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.