Grand Rapids, Mi.  –  Tuesday August 15, 2017  –  International Softball Congress Board of Directors have announced that the 2019 ISC World Tournament has been awarded to Denmark, WI.

Tournament dates are August 10 – 18, 2019
  

Grand Rapids, MI –  Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The International Softball Congress announces on today’s date that the ISC Board of Directors has elected the following 6 individuals to be inducted into the 2018 ISC Hall of Fame, the inductions will be held during the World Tournament at Kitchener, ON.

PLAYER CATEGORY

ROB GRAY – VAUGHAN, ON

SEAN O’BRIEN – BROCKVILLE, ON

PAUL ROSEBUSH – BAKERSFIELD, CA

ADMINISTRATOR AND UMPIRE CATEGORY 

BRUCE BIERMAN (UMPIRE) – AYR, ON

FERDI NELISSEN (ADMIN.) – PORTAGE LA PRARIE, MANITOBA

BOB WELBY MEMORIAL-RECOGNITION OF SERVICE CATEGORY

JIM HALLMAN – KITCHENER, ON

Robert Gray, Chairman, ISC Hall of Fame Committee

 

August 2, 2017   –  The International Softball Congress announces the schedule for the 2017 ISC U21 Tournament.  This years five team tournament will be made up with teams from; Alvinston Jr Indians, Chippewa Warriors, New Hamburg Mustangs, Port Perry Bulls and Richville, MI.

Complete schedule is available in the World Tournament ‘drop-down” menu

ISC HoF “Class of 2017” Induction –  Ticket Order Form

Induction Breakfast Event – Sunday August 13, 2017

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI

7:30 am – doors open;     8:00 am – Breakfast;     9:30 – Program/Inductions

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ISC HALL OF FAME – IMPRESSIVE CLASS OF 2017

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 five impeccable nominees (four players and one umpire) for induction into the ISC Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017.

INDUCTION 2017 –      The ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 induction continues the tradition of casting a spotlight on outstanding individuals who have participated in or contributed to the International Softball Congress. The five 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 13, 2017 at 8 am (doors open at 7:30 am) as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament hosted in Grand Rapids MI.

PLAYERS 

Chris DeLarwelle – Denmark WI – Born August 13, 1967

    From his first steps in Forestville WI in the 1970s, Chris was active and athletic. While playing as a three-sport athlete with the Eagles of Southern Door High School in Brussels WI, baseball was his focus. He played at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where as a member of the Titans from 1987-90 he earned the 1990 Division III Player of the Year honors and was a two-time (1989-90) 1st Team NCAA Division III All-American. With his obvious elite baseball skills, Chris spent three years as a member of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins minor league system.

    Having never played fast-pitch, in 1993 Chris joined the Denmark WI Dukes where he enjoyed four seasons. In 1997 Rod Peterson recruited Chris for the established Madison WI Farm Tavern team where he shared in winning ISC titles in 1997 and 1999, book-ended around a 2nd place finish in ’98.  With Farm Tavern, Chris earned an All World 1st Team designation in 1998, sandwiched between 2nd team laurels in 1997 and 1999. 

    In 2002, Chris joined his good friend Darren Derricks and the Denmark WI Circle Tap squad, with the team making top four finishes back-to-back in 2003-04. Chris again earned ISC All-World 1st team accolades in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Following a brief retirement, Chris returned to Circle Tap as a veteran contributor in the ISC tournaments in 2012 and 2013.

Chris’ distinguished ISC career spanned 21 seasons during which he claimed a spot with the national Team USA from 1999 to 2009 winning a Pan Am silver medal in 1999 and an ISF bronze medal in 2000.

Keith Mackintosh – Saskatoon SK – March 26, 1968

    Keith Mackintosh, born in Melfort SK, grew up in nearby Star City and played his entire minor league career under the tutelage of coach Doug Holoien whose son Dean is also an ISC Hall of Famer. Keith, with his younger brother Pat, and Dean Holoien won national midget and junior championships with the Melfort SK 222’s. Keith graduated to senior ranks with Camrose AB Merchants for five seasons, prior to suiting up with Victoria BC Legends in the NorWest league and being introduced to the annual ISC World Tournament.

    In 1997, Victoria hosted the ISC event which was a highlight of Keith’s career- playing for the home team in a world tourney. Victoria made it to the Championship game before succumbing to perennial contender Madison WI Farm Tavern. Following stints with Owen Sound ON, Can-Am Windmillers and Calgary AB Diamonds, Keith enjoyed a memorable two seasons with the storied Farm Tavern in 2005-06.

    After years of travel, Keith returned home to play in Saskatoon SK for the Kuryluk family-sponsored Aspen Interiors. 2008 was a  “dream season” when Aspen won every tournament it entered… except for the ISC losing to Kitchener in Kimberly WI in one of the most memorable ISC championship tilts ever played. Following the 2009 season which featured a 3rd place finish with Aspen in Quad Cities, Keith hung up the playing spikes.

    In a stellar 17 year career spanning 1991-2008, Keith was an ISC All-World selection five times – including 1st team with Victoria (1997) and Madison (2006) and 2nd team in Camrose (1991); Madison (2005) and Aspen (2008). While the ISC Championship has eluded him, Keith was a bridesmaid on three occasions with Victoria (1997), The Farm (2005) and Aspen (2008).

Internationally, Keith donned Team Canada Red/White from 1998-2009 capturing a Pan Am gold medal in 2003 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic and an ISF bronze medal in 2009 in his hometown Saskatoon SK.

 Doug Middleton – Blue Springs MO – September 18, 1962

    Doug Middleton grew up in Springfield MO and as a natural athlete enjoyed a multitude of sports. He started playing softball at age 10, where he learned the game from his father Chuck Middleton who coached Doug and his team-mates to four national championships in youth ball.

    Doug entered ISC competition in 1984 and his entire career evolved around teams in the Missouri – Kansas area. A memorable 1988 ISC tournament, when Doug’s team – Harold’s Supermarkets of Lexington MO – was perfect in their first five games, clawing its way to the Championship final. En route, Doug hurled five consecutive wins, including shutouts over Nava Brothers, Hayward CA; Sioux City IA Penn Corp; Nothdurft Tool, Detroit MI and Owen Sound Canadian Tire (Brad Underwood) and a 2-1 win over Peter Finn and the Midland MI Explorers.     Doug recalls his team having only 9 guys remaining for the championship game and Sioux City IA Penn Corp showed its prowess sweeping Lexington in the two game Sunday format.

     During his quarter century career, Doug was named ISC All-World four times – three times on the first team with Harold’s Supermarkets, Lexington MO (1988); Topeka Travelers, Topeka KS (1995) and Meierhoffer, St. Joseph MO (2002). In 2002 in Kitchener ON Doug was named to the 2nd team with St. Joseph Frontier Casino when his team-mate and friend Michael White won the Outstanding Pitcher Award, as the pair combined to lead St. Joseph to a sterling 10-1 record and the ISC championship. Doug had four wins striking out 56 in 37 innings and posting a 0.72 ERA.

    Overall, Doug ranks 9th in ISC career wins (38) spanning the period 1986 – 2002. Possessing a quiet disposition and obvious humility, Doug was a leader by example on rosters that featured many outstanding players.

Todd Schultz – Williamston MI – Born May 1, 1964

    Todd Schultz launched his ISC career at the 1986 World Tournament in Sioux City IA with the Lansing MI Spartans. In the ensuing 23 years career, Todd displayed precision defense as a mid-infielder and was always a threat in the batter’s box.

    Todd’s combined skills resulted in four All-World Selections, most memorably as a first team honoree in 2003 with Marathon WI County Materials when he batted .400 in leading his team to an ISC 2nd place finish.

    Todd was a contributing member of County Materials’ back-to-back championships in 2005-06, being named to the 2nd All-World team in 2005. He also received All World 2nd team laurels in 1992 and 2009 with his home-state Midland MI Explorers and in 2010 with Chicago/NY Fastpitch of New York City, NY.

    Noted for his soft hands and near-perfect fielding, he utilized a variety of skills in the batter’s box to be a complete two-way player.  With 322 official ABs in ISC competition, Todd combined speed and savvy to carve an impressive .290 batting average, including 15 homers and 48 RBIs. In a memorable three-year stretch spanning 2003 to 2005, while batting in ninth position for County Materials, Todd socked an impressive seven home runs.

    Todd also suited up for Team USA which was a huge thrill playing in his home park in Midland MI against Team Canada in 1996 and hitting a double and collecting a RBI off legendary Canadian pitcher Darren Zack.

UMPIRE 

David Casso – Chandler AZ – May 30, 1948

    David Casso was born in Whittier CA and spent his youthful years in Southern California enjoying participation in an abundance of sports through high school as well as college. Academically, he graduated from Fresno State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in history and physical education.

    Sports became his passion and he dedicated a career to officiating – initially with high school football, basketball and baseball. In due course, David was arbitrating major college baseball in the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC 12). It was while living in California that David was encouraged to umpire fast-pitch softball. His first assignment was a match between six-time world champions Long Beach Nitehawks and the 1973 world champion Lakewood Jets. David loved the speed and athleticism of the sport – and he was hooked! In 1977 he umpired the ISC World Tournament in Phoenix AZ, a start to a nineteen year career as a fast-pitch umpire at the highest level.

    David diversified his career with work in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the International Hockey League (IHL). Recently David completed twenty seasons as an “off-ice” official in the National Hockey League (NHL), including some Stanley Cup games.

    David’s sports officiating has now eclipsed four decades and what he remembers the most are not the games…but the players – the outstanding athletes who competed who were not only tremendously skilled, but also quality individuals.

 

July 29, 2017 – Waterloo, ON  –  ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction Breakfast

 

On Sunday morning August 13, the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame will host its annual induction breakfast at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503  

The Class of 2017 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 1st time that the event will be hosted in Grand Rapids, MI.

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 2017 Championship, please visit the following websites:

ISC Fastpitch – www.iscfastpitch.com   Host Committee  – www.iscgr.com

All breakfast attendees are required to have a ticket, available as follows:

TICKET SALES

ON-LINE and RESERVED TABLES OF EIGHT

Tickets, $35 each, and/or reserved tables of eight (8) for $250, 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.

This year the Hotel has dictated that the final number attending be confirmed ten (10) days in advance, so I will require your request for a ticket(s) by Wednesday August 2nd or earlier.
 

 

 

 

August 24, 2017    Individual brackets for; World Tournament, ISC II and Legends can be found in the “World Tournament” Menu.

July 14, 2017 – The following list of teams will be participating in the 2017 ISC World Tournament, August 11th – 19th at the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford, MI.  Rockford is approximately 10 miles North of Grand Rapids, MI.

The Number ranked Hill United Chiefs will head a field that will include 13 teams making their 1st appearance in ISC World Tournament action.  This year’s field will include players from 9 different countries, including Team Marquez from Ensenada, Mexico.
 
1   A1 Power – Eaton Rapids, MI   (#5)
2   A’s – Reese, MI *
3   Ashland A’s – Ashland, OH *
4   Bloomington Stix – Bloomington, IL   (#8)
5   CanAm Twins –  Kitchener, ON   (#4)
6   Circle Tap Dukes –  Denmark, WI   (#6)
7   Dolan & Murphy –  Auroa, IL
8   Durham Diamondbacks – Durham, ON *
9   Elmira Expos – Elmira, ON
10 Farmersville Haymakers –  Ephrata, PA *
11 Frankenmuth Brewer – Frankenmuth, MI *
12 Glanworth Gators – Glanworth, ON *
13 Grand Prairie Pirates – Grande Prairie, AB *
14 Hill United Chiefs – Ohsweken, ON   (#1)
15 J&B Bombers – Agoura, CA   (#3)
16 Kegel Black Knights – Fargo, ND
17 Kingston Axemen – Kingston, ON
18 Kitchener Cubs – Kitchener, ON
19 New York Gremlins – Staten Island, NY   (#2)
20 Nith River Monsters – New Hamburg, ON *
21 Oetman Excavating – Moline, MI *
22 Ostrander Fastpitch – Ostrander, MN
23 Page Brake – Salt Lake City, UT
24 Pueblo Bandits – Pueblo, CO
25 Rice Lake Orangemen – Rice Lake, WI *
26 S&B Wranglers – Frankenmuth, MI *
27 Shakespeare Falcons – Shakespeare, ON
28 St. Paul’s Generals – St Pauls, ON *
29 Team Marquez – Ensenada, MX *
30 The Bar on the Avenue Buzz –  Appleton, WI
31 Tin Cup Bar – St Paul, MN
32 Topeka Toros – Topeka, KS
33 Toronto Batmen – Toronto, ON   (#7)
34 Twin City Gray Sox – St Joseph, MI
35 Waterdown Hammer – Waterdown, ON
36 Wiarton Nationals – Wiarton, ON
  * Indicates 1st appearance

 
July 10, 2017   Grand Rapids, MI  –   We look forward to hosting you in Grand Rapids, MI for the 2017 World Fastball Championship!  I wanted to let you know about a few things for the upcoming tournament.
 
 
1. The host hotel the Amway Grand Plaza is closing their discounted block on Friday, July 14th.  Please make your reservation before that date using the link here: https://aws.passkey.com/e/16078503
 
2. While you’re here our city is hosting Restaurant Week.  This means participating restaurants are offering 2 courses for lunch at $14.99 and 3 courses for dinner at $28.  If you’d like to learn more you can visit this website: https://www.experiencegr.com/restaurant-week/
It’s highly recommended that you get reservations for dinner as it fills up quickly.  We’d be happy to recommend some too!
 
3. Since you’ll be in Beer City USA, I wanted to let you know about our Brewsader opportunity.  You can get a free brewsader t-shirt by purchasing a pint at 8  of the 24 breweries in the area.  Just pick up a beer passport at any brewery and take it with you to collect your stamps throughout the week.
 
More information can be found at this website: www.2017iscgr.com
 
See you in about a month and safe travels!
Katy Tigchelaar
Director of Marketing & Events
616.608.1838
June 21, 2017  –  Mississauga, ON – Hill United Chiefs will spring into action this weekend at the Hallman Memorial Tournament in St. Clements as the top-ranked team. Joining them will be five other teams from the Top 12, making for a great test for all teams in the field.
 
Special congratulations to the Elmira Expos, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time on the heels of a solid third place finish at the Canada East qualifier. Newcomers to the Top 16 include Tin Cup, who won the Grafmeier tournament in Kimberly and Team Marquez, with a late roster submission.
 
The Top 16 is as follows (pre-season rankings in brackets):
 
1. (1) Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2. (2) Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3. (3) Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
4. (4) Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
5. (6) Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
6. (5) Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
7. (7) Toronto, ON Batmen
8. (9) Bloomington, IL Stix
9. (8) Kitchener, ON Cubs
10. (12) Elmira, ON Expos
11. (10) Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
12. (11) Kingston, ON Axemen
13. (NR) St. Paul, MN Tin Cup
14. (14) Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
15. (15) Ostrander, MN Norsemen
16. (NR) Ensenada, MX Team Marquez
 
Per a motion passed at the 2016 ISC Board of Directors meeting, only the Top 16 ranked teams will be published and will be used as the basis for seeding at the ISC World Tournament. Rankings are based on rosters and/or reported tournament results for 2017.
 
The 71st annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 12-19, 2017 at the Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [at] gmail.com
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
ftode739 [at] rogers.com

June 20, 2017 – Findlay, OH – For the second consecutive year, the ISC Executive Committee has approved an adjustment to the entry fee for the World Tournament and Legends 50+ for all Canadian teams, setting it at $350 USD.

At today’s currency exchange rates, Canadian teams will pay approximately $470 in Canadian dollars.

All other ISC fees, such as Out of Region player fees, remain unaffected and are payable in USD.

This same change was also made available last year, ensuring Canadian and U.S. teams pay essentially the same amount in their native currency.

Entry fees for the planned ISC U21 Championship tournament will be announced shortly.

For Canadian players and fans, it is also recommended to purchase out of country health insurance in advance to cover any unforeseen incidents that might occur on your visit to the United States.

The 71st ISC World Tournament will be held August 11-19, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Art Van Sports Complex. 

 

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 
 
The 2017 ISC Canada East qualifier tournament will be held June 16-18 in Innerkip, Ontario on the three-diamond complex at the Innerkip Sports Park – see https://goo.gl/maps/zJPo6Ca1p5p. The winning team will receive a paid berth and travel money for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Opening round games are as follows:   WINNERS BRACKET                  LOSER BRACKET
Gm 1 D1 Fri 7 pm Shakespeare Falcons vs Kitchener Bell Cartage Outlaws
Gm 2 D2 Fri 7 pm Waterdown FirstOntario Hammer vs St. Paul’s Generals
Gm 3 D1 Fri 9 pm Elmira Expos vs Wyevale Tribe
Gm 5 D2 Fri 9 pm Nith River Monsters vs Durham Diamondbacks
Gm 4 D1 Sat 830 am Kingston Axemen vs Da Hoggs
Gm 6 D2 Sat 830 am Wiarton Nationals vs Glanworth Gators
Gm 7 D2 Sat 1030 am Kitchener Hallman Cubs vs winner Gm 1
Gm 10 D2 Sat 1230 pm Toronto Batmen vs winner Gm 6
 
Games continue all day Saturday and resume Sunday at 8:30 am with the championship game scheduled for 4:30 pm Sunday. See the attached schedules.
 
The six-team Armitage Technology ISC Canada East U21 Championship starts Saturday morning.     U21 SCHEDULE
Sat 830a New Hamburg Mustangs vs Tavistock Athletics
Sat 1030a Port Perry Bulls vs Owen Sound Selects
Sat 1230p Alvinston Aces vs Tavistock Athletics
Sat 230p Wellesley Wildcats vs Owen Sound Selects
Sat 430p New Hamburg Mustangs vs Alvinston Aces
Sat 630p Port Perry Bulls vs Wellesley Wildcats  
 
Quarter final cross-overs between the second and third-place teams in each pool will be played on Sunday morning starting at 8:30 am with the semi-finals at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and the championship scheduled for 4:30 pm. Like the ISC Qualifier, the winning U21 team will receive a paid berth and travel money for the 2017 ISC U21 Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Blair Setford – blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd – ftode739@rogers.com

Kelowna, BC – The scorekeepers at the Kelowna May Days tournament this past weekend did a great job compiling statistics for ISC World Tournament VP Craig Donaldson.

Full stats are available and you will note that a lot of world-class players journeyed to Kelowna this past weekend.     KELOWNA DAYS STATS   

South Hill Giants defeated Sooke Loggers 5-2 in the championship game late on Sunday afternoon, while  Grande Prairie Pirates (formerly Lloydminister Dodgers) earned a berth to the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI as the highest-finishing team with a complete ISC Roster.

We congratulate Craig and his Kelowna team of volunteers! “All for the Love of the Game”.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

ftode739@rogers.com

 

May 24, 2017  –  Mississauga, ON – Hill United Chiefs will open the 2017 fastball season just as they have the previous three seasons, as the #1 ranked team. The Chiefs are looking to regain the ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping the title last year.
 
With significant turnover among teams in the off-season, the rankings have a different flavour than in past years. New teams CanAm Twins and A1 Power will be contenders and squads such as Kitchener Hallman Cubs and Toronto Batmen are breaking into the Top 10 with some prominent roster additions.
 
The top 16 is as follows:
 
1. Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2. Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3. Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
4. Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
5. Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
6. Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
7. Toronto, ON Batmen
8. Kitchener, ON Cubs
9. Bloomington, IL Stix
10. Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
11. Kingston, ON Axemen
12. Elmira, ON Expos
13. Oswego, NY CPI
14. Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
15. Ostrander, MN Norsemen
16. New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters
 
Per a motion passed at the 2016 ISC Board of Directors meeting, only the Top 16 ranked teams will be published and will be used as the basis for seeding at the ISC World Tournament.
 
The 71st annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 12-19, 2017 at the Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [at] gmail.com
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
ftode739 [at] rogers.com
May 18, 2017  –  The ISC Canada East qualifier has been a mainstay on the Ontario tournament circuit since the early 1970s, when the Ontario Fastball League was affiliated with the ISC. Winners over the years include Oshawa Tony’s, Grimsby Peach Kings, Agincourt Rawlings, Toronto Gators and Owen Sound Tiremen among others. In the 2000s, teams that have won the qualifier multiple times include the Gators, Scarborough Force, Kitchener Cubs, Waterdown Hammer and Ottawa Team Easton Thunder.
 
For the last five years, the Canada East qualifier has grown to include a U21 Championship. Winners include Wiarton Red Devils, Stratford Cubs, Alvinston Junior Indians and New Hamburg Mustangs, all of whom have gone on to success at the ISC U21 Championship held at the annual ISC World Tournament.
 
For 2017, we will have a strong field of 14 men’s teams and 6 U21 teams. By the time we finish, some time around 7 pm on Sunday evening, we’ll have completed 37 games. As always, we will send a strong contingent of Canada East teams to the ISC World Tournament, where teams from our region have now won the past nine ISC World Championships. We are also pleased to have ISC Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman as the UiC for our tournaments and ISC Statistician Gary Baughman providing full stats packages.
 
Schedules will be available shortly.
 
Date:  June 16-18, 2017
Location:  Innerkip, ON Sports Park
Berths:  4 for Canada East teams (winner receives paid berth + travel money) + additional invites as available; U21 winner receives paid berth + travel money + additional invites for all U21 teams
Entry Fee:  $450 Cdn
Format:  Double knockout with single championship game for ISC; Pool play with crossover for U21
Contact:  Blair Setford blairjs@gmail.com
UIC:  Bruce Bierman bierhawk@xplornet.com 
ISC Rep:  Joe Todd ftode739@rogers.com, Kyle Smith kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com 
 
ISC Entrants:
1. Durham Diamondbacks
2. Elmira Expos
3. Glanworth Gators
4. Kingston Axemen
5. Kitchener Hallman Cubs
6. Kitchener Bell Cartage Outlaws
7. Nith River Monsters
8. Ohsweken Da Hoggs
9. Shakespeare Falcons
10. St. Paul’s Generals
11.Toronto Batmen
12.Waterdown Hammer
13.Wiarton Nationals
14.Wyevale Tribe
 
U21 Entrants
1. Alvinston Aces
2. New Hamburg Mustangs
3. Owen Sound Selects
4. Port Perry Bulls
5. Tavistock Athletics
6. Wellesley Wildcats
 
Blair Setford, Joe Todd, Kyle Smith
ISC Canada East

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1   Rick Boyd – Oro Medonte, ON

2.  Glenn Brown – Oak Harbor, WA

3.  Lou Davis – Truro, NS

4.  Robert Durand – Osceda, WI

5.  Steve Gallagher – Cobourg, ON

6.  Roger Griffith – Goshen, IN

7.  Jon Hand – Maple Park, IL

8.  Jay Hart – Dunnville, ON

9.  Steve Jannke – Caledonia, MI

10  Gary Johnson – Eau Claire, WI

11. Serge Laflamme – Levis, QC

12. Chris Lamer – Belleville, ON

13.  Mathieu Leclerc – Donnacona, QC

14.  Fred Malatches – Cambridge, ON

15.  LeWayne Rogers – Altoona, IA

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

17.  Paul Squires – Goldsboro, NC

18.  Trevor Topping – Kitchener, ON

19.  Justin Van Horn – Chatham, ON

20.  Kevin Wallace – Shipman, IL

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

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

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

ftode739@rogers.com

Bruce Bierman

ISC Umpire in Chief

bierhawk@xplornet.com

 

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

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

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

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

You can now order and pay for a hard copy of the 2017 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/ and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.

We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and FirstOntario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

For additional information, please contact

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor

blairjs@gmail.com

or 

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

iscfastpitch@gmail.com 

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

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

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

1-     Brad Pender  –  Canada East

2-     Chris Diethert  –  US Central

3-     Eric Fogel  –  US East

4-     Jon Gwizdala –  US East

5-     Justin Schofield  –  Atlantic Canada

6-     Kris Walushka  –  Canada West

7-     Matt McLaren  –  Canada East

8-     Nick Santos  –  US West

9-     Scott Galenza  –  Canada West

10 – Tyler Dudley  –  US East

11-  Sisco Sabate  –  International

12-  Zennon Winters  –  International

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

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

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 

 

March 29, 2017 –Mississauga, ON – Celebrate the arrival of spring and the imminent return of the North American fastball season by pre-ordering your 2017 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

Complete with a striking cover that features ISC MVP Brad Rona and Most Outstanding Pitcher Sean Cleary, of the Toronto Gators, along with the Gators’ Shane Boland and his World Tournament clinching walk-off home run, the 2017 ISC Guide has over 130 color photos along with 140 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, ISC Legends 50+ Championship and the ISC U21 Championship from the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.

You can now order and pay for the 2017 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/  and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.

The 2017 ISC Guide will also be available in the near future in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com

We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and FirstOntario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

For additional information, please contact

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor

blairjs [@] gmail.com

or 

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com

 

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

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 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.

Tuesday July 19, 2016 ISC Network

This year’s  tournament brackets/schedules have now been released, just click on any of the ISC Shields on the home page at www.iscfastpitch.com  and all four brackets/schedules are available for your viewing.

Good Luck and Good Sportsmanship to all 52 teams participating  and see you all in Moline, IL for  the  70TH  Anniversary  of  ISC World Mens Fastpitch Championship Tournament.

 

Joe Todd

ISC V-P Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

ISC UMIRESJune 23, 2016 Ayr, ON – Congratulations are extended to the 20 individuals that have been chosen to be wear the ISC Umpire colours and maintain the integrity of the rule book this August at the Greenvalley Sports Complex in Moline, Illinois for the 2016 ISC World Tournament.

Each year, umpires have to apply in the fall of the preceding year and then the task of scrutinizing and evaluating the many applicants falls upon the shoulders of ISC Umpire-In-Chief Bruce Bierman, Deputy UiC Lou Davis and Les Novak.

As each team strives to be a part of the ISC World Tournament, so does the complement of the Blue Crew. The ISC congratulates each of you on your appointment.

1 Brandon Bluhm – Chehalis, WA

2 Glenn Brown – Oak Harbour, WA

3 Lou Davis – Truro, NS

4 Tony Dickson – Moonstone, ON

5 Robert Durand – Osceda, WI

6 Steve Gallagher – Cobourg, ON

7 Roger Griffith – Goshen, IN

8 Jon Hand – Maple Park, IL

9 Steve Jahnke – Caledonia MI

10 Charlie Johnson – Hitterdal MN

11 Chris Lamer – Belleville, ON

12 Fred Malatches – Cambridge, ON

13 Mike Morrissey – Peterborough, ON

14 Ed Oliver – Batavia, IA

15 Ed Otterman – Brantford, ON

16 LaWayne Rogers – Altoona, Iowa

17 Paul Squires – Goldsboro, NC

18 Trevor Topping – Kitchener, ON

19 Kevin Wallace – Shipman, IL

20 Rick Wysynsk -i Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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