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

 

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