17th Annual Best of the West Tournament – June 2-3, 2007

Best of West to Provide Berth to 2007 ISC II Tournament of Champions

Fields 1 & 2 at Pershing Park, Santa Barbara, CA, June 2 – 3, 2007

The 17th Annual Best of The West Men’s Open Fastpitch Tournament will take place in Santa Barbara on the weekend of June 2–3, 2007, which is much earlier this year, than in previous years.

This year, for the first time, The Best of The West will provide a berth into the 2007 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario Canada and a berth to the 2007 ISC II Tournament of Champions.

Entry Fee will be $400, with a deadline for entry fees of April 15th. We will accept the first 8 teams with entry fees committed by that date.

Note: Any team can play but only US West Region teams that play with their ISC roster are eligible to win a berth.

Make entry fee checks out to “Dave Blackburn” and mail to:

Dave Blackburn
Tournament Director
Best of The West
1720 Pacific Ave. #106
Venice, CA 90291

Roy Stout will again serve as “Umpire in Chief”.


ISC Pitching Rule

No innings start after 1 hour 30 min time limit
7 Runs after 5 innings
Tie breaker in the 8th

ONLY STARTERS may re-enter

5 warm-up pitches to start the game, then 3 / inning
Speedup rule for Catcher on base, with 2 outs – last out can run

DR must be designated at start of game, but is not considered a starter for re-entry purposes
Sunday games – no time limit


Coming South on Hwy 101, from Northern California, exit at Castillo. Go right on Castillo two blocks. The two fields at Pershing Park are on the right.

Coming North on Hwy 101, from Southern California, exit at the Garden Street off ramp. Go left to Cabrillo. Go right on Cabrillo about a half mile.
At Castillo, go right, about 1 block, and the two fields at Pershing Park are on the left.

Info on 3 Affordable Hotels Below:

Motel 6 – Santa Barbara/Carpinteria North – $68.99 + Tax for two Adults, 2 beds
4200 Via Real
US 101 at Santa Monica Road/Santa Claus Lane
Carpinteria, California, United States, 93013
Phone: (805) 684-6921

Motel 6 – Santa Barbara/Carpinteria South – $68.99 + Tax for two adults, 2 beds
5550 Carpinteria Avenue
US 101 at Bailard Avenue/Casitas Pass Road
Carpinteria, California, United States, 93013
Phone: (805) 684-8602

Motel 6 – Santa Barbara – State Street – $95.99 + Tax
3505 State Street
US 101 at SR 225/State Street
Santa Barbara, California, United States, 93105
Phone: (805) 687-5400

See you in Sunny Santa Barbara…

Dave Blackburn

Editor’s note: Santa Barbara is an extremely popular summer getaway, so hotels book up fast. Make your reservations EARLY.

A bit more on the Best of the West:

The image above is from an old T-shirt from the 2nd Best of the West in 1992, in the days when the “Bombers” were from Vista 😉 Recognize any of those other teams?

The tournament was started by Al Ruegsegger and originally played at Joe Rodgers Field in Long Beach, and now enters its 17th year in a row, the longest running men’s open tournament in California. For many years now, the tournament has been headed up for years by the ISC’s streaming media maven, David Blackburn. It’s been played at Palmdate, Soboba, Winchester, and last year and this year in beautiful Santa Barbara.

The ballpark is a few blocks from the ocean. Want to go to the tournament but don’t feel like driving? Catch Amtrak. . Union Station in downtown LA is an easy drive on the weekend, and you can enjoy a cold one enroute, and snooze on the way home. The Sunday morning trains will get you there in time for the semis and finals. (That’s what Maddy and I did last year) The train station is just .7 of a mile from the fields. .Click here to see the ballpark. .

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