Archive for December, 2008

Canada East Travel League 2009 meetings

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Any and all ISC and ISC II teams in Ontario are invited to attend the ISC Travel League of Eastern Canada meetings.

2009 League Meeting Dates and Locations

Sunday January 4, 2009
Grand Valley Golf and Country Club
1910 Roseville Road
Cambridge ON N1R 5S3

Sunday February 22, 2009
Conestoga College Residence and Conference Center
99 Conestoga College Boulevard
Kitchener ON N2P 2N5

Sunday April 12, 2009
Grand Valley Golf and Country Cub

All meetings start at 9:00 am

For more information, please contact one of:

David Bakker
League President

Blair Setford

Joe Todd

Maddy’s Photos for Christmas

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

From our brother blog, the Morning Brief, we offer this last-minute Christmas gift idea for your fastpitch friends – photos from Maddy’s! Maddy has taken thousands of photos from the ToC over the past few years, including nearly 500 that were posted just from 2008.

For the Christmas season, (Maddy’s 12 Days of Christmas) she has reduced the standard prices for photos, and also added digital images to the mix. So if you are struggling for gift ideas like most of us, an enlargement might go well with that picture frame you bought. She also added other photo-gift options from SmugMug (stocking stuffer items like T-shirts, keychains, buttons, and such). (I found those items a little pricier, but SmugMug’s pricing dictates most of that).

So for Maddy’s 12 Days of Christmas, enjoy the reduced price of prints ($3, $7 and $12 for the standard sizes), or some of that well deserved year end time off, to just peruse the photos at her gallery. Looking for galleries from prior tournaments? Stay tuned, they will follow soon.

Click logo below to visit or here to go directly to the fastpitch galleries.

Readers may write to Maddy directly at maddy (at) maddysphotos (dot) com, or by clicking the “Contact” link on the main menu at her site.

Midland considering 2010 bid

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

From our brother blog, the Morning Brief, we feature this story on Midland, Michigan considering a bid for the 2010 ISC World Tournament and ISC II Tournament of Champions.

Midland Daily News
December 9th, 2008
By Dan Chalk
(reprinted with permission)

[Midland, MI] – With all of its fastpitch softball history, one fastpitch event that Midland has never hosted is the International Softball Congress World Tournament. But now, the Midland Explorers Booster Club hopes to bring the ISC Tournament to Currie Stadium in the second and third weeks of August 2010.

After a presentation by the Explorers Booster Club last Tuesday, the City of Midland’s Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to recommend that city staff work with the booster club in support of a bid for the tournament. If the bid is accepted by the ISC, the 32-team ISC World Tournament would be held at Currie Stadium, and the concurrent 40-team ISC Tournament of Champions would take place at Redcoats Complex.

Read the rest of the story here at the Morning Brief.

2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions Feature in This Month’s Softball Magazine

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Full Color PDF Now Available


We’ve bumped this post back to the top, as the full color PDF of the Softball Magazine feature is now available, by clicking here.The article entitled “California Dreamin'” was penned by ISC II Commissioner, Blair Setford. Blair assumed the reigns of the ISC II T of C program in 2004, including a streaming audio broadcast program that is headed into its 6th consecutive year. We are pleased to say that Softball Magazine has featured a story on the ISC II T of C every year since 2004.

This most recent feature story includes photos of Most Valuable Pitcher Dave Drotzmann and MVP Marcus Tan , as well as “Big Game Brian” Teeters of the champion California Lumberkings, plus Wayne Wells and Tim Neill, ace veteran pitchers for runner-up Waterdown Hammer of Ontario, Canada. Also featured — on the inside cover is a great shot of Terry Martin of the Elora Brewers hanging on a second for the force out. All photos, of course, by Maddy Flanagan. Don’t miss this one!

You’ll find many more photos of the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions at

This month’s issue of Softball Magazine is out, and includes a feature story on the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions at Appelton, Wisconsin, won by the California Lumberkings. Story by ISC II Commish, Blair Setford, photos by Maddy Flanagan. Among the photos are Most Valuable Player Marcus Tan (still milking his 15 minutes on the cover of, and Most Valuable Pitcher Dave Drotzmann.

Be sure to pick up a copy at selected newstands, (some Borders, Barnes & Noble, Waldens, Michael’s, and all of the Books-A-Million) or click the logo below to order it online. Back issues available ! Better still, subscribe and have it delivered to you each month !

Tan, Drotzmann at Team USA Camp

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

2008 ISC II MVP Marcus Tan and 2008 ISC II Top Pitcher Dave Drotzmann attended the Team USA camp in September 2008.

Maddy Flanagan was on hand to capture the action as about 30 hopefuls gathered prior to the team being selected that will compete at the 2009 ISF World Championship in Saskatoon.

Marcus 1
Marcus 2
Marcus 3
Marcus & Dave

Click here for the complete photo set.

2009 ISC II ToC

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

While most of us are getting ready for Christmas, the planning for next season never stops at the ISC.

We are pleased to announce that the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions will be expanded to 40 teams and will be played at the Campbell Sports Complex in Rock Island, Illinois, part of the Quad Cities on the Iowa-Illinois border.

The ToC will start on Tuesday August 18 with the Championship Game scheduled for Saturday August 22. All teams will be guaranteed a minimum of four games.

In the very near future, we will be announcing the list of qualifiers in each region. You will need to play in a qualifier in order to be eligible to compete in the ToC.

If you have any questions about competing in ISC II or qualifying for the ToC, please don’t hesitate to contact ISC II VP Jim Williamsonm, ISC II Commissioner Blair Setford, or your regional ISC VP. You can also contact an ISC Regional Commissioner in your area.