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ISPS Commissioner Visits Guatemala

By ISPS, 04/26/22, 12:30PM EDT

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The Commissioner's visit is a sign of the growing popularity of slow pitch softball in Guatemala. With its stunning scenery and friendly people, the country is quickly becoming a hot spot for the sport. And with the support of the ISPS, it's only going to get better.


ISPS Director with ISPS Guatemala Director, Mariel Escobar, and Staff. (Top L-R) Luis Morataya, Walter Morataya, Epifanio Perez (Bottom L-R) Jose Trujillo, Mariel Escobar, Comissioner Manuel T. Ferrero III, and Rafael Zapata

The Commissioner of ISPS (International Slow Pitch Softball) visited Guatemala last week to meet with the Director of ISPS Guatemala, Mariel Escobar, her staff, and the community of slow pitch players. He was impressed by the dedication and passion of the players, who have made their home in this Central American country.

 

The Commissioner was also able to see firsthand the progress that has been made in developing the sport of slow pitch in Guatemala. He praised the efforts of the players, coaches, and leaders who have worked hard to improve the quality of play.

 

The Commissioner believes that Guatemala has the potential to become a powerhouse in slow pitch. With the dedication of the players and the support of the community, he is confident that Guatemala will be able to compete at the highest levels of the sport.


Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Commissioner's visit was a great boost to the morale of the Guatemalan slow pitch community. His positive assessment of the state of the sport in Guatemala has given them renewed hope for the future of the sport in their country.

 

"It's great to see so many people enjoying our sport," said the Commissioner. "I'm proud to see how much progress has been made in such a short time."

 

He also had high praise for the Guatemalan national director Mariel Escobar and her staff, which is quickly becoming one of the strongest in Latin America. "Mariel (Escobar) and her staff are incredibly talented," he said. "I have no doubt that they will continue to work hard for the sport and ISPS Guatemala."


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The Commissioner's visit is a huge step forward for the sport of slow pitch softball in Guatemala. With his support, the sport has a bright future in this Central American country.

 

The Commissioner's visit was a great boost to the morale of the Guatemalan slow pitch community. His positive assessment of the state of the sport in Guatemala has given them renewed hope for the future of the sport in their country.

 

The Commissioner's visit is a sign of the growing popularity of slow pitch softball in Guatemala. With its stunning scenery and friendly people, the country is quickly becoming a hot spot for the sport. And with the support of the ISPS, it's only going to get better.


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Mariel Escobar, Director of ISPS Guatemala planting the gardenia plant

Alongside the ISPS Guatemala Director, Mariel Escobar, Commissioner Ferrero planted the ceremonial plant.   As per ISPS tradition, in new destinations ISPS plants a tree to represent the slow pitch community.  

 

This time in Guatemala, the Gardenia plant was chosen. The white gardenis represents purity and gentleness. It will also serve as a reminder that slow pitch is "pure and gentle" and needs to be nurtured in order to continue to grow and prosper.


Commissioner Ferrero helping with the planting of the gardenia plant.

"I think the sport of softball has a lot of potential in Guatemala," said Commissioner Ferrero. "The players here are very passionate about the game and they have the talent to compete at a high level. With the support of the community, I think we can really grow the sport here."

 

When asked about his plans for the future of ISPS, Commissioner Ferrero was adamant that he wants to continue to grow the sport of slow pitch around the world. "I want to see slow pitch become and be recognized as the true international sport that it is," he said. "I think it has the potential to be one of the most popular sports in the world."

 

The Commissioner's visit to Guatemala was a great success, and he left the country with a renewed sense of hope for the future of slow pitch in Guatemala and Central America. With the dedication of the players and the support of the community, there is no doubt that Guatemala will be able to compete at the highest levels of the sport.


Gardenia


Gardenia flower


Meeting with local slow pitch team SKOL

The Commissioner of ISPS arrived in Guatemala City yesterday, and today he is visiting some of the slow pitch fields in the area. He is excited to meet with the local community and learn more about their love for slow pitch.

 

This is a great time for the sport of slow pitch softball. With the support of the ISPS, Guatemala has the potential to become a major player in the world of slow pitch. Thanks to the dedication of the players and the community, there is no limit to what this country can achieve.

 

The Commissioner met with a few of the locals and asked them about their favorite aspects of slow pitch. They all agreed that the social aspect was by far their favorite part of the game. They loved getting together with friends/teammates to play a game they enjoyed.


(L-R) Epifanio Perez, Commissioner Ferrero, Rafael Zapata

The Commissioner also met with ISPS Guatemala Director, Mariel Escobar and her staff. Technical directors and scorekeepers Luis Morataya and Walter Morataya. Umpires Epifanio Perez and Rafael Zapata. As well as head field assistant, Jose "Pepe" Turjillo.

 

The Commissioner was impressed by how passionate these people were about slow pitch, and he can’t wait to see more of what Guatemala has to offer.

 

"I'm really looking forward to seeing more of Guatemala," he said. "This country has so much to offer, and I'm excited to see it all."

 

The Commissioner of ISPS made a visit to Guatemala this week in order to meet with the local slow pitch community and see some of the best slow pitch fields in the country. The Commissioner was very impressed with what he saw, and he was proud to meet all of the dedicated players who make up the thriving slow pitch community in Guatemala. He asked many questions about how the sport is played there, and everyone he met was polite and happy to share their knowledge. It was a great experience for all involved, and the Commissioner left Guatemala feeling confident that slow pitch is in good hands around the world.




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