Garrett Nickel added to Junior Men's National Training Team

By Codi Warren ( | April 27, 2018, 11:23 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball announced today the addition of Garrett Nickel (Clarksville, Tenn.) to the 2018 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Training Team.  Nickel replaces William Pahlow (Oshkosh, Wis.) who suffered an injury.

Nickel will now join the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Training Team roster, which was selected following a January selection camp in Clearwater, Fla.  The team recently completed their first tournament of the 2018 season at the Las Vegas Road Trip in preparation for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship, which will be held July 7-15 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. The team will compete in additional select tournaments/invitational events before the final 17 player roster for the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship is finalized.

The 2018 USA Softball JMNT is led by Head Coach Ty McKinney (Ashland, Ohio) and Assistant Coaches Tony Aresco (Stoneham, Mass.), Mike Armitage (Normal, Ill.) and Bob Piddock (Castro Valley, Calif.)

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About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

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