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ISC Reorganization and Championship Berth Qualifying
Monday, October 2, 2006
For the first time in its 60+ year history, the International Softball Congress is entering into a complete reorganization that affects personnel as well as how teams qualify for berths to the World Tournament and ISC II Tournament of Champions.
Here is a summary of the changes.
The ISC has eliminated 12 positions in the commissioner ranks and at the same time, changed team qualifying from an Area basis to a Regional basis. There will no longer be the former Area Qualifying tournaments as we used to know them.
We are now divided into 5 Regions; US West, US Central, US East, Canada West and Canada East. Each of these regions is headed by a Regional Vice President. Under each VP are 1 - 4 Regional Commissioners all of whom are former Area or Travel League Commissioners.
The definitions of these regions is on the ISC web site www.iscfastpitch.com. Click on Rules and Forms link in left margin. It also has the revised Letter of
Intent Form for regions rather than areas. We suggest managers and players review the region definitions are there are some "open" areas included.
Here is a breakdown of these regions, championship berth allocations and the personnel involved.
US West (4 WT, 3 ISC II)
Regional VP – Chris Santos
Regional Commissioners – Keith Erkenbrack (with help from
Commissioners at Large – Dick Mason, Jim Williamson, Dave Blackburn & Milt Stark
Specialists – Jim Flanagan and Ron Chambers
US Central (10 WT, 9 ISC II)
Regional VP – Dave LeBlanc
Regional Commissioners – Dean Oscar, Les Novak, Tom Crouch and Pat Sullivan
Commissioners at Large – Wayne Fisher, Floyd Hammen, Ed Kirner, Royce Heath & Charlie Smith
Specialists –Judd Berthiaume, Gary Baughman, Bret Baughman, Hank DeWild & Tony Schaaf
US East (6 WT excluding defending champ, 5 ISC II)
Regional VP – Bill Howell
Regional Commissioners – Billy Smith and Lee Isenhart
Commissioners at Large – Larry Fisher, Bill Hillhouse, Robert Gray & Tom Stasik
Specialists – Doug Gillis & Rick Havercroft
Regional VP – Ferdi Nelissen
Regional Commissioners – Todd McCabe and Craig Donaldson
Commissioners at Large – None
Specialists – None
Regional VP – Bob McGowan
Regional Commissioners – Colin Smith and Blair Setford
Commissioners at Large – None
Specialists – Al Doran, Bruce Bierman and Todd Idenouye
International (4 WT, 0 ISC II)
International Commissioner - Bill Hillhouse
Each VP and his Regional Commissioners have been asked to have their qualifying
events decided by November 1. They can use any of the following options to
1. Invitational Tournaments - Subject to tournaments agreeing to some ISC conditions.
A. Above can be "open" to teams from any location
B. Above can be "restricted" to teams from within the region
2. Travel League - Must meet ISC criteria and be concluded by July 15 or
played with champion gaining berth for the following years championship.
3. Region Tournament - An extension of the former area tournaments but now
includes teams from the entire region.
Use of Invitational Tournaments as Qualifiers
The following are recommended guidelines for invitational tournaments to be granted status as an ISC Qualifying Tournament.
Tournament must agree to use ISC rules, ISC recommended ball and all umpires dressed in official ISC umpire attire. We may ask some to use an “experimental” ball.
Teams Winning berths in '06 for '07 championships
Three teams, Orillia Riversharks (WT), Thomson Area Merchants (WT) and Kitchener Phoenix Outlaws (ISC II) won '07 championship berths by winning '06 ISC Travel Leagues. These championship berth commitments will be honored and these teams
have berths secured for '07.
On a personal note, each ISC person whose position was eliminated, was contacted
by phone and explained the reasons for the decision. In each case, the individuals
understood and graciously accepted the decision. They made a tough job much
easier by their understanding and acceptance of the needed changes. To each of the eliminated people, my sincere thanks for the manner in which you accepted the news.
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