May 18, 2017  –  The ISC Canada East qualifier has been a mainstay on the Ontario tournament circuit since the early 1970s, when the Ontario Fastball League was affiliated with the ISC. Winners over the years include Oshawa Tony’s, Grimsby Peach Kings, Agincourt Rawlings, Toronto Gators and Owen Sound Tiremen among others. In the 2000s, teams that have won the qualifier multiple times include the Gators, Scarborough Force, Kitchener Cubs, Waterdown Hammer and Ottawa Team Easton Thunder.
 
For the last five years, the Canada East qualifier has grown to include a U21 Championship. Winners include Wiarton Red Devils, Stratford Cubs, Alvinston Junior Indians and New Hamburg Mustangs, all of whom have gone on to success at the ISC U21 Championship held at the annual ISC World Tournament.
 
For 2017, we will have a strong field of 14 men’s teams and 6 U21 teams. By the time we finish, some time around 7 pm on Sunday evening, we’ll have completed 37 games. As always, we will send a strong contingent of Canada East teams to the ISC World Tournament, where teams from our region have now won the past nine ISC World Championships. We are also pleased to have ISC Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman as the UiC for our tournaments and ISC Statistician Gary Baughman providing full stats packages.
 
Schedules will be available shortly.
 
Date:  June 16-18, 2017
Location:  Innerkip, ON Sports Park
Berths:  4 for Canada East teams (winner receives paid berth + travel money) + additional invites as available; U21 winner receives paid berth + travel money + additional invites for all U21 teams
Entry Fee:  $450 Cdn
Format:  Double knockout with single championship game for ISC; Pool play with crossover for U21
Contact:  Blair Setford blairjs@gmail.com
UIC:  Bruce Bierman bierhawk@xplornet.com 
ISC Rep:  Joe Todd ftode739@rogers.com, Kyle Smith kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com 
 
ISC Entrants:
1. Durham Diamondbacks
2. Elmira Expos
3. Glanworth Gators
4. Kingston Axemen
5. Kitchener Hallman Cubs
6. Kitchener Bell Cartage Outlaws
7. Nith River Monsters
8. Ohsweken Da Hoggs
9. Shakespeare Falcons
10. St. Paul’s Generals
11.Toronto Batmen
12.Waterdown Hammer
13.Wiarton Nationals
14.Wyevale Tribe
 
U21 Entrants
1. Alvinston Aces
2. New Hamburg Mustangs
3. Owen Sound Selects
4. Port Perry Bulls
5. Tavistock Athletics
6. Wellesley Wildcats
 
Blair Setford, Joe Todd, Kyle Smith
ISC Canada East

 

The 33rd annual Kelso Klassic (established in 1985) is June 9,10,11, 2017 and will be played at the Kelso City Park, located on Cherry St. in Kelso, MO.  “We anticipate 14 teams, tremendous crowds, and great softball for fastpitch fans”, said  Rick Heuring (Founder of the Kelso Klassic ). 

“We have had many world class players come to Kelso, and although they have participated in places all over the country, they still think Kelso is right there at the top of the fastpitch venues when comparing competition, atmosphere, crowds, and overall organization”. Rick added that “The entire weekend is like a big tail-gate  party.  If we get good weather, we will  draw around 2,000 fans for our Friday night session. Saturday night is also well attended.”    

Rick has complete statistics for every player that has ever participated in the Kelso Klassic, now numbering 1,952 different individuals, since the tournament began in 1985. Rick has collected player profiles and photos from the past to build a history of fastpitch and the tournament. And according to Rick “We like to think that our information rivals that of the ISC”.

The ISC is very glad to once again have the ‘Kelso Klassic” as one of its ISC World Tournament Qualifiers !

May 8, 2017 – Ayr, Ontario – Congratulations to the 20-man crew selected by Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman for the 2017 ISC World Tournament to be held this August in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

With input from Deputy UIC Lou Davis and Les Novak, the Blue Crew for the 2017 ISC World Tournament is as follows:

1   Rick Boyd – Oro Medonte, ON

2.  Glenn Brown – Oak Harbor, WA

3.  Lou Davis – Truro, NS

4.  Robert Durand – Osceda, WI

5.  Steve Gallagher – Cobourg, ON

6.  Roger Griffith – Goshen, IN

7.  Jon Hand – Maple Park, IL

8.  Jay Hart – Dunnville, ON

9.  Steve Jannke – Caledonia, MI

10  Gary Johnson – Eau Claire, WI

11. Serge Laflamme – Levis, QC

12. Chris Lamer – Belleville, ON

13.  Mathieu Leclerc – Donnacona, QC

14.  Fred Malatches – Cambridge, ON

15.  LeWayne Rogers – Altoona, IA

16.  Dave Selden – Reese, MI  (Designated by ASA)

17.  Paul Squires – Goldsboro, NC

18.  Trevor Topping – Kitchener, ON

19.  Justin Van Horn – Chatham, ON

20.  Kevin Wallace – Shipman, IL

To be considered for this prestigious assignment, every umpire that would like the opportunity to officiate an ISC World Tournament must complete an application in the fall of the prior year and submit it to Bruce Bierman and Lou Davis. From the many applications that are received every fall, each is scrutinized and evaluated for selection.

Just as the teams, players, and coaches strive to participate in the ISC World Tournament every August, the same can be said for the Blue Crew. Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing  you on the field in Grand Rapids.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

ftode739@rogers.com

Bruce Bierman

ISC Umpire in Chief

bierhawk@xplornet.com

 

April 19, 2017     Mississauga, ON – What’s your favourite memory of the 2016 ISC World Tournament? Shane Boland’s championship-winning home run? Walk-off heroics by Nick Shailes or Wayne Laulu? 

You can relive all of those moments and more with the 2017 ISC Digital Guide now available for your viewing pleasure online at the International Softball Congress website at www.iscfastpitch.com

Simply click on the front cover of the 2017 Guide and you’ll be taken to a full-colour reproduction with more than 125 photos, links to all of the Pointstreak linescores and game stats and ISC Network broadcasts plus dozens of additional links sprinkled throughout. The ISC Digital Guide is a faithful reproduction of the hard copy ISC Guide which is now on sale.

This is the seventh year of publication for the ISC Digital Guide by Red Mat Media, led by Scott Standerfer and his team. 

You can now order and pay for a hard copy of 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.

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 

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

April 11, 2017 – Reedsburg, WI – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

“We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

1-     Brad Pender  –  Canada East

2-     Chris Diethert  –  US Central

3-     Eric Fogel  –  US East

4-     Jon Gwizdala –  US East

5-     Justin Schofield  –  Atlantic Canada

6-     Kris Walushka  –  Canada West

7-     Matt McLaren  –  Canada East

8-     Nick Santos  –  US West

9-     Scott Galenza  –  Canada West

10 – Tyler Dudley  –  US East

11-  Sisco Sabate  –  International

12-  Zennon Winters  –  International

US Player reps are appointed by US Vice President Chris Santos. In Canada, they are appointed by Canada Vice President Todd McCabe. International player reps are appointed by Dean Oscar. The player’s rep committee discusses business throughout the year via email and has the power to propose motions to the ISC Board of Directors on a wide variety of issues.

The ISC would like to thank the previous group of player reps, some of whom had close to a decade or more of service, for their time and commitment. The injection of new faces with new ideas and the fire of enthusiasm will be a plus for the game we all love.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

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

 

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 10, 2017 –    Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.

“In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

Fans of the game will be familiar with Greg due to his association with the New York Gremlins and statistician and social media director. Greg has been involved with the game since he was 13 years old and is a second generation softballer, his father Bob Nydick has been a team sponsor for a number of years. In his professional life, Greg is as an auditor for a public accounting firm. 

“I am excited to join an organization that has meant so much to me growing up, and I look forward to helping promote and grow the game of fastpitch,” said Nydick. “I am looking forward to working with all the other Commissioners.”

“Greg’s experience, both in his fastpitch associations and his professional life, will be of great value to the ISC,” said Fisher.

Bill has been involved with the game since 1991 and has wide experience as a player, manager, sponsor and clinician. In 2016, Bill organized and ran training clinics for junior men’s national teams from countries such as Israel, Botswana and Denmark. Bill has also worked with the US junior men’s team members and was just announced as a member of the 2017-2020 USA Softball men’s national team coaching pool. He is currently working with the West Michigan Sports Commission in preparation for the 2017 ISC World Tournament. 

“I would like to thank Larry Fisher and the ISC for including me in the organization.  I hope to use this new position to help maintain the world class quality of fastpitch softball that ISC has provided for many years now,” said Kunkel. “I also hope to use my new role as a recruiting platform to attract the younger generation to fastpitch softball and the international level of completion that is so hard to find otherwise.” 

“Bill’s strong involvement with, and passion for, the development of the sport will be extremely useful as we face the challenges of trying to grow the game,” said Fisher.

The ISC welcomes both Greg and Bill to the Board of Directors. Both are keen and willing to become important components of the ISC and it is felt that their energy and enthusiasm will be an asset to the organization moving forward.

For more information, please contact:

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

Findlay, Ohio

iscfastpitch@gmail.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