OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and the International Softball Federation (ISF) announced today the XXV ISF Congress will take place in Oklahoma City October 27-30 at the Oklahoma City Marriott on Northwest Expressway.
“We thank the ASA for the comprehensive and competitive bid that they put forward to host our Congress,” said ISF President Don Porter. “They certainly have experience with staging their own national meetings as well as tournaments, so the XXV ISF Congress will certainly be in capable hands in terms of the local support. There is a lot of business to cover during the time there, but I know the delegates will also enjoy their time in Oklahoma City.”
Oklahoma City was chosen over a bid from the Bahamas Softball Federation and the 2011 congress marks the first time the meetings will take place in the United States since Tampa in 2001. In 2009, the congress traveled to Venezuela, in 2007 it was in Philippines, in 2005 Taiwan played host, and 2003 it took place in China.
“On behalf of the ASA and Oklahoma City, we are thrilled to be welcoming the world softball leaders to the softball capital of the United States,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “This congress will see participants from six continents and we are ready to meet and strategize with them on the critical issues facing international softball including a plan for reinstatement into the 2020 Olympic Games.”
The ISF Board of Directors will arrive on Wednesday, October 26 with the delegates arriving from around the world on Thursday for meetings that finish on Sunday. Numerous commission meetings will take place at the beginning of the weekend including, but not limited to Playing Rules, Development, Equipment Standards, Hall of Fame, Athletes and Competition. Once the commissions are completed, the Congress will convene beginning Sunday morning.