Archive for January, 2008

BallparkRadio Broadcasts from AAU

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

2008 Season Gets Underway Today !

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Kyle Smith and Blair Setford from the Ballpark Radio ISC II ToC crew will be in the booth at the Disney complex in Orlando on Thursday, to broadcast the action live, at

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Game times are Eastern Standard Time (EST), adjust for your time zone accordingly.

4:00 PM
Florida Fastpitch, FL vs CPI, NY

6:00 PM
Manor Dirt Bags, TX vs Millwood Logistics, ON, Canada

On Friday at 11:00 am, Blair’s Niagara Falls Storm’s Fury team takes on Cherokee, NC on Ballpark Radio.

Make sure you tune in!

Certified Bat List for ISC & ISC II Play

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Because of the number of International teams competing in the ISC World Tournament the ISC will continue to use the certified bat list provided by the International Softball Federation (ISF). This list can be viewed on the ISF web site, Click on Rules and Standards and then on certified bats.

The ISF have determined and published notice that August 31, 2008 will mark the end of the period during which bats that complied with the previous ISF Bat Performance Factor (BPF 1.20) shall be permitted to be used in ISF play and the new BBS (Batted Ball Speed) will be the only standard that is official. This test is similar to the test being used by the ASA. The one difference is in the speed of the ball. There is also a difference between the ISF and ASA in how bats get on their respective lists. The ASA does the testing of bats for their list. (

The ISF requires manufacturers who wish to have their bat listed to supply test result that show that their bats meet the standards set.

The ASA has a banned bat list. The ISF has a certified bat list.

We mention this now so anyone considering a new bat purchase for the 2008 season may want to check their choice with the ASA and the ISF lists first to eliminate the possibility of a bat purchased for 2008 may be non-approved for 2009. This includes all ISC and ISC II play.

Softball Canada uses the ASA banned bat list.

As a related reminder, by book rule, any player found to be using an altered bat will be ejected from the game and the balance of the tournament.

Bruce Bierman
ISC Umpire-in-Chief

Kawaguchi to Pitch for LumberKings

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Bakersfield Ca:

The California LumberKings announced today that they have signed pitcher Jeff Kawaguchi for the upcoming season. Looking to replace injured pitcher Darren Strang, the LumberKings signed Kawaguchi who is from Vancouver, B.C.

Along with assuming the pitching duties vacated by Strang, Kawagucci will add a strong bat to an already deep lineup. In addition to pitching, he can also play in the field at 1st base and the outfield adding even more versatility to the Kings roster.

Jeff has been one of the top pitchers and hitters in the Premier league of Vancouver and is a former member of the Vancouver Grey Sox. With the addition of Kawagucci and the merge with Taylor Farms, the LumberKings are very optimistic about the upcoming season and are very excited to hit the field. They will open the season in early April in Taft, Ca. and continue their goal of improving on their second place finish at the 2007 ToC.

De Kalb Hogs Take Aim At The Deuce

Monday, January 14th, 2008


De Kalb, Il.

The De Kalb Hustlehogs will attempt to qualify for the ISC II Tournament of Champions in Appleton, Wisconsin. The tournament takes place August 10-13.

Referred to by many as “The Deuce,” the Hogs will play in two ISC II qualifying events in May. The club will be hosting a qualifier the weekend of May 9-11 before playing in the Rockford Dick Tracy Tournament the following weekend of May 17-18.

The Hog organization’s mission is to introduce the game of fastpitch to new players. Every fall, the Hogs organize a Development League and receive a grant from the International Softball Congress to help with expenses.

“The ISC has been very supportive in our organization’s efforts to expose the game of fastball to men in the Northern Illinois area,” Hog General Manager Tom Crouch said, “The Hogs have never played in an ISC event and we feel it is time to give back to the fastball organization that has helped us so much with our efforts to improve the game. Therefore, we have decided to try and qualify for the ISC II. The players and coaches are very excited about the opportunity.” Crouch (Circle Tap) and Mike Drew (Aurora D&M) who play with the team in league games will not be able to participate in the ISC II as both players will be playing with their respective ISC teams in the World Tournament.

The Hogs will have to add a player or two to fill the void of Crouch and Drew and will release a roster in the next month.

Please visit the Hogs web site

Les Johnson

2008 Midland Explorers Tournament – ISC WT and ISC II Qualifier

Friday, January 4th, 2008


2008 Midland Explorers Tournament – ISC WT and ISC II Qualifier
Midland, MI

The 2008 Midland Explorers tournament will be held June 13-15 at Emerson Park in Midland. The weekend will be a qualifying event for the ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, WI. This year, we will once again be having a 2nd division that will now feature a berth to the ISC II Tournament of Champions in Appleton, WI.

NOTE: The berths given to the WT and the ISC ToC are for US East teams. Participation by any and all teams is welcome and allows those non-US East teams consideration for at-large tournament berths to each event.

The plan is to run both divisions separately with no crossover between divisions. Entry fee is $400 usd. Format will be round-robin play into a single-game playoff to determine a winner. Each team will play a minimum of 4 games, and the final game will be scheduled for no later than 2 p.m. on Sunday.

ISC Division Teams committed – Kitchener Sharks (ON), Jarvis (ON), Thomson (IL), Ashland (OH), Midland Explorers (MI).

ISC II Division Teams committed – Michigan Twisters.

We can accomodate up to 16 teams total between the 2 divisions.

Please contact me for any questions.

Kyle Beane

First Annual Gil Read Memorial Tournament

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008


Date: July 4th 5th & 6th, 2008

Location: Ottawa (Carlington Park or Hampton Park) (still to be determined)
Contact: Allan Read – or (613) 225-3837
Level: Men’s Intermediate & Junior (ISC II)
Entry Fee: $425 Canadian
Prize money: $2,000.00
Entry Deadline: June 22, 2008

On Sunday August 26th, 2007, the fastball community lost one of its’ best coaches for not only the City of Ottawa, but the entire country.

With the help of many ex-players, family and friends we will be hosting the 1st Annual Gil Read Memorial Fastball tournament this summer to honor a legend. The tournament will be open to all Junior men’s and Intermediate men’s teams. All proceeds of the tournament will go to the Gil Read Foundation which is being created in his memory. The foundation will help kids who are less fortunate compete in sports across the City of Ottawa.

If you are unable to attend the tournament but would like to help the cause, donations can be made directly to the foundation once it is complete. Please contact Allan Read at or Terry Cannon at for further information.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the tournament. If you wish to volunteer your time to the cause, please contact Nicole Dunlop at

I look forward to hearing from everyone. Good luck in 2008!

Al Read

For those of you unfamiliar with Gil, please see attached a small bio.

Gil started with T-ball in the early 1980s in Kanata and worked his way up. He guided his various age group teams to five provincial class A titles and made three national championships. Hi accolades include:

– Team leader for the Canadian women’s softball team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

– Softball Canada’s team leader for the 2003 Olympic qualifier (gold) and the 2001 Pan American junior and senior women’s championships (silvers).

– Coach of the Ontario men’s under-18 team gold medalists at the 1997, 2001 and 2005 Canada Summer Games.

– Coach of the University of Ottawa women’s fastball team, which won a provincial silver medal in 2005.

A dedicated volunteer with Softball Canada, he served on its coaching committee from 1995-2002 as a coaching instructor and master course conductor. He also was involved with the coaching committee and the initiation program.

He was president of the Ontario Amateur Softball Association in 2001 and 2002. He was a member of the Softball Ontario board of directors from 2002-04, and again in 2006. He remained a director and sat on the OASA advisory council and its athlete/coach ad hoc committee.