The Alliance Fastpitch continues to make news in the fastpitch club world as the organization further defines its mission, partner relationshps and coverage areas.
On Monday, The Alliance announced a partnership with USA Softball to register players and coaches; earlier in August, the half dozen previously established Fastpitch Leagues were aligned under the direction of former USSSA National Director Jami Lobpries.
Today, the 7th and latest League was announced: the Northeast Fastpitch League which will be overseen by Adam Dorman, from the South Jersey Mystics organization.
“With the unique dynamic of the Northeast, we are excited to have our own league where we can work together to bring our region some structure and a college-like feel to our competition,” Dorman told Extra Inning Softball on Monday.
“We are starting with events this fall in New Jersey, New York, and Eastern Pennsylvania, and are looking to add existing events in Connecticut and New England this summer.”
Here is a list of the previously establish Fastpitch Leagues overseen by The Alliance Fastpitch:
Named as the Commissioner of the Northeast Fastpitch League, Dorman envisions players of all ages participating in NEFL events.
“This isn't just for 16U and 18U,” he explains. “We have been talking with USSSA and USA Softball directors about adding their events to the league for the younger teams including 10U, 12U, and 14U. We want all Northeast teams at all age divisions to be able to compete for a regional championship in the NEFL and advance to the Alliance National Championship.”
The Northeast region was originally integrated as part of the Heart of American Fastpitch League (HFL) led by Ryan Taylor, the head of the Aces Fastpitch organization. Taylor says he has aided Dorman in repositioning the Northeast into its own league.
“We originally had the region in the HFL to help them get up and running this summer,” Taylor states. “However, strict COVID regulations made it almost impossible for teams to play and it made sense to give the Northeast teams opportunities through our HFL system over the summer. We’ve been working with Adam and his team and felt they were in a great spot to start establishing events in their region. We’re excited to see them grow and participate in The Alliance!”
The new Commissioner has been busy pulling in teams and events to hit the ground running in the next few months.
“We have some of the top programs in the region already on board,” Dorman believes, “including the NJ Batbusters, South Jersey Mystics, NJ Pride, Newtown Rock, Team Long Island, Nightmare, Jersey Gators, Jersey Flames, and EC Bullets Coleman. We expect many more of the great teams and organizations here in the Northeast to join us.”
“In addition to the region's top teams,” he continues, “we are getting some of the best showcases and tournaments to be League events, which this fall already includes the Pride Fall Bash, Nightmare Octoberfest, Team Long Island Fall USA Elite Select Qualifier, Power 12, and Team NJ. Our full schedule of league events will be posted on our website shortly.”
Dorman further adds that “Our website should be up and running by the end of the week and registration should be open September 1st. We are looking to have a town hall-style Zoom meeting to answer any questions coaches may have.”
As the acting director of The Alliance Fastpitch, Lobries admits she’s excited to see the pieces coming together with the regions being further defined and integrated on local and national levels.
"The build-out of the Northeast Fastpitch League epitomizes what The Alliance is all about in regards to unity, collaboration and doing what is best for the athletes,” she states.
“The Northeast has variables specific to that part of the country and the teams are used to working together to build competitive schedules regionally and nationally. I'm excited to have the Northeast be a part of The Alliance and look forward to working with the teams, athletes and coaches from that region."
The Northeast Fastpitch League consists of the following members:
- Commissioner: Adam Dorman, South Jersey Mystics Vice President
- Deputy Commissioner: Dave Wheeler, Founder of Nightmare Fastpitch, most recently with NJ Batbusters before retiring from coaching
- Director of Championship Events: Jim Barsalona, Founder of Team NJ
- Junior Program Director: Stacy Jackson, Hofstra Hall of Fame pitcher & South Jersey Mystics President
- Advisor: Rob Stern, President of NJ Pride
- Advisor: Joe Garvey, President and travel Director of Newtown Rock