012 ‘B’ Conference Championships
1 MA-B Magic/S&S/TYJA/Easton
2 NC-B B&B/Sears/N&N Finishing
3 AL-B Baughford.com/advantagesports/worth
4 FL-B Westshore pizza/tps

2011 Major Conference Championships
1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank / worth
2 WA-M Team Combat/laservision/d2e/supreme
3 FL-A Suncoast Reebok
4 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini

2011 Open Conference Championships
1 IA-A R&M Metals/troupe/tcp/easton
2 VA-A Taylormade/tm sports/mizuno
3 WA-B Doerflinger/tsc/pro-coat/combat
4 MI-A Sinister/Pritchard/Miken

2010 Major Conference Championships (Best of 5)
1 CA-M Dan Smith/Menosse
2 FL-M Resmondosport/specialty/phonemaster

2010 Open Conference Championships
2 FL-B AJS/easton/supreme/mike foulks/mojo
3 TX-A Wood Law/Miken
4 TN-A Jean Shoppe-easton-down2earthsports

2010 ‘B’ Conference Championships
1 CT-B Darkside/TYJA
2 CA-B Elite sports u.s.a./combat
3 OH-B Blitz/watanabe/weller/minges/easton
4 FL-B Art Explosion/drash

2009 Major Conference Championships
1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank-Worth
2 MN-M Long Haul/Miken/Phonemasters
3 CA-M Dan Smith-Menosse-Benfield-Combat
4 FL-A T&R Stucco/Worth

2009 Open Conference Championships
1 VA-A Taylormade/Titan/PAS/Mizuno
2 WA-A GTL Cartel/Stucco/Worth/Elite
3 CA-A Johnny Blaze/Combat/Elite
4 WA-A Combat USA/Elite

2009 ‘B’ Conference Championships
1 FL-B AJS/Easton/3N2/DSSBats
3 AR-B Fence Brokers/Illustrated Sportswear
4 OH-B PRI/MFAB/Insanity

2008 Major Conference Championships
1 FL-M Resmondo/specialty tank/worth
2 CA-M Dan Smith/menosse/benfield/combat
3 WA-A GTL/Creative Stucco/Worth
4 IL-A Ropeclub/hennessys/onqclub/easton

2008 ‘B’ Conference Championships
1 MI-B Team Bud Light/Easton
2 OH-B Blitz/Watanabe/Bull/Minges Drywall

2007 Major Conference Championships
1 FL-M Resmondo Softball
2 FL-M Bellcorp/belcher/tai/backman

2006 Major Conference Championships
1 FL-M Bell Corp/taylor/belcher/easton
2 OH-M Specialtytank/ stucco/k&g /worth
3 VA-M Benfield/reece/shade/am las vegas
3 FL-M Resmondo – KME Softball


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