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What are some of the largest fastpitch softball tournaments in the United States?

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The Triple Crown Sports Fireworks, Sparkler and Sparkler Junior tournaments, along with the National American Fastpitch Association's World Series, are some of the largest fastpitch softball tournaments in the United States. Some of the tournaments are for young female players only, while others are for men of all ages.

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The Triple Crown Sports fastpitch softball tournaments held in Denver, Colorado, are the largest in the country, with over 800 teams competing as of 2015. Typically, more than 3,000 games are played in one week at multiple venues throughout central Colorado. These tournaments are for females exclusively, with participants aged 12 to 18 separated into tournament fields by age group. The teams are usually coached by National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and junior college coaches. The tournaments are considered the premier showcase for future women's college softball players, with hundreds of college and university coaches present and scouting for recruits.

The NAFA World Series is primarily for adult males, but it does have one division for young men under age 23. The tournament hosts hundreds of teams from across the country, which compete at multiple venues in the Quad Cities area of Southeastern Iowa and Northwestern Illinois. The tournament has divisions separated by age brackets in five-year increments, from 35 to 60 years old.

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