February 3, 2017  –  The ISC is currently seeking interested players for appointment to the ISC Player Rep Committee. Player Rep Committee members should be active participants on teams that are planning to participate in the 2017 ISC World Tournament.

If you wish to be considered for the 2017 Player Rep Committee, I ask that you send an “email of interest” to me at oscar@rucls.net as well as your respective ISC Vice President, Chris Santos, USA VP at jcsantos25@msn.com or Todd McCabe, CA VP at todd_mccabe23@hotmail.com by no later than Feb. 15th, 2017.

Thanks,

Dean Oscar

ISC, President

FP YOUTUBE  December 2, 2016 –  Mississauga, ON – While Christmas is less than a month away, for those still pining for the smell of freshly mown grass and the crack of a home run, all of the 2016 ISC World Tournament game videos have been collected on the FASTPITCH ON YouTube channel and are available for viewing.

The playlist for the games is: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5CtRiA3GJz7H6Fs63zCPD6l_ywJAWTzJ and is accessible from the FASTPITCH ON YouTube link on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com

The ISC is asking fans to click on the “subscribe” button for the ISC Fastpitch channel on YouTube. Subscribing is free and will provide you with notifications whenever videos are added to the ISC Fastpitch channel. In addition, when we get to 100 subscribers, YouTube enables us to have a more user-friendly URL rather than the random collection of letters and numbers like above.

“Look for additional ISC Network broadcasts to be added to the ISC Fastpitch channel in the future as we build our archives library in one place,” said ISC VP Operations and broadcast co-executive producer Blair Setford. “The YouTube platform is ideal for us for both live webcasts as well as archived games.”

The ISC gives special thanks to headline sponsors FirstOntario Credit Union as well as Murphy’s Fish & Chips and First Nations Payments Systems. In addition, we want to recognize the financial contributions of Circle Tap Bar & Grill, Cooper Tires, Corbett’s Source for Sports, Fireman Steinmetz Daya, Gorilla Gold, Mr. Ned’s Custom Tailors, Peligro Sports, Skelton Trucking and Rawlings Sports (Worth). 

Our preference has been to try to secure sufficient sponsorship such that we can continue to bring the games to our fans at no cost. However, this means balancing meeting the needs of our fans around the world who want to watch the ISC World Tournament with the reality of increased production costs. In 2016, we went with a single-camera production. We would like to do more, but that comes with a cost. 

With most of the sponsorship coming from sponsors who already support their teams, we ask fans who may know of businesses that may be prepared to provide financial support for the broadcasts to contact us for further information.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

ftode739@rogers.com

 

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations

blairjs@gmail.com

September 26, 2016  –  Findlay, OH –  A video has been released, announcing the new project underway to make the ISC Hall of Fame available for everyone to view and explore. More updates will be posted here as work is completed… but for the introductory video, please click on he following link…

https://www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch/videos/1802426950033609/

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 25,2016 – All good things must come to an end and it’s with an air of finality that Jack Fireman is announcing today that the Toronto Gators will shutter their operations.
 
“What better way to go out than as ISC World Champions and ISC Legends Champions,” said Mr. Fireman, who has been involved as the Gators sponsor for most of the last 25 years. “I want to thank all of the players, the coaches and the support staff as well as the families, friends and fans who cheered on the Gators.”
 
Jack’s Gators have won three ISC World Championships, three Canadian Championships, a Pan Am Qualifier and numerous provincial and tournament titles along with a World Masters Games gold medal and the ISC Legends title. 
 
Five Gators players, along with Jack, have been elected to the ISC Hall of Fame and more will surely join them in the future.
 
The current incarnation of the Toronto Gators started in 2010 with Adam Sargon and had modest goals but after a fifth place finish in 2012, Jack geared up for a title run with the audacity to combine some of the top Canadian players with many of the best from New Zealand.
 
“This was an incredibly talented group of individuals who became a team under the leadership of Terry Baytor,” says Jack. “We had to become a team to beat the best and we did that this year.”
 
Sadly the Gators lost a talented young player in Joel Langford last year. Those who knew Joel the best took the time to commemorate the 2016 Championship in his name.
 
The last word, as always, goes to Jack Fireman: “I’ll be watching the careers of all of my players very closely and I know that they’ll have continued success wherever they go because they’ll always be Toronto Gators at heart.”

Aug   25,2016   – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce its annual Chronological Order of Finish, Individual and Team Awards for all four categories  from the 70th Anniversary of the ISC  Men’s  World Fastball Tournament recently completed in Moline, Il.

They can found in the “ARCHIVES” menu – “Highlights”

August 25, 2016  –  A playlist of all of the 2016 ISC World Tournament games broadcast by the ISC Network through YouTube is now available at the following link:

 
Watch and relive many of the thrilling moments from the main diamond at the Green Valley Sports complex.
 
If you can’t find the game you’re looking for, check back daily as more games are being added every day thanks to the efforts of Kris Abbott!
 
Be sure to also click on our sponsors video ads and show your support for them. Without them, we can’t bring you the games.

August 20, 2016  –  2:15PM (CST)   Rain has forced rescheduling of games:

4:00 ISC World Tournament / Semi-final: Hill United vs New York Gremlins

Championship game to follow immediately upon completion of semi-final

4:30 ISC U21 Final :  New Hamburg Mustangs vs Alvinston Jr. Indians

5:00 Legends Finals:  Toronto Gators vs Team to be Determined

August 14, 2016 – To watch the ISC Network streaming, please continue to click on the ISC Network Tune In Here logo on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com. The direct link is: (https://gaming.youtube.com/channel/UCmMpQWnHg9JDlbZXBlenq-Q/live) or  “Click Here”. On-demand copies will be available later in the week.

Thanks for your ongoing patience as we work through this new streaming set-up.

Blair Setford
ISC Network

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

To watch ISC Network coverage of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, click on the ISC Network logo that says “Tune In Here” near the top left on the ISC website home page at www.iscfastpitch.com.

 
Once you do that, you will be taken to a new page with a series of tabs across the top. Click on the Schedule tab, find the game you want to watch and click on the link for that game.
 
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.
 
You can also follow along to non-broadcast games through the Pointstreak scoring system by clicking on the various tournament logos on the ISC website.
 
We hope you enjoy following the 2016 ISC World Tournament.
August 8, 2016 – The International Softball Congress will be providing free HD streaming with a single camera production along with full commentary from the 2016 ISC World Tournament. 
 
For the past several years, the ISC Network has produced multiple camera coverage with full commentary for 24 games from the annual ISC World Tournament. In 2015, we upgraded the streaming to high definition. 
 
Due to increasing costs and limited available sponsorship dollars, the ISC has made the difficult choice to slim down the production of its streaming program in order to continue to make our games available for free to all fans worldwide.
 
With the North American economy still in recovery mode, and most of the sponsorship dollars coming from sponsors who already support their teams, we find ourselves at a crossroads with the program.
 
Other options considered for 2016 were:
• returning to the pay-per-view model, which the ISC utilized in 2010 – 2012, 
• providing “play-off only” coverage of the final two days
• not streaming any games at all
 
While the pay-per-view model has been used increasingly at international championship tournaments, our preference has been to try to secure sufficient sponsorship such that we can bring the games to our fans at no cost. However, this means balancing meeting the needs of our fans around the world who want to watch the ISC World Tournament with the reality of increased production costs.
 
The “play-off only” coverage option that would include multiple cameras was seriously considered, however the production costs were still prohibitive at best and, due to a last-minute change of circumstances at our production provider, this option was also ruled out. Coverage would have been limited to only Friday and Saturday of the World Tournament, meaning fans would miss the bulk of the action during the week.
 
The third option really isn’t something that we want to consider, as streaming is essentially table stakes for most world-class international championship tournaments.
 
Therefore, we made the trade-off to go with the single-camera production with full commentary to provide broad coverage of at least 24 games throughout the World Tournament.
 
We encourage you to follow all of the games through live-scoring on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com via Pointstreak and trust that you will continue to enjoy the free streaming on the ISC Network.
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director

August 1, 2016 – Tom McKay will be presenting a Power Point program about the ISC tournament in the 1960s twice at the Moline Public Library in honor of this year’s tournament.  The program will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m on both August 12th and August 15th. 

As you know, Rock Island hosted the ISC tournament from 1961 through 1969.  Tom attended the majority of the games from 1961 to 1963 and every inning of every game from 1964 to 1969.  The presentation is about the teams, players, and times that made the tournament great during those years.  The program includes articles, picture and box scores the appeared in the Rock Island Argus which provided extensive coverage.  There are also a few images from tournament programs and other publications.  The program will be of interest to anyone who remembers those days or wants to know more about softball history.  The tournament was filled with Hall of Fame players and great games and finishes during those years.

The Moline Public Library is located at 3210 41st.  It is approximately two miles from the Green Valley Complex.

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

June 21, 2016 – The ISC’s top two teams will meet in an historic first-ever ISC qualifier event in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador at the end of the month.
 
Hill United Chiefs and Toronto Gators, who battled in the ISC World Tournament Championship Game last August, remain at the top of the ISC rankings in the latest release. The pair will play in a five-team high-profile event June 30-July 2 in the fastball hotbed of St. John’s.
 
The top 10 is as follows with pre-season rankings shown in brackets:
 
1 (1) Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2 (2) Toronto, ON Gators
3 (3) Clifton Park, NY NY Gremlins
4 (4) Saskatoon, SK A1 Bombers
5 (6) Vancouver BC, BC A’s
6 (5) Scarborough, ON Force
7 (7) Agoura Hills, CA J&B Painting
8 (9) Staten Island, NY Peligro Gremlins
9 (8) Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
10 (10) Bloomington, IL Stix
 
For the full set of rankings, please see this link.   Click Here
 
The 70th annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 13-20, 2016 at the Greenvalley Sports Complex in Moline, a part of the Quad Cities in Iowa-Illinois.
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director

 

2016 June 21 ISC Rankings
Rank TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
1 Six Nations, ON Hill – United Chiefs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
2 Toronto, ON, – Gators 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 22
3 Clifton Park, NY – NY Gremlins 4 3 4 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 30
4 Saskatoon, SK – A1 Bombers 3 4 3 4 4 6 4 4 4 4 40
5 Vancouver, BC – BC A’s 6 6 6 6 5 4 5 6 7 6 57
6 Scarborough, ON – Force 5 5 9 7 6 5 6 5 8 5 61
7 Agoura Hills, CA – J&B Painting 7 7 5 5 7 7 7 7 5 7 64
8 Staten Island, NY- Peligro Gremlins 8 9 7 8 8 8 9 8 9 9 83
9 Denmark, WI – Circle Tap Dukes 9 8 8 9 9 9 8 12 6 8 86
10 Bloomington, IL – Stix 11 10 10 11 11 11 11 14 10 10 109
11 Pottstown, PA – North East Drillers 10 11 15 17 10 12 12 9 13 11 120
12 Toronto, ON – Batmen 16 12 11 12 13 14 16 11 11 12 128
13 Kitchener, ON – Cubs 17 13 12 15 14 22 10 10 15 13 141
14 Elmira, ON – Expos 12 15 14 16 16 15 15 16 12 14 145
15 Delisle, SK – Diamond Dogs 13 16 16 14 15 15 14 13 17 16 150
16 Ensenada, MX – Team Marquez 18 19 25 13 12 12 19 15 19 17 169
17 Topeka, KS – Toros 15 17 19 10 23 13 21 25 14 15 172
18 Kingston, ON – Axemen 19 14 13 21 19 19 20 17 20 19 181
19 Fargo, ND – Kegel Black Knights 14 20 17 25 20 18 13 25 16 18 186
20 Aurora, IL – Dolan & Murphy 22 25 25 25 22 17 18 20 18 22 214
21 Oswego, NY – CPI 20 21 25 25 18 15 25 23 25 20 217
22 St. Paul, MN – Tin Cup 24 25 23 19 24 25 17 18 22 23 220
22 Shakespeare, ON – Falcons 25 18 18 18 25 20 25 24 23 24 220
24 Houston, TX – Ray Ray’s 25 23 25 20 17 25 25 19 25 21 225
25 Waterdown, ON – Hammer 25 25 20 22 25 21 23 25 21 25 232
26 Pueblo, CO – Bandits 21 22 22 25 21 24 25 25 25 25 235
27 Wiarton, ON – Nationals 25 24 24 23 25 25 22 25 25 25 243
28 Walcott, IA – Lamp Liter 23 25 25 25 25 25 25 21 25 25 244
28 Lloydminster, SK – Dodgers 25 25 21 25 25 23 25 25 25 25 244
30 Appleton, WI – Bar on the Avenue Buzz 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 22 24 25 245
31 Sebringville, ON – Sting 25 25 25 25 25 24 25 25 25 25 249
31 Salt Lake City, UT- Page Brake 25 25 25 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 249

1. 25 is recorded for a team not ranked by a given committee member.

2. The rankings will form the basis for seeding teams in the 2016 ISC World Tournament.

3. Ranking committee members identity will be kept confidential.

4. Committee makeup: 6 American, 4 Canadian.

5. As teams qualify for the World Tournament, additions or deletions will occur within the rankings.

6. For each team, rankings outside a range of two standard deviations from the median were adjusted back to the median.

ISC Canada East
June 14, 2016  –  Some of the world’s best fastball players will be on display this weekend in Innerkip as 11 men’s teams and 6 under-21 teams take to the fields at Innerkip Sports Park. Games start Friday at 7 pm and continue all weekend with the championship scheduled for 2:30 pm Sunday.
 
This is a tremendous opportunity for local fans to see many of the world’s best fastball players as national team members from Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Venezuela, Great Britain and the Dominican Republic will all be suiting up for their club teams.
 
Teams from across southern Ontario are competing for the International Softball Congress (ISC) Canada East regional championship and entry into the ISC World Championship Tournament being held in Moline, Illinois August 13-20.
 
With several players from both the Canadian and New Zealand national teams, the Toronto Gators are the highest ranked team in the tournament.
 
The Gators’ Canadian players, including pitcher Sean Cleary, catcher Ryan Boland and infielder Brandon Horn, were double gold medalists last summer at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and at the World Baseball-Softball Confederation (WBSC) championship in Saskatoon.
 
The Gators will get stiff competition from Scarborough Force, who feature a virtual United Nations contingent with star players from Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
 
Local teams include Elmira Expos, who upset Scarborough at last year’s ISC World Championship Tournament, Shakespeare Falcons, who won the Victoria Day tournament held in Innerkip last month, and Kitchener Hallman Cubs among others.
 
In the U21 tournament, Tavistock Athletics, who are the host team for the Canadian Junior Men’s Championship August 2-7, will face some stiff competition from New Hamburg Mustangs and Stratford Cubs, as well as from Innerkip Jets, Alvinston Junior Indians and Napanee Express.
 
Several players in the U21 event were recently named to the Canadian Junior Men’s national team, including Tavistock’s Derek Hyde and Jakob Wiffen as well as New Hamburg’s Tyler Randerson. The Canadian Junior Men’s team will compete at the WBSC Junior World Championship in Midland, Michigan July 24-30.
 
For additional information, including player interview opportunities, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP
416.625.1757
 
Kyle Smith
ISC Regional Commissioner
519.537.4771
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP
519.532.5010

 

Picture_011June 11, 2016 – On Sunday morning August 14, the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame will host its annual induction breakfast at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street, Bettendorf IA.

The Class of 2016 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 4th time that the event will be hosted in Quad Cities IA/IL.

 

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 2016 Championship, please visit the following websites:

ISC Fastpitch – www.iscfastpitch.com    –   Host Committee – http://www.iscquadcities.com/

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

TICKET SALES

ON-LINE and RESERVED TABLES OF EIGHT

Tickets, $30 each, and/or reserved tables of eight (8) for $200, 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.

ISC Hall of Fame “Class of 2016” Induction

Ticket Order Form

Induction Breakfast Event – Sunday August 14, 2016

Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street, Bettendforf IA

(Connected via Skywalk to Isle Casino Hotel)

7:30 am – doors open; 8:00 am – Breakfast; 9:15 – Program/Inductions

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ISC HALL OF FAME – TRULY INTERNATIONAL 2016 CLASS

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 six nominees for induction into the ISC Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016.

Included are four elite players, one umpire and a prominent softball sports’ builder family.

PLAYERS

Thomas Makea – Christchurch, New Zeaand

Thomas Makea, born on Feb.20, 1975,.competed in ISC tournaments for 14 summers, making his inaugural appearance with the Decatur IL Pride in 1994 and completing his successful career in 2009 with Bondurant IA Midwest Stampede. He helped lead his teams to four ISC Championships – twice with Broken Bow NB Travelers/Spirit (2001 & 2003) and twice with Marathon WI County Materials (2005 & 2006). Thomas earned ISC All-World distinction on six occasions between 1999-2009, including a superlative tournament in 2000 when he batted .611, plated 10 RBIs and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

As gifted as he was offensively, Thomas was equally competent patrolling the outfield, with great anticipation and speed and a dependable and accurate throwing arm.

Many regard Thomas as New Zealand’s greatest outfielder, consistently performing in international competition for 18 years, and helping his Black Sox national squad to four ISF World Championships. Thomas was voted as New Zealand’s “player of the decade” for the 2000s and continued in the game as Head Coach of the Black Sox Junior team.

Jarrad Martin – Strandon, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Jarrad Martin, born on February 5, 1973, was the epitome of quiet, but very strong leadership in a career that spanned 18 ISC seasons. In his rookie campaign, he suited up with Sioux City IA NHCD and won his first ISC Championship in Salt Lake City UT. Over his lengthy career, he won five more titles, including an incredible four straight from 2003 – 2006 with Broken Bow NB Travelers/Spirit and Marathon WI County Materials.

Jarrad’s sterling, consistent performances earned him ISC All-World honours seven times in ten seasons between 1999 – 2008.He was selected the tournament’s MVP in 2006 (Marathon WI) and non-traditionally as an outfielder with the runner – up team – Broken Bow – in 1999.

As one of the most consistent performers for the New Zealand Black Sox national team, he won four ISF World Championships and was named New Zealand’s “player of the decade” for the 1990s. Following retirement he gives back to the game as an assistant coach for the Black Sox Jr. national team.

Todd Martin – Aurora ON, Canada

Todd Martin, born January 8, 1970, possesses a rare combination of extraordinary skill combined with a genuine respect from his peers as one of the best team-mates ever. Todd burst upon the ISC as a hard-throwing 22 year old in 1994 in Summerside PEI with Napanee ON Express, surprising and eliminating Tampa Bay FL Smokers 1-0. That performance vaulted Todd to the next level as Smokers lured him to Tampa Bay in 1996 where he won four games in leading the Smokers to his and their first ISC Championship.

Todd won five more ISC titles, was named as an All-World player on nine occasions and was selected as the tournament’s top pitcher three times (Tampa Bay 1996 & 1998 and Kitchener 2008). Todd ranks tied for 6th in career ISC wins,.

As a member of four Canadian Sr. Men’s Championship teams, Todd was also a valued asset of Team Canada, competing internationally 1998-2009. Competing tenaciously on the mound, Todd embraced the “big picture” of fastball – that it’s a game to be enjoyed. No-one enjoyed the off-field camaraderie of the sport more than Todd Martin – his quick wit and endearing personality endeared him to his team-mates. For proof, simply ask any of the hundreds of players who shared “time with Todd” on the bench and on the road.

Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa – Russell, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Robert ”Chubb” Tangaroa is an original softball trendsetter. In the 1980’s he was among the early wave of New Zealand pitchers to cross the Pacific and truly internationalize the ISC. In his 1984 ISC debut season, “Chubb” toed the rubber for Lancaster CA Chameleons and finished 3rd in the ISC Championship in Allentown PA. Five years later he joined a competitive Rohnert Park CA Guanella Brothers squad that finished in the final four on three consecutive occasions, losing to Sioux City IA Penn Corp in the 1989 Championship tilt in Kimberly WI.

With Guanella Brothers, “Chubb” was 11-4 courtesy his sharp-breaking rise ball, was named ISC All-World for all three tournaments, threw a no-hitter, struck out 32 batters in one 15-inning game, and led all pitchers at the 1989 tournament, with 98 Ks in 51 innings. In total “Chubb” has pitched 25 wins spanning his 13 ISC seasons.

As a member of the New Zealand Black Sox, “Chubb” posted an impressive 12-1 ISF record in leading the Kiwis to medals in three consecutive World Championships – silver (1988 & 1992) and silver (1996). “Chubb” later served as New Zealand’s national pitching coach and has been inducted into both the New Zealand (2004) and ISF (2011) Halls of Fame.

UMPIRE

Tom Boyd – New Tripoli PA

Tom Boyd, born November 10, 1950 got his start in softball officiating near the end of the 1972 season He started working ISC qualifiers in 1975 and was added to the ISC World Tournament umpires roster in 1981. In that inaugural tournament in Saginaw MI, he worked the plate in a 28 inning marathon featuring Tulsa OK and Ashland OH.

A decade later in Sioux City IA, Tom was again behind the dish when HoF lefty Brad Underwood and his Owen Sound ON Canadian Tiremen locked horns with “Chubb” Tangaroa’s Rohnert Park CA Guanella Brothers. That match-up was a 22-inning squeaker semi-final from which Owen Sound emerged with a 1-0 win to advance to the finals.

Tom’s on-field arbitrating has taken him to many legendary softball communities, including Allentown PA, Central Park NY, Kimberly WI, Las Vegas NV, Midland MI, Owen Sound ON, Rochester NY, and countless other “Fields of Dreams” throughout Ontario, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic ISC regions.

Other highlights include serving as plate umpire for HoF Michael White’s first championship with Cedar Rapids IA Teleconnect in Saskatoon SK (1987) and Gerald Muizeallar’s first championship for HoF Doc Simmons’ Travelers in Eau Claire WI (2001).

Tom worked 21 ISC World Tournaments in a stellar career upon which the sun finally set in 2005 in Eau Claire WI.

BOB WELBY MEMORIAL “Recognition of Service Award”

The Daniel D. Dolan Family – Aurora IL

Daniel D. Dolan, born in February 1931 is a life-time citizen of Aurora IL, except for a brief stint in the navy. The year 1965 was pivotal as Daniel and his business partner James A. Murphy formed Dolan & Murphy and have enjoyed success in and contributed to the local business community.

In 1982, the Creative DJs, a City League team in Aurora was seeking support and Dolan & Murphy, then a commercial real estate company, agreed to sponsor the team and ventured into the fastpitch world.

Five years later, Robin Reder, a member of the Aurora IL Home Savings & Loan team that won the 1980 ISC Tournament in Tempe AZ, was managing a local team with aspirations of representing Aurora at the ISC. Dolan & Murphy agreed to serve as the sponsor – a relationship that still exists today.

Fastpitch was very competitive in Illinois in the 1980s. It took five years before Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks won the local qualifier in 1992 and travelled to Salt Lake City UT for its first ISC World Tournament. The team didn’t qualify in 1993, but in 1994 re-qualified and has never since missed ICS’s world-class event.

The entire Dolan family, including patriarch Daniel D. and his sons Dan T., Brian and Ryan and daughter Karen have enthusiastically supported the Dolan & Murphy fastpitch team.

The team sponsorship is only one of numerous civic activities, including food pantries, in which the family is involved.

INDUCTION 2016 The ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2016 induction continues the tradition of recognizing the “best of the best” of ISC participants. This 2016 roster of six 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 14, 2016 at 8 am at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf IOWA, as part of the 2016 ISC World Tournament hosted in Quad Cities IA/IL.

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wecometowalcottJune 11, 2016  –  June 17-19 will mark the 32nd consecutive ISC Qualifier Tournament for the Walcott Softball Organization, Walcott, IA. Once again there will be a $500.00 award to the Champion, $300.00 for the Runner-up and $150.00 for the 3rd & 4th place teams.  The winning team qualifies for the 2016 ISC World Tournament, August 13-20, Green Valley Softball Complex in Moline, IL. 

Trophies will also be presented to the Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Pitcher.  For further information on the ISC Qualifier, please email Larry Koberg at lkoberg@mchsi.com.

Waterfront CCJune 10, 2016  –  The 2016 ISC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Sunday August 14th in the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center.  Located at 2021 State Street • Bettendorf, IA, and connected via skywalk to the Isle Casino Hotel, the facility also has ample parking available on site. 

The ceremony for the 2016 HoF induction class of; Todd Martin, Thomas Makea, Robert “Chub” Tangaora, Jarrad Martin, Tom Boyd and Daniel D. Dolan  will begin at 8:00am.  Information on ticket sales and availability will be announced shortly.

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The 2016 Guide showcases MVP Nick Shailes on the cover and contains over 160 pages of stats, and stories from the 2015 ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship along with nearly 150 full-colour photos. This electronic version contains links to all of the ISC Network broadcasts as well as to all of the Guide advertisers.
 
You can order a hard copy of the 2016 ISC Guide through the PayPal page on the ISC website and clicking on the drop down menu.
May 22, 2016 – Hill United Chiefs will open the 2016 fastball season as the unanimous #1 team as they set out in pursuit of a historic fourth consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship. Only the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, with six straight from 1955-1960, have won more than three in row.
 
The Chiefs prevailed 6-4 with a come-back win over Toronto Gators to win the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, IN.
 
The top 10 is as follows:
 
1 Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2 Toronto, ON Gators
3 Clifton Park, NY NY Gremlins
4 Saskatoon, SK A1 Bombers
5 Scarborough, ON Force
6 Vancouver BC, BC A’s
7 Agoura Hills, CA J&B Painting
8 Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
9 Staten Island, NY Peligro Gremlins
10 Bloomington, IL Stix
 
The 70th annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 13-20, 2016 at the Greenvalley Sports Complex in Moline, a part of the Quad Cities in Iowa-Illinois.
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
 
2016 Pre-Season ISC Rankings
Rank TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
1 Six Nations, ON Hill United Chief 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
2 Toronto, ON Gators 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 3 23
3 Clifton Park, NY NY Gremlins 4 3 4 3 2 3 2 4 3 2 30
4 Saskatoon, SK A1 Bombers 3 6 3 4 5 6 5 5 4 4 45
5 Scarborough, ON Force 5 5 7 5 4 5 6 3 5 5 50
6 Vancouver BC, BC A’s 7 4 6 6 6 4 4 6 8 6 57
7 Agoura Hills, CA J&B Painting 6 9 5 7 7 7 9 9 6 7 72
8 Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes 8 8 9 8 8 8 7 11 7 8 82
9 Staten Island, NY Peligro 5 7 8 10 9 9 8 7 9 11 83
10 Bloomington, IL Stix 10 10 10 9 11 11 13 13 10 9 106
11 Pottstown, PA North East 9 11 14 11 10 11 11 8 14 10 109
12 Kitchener, ON Cubs 12 13 12 12 13 12 10 10 13 12 119
13 Elmira, ON Expos 14 12 13 13 15 15 16 17 11 15 141
14 Delisle, SK Diamond Dogs 15 16 16 15 14 15 14 12 16 17 150
15 Topeka, KS Toros 11 22 11 14 25 20 15 25 12 14 189
16 Toronto, ON Batmen 17 20 18 17 21 17 18 16 18 16 178
17 Ensenada, MX Team Marquez 25 25 25 16 12 12 18 15 25 13 186
18 Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights 25 15 15 21 19 16 25 18 15 18 187
19 Kingston, ON Axemen 22 25 22 19 18 18 20 19 23 21 207
20 Oswego, NY CPI 25 24 25 25 17 13 25 21 25 20 220
21 Pueblo, CO Bandits 25 19 25 25 20 10 22 25 25 25 221
22 Houston, TX Ray Ray’s 20 25 25 25 16 25 25 14 25 22 222
23 Shakespeare, ON Falcons 25 23 17 22 25 19 25 25 17 25 223
24 Wiarton, ON Nationals 25 17 21 20 25 25 21 23 22 25 224
24 Aurora, IL Dolan & Murphy 25 21 25 25 22 14 25 25 19 23 224
26 Waterdown, ON Hammer 25 25 23 18 25 21 23 22 24 19 225
27 Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz 25 25 25 25 23 25 17 20 20 25 230
28 Salt Lake City, UT Page Brake 18 25 19 23 25 25 25 25 25 25 235
29 Tavistock, ON Merchants 21 25 20 25 25 25 24 25 21 25 236
30 Walcott, IA Lamp Liter 23 18 25 25 25 25 25 24 25 22 240
31 St. Paul, MN Tin Cup 24 25 25 25 24 25 19 25 25 24 241
32 Lloydminster, SK Dodgers 25 25 24 24 25 23 25 25 25 25 246
33 Sebringville, ON Sting 25 25 25 25 25 24 25 25 25 25 249

1. 25 is recorded for a team not ranked by a given committee member.

2. The rankings will form the basis for seeding the top 16 teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament.

3. Ranking committee members identity will be kept confidential.

4. Committee makeup: 6 American, 4 Canadian.

5. As teams qualify for the World Tournament, additions or deletions will occur within the rankings.

6. For all teams, rankings outside a high-end range of two standard deviations from the median were adjusted back to the median.

MOLINE. IL — A $775,000 investment in Moline’s Greenvalley Park will ensure it continues to draw big tournaments, a tourism benefit felt by the entire Quad-Cities. The money was used to install new lights at the Milt Hand Softball Complex at Greenvalley Park, including lights for the eight tournament-grade diamonds, the playground and new sand volleyball courts that will open later this year.

Installation took more than two months and wrapped up in December. The state-of-the-art lighting system by MUSCO Lighting is energy efficient, makes the park safer, can be controlled via a smartphone and is supposed to be as bright as daylight, said Greg Johnson, a city landscape worker who leads the maintenance of Greenvalley from March to December.

The project included the lights, steel poles, all new wiring, a monitoring and maintenance plan, and 25-year warranty.  

Lori Wilson, a recreation programmer who manages the complex, said the lights that were replaced were original and at least 25 years old, and the wooden poles were starting to lean.

The fields at Greenvalley are heavily used and booked long in advance of the playing season by local teams and regional, state and national tournaments. The tournaments draw players, their families and other spectators, who stay overnight, eat and shop locally, visit attractions and participate in events, generating revenue for every city in the area, Ms. Wilson said.  

The lighting is needed because sometimes, a rain delay can cause tournament games to run into the early morning hours, wrapping up at 2 or 3 a.m., Mr. Johnson said. When the parks department received complaints about the facility, it was about the lighting, Ms. Wilson said.

Various organizations rate sporting facilities before deciding where to hold tournaments, and the old lights could have hurt Greenvalley, so it was time to upgrade them, she said. “We want to give our community a quality facility.”  

Ms. Wilson said the park department is thankful to the city, which loaned the money from the tourism fund, which is supported by a city hotel-motel tax. The city then grants that money to various events and facilities that spark overnight visits. The parks department is repaying the loan over 10 years. “This project will have a good payback to the entire community,” Ms. Wilson said. “Greenvalley is a driver of tourism.”

In the past two years, the parks department has installed new garage doors at Greenvalley’s maintenance shop, upgraded drainage at each field and spent $539,000 to replace seven backstops. The department hopes to have the funds to replace the last backstop this year.

Moline park recreation director Bernita Reese said the department never will be finished working on Greenvalley or any other park. If there’s not a project to tackle, there is upkeep, and the goal is to surpass what was done the year before.

Quad Cities – The International Softball Congress (ISC) is excited to celebrate its Platinum Anniversary in 2016 by holding the 70th Annual ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament in Quad Cities.  Games begin on Saturday, August 13, and the championship is Saturday, August 20.

The ISC World Tournament returns to the Milt Hand Softball Complex, at the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Illinois.  The local area host teams are the Lamp Liter Fastpitch from Walcott, Iowa, and Dolan & Murphy from Aurora, Illinois.

Fans are encouraged to go to the recently launched tournament website at www.iscquadcities.com for ticket prices, hotel information, camping information, and how to volunteer.  Current tournament-specific news can be found at www.iscfastpitch.org.

“Our goal is to fill the Milt Hand Softball Complex with as many fans as possible to create an exciting atmosphere for the World Tournament Teams,” says Lynn Hunt, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Vice-President of Sales.  A Tournament Pass that is good for all of the 2016 games is only $30.  Tournament passes and day passes will be available to purchase at the gate.

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) and Sports Commission will be looking for volunteers to keep score, announce games, work admission gates and beer tents, shuttle fans, and help with visitor information.  Visit www.iscquadcities.com to email with your interest.  Scheduling of volunteers will begin late May.

Isle Casino 

 The new $60 million casino will go in-between the north and      south towers of the Isle of Capri hotel. The building will go in the existing courtyard of the complex., and the $8.5 million hotel renovation currently underway on the South Tower.

The new casino will have a buffet, and 35,000-foot casino floor, and diner.    On Schedule to open June 2016 !

 

 

 

 

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