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International Softball Congress hosting 2017 boys’ tournament in Saginaw, Michigan

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Just like baseball, fastpitch softball is a pitch, hit, run and field game. Many boys play BOTH sports and reap doubly the benefits. Photo By BOB OTTO

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – The ISC will be hosting a boys’ fastpitch softball tournament in Saginaw, MI, July 21-23.

The tournament offers competition in three age divisions: 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under. Led by Tournament Director, Tom Stasik, the ISC is seeking to grow and increase fastpitch numbers among the youth throughout North America.

“We are hoping that this will be an annual event,” said Stasik, the ISC treasurer, and who has served the ISC since 1984. “We are hoping to draw several teams from the United States. I have had several Canadian teams contact me already.”

Stasik added that it’s imperative that all who support the growth of male fastpitch “spread the word” about the tournament.

“If any of you know of any areas that may have youth teams or individual players that may be interested in giving fastpitch a shot, please pass the word along,” he said.

When: July 21-23, 2017
Where: Saginaw, Mich.
Divisions: 14-U, 16-U, 18-U.
Entry fee: $300

Tom Stasik

International Softball Congress offers youth fastpitch softball tournament

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

By Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
Ingersoll, Ontario

December 13, 2016

Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.

The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.

“With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.

Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.

“We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher.

More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.

The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.

For additional information, please contact:

Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, OH

Jon Gwizdala, personifying the golden opportunities in American male fastpitch

Monday, March 10th, 2014

gwizdalaJonNAFA55lr Jon Gwizdala pitching for Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri in the 2013 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division, in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The naysayers will tell you, “there’s no opportunity in American male fastpitch softball. You’re just wasting your time on a dying sport. The girls own the sport now.”

But if you talk to 22-year-old Jon Gwizdala, he’ll challenge all that negative garbage. In fact, he’ll tell you of all the golden opportunities he has had in his 15 years of pitching when he first started windmilling a softball at age seven.

Remember now, Jon is just 22. But already he’s played in the ISC World Tournament, ASA national tournaments, and in the NAFA World Series.

Gwizdala and the teams he’s pitched for have won ASA national youth and young men’s titles, a NAFA World Series, and he has been named an ASA All-American and NAFA All-World, along with winning a home run title.

Opportunities in American boys and men’s fastpitch? Of the golden variety.

Especially for aspiring pitchers, with the work ethic and the willingness to put in hours of practice to become proficient in the circle.


Gwizdala played high school and college baseball. He was club president at Delta Junior College and captain of the varsity team during the 2010-2011 season. Baseball is a sport he grew up with, a sport he enjoys playing. But in comparison to fastpitch, well, there is no comparison.

“My true passion will always be for my first love, and that is fastpitch softball,” he said.

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International Softball Congress Legend’s Tournament

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


Welcome fastpitch enthusiasts, I would like to make you aware of the ISC Legends Tournament, August 15-17 in Moline, IL. Please spread the word and register your team. See the tournament details below.

NAME / DIVISION: 2013 ISC “LEGENDS” Division Tournament

WHERE: Green Valley Sports Complex – Moline, IL

WHEN: AUG 15 – 17

ENTRY FEE: $400.00 (USD)


AGE CLASSIFICATION: 50+ (Player must reach age 50 during 2013 calendar year)

ELIGIBILITY: If a player on a ISC “LEGENDS” team is also on a ISC World Tournament team roster, that player cannot play on a ISC “LEGENDS” team until his ISC World Tournament team is eliminated from the ISC World Tournament.

This tournament will be held on the last three days of the ISC World Tournament, with the ISC “LEGENDS” championship game scheduled between the ISC World Tournament Loser Bracket Finals and the ISC World Tournament Championship Game. The ISC LEGENDS Championship game is scheduled to be video streamed.

Please send checks to:
Charlie Smith
10317 Sugarberry
El Paso, TX 79925
915-598-7528 home phone

We are looking for a maximum of twelve (12) teams. This is an invitational tournament with the first twelve (12) teams confirming entry being accepted.Entry deadline is JULY 1, 2013.

Interested teams should respond to:
Tom Stasik