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
 
December 14, 2016 – Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress has established a single point-of-contact to assist teams looking to recruit young New Zealand players for the 2017 North American season.
 
Working in partnership with Eddie Kohlhase, former coach of the New Zealand Black Sox national team, ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher will be able to assist in connecting teams with players.
 
Currently, there are several young players, including some from last summer’s New Zealand U19 team that are looking for an opportunity to connect with North American teams for the 2017 season.
  
Teams that are interested in pursuing these players are encouraged to email ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher at iscfastpitch@gmail.com and he will provide contact information and more.
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
Ingersoll, Ontario

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

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

dkaneNovember 4, 2016 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Kane, of Denmark, Wisconsin, as Treasurer. Kane, 41,  replaces Charlie Smith who has held the position for the past 14 years.

Kane is a treasury analyst at a Wisconsin insurance firm, where he has worked for the past nine years. His love for working with numbers is second only to his love for the game of men’s fastball.

“I am looking forward to this new opportunity with the ISC and working with the executive committee and the regional commissioners to continue the unrivaled heritage of the ISC World Tournament,” says Kane.

Kane started playing fastball at the age of 16 for Denmark State Bank in local leagues and tournaments. He played with the lower level Circle Tap II team until 2001. In 2002, he joined the Circle Tap major men’s team as a player-coach and administrator, playing in his first ISC World Tournament during that year. Kane has been with Circle Tap since then and helps organize and run the annual Boys of Summer Tournament each July.

“The ISC Board of Directors welcomes Dean into its fraternity as a very important component of the ISC team and we look forward to working with him,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.

For more information, please see the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 

charlie-smithOct 15, 2016 – by Gordon Wise – A very important torch is going to be passed in the International Softball Congress this year, a torch which has been held in the most-capable of hands for many decades. A key player in the ISC will step back and take a new role  in this organization which has been a big part of his life.

CHARLIE SMITH has announced his retirement  as Treasurer, following 14  years in that post.

Charlie succeeded his friend and mentor, Frank Porth, as Treasurer in 2002, and the organization has seen rock-solid financial leadership throughout his years of service. Before being selected for that office, Charlie had served the organization since his appointment as a Commissioner in 1986. He has served on the Executive Committee from 1994 – 2016.

But Charlie’s involvement with the ISC goes back to the beginning of the organization’s historic run in Rock Island, IL. It was then that Charlie, and his teammates on the Dautrich Realty team from El Paso, TX captured the first of two straight ISC World Tournament titles.

And his involvement with the sport itself goes way back to the years before the ISC itself was Formed. Flash back to 1944 and look in on the young Charlie Smith (just 14 and breaking into the tough El Paso Church League.) This was the beginning of a career which was to lead to adventures and “making a lot of outstanding trips and making a lot of outstanding friendships.”

Along the way, Charlie, a first baseman throughout, racked up additional honors all Along the way. He competed in 12 NSC/ISC World Tournaments where his teams fared quite well.

In addition to the ISC championship years of 1961 and 1962, his teams finished second once, twice finished fourth and twice finished in seventh place.

His honors in the diamond sport continued with induction into the El Paso Hall of Fame in both softball and baseball and El Paso’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

His crowning honor came in 1983 when Charlie was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame.

Since 1986, he has served the ISC in a variety of posts including Commissioner of the West Texas/New Mexico Area; Southern Vice-President; as well as Treasurer of the Carrol Forbes Foundation prior to becoming ISC Treasurer in 2002.

The long track record of quality service to the sport and the organization will not end with his retirement from the Treasurer’s post. He will continue to be an active part of the ISC from his new post of Commissioner at Large.

Hats off to Charlie Smith, one of the truly fine gentlemen of our organization!

October 4, 2016 – A reminder to all male fastball and fastpitch softball players attending either college or university that they are invited to apply for a 2017 Carrol Forbes Foundation (CFF) Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2016.
 
Applicants for the CFF scholarship must be players who have participated in an ISC Youth Development or ISC-sanctioned tournament, have completed their secondary school education and are continuing their academic career at a recognized post-secondary educational institution.
 
Applicants will be reviewed by the Carrol Forbes Foundation (CFF) Selection Committee before the end of the current calendar year, and the successful recipient or recipients will be informed shortly thereafter. Scholarship funding will be provided early in the following year.
 
The recipient or recipients will be chosen based on responses to questions about their academic plans and career ambitions as well as their commitment to softball. Supporting letters from school officials and softball references will be requested.
 
The CFF was established in 1995 in memory of ISC founder Carrol Forbes (1909-1982). The CFF provides funding for the ISC Scholarship Program from the annual earnings of the Foundation’s holdings.
 
More information is available from the ISC Website at http://www.iscfastpitch.com/ under the Forbes Foundation tab.
  
Last year’s recipients were Greg Hammell, from New Hamburg, Ontario, who attends Brock University and Michael Lewis of Amboy , Miinnesota, who attends the University of Missouri
 
For questions or additional information, please contact
 
Charlie Smith
CFF  Scholarship Chair
10317 Sugarberry Place
El Paso, Texas 79925

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 25, 2016 – Larry Fisher, Executive Director of the International Softball Congress, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Thompson, of Waterloo, Ontario, as a ISC Specialist as the Hall of Fame Coordinator, formalizing a position John has filled since 2011.

“When the ISC assumed the costs and responsibility for the annual Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony, there were a lot of questions as to what we could do and how long we could do it,” said Fisher. “When I talked with John that very same afternoon, he just said “I’ll see what I can do.’’

Thompson has not only kept the Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony alive these past six years, but he has truly emphasized the “ceremony” of this very important part of the ISC World Tournament and made it an event.

“Since 2011, when John said ‘I’ll see what I can do”, he has provided 31 Hall of Fame inductees, their families and friends with a morning they will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Fisher, noting that Thompson’s official appointment is long overdue.

Thompson was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2014, receiving the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award for his long tenured devotion to the game in Waterloo and to the ISC.

The ISC welcomes John Thompson in his formal role and we will all look forward to continuing the successful Hall of Fame Breakfasts for many more years.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 

September 22, 2016 – Innerkip, Ontario – ISC Canada East is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual June ISC World Tournament Qualifier will be staged in Innerkip during its traditional Father’s Day weekend of June 16-18, 2017.
 
The winning team will get a paid entry fee plus travel money for the 2017 ISC World Tournament, which is being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Entry fee for the double knockout tournament, which will have a single championship game, is $450. Our preferred method of payment for entry fees is via Interac email money 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.
 
We thank our hosts, the Innerkip Parks and Rec Department, for once again bringing ISC Canada East back to one of the finest fastball facilities in southwestern Ontario.
 
We encourage teams to book at one of the two Choice Hotels properties in Woodstock 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.
 
Tournament details are as follows
 
June 16-18, 2017
ISC Canada East June Qualifier
Location: Innerkip, Ontario
Berths:  minimum of 4; winner receives a paid entry fee to ISC WT + travel money
Format:  Double knockout with Single Championship game
Entry Fee: $450
Deadline: May 15, 2017
UIC: TBD
 
Please contact any of the following for more information and we look forward to seeing everyone in Innerkip next June
 
Blair Setford: blairjs@gmail.com 
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

 

September 16, 2016 – The following rule changes were approved by the ISC Board of Directors effective for the 2017 season:

RESIDENCY – pg 154 – CURRENT RULE: Approved Out-Of-Region players on all ISC teams must 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.

NEW RULE: “Approved Out-Of-Region players on all ISC teams must play in at least one approved ISC Qualifying event or in invitational tournaments in July, with their current year’s team, to be eligible for World Tournament play.”

OUT-OF-REGION PITCHERS – pg 154 – CURRENT RULE: Team rosters for all ISC Championship play shall be restricted to two (2) out-of-region pitchers. Pitcher is defined as any player on an 18-man roster who pitches in ISC Championship competition. The two (2) pitchers for ISC Championship play are deemed to be the first two (2) that pitch in ISC Championship play in any bracket.

NEW RULE“Teams shall be allowed 3 pitchers with only 1 being a PRAWN pitcher.”


 

 

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 16, 2016 – The International Softball Congress announces that the ISC Board of Directors has elected the following five (5) individuals to be inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2017:

PLAYER CATEGORY:

Keith Mackintosh – Saskatoon, SK

Chris Delarwelle – Denmark, WI

Doug Middleton – Blue Springs, MO

Todd Schultz – Williamston, MI

ISC ADMINISTRATOR / UMPIRE CATAGORY:

Dave Casso (Umpire) – Chandler, AZ

The inductions will be held at the ISC Mens World Fastball Tournament, August 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI

August, 16,2016  –  The International Softball Congress (ISC) is pleased to announce that the 72nd Annual ISC Mens Fastball World Tournament will be held in Kitchener, ON.

The ISC World Tournament will be returning to the Peter Hallman Ball Park for the 5th time in the span of 16 years.

Congratulations to the Kitchener Fastball Promotions, the ISC looks forward to returning to Canada  for the 9th time.

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.

June 28, 2016 – For Immediate Release

St. John’s, NL – The ISC Network will bring fastball fans around the world coverage of selected games from the Rumble on the Rock from Lions Park in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Featuring the #1 Hill United Chiefs and #2 Toronto Gators, along with three very competitive local squads in NTV Hitmen, The Bigs and Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs, The Rock Invitational is a qualifier for the 2017 ISC World Tournament. This marks the first time that St. John’s has hosted an ISC event.

Join Kris Abbott and Blair Setford along with special guests for coverage starting Thursday June 30 at 6:15 pm with Hill United vs The Bigs, followed by the Toronto Gators taking on Kelly’s Pub at 8:45 pm. In between games, we’ll carry a recognition ceremony for ISC Hall of Famer Colin Abbott, the only Newfoundlander in the Hall. Colin was inducted last August.

On Saturday July 2, the 1 vs 4 semi-final starts at 3 pm, followed by the 2 vs 3 semi-final at 5 pm with the Championship game at 7:30 pm.

Note that all times are Newfoundland time, which is 1 hour & 30 minutes ahead of the Eastern time zone. Please adjust for your local time zone.

To watch the games, go to http://www.meridix.com/schedule.php?liveid=iscfastpitch

Additional games will be streamed by the Hill United Chiefs through their ustream.tv channel hillustream. Pending availability, some games on Friday July 1 may also be added to the ISC Network schedule.

Both the Chiefs and the Gators have strong connections to St. John’s and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. From the Chiefs, field manager John Hill, Steve Mullaley, Brad Ezekiel and Jason Hill all hail from the province, while locals Sean Cleary, Ryan Boland, Shane Boland and Jeremy O’Reilly all play for the Gators.

For additional information, please contact:

Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [@] gmail.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.

2016.guide-s
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.

2016 Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament – June 24-26 – St Clements Ball Park – St Clements ON.

The Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament Committee is pleased to announce the teams that will be competing in the 2016 tournament.

But first some background. Last summer we didn’t host the tournament at Peter Hallman Ball Yard. The ISF and PanAm games created some scheduling issues for all tournament operators.

This summer we had to move our date, but there was no date that would suit both the City of Kitchener and our needs and the needs of the ISC teams that wished to qualify for the 2017 ISCs in Quad Cities.

It looked grim for a period but we came up with a solution that suits everyone….we hope. We moved the date to the 24th-25th-26th of June and we moved the venue to St Clements ball park; ten minutes north of Waterloo.

Last year when JIm Hallman decided to withdraw from competing at the highest level of ISC Competition he made a personal and financial decision to support grass roots fastpitch softball in the Kitchener Waterloo area. That included being a supporter of a major men’s tournament here in the Waterloo Region and helping us with organizing what we hope will be one of the best fastpitch tournaments in Ontario this year.

The Hallman Family will support the Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament both as a sponsor and as a committee member.  JIm and Sue are on the food and beverage committee for the St. Clements tournament this June.

The Hallman family will also support KW Minor softball with uniforms for several teams. The Hallman Twins name will continue at a youth level. Jim has taken a position with Kitchener Fastball Promotions as well, serving as treasurer. KFP has been the parent body for many national and international tournaments and will continue to seek and support fastpitch softball. KFP members are having meetings and planning a great weekend of fastpitch softball for the June 24 25 26th weekend here in the Waterloo Region

The tournament committee has ten teams in the open division including the top ranked Toronto Gators, NY Gremlins, Scarborough Force, and the 2015 ISC Champion Hill United. The Kitchener Hallman Cubs are the host club. They eliminated the Hallman Twins from the ISC championship in South Bend last summer.

Local teams include the Elmira Expos, who eliminated the Force from last years ISC tournament in South Bend. The Shakespeare Falcons, the Wiarton Nationals, (the 2015 ISC II champion) and the Toronto Batmen round out the Ontario entries. The North East Drillers from Pennsylvania complete the roster of ten teams.

A four team U21 (Junior) tournament will be held on the 3rd St Clements diamond. Teams from Tavistock, New Hamburg, Stratford and Owen Sound will compete over the weekend for the U21 title.

A list of local hotels is attached. The Heidelberg Hotel is the least expensive, and closest to the diamonds. There are two hotels located at the famous St Jacobs Market, the Marriott and the Hilton. They are a short ten minutes from the park. In Waterloo the Wilfrid Laurier Hotel, where you can book a suite of 5 bedrooms for $160 a night. That is a 15 to 20 minute drive to the park and in Kitchener we have the Radisson at Fairway Road which is offering a good rate, but a longer drive to St Clements.

Teams, players, fans, and family will be happily welcomed at any of these hotels.

The tournament is in support of “Smart Start to Reading…”

More information will be available on our Facebook page   facebook.com/kitchenerfastpitch

See you at the ball yard!!!

Dennis Dosman

Committee Chair

Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament.

dennisdosman@rogers.com

ISC UMIRES

ISC Umpire-In-Chief Bruce Bierman, recently inducted into the Softball Canda Hall-of-Fame,  reminds all ISC Teams & Players that the ISC continues to use the International Softball Federation (ISF) certified bat list. See the list at isfsoftball.

Check out the Archive of “Fastpitch Videos” collected from YouTube.  Dating back to 1990, some of these videos are sure to bring back some pleasant memories and an occasion poignant thought.  The videos are available at

FP YOUTUBE

 

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.

May 2-8, 2016 is Mental Health Week in Canada. This serious, life-altering condition affects one in five Canadians and far too often, people suffer in silence, unwilling to ask for help because of the stigma around mental health problems. 

The Ballpark Broadcasting/ISC Network team is producing a public service video this summer to support good mental health initiatives. 

We need your help.

When your team is together at the park, use your phone or an iPad to take a video of your team saying: TRUST YOUR TEAMMATES!

Email the clip to Blair Setford and your team will be included in the PSA video to be debuted during the ISC World Tournament in August.

Our game of fastball is a team game. We need to encourage any teammates who may be suffering in silence to trust that asking for help means wanting to make positive changes. To take steps towards new mental health goals.

Getting help is part of recovery.

We look forward to seeing contributions from across North America and hopefully from around the world!

Blair Setford

blairjs@gmail.com

Lance Winn

lwinn@sympatico.ca

Kyle Smith

kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com

Joe Todd

ftode739@rogers.com

Jim Flanagan

jim@ballparkbroadcasting.com

May 3, 2016  –  For the fifth consecutive season, ISC Canada East will host an U21 Championship Tournament as part of its qualifier weekend June 17-19, in Innerkip.

We require an even number of teams for ease of scheduling a round robin and playoff format and will operate with 4, 6 or 8 teams.

Entry fee is $ 450 per team and each team will be guaranteed three games.

Our preferred payment method  for entry fees is via Interac email money transfer to blairjs@gmail.com.   Interac E-mail 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.

Deadline for entry is Monday May 23.

This tournament would be run simultaneously with the ISC Canada East Qualifier at Innerkip Sports Park, one of the finest fastball complexes in Southwestern Ontario.

For additional information, please contact:

Joe Todd

ftode39@rogers.com

Kyle Smith

kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com

Blair Setford

blairjs@gmail.com          

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 !

 

 

 

 

The May 15 deadline to enter the 2016 ISC Canada East Qualifier in Innerkip is fast approaching. The tournament is scheduled for June 17-19, 2016 and will include an U21 division as well as the men’s division.
 
We remind teams that their invite berths are conditional on their playing in the June qualifier and at other ISC-affiliated events in both June and July 2016.
 
The winning team will get a paid entry fee plus travel money for 2016 ISC World Tournament, which is being held in Moline, Illinois August 13-20.
 
Entry fee for the double knockout tournament, which will have a single championship game, is $450. Our preferred payment method for entry fees is via Interac email money 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.
 
We encourage teams to book at one of the two Choice Hotels properties in Woodstock 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.
 
Tournament details are as follows
 
June 17-19, 2016
ISC Canada East June Qualifier
Location: Innerkip, Ontario
Berths:  teams are required to play as a condition of their invite berth; winner receives a paid entry fee to ISC WT + travel money
Format:  Double knockout with Single Championship game
Entry Fee: $450
Deadline: May 15, 2016
UIC: Bruce Bierman
 
Please contact any of the following for more information. We look forward to seeing everyone in Innerkip 
 
Blair Setford: blairjs@gmail.com

April 14, 2016 –  Findlay, OH – More great news for the ISC 50+ Legends Division as the National Storm Legends joins a burgeoning list of teams that will compete in the 2016 Legends Championship this August in Quad Cities, IA-IL.

Led by Mark Garrison and based out of Brockwood, Alabama, with sponsorship through Mark and wife Jill’s construction company National Storm Contracting LLC, the Storm will include fastball players from central Alabama and the Florida Gulf Coast area.  

“It’s fantastic to see a new team come out of the southeast region,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher, noting that the last teams from the southeast were Memphis Posse in ISC II in the mid-2000s and, before that, the two-time ISC Champion Tampa Bay Smokers in the late 1990s.

The 50+ Legends division continues to grow by leaps and bounds as Toronto Barracks announced their planned entry just last week. There were a record 12 Legends teams in 2015 and we look to be on track to top that number when the ISC World Tournament and the ISC 50+ Legends Championship is contest at the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL from August 13-20.

For more information, please contact:

Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, Ohio
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
Ingersoll, Ontario

 

April 11, 2016  –  Findlay, OH  –  Recognizing the ongoing disparity in the currency exchange between U.S. and Canadian dollars, the ISC is announcing that the entry fee for the 2016 ISC World Tournament and ISC 50+ Legends Championship is being set at $350 USD for Canadian teams.
 
“In order to ensure that all of the top men’s fastball teams from across North America continue to make the ISC World Tournament their choice, we’re essentially taking the currency conversion out of the entry fee,” said ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher, noting that at current exchange rates, the entry fee in Canadian dollars is approximately $450, the same as it is for U.S. teams in American dollars.
 
“We hope that this incentive will be attractive for all of our friends north of the border and we look forward to seeing all of you at the Green Valley Complex in Quad Cities in August,” said Fisher.
 
Teams that have already qualified for or have been invited to the 2016 ISC World Tournament can pay their entry fee online through the convenience and security of PayPal on the ISC website at http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/. Canadian teams and U21 teams must contact Larry Fisher for an invoice number prior to their transaction. U.S. teams can pay directly via the drop down menu.
 
All ISC fees for out-of-region players are still payable in U.S. dollars and can also be paid via PayPal and all teams will need to contact Larry Fisher to confirm their amount owing and the receive an invoice number.
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, Ohio
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
Ingersoll, Ontario

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

March 30, 2016 Mississauga, ON – With March coming to an end, fastball season is right around the corner in most of North America and now is the time to pre-order your 2016 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

Featuring ISC MVP Nick Shailes, of the Hill United Chiefs, in full flight on the cover, the 2016 ISC Guide has over 120 color photos along with 156 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship from the Belleville Sports Complex in South Bend, IN.

You can now order and pay for the 2016 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 2016 ISC Guide will also be available 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 Worth Sports, for enabling us to bring you the 2016 ISC World Championship Guide.

For additional information, please contact

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations/Guide Editor

blairjs [@] gmail.com

or

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com