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.
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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.
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
ISC VP Operations/Guide Editor
blairjs [@] gmail.com
ISC Executive Director
iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com
March 26, 2016 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will showcase an U21 Championship as part of the ISC World Tournament being held in Quad Cities, IA-IL in August.
Running over the final three days of the 2016 ISC World Tournament at the Green Valley Softball Complex in Moline, Illinois from Thursday August 18 to Saturday August 20, the games will feature the stars of tomorrow with all players being made up of players born in or after 1995.
“The ISC continues to support youth fastball and we look forward to an exciting event,” said ISC World Tournament Vice President Craig Donaldson.
The deadline for teams to confirm their participation with payment of the $250 USD entry fee is July 1, 2016. We require a minimum of four teams for the event to proceed.
As an additional incentive for U21 teams, the ISC will provide teams a $150 rebate upon successful completion of the tournament, effectively making the entry fee an attractive $100.
The rebate is courtesy of the Carroll Forbes Foundation, as part of its mandate to help grow the game through youth fastball programs.
For additional information and to enter a team, please contact:
ISC World Tournament VP
ISC VP Communications
March 8, 2016 – “The Lights Went Out in Georgia” – After failing to confirm a number of entries from some states, a number of adjustments in the team counts for these states were made. Hence “The Lights Went Out in Georgia”.
The “North America Un-Official Team Count” page has also been revised to reflect the number of teams – REPORTED – per state/province.
This project was started in November of 2015, in attempt to locate where and who was still playing men’s fastptich softball in North America. The guidelines were simply that the teams had to be playing “organized” men’s fastpitch, regardless of the level or whether or not the team was affiliated with any organization. With the help of a number of good “Men’s Fastpitch People” this list had grown from 193 teams in the USA to over 670 teams in the USA and over 590 in Canada.
The growth of this list could not have been possible and we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the people who submitted the information, those people are: Adam Brown, Bill Sherman, Blair Setford. Bob Otto, CB Barton, Chris Hopewell, Clint Dale, Craig Donaldson, David Lach, Darrin Kennedy, Dave Parker, Del Benson, Derek Mayson, Dirk McCall, Eric Lewis, Evan Taypotat, Frank Hendrick, Gary Baughman, Greg Adler, Gregg Leather, Jim Williamson, Jimmy Nevin, Joe Regan, Justin Zimmerman, Keith Erkenbrack, Keith Miller, Kelly Freed, Larry Eftink, Matt Miller, Matt Peterson, Mike Sunderland, Natalie Randall, Rick Holley, Ron Foster, Steve Black, Tom Crouch, Tony Dickson.
February 19, 2016 – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – ISC Canada East is pleased to return to Northern Ontario for a qualifier tournament June 3-5 in Sault Ste. Marie. Hosted by the Garden River TimberKings, the winner will receive $2000 in travel money plus a berth in the 2016 ISC World Tournament being held in Quad Cities, IA-IL.
The host committee is looking for a minimum of six teams from the North Shore League, the Island Leagues, Sudbury, North Bay and any other teams from Northern Ontario. Entry fee is $400.
Host committee chairman Robert Boissoneau can be reached at email@example.com for additional information. Rob Straetmans is the UiC and is looking for some additional ISC umps to work this event with him. Email Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
February 17, 2016 – Findlay, OH – ISC adds PayPal for payment convenience
The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce it has added a PayPal payment option for convenient and secure transactions.
PayPal can be securely linked to bank accounts, Visa Debit cards, and credit cards, providing everyone with the option to pay in the most convenient manner. No more emailing or phoning with credit card numbers or worrying about checks being lost in the mail.
Teams will be able to use PayPal for World Tournament entry fees and Out-of-Region (OOR) fees. Fans will be able to purchase the annual ISC World Championship Guide. The new drop-down menu at www.iscfastpitch.com/fees-and-guides will enable users to select their purchase option.
Teams paying their OOR fees through PayPal will be issued an invoice, and will be able to reference the numerical code on the invoice when making their payment.
“We’re recognize that we’re playing catch-up on digital commerce where the world has been transacting online for many years, but we’re happy to be able to offer the convenience and safety of an e-commerce leader such as PayPal,” said ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.
Stay tuned to the ISC website at http://www.iscfastpitch.com/ for more announcements on the 2016 season.
Febuary 13, 2016, Findlay, OH – ISC makes fastball recruitment video available for college baseball coaches.
The International Softball Congress is reaching out to high-school and college baseball coaches across the United States with a new recruiting video to entice new players into men’s fastball.
Featuring interviews with many of today’s fastball stars, including 2015 U.S. Player of the Year Matt Palazzo, this 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.
Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University, said he “immediately fell in love with the game, especially from a baseball background. It’s faster paced, low scoring and tougher to hit …and I just fell in love with it right from day one.” Palazzo, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team, plays for the New York Gremlins in ISC play.
Aimed at college seniors, the video commentary notes that men’s fastball 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.
“Some of the best friends I have in the world, I made in this game,” said Al Martin, now a co-sponsor of the A1 Bombers team, from Cambridge, MA that finished third at the 42-team ISC World Tournament in South Bend, IN in 2015.
Fellow A1 Bombers players Tyler Dudley, Josh Horton and Derrick Kennedy all talk about how they got into playing fastball as their college baseball careers were winding down and are grateful for the opportunity that they’ve been given, but also about the adjustments that have to made and the speed of the game.
“On a competitive level, it’s real equivalent (to college baseball) but it’s definitely a lot quicker,” said Horton, who played college baseball in New York.
Vern Shaut, manager of the New York Peligro Gremlins team, talks about the progression of players and teams from the modified game into major men’s fastball, and notes that there are teams and leagues available for players in New York City.
Nick Mullins, who played baseball at the University of Pittsburgh, and plays for the New York Gremlins as well as Team USA, said it’s the challenge that drew him to the game, a comment that was echoed by teammate Pat Sagdal, from Washington. “Once I found out about fastball for men, I got involved. I played a little slow-pitch, but once I got a taste of fastpitch, I was gone. Come out and try it – I think you’ll fall in love with the game.”
“We’re 100% confident that baseball players will be eternally thankful to their coaches who turn them on to our great game,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. “We think this this is a fertile ground for player recruitment and in combination with the pitcher development efforts that we are also supporting, there is a significant opportunity for us to get new players playing men’s fastball.”
“By our unofficial count, there’s more than 1200 men’s fastball teams across North America, so there’s an opportunity out there for those that want to play.”
For more information on the ISC and men’s fastball, see the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
January 16, 2016, Findlay, OH – Have you seen what’s NEW on the ISC website?
Since the conclusion of the 2015 ISC World Tournament in August, we’ve been spending a lot of time on the new ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com, adding many features includes, archives, video highlights and new video promotions.
- A new highlight video from the ISC You Tube channel featuring clips from the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend as well as great footage from the ISC II and Legends championship games.
- In the Archives, on the Highlights Tab, there’s an armada of information from all 69 previous ISC World Tournaments, as well as from the ISC II division and the ever-growing Legends division.
- If you like stats, stay on the Highlights Tab in the Archives and have a look at the compilation of ISC stats prepared by ISC Statistician and 2015 Hall of Famer Gary Baughman.
- Also in the Archives on the Highlights Tab, at the very bottom of the page, is an unofficial count of men’s fastball teams for each state and province in North America. If you don’t see your team or league listed, please let us know the details and we will update this page periodically.
All of this is in addition to links to news items, video highlights, full game broadcasts, all of the Pointstreak game summaries and stats compilations from the 2015 ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship and the Legends 50+ Championship.
Lastly, we’re featuring some great photos on the home page from previous ISC World Tournaments as well us upcoming events in Quad Cities this year and Grand Rapids next year.
We hope you enjoy visiting the ISC website. Check in regularly as we will be posting more and more items in the days and weeks to come.
ISC VP Communications
December 19, 2015 Findlay, OH – 2016 ISC Canada East Qualifier returns to Innerkip, Ontario
Innerkip, Ontario – ISC Canada East is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual June ISC World Tournament Qualifier will be staged in Innerkip during the weekend of June 17-19, 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 12-20.
With invites already having been provided to many teams for the 2016 ISC World Tournament, due to the accommodation shortage in Quad Cities next summer, we remind teams that invite berths are conditional on their playing in the June ISC Canada East qualifier and at other ISC-affiliated events in both June and July 2016.
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 email@example.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 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 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 and we look forward to seeing everyone in Innerkip next June
Blair Setford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Todd: email@example.com
Kyle Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 18, 2015 Findlay, OH – The Toronto Gator Legends are pleased to announce their 2016 roster and have set their sights on winning an illusive ISC Legends World Championship in Quad Cities, next August. The Gators have advanced to the finals in each of the past two seasons but lost a heart breaking extra innings game to Cobourg Force in 2014 and ran out of gas with injuries in 2015, losing to rival Durham Bulls. Owner Jack Fireman does not like to lose and after a number of his veterans decided to retire has revamped a lineup he is confident can get him back on top. read more…