In the long and storied history of the International Softball Congress, and it’s forerunners, the National Softball Congress and the International Softball League, the common denominator is a World Tournament Champion crowned at the end of the top men’s fastpitch tournament in the game.
Take a trip down memory lane to see the 1952 ISL Champion Hoak Packers, Fresno, CA and the 1953 ISL Champion Nitehaks, Long Beach, CA.
Page 42 – ISC HALL OF FAME RULES:
A motion was approved that voting shall be based upon the Person’s; Record, Playing Ability, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Character and Contributions to the ISC Organization.
Page 143 – PLAYING RULES:
A motion was approved that an exception be made that says that the “trapper glove” can only be used by first basemen and catcher.
Page 144 – FOREIGN SUBSTANCE RULE:
A motion was approved that when a ball gets too dirty the Umpire can throw out the ball at his discretion with no penalty to the pitcher.
Page 145 – ALL WORLD TEAMS:
Beginning in 2019 Twelve (12) players shall be named to the 1st & 2nd ISC All World Teams: three (3) pitchers, one (1) catchers, four (4) infielders, three (3) outfielders, and one (1) designated hitter.
Page 146 – OUT OF REGION PLAYERS:
A motion was approved that All ISC teams who have four (4) or more approved Out-of-Region players must have their Out-of-Region players play in at least one approved ISC qualifying event or on an invitational tournament in both June and July with their current years team to be eligible for the current years ISC World Tournament. Exceptions to the preceding for rostered national team players and rostered junior national team players may be requested through the appropriate national Vice President.
Each team with four (4) or more approved Out-of-Region players will be allowed one (1) exception to the requirement that Out-of-Region players must play in an approved ISC qualifying event or on an invitational tournament in both June and July. That exception must be declared and marked on the ISC Roster by June 15 and resubmitted to the Executive Director. This exception is subject to PRAWN rules and Out-of-Region form, June 15th deadline and fees.”
Aug 14, 2018 – Kitchener, Ontario
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.”
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.
November 20, 2015
Findlay, OH – At its annual general meeting in 2015 and in subsequent discussion, the International Softball Congress has approved the following rules changes effective for the 2016 season.
• A team may apply for an exception to the one (1) PRAWN pitcher limit provided the second PRAWN pitcher is declared ineligible in all circumstances to pitch in the ISC World Tournament, including any hardship appeal.
• All bats will be screened for eligibility and tested for tampering or other physical changes prior to each team’s first game in the ISC World Tournament. Any bat that is not submitted for testing or does not pass will not be available for use during ISC championship play.
• For 2016 only, all junior men’s national team members (players and coaches) competing in the 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s championship are exempt from the ISC out-of-region player requirements to play with their ISC teams in June and July, but are still subject to all applicable fees.
Please also note that the ISC has rescinded the rule permitting teams to add out-of-region players between May 16 and June 15 for a $500 fee. The ISC will continue to assess requests for exceptions to the May 15 OOR deadline on a case-by-case basis.
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