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ISSA Announces May, June Tournaments

19 May, 2015


The International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) has noted the following events are upcoming:

JACKSONVILLE, NC - The first year ISSA Memorial Day Senior Classic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 (Memorial Day is Monday, May 25).  Senior teams looking to play in this new two-day tournament should submit their online entry form now.  Jacksonville is the home of the Marine Corps Camp Lejeune and holds some fond memories with many of our senior players that served in the Marines.  Still accepting teams for this one.

DRIFTON, PA - The 4th Annual ISSA/NASF Penn Senior Classic will be held on May 29-31 at the ASA Softball Complex in Drifton and at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.  Last year the ISSA had to stop taking entries when the complex at Drifton exceeded the field capacity.  This year we have added two additional fields at Wilkes-Barre to handle the expected turn-out.  Teams playing in the tournament should review the ISSA Website to determine where they are playing (Drifton or Wilkes-Barre).  The ISSA plans to cut off the entries at 36 this year so do not delay if your team is not on the posted Registered Team List which is now on the ISSA Website.

MARYVILLE/KNOXVILLE, TN - The ISSA Great Smoky Mountain Senior Classic has experienced an increase in the number of teams for the 4th straight year.  The prestige of playing in the “Smoky” which has over forty years of softball history has been made available to the senior players by ISSA.  At this writing the event has a 28% increase over last year’s participation which was at 50 teams.  Additional teams are expected before the entry close-out and play will begin on June 5.   We are trying to find additional fields now, if not the tournament is full at 64 teams. The list of teams playing in the Smoky is on the ISSA Website at www.seniorsoftball.org. Teams will be playing at one of the five parks being used for the event.  The divisions will be assigned to parks shortly. 

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The ISSA Heart of America Senior Classic will provide the senior teams in the Midwest an opportunity to play in the award winning ISSA Tournament Program.  New teams can register online at no charge and players may use their drivers license for ID purposes.  The ISSA Staff will be in Sioux Falls and look forward to meeting some new players from that part of the world.  The event is scheduled for June 12-14, 2015.  Pertinent information for this tournament and all others can be found on the ISSA Website.  All teams are reminded to use the ISSA online entry form to reserve a spot in all the tournaments in which they plan to play in 2015 sooner rather than later as some ISSA tournaments will close out before the deadline this year.

All information is available on the website, located here.

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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.

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