World Championship Tournament Draws 1,000 Players to Daytona Beach 

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) is bringing its Winter World and USA Championship softball tournaments to Daytona Beach Nov. 17-19.

Sixty to 80 teams of 16 players each are expected to compete during the three-day event on professional fields throughout the area in age brackets of 50-75+ men and 54-55+ women. Ormond Beach Sports Complex, which has five full-size softball fields will also be used for the tournaments.

Participants and their families including Florida residents from Naples, Bradenton and Tampa, in addition to senior players and relatives from 18 states. Division Champions from ISSA tournaments at Valdosta, Ga., Auburn, Ala., Salisbury, Md., and Cincinnati, Ohio, will compete Friday for the USA Champions.

Hosted by the Holiday Inn & Suites Daytona Beach On The Ocean, Thomas said hotel and restaurant proximity to the playing fields was key for its association.

Greg Thomas, ISSA deputy executive director said the family-run association, started by his father, R.B. Thomas is in its 23rd year. Thomas said the association’s membership has grown during the last four or five years. “We’re seeing a 20 percent increase year over year and we’ll have 1,200 new entries this year,” Thomas said.

Thomas said hotel and restaurant proximity, entertainment options, hotel rates and ease of reaching playing fields was a key reason Daytona Beach was selected for the tournaments. “The rates have a big impact on getting people to come and location is a big factor for us,” he said. “We have to find places that people want to go, places that offer other activities besides softball.”

The tournaments will be in town during a time when a number of activities, holiday festivals and concerts are scheduled.

Entry to the tournaments is free. For more information, visit www.seniorsoftball.org/issa-winter-world-championships.html. For more information about Daytona Beach, visit www.visitdaytonabeach.com.