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ISSA Teams Will Start Swinging in April at N. Charleston and Augusta

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MANASSAS, VIRGINIA USA - The 2011 Season for senior softball will mark the initiation of the International Senior Softball Association's expansion of their tournament program.  After years of requests from host cities, local organizers, players, etc. to bring an ISSA event to their area, the staff at ISSA has followed through to locate several new and exciting tournaments for the senior teams that participate in their organization.  First on the schedule for 2011 will be warm weather tournaments in April at N. Charleston, SC and Augusta, GA.  The ISSA has assumed tournament management responsibilities for both of the long-standing senior tournaments which will provide the teams that register with ISSA an outstanding opportunity to participate in a quality event, get an early start on the 2011 season and enjoy the excellent venue ameneties and attractions.
The April 15-17 tournament in North Charleston, SC has been organized by the City under the direction of Cindy Dambaugh and the Recreation Department staff for many years.  This year the ISSA staff was asked to partner with the City to create the highest standard senior event for the players.  The event is known as April's Finest Senior Classic and the ISSA looks forward to working with the City to create the finest possible tournament for the teams.
Two weeks later at Augusta, GA the ISSA will be working with Lida Gregg and the Augusta Recreation Department to host the Master's Senior Tournament.  This year will mark the 17th event for the senior teams at this City famous for the Masters Golf Tournament.  Augusta has one of the outstanding softball complexes in the United States at the Diamond Lakes Park.  This charming southern City awaits the influx of senior players and other guests to this renewed softball tournament.
Also new to the ISSA program for 2011 will be the Mountaineer Classic at Morgantown, WV in July.  The ISSA is excited to be working with the City of Morgantown to bring to  the State of West Virginia this new senior softball event, the first of its kind for the State.  Morgantown which is the home of West Virginia University is conveniently located to draw teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and is destined to become a favorite tournament site for many teams.
Participants in the new ISSA events will be afforded the opportunity to advance to play in the ISF Senior World Cup at Salem, VA and the ISSA World Championships at Manassas, VA.  The ISSA will also be holding the ISSA Winter Nationals again in October at Virginia Beach.  Several other exciting tournaments are in the planning stages and will be announced soon.  Individuals interested in senior softball events and opportunities should subscribe to the ISSA mailing list to receive e-newsletters.  The revised ISSA Website at www.seniorsoftball.org includes the tournament information and entry forms for teams planning on playing ISSA in 2011. 

Newsflash - January 3, 2011

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2011 ISSA Tournament Schedule Announced                                                                             

MANASSAS, VIRGINIA - The International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) is pleased to announce the addition of several new senior tournaments for the 2011 Season.  Discussions are currently underway with several more new and exciting host cities as the ISSA expands their playing opportunities for the Masters and Senior players.  The confirmed schedule of 2011 tournaments at this time include:

April 15-17        April's Finest, N. Charleston, SC
April 29-May 1  Master's Senior Tournament, Augusta, GA
June 10-12       ISF Senior World Cup, Salem, VA
July 29-31        Mountaineer Classic, Morgantown, WV
August 12-14    ISSA World Championships, Manassas, VA
October 7-9      ISSA Winter Nationals, Virginia Beach, VA

"The ISSA expects to announce soon the location of the ISSA United States Championships and other possible events including a senior women's tournament,"  offered Greg Thomas, ISSA Deputy Executive Director.  "We have had dozens of requests in recent years to globlely expand our tournament offerings, so this year we have began the process of identifying appropriate venues where we would have committed local staffing to help organize and host great ISSA senior tournaments."  The ISSA does not require player registration fees or team registration fees and look forward to working with the senior players around the United States and internationally to provide high quality events that the players have become accustomed to at their World Championships.  Anyone desiring additional information regarding the ISSA tournament program can contact Greg and/or RB Thomas at 703-368-1188 or email
[email protected].  Players should subscribe to the ISSA Mailing List to stay informed about senior softball happenings. Individuals can also "Friend" RB Thomas on Facebook to communicate with ISSA. (A video showing several of the 2011 venues is currently posted on Facebook.) Please distribute this News Flash to the players on your team and/or league.


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