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ISC makes second recruitment video available for College & High School baseball coaches

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

ISC Press Release
January 23, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress continues its outreach to university, college and high school baseball coaches across the United States with a second recruiting video to attract new players into men’s fastpitch softball.

The 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.

“As stated in the video, it’s a great tool, but it needs to be shared with as many baseball coaches and players as possible so that we can get new players into the game,” says Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. “We encourage all men’s teams to reach out to their local colleges and high schools and spread the word – there’s a significant pool of talent there and we need to tap into it to bring young players into our game.”

“By our unofficial count, there’s nearly 1,300 men’s fastpitch softball teams across North America, so there’s an opportunity out there for those that want to play,” says Fisher.

Tapping into the baseball past of several players on the highly-ranked New York Gremlins team, the video features several top players as well as USA Softball President Warren Jones, who speaks about the opportunities for younger players to be identified for the U.S.A. U19 junior men’s national team.

“We want to let these young kids know that there’s another game out there that they can play,” says Jones.

MATT PALAZZO (Des Moines, Iowa) is a USA National Team player and a fixture in the ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Among the Gremlins, Matt Palazzo talks about the quick pace of play, the ability for one hit to be a big difference in the game and the success he’s had in recruiting athletes in the Des Moines, Iowa area to take up the game.

“Once they try it, just like myself, they fall in love with the game and its pace,” says Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University and, in addition to the Gremlins, stars on the U.S.A. men’s national team and has twice been named the U.S. Male Fastpitch Player of the Year

Aimed at high school and college seniors, the video commentary notes that men’s fastpitch softball 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.

“I’ve been able to travel around the world and see the best in the world … and it’s been a great challenge and a good experience,” says Nick Mullins, who played baseball at the University of Pittsburgh, and plays for the Gremlins as well as Team U.S.A. “For all of the young kids out there who are playing baseball or just finished playing baseball, [fastpitch softball] is definitely a good game, so get out here and let’s see what you’ve got!”

International stars Zenon Winters and Bryan Abrey also talk about the opportunities and experiences they’ve enjoyed.

Abrey, who is a member of the defending World Champion Canadian men’s national team, played junior college baseball in California before transferring to an NAIA school in Idaho. Abrey talks about the speed of the game and the adjustments that baseball players will need to make.

Winters notes that he’s been playing fastpitch softball for 27 years, starting as a six-year-old in his native Australia, and has been able to travel the world because of the game and highlights the opportunity for American players to do the same thing.

“We think that if baseball players give fastpitch softball a chance, we’re confident that they’re going to fall in love with the game just like Matt Palazzo talks about,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

For more information on the ISC and men’s fastpitch softball, see the ISC website at
www.iscfastpitch.com.

Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
iscfastpitch@gmail.com

Bouley and Davis learning fastpitch the New Zealand way

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

TYLER BOULEY, left, and YUSEF DAVIS are playing fastpitch in New Zealand with the goal to improve their games for the upcoming 2017 North American fastpitch season. Courtesy Photo

NEW ZEALAND – It’s the off season for North American fastpitch and for most players, they’ve switched uniforms for a winter sport like basketball or hockey. Or they’re pumping iron at a fitness center muscling-up for the coming season.

Hitting, pitching, fielding? Not for a few months yet.

But not so for Yusef Davis and Tyler Bouley. These two young and budding stars – Davis, 22, and Bouley, 21 – shunned taking the winter off and instead boarded a plane for New Zealand.

All with the purpose of improving and pushing themselves to reach new heights in the sport they profess to love. As the saying goes, “to be the best you can be.”

Fastpitch is a pitcher’s game. Talented ones typically dominate hitters. So where better to improve one’s hitting than in pitching-rich New Zealand.

    TOUCH CHUCKERS

Bouley got a good feel for just how good these Kiwi hurlers are almost as soon as he landed.

“It has really helped my game because you don’t have to travel to (face) a quality pitcher,” said Bouley, who plays for Northcote Softball Club. “Every premiere team has a pitcher that either has competed at the (International Softball Congress World Tournament) or is capable of competing at the ISC. Two of the best I’ve faced so far are Bailey Hoani and Josh Pettett.”

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For the future of USA men’s fastpitch, it’s all about pitching

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

ALAN COLGLAZIER pitched Aurora, IL, Home Savings to the ISC World Tournament championship in 1980. He is but one of four USA born pitchers to win an ISC World Tournament Championship game between 1980 and 1991. Photo By BOB OTTO

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand is the mecca of men’s fasptich softball. To argue otherwise is just plain nonsense. The results prove the Kiwi’s dominance in fastpitch worldwide.

The Black Sox, the country’s national team, leads the International Softball Federation (now the World Baseball Softball Confederation) world championships with 12 gold, silver and bronze medals since the event started in 1966.

And in the past six championships (1996 to 2015) the Black Sox have taken four-of-six golds and two silvers.

Canada comes a close second with 11 total medals, and did claim the latest world championship in 2015, by pounding the Kiwi’s, 10-5, in the final.

    THIRD NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Bringing up the third spot with nine medals is the United States. Nine sounds like a respectable number, right?

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Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California appointed to WBSC Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

CHRISTINA DRUMM received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015. Photo courtesy USA Softball


JAN. 13, 2017, 6:19 P.M. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California has been appointed as one of the newest members of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee, the WBSC announced today.

The new composition of the nine-member, gender-balanced committee covers the five Olympic continents — Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania.

Christina Drumm received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with amazing people all over the world to assist umpires in their quest for greatness,” said Drumm. “I’ve been fortunate to be trained as an umpire and UIC at the highest levels by USA Softball and I am excited to contribute at a global level.”

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Weather cancels USA Softball Men’s selection camp

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Camp cancelled due to inclement weather

OKLAHOMA CITY – Anticipated rainfall in the Southern California area has cancelled the 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) Selection Camp, which was slated to be held January 20-22 in San Diego, Calif., USA Softball announced today.

Thirty-four athletes had received an invitation to attend the 2017 USA Softball MNT Selection Camp, in which the athletes participate in position drills as well as simulated games while being evaluated by the USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC).

Currently ranked No. 6 in the WBSC Softball World Rankings, the MNT will compete in the WBSC Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16, 2017.

The Red, White and Blue will look to improve upon a ninth-place finish at the 2015 WBSC World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where the team finished with a 7-3 record and placed first in the Playoff Rounds.

The U.S. will be led by National Softball Hall of Fame coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.).

The complete 2017 schedule for the MNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date. For updates on the USA Softball MNT and events throughout the 2017 season visit
USA Softball

International Men’s Softball (fastpitch) Challenge Cup In New Zealand

Friday, January 13th, 2017

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST!

ALBANY, NEW ZEALAND – International Men’s Softball is back at AWF Sports Stadium. Five days of world class softball including the top-three ranked teams in the world. New Zealand (1), Japan (2), Argentina (3), Australia (5), Czech Republic (8), Samoa (12).

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    • CHALLENGE CUP CONTENDERS / RANKINGS
      #1 New Zealand

    International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship, Gold Medal: 1976, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2013.
    Competed in the last nine World Championship finals.
    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 1985, 1989.

      #2 Japan

    ISF World Championship, Silver Medal: 2000.
    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 1981, 2016.

      #3 Argentina

    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 2012, 2014.

      #5 Australia

    ISF World Championship, Gold Medal: 2009.
    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 1997, 2001, 2005, 2008.

      #8 Czech Republic

    European Championship, Gold Medal: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016.

      #12 Samoa

    ISF World Championship, competed in 2004, 2013.

    (#) World Baseball Softball Confederation World Ranking

    Ultimate competitor Dan Nessler twice a Hall of Famer

    Sunday, December 11th, 2016
    DAN NESSLER of Happy Chef covers second base during the 1995 ISC World Tournament in which Happy Chef finished fifth. Nessler was selected an All-World player four times and was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2009. Photo By BOB OTTO

    DAN NESSLER of Happy Chef covers second base during the 1995 ISC World Tournament in which Happy Chef finished fifth. Nessler was selected an All-World player four times and was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2009. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MANKATO, Minn. – With a grunt and a leap, the pitcher hurls the softball from 46 feet, causing the violently spinning missile to jump or plunge a foot just before crossing home plate and slamming into the catcher’s mitt at 85 miles per hour.

    The degree of difficulty of hitting such a frustratingly elusive projectile?

    Nearly impossible for batsmen of modest ability. But for the very best, an improbability they handle with great aplomb.

    Mark Sorenson was one of the best, as was Bill Boyer, Shawn Rychcik and Colin Abbott. This esteemed class also includes Dan Nessler of Mankato, Minnesota.

    Nessler was a magician with the bat from the left-side batters box. He played small-ball as well as anyone, said pitcher Pete Sandman, a teammate with Nessler on the world championship Penn Corp teams of Sioux City, Iowa.

    “Dan was a great hitter,” said Sandman, who pitched for Penn Corp and later National Health Care Discount (NHCD) from 1981 to 1991. “He was smart, could slap, drag bunt, hit balls to left, center or right. He was gifted with the bat.”

      ACCLAIMED PLAYER AND LEADER

    With the likes of Sandman, Nessler, Sorenson and Boyer leading a stable of stars, Penn Corp / NHCD won four (1988, ’89, ’91, ’92) International Softball Congress World Tournament championships. During that reign, Nessler made ISC All-World twice.

    Interspersed in those Penn Corp years, Nessler also played for Happy Chef of Mankato, helping the team finish fifth in the 1995 ISC World Tournament, and claiming the ASA Class A National Championship the same year.

    During the Happy Chef years, Nessler earned two ISC All-World honors (1985, 1992), along with being selected ASA Second-Team, All-American.

    Nessler took over as player / manager in 1992. A post he held for 10 years. He was a leader and an example to the younger players, said former infielder Scott Christensen, a three-time ISC All-World player with Happy Chef.

    “He was always thinking about game situations and our strengths and what the other team might do,” said Christensen. “He was a very intelligent player who could anticipate and be in the right place to make a play. You can’t teach that. He could adapt (at bat) and bunt or hit the other way.”

    DAN NESSLER played in 16 ISC World Tournaments. In the four world tournaments in which he was selected All-World, he batted .407 with 15 runs and nine RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    DAN NESSLER played in 16 ISC World Tournaments. In the four world tournaments in which he was selected All-World, he batted .407 with 15 runs and nine RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

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    In The Spotlight: Kevin Castillo, USA National Team and ISC All-World player

    Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
    KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A's earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A’s earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kevin Castillo had a successful 2016 fastpitch season, both with his Long Beach team, Those Guys, and the Vancouver BC Athletics, his club team that finished in the top tier at the ISC World Tournament in Moline, Illinois.

  • ISC performance earns Castillo high tournament honors:
  • He was selected a Second-Team, All-World infielder for helping the Athletics finish fourth in the 36-team field of the best club teams from the U.S. and Canada.

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    Men’s Fastpitch Softball, What Happened To It???

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    HitmenThirdBasePlay.172web Men’s fastpitch softball has all the action found in baseball: hitting, pitching and defense. The differences are of dimension, the bases are of shorter distance, and the pitching rubber is 60’6″ in baseball versus 46′ in fastpitch. Many young men who once played baseball have turned to fastpitch because the game is quicker and filled with fast-paced action. Photo by BOB OTTO / Beaumont (CA) Coyotes 4th of July Tournament

    By Troy Olson / Fastpitch Player’s Essay

    I find it very amusing that I tell people I have a softball game and they naturally assume I am playing slow pitch softball. Did you know that there is actually Mens Fastpitch Softball in America? I happen to live in Wisconsin and we have a lot of Fastpitch Teams in our state.

    The league I play in is in a small town called Cushing. Our league is consistently between 8-12 teams per year, just depending on who is around for the summer. Most tournaments will once again draw 8-12 teams with several traveling from Minnesota to participate.

    At one time men’s fastpitch was a huge sport in this country, in the 1960’s and 70’s it was at its peak.

    There was all kinds of hugely talented teams and of course the most famous of them all “The King and His Court.” So what happened to this one time flourishing sport?

    In my opinion it’s a combination of several things, first was the evolution of slowpitch softball. Most people aren’t happy going 1 for 3 at the plate, jumping to slowpitch would allow even poor hitters to put the ball in play all the time. It also seems with no practice one can still compete in slowpitch.

    Lets be honest if you are going to be successful at Fastpitch you have to put time and practice, you just don’t pick up a bat and hit riseballs out of the park.

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    Olympic baseball, softball to return in 2020 as part of new sports package

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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    Breaking: Baseball/Softball will be played at @Tokyo2020 Olympics !!!!!!!!
    12:48 PM – 3 Aug 2016 · Gangnam-gu, Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today welcomed the decision of the IOC Session to approve adding baseball and softball to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

    The WBSC is now looking forward to the honour of showcasing baseball/softball on the world’s greatest stage in 2020 and making a valuable contribution to the Olympic Movement by connecting the IOC to new audiences in every corner of the globe.

    WBSC President Fraccari said: “Today’s decision is an important milestone in the sport’s history and a momentous day for baseball/softball’s estimated 65 million athletes in over 140 countries, as well as millions more fans around the world. On behalf of the WBSC and all the athletes, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Tokyo 2020 leadership for putting their faith in our sport to begin with; to IOC President Thomas Bach, whose Olympic Agenda 2020 vision has made this opportunity a reality; and to all IOC members for recognising the valuable contribution the sport can make to the Olympic Movement.
    A key part of baseball/softball’s popularity is the universality of the sport. It offers an accessible route for young people all over the world to play and stay in sport.”

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