Mens National Team roster named

Jan. 12, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY - Seventeen athletes will wear "USA" across their chest this summer as a member of the USA Softball Men's National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. Twenty-seven men's fast pitch players participated in the selection camp in Irvine, Calif. over the weekend, where they were evaluated by members of the Men's National Team Selection Committee.  The athletes selected will compete later this summer in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Men's World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada as well as the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"I think this roster is going to produce a very strong team," said Men's National Team Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.).  "Our pitching staff is solid, probably the strongest I've seen in a while, and our defense will be fundamentally sound.  We've still got to improve on our offense a bit and work on limiting strikeouts at the plate, but overall it's a strong roster that's ready to prove itself this summer."

Click here for the complete 2015 USA Softball Men's National Team roster*

In all, 14 veterans and three rookies make up the 2015 USA Men's National Team roster that will compete in two international competitions this summer.  Team USA qualified for both the ISF Men's World Championship and 2015 Pan American Games after placing fourth at the IX Conpasa Men's Fastpitch Panam Championship in Parana, Argentina in October.  The U.S. Men finished with a 4-4 record and as a team compiled a .175 batting average.   

With Denny Bruckert at the helm of the Men's Program, the U.S. coaching staff also includes Greg Hicks (Bakersfield, Calif.), Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Nick McCurry (Ashland, Ohio). 

For updates on the USA Softball Men’s National Team and events throughout the 2015 season visit www.USASoftball.com.

*The 2015 U.S. Pan American Men’s Softball Team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee. 

About ASA 

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 75 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 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 the 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 six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

About ISF

Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is a member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body for the sport  which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.