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Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 - Pelion, SC


SOFTBALL PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT

Says Elimination of 2012 Olympic Softball Fades Dreams of Young Female Athletes

 

Interviewed at his office in the International Softball Federation’s (ISF) world headquarters in Plant City, Florida, Don Porter, President of the sport’s governing body, expressed his severe disappointment in last week’s developments in Torino.  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held its 118th Session, during which time support went against softball, 47-43 (plus two abstentions), to have a re-vote on the sport’s status for the 2012 Olympics.  At last July’s IOC Session in Singapore, a tie vote (52-52, with one abstention) had resulted in softball being taken off the programme of the Games to be held in London just over six years from now.

 

Mr. Porter indicated that the decision was inevitable, bearing the political furor at last week’s Session, held just prior to the start of the Winter Olympic Games currently taking place there.  Politics being a factor come as no surprise, and one leading news source (the French paper L’Equipe, Feb. 10) has already inferred that this was not a sport decision, but a political move.

 

Mr. Porter was particularly dismayed with a strong letter he received prior to the Session from FIFA [international football (soccer)] President Joseph Blatter that said that he did not support the reconsideration of softball because it would embarrass the IOC to reconsider an issue that was decided some seven months ago in Singapore.

 

 “The number one thing here is the girls.  The young athletes who have been playing softball, working toward their dream of playing in the Olympics.  It’s that easy,” the ISF President said.  “That’s all that the decision should have been based on – not whether it would make someone look good or bad.”

 

He asked, “Where does a sport have the right to effectively decide the future of another sport?  Would it be that more television dollars would be available with only 26 sports (in 2012 in London)?  Although, it’s supposed that soccer (football) doesn’t really need more dollars.”

  

The ISF President also cited several other concerns, including the ongoing perceived tie to baseball, which continues to confuse IOC Members.  He further said, “The IOC still has never told our sport what its weaknesses were, other than it was not a ‘global’ sport, which according to the IOC’s own Evaluation Report used in Singapore, is not the case because of facts and figures that say otherwise.”

 

Even London2012 wanted to have softball, if the IOC gave the go-ahead, and even when the reconsideration was rejected, according to published media reports, that organizing committee said they would build a softball venue there anyway.

 

“The end result is that thousands and thousands of young female athletes effectively have their Olympic dreams fading away,” Mr. Porter said, “not to mention the potential future impact they (voting IOC Members) have made on the sport in its ongoing development activities in the likes of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Pacific Island countries, as well as potentially jeopardizing softball’s status in multisport games, such as the Pan American, Asian, All-Africa, World University Games, and others.”

 

 

The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).  Softball (women's fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.  There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.

 

Dec. 26, 2005 - Umpires needed for Norco Girls Softball in Norco, Southern California 92860. Contact Robert.

May 19, 2005

 

ISF PRESIDENT EXPRESSES CONCERN AND SUPPORT FOR SOFTBALL IN IRAQ

Travels Could Take Sport’s Leader to Rebuilding Country; Equipment Could Be Sent Soon

 

Reacting to a report published recently in Baghdad, Lebanon, and Qatar, International Softball Federation (ISF) President Don Porter took time out during his current Asia trip to issue comments on the state of his sport in Iraq.

 

“The ISF is concerned about the lack of attention and support for women’s sports in Iraq, while applauding those that are trying to play, like Iran and other Muslim states,” Mr. Porter said from his hotel in Seoul, Korea.  “We want softball to be played in those countries and we intend to help them, including a personal visit such as I am doing currently in Asia, to assess first-hand what is needed in the way of support and help.”

 

He pointed out that the first women’s softball championship in Iran was held two months ago.

 

The ISF President went on to add that softball is a world sport, with the national governing body for softball in 126 countries being members of the ISF.  “With the support of the Iraq Olympic Committee, we would be glad to work with individuals in Iraq to make a national governing body for softball there our 127th member and get our sport played and enjoyed by boys, girls, men, and women in that country.”

 

Mr. Porter indicated that the world governing body for softball has sent equipment valued at over $900 thousand (USD) to over 60 countries over the last two-plus years, and would be willing to provide “starter kits” to Iraq to fuel the development of the sport there.  Starter kits shipped out by the ISF’s Development Department consist of: 12 gloves, six bats, two equipment bags, 24 balls, four batting helmets, a set of catching gear, and a set of bases.

 

The report that spurred the ISF President’s comments can be seen at each of the following: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=13464, http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=4&article_id=15065, and http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1F6983AB-506F-484A-B35B-2BFD273DFD04.htm.

 

Mr. Porter will remain overseas until the end of this week.  He has already been in Beijing and North Korea on his current trip, which began on May 11.  He will return to the ISF’s world headquarters in Plant City, Florida, from the Asia trip.

 

The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).  Softball (women's fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.  There are 126 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.


May 18, 2005
BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA - Bill Sellars, Tournament Director for the SPA Carolina Classic to be held on June 3, 4 and 5th would like the 70+ teams to be aware that he is holding competition for them. He already has eight teams entered in this particular age bracket and can accomodate more. Deadline for entry has been extended to May 26th. Please call Bill Sellars @ 336-570-3977 to enter your team. This senior tournament has grown every year and is becoming one of the "must play" events on the senior circuit. Burlington, NC will also be the site for the ASA Senior Nationals to be played over the Labor Day Weekend.

MANASSAS, VIRGINIA USA - Look who is coming to the IV ISF Senior World Cup at Manassas, VA on June 17-19. A list of the registered teams is posted on the ISSA Website. Over fifty teams have already registered for this world-class event and that many more are anticipated before the tournament closes out. Teams from the United States, Japan, Colombia and Canada are expected to challenge for the World Cup and the right to boast as the best senior team in the World in your division of play. This ISF tournament classifies the USA senior teams in skill level divisions based on their National Rating. Entry forms can be copied from the ISSA website. Team managers desiring additional information can contact the ISSA Office at 703-368-1188 or by email to issa94@aol.com.

GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND - Ted Lawson concluded another successful senior tournament at Glen Burnie this past weekend. Some of the top teams in the United States were present at this SPA Qualifier. In the 50 Division, Turn Two/REKCO/County Sports from Richmond, VA served notice to the teams in the 55 Division that they are the team to beat in 2005. They defeated the Number One ranked 50 team, Thermco/CT Sportsplex/Easton 31-18 then 32-9 to claim the 50 Division championship. In the 60 Division, the top two teams in the Northeast battled on Sunday with Thomas Engineering/Tanel 360 defeating the Rochester Legends 21-15 and 19-17. In the 65 Division, Joe Corbi's defeated the Jersey Jaguars 22-13 to avenge an earlier tournament loss and lay claim to the best in the East at 65. Mitchell's Construction won the 70s and Moe's Raiders was best at 75. Nearly all of the 60 senior teams at Glen Burnie will don their game faces again at the ISF Senior World Cup next month to lay clai!
m to the "Best in the World."


SOFTBALL ADDED TO
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

Sport Continues to Display Universality with Presence in Another Multisport Games Event

 

March 17, 2005 - Women’s fast pitch softball will be played at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok.  George Killian, President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) informed International Softball Federation (ISF) President Don Porter yesterday that the sport will make its debut appearance at the event in two years in Thailand. 

 

Held every two years, the World University Games are one of the largest multisport games next to the Olympics, with over 170 countries participating.

 

“I was very much elated at and appreciative of FISU’s confidence in our sport to place it on the program of this most prestigious and important international event,” Mr. Porter said.

 

Softball concluded a very successful World University Championship last October at the ISF’s world headquarters and training complex in Plant City, Florida.  The USA team edged Chinese Taipei, 1-0, for the gold medal, with Japan winning the bronze.  Immediately following the event, FISU awarded a second World University Championship to softball, to be played next year in Tainan City, Taiwan.

 

Softball – in many cases both men’s and women’s – is already on the program of more than a dozen multisport games, including the: All-Africa Games, Arafura Games, Asian Games, Bolivarian Games, Central American Games, Central American & Caribbean Games, Maccabiah Games, Micronesian Games, Mindanao Games, Pan American Games, South American Games, South East Asian Games, South Pacific Games, World Firefighters Games, and World Masters Games.

 

Also, the 1st Men’s Commonwealth Softball Championship is scheduled to be played in January of 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, as the ISF works toward getting men’s and women’s softball added to the program of the Commonwealth Games.

 

The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).  Softball (women's fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.  There are 126 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.


Harlem Diamonds Update
2005 TOURING SCHEDULE TAKING SHAPE

Early bookings include prominent softball locations

 

February 9, 2005 - The Harlem Diamonds offered an early sneak peek today at their schedule for the inaugural 2005 season, a tour which includes several high-profile softball facilities.  The team is more than a month away from finalizing the complete schedule.

 

“We really just started booking the games a few weeks ago and we are thrilled to have already scheduled several locations that hosted US Olympic Women’s Softball team last year,” said Harlem Diamonds president and general manager Dale Moss,  Those locations include Currie Stadium in Midland, Michigan (July 2) and the Sacramento Softball Complex in Sacramento, California (September 2). 

 

The Harlem Diamonds are also booked into some of the best of the new facilities and some beautiful older parks. The Diamonds will play in one of the top modern softball centers performing at the Virginia Sports Complex outside of Richmond, Virginia (July 11). The classic ballpark is best represented by historic Patriots Park in Allentown, PA (July 10) with its beautiful manicured field, flowered grounds, and tree-shaded bleachers. 

 

Speaking of classics, the classic movie about women on the diamond, A League of Their Own, was a fictional account of the exploits of a real-life team, the Rockford Peaches.  The Harlem Diamonds will make a journey to play in the Peaches’ home of Rockford, Illinois (June 24).  If you watch the movie closely, you see that black women were excluded from the women’s league.  Several top African-American women players including Toni Stone and Mamie “Peanut” Johnson played instead in the men’s Negro Leagues and their contributions are recognized in Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Harlem Diamonds’ black women players are scheduled to perform (June 18) at the historic Kansas City institution.

 

The team will even take its softball show to the baseball field, utilizing Class AA Tulsa Drillers stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma for an event (July 23). 

 

The Harlem Diamonds are a spin-off of basketball’s Harlem Ambassadors which is the largest provider of entertainment to the United States military worldwide, having performed at over 110 different bases.  “We are very pleased that the Harlem Diamonds will also be performing for our men and women in uniform,” said Dale Moss.  The team is scheduled at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi (July 19) and Naval Support Base Mid-South in Tennessee (July 21).

 

“We’re pleased with how the schedule is coming together with softball organizations, community not-for-profit groups, and the military all getting on board,” said Dale Moss.  For more information about the Harlem Diamonds fundraising programs, go to the website at

www.harlemambassadors.com or call 970-472-1000.


MANASSAS, VIRGINIA USA - If early registrations are an indicator, the 4th ISF Senior World Cup will include a record number of teams. As of today, seven (7) senior men's teams have already entered and dozens of new teams have inquired about the event. The tournament has grown every year and 2005 should be no exception.

In response to the women's request at the Senior Summit, we will add divisions for 40+ and 45+ for them this year. This should help keep more women participating in our sport and not have to drop out until they are 50.

The tournament is scheduled for June 17-19 at Manassas. Entry forms can be copied from the ISSA website. The team roster is not due until the tournament.


ANDERSON BAT COMPANY JOINS ISF BAT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Manufacturer Is Ninth Participating Company

 

Anderson Bat Company is the International Softball Federation’s (ISF) newest partner in the world governing body’s bat certification program.  The Placentia, California-based company joins eight other manufacturers in a collaboration with the ISF that is the only way to have their bats allowed to be used in competitions such as the Olympics, world championships, world cups, and qualifying tournaments, among others.

 

The agreement requires Anderson Bat Company – like the other participating manufacturers – to have their bats laboratory-tested first before being submitted to the ISF, to show that they meet with the current bat standard, set by the Playing Rules Commission.  Those bats that pass testing are then listed on the Equipment Standards page on the ISF website (www.internationalsoftball.com) and from that point on, allowed to be used in the various worldwide competitions.

 

Anderson Bat Company will be providing softball equipment to be used for worldwide distribution as part of the ISF development department’s ongoing efforts to grow the game in areas where the sport is still in the building stage.  Along with the use of their bats in the various tournaments, the equipment VIK (value-in-kind) provision also gives Anderson – like the others currently participating – an opportunity for global exposure for their brand.

 

The ISF commits approximately one-third of its annual budget to development and has provided over (USD)760 thousand dollars worth of softball equipment globally over the last two years.

 

“We are ecstatic about our partnership with ISF and look forward to building future relations with ISF,” said Ed McIntosh, Anderson Bat Company Director of Sales and Marketing.  “We appreciate the opportunity that this relationship offers us.”

 

The above-mentioned page on the ISF website, which also bears the company logos of the participating manufacturers, gives athletes, coaches, and umpires preparing to go to an ISF competition a resource to consult, to ensure that they’ll know what can (and cannot) be used at the event they’re headed to.  Players who bring a bat to an ISF competition that is not on the approved list – meaning a successful test result has not been submitted for it or it’s made by a manufacturer that does not participate in the ISF’s bat certification program – will have their bat(s) taken away until the conclusion of the event.


Rawlings Face Guard Wins NOCSAE Approval for Baseball and Softball

St. Louis, Missouri, November 22, 2004 – Rawlings Sporting Goods Inc. today announced that its new RWG face guard meets the standard set by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) for use in both baseball and softball. Rawlings, a division of K2 Inc. (NYSE: KTO), is the number one brand in batting helmets.

“We are very pleased that our new RWG face guard has been approved for both baseball and softball as this will permit dealers and organizations to stock a single face guard applicable for both sports,” said Denny Whiteside, Project Engineering Manager for Rawlings Sporting Goods. “We look forward to building upon this product success with the release of additional models in the future.” 

The Rawlings face guards were designed for baseball, but have also received softball approval that meets the 2005 ASA (Amateur Softball Association) requirements. The face guard consists of lightweight hollow wire construction and will fit only Rawlings models CFBH, OS, PL1, PL1W, UBH, FX, PL75R, PL95R and PLDLX helmets.  These helmets are predrilled for easy installation and the RWG includes all necessary hardware requiring only a screwdriver for attaching the face guard to the helmet. The RWG face guard will be available at retail by January.


HARLEM DIAMONDS SIGN MICHIGAN STAR
Pitcher Marissa Young signs
with touring show softball team

The Harlem Diamonds touring show softball team announced the signing of its first player today, pitcher Marissa Young from the University of Michigan.  Young signed for the 2005 Harlem Diamonds season, plus an option for 2006.  "After finishing my season in the National Pro Fastpitch League, I am blessed to continue my career with the Harlem Diamonds,” said Young. 

“We are thrilled to have Marissa Young as the first player on board with the Harlem Diamonds,” said Dale Moss, the team’s President and General Manager.  “Marissa is the quality pitcher we were looking to build our team around,” he said, adding that “even more importantly she is a quality person.”

Originally from Santa Ana, California, Young was a three-time All-American at Michigan compiling 88 wins and 927 strikeouts during her college career.  She led the Wolverines twice to appearances in the College World Series in 2001 and 2002.  In 2002 she was the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and in 2003 she was named Big Ten Player of the Year.  A complete player, Young has also played first base throughout her softball career and batted .286 in her four seasons at Michigan. In 2004 Young played for the Texas Thunder in the National Pro Fastpitch circuit.  Despite limited appearances, she posted the fourth-best ERA in the league at 1.14.

Like the Harlem Ambassadors, the Harlem Diamonds’ games will benefit community youth and social service organizations. The Harlem Diamonds team will field a squad of only five women, challenging male and coed community all-star squads.  “I am most excited that the touring show will provide me with the one of a kind opportunity to challenge male counterparts and have more intimate interaction with the youth and organizations we will perform for, "Young observed.

The Harlem Diamonds will begin play Memorial Day 2005 and will perform between 45 and 60 events throughout the summer months.  The team is owned by Harlem Ambassadors, Inc., a Fort Collins, Colorado-based producer of show basketball events.  The Harlem Ambassadors are in their seventh season of play, and have two touring teams playing more than 200 events annually.  The team uniquely features women players starring for each of the two teams.  The Harlem Ambassadors are also the largest provider of entertainment services to the United States military worldwide.

OLYMPICS CONCLUDED, ISF NOW SETS SIGHTS ON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN PLANT CITY

Event Next Month Will Draw Teams & VIPs From Around The World

 

 With the International Softball Federation (ISF) having wrapped things up and returned from the Olympic Softball competition in Athens, Greece, the sport’s world governing body is getting right back to work on the next major event, next month’s World University Softball Championship.

 

 Scheduled for October 26-31 at the ISF’s world headquarters in Plant City, Florida, this inaugural event will include a team from each of the following ten countries: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Guatemala, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Uganda, and USA.  Participants in this women’s fast pitch competition will be between the ages of 17 and 28. 

 

In addition, ISF President Don Porter has indicated that he has extended invitations to VIPs from other countries, putting this competition on the elite level that the ISF hopes organizers of the World University Games will find it to be.  The hope is that next month’s event will lead to softball being added to the program of the World University Games.

 

While encouraging people from Plant City, Hillsborough County, and surrounding areas to come out to watch this high level, international event, the ISF is also putting the call out for volunteers who can work at any point(s) during the event.  Admission to Plant City Stadium will be free, with a nominal $5.00 per car parking fee only.  Volunteer information can be obtained by calling ISF Director of Competition Laurie Gouthro at (813) 864-0100, ext. 228.

 

The game schedule is expected to be set soon.  Opening Ceremonies in Plant City Stadium will highlight the first day at 5:30 p.m., followed by games at 7:15 p.m. (in the stadium as well as at the adjacent Randy L. Larson Softball Fourplex).

 

Media accreditation applications have already been sent out, with a return deadline of October 15.

 

The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).  Softball (women's fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 124 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.


Softball 360 TV Series to feature the ISSA World Championships

Oklahoma City, OK---The Amateur Softball Association is slated for a historic weekend as it launches Softball 360° and begins its weekend series on ESPN featuring the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Softball has never had the exposure it will enjoy this season with Softball 360° covering everything from senior slow pitch to the women’s national team and the USA Softball squad being featured on ESPN prior to the Olympics and MSNBC during the Olympic Games.

Softball 360°, the newly launched national television series highlighting weekly softball action, kicks-off 18-consecutive weeks of coverage beginning Monday, July 5 at 3:30 p.m. on FOX SPORTS NET. Each show will be replayed at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday’s throughout the season.

Senior softball will be featured with coverage of the ISSA World Championships which will be held August 20-22 at Manassas, Virginia, the SENIOR SOFTBAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. Hightlights from this 10th annual senior event will be part of the series.

“The launch of Softball 360° into the sports media landscape is a groundbreaking opportunity for the ASA,” said Kelly McKeown, ASA’s Director of Marketing. “With the help of our business partners from Easton Sports, Hooters Restaurants, Miller Brewing Company and the additional financing of John Daniels we are able to bring all facets of softball to the millions of players and fans across the country.”


MANASSAS, VIRGINIA USA - Senior softball teams have gathered at Manassas to challenge for the ISF Senior World Cup Championship in 17 divisions of play. Play will begin tomorrow morning with the teams from Colombia and Canada taking the diamond to start the action. The Japanese team will also play a United States team from Reston, VA in the first round. All game scores will be posted on the ISSA website as they occur.

ISSA World Championships - August 20-22, 2004 is the date for the 10th annual ISSA World Championships. Fox Sports has announced that the event will be filmed and shown on their Softball 360 program. Senior teams may still enter the tournament and entry forms can be copied from the ISSA website.

MANASSAS, VIRGINIA USA - A record number of senior teams have entered the ISF Senior World Cup for the third consecutive year. The tournament will close out with 81 teams entered in the competition up from the 60 that played in 2003. The games will be played on 13 fields at four venues in Prince William County. A Managers Meeting is scheduled for the host hotel, the Comfort Suites on Thursday night at 7:00pm before the tournament. Play will begin on Friday, June 18 at 8:00am and conclude on Sunday afternoon. When the gold medals have been awarded to the players on the champion teams over 220 games will have been played over the three day weekend. The schedule for the preliminary games will be posted soon on the ISSA website and the scores for all games will be posted on the website as games are completed. Admission to all venues is FREE.

ISSA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - A record number of senior teams are also anticipated to register for the 10th annual ISSA World Championships scheduled for August 20-22, 2004. Last year the event drew 90 teams to Manassas, VA. Teams have come to expect quality fields, experienced and consistant tournament management and trained senior softball umpires in ISSA competition so the tournament has grown every year. Teams planning on participating in 2004 should enter immediately to insure their spot in this prestigious tournament. The entry forms and tournament information can be copied from the ISSA website. Anyone desiring additional information can contact the Tournament Director, RB Thomas, Jr. at 703-368-1188 or email issa94@aol.com. Teams are looking forward to playing in this 10th annual event and the ISSA plans to make this a special senior tournament. You do not want to miss this one.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- GeezerJock Media will launch in September a new publication called GeezerJock that will cover masters sports and fitness. The magazine, which will focus on serious athletes who are 40 years of age and older, will cover a range of sports from marathons to basketball to softball. The publication will include news, features, and fitness and nutrition tips. For a limited time, GeezerJock is offering FREE charter subscriptions to athletes who sign up on the publication's Web site, www.geezerjock.com.

MANASSAS, VIRGINIA -- The International Softball Federation (ISF) will conduct the third Senior World Cup for men and women's senior teams on June 18-20, 2004 at Manassas, Virginia. Teams from the United States, Japan and Canada have entered several other countries are trying to make travel arrangements. Any eligible senior team can obtain the entry information from the ISSA website at www.seniorsoftball.org
 


PLAN AHEAD.........The 2004 ISF Senior World Cup will be held at Manassas, VA on June 18-20 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  In October RB Thomas, Jr., ISF Director of Senior Softball had the opportunity to make a presentation to the delegates to the ISF World Congress in Nanjing, China on the development of slow pitch softball for seniors (adults 50 and older) and invited the 124 member countries to participate in this year's World Cup.  Several countries voiced their intent to try to get a team entered this year.  A team from Japan is presently making their travel arrangements and we anticipate several other international teams to enter.  Please pass the word to other senior teams in your area and help us to continue to grow this international event.  The entry form is posted on the ISSA website.
 
Last year Manassas, VA was called the SENIOR SOFTBALL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD in one National magazine.  Having hosted nine (9) ISSA World Championships and two (2) ISF Senior World Cups the historic "town" is becoming known for senior softball along with its Civil War battles.  This year will mark the 10th ISSA World Championships and we hope to make it a special event for the senior players and their families and friends.   Last year we had 90 senior teams participating....a lot of teams for a single weekend.  This year with your help we would like to top the 100 mark as we celebrate the 10th anniversary.  Our tournament grows by recommendations from previous participants who have found it desirable and a well run senior tournament. You can help by telling other teams in your area that have not experienced an ISSA event that they should consider this one in 2004.  The tournament will be held on the same third weekend in August, the 20th to 22nd (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  !
Together, we can make this a great one.  The entry form is posted on the website.

Both tournaments will be open to all senior teams and plans are to include divisions of play for all age classifications for men and women.  The men's divisions will include four skill level divisions (Major+, Major, AAA and AA) in each age classification. 

ISSA NEWS...
NANJING, CHINA
- RB Thomas, Jr., ISF Director of Senior Softball made a presentation at the ISF World Congress in October urging the 124 member countries to develop a slow pitch softball program for their citizens over the age of 50.  The international delegates were also invited to send their senior teams to participate in the ISF Senior World Cup to be held on June 16-18, 2004 at Manassas, Virginia USA.  Entry forms for the event can be obtained from the ISSA website.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - The ASA National Annual Meeting was held last week in the "Majic City."  Several code changes were made for the ASA senior division effective 2004.  Senior teams participating in championship play will have geographic restrictions placed on their rosters similar to most other senior associations.   The players on a team roster must come from the home state and adjoining states.   The "home state" is where most of the players on the roster reside.   Also next year ASA will have four classifications of play in the 50, 55, 60 and 65 divisions - Major Plus, Major, AAA and AA.  The home run limit for each classification will be Major Plus (6 and then one-up), Major (6), AAA (3) and AA (1).   The ASA National Senior Tournament will be held on Labor Day Weekend at Salem, Oregon in both 2004 and 2005.

SENIOR SUMMIT - The upcoming Senior Summit will be held at Winter Haven, Florida on January 9, 10 and 11.  If any senior player has a concern or item that they would like to have considered for the meeting agenda, they should email RB Thomas, Jr., Chairman at issa94@aol.com or contact one of the delegates.

2003 FINAL RANKINGS - The Softball Magazine/ISSA final poll for the Top Ten Senior Teams in each age division will be posted soon on the ISSA and Softball Magazine websites.

ISSA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - The 10th ISSA World Championships will be held on August 20-22, 2004 at Manassas, Virginia.  This "milestone" event will be special and senior teams considering participating should enter early.  For additional tournament information, contact the ISSA Office.


ASA new bat performance standards

Many players and team managers have been asking about banned bats for the ISSA World Championships.  The ISSA is an Allied Member of ASA, the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and as such has used the ASA approved bat list for competition.  Everyone interested in the future of the sport should be glad to hear that ASA has adopted new bat performance standards to take effect on January 1, 2004.  To learn more about the new standard check out the ASA website at :  http://www.asasoftball.com/about/insidepitch.asp


WORTH – Named the Official Bat of USSSA

Tullahoma TN – Worth, Inc., America’s leader in performance baseball / softball products, and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), have established a new long term exclusive partnership that will be visible on the field beginning in the summer of 2003. For NIT’s and World Series Events, Worth will be "the Official Bat of USSSA". This partnership will cover all categories of play, including fastpitch, slo-pitch and baseball. More...


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