OKLAHOMA CITY — Members of the 2018 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) have arrived in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada for the XII World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC). Slated for July 7-15, the Red, White and Blue is on a mission to shock the world, having fallen shy of the medal stand in every JMWC since a Silver Medal finish in 1985.
“We’ve got a great group of athletes representing Team USA and I am confident that we’ve assembled a very talented roster that will shock the world,” said JMNT Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “We’ve had our ups and our downs in training for the World Championship, but the team chemistry allows us to build and feed off of each other. We’ve got a great opening game matchup against a very strong Canada roster, and we’re looking forward to some great competition.”
Competing in Pool B, Team USA will take the field against Canada in its opening match July 7 at 7:30 p.m. MT (8:30 p.m. CT). The Red, White and Blue are also scheduled to play Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hong Kong and New Zealand as part of preliminary round-robin action before heading into the playoff rounds.
The schedule is tough for the Red, White and Blue as the team has gone 3-11 and 2-11 all-time against Canada and New Zealand, respectively. The U.S. has posted a 6-1 all-time record against the Czech Republic, while this year’s WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship marks the first time the JMNT will face Guatemala and Hong Kong.
The top four finishers from each group will advance to the double page playoff round, while nations not advancing will compete in the placement round. Having competed in every WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship, Team USA looks to improve upon a 4-3 record at the 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship in Midland, Mich.
With McKinney at the helm of the Junior Men's Program, the U.S. coaching staff also includes Tony Aresco (Stoneham, Mass.), Mike Armitage (Normal, Ill.) and Bob Piddock (Castro Valley, Calif.).
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 visit,www.USASoftball.com.
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).
For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org.