Preparations are underway for the 4th ISF/ISSA World Tournament of Champions scheduled for January 23-25, 2015 at venues in the Tampa Bay Region. Five softball complexes in the region are preparing for the influx of senior slowpitch softball teams from around the world. Approximately 225 teams have now qualified for the event from their participation in ISSA tournaments this year. And the ISF will invite teams from the 127 member countries.
Additionally, senior tournament champions from all senior organizations are eligible to enter the WTOC. The Entry Form is now available on the ISSA Website (www.seniorsoftball.org) as well as the list of teams who are eligible to participate. Team managers are urged to submit their online entry form now to reserve their spot and assist the tournament staff to assign the age classifications to the reserved complexes.
Deadline for teams to enter is December 24, 2014 but all should be aware that the event will close when the available field capacity is reached. So senior teams should submit the online entry form ASAP and be sure to mail the Entry Fee by the 24th of December. Any team managers looking for additional information not on the website should contact the Tournament Director, RB Thomas, Jr. Tournament hotels have been secured and will be posted as soon as the divisions are assigned to venues.
Teams can enter the events now using the ISSA Online Entry process.
About ISSA: The International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit corporation organized in 1994 by experienced softball administrators to provide the senior players a voice in the sport and the opportunity to participate in and experience the highest quality world-class tournaments. The ISSA is an Allied Member of the Amateur Softball Association or America, the National Governing Body for the sport of softball. ISSA Executive Director, RB Thomas, Jr. is also the Director of Senior Softball for the International Softball Federation and has annually conducted the ISF Senior World Cup since 2002. In 2011 the ISSA will expand their tournament program to new and exciting venues thoughout the United States. The mission of the ISSA is to:
1. establish national and international goals for senior softball activities and encourage the attainment of those goals;
2. coordinate and develop amateur senior softball activity to foster productive working relationships among other senior softball organizations;
3. promote and encourage physical fitness and public participation in senior athletic activities;
4. assist organizations and persons concerned with senior sports in the development of amateur athletic programs and other events that foster the special comradery among seniors;
5. provide for swift resolutions of conflicts and disputes involving amateur athletes, and protect the opportunity of any amateur athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or official to participate in senior amateur athletic competition;
6. foster the development of amateur athletic facilities for use by amateur athletes and assist in making existing amateur athletic facilities available for use by senior softball.
7. provide and coordinate technical information on physical training, equipment design, coaching, and performance analysis;
8. encourage and support research, development, and dissemination of information in the areas of sports medicine and sports safety.
9. encourage and provide assistance to amateur athletic activities for senior women;
10. provide world class competition for senior softball.
The ISSA website is available here.