Junior Men's National Team arrives in Houston for training and tournament

June 13, 2018, 10:25 a.m. (ET)

HOUSTON, Texas  — The 2018 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) has begun a three-day training camp with exhibition games in Houston, Texas before competing in the 37th annual Mark Muesborn Father’s Day tournament. This tournament continues the team’s preparation for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC), which is slated for July 7-15 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

“I am excited as we count down to the moment we #ShockTheWorld,” said JMNT Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio).  “This training camp and tournament in Houston helps prepare us for the World Championships in Prince Albert.  We had a great showing in Fargo and now we need to build off of that and keep the momentum going while we focus on going in the right direction.”

The JMNT will participate in a series of workouts and practices before two exhibition games on Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT.  The JMNT will open the Mark Muesborn Father’s Day tournament with a 9 a.m. CT game on Saturday, June 16 against Baytown New Era while the remainder of the schedule for the U.S. will be determined by bracket play. 

Live stats, recaps and an updated schedule, when available, will be posted online at USASoftball.com.  Fans can also follow along on USA Softball’s Twitter account for updates.

Click here to see the 2018 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team roster

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.).

The final 17-player roster for the 2018 USA Softball JMNT will be determined prior to the WBSC JMWC.

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,

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.