The International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) has loaded the bases with outstanding events in preparation for a grand slam 2015.
ISF/ISSA World Tournament of Champions - Preparations are underway in the Tampa Bay area for the 2015 WTOC on January 23-25. Twenty-two fields have been reserved at five complexes again for the 4th event. Hotel blocks are in place for lodging near each complex and will be posted on the ISSA Website. The ISSA Staff will assign the divisions to the complexes and post with the lodging information on or about November 17, 2014. All teams that plan to play in the WTOC should submit the online entry form now (before November 15) if they have not already. Assigning the divisions to the complexes can best be done if the ISSA Staff has full knowledge of the participation. The entry fee is due by December 23.
Last year 83 senior teams played in the WTOC. This year even more senior teams have qualified for the event and the 2015 participation is expected to exceed 100 teams. The earned berth list is posted on the ISSA Website. Any team that feels they qualified by playing in an ISSA tournament or were a tournament champion in one of the other senior organizations and not on the posted list should contact the ISSA at email@example.com.
Team managers are urged to reserve their place in the WTOC immediately by submitting the ISSA Online Entry process.
2015 ISSA Tournament Schedule - The ISSA Staff also plans to publish the 2015 tournament schedule on November 17, 2014. Most 2014 ISSA senior tournaments will also be played in 2015 on the same weekend. A couple will be moved to a new date to better address the need and input from teams in the region. Also, negotiations are being finalized with some new "host communities" to bring some new exciting tournaments at great destinations. The ISSA Staff will be at conferences next week working on these new tournament sites (use cell phone numbers to contact Staff if necessary.)
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:
establish national and international goals for senior softball activities and encourage the attainment of those goals;
coordinate and develop amateur senior softball activity to foster productive working relationships among other senior softball organizations;
promote and encourage physical fitness and public participation in senior athletic activities;
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;
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;
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.
provide and coordinate technical information on physical training, equipment design, coaching, and performance analysis;
encourage and support research, development, and dissemination of information in the areas of sports medicine and sports safety.
encourage and provide assistance to amateur athletic activities for senior women;
provide world class competition for senior softball.
The ISSA website is available here.