Archive for the ‘Websites’ Category

Canada East Travel League includes two ISC II teams

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Brampton, ON

League President Mr. Colin Smith announced today that the Travel League of Eastern Canada schedule for 2006 has been finalized.

The action will start Saturday, May 13 in Niagara Falls Ontario with the Snappers hosting the Kitchener Hallman Twins in a double header starting at 1pm.

Kitchener will in turn host the Niagara Snappers in Kitchener the next day, Sunday, May 14, also at 1pm.

Teams in the League this year are:

Innerkip Eagles
Jarvis Merchants
Kitchener Hallman Twins
Niagara Snappers
Ohsweken Redmen
Palermo Athletics
Orillia Riversharks

Each team will play 24 games this season, winding up with a League Playoff in Orillia Ontario on July 29-30, 2006.

The winner of the League Playoff will receive a berth in the ISC World Tournament hosted in Kitchener in 2007. Yes, the World Tournament will be in Kitchener in both 2006 and 2007!

The League Schedule for 2006 appears here.

Results from all league games will be posted here after each game is completed.

The League website is now at:

Team contacts and directions to the parks are also at this site.

Al Doran
Vice President, TLEC

A-1 Tank website launched

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

A-1 Tank of Hayward, CA has launched a new team website.

A-1 Tank is returning this year. We have become one of the strongest teams in the Nor-Cal area and are striving to become a contender in National Championship play. This year we have combined with the Nor-Cal Mavericks who, after one season, have made a name for themselves placing 3rd at the NAFA “AA”.

Click here for more on the team, their roster and their 2006 schedule.

Dodger Fastball

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

The Lloydminster Dodgers of Canada, that is:

Click here to visit their new website.

New ISC Forum

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

From Al’s Fastball:

“The ISC Forum – – Another Communication Tool for All

In a continuing effort to improve communication between the ISC and players, managers and fans, we are announcing an experimental forum from the ISC web site. Internet forums are a very popular service right now and there are numerous ones being used, most based on geographical location. “

Click here to read the entire press release from the ISC regarding the new ISC Forum.

Access the ISC Forum via a link on the front page of the official website. (Right underneath the media guide)

Bill Hillhouse writes on men’s softball and the Pan Am’s

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

A great bit of writing from Bill Hillhouse in his blog over at his House of Pitching web site.

I know that 99% who read this are involved in female fastpitch. So, what I’m going to say could come out wrong. I hope not. But, I grew up playing fastpitch so I have a vested interest here. And our beloved ASA treats men’s fastpitch like that dirty old uncle that the family doesn’t like to talk about.

Click here to read the whole commentry on the ASA standing by and doing nothing while yet another bit of the men’s game at the international level is stripped away.

Great job Bill!

New Look Banner for “The Deuce”

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I’m guessing by the time you’re reading this, you already spotted the “new look” banner for our ISC II blog, “The Deuce”. It’s the handiwork of the graphics department here at Fastpitchwest — aka Maddy Flanagan. Can you name any of the people in the photos? If so, click the comments link right there below this post and tell us who they are.

Get “The Deuce” Via Email

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

For those of you who like knowing when new posts go up at “The Deuce” blog, but don’t like to bother with checking back all the time, we have an easy, automated solution — Feed Blitz. In short, you just sign up to receive “The Deuce” via email.

For more info, click the “Feed Blitz” logo above, or the link over there at the upper right that says “Get “The Deuce” via Email”

p.s. if you do sign up, come back and post a comment here and let us know how it’s working and if you like the new feature.

Interview with ISC Executive Director Ken Hackmeister

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Click here for an insightful interview with ISC Executive Director Ken Hackmeister conducted by Milt Michael, publisher of the excellent BC-based site The Inside Curve.

Here is what he had to say about the ISC II:

“ISC II has far surpassed our wildest expectations. I attribute this to the dedicated and talented group of people making up our ISC II staff. And they have done it knowing they had to provide a better product to compete with NAFA, ASA and Canadian eastern and western intermediate championships. I believe we offer our ISC II teams and players the same high level of services provided to the ISC World Tournament teams and players. Excellent umpires, organized scheduling and administration, web site exposure, comprehensive stats, streaming of games, extensive quality photography, etc I know of no other organization that offers all these quality services to this level of competition.”

Click the link above to read the entire interview.

Editor’s Note re: Al’s Fastball Archives

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

As a member of Al Doran’s Mailing List and daily reader of his Escribe archive, I was sorry to hear of the continuing problem in trying to restore service. [See Note from Al in story below] Al did a remarkable job at the ISC Word tournament, getting scores, boxes, play-by-play and more posted promptly to the ISC website, However, I think we all missed our daily dose from Al in the old familiar Escribe format for the mailing list archive. It was especially unfortunate that the crash took place during the ISC World Tournament. has provided a temporary home for Al’s archives, and will continue to do so as long as necessary. We ask only that you bear with the fact that our archive page is a bit less user friendly than the old Escribe page. As Al noted:

“For now we are not calling it the TEMP site, its our only site at the moment.”

The biggest complaint about the archive page that we are hosting is that the newest items are at the bottom instead of the top of the page, requiring readers to scroll to the bottom to see the latest news. I have the same complaint myself. Unfortunately, the software that we use at present to generate the archive page for Al’s does not permit me to change that format. (Control-End keys together will take you quickly to the bottom of the page on most browsers)

While Al looks at his options, we are researching software that would archive the emails in a format similar to Escribe. In the meantime, we have shortend the URL to eliminate the “.htm” at the end, to simplify things, to just:

Please pass this web address/URL along to your friends so they can find Al’s Archive. You can bookmark it by clicking the link and then Control D.

Jim Flanagan
Co-editor, “The Deuce” Blog

Message from Al Doran re: Al’s Fastball Archives

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

We pass along the following note from Al Doran regarding the recent problems the Escribe site that had been hosting his mailing list:

eScribe is down and maybe out, maybe for good.

eScribe went down over a week ago, just as the ISC’s were getting underway. This is not the first time they have crashed and been down for more than a few hours. In June 2004 they went down and were down for weeks while the owner bought and set up all new servers.

eScribe is privately owned, my company has nothing to do with it. Al’s Fastball is just one of hundreds of list servers that make use of the services provided by eScribe. This service has always been free.

Last year in June we learned that the owner, Scott Paterson, was working with a couple of unpaid volunteers to keep eScribe going. He had to buy expensive computer equipment to replace the servers that had worn out and died.

This week we learned that they major technical problems and the prognosis is not good.

See Scott’s note to me today:


Dead power supply and lack of financial support and non-paid volunteers. Going to try to fix it myself as soon as I have time, but really, with no end-user financial support, it’s most likely done for.

This does not sound good.

Website for Reichert Memorial ISC II Ontario Challenge Cup

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Hillsburgh, ON

To All teams and Fans attending the 2005 Laverne Reichert Memorial ISC II Ontario Challenge Cup in Hillsburgh this weekend.

A previous announcement listed an incorrect tournament web site. The following web site contains the latest information concerning the
tournament, including a downloadable draw, hotel information, etc.

Click here for the correct link to the tournament website.


Terry Bennett
Hillsburgh Minor Softball Association

Glencoe Astros Newest Team Website Link at “The Deuce”

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

The Glencoe Astros are the newest addition to the list of Team Website links at “The Deuce” blog. Click here to visit their site, or use the new link under “Team Websites” in the right hand margin of this page.

Does your ISC II team have a website or webpage, but not listed here at “The Deuce”? Send us the link via email to jim@fastpitchwest.comand we’ll add you to the list.