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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

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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

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2015 ISC World Championship Guide available for pre-order

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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.