Even with the snow on the ground, we are actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier for Innerkip June 16-18.
 
This event is for all teams in Canada East who haven’t yet qualified for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI.
 
The qualifier will be a double knockout event with a paid entry & travel money for the winner. Additional invites will be made available to teams based on their finish in the qualifier and other ISC CE qualifying events.
 
Entry fee is $450. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.
 
For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.
 
For additional info, please contact any of the following:
 
Blair Setford – blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd – ftode739@rogers.com

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

January 23, 2017 – The International Softball Congress continues its outreach to university, college and high school baseball coaches across the United States with a second recruiting video to attract new players into men’s fastpitch softball.
 
The new video is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.
 
“As stated in the video, it’s a great tool, but it needs to be shared with as many baseball coaches and players as possible so that we can get new players into the game,” says Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. “We encourage all men’s teams to reach out to their local colleges and high schools and spread the word – there’s a significant pool of talent there and we need to tap into it to bring young players into our game.”
 
“By our unofficial count, there’s nearly 1,300 men’s fastpitch softball teams across North America, so there’s an opportunity out there for those that want to play,” says Fisher.
 
Tapping into the baseball past of several players on the highly-ranked New York Gremlins team, the video features several top players as well as USA Softball President Warren Jones, who speaks about the opportunities for younger players to be identified for the U.S.A. U19 junior men’s national team. 
 
“We want to let these young kids know that there’s another game out there that they can play,” says Jones. 
 
Among the Gremlins, Matt Palazzo talks about the quick pace of play, the ability for one hit to be a big difference in the game and the success he’s had in recruiting athletes in the Des Moines, Iowa area to take up the game.
 
“Once they try it, just like myself, they fall in love with the game and its pace,” says Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University and, in addition to the Gremlins, stars on the U.S.A. men’s national team and has twice been named the U.S. Male Fastpitch Player of the Year
 
Aimed at high school and college seniors, the video commentary notes that men’s fastpitch softball offers baseball players the opportunity to utilize all of the skills they’ve developed over a lifetime of playing, and will give them the chance to create 20+ years of new memories.
 
“I’ve been able to travel around the world and see the best in the world … and it’s been a great challenge and a good experience,” says Nick Mullins, who played baseball at the University of Pittsburgh, and plays for the Gremlins as well as Team U.S.A. “For all of the young kids out there who are playing baseball or just finished playing baseball, [fastpitch softball] is definitely a good game, so get out here and let’s see what you’ve got!”
 
International stars Zenon Winters and Bryan Abrey also talk about the opportunities and experiences they’ve enjoyed. 
 
Abrey, who is a member of the defending World Champion Canadian men’s national team, played junior college baseball in California before transferring to an NAIA school in Idaho. Abrey talks about the speed of the game and the adjustments that baseball players will need to make. 
 
Winters notes that he’s been playing fastpitch softball for 27 years, starting as a six-year-old in his native Australia, and has been able to travel the world because of the game and highlights the opportunity for American players to do the same thing.
 
“We think that if baseball players give fastpitch softball a chance, we’re confident that they’re going to fall in love with the game just like Matt Palazzo talks about,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. 
 
For more information on the ISC and men’s fastpitch softball, see the ISC website at 
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
 

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