MANASSAS, VIRGINIA – In 2008 the senior softball players got to compete at the City of Champions, play in the Senior Softball Capital of the World and have some year-end fun at the Fun City......all in Virginia. Teams from Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania played in all three events and from what we hear, several others plan to do the same in 2009.
The 7th ISF Senior World Cup was held on June 20-22 at Salem, Virginia. Nestled in the Roanoke Valley, Salem and the surrounding jurisdictions combined forces to host the World Cup of Senior Softball sanctioned by the International Softball Federation, the worldwide governing body for the sport. Salem has long been a favorite destination for softball players of all ages and the senior participants were not disappointed. The reputation of the event is now circling the globe and promises to bring the sports top athletes to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2009. Those that were there this year know why they are now called the City of Champions.
On August 15-17 the 14th ISSA World Championships returned to Manassas and Prince William County. This event has become a tradition for many senior teams as they vie for the right to wear one of the coveted championship rings. Teams again journeyed to Manassas from coast to coast this year to compete and renew old friendships. Nestled on a quiet side street in historic Old Town Manassas is the ISSA World Headquarters where plans are underway tor the 2009 event and seven other ASA senior tournaments throughout the year.
This year the ISSA introduced another senior event, on October 3-5 the 2008 ISSA Winter Nationals was hosted by the world-class resort City of Virginia Beach. Senior teams from up and down the East Coast arrived at The Beach to Experience the Fun at the Fun City. Softball officials in Tidewater Virginia plan to make this one an annual October event for the Senior and Masters teams. With some outstanding new softball facilities and a world-class beach resort community, this event will undoubtedly become a favorite for senior players and their wives over the ensuing years.
Log on today to the ISSA website to stay on top of senior softball and see all we have to offer for 2009! Remember VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS, softball lovers.