Grand Rapids, Mi.  –  Tuesday August 15, 2017  –  International Softball Congress Board of Directors have announced that the 2019 ISC World Tournament has been awarded to Denmark, WI.

Tournament dates are August 10 – 18, 2019
  

Grand Rapids, MI –  Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The International Softball Congress announces on today’s date that the ISC Board of Directors has elected the following 6 individuals to be inducted into the 2018 ISC Hall of Fame, the inductions will be held during the World Tournament at Kitchener, ON.

PLAYER CATEGORY

ROB GRAY – VAUGHAN, ON

SEAN O’BRIEN – BROCKVILLE, ON

PAUL ROSEBUSH – BAKERSFIELD, CA

ADMINISTRATOR AND UMPIRE CATEGORY 

BRUCE BIERMAN (UMPIRE) – AYR, ON

FERDI NELISSEN (ADMIN.) – PORTAGE LA PRARIE, MANITOBA

BOB WELBY MEMORIAL-RECOGNITION OF SERVICE CATEGORY

JIM HALLMAN – KITCHENER, ON

Robert Gray, Chairman, ISC Hall of Fame Committee

 

August 2, 2017   –  The International Softball Congress announces the schedule for the 2017 ISC U21 Tournament.  This years five team tournament will be made up with teams from; Alvinston Jr Indians, Chippewa Warriors, New Hamburg Mustangs, Port Perry Bulls and Richville, MI.

Complete schedule is available in the World Tournament ‘drop-down” menu

ISC HoF “Class of 2017” Induction –  Ticket Order Form

Induction Breakfast Event – Sunday August 13, 2017

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI

7:30 am – doors open;     8:00 am – Breakfast;     9:30 – Program/Inductions

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This year the Hotel has dictated that the final number attending be confirmed ten (10) days in advance, so I will require your request for a ticket(s) by Wednesday August 2nd or earlier

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ISC HALL OF FAME – IMPRESSIVE CLASS OF 2017

By John Thompson

The International Softball Congress Hall of Fame Selection committee is pleased to confirm that the ISC Board of Directors approved a slate of five impeccable nominees (four players and one umpire) for induction into the ISC Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017.

INDUCTION 2017 –      The ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 induction continues the tradition of casting a spotlight on outstanding individuals who have participated in or contributed to the International Softball Congress. The five new inductees will be honored in fashion similar to previous recognition ceremonies that have been hosted annually since the initial presentation in 1965. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday August 13, 2017 at 8 am (doors open at 7:30 am) as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament hosted in Grand Rapids MI.

PLAYERS 

Chris DeLarwelle – Denmark WI – Born August 13, 1967

    From his first steps in Forestville WI in the 1970s, Chris was active and athletic. While playing as a three-sport athlete with the Eagles of Southern Door High School in Brussels WI, baseball was his focus. He played at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where as a member of the Titans from 1987-90 he earned the 1990 Division III Player of the Year honors and was a two-time (1989-90) 1st Team NCAA Division III All-American. With his obvious elite baseball skills, Chris spent three years as a member of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins minor league system.

    Having never played fast-pitch, in 1993 Chris joined the Denmark WI Dukes where he enjoyed four seasons. In 1997 Rod Peterson recruited Chris for the established Madison WI Farm Tavern team where he shared in winning ISC titles in 1997 and 1999, book-ended around a 2nd place finish in ’98.  With Farm Tavern, Chris earned an All World 1st Team designation in 1998, sandwiched between 2nd team laurels in 1997 and 1999. 

    In 2002, Chris joined his good friend Darren Derricks and the Denmark WI Circle Tap squad, with the team making top four finishes back-to-back in 2003-04. Chris again earned ISC All-World 1st team accolades in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Following a brief retirement, Chris returned to Circle Tap as a veteran contributor in the ISC tournaments in 2012 and 2013.

Chris’ distinguished ISC career spanned 21 seasons during which he claimed a spot with the national Team USA from 1999 to 2009 winning a Pan Am silver medal in 1999 and an ISF bronze medal in 2000.

Keith Mackintosh – Saskatoon SK – March 26, 1968

    Keith Mackintosh, born in Melfort SK, grew up in nearby Star City and played his entire minor league career under the tutelage of coach Doug Holoien whose son Dean is also an ISC Hall of Famer. Keith, with his younger brother Pat, and Dean Holoien won national midget and junior championships with the Melfort SK 222’s. Keith graduated to senior ranks with Camrose AB Merchants for five seasons, prior to suiting up with Victoria BC Legends in the NorWest league and being introduced to the annual ISC World Tournament.

    In 1997, Victoria hosted the ISC event which was a highlight of Keith’s career- playing for the home team in a world tourney. Victoria made it to the Championship game before succumbing to perennial contender Madison WI Farm Tavern. Following stints with Owen Sound ON, Can-Am Windmillers and Calgary AB Diamonds, Keith enjoyed a memorable two seasons with the storied Farm Tavern in 2005-06.

    After years of travel, Keith returned home to play in Saskatoon SK for the Kuryluk family-sponsored Aspen Interiors. 2008 was a  “dream season” when Aspen won every tournament it entered… except for the ISC losing to Kitchener in Kimberly WI in one of the most memorable ISC championship tilts ever played. Following the 2009 season which featured a 3rd place finish with Aspen in Quad Cities, Keith hung up the playing spikes.

    In a stellar 17 year career spanning 1991-2008, Keith was an ISC All-World selection five times – including 1st team with Victoria (1997) and Madison (2006) and 2nd team in Camrose (1991); Madison (2005) and Aspen (2008). While the ISC Championship has eluded him, Keith was a bridesmaid on three occasions with Victoria (1997), The Farm (2005) and Aspen (2008).

Internationally, Keith donned Team Canada Red/White from 1998-2009 capturing a Pan Am gold medal in 2003 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic and an ISF bronze medal in 2009 in his hometown Saskatoon SK.

 Doug Middleton – Blue Springs MO – September 18, 1962

    Doug Middleton grew up in Springfield MO and as a natural athlete enjoyed a multitude of sports. He started playing softball at age 10, where he learned the game from his father Chuck Middleton who coached Doug and his team-mates to four national championships in youth ball.

    Doug entered ISC competition in 1984 and his entire career evolved around teams in the Missouri – Kansas area. A memorable 1988 ISC tournament, when Doug’s team – Harold’s Supermarkets of Lexington MO – was perfect in their first five games, clawing its way to the Championship final. En route, Doug hurled five consecutive wins, including shutouts over Nava Brothers, Hayward CA; Sioux City IA Penn Corp; Nothdurft Tool, Detroit MI and Owen Sound Canadian Tire (Brad Underwood) and a 2-1 win over Peter Finn and the Midland MI Explorers.     Doug recalls his team having only 9 guys remaining for the championship game and Sioux City IA Penn Corp showed its prowess sweeping Lexington in the two game Sunday format.

     During his quarter century career, Doug was named ISC All-World four times – three times on the first team with Harold’s Supermarkets, Lexington MO (1988); Topeka Travelers, Topeka KS (1995) and Meierhoffer, St. Joseph MO (2002). In 2002 in Kitchener ON Doug was named to the 2nd team with St. Joseph Frontier Casino when his team-mate and friend Michael White won the Outstanding Pitcher Award, as the pair combined to lead St. Joseph to a sterling 10-1 record and the ISC championship. Doug had four wins striking out 56 in 37 innings and posting a 0.72 ERA.

    Overall, Doug ranks 9th in ISC career wins (38) spanning the period 1986 – 2002. Possessing a quiet disposition and obvious humility, Doug was a leader by example on rosters that featured many outstanding players.

Todd Schultz – Williamston MI – Born May 1, 1964

    Todd Schultz launched his ISC career at the 1986 World Tournament in Sioux City IA with the Lansing MI Spartans. In the ensuing 23 years career, Todd displayed precision defense as a mid-infielder and was always a threat in the batter’s box.

    Todd’s combined skills resulted in four All-World Selections, most memorably as a first team honoree in 2003 with Marathon WI County Materials when he batted .400 in leading his team to an ISC 2nd place finish.

    Todd was a contributing member of County Materials’ back-to-back championships in 2005-06, being named to the 2nd All-World team in 2005. He also received All World 2nd team laurels in 1992 and 2009 with his home-state Midland MI Explorers and in 2010 with Chicago/NY Fastpitch of New York City, NY.

    Noted for his soft hands and near-perfect fielding, he utilized a variety of skills in the batter’s box to be a complete two-way player.  With 322 official ABs in ISC competition, Todd combined speed and savvy to carve an impressive .290 batting average, including 15 homers and 48 RBIs. In a memorable three-year stretch spanning 2003 to 2005, while batting in ninth position for County Materials, Todd socked an impressive seven home runs.

    Todd also suited up for Team USA which was a huge thrill playing in his home park in Midland MI against Team Canada in 1996 and hitting a double and collecting a RBI off legendary Canadian pitcher Darren Zack.

UMPIRE 

David Casso – Chandler AZ – May 30, 1948

    David Casso was born in Whittier CA and spent his youthful years in Southern California enjoying participation in an abundance of sports through high school as well as college. Academically, he graduated from Fresno State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in history and physical education.

    Sports became his passion and he dedicated a career to officiating – initially with high school football, basketball and baseball. In due course, David was arbitrating major college baseball in the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC 12). It was while living in California that David was encouraged to umpire fast-pitch softball. His first assignment was a match between six-time world champions Long Beach Nitehawks and the 1973 world champion Lakewood Jets. David loved the speed and athleticism of the sport – and he was hooked! In 1977 he umpired the ISC World Tournament in Phoenix AZ, a start to a nineteen year career as a fast-pitch umpire at the highest level.

    David diversified his career with work in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the International Hockey League (IHL). Recently David completed twenty seasons as an “off-ice” official in the National Hockey League (NHL), including some Stanley Cup games.

    David’s sports officiating has now eclipsed four decades and what he remembers the most are not the games…but the players – the outstanding athletes who competed who were not only tremendously skilled, but also quality individuals.

 

July 29, 2017 – Waterloo, ON  –  ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction Breakfast

 

On Sunday morning August 13, the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame will host its annual induction breakfast at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503  

The Class of 2017 induction will be held as part of the ISC Championships and build on the successes of the previous Hall of Fame celebrations that have been held annually since the initial induction in 1965. This is the 1st time that the event will be hosted in Grand Rapids, MI.

Doors will open at 7:30 am, with breakfast at 8:00 and the program and inductions at 9:30. The event will adjourn at 11:30 am, in advance of the Sunday scheduled games.

For more information about the 2017 Championship, please visit the following websites:

ISC Fastpitch – www.iscfastpitch.com   Host Committee  – www.iscgr.com

All breakfast attendees are required to have a ticket, available as follows:

TICKET SALES

ON-LINE and RESERVED TABLES OF EIGHT

Tickets, $35 each, and/or reserved tables of eight (8) for $250, may be purchased using the attached form or on-line using VISA/MC credit cards by contacting Breakfast Event Chair John Thompson at sstj99@gmail.com or 519-884-4050.

This year the Hotel has dictated that the final number attending be confirmed ten (10) days in advance, so I will require your request for a ticket(s) by Wednesday August 2nd or earlier.
 

 

 

 

July 14, 2017 – The following list of teams will be participating in the 2017 ISC World Tournament, August 11th – 19th at the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford, MI.  Rockford is approximately 10 miles North of Grand Rapids, MI.

The Number ranked Hill United Chiefs will head a field that will include 13 teams making their 1st appearance in ISC World Tournament action.  This year’s field will include players from 9 different countries, including Team Marquez from Ensenada, Mexico.
 
1   A1 Power – Eaton Rapids, MI   (#5)
2   A’s – Reese, MI *
3   Ashland A’s – Ashland, OH *
4   Bloomington Stix – Bloomington, IL   (#8)
5   CanAm Twins –  Kitchener, ON   (#4)
6   Circle Tap Dukes –  Denmark, WI   (#6)
7   Dolan & Murphy –  Auroa, IL
8   Durham Diamondbacks – Durham, ON *
9   Elmira Expos – Elmira, ON
10 Farmersville Haymakers –  Ephrata, PA *
11 Frankenmuth Brewer – Frankenmuth, MI *
12 Glanworth Gators – Glanworth, ON *
13 Grand Prairie Pirates – Grande Prairie, AB *
14 Hill United Chiefs – Ohsweken, ON   (#1)
15 J&B Bombers – Agoura, CA   (#3)
16 Kegel Black Knights – Fargo, ND
17 Kingston Axemen – Kingston, ON
18 Kitchener Cubs – Kitchener, ON
19 New York Gremlins – Staten Island, NY   (#2)
20 Nith River Monsters – New Hamburg, ON *
21 Oetman Excavating – Moline, MI *
22 Ostrander Fastpitch – Ostrander, MN
23 Page Brake – Salt Lake City, UT
24 Pueblo Bandits – Pueblo, CO
25 Rice Lake Orangemen – Rice Lake, WI *
26 S&B Wranglers – Frankenmuth, MI *
27 Shakespeare Falcons – Shakespeare, ON
28 St. Paul’s Generals – St Pauls, ON *
29 Team Marquez – Ensenada, MX *
30 The Bar on the Avenue Buzz –  Appleton, WI
31 Tin Cup Bar – St Paul, MN
32 Topeka Toros – Topeka, KS
33 Toronto Batmen – Toronto, ON   (#7)
34 Twin City Gray Sox – St Joseph, MI
35 Waterdown Hammer – Waterdown, ON
36 Wiarton Nationals – Wiarton, ON
  * Indicates 1st appearance

 
June 21, 2017  –  Mississauga, ON – Hill United Chiefs will spring into action this weekend at the Hallman Memorial Tournament in St. Clements as the top-ranked team. Joining them will be five other teams from the Top 12, making for a great test for all teams in the field.
 
Special congratulations to the Elmira Expos, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time on the heels of a solid third place finish at the Canada East qualifier. Newcomers to the Top 16 include Tin Cup, who won the Grafmeier tournament in Kimberly and Team Marquez, with a late roster submission.
 
The Top 16 is as follows (pre-season rankings in brackets):
 
1. (1) Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2. (2) Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3. (3) Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
4. (4) Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
5. (6) Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
6. (5) Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
7. (7) Toronto, ON Batmen
8. (9) Bloomington, IL Stix
9. (8) Kitchener, ON Cubs
10. (12) Elmira, ON Expos
11. (10) Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
12. (11) Kingston, ON Axemen
13. (NR) St. Paul, MN Tin Cup
14. (14) Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
15. (15) Ostrander, MN Norsemen
16. (NR) Ensenada, MX Team Marquez
 
Per a motion passed at the 2016 ISC Board of Directors meeting, only the Top 16 ranked teams will be published and will be used as the basis for seeding at the ISC World Tournament. Rankings are based on rosters and/or reported tournament results for 2017.
 
The 71st annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 12-19, 2017 at the Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [at] gmail.com
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
ftode739 [at] rogers.com
 
 
The 2017 ISC Canada East qualifier tournament will be held June 16-18 in Innerkip, Ontario on the three-diamond complex at the Innerkip Sports Park – see https://goo.gl/maps/zJPo6Ca1p5p. The winning team will receive a paid berth and travel money for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Opening round games are as follows:   WINNERS BRACKET                  LOSER BRACKET
Gm 1 D1 Fri 7 pm Shakespeare Falcons vs Kitchener Bell Cartage Outlaws
Gm 2 D2 Fri 7 pm Waterdown FirstOntario Hammer vs St. Paul’s Generals
Gm 3 D1 Fri 9 pm Elmira Expos vs Wyevale Tribe
Gm 5 D2 Fri 9 pm Nith River Monsters vs Durham Diamondbacks
Gm 4 D1 Sat 830 am Kingston Axemen vs Da Hoggs
Gm 6 D2 Sat 830 am Wiarton Nationals vs Glanworth Gators
Gm 7 D2 Sat 1030 am Kitchener Hallman Cubs vs winner Gm 1
Gm 10 D2 Sat 1230 pm Toronto Batmen vs winner Gm 6
 
Games continue all day Saturday and resume Sunday at 8:30 am with the championship game scheduled for 4:30 pm Sunday. See the attached schedules.
 
The six-team Armitage Technology ISC Canada East U21 Championship starts Saturday morning.     U21 SCHEDULE
Sat 830a New Hamburg Mustangs vs Tavistock Athletics
Sat 1030a Port Perry Bulls vs Owen Sound Selects
Sat 1230p Alvinston Aces vs Tavistock Athletics
Sat 230p Wellesley Wildcats vs Owen Sound Selects
Sat 430p New Hamburg Mustangs vs Alvinston Aces
Sat 630p Port Perry Bulls vs Wellesley Wildcats  
 
Quarter final cross-overs between the second and third-place teams in each pool will be played on Sunday morning starting at 8:30 am with the semi-finals at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and the championship scheduled for 4:30 pm. Like the ISC Qualifier, the winning U21 team will receive a paid berth and travel money for the 2017 ISC U21 Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Blair Setford – blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd – ftode739@rogers.com

March 29, 2017 –Mississauga, ON – Celebrate the arrival of spring and the imminent return of the North American fastball season by pre-ordering your 2017 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

Complete with a striking cover that features ISC MVP Brad Rona and Most Outstanding Pitcher Sean Cleary, of the Toronto Gators, along with the Gators’ Shane Boland and his World Tournament clinching walk-off home run, the 2017 ISC Guide has over 130 color photos along with 140 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, ISC Legends 50+ Championship and the ISC U21 Championship from the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.

You can now order and pay for the 2017 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/  and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.

The 2017 ISC Guide will also be available in the near future in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com

We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and FirstOntario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

For additional information, please contact

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor

blairjs [@] gmail.com

or 

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com

 

December 14, 2016 – Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress has established a single point-of-contact to assist teams looking to recruit young New Zealand players for the 2017 North American season.
 
Working in partnership with Eddie Kohlhase, former coach of the New Zealand Black Sox national team, ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher will be able to assist in connecting teams with players.
 
Currently, there are several young players, including some from last summer’s New Zealand U19 team that are looking for an opportunity to connect with North American teams for the 2017 season.
  
Teams that are interested in pursuing these players are encouraged to email ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher at iscfastpitch@gmail.com and he will provide contact information and more.
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
Ingersoll, Ontario

December 13, 2016 – Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.

The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.

“With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.

“We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher. 

More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.

The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.

For additional information, please contact:

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

Findlay, OH

iscfastpitch@gmail.com

 

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

December 9, 2016 – Ayr, Ontario – The International Softball Congress is reminding umpires that the deadline to apply to officiate at the 2017 ISC World Tournament is January 15, 2017.

Umpires wanting to work the 2017 ISC World Tournament, must complete the ISC Umpire Pool Application form, which can be found on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com in the ISC Forms tab.

Pool application are to be sent to ISC Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman and ISC Deputy UIC Lou Davis. E-mail addresses are at the bottom of the pool application.

The ISC reminds umpires that they must apply each year to be considered to umpire in the World Tournament.

The 2017 ISC World Tournament will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from August 11-20 at the Art Van Complex.

Bruce Bierman

ISC Umpire In Chief

September 25, 2016 – Larry Fisher, Executive Director of the International Softball Congress, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Thompson, of Waterloo, Ontario, as a ISC Specialist as the Hall of Fame Coordinator, formalizing a position John has filled since 2011.

“When the ISC assumed the costs and responsibility for the annual Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony, there were a lot of questions as to what we could do and how long we could do it,” said Fisher. “When I talked with John that very same afternoon, he just said “I’ll see what I can do.’’

Thompson has not only kept the Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony alive these past six years, but he has truly emphasized the “ceremony” of this very important part of the ISC World Tournament and made it an event.

“Since 2011, when John said ‘I’ll see what I can do”, he has provided 31 Hall of Fame inductees, their families and friends with a morning they will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Fisher, noting that Thompson’s official appointment is long overdue.

Thompson was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2014, receiving the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award for his long tenured devotion to the game in Waterloo and to the ISC.

The ISC welcomes John Thompson in his formal role and we will all look forward to continuing the successful Hall of Fame Breakfasts for many more years.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 

September 23, 2016 – The ISC continues to add to its video highlight collection with the release of three new videos on YouTube.
 
The first is the 2016 ISC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from the Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa. Featuring one of the strongest classes in recent memory, the Ceremony includes all of the introductions and speeches from each of the inductees. It can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg8Fc5BMKM0
 
The second release is a hand-held video of the final three innings of the 2016 ISC Championship game. Due to an equipment breakdown, this is the only video available of the game. It has been edited to include the game commentary audio by the ISC Network team of Kris Abbott and Joe Todd. You can watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqucUeLmyPo
 
Our final release is a clip of the game-winning walk-off home run by Shane Boland, of the Toronto Gators, to clinch the 2016 ISC World Championship. Shot by Lance Winn, and edited to include Kris Abbott’s call, the clip provides an alternative view of the dramatic conclusion. It’s at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXY7ZcDQ_U
 
We hope you enjoy all of the videos. Stay tuned for more highlights from the 2016 ISC World Tournament to be posted soon.

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September 20, 2016 – Pictures are up for the 2016 ISC World Tournament and available for viewing and purchase.  We are offering greatly reduced prices for this tournament and pictures can be ordered for $3 for a team picture and $1 for each individual/action shot.  Special requests for sizing or edits are welcome for an additional cost. Follow the link below to the page with all of the pictures, find your desired images based on album and each picture has a identification number in the description. Send a private message or email to nfisher78@gmail.com with the album and id# of the pictures requested…and a secured payment email will be sent to you to complete the purchase.

Thank you for your interest….and hope you enjoy the memories!!

-Nick @ Quest Media Design

 

https://www.facebook.com/questmediadesign/?ref=page_internal

 

August 16, 2016 – The International Softball Congress announces that the ISC Board of Directors has elected the following five (5) individuals to be inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2017:

PLAYER CATEGORY:

Keith Mackintosh – Saskatoon, SK

Chris Delarwelle – Denmark, WI

Doug Middleton – Blue Springs, MO

Todd Schultz – Williamston, MI

ISC ADMINISTRATOR / UMPIRE CATAGORY:

Dave Casso (Umpire) – Chandler, AZ

The inductions will be held at the ISC Mens World Fastball Tournament, August 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI

August, 16,2016  –  The International Softball Congress (ISC) is pleased to announce that the 72nd Annual ISC Mens Fastball World Tournament will be held in Kitchener, ON.

The ISC World Tournament will be returning to the Peter Hallman Ball Park for the 5th time in the span of 16 years.

Congratulations to the Kitchener Fastball Promotions, the ISC looks forward to returning to Canada  for the 9th time.

August 12, 2016 – Schedule of broadcasts from the 2016 ISC World Tournament All times listed are Central Time Zone, so adjust for your location. Games may not start on time if there are delays due to previous games. Click Here to Watch.

Sunday August 14 1:00 PM Gm 17 BC A’s vs tbd
Sunday August 14 3:00 PM Gm 15 New York Gremlins vs NB Petro Hawks
Sunday August 14 6:30 PM Gm 16 Hill United Chiefs vs Todd’s Mudjacking
Sunday August 14 8:30 PM Gm 20 Circle Tap Dukes vs tbd
Monday August 15 12:00 PM G37 Winners Bracket
Monday August 15 2:00 PM G36 Winners Bracket
Monday August 15 4:00 PM G39 Winners Bracket
Monday August 15 6:00 PM G40 Winners Bracket
Monday August 15 8:00 PM G38 Winners Bracket
Tuesday August 16 6:00 PM G49 Winners Bracket
Tuesday August 16 8:00 PM G50 Winners Bracket
Wednesday August 17 6:00 PM G56 Winners Bracket
Wednesday August 17 8:00 PM G55 Winners Bracket
Thursday August 18 4:00 PM ISC II Championship Game
Thursday August 18 6:00 PM G61 Winners Bracket
Thursday August 18 8:00 PM G62 Winners Bracket
Friday August 19 10:00 AM G63 Losers Bracket
Friday August 19 12:00 PM G64 Losers Bracket
Friday August 19 2:00 PM G65 Losers Bracket
Friday August 19 4:00 PM G66 Losers Bracket
Friday August 19 7:00 PM G67 Winners Bracket Final
Saturday August 20 11:00 AM G68 Losers Bracket
Saturday August 20 1:00 PM G69 Losers Bracket Final
Saturday August 20 3:00 PM 2016 Legends Championship Game
Saturday August 20 6:00 PM 2016 ISC Championship Game

Tuesday July 19, 2016 ISC Network

This year’s  tournament brackets/schedules have now been released, just click on any of the ISC Shields on the home page at www.iscfastpitch.com  and all four brackets/schedules are available for your viewing.

Good Luck and Good Sportsmanship to all 52 teams participating  and see you all in Moline, IL for  the  70TH  Anniversary  of  ISC World Mens Fastpitch Championship Tournament.

 

Joe Todd

ISC V-P Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

ISC UMIRESJune 23, 2016 Ayr, ON – Congratulations are extended to the 20 individuals that have been chosen to be wear the ISC Umpire colours and maintain the integrity of the rule book this August at the Greenvalley Sports Complex in Moline, Illinois for the 2016 ISC World Tournament.

Each year, umpires have to apply in the fall of the preceding year and then the task of scrutinizing and evaluating the many applicants falls upon the shoulders of ISC Umpire-In-Chief Bruce Bierman, Deputy UiC Lou Davis and Les Novak.

As each team strives to be a part of the ISC World Tournament, so does the complement of the Blue Crew. The ISC congratulates each of you on your appointment.

1 Brandon Bluhm – Chehalis, WA

2 Glenn Brown – Oak Harbour, WA

3 Lou Davis – Truro, NS

4 Tony Dickson – Moonstone, ON

5 Robert Durand – Osceda, WI

6 Steve Gallagher – Cobourg, ON

7 Roger Griffith – Goshen, IN

8 Jon Hand – Maple Park, IL

9 Steve Jahnke – Caledonia MI

10 Charlie Johnson – Hitterdal MN

11 Chris Lamer – Belleville, ON

12 Fred Malatches – Cambridge, ON

13 Mike Morrissey – Peterborough, ON

14 Ed Oliver – Batavia, IA

15 Ed Otterman – Brantford, ON

16 LaWayne Rogers – Altoona, Iowa

17 Paul Squires – Goldsboro, NC

18 Trevor Topping – Kitchener, ON

19 Kevin Wallace – Shipman, IL

20 Rick Wysynsk -i Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

April 8, 2016  –  The Toronto Barracks Legends (brand new Legends team) want to ensure we have a spot in this year’s ISC Legends tournament in Quad Cities. Logo is being finalized, uniforms are being made, hotels have been booked, fundraiser organized, warm up tourneys being decided on.

Thanks,
Mike “Red Dog” O’Hearn
Toronto Barracks Legends Fastball Club

March 30, 2016 Mississauga, ON – With March coming to an end, fastball season is right around the corner in most of North America and now is the time to pre-order your 2016 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

Featuring ISC MVP Nick Shailes, of the Hill United Chiefs, in full flight on the cover, the 2016 ISC Guide has over 120 color photos along with 156 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship from the Belleville Sports Complex in South Bend, IN.

You can now order and pay for the 2016 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/  and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.

The 2016 ISC Guide will also be available in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.

We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and Worth Sports, for enabling us to bring you the 2016 ISC World Championship Guide.

For additional information, please contact

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations/Guide Editor

blairjs [@] gmail.com

or

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com

March 26, 2016  – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will showcase an U21 Championship as part of the ISC World Tournament being held in Quad Cities, IA-IL in August.

Running over the final three days of the 2016 ISC World Tournament at the Green Valley Softball Complex in Moline, Illinois from Thursday August 18 to Saturday August 20, the games will feature the stars of tomorrow with all players being made up of players born in or after 1995.

“The ISC continues to support youth fastball and we look forward to an exciting event,” said ISC World Tournament Vice President Craig Donaldson.

The deadline for teams to confirm their participation with payment of the $250 USD entry fee is July 1, 2016. We require a minimum of four teams for the event to proceed.

As an additional incentive for U21 teams, the ISC will provide teams a $150 rebate upon successful completion of the tournament, effectively making the entry fee an attractive $100.

The rebate is courtesy of the Carroll Forbes Foundation, as part of its mandate to help grow the game through youth fastball programs.

For additional information and to enter a team, please contact:

Craig Donaldson

ISC World Tournament VP

cdonalds5@shaw.ca

778 228 0799

 

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

ftode739@rogers.com

January 1, 2016 Findlay, OH – Check this… another very cool 2015 ISC World Tournament video.

Grand Rapids, Michigan will be the host site for the 2017
ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament.

ISC-LOGO-2015-300x226The tournament will be played at the recently completed Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids from August 11th to 20th, 2017. Host committee West Michigan Sports Commission will be utilizing six of the eight available diamonds for the tournament.

“We are very excited about bringing the ISC World Tournament to a new site and to a purpose-built softball complex,” said ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. “We are very confident that the fans and the teams will agree that Art Van Complex is a world-class facility.” Grand Rapids will be the third city in Michigan to host the ISC World Tournament, following Saginaw in 1981 and Midland in 2010 and 2012.

Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission, said his group is “looking forward to the event and plan to prepare for a special and memorable tournament for the participants,” adding that “hosting the International Softball Congress World Tournament in 2017 is an honor given the history of this tournament and exceeds all our expectations of the level and quality of softball we had hoped to attract.”

“We’re excited about partnering with the ISC and running a great event,” enthused Bryan Baar, Art Van Sports Complex Manager. “This high quality event will bring over 60 teams to the Grand Rapids area, allowing us to show off West Michigan to teams from all over the country and Canada.”

The West Michigan Sports Commission, along with community leaders, built the Art Van Sports Complex for the purpose of attracting and hosting various baseball and softball tournaments. Art Van (Furniture  and Mattress Retail Outlet)  is headquartered in Warren, Michigan and provided significant funding for the project.

The Art Van Complex celebrated its grand opening on August 1, 2014, with over 750 people in attendance to see David Van Elslander, senior vice president, Art Van Furniture and president, Art Van PureSleep, throw out the first pitch. In 2015, the first full season of scheduled events, 24 out of 27 weekends are already booked.

Grand Rapids offers numerous recreational sporting opportunities; boating and canoeing, rock climbing, biking, skateboarding, golfing, hiking, hunting and fishing. While in West Michigan you are always located within six miles from a lake, river or stream where you can fish for trout, salmon or steelhead. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy any of 50 golf courses all located within an hour drive..

The annual ISC World Tournament features the best 48 men’s fastball club teams and players from around the globe. In addition to the ISC World Tournament, teams will also compete in the ISC II championship bracket as well as the 50+ Legends and U21 Youth divisions.

The  ISC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting men’s and youth fastpitch softball and is on the web at www.iscfastpitch.com

quadcitiesISC-LOGO-2015August 27, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Quad Cities – The International Softball Congress is excited to celebrate its Platinum Anniversary in 2016 by staging the 70th Annual ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament in Quad Cities, Iowa-Illinois from Friday, August 12 through Saturday, August 20, 2016.

“We’re extremely happy to be celebrating our 70th Anniversary in Quad Cities, where they have treated us so extraordinarily well,” said Larry Fisher, Executive Director of the International Softball Congress (ISC).

“The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to help ISC celebrate their 70th anniversary in style”, says Lynn Hunt, VP of Sales. “Since we last hosted in 2013, The City of Moline has installed new state of the art Musco Lighting on the fields at the Milt Hand Softball Complex. The internet capabilities are also upgraded at Green Valley Sports Complex. The food vendors are already asking about being there to make sure the ISC fans and players have a great experience over the nine days of the tournament! ISC fans travel very well, and we want to make sure they are taken care of and enjoy the fastpitch game at its finest.”

This will be the 14th time that the Quad Cities area has hosted the ISC World Tournament, starting with nine straight from 1961-1969 and again in 1973 in Rock Island followed by recent visits to Moline in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

In addition to the ISC World Tournament, teams will also compete in the ISC II bracket as well as the 50+ Legends and U21 Youth divisions.

The ISC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting men’s and youth fastpitch softball and is on the web at http://iscfastpitch.com/

Jessica Waytenick
Public Relations & Visitors Bureau

Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110 | Moline, IL  61265

ISC SHIELDAugust 27, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Please note the 2016 Updated Prawn Master List, based on the results of the recently completed 2015 ISC World Men’s Fastball Championship Tournament hosted at the Belleville Complex in South Bend Indiana, is available immediately on the red Menu Bar under “Teams”

 

For more information, please contact

Re_ 2016 PRAWN List

August 19/2015 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce its annual Individual and Team Awards for the ISC Legends Bracket as part of the 69th

ISC World Mens Fastball Tournament just completed in South Bend, Indiana

ISC LEGENDS Individual Award Winners

Most RBI’S – David Boys – Durham Bulls
Leading Hitter – Carl Boughner – Waterloo Legends
Most Outstanding Pitcher – Tim Jacobs – Durham Bulls
Most Valuable Player – Paul Walford – Durham Bulls

ISC LEGENDS All- Tournament Team

Catcher – Brian Maguire – Durham Bulls
Pitcher – Doug Gillis –Midland Legends

Infielders

Andre Blanleil – Bay Area Merchants
Paul Foucault Sr – Gushow & Sons
Wayne Brown – Eagle Pack
Paul Walford – Durham Bulls

Outfielders

Ron Rosengren – Waterdown Hammer
Kelly Wenstrom – Cobourg Force
Bryan Kuehne – Midland Legends

Designated Player

Jeff Weaver – Eagle Pack

 

The 70th annual ISC World Tournament will be played in Quad Cities, Illinois in August of 2016

For more information, please contact

Larry and Joe Sig

DIRECT LINK – 2015 ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

You may click on any of the ISC Tournament Shields in the LEFT SIDEBAR to be taken directly to our new Pointstreak Tournament Statistics and Information feed for each corresponding 2015 Tournament.

To view the entire World Tournament schedule, once you are on the Pointstreak page, click the Schedule Tab, then look for and click the “View All” link.

2015 ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM AWARDS

August 16, 2015 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce its annual Individual and Team Award winners from the 69th ISC World Men’s Fastball Tournament just completed in South Bend, Indiana.

Best Dressed Team Award
Toronto Batmen, Toronto, ON
Frank Porth Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award
Kitchener Cubs, Kitchener, ON
Fourth Place
NY Gremlins, Clifton Park, NY
Third Place
A1 Bombers, Cambridge, MA
Second Place
Toronto Gators, Toronto, ON
First Place
Hill United Chiefs, Six Nations, ON
RBI Leader
Wayne Laulu, Toronto Gators 16
Leading Hitter
Ryan Merriman, Bloomington Stix 12 AB 9 H .750

SECOND TEAM ALL-WORLD
Designated Hitter
Marshall Kronk A1 Bombers
Catchers
Corey Timu, Circle Tap Dukes
Rafael Flores, New York Gremlins
Infielders
Ryan Merriman, Bloomington Stix
Kevin Castillo, California A’s
Joel Southam, Hill United Chiefs
Nick Mullins, New York Gremlins
Tyler Dudley, A1 Bombers
Outfielders
Derrick Kennedy, A1 Bombers
Jeff Goolagong, New York Gremlins
Shea Bryant, Peligro Gremlins
Matt Ratliff, Peligro Gremlins
Pitchers
Andrew Kirkpatrick, New York Gremlins
Sean Cleary, Toronto Gators
Huemul Mata, Pennsylvania Power

FIRST TEAM ALL-WORLD
Designated Hitter
Frank Pointon, Toronto Gators
Catchers
Kallan Compain, Toronto Gators
Jason Sanford, Hill United Chiefs
Infielders
Nick Shailes, Hill United Chiefs
Steve Mullaley, Hill United Chiefs
Nathan Nukunuku, Toronto Gators
Derek Mayson, California A’s
Brad Rona, Toronto Gators
Outfielders
Ben Enoka, Toronto Gators
Wayne Laulu, Toronto Gators
Brad Ezekiel, Hill United Chiefs
Marcus Tan, California A’s
Pitchers
Adam Folkard, Hill United Chiefs
Kyle Linton, Toronto Gators
Devon McCullough, A1 Bombers
Kevin Herlihy Memorial Newcomer of the Year
Kallan Compain, Toronto Gators
Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher
Adam Folkard, Hill United Chiefs
Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player
Nick Shailes, Hill United Chiefs

The 70th annual ISC World Tournament will be played in Quad Cities, Illinois in August 2016.

For more information, please contact

Larry and Joe Sig

2015 ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT ISC II BRACKET INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM AWARDS

August 16/2015 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce its annual Individual and Team Awards for the ISC II Bracket as part of the 69th ISC World Men’s Fastball Tournament just completed in South Bend, Indiana.

ISC II Individual Award Winners
Most RBIs, Brent Thompson, Wiarton Nationals
Leading Hitter, Cole McDougall, Wiarton Nationals
Most Outstanding Pitcher, Travis Jones, Wiarton Nationals
Most Valuable Player, Cole McDougall, Wiarton Nationals

ISC II All-Tournament Team

Catchers
Nic Moore, Ponsonby Sting
Brayden Arcand, Lloydminster Dodgers
Pitchers
Travis Jones, Wiarton Nationals
Mitch Hardy, Kingston Axemen
Chris VanVolkenburg, Waterdown Hammer
Infielders
Brent Thompson, Wiarton Nationals
Jamie Purdon, Kingston Axemen
Scott Galenza, Lloydminster Dodgers
Jarrett Williams, Kingston Axemen
Mike Pullin, Waterdown Hammer
Outfielders
Cole McDougall, Wiarton Nationals
Todd Aldred, Lloydminster Dodgers
Brad Pender, Kingston Axemen
Adam Stuck, Wiarton Nationals
Designated Player
Jamie Thompson, Kingston Axemen

ISC II Order of Finish

1st Wiarton, ON Nationals

2nd Kingston, ON Axemen

3rd Waterdown, ON Hammer

4th Lloydminster, AB Dodgers

The 70th annual ISC World Tournament will be played in Quad Cities , Illinois in August of 2016

For More Information please contact

Larry and Joe Sig

INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL CONGRESS
South Bend, IN
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The International Softball Congress announces on today’s date that the ISC Board of Directors has elected the following 6 individuals to be inducted into the 2016 ISC Hall of Fame, the inductions will be held during the World Tournament at Quad Cities, IL in August 2016.

PLAYER CATEGORY

TODD MARTIN – ONTARIO, CANADA
JARRAD MARTIN – NEW ZEALAND
THOMAS MAKEA – NEW ZEALAND
ROBERT “CHUBB” TANGAROA – NEW ZEALAND

ADMINISTRATOR AND UMPIRE CATEGORY

TOM BOYD (UMPIRE) – NEW TRIPOLI, PA
BOB WELBY MEMORIAL-RECOGNITION OF SERVICE CATEGORY
THE DANIEL D. DOLAN FAMILY – AURORA, IL

Robert Gray, Chairman, ISC Hall of Fame Committee

Joe Todd, ISC VP Communications

Just a few hours to the start of ‪#‎ISCWT2015‬ in South Bend! Here’s the ISC Network broadcast schedule.

All games are streamed free-of-charge thanks to our title sponsor First Nations Payments. Don’t forget to join us every night at the conclusion of play for our daily wrap up show Live from the Press Box! To watch, click on the ISC Network logo on the ISC home page at www.iscfastpitch.org

Sun 9:15 am ISC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Sun 1 pm Peligro Gremlins vs Dolan & Murphy
Sun 3 pm Hill United Chiefs vs Shakespeare/Bar winner
Sun 5:30 pm Opening Ceremonies
Sun 6:30 pm NY Gremlins vs Tavistock/Threshers winner
Sun 8:30 pm Kitchener Hallman Twins vs Dodgers/Axemen winner
Mon 2 pm G46
Mon 4 pm G47
Mon 6:30 pm G49
Mon 8:30 pm G51
Tue 6:30 pm G61
Tue 8:30 pm G62
Wed 6:30 pm G63
Wed 6:30 pm G64
Thu 4 pm ISC II Final
Thu 6:30 pm G73
hu 8:30 pm G74
Fri 12 pm G75
Fri 2 pm G76
Fri 4 pm G77
Fri 6 pm G78
Fri 8 pm G79 Winners Bracket Final
Sat 12 pm G80
Sat 2 pm G81 Losers Bracket Final
Sat 4 pm Legends Final
Sat 7 pm G82 ISC Championship Game

Joe Todd SIG

ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2015

The International Softball Congress announces that the following 6 individuals to be inducted into the 2015 ISC Hall of Fame, the inductions will be at the World Tournament to be held in South Bend, IN, Sunday August 9, 2015.

PLAYER CATEGORY

COLIN ABBOTT – ST PHILLIPS, NEWFOUNDLAND
TERRY CHALLIS – WHITBY, ON
DEAN HOLOIEN – REGINA, SASKATOON

ADMINISTRATOR AND UMPIRE CATEGORY

GARY BAUGHMAN (ADMINISTRATOR) CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

BOB WELBY MEMORIAL-RECOGNITION OF SERVICE CATEGORY

JACK FIREMAN – TORONTO, ON
NICK MCCURRY – ASHLAND, OH

Congratulations to all 2015 Inductees!

Robert Gray, Chairman
ISC Hall of Fame Committee

Tuesday July 14, 2015

For immediate release

Following up last years nail-biter ISC Championship game with a slug-fest in Tavistock, Hill United Chiefs and Kitchner Hallman Twins will go into the ISC World Tournament in August as the two top seeds.

Hill United will be looking for a historic three-peat, trying to join Jarvis Travellers and Long Beach Nighthawks as the only teams to win more than two straight ISC World Championships.

The Top 10 is as follows with the pre-season rankings in brackets:

1 (1) Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2 (3) Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins
3 (2) Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
4 (4) Scarborough, ON Force
5 (5) Toronto, ON Gators
6 (6) Harrisburg, PA Pennsylvania Power
7 (8) Cambridge, MA A1 Bombers
8 (7) Bakersfield, CA California A’s
9 (9) Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
10 (10) Staten Island, NY Peligro Gremlins

For the full set of rankings, which were used as the basis for seeding the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Indiana, go to:

For further information, please contact

Blair then Larry Sig Block

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STATEMENT CONCERNING NOT HAVING UNDER 21 TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR

U21 SHIELDThe International Softball Congress regrets the non-inclusion of the ISC U21 Championship at the ISC World Tournament in 2015, as we did not meet the minimum required number of teams by our deadline. We fully intend to resume the ISC U21 Championship in 2016 and maintain our long-held belief that developing youth programs is key to the future of our game.

South Bend, IN – July 14, 2015

As the schedule for the 2015 ISC came out today, I hope some of you noticed the inclusion of the Special Olympics game once again this year.

This will be the 8th year in a row where we’ve hosted a local Special Olympics softball team in an exhibition. Looking forward to seeing some of the guys who participate each year and getting some new faces involved.

The game will be Wednesday, August 12th at 5:00 at the Belleville complex amid all the World Tournament action.

This year, Cody Skelton of the Scarborough Force will be assisting me in recruiting players and collecting t-shirts, hats and souvenirs to give to the Special Olympics team as mementos of the event.

Mark it on your calendars to be part of this special event at the World Tournament – you won’t regret it.

Kyle Beane
Kbeane8@yahoo.com

ISC SHIELDJuly 14, 2015 South Bend, IN

The field is set and the bracket is drawn for the 2015 ISC World Fastball Tournament in  South Bend, Indiana at the Belleville Sports Complex. Forty-two teams from across North America will battle for the world club team championship starting Saturday August 8 and culminating with the ISC World Championship Game on Saturday August 15 at 7:00 pm.

The bracket is available on the ISC web site at:
http://iscfastpitch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-WORLD-TOURNAMENT-BRACKET-07-10-15.pdf

For fastball fans that haven’t already done so, make plans very quickly to attend the 69th annual ISC World Tournament.

Hotel and travel information is available on the South Bend host committee web site at http://sbpark.org/activities/special-events/isc-2015/

In addition to the ISC World Tournament, teams will also compete in the ISC II bracket as well as another 12 teams in the 50+ Legends division.

The ISC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting men’s and youth fastpitch softball.

For more information, contact

Larry and Joe Sig

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The 2017 ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament will be held at the Art Van Sports Complex in Plainfield Township.

The tournament, through the International Softball Congress, will be held Aug. 11-20, 2017.

“We are very excited about bringing the ISC World Tournament to a new site and to a purpose-built softball complex,” said ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher, “we are very confident that the fans and the teams will agree that the Art Van Sports Complex is a world-class facility.”

Grand Rapids will be the third city in Michigan to host the ISC World Tournament, following Saginaw in 1981 and Midland in 2010 and 2012.

This event, taking place over a week and a half, is expected to have estimated economic impact of $1.7 million.

Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission, said his group is “looking forward to the event and plan to prepare a special and memorable tournament for the participants,” adding that “hosting the International Softball Congress World Tournament in 2017 is an honor given the history of this tournament and exceeds all our expectations of the level and quality of softball we had hoped to attract.”

“We’re excited about partnering with the ISC and running a great event,” enthused Bryan Baar, Art Van Sports Complex manager. “This high quality event will bring over 60 teams to the Grand Rapids area, allowing us to show off West Michigan to teams from all over the United States and Canada.”

Original Story by Peter J. Wallner, mlive.com

Larry and Joe Sig

ISC SHIELD

June 4, 2015 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that Grand Rapids, Michigan will be the host site for the 2017 ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament.

The tournament will be played at the recently completed Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids from August 11th  to 20th, 2017. Host committee West Michigan Sports Commission will be utilizing six of the eight available diamonds for the tournament.

“We are very excited about bringing the ISC World Tournament to a new site and to a purpose-built softball complex,” said ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. “We are very confident that the fans and the teams will agree that Art Van Complex is a world-class facility.” Grand Rapids will be the third city in Michigan to host the ISC World Tournament, following Saginaw in 1981 and Midland in 2010 and 2012.

Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission, said his group is “looking forward to the event and plan to prepare for a special and memorable tournament for the participants,” adding that “hosting the International Softball Congress World Tournament in 2017 is an honor given the history of this tournament and exceeds all our expectations of the level and quality of softball we had hoped to attract.”

“We’re excited about partnering with the ISC and running a great event,” enthused Bryan Baar, Art Van Sports Complex Manager. “This high quality event will bring over 60 teams to the Grand Rapids area, allowing us to show off West Michigan to teams from all over the country and Canada.”

The West Michigan Sports Commission, along with community leaders, built the Art Van Sports Complex for the purpose of attracting and hosting various baseball and softball tournaments. Art Van (Furniture  and Mattress Retail Outlet)  is headquartered in Warren, Michigan and provided significant funding for the project.

The Art Van Complex celebrated its grand opening on August 1, 2014, with over 750 people in attendance to see David Van Elslander, senior vice president, Art Van Furniture and president, Art Van PureSleep, throw out the first pitch. In 2015, the first full season of scheduled events, 24 out of 27 weekends are already booked.

As a hub for West Michigan, Grand Rapids is the premier destination for big city excitement and natural splendor. Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids is a year ‘round playground offering sporting events and outdoor activity for all ages.

Grand Rapids offers numerous recreational sporting opportunities; boating and canoeing, rock climbing, biking, skateboarding, golfing, hiking, hunting and fishing. While in West Michigan you are always located within six miles from a lake, river or stream where you can fish for trout, salmon or steelhead. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy any of 50 golf courses all located within an hour drive..

The annual ISC World Tournament features the best 48 men’s fastball club teams and players from around the globe. In addition to the ISC World Tournament, teams will also compete in the ISC II championship bracket as well as the 50+ Legends and U21 Youth divisions.

The  ISC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting men’s and youth fastpitch softball and is on the web at www.iscfastpitch.com

For more information contact

Larry and Joe Sig

U21 SHIELDJune 23, 2015 – Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is ready to proceed with our annual U21 Championship of the ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Indiana, starting on Thursday, August 13 and concluding on Saturday August 16.

As we announced earlier in the spring, the entry fee for U21 teams has been lowered to $250 US and each team will receive a $ 100 rebate at the end of the tournament. The Carroll Forbes Foundation, established by the ISC to invest in youth fastball programs, has generously agreed to underwrite the cost of the rebate to ensure that the U21 event remains a key element of the ISC World Tournament.

We request all teams submit their roster and pay their entry fee by July 10th, 2015. The ISC will only proceed with the U21 tournament in 2015 if we can receive paid entry fees from a minimum of four teams by the cut-off date of July 10th/2015.

Now is the time for all U21 team managers across North America to get the wheels turning with your players and sponsors and confirm your entry as soon as possible.

We hope to see your teams in South Bend for another competitive ISC U21 Championship.

Should you have any further questions , please contact:

Larry and Joe Sig

ISC UMIRESJuly 31, 2015 Ayr, ON – Twenty five of the best umpires from across North America will don the blue uniforms and grace the diamonds at the Belleville Sports Complex in South Bend, Indiana for the 2015 ISC World Tournament.

As with the teams, being selected as one of the 20-member umpiring crew for the ISC World Tournament is one of the top honours in the game and it is a privilege to be chosen from among their peers.

The yearly task of scrutinizing the many applicants is carried out by ISC Umpire-In-Chief Bruce Bierman along with Deputy UiC Lou Davis and Les Novak.

Congratulations to each and every crew member that has made this final listing.

Brandon Bluhm, Chehalis
WA Lou Davis, Truro, NS
Tony Dickson, Moonstone ON
Steve Gallagher, Cobourg ON
Roger Griffith, Goshen IN
Jon Hand, Maple Park IL
Jay Hart, Dunnville ON
Gary Johnston, Eau Claire WI
Serge Laflamme, Levis QC
Mathieu Leclerc, Donnacona QC
Randall A. McLamb, Clinton NC
Mike Morrissey, Peterborough ON
Ed Oliver, Batavia IA
Ed Otterman, Brantford ON
Bill Pickett, Findlay OH
LaWayne Rogers, Altoona IA
Paul Squires, Goldsboro NC
John Sullivan, Cold Lake AB
Trevor Topping, Kitchener ON
Kevin Wallace, Shipman IL

Joe Todd SIG

2015 ISC World Championship Guide available for pre-order

ISCcover2015logo(The Guide IS also be available in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format – VIEW INSTANTLY – CLICK HERE)

May 22, 2015

Findlay, OH – As the new fastpitch softball season gets rolling across North America, now is the time to pre-order your 2015 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

Featuring Craig Crawford, of the Hill United Chiefs, driving in the game-winning run in last year’s ISC World Championship Game, the 2015 Guide also has MVP Jeff Ellsworth on the cover. Inside, readers will find well over 100 color photos along with 160 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, U21 ISC Championship and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship.

To order your copy of the 2015 Guide, contact ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher at iscfastpitch [at] gmail.com. Individual copies of the 2015 ISC Guide are $15(US).

To reserve your personal copy of the 2015 ISC Guide, make sure you place your order by June 5.

We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and Worth Sports, for enabling us to bring you the 2015 ISC World Championship Guide.