Softball equipment already on the ground in various parts of the world is helping out where the sport had previously been in its infancy stages. The International Softball Federation (ISF) is in the process of assembling "starter kits" to be sent to Iran, which reports the presence of senior men's & women's, and under-17 boys & girls teams, with plans to activate 13 more states in softball. Elsewhere, the General Association of International Sports Federation's (GAISF) "Sporting Goods to Go" project, which partners with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), and many charitable agencies, recently saw a number of shipments of sports equipment received in Afghanistan, including softballs and bats. The sport is also developing in Somalia, from where a request has been received - with their National Olympic Committee's support - to apply for ISF membership.
The ISF is also working on plans for assisting its national federations in development of playing facilities. The ISF recently published a new document outlining how softball venues can be incorporated into existing sports facilities for multi-sport use. The ISF is also planning for the development of "indoor softball" by utilizing existing indoor facilities and modifying the dimensions. Mr. Porter noted that softball has already begun to be played indoors in places such as France, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia, & USA.
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