Mens Fastpitch to return to Pan American Games
CITY — In a meeting last week in Jamaica, the Pan American Sports Organization
(PASO) approved the reinstatement of Men’s Fastpitch to the Pan American Games
to be played in Toronto, Canada in July 2015, the Amateur Softball Association
(ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. With this reinstatement,
Men’s Fastpitch will return to the Pan American Games for the first time since
2003 when the games were held in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.
announcement is a victory for the entire softball community,” said ASA/USA
Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Men’s Fastpitch is a tremendous
game and much credit goes to the Toronto Organizing Committee as well as
Softball Canada as they have worked diligently to have Men’s Fastpitch
reinstated to the Pan American Games since they were awarded the right to host
USA Men’s Fastpitch National Team has been quite consistent in their seven
trips to the Pan American Games dating back to their first appearance in 1979.
In all seven appearances, Team USA found themselves on the losing side of a
championships matchup with the Canadian National Team.
never capturing Gold, the USA Men have compiled an overall record of 61-16 for
a winning percentage of .792, with 15 of the 16 losses coming to Canada.
USA Men’s National Team is slated to compete in next month’s International
Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. They
will open pool play against defending champion Australia on March 1. Follow all
of the National Team’s games in the ISF World Championship at www.USAsoftball.com.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing
Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic
Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations
and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the
USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs
together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting
these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic
competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s
sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold
medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World
Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed
five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball,
please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.