United States selected to host 2016 ISF Junior Mens World Championship
CITY — The International Softball Federation (ISF) announced today that
Midland, Michigan will host the 2016 ISF Junior Men’s World Championship
following approval by the world governing body’s Board of Directors and ISF
Congress Members. It will mark the second time a World Championship has been
held in Midland.
are excited to welcome national teams from around the world to Midland in
2016,” said tournament host committee co-chairman Jeff Servinski.
“Midland has a storied history in hosting fastpitch softball events. It
is our intent to build upon this legacy as we host these young, international
athletes for the junior men's world championship."
United States has not played host to an ISF world championship since Midland
was the site of the 1996 ISF Men’s World Championship. The only other Junior Men’s World Championship in the United
States took place in Fargo, N.D. in 1985. Team USA finished second falling to
New Zealand 2-1 in the Championship game that year
very excited to have the 2016 ISF Junior Men’s World Championships right here
in our backyard,” said USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team Head Coach Tim
Lyon. “Midland is a great city for men’s Fastpitch and they will do a
tremendous job hosting that event.”
British Columbia, Canada, was also awarded with the 2016 Women’s World
Championship and Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada won the bid to host the 2017 Men’s World
Championship on Friday.
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 200,000 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 as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For
more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.