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December 2008

The VIII ISF Senior World Cup

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SALEM, VIRGINIA - Last year when the seniors left Salem after the ISF Senior World Cup the senior players had been treated to a level of tournament management and support unlike anything most had ever witnessed before. The attention to detail to provide the visiting players an exceptional tournament experience was awesome. The softball complexes used for the event were as good a quality and met a higher standard than most playing fields in the United States. And the Roanoke Valley set itself apart from the others with the field preparation throughout the tournament. Each field was dragged, wetted and relined between the games. Most dugouts had water fountains and restrooms in the dugout itself, yet the staff provided coolers with ice water in each dugout and they were replenished them after every game. The electronic scoreboards were operated by well trained and experienced official scorekeepers at each field. And there were dozens of other behind the scenes staff making sure the tournament was managed in a professional manner. When the site for the 2008 Senior ISF World Cup was announced last winter, a number of players and managers asked “why the move to Salem?” “Now all the participants in last year’s competition understand,” offered RB Thomas, Jr., Tournament Director. “The City of Salem has earned the reputation to be called the CITY OF CHAMPIONS. The Roanoke Valley is a sports-minded community which takes great pride in hosting National and now World sports events. We were well pleased with the excellent tournament support that was provided to go along with their first-class facilities. Now that they have a better understanding of a senior tournament, 2009 promises to be even more special” The 8th ISF Senior World Cup will take place on June 12-14, 2009. Also, included this year will be divisions of play for Masters age classification teams at 35+, 40+ and 45+.



2009 Bat Standards for ISF and ISSA Tournaments

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MANASSAS, VIRGINIA - Beginning January 1, 2009 the equipment standards for bats and balls will be established in accordance with the current addition of the ISF Official Rules of Softball and/or as established in the tournament rules. To be consistent with the equipment rules, the ISSA tournaments will play by the same equipment standards. The bats allowed in the 2009 ISF Senior World Cup, the ISSA World Championships and the ISSA Winter Nationals will include all bats currently allowed by any member organization of the Senior Summit. This will include ASA Certified and BPF 1.2 Certified bats. The Senior Bats.(including the Miken Ultra II) will be allowed in all senior divisions of play. The balls to be used in these events will be the Dudley Thunder Advance, .44 core with maximum 375 compression. Given the past experience from senior tournaments throughout the world and the feedback from participating players, the ISF and ISSA have jointly agreed to adopt the equipment rules preferred by the vast majority of the senior players today and now being used in most senior tournaments.



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