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Check out Al’s Fastball redesigned website. Fantastic!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

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Al Doran has been promoting, marketing and sharing the latest news about men’s fastball, and recently he unveiled his new-look website.

Check it out at alsfastball, I’m certain you will like the new style and format.

Al Doran was inducted into the in 2008 for his many years of service to the ISC and to fastpitch softball.

Read “Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball” to learn more about his devotion to fastball.

14th ISF Men’s Softball World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA – Live streaming video broadcasts will be offered for all 65 games played over the 10 days of the 14th International Softball Federation World Men’s Softball Championship, June 26 to July 5.

The broadcasts will be a joint venture between SportsCanada.TV and Ballpark Broadcasting. SportsCanada.TV will provide the video production for each game and Ballpark Broadcasting will provide the play by play and color commentary for 50 of the 65.

    WATCH GAMES LIVE!

Click to subscribe to SportsCanada TV. Certainly can’t be the price – a bargain for fastpitch fans.

Men’s fastpitch does a poor job marketing itself

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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YUCAIPA, Calif. – In 1979 I got into the insurance business when a very successful friend convinced me that selling auto, home and life policies could be financially lucrative.

The first thing he advised me – actually warned me – was something I’ve never forgotten about marketing:

“If you don’t let people know what you do, you will fail.”

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Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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USA Men’s National Team candidates break camp, await announcement of final 2015 roster

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

usasoftball.1s The USA National Softball team held a tryout camp at Mark Daily Field in Irvine, Calif., Saturday. Photo by MADDY FLANAGAN

By JIM FLANAGAN / Fastpitch West

IRVINE, Calif. – They came from New Mexico, New York, Texas, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Missouri, Massachusetts, Iowa, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, Northern and Southern California.

Through rain and sleet and snow, the USA National team candidates arrived, for one day of competition amongst each other, to Mark Daily Field at Irvine, California, Saturday, January 10, 2015.

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Great photos by Maddy Flanagan of the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

If you want to see a visual story of how the young and talented age 19-Under junior men play the game of fastpitch, then check out Maddy Flanagan’s gallery of the 2014 ISF Junior Men’s World Championship.

Maddy’s ISF Photos. Great work by a talented photographer.

Check out Fastpitchwest scores and more of 2014 Calif. Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Beaumont Coyotes hosting 37th Annual 4th of July Tournament

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

valdivia.david.1web David Valdivia started the Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch team and its tournament in 1977 and the team and tournament carry on to this day. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – Every 4th of July weekend, Rangel Park in Beaumont comes alive. It’s time for the Beaumont Coyotes annual men’s fastpitch tournament that draws some of the better teams from Southern California.

David Valdivia started the tournament in 1977. It’s been going off, well, like fireworks ever since, now marking the 37th year of the popular event.

He recalls that first year fondly when the home-run hitting Cororna Chicanos (then managed by the legendary Jim ‘Chayo’ Rodriguez) launched a homer assault on “Valdivia Field,” which the City of Beaumont named in honor of Valdivia’s many years of service to softball and the city.

“The fences down the left field line and right field line are 200 and 220 feet (respectively) and 230 in center,” Valdivia said. “There was chain link 12-feet high back then, but the ball still sailed over the fences. There was something like 96 homers hit in the tournament, and the Chicanos with Ray and Freddy Bega and Joey and Jim Rodriguez hit a lot of them.”

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Rod Peterson and the Farm Tavern’s legacy begins at 1996 ISC World Tournament

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Boyd Dahlman drilled a home run that helped the Farm Tavern defeat Broken Bow, Neb. Qualigraph, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the 1996 ISC World Tournament and is greeted by his teammates as he crosses home plate. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, WISC. – The big question at the 1996 ISC World Tournament: Would this be the year that Rod Peterson and his Farm Tavern ball club of Madison would finally win a world championship?

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Kevin Kammueller, a NAFA Hall of Famer and 20-year anniversary star

Friday, July 20th, 2012


Minnesotan, Kevin Kammueller will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies at the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas. He was also honored as one of NAFA’s top ball players in the organizations 20-year existance (1993-2012). Photo By BOB OTTO

“I think Kevin’s love for this game outweighs everything else about him.” – Cal-State Builders sponsor and manager Dave Carlton.

SHAKOPEE, MN – Like many pitchers in the fastpitch game, Kevin Kammueller took a roundabout way before he found his way into the pitching circle. The big right-hander caught some, and he split time in the outfield and infield.

He admits that he won’t be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest hitters or fielders. But pitching, now that’s an entirely different matter. Kammueller has developed into one of the greatest in the history of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA).

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