INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTS
ISF press release
|USA WINS PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPThe 8th Pan American Women’s Championship concluded yesterday in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico with USA winning the Gold. Canada followed with the Silver and Cuba claimed the bronze. Fifteen national teams from the Americas region competed for slots in three major tournaments – the 14th ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands, the 22nd Central American & Caribbean Sports Games in Veracruz, Mexico, and 17th Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Web-streaming and live scoring were available with television coverage provided throughout Puerto Rico.
The teams that qualified for the three above tournaments are:
|EASTON FOUNDATIONS SUPPORTS PLAYBALL2020ISF major sponsor, the Easton Foundations, throws their support behind the WBSC’s Playball2020 campaign for Olympic reinstatement. The Easton Foundations serve as a vehicle to encourage and support youth to develop skills in the sports of baseball, softball, ice hockey, cycling, and archery. The Easton Foundations have included attention to the campaign on their homepage, encouraging all visitors to support the Playball2020 campaign. The official Facebook page for 2020 Olympic campaign has now reached over 51,000+ ‘likes’ and continues to increase every day.|
|RUSSIA WINS EUROPEAN CADET GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPSThe 7th European Cadet Girls Championship concluded last week in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The six days of competition featured 12 European 16-under national teams. Russia claimed the gold with Czech Republic winning silver, followed by Netherlands earning bronze. The remaining teams that participated were (in order of finish) Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, and Lithuania.
|MACCABIAH GAMES ENDThe Maccabiah Games, the third largest sporting event, concluded in Maor, Israel with 9,000 athletes from 70 countries, playing in 46 different events. Playing before capacity crowds at the new Alvin M. Levin Field in Maor, the 51-game softball tournament ran in cooperation with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and other Friends of the Field. For the first time ever, the softball competition was simulcast around the world with the Gamechanger application, allowing families, friends and fans from North and South America to follow the games in real time.
The medalist in the three softball divisions were:
Women’s Open: USA (Gold), Canada (Silver), Israel (Bronze);
Men’s Open: USA (Gold), Canada (Silver), Mexico (Bronze); and
Men’s Masters: Canada (Gold), USA (Silver), Venezuela (Bronze).
|WORLD MASTERS GAMESThe 8th World Masters Games concluded in Torino, Italy earlier this month. Softball had the second most number of registrants at this edition with 835 participants from 18 different countries, followed only by football. Men and women competed in nine softball division over a ten day period. The club program Torino Passo Buole were the big winners, winning gold in women competitive senior and junior divisions, women recreational junior division, men competitive junior, 45+, and 55+ Gold divisions, men recreational junior and 45+ Gold divisions. Southern Masters 45’s won the women recreational senior division.
The World Masters Games is the premier multi-sport Games for athletes aged 35 years and older with 19,000 athletes, 30 sports and 160 disciplines currently on the programme. The next edition will be played in 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.
|CANADA SUMMER GAMESThe 2013 Canada Games softball competition concluded last week with British Columbia winning Gold; Manitoba Silver; and Quebec Bronze. After finishing fourth in the preliminary round with tight losses to Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, British Columbia fought all the way back to defeat those three very same teams in the playoff round to win their third consecutive Gold medal at the Canada Summer Games. The final day of competition saw a lengthy rain delay that forced the cancellation of the consolation final between Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, and suspended play in the sixth inning of the Bronze medal game between British Columbia and Quebec. The remaining list of participants, in order of finish were Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.
The Canada Games, held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, are Canada’s largest multi-sport event and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition.