ISSA Announces 2015 Tournament Schedule
25 Nov, 2014
The International Senior Softball Association has announced the following events for 2015:
ISSA 2015 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - The ISSA has posted the 2015 tournament schedule on the website. Twenty events are currently scheduled and discussions are underway with several more localities who are looking to host an ISSA Senior Tournament in 2015. Team managers and players should monitor the schedule over the next couple months to look for the new tournament sites. Team managers should carefully review the tournament dates since some existing events have moved for 2015. Online entry forms will be posted for each event within the next couple weeks and all teams are requested to submit the form then for each ISSA tournament on their 2015 schedule. Entry fees are not due until 30 days prior to the tournament.
2015 ISF/ISSA WORLD TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - More than 70 teams have already submitted their online entry form to reserve their spot in the WTOC to be held in the Tampa Bay Region on January 23-25, 2015. The complexes have been assigned to the various divisions of play and are shown on the “Addresses of Venues and Hotels” page on the website. Tournament hotels have been identified near each complex as well. All teams planning on playing in this event should immediately 1) submit the online entry form (if they have not already done so) and 2) reserve their hotel rooms near the assigned softball complex (in most cases the reserved room blocks expire about 30 days prior to the event and rates could increase dramatically.)
ISSA SUPER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - New for 2015 will be a new tournament to be held at the Sportscore 1 Softball Complex at Rockford, IL, the Super World Championships. Players on Major Plus teams (in other organizations) have requested that we host the Supers in this central location to bring the teams from both coasts to Chicagoland. Special rules will be in effect for the event, namely a semi-open roster, homeruns, time limits, etc. Division championships will be held for 50+, 55+, 60+ and 65+ “Super” teams. Participation in the ISSA Super World Championships will not impact a players current standing in the ISSA Tournament Program. Teams planning on entering the “Supers” should submit their online entry form early (as soon as it is posted) so all entering teams can make their travel plans.
ISSA SOUTH SHORE CHAMPIONSHIPS - One new ISSA senior tournament for 2015 will be the South Shore Championships. Located near the south shore of Lake Michigan just east of Chicago, the new event will take place at the Crown Point Sportsplex at Crown Point, IN on July 24-26. City officials are excited to host this event and the senior teams can expect a high quality tournament at this great new location.
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.