February 22, 2018 – Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is thrilled to announce it’s virtual Hall of Fame is now open for visitors!
“With over 500 hours of development work in programming, we are now opening the doors to give ISC fast pitch fans around the world the opportunity to visit our Hall of Fame,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.
Click on the new ISC Hall of Fame link in the top right of the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com to visit the virtual ISC Hall of Fame. We also recommend that visitors take the opportunity to view this preview video at https://youtu.be/9355W08yg2U.
“We acknowledge that we are missing biographical information for many of our honored members and, in addition to working with our commissioners to develop content, we are actively seeking help from fans, players and officials to make the ISC Hall of Fame experience more complete,” said Fisher.
The ISC Hall of Fame includes 193 members currently. Inductees are elected by the ISC Board of Directors and are honored at the annual ISC Hall of Fame Breakfast at each year’s ISC World Tournament. Fans are always welcome to visit the ISC Hall of Fame in Kimberly, Wisconsin to experience it in real life, however this virtual version provides accessibility to fans around the world.
The 2018 ISC Hall of Fame Breakfast will be held on Sunday August 12 in Kitchener, site of this year’s ISC World Tournament. Honored inductees are: Players Rob Gray, Sean O’Brien and Paul Rosebush, Umpire Bruce Bierman, Administrator Ferdi Nelissen and Builder/Sponsor Jim Hallman.
For additional information, please contact:
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
February 5, 2018 – The ISC Executive Committee has approved naming the annual ISC Youth Developmental Tournament, ages 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under, to the “ISC/Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournament.” 
The Carrol Forbes Foundation, established in 1995, is committed to investing in youth fastball programs. The Carrol Forbes Foundationis exempt under section 501 [c] [3] of the Internal Revenue Code.  Membership is open to individuals, teams, sponsors, etc.
 The purpose of The International Softball Congress is to create and promote both youth and mens fastpitch softball. 
This years ISC/Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournament will be held in Saginaw, Michigan at Hoyt Park on July 20- 22, 2018.
ISC Regional Commissioner Tom Stasik and and Scott Stasik are the tournament directors.  Any interested youth teams can contact:  Tom Stasik at tomstasik@gmail.com – and Scott Stasik at scottstasik@gmail.com
Keith Erkenbrack
ISC VP Communication
The 2018 Boys of Summer Open Fastpitch Tournament will be held July 6-8, 2018.  The main field will be at Circle Tap Bar and Grill just outside of Denmark, Wisconsin.  Diamonds 2 and 3 will be in the Village of Maribel about 7 miles away.  This will be the final year for using the Maribel diamonds as beginning in 2019 the Village of Denmark will play host to diamonds 2 and 3 for the Boys of Summer as well as the ISC World Tournament.  This year’s Boys of Summer will play host to some of the best teams from across the US with players from all over the world.  The teams include:
1.    Agoura Hills, CA—J&B Bombers
2.    Appleton, WI—The Bar Buzz
3.    Aurora, IL—Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks
4.    Bloomington, IL—Stix
5.    Clifton Park, NY–Gremlins
6.    Denmark, WI—Circle Tap Dukes
7.    Fargo, ND—Kegel Black Knights
8.    Kimberly, WI—Reapers
9.    Ostrander, MN–Norsemen
10.  Six Nations, ON—Hill United Chiefs
11.  St. Paul, MN—Tin Cup
12.  Topeka, KS–Toros
Darren Derricks and the CT Fastpitch group pride themselves on running one of the best open level tournaments of the club season.  The atmosphere at Circle Tap is very unique in that the bar and restaurant sits on the first base line and the back drop of the facility is surrounded by country fields. 
The facility is undergoing many improvements in preparation for the 2019 ISC.  A new concession stand/bathrooms/press box was opened last summer.  A new scoreboard will be going in within the next couple of weeks, in-ground dugouts will be constructed this spring, and new permanent bleachers will be put in this year. 
Derricks’ dedication to Men’s Fastpitch is strong and the hopes are that the game, team, and future world tournaments will want to visit CT again and again.  
The original Circle Tap diamond was constructed by ISC Hall of Famer John Miller in the late 1960’s.   The Knights of Columbus tournament started around 1970 in Denmark and ran until it’s demise in the late 1990’s.   Derricks resurrected that tournament and re-branded it in 2001 as the “Our House” tournament and re-named a year later as the “Boys of Summer”   The tournament has played host to some of the greatest teams in the modern era such as County Materials, Farm Tavern, Broken Bow, Orillia Riversharks, NY Gremlins, Patsy’s, Townline, Bombers, and the home team Circle Tap, just to name a few. 
In early to mid 2000’s the tournament had 16 teams, all top level considered by many as the elite club tournament of the summer.  Although some of the big names have come and gone, you can’t help but tip your cap to teams like Kegel of Fargo and Dolan & Murphy who have competed in the tournament for countless years dating back into the early 2000’s. 
We welcome all fastpitch fans to experience the Boys of Summer and Northeasten Wisconsin at some point, you will not be disappointed.
Dean M. Kane

            The ISC Legends tourney is entering its 9th year, started in 2010 by Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director for the masters teams. It continues to be a very competitive and attracts 12 premier 50 + masters teams from North America each year. 

            The tourney offers great experience for the masters players and teams to play competitive games and renew past friendships with each other. 

            Cobourg Ontario Force won the first tourney and repeated in 2012 and 2014. Ohio Battery Ashland Ohio won the tourney 2013 and 2017, the only two teams winning multiple titles. The other winners are Cuba City WI Hindu’s/Sand Prairie 2011, Whitby Ontario Durham Bulls Legends 2015 and Toronto Ontario Toronto Gators Legends in 2016.

             The tourney always fields strong teams with many past familiar fastball names; David Boys, Terry Challis, Peter Finn, Jody Hennigar, Brian Martie, Pete Meredith, Steve Schott, Brent Stevenson, Paul Wolford, Terry Weibe and Darren Zack have been involved or still playing in the tourney. Brent Stevenson has been MVP pitcher 3 times, 2011,2013 and 2017. Each year there are new players coming in to add strength to the teams.
              Definitely encourage fans attending 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener Ontario to include watching the Legends competition, The tourney offers chance to view many past ISC World Tournament players and still see quality performances.
Keith Erkenbrack
VP Communications

December 7, 2017 – Findlay, OH – Recent action by the Executive Committee of the International Softball Congress provides some relief to teams with youth or junior players on their rosters. According to Dean Oscar, ISC President and Executive Committee Chair the Committee voted to empower the appropriate VP, on a case by case by basis, to rule on any exception requests for younger or “junior” players to the ISC rule that requires ‘Approved out-of-region players on all ISC teams to play in at least one approved ISC Qualifying event or in invitational tournaments in both June and July, with their current year’s team to be eligible for World Tournament play.

This action should make it easier for players competing with their national teams in this years WBSC Junior tournament to meet the eligibility requirements to also compete with a team in the International Softball Congress World Tournament. All players and teams would still be subject to the June 15 Out-of-Region deadline as well as Out-of-Region fees and all PRAWN Restrictions.

November 1, 2017 – Mitchell, ON – ISC Canada East and the Mitchell Mets fastball club are pleased to announce that the 2018 ISC Canada East Qualifier Tournament will be held in Mitchell at Keterson Park on the event’s traditional Father’s Day weekend of June 15-17, 2018.

“With the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener in August, we’re expecting a large contingent of teams will be on hand looking to earn a spot,” said ISC Canada East Regional Commissioner Kyle Smith.

It will be a very busy weekend at Keterson Park with 24 teams or more expected to be on hand. Mitchell last hosted the ISC Canada East Qualifier in 2014, also when the World Tournament was in Kitchener, and there were 16 men’s teams and 8 U21 teams that participated.

As has been the case for the past several years, the event will include the ISC Canada East U23 (formerly U21) Championship. “With the Junior Men’s age category returning to U23, we are going to reflect that in our event,” said ISC Canada East Regional Commissioner Joe Todd.

New this year will be the inaugural ISC Canada East Legends Championship for teams in the 50+ age bracket. “This division is quite popular at the ISC and we’re happy we can provide the teams in our region an opportunity to play together in June, to go along with the events that they have in July and August,” said ISC Canada East Regional Commissioner Blair Setford.

“We’re excited to have teams of all age ranges playing in Mitchell,” said AJ Moses, head of the Mets host committee. “It will be a great opportunity to see up and coming players, today’s stars and Legends of the game all in one place.”

Each winning team will earn a paid berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in their division along with travel money. Additional berths and invites to the ISC World Tournament will be available to entered teams.

For further information, please contact:

Blair Setford blairjs@gmail.com

Joe Todd ftode739@rogers.com

Kyle Smith kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com

AJ Moses ajmoses44@gmail.com