The HFL is pleased to announce the most exciting structured event to take place in softball in many years. Leaders from some of the top programs in the country have gotten together to figure out a new way of presenting our sport. The Heart of America League will be a league that will allow all teams to compete on the same level. The league will have conferences with in the division. We will have a Div 1 Level, made for you travel teams and a Div 2, level constructed for you town, recreation or B level teams. The Northeast league will be divided into conferences with in a division.
The league will have 3 formats of Play:
- "Mid-Week" League matchups for teams in their conference
- League game matchups on Fridays leading into an existing tournament. As well games could be crafted into pool play of existing sanctioned events.
- League weekend free standing Sanctioned Events
The league will be based on a "points" process where teams will get points from league games as well as tournament finishes from HFL Sanctioned events. Those points will rank teams.
All teams that participate in the league are automatically qualified in 2020 for the following post season Championships:
- HFL Players Championship that will take place August 5-9, 2020 Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, Chesterfield, MO 14u-18u
- HFL Atlantic Coast Players Championship, Date and Location to be announced. Comprise the Northeast & Mid Atlantic Regional Championships 14u-18u
- HFL Junior Atlantic Coast Players Championship, date and location to be announced ages 10u to 12u
Teams will be "seeded" into a College Softball postseason format that will have teams in a "Regional Bracket" (Mini Tournament) that will produce teams from there advancing to the "Super Regionals" 2 teams will then play against each other in a best 2 out of 3. The Winner's there will advance to an 8 Team "World Series" format to crown a Champion.
Teams that do not advance to the Super Regionals from the "Regional" will all go into a new bracket called the "Q" Bracket. These teams will fight it out and the top 4 Teams from that bracket will qualify "Division 1" and along with the 16 Teams that advanced into the Super Regionals will make the "Cut" of being in the top 20 for the summer season and will ensure their team's placement in the in the top events this coming fall.
Please provide this link for Teams planning to play Team Registration Plan to Play link
We are working on our own HFL Northeast landing page, it’s under construction as we speak. We will be able to drive all our team, players, coaches and parents for all the latest and updated information.
We are also excited to announce our Nationwide partner leagues:
- Texas Fasptich League
- Gulf Coast Fatptich League
- Southeast Fastptich League
- California Fastpitch League
This nation wide network will host over 3000 teams next year.