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December 9, 2011 e-news

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BURLINGTON NATIONAL INVITATIONAL - The ISSA has announced that Burlington, NC will become the second leg for the ISSA Spring Training Trail.  The "Trail" is a series of three tournaments in the south that will offer the senior teams an opportunity to take to the field early in the year to get ready for a competitive season of quality senior softball tournaments sanctioned by ISSA.  (The move to Burlington was necessitated when the City of N. Charleston elected not to sanction with ISSA for 2012.)  The three tournaments will now be held at Myrtle Beach, Burlington and Columbus, GA in 2012.  Teams that participate in all thee tournaments will be awarded a PAID berth in the 11th ISF Senior World Cup at Salem, VA on June 22-24, 2012.   The complete ISSA Tournament Schedule is posted on the ISSA Website and will be updated this winter as additional new tournaments are added for 2012.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN SENIOR CLASSIC - Come June 1-3, 2012 the senior teams in the United States will have the opportunity to play at Maryville, TN a couple of weeks before the Country's top ranked open teams arrive to challenge for softball's bragging rights.  "We are excited to be able to work with local officials to bring this type of event to the competitive senior teams from throughout the United States," offered RB Thomas, ISSA Executive Director.  "The senior teams will now have the opportunity to play the "Smoky" and some of the players will have the chance to relive some of their experiences from years gone by."  The Smoky Mountain Classic has been in existence for over forty years and all the great players in softball have stepped to the plate in Maryville.

ISSA/ISF WORLD TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - Over 60 teams have entered the WTOC at Plant City/Tampa, Florida scheduled for January 27-29, 2012.  Any Masters and/or Senior Division teams still interested in participating should contact the ISSA Office to confirm elgibility and space availability for their division.  The ISSA has joined with the International Softball Federation and the Tampa Sports Commission to organize a premeir event for the World's outstanding softball teams.  Competition will be held at three venues (14 fields) in the Tampa Region.  Information is posted on the ISSA Website for venue and hotel addresses and complexes where the various age classifications will be playing.  Admission is free and spectators and softball enthusists are welcome to come out and watch the National Champion teams in action. 


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