Update: 1/29/10

COMMITMENTS

Jersey Outlaws 2010 Commitments
Jessica O’Hara – Drexel University
Jessica Zielman- Hofstra University
Jamie Dellinger – La Salle University
Jackie Hetzler- Kutztown University

PAC 10 PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL

2010 Pac-10 Preseason Softball Coaches’ Poll
1. Washington (7) 49 pts
2. Arizona 41 pts
3. UCLA (1) 37 pts
4t. Arizona State 26 pts
4t. Stanford 26 pts
6. California 25 pts
7t. Oregon 10 pts
7t. Oregon State 10 pts

REPORT FROM ISF

DEVELOPMENTS AT ISF HEADQUARTERS
This past weekend at the world headquarters in Florida, ISF President Don Porter convened a strategic planning meeting of current executive committee members including secretary general Low Beng Choo, 1st Vice President Dale McMann, and 2nd Vice President Bob Leveloff, along with several board members, plus Director of Umpires Bob Stanton, and Andy Loechner, who recently retired from his ISF secretary general post but will be overseeing the Youth Softball World Cup in Plant City (December). The ISF staff was also involved. A great many issues and items both immediate and long range were discussed, with recommendations to be forwarded on to the full ISF Board.

Those who came to Plant City were among the first to see a new library that has been developed at the ISF. Seen below, this new resource center includes not only softball publications from many countries from over the years, but those on the Olympics, the IOC, and other categories.

EVENTS SHAPING UP
The Women’s Under-19 South American Championship begins in Argentina tomorrow (runs through February 7). Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela will compete in the Province de la Pampa. Ecuador had joined them in competing in the last edition of this event (2008), which was hosted and won by Venezuela, who defeated Brazil for the title.

Meanwhile, 14 of the 16 countries that have qualified for the ISF XII Women’s World Championship have completed their entries. The world governing body is hoping to receive the remaining pair by Monday. The event will take place June 23-July 2 in Caracas, Venezuela. The ISF hopes to announce shortly the exact dates for the 13th edition of the event, to be held in 2012 in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada).

CITY OF PHOENIX PROPOSES TO CLOSE SOFTBALL COMPLEXES

The City Council is considering its next budget, which has to deal with a revenue shortfall.  Among the cuts proposed is Budget Item 25 which would close Desert West, Rose Mofford and Papago softball complexes.

Opponents note that these facilities provide adult and youth softball leagues, and softball tournaments for approximately 330,000 participants on over 700 teams annually.  The revenue generated from  these complexes is estimated at $221,000 a year.  A foreman, three groundskeepers and two recreation coordinations as well as part-time help would lose out.

Opponents are urging the softball community to speak out at Council hearings.

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