June 19, 2016 – St Clements, ON. The tournament program for the 2016 Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament, June 24-26, can be view at:
This 20 page publication contains complete team rosters and the tournament schedules for the weekend.
June 19, 2016 – St Clements, ON. The tournament program for the 2016 Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament, June 24-26, can be view at:
This 20 page publication contains complete team rosters and the tournament schedules for the weekend.
June 11, 2016 – On Sunday morning August 14, the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame will host its annual induction breakfast at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street, Bettendorf IA.
The Class of 2016 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 4th time that the event will be hosted in Quad Cities IA/IL.
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 2016 Championship, please visit the following websites:
ISC Fastpitch – www.iscfastpitch.com – Host Committee – http://www.iscquadcities.com/
All breakfast attendees are required to have a ticket, available as follows:
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ISC HALL OF FAME – TRULY INTERNATIONAL 2016 CLASS
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 six nominees for induction into the ISC Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016.
Included are four elite players, one umpire and a prominent softball sports’ builder family.
Thomas Makea – Christchurch, New Zeaand
Thomas Makea, born on Feb.20, 1975,.competed in ISC tournaments for 14 summers, making his inaugural appearance with the Decatur IL Pride in 1994 and completing his successful career in 2009 with Bondurant IA Midwest Stampede. He helped lead his teams to four ISC Championships – twice with Broken Bow NB Travelers/Spirit (2001 & 2003) and twice with Marathon WI County Materials (2005 & 2006). Thomas earned ISC All-World distinction on six occasions between 1999-2009, including a superlative tournament in 2000 when he batted .611, plated 10 RBIs and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
As gifted as he was offensively, Thomas was equally competent patrolling the outfield, with great anticipation and speed and a dependable and accurate throwing arm.
Many regard Thomas as New Zealand’s greatest outfielder, consistently performing in international competition for 18 years, and helping his Black Sox national squad to four ISF World Championships. Thomas was voted as New Zealand’s “player of the decade” for the 2000s and continued in the game as Head Coach of the Black Sox Junior team.
Jarrad Martin – Strandon, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Jarrad Martin, born on February 5, 1973, was the epitome of quiet, but very strong leadership in a career that spanned 18 ISC seasons. In his rookie campaign, he suited up with Sioux City IA NHCD and won his first ISC Championship in Salt Lake City UT. Over his lengthy career, he won five more titles, including an incredible four straight from 2003 – 2006 with Broken Bow NB Travelers/Spirit and Marathon WI County Materials.
Jarrad’s sterling, consistent performances earned him ISC All-World honours seven times in ten seasons between 1999 – 2008.He was selected the tournament’s MVP in 2006 (Marathon WI) and non-traditionally as an outfielder with the runner – up team – Broken Bow – in 1999.
As one of the most consistent performers for the New Zealand Black Sox national team, he won four ISF World Championships and was named New Zealand’s “player of the decade” for the 1990s. Following retirement he gives back to the game as an assistant coach for the Black Sox Jr. national team.
Todd Martin – Aurora ON, Canada
Todd Martin, born January 8, 1970, possesses a rare combination of extraordinary skill combined with a genuine respect from his peers as one of the best team-mates ever. Todd burst upon the ISC as a hard-throwing 22 year old in 1994 in Summerside PEI with Napanee ON Express, surprising and eliminating Tampa Bay FL Smokers 1-0. That performance vaulted Todd to the next level as Smokers lured him to Tampa Bay in 1996 where he won four games in leading the Smokers to his and their first ISC Championship.
Todd won five more ISC titles, was named as an All-World player on nine occasions and was selected as the tournament’s top pitcher three times (Tampa Bay 1996 & 1998 and Kitchener 2008). Todd ranks tied for 6th in career ISC wins,.
As a member of four Canadian Sr. Men’s Championship teams, Todd was also a valued asset of Team Canada, competing internationally 1998-2009. Competing tenaciously on the mound, Todd embraced the “big picture” of fastball – that it’s a game to be enjoyed. No-one enjoyed the off-field camaraderie of the sport more than Todd Martin – his quick wit and endearing personality endeared him to his team-mates. For proof, simply ask any of the hundreds of players who shared “time with Todd” on the bench and on the road.
Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa – Russell, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Robert ”Chubb” Tangaroa is an original softball trendsetter. In the 1980’s he was among the early wave of New Zealand pitchers to cross the Pacific and truly internationalize the ISC. In his 1984 ISC debut season, “Chubb” toed the rubber for Lancaster CA Chameleons and finished 3rd in the ISC Championship in Allentown PA. Five years later he joined a competitive Rohnert Park CA Guanella Brothers squad that finished in the final four on three consecutive occasions, losing to Sioux City IA Penn Corp in the 1989 Championship tilt in Kimberly WI.
With Guanella Brothers, “Chubb” was 11-4 courtesy his sharp-breaking rise ball, was named ISC All-World for all three tournaments, threw a no-hitter, struck out 32 batters in one 15-inning game, and led all pitchers at the 1989 tournament, with 98 Ks in 51 innings. In total “Chubb” has pitched 25 wins spanning his 13 ISC seasons.
As a member of the New Zealand Black Sox, “Chubb” posted an impressive 12-1 ISF record in leading the Kiwis to medals in three consecutive World Championships – silver (1988 & 1992) and silver (1996). “Chubb” later served as New Zealand’s national pitching coach and has been inducted into both the New Zealand (2004) and ISF (2011) Halls of Fame.
Tom Boyd – New Tripoli PA
Tom Boyd, born November 10, 1950 got his start in softball officiating near the end of the 1972 season He started working ISC qualifiers in 1975 and was added to the ISC World Tournament umpires roster in 1981. In that inaugural tournament in Saginaw MI, he worked the plate in a 28 inning marathon featuring Tulsa OK and Ashland OH.
A decade later in Sioux City IA, Tom was again behind the dish when HoF lefty Brad Underwood and his Owen Sound ON Canadian Tiremen locked horns with “Chubb” Tangaroa’s Rohnert Park CA Guanella Brothers. That match-up was a 22-inning squeaker semi-final from which Owen Sound emerged with a 1-0 win to advance to the finals.
Tom’s on-field arbitrating has taken him to many legendary softball communities, including Allentown PA, Central Park NY, Kimberly WI, Las Vegas NV, Midland MI, Owen Sound ON, Rochester NY, and countless other “Fields of Dreams” throughout Ontario, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic ISC regions.
Other highlights include serving as plate umpire for HoF Michael White’s first championship with Cedar Rapids IA Teleconnect in Saskatoon SK (1987) and Gerald Muizeallar’s first championship for HoF Doc Simmons’ Travelers in Eau Claire WI (2001).
Tom worked 21 ISC World Tournaments in a stellar career upon which the sun finally set in 2005 in Eau Claire WI.
BOB WELBY MEMORIAL “Recognition of Service Award”
The Daniel D. Dolan Family – Aurora IL
Daniel D. Dolan, born in February 1931 is a life-time citizen of Aurora IL, except for a brief stint in the navy. The year 1965 was pivotal as Daniel and his business partner James A. Murphy formed Dolan & Murphy and have enjoyed success in and contributed to the local business community.
In 1982, the Creative DJs, a City League team in Aurora was seeking support and Dolan & Murphy, then a commercial real estate company, agreed to sponsor the team and ventured into the fastpitch world.
Five years later, Robin Reder, a member of the Aurora IL Home Savings & Loan team that won the 1980 ISC Tournament in Tempe AZ, was managing a local team with aspirations of representing Aurora at the ISC. Dolan & Murphy agreed to serve as the sponsor – a relationship that still exists today.
Fastpitch was very competitive in Illinois in the 1980s. It took five years before Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks won the local qualifier in 1992 and travelled to Salt Lake City UT for its first ISC World Tournament. The team didn’t qualify in 1993, but in 1994 re-qualified and has never since missed ICS’s world-class event.
The entire Dolan family, including patriarch Daniel D. and his sons Dan T., Brian and Ryan and daughter Karen have enthusiastically supported the Dolan & Murphy fastpitch team.
The team sponsorship is only one of numerous civic activities, including food pantries, in which the family is involved.
INDUCTION 2016 The ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2016 induction continues the tradition of recognizing the “best of the best” of ISC participants. This 2016 roster of six 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 14, 2016 at 8 am at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf IOWA, as part of the 2016 ISC World Tournament hosted in Quad Cities IA/IL.
June 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 email@example.com.
June 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.
|2016 Pre-Season ISC Rankings|
|1||Six Nations, ON Hill United Chief||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||10|
|2||Toronto, ON Gators||2||2||2||2||3||2||3||2||2||3||23|
|3||Clifton Park, NY NY Gremlins||4||3||4||3||2||3||2||4||3||2||30|
|4||Saskatoon, SK A1 Bombers||3||6||3||4||5||6||5||5||4||4||45|
|5||Scarborough, ON Force||5||5||7||5||4||5||6||3||5||5||50|
|6||Vancouver BC, BC A’s||7||4||6||6||6||4||4||6||8||6||57|
|7||Agoura Hills, CA J&B Painting||6||9||5||7||7||7||9||9||6||7||72|
|8||Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes||8||8||9||8||8||8||7||11||7||8||82|
|9||Staten Island, NY Peligro||5||7||8||10||9||9||8||7||9||11||83|
|10||Bloomington, IL Stix||10||10||10||9||11||11||13||13||10||9||106|
|11||Pottstown, PA North East||9||11||14||11||10||11||11||8||14||10||109|
|12||Kitchener, ON Cubs||12||13||12||12||13||12||10||10||13||12||119|
|13||Elmira, ON Expos||14||12||13||13||15||15||16||17||11||15||141|
|14||Delisle, SK Diamond Dogs||15||16||16||15||14||15||14||12||16||17||150|
|15||Topeka, KS Toros||11||22||11||14||25||20||15||25||12||14||189|
|16||Toronto, ON Batmen||17||20||18||17||21||17||18||16||18||16||178|
|17||Ensenada, MX Team Marquez||25||25||25||16||12||12||18||15||25||13||186|
|18||Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights||25||15||15||21||19||16||25||18||15||18||187|
|19||Kingston, ON Axemen||22||25||22||19||18||18||20||19||23||21||207|
|20||Oswego, NY CPI||25||24||25||25||17||13||25||21||25||20||220|
|21||Pueblo, CO Bandits||25||19||25||25||20||10||22||25||25||25||221|
|22||Houston, TX Ray Ray’s||20||25||25||25||16||25||25||14||25||22||222|
|23||Shakespeare, ON Falcons||25||23||17||22||25||19||25||25||17||25||223|
|24||Wiarton, ON Nationals||25||17||21||20||25||25||21||23||22||25||224|
|24||Aurora, IL Dolan & Murphy||25||21||25||25||22||14||25||25||19||23||224|
|26||Waterdown, ON Hammer||25||25||23||18||25||21||23||22||24||19||225|
|27||Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz||25||25||25||25||23||25||17||20||20||25||230|
|28||Salt Lake City, UT Page Brake||18||25||19||23||25||25||25||25||25||25||235|
|29||Tavistock, ON Merchants||21||25||20||25||25||25||24||25||21||25||236|
|30||Walcott, IA Lamp Liter||23||18||25||25||25||25||25||24||25||22||240|
|31||St. Paul, MN Tin Cup||24||25||25||25||24||25||19||25||25||24||241|
|32||Lloydminster, SK Dodgers||25||25||24||24||25||23||25||25||25||25||246|
|33||Sebringville, ON Sting||25||25||25||25||25||24||25||25||25||25||249|
1. 25 is recorded for a team not ranked by a given committee member.
2. The rankings will form the basis for seeding the top 16 teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament.
3. Ranking committee members identity will be kept confidential.
4. Committee makeup: 6 American, 4 Canadian.
5. As teams qualify for the World Tournament, additions or deletions will occur within the rankings.
6. For all teams, rankings outside a high-end range of two standard deviations from the median were adjusted back to the median.
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.
2016 Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament – June 24-26 – St Clements Ball Park – St Clements ON.
The Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament Committee is pleased to announce the teams that will be competing in the 2016 tournament.
But first some background. Last summer we didn’t host the tournament at Peter Hallman Ball Yard. The ISF and PanAm games created some scheduling issues for all tournament operators.
This summer we had to move our date, but there was no date that would suit both the City of Kitchener and our needs and the needs of the ISC teams that wished to qualify for the 2017 ISCs in Quad Cities.
It looked grim for a period but we came up with a solution that suits everyone….we hope. We moved the date to the 24th-25th-26th of June and we moved the venue to St Clements ball park; ten minutes north of Waterloo.
Last year when JIm Hallman decided to withdraw from competing at the highest level of ISC Competition he made a personal and financial decision to support grass roots fastpitch softball in the Kitchener Waterloo area. That included being a supporter of a major men’s tournament here in the Waterloo Region and helping us with organizing what we hope will be one of the best fastpitch tournaments in Ontario this year.
The Hallman Family will support the Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament both as a sponsor and as a committee member. JIm and Sue are on the food and beverage committee for the St. Clements tournament this June.
The Hallman family will also support KW Minor softball with uniforms for several teams. The Hallman Twins name will continue at a youth level. Jim has taken a position with Kitchener Fastball Promotions as well, serving as treasurer. KFP has been the parent body for many national and international tournaments and will continue to seek and support fastpitch softball. KFP members are having meetings and planning a great weekend of fastpitch softball for the June 24 25 26th weekend here in the Waterloo Region
The tournament committee has ten teams in the open division including the top ranked Toronto Gators, NY Gremlins, Scarborough Force, and the 2015 ISC Champion Hill United. The Kitchener Hallman Cubs are the host club. They eliminated the Hallman Twins from the ISC championship in South Bend last summer.
Local teams include the Elmira Expos, who eliminated the Force from last years ISC tournament in South Bend. The Shakespeare Falcons, the Wiarton Nationals, (the 2015 ISC II champion) and the Toronto Batmen round out the Ontario entries. The North East Drillers from Pennsylvania complete the roster of ten teams.
A four team U21 (Junior) tournament will be held on the 3rd St Clements diamond. Teams from Tavistock, New Hamburg, Stratford and Owen Sound will compete over the weekend for the U21 title.
A list of local hotels is attached. The Heidelberg Hotel is the least expensive, and closest to the diamonds. There are two hotels located at the famous St Jacobs Market, the Marriott and the Hilton. They are a short ten minutes from the park. In Waterloo the Wilfrid Laurier Hotel, where you can book a suite of 5 bedrooms for $160 a night. That is a 15 to 20 minute drive to the park and in Kitchener we have the Radisson at Fairway Road which is offering a good rate, but a longer drive to St Clements.
Teams, players, fans, and family will be happily welcomed at any of these hotels.
The tournament is in support of “Smart Start to Reading…”
More information will be available on our Facebook page facebook.com/kitchenerfastpitch
See you at the ball yard!!!
Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament.
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 2-8, 2016 is Mental Health Week in Canada. This serious, life-altering condition affects one in five Canadians and far too often, people suffer in silence, unwilling to ask for help because of the stigma around mental health problems.
The Ballpark Broadcasting/ISC Network team is producing a public service video this summer to support good mental health initiatives.
We need your help.
When your team is together at the park, use your phone or an iPad to take a video of your team saying: TRUST YOUR TEAMMATES!
Email the clip to Blair Setford and your team will be included in the PSA video to be debuted during the ISC World Tournament in August.
Our game of fastball is a team game. We need to encourage any teammates who may be suffering in silence to trust that asking for help means wanting to make positive changes. To take steps towards new mental health goals.
Getting help is part of recovery.
We look forward to seeing contributions from across North America and hopefully from around the world!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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 !
Philadelphia, PA- Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish Fastpitch (Windmill) Softball players to represent the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 4-17, 2017. The Games will consist of over 42 sports and 9,000+ athletes from over 75 countries. The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest international sporting competition in the world and the world’s largest international Jewish event.
Maccabi USA will be sending three Fastpitch Softball teams to the 20th Maccabiah Games in the following age divisions: Open Women’s, ages 18-35; Open Men’s, ages 18-35; and Masters Men’s, ages 35 and up. The Men’s teams will be selected following national tryouts, which will be held on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, and June 5, 2016 in New York City. Information about the selection process for the Women’s team will be made available shortly. To participate in a tryout, a candidate must first complete and submit an application for the Maccabiah Games online at www.maccabiusa.com.
Mike Goldman, the Chairman of the Maccabi USA Men’s Softball Program, and Fred Cohen, Chairman of the Bat and Glove Program, have appointed Maccabi USA Fastpitch alumni Marty Weiner of Los Angeles, CA, and Tony Kahan of Chicago, IL, to be the Head Coaches of the Men’s Open and Masters Fastpitch teams, respectively.
“We are really excited to have Marty and Tony on board,” said Goldman. “Our hope is that the best Jewish Fastpitch players in the United States will jump at the opportunity to experience Israel in a unique and meaningful way, while representing their country as part of Team USA.”
The Maccabiah Games are more than an international sporting competition; they are a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride. ISRAEL CONNECT, Maccabi USA’s unique cultural and educational program, takes place for seven days prior to the start of the Games. All Open Fastpitch players will participate in the program where they will have the opportunity to tour historical and religious sites, take part in cultural identity seminars, and train with their team, all while bonding with their teammates and Team USA.
-Los Angeles Tryout: May 1, 2016, Men’s Fastpitch (Windmill) Softball
-New York City Tryout: June 5, 2016, Men’s Fastpitch (Windmill) Softball
-Chicago Tryout: June 12, 2016, Men’s Fastpitch (Windmill) Softball
-All Tryouts: Players must apply for the Maccabiah Games online before attending the tryout.
For more information about Maccabi USA, please contact Shane Carr at 215.561.6900 or by email at email@example.com. For any questions regarding Maccabi USA Men’s Fastpitch Softball, please contact Mike Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the organization:
Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.
MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.
Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.
Contact: Sam Balaban-Feld at 215.561.6900 ext. 4157
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:
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.
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
January 1, 2016 Findlay, OH – Check this… another very cool 2015 ISC World Tournament video.
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…