The entry for the NITs held in the North Zone are set at $275.00. A NIT is considered a Post Season event and with any Post Season, there are fees to be paid. In addition, post season events require 2 umpires per game vs 1 in non Post Season.
At Muncie this weekend, we had an open field and decided to run the Chase for the Benjamins. Very few parks can afford to run a tourney for $225, pay umpires, give away $500.00 and still show a profit.
The NIT awards berth(s) to the Super World, while other tourneys do not. Parks that host tourneys are expected to make money as they have bills to pay. It takes money to keep a softball facility open. Private facilities such as Muncie, CCAC, Midwest, Sportsplex, and a few others are private owned and most receive no tax dollars to keep the doors open.
To my knowledge there are zero softball associations that are a 501c3 non profit business. They are a business.
I am not sure if this answers your questions or not. If not again, feel free to call me.
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