The International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) has released its summer 2013 schedule through June. More information will be posted on the website, www.seniorsoftball.org, as it becomes available.
Greenville, South Carolina: The ISSA Greenville National Invitational Tournament is set to get underway on Friday, April 26 when the 65+ and 70+ and 75+ senior teams take the field at Lakeside Park. The 50s, 55s and 60s will begin preliminary play at the Red Owens Softball Complex at Easley on Saturday morning. The game schedules will be posted on the ISSA Web site. The Managers Meeting will be held Thursday night at the Host Hotel. The Greenville NIT is the final tournament in the ISSA Carolina Trail Series which drew 110 senior teams participating in the three events. Game results and tournament photos will be posted on the Web site, www.seniorsoftball.org.
Drifton, Pennsylvania: The 3rd Annual ISSA Penn Senior Classic will be held at the Jake Kislan Softball Complex at Drifton again this year. The tournament will be a Saturday and Sunday event, June 1 and 2. Senior teams planning on playing at Drifton should submit the Online Entry Form at this time. Team Managers should report to the Tournament Director one hour before their first scheduled preliminary game to get their information packet. As with all ISSA senior tournaments, the game schedules will be posted on the ISSA Web site after the entries are closed.
Maryville, Tennessee: The 2nd Annual Great Smoky Mountain Senior Classic will be a three-day event. Teams will begin preliminary play on Friday and starting times will be subject to the number and class of the entered teams. It is the ISSA policy to generally begin the older divisions first with the 50s playing the latest scheduled games. The "Smoky" has been a favorite softball tournament for over 40 years, now senior teams get to continue the tradition and play for senior softball's bragging rights. A tournament championship at Maryville is a significant milestone to have on a player resume. Major teams have already entered in the 50+, 55+ and 60+ divisions. Simply put, the Smoky is a "must play" event for many legends of the game.
Salem, Virginia: The 12th ISF Senior World Cup will be played on softball fields throughout the Roanoke Valley on June 21-23, Friday Saturday and Sunday. The World Cup is one of the most prestigious events in all of softball and draws National and International teams to challenge for the division championships. This tournament is sanctioned by the International Softball Federation, the Worldwide Governing Body for the sport.
Manassas, Virginia: Team managers are reminded to use the Online Team Registration (at no cost) to get their ISSA Team Rating and enter any of the ISSA tournaments on the ISSA Schedule posted on the Web site. Also, whenever there is any change in a team's status or contact information the team should submit a new registration online. Teams that plan to play in any of the ISSA senior tournaments in 2013 should submit the Tournament Entry Form for each event. (Entry fees have to be mailed later to the ISSA Office in advance of the specific tournament per the Factsheet.) Players that participate in ISSA tournaments are NOT required to purchase an ID Card from ISSA. The ISSA allows players to present their drivers license for proof of age and residency.
The ISSA staff would like to encourage all the senior players and their fans to become a Fan of the ISSA - Senior Softball page on Facebook. The ISSA will post photos and information from ISSA events to highlight senior softball participants and happenings throughout the season. So LIKE our senior softball page as it is one way for us to communicate with all those interested in the sport. The ISSA FB page is ISSA - SENIOR SOFTBALL and has a number of photos from recent ISSA tournaments as well as some from the past. If you have friends and/or family members using Facebook you might want to suggest that they LIKE the ISSA page, maybe the ISSA will be posting your photo from the next tournament. Additionally, all senior players should subscribe to the ISSA e-newsletter to get up-to-date information about senior softball and ISSA events (subscription box is on the ISSA Web site home page at www.seniorsoftball.org).