2020 Summer Tournament Series - COVID-19 Update

4/5/2020 Update:  It was very disappointing--for many reasons--to hear that the MHSAA spring sports season has been cancelled.  We're particularly mindful of the seniors who have lost out on a final chance to compete alongside their high school teammates.  Been there.

I know that "life moves on", but as a reminder (especially for those affiliated with a high school team), our Bayside Bash tournament offers a 12U and a 14U division....and a high school division.  We decided to offer the high school division to give teams a last chance to compete together with players--seniors?--who have exhausted their 16U eligibility but have not yet enrolled in college.  There are 15 teams registered in that group right now.  If your team--maybe your high school team?--is interested in playing once more, send Jeff an email at   We'll do our best ot make it happen.  Our intent, as of today, is to host all of the tournaments.  The government will have the final say, but we're going to give it our best shot.  Please check back here for periodic updates.


Waves Welcome Great Wolf Lodge As A 2020 Summer Tournament Series Sponsor

The Traverse City Waves are happy to welcome back the Great Wolf Lodge as a major sponsor of the Waves 2020 Summer Tournament Series.  If you've never stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge, you should!  Large rooms, great location, many amenities on  site, and the best waterpark in Traverse City waiting for players to splash around in after their's a blast!  Contact Brett Bowman at 231-534-9074 to reserve your room or a block of rooms for your team.

Waves History

 The Waves is an organization formed in 2004 and based in Traverse City, and provides the opportunity for young players to learn and enjoy the game of softball. Former Waves players have had successful high school sports and academic careers...played softball in college...won national championships in rowing...earned all-area, all-region, and all-state honors in softball and other sports...made successful transitions into college, graduated from college, established professional careers...and more!  The Waves organization has funded over $11,000 in college scholarships and continues to emphasize providing opportunities for girls to excel athletically and academically while having fun playing softball.

The Waves hosted the fourteenth Traverse City Softball Spectacular in 2019.  Because of overwhelmingly positive feedback from our visiting teams, we added the Northern Classic tournament in 2008 to allow more teams the opportunity to combine a mini-vacation in the Traverse City area with a first class, enjoyable tournament.  The Cherry Capital Showdown was added to the tournament schedule a few years ago and has quickly become a favorite among teams from throughout the state.  In 2016, the Spring Splash was added to the series, an early-season tournament for younger teams.  The two-year-old Bayside Bash offers a chance to experience the National Cherry Festival along with playing in a fun, quality tournament.  Finally, 2016 also saw the start of the Futures Challenge, a low-key one day tune-up tournament  for teams that have just selected their squads for next summer season.  We would love to have your team participate in our tournaments.  Please send a note if you're interested in bringing your team to Traverse City. 


Our Sponsors


Great Wolf Lodge - Traverse City

Thank you to the Great Wolf Lodge for  sponsoring the 2019 Waves Summer Softball Series!  Visiting teams:  Contact Brett Bowman at 231-534-9074 or to reserve rooms for the tournament weekend