OKLAHOMA 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.
"We 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."
The 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
“We 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.”
Surrey, 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/.