Traverse City Area Softball News


2019 Futures Challenge Schedule Released

The Waves are happy to host The Futures Challenge, a fun one-day tournament for 10U, 12U and 14U teams.   The Futures Challenge provides an opportunity for coaches and parents to see their 2020 team in action.  Players--especially players NEW to travel softball--have a chance to experience tournament-level play in a laid-back atmosphere.  And coaches, players and parents have the opportunity to benchmark player skills prior to heading into off-season workouts.  Visit The Futures Challenge tournament page to download a copy of the tournament schedule and rules.


Fall Infusion Tourney Scheduled For October 6th

231 Fusion Fastpitch in conjunction with The Grit Shop is set to host the second Fall Infusion tourney on Sunday, October 6th at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.  Open to the first four registered teams in each of the 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U divisions, the Fall Infusion Tournament features a round robin format with 80-minute games.  For information and to register, visit the Grit Shop's website.


2020 Summer Tournament Series Dates Announced

The 2020 Summer Tournament Series dates are now out!  Plan to bring your team to Traverse City for a fun, exciting weekend of softball.

  • June 6-7 - Spring Splash
  • June 12-14 - Northern Classic
  • June 19-21 - Cherry Capital Showdown
  • June 26-28 - Bayside Bash
  • July 10-12 - Softball Spectacular

Check back on our website soon for registration information.  Questions?  Email

2019 Summer Softball Tournament Series recap


Waves Summer Series of Tournaments

Get the lowdown on each tournament in the Waves Summer Series!  Check out recaps for completed tournaments.  Also....see who performed exceptionally well by checking out the All-Tournament Teams...

June 8-9 Spring Splash Tournament Page

June 14-16 Northern Classic Tournament Page

June 21 - 23 Cherry Capital Showdown Tournament Page

June 28-30 Bayside Bash Tournament Page

July 5-7 Softball Spectacular Tournament Page

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