ISF Junior Men’s Softball (fast-pitch) World Championship

Written by Bob on July 1st, 2014

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The International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship (age 19-under) has been held nine times, with the tenth taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 11-20.

Australia heads the list of gold medalists with four consecutive championships (2008, 2005, 2001, 1997), compiling a 44-3 record. In 2012, Australia slipped to third, but still had an 8-2 record.

  • Before 1997, the Aussies never medaled; what an incredible turnaround the program took in beginning its championship run.
  • Canada and Japan co-lead the medal count with seven each, while Australia has five, and New Zealand four.
  • The United States ranks sixth in medal count with two, both silvers in 1985 and 1981.
    • The Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists

    2012
    Gold: Argentina 9-0
    Silver: Japan 7-3
    Bronze: Australia 8-2

    2008
    Gold: Australia 12-1
    Silver: Canada 11-3
    Bronze: Japan 9-4

    2005
    Gold: Australia 10-0
    Silver: Japan 7-4
    Bronze: Canada 6-4

    2001
    Gold: Australia 11-0
    Silver: Japan 9-3
    Bronze: Canada 6-5

    1997
    Gold: Australia 11-2
    Silver: New Zealand 10-2
    Bronze: Canada 9-3

    1993
    Gold: Canada 11-4
    Silver: New Zealand 12-2
    Bronze: Japan 9-5

    1989
    Gold: New Zealand 12-2
    Silver: Canada 12-3
    Bronze: 7-7

    1985
    Gold: New Zealand 8-3
    Silver: USA 7-3
    Bronze: Canada 7-2

    1981
    Gold: Japan
    Silver: USA
    Bronze: Mexico
    (records unavailable)

    3 Comments so far ↓

    1. Blair Setford says:

      Bob – Canada has medalled seven times.

    2. Bob says:

      Blair, you are correct. Thank you for the catch. I’ve corrected. Canada has one gold, two silvers, and four bronze, while Japan has a gold, three silvers, and three bronze. It should be a GREAT world championship, and webcast too!

      Blair, will you be going?

      Perhaps you know of some Canadians who played on the junior national team (and USA too) that would like to post their comments on what that experience was like.

    3. Bob says:

      From Mike Ginger: I was fortunate enough to compete in 85 in Fargo. I really thought we were winning gold. NZ had to beat us twice and they got it done. The crowds at michaelson field were fantastic. I believe they estimated 5000 for one of the final games. Besides playing in some great games I was able to meet some awesome people from Rice Lake who picked me up for the tourney. Dale Chrisler did a great job putting us in position to win the gold. Jimmy Seaman, Mark Roberts were a little to much on the mound for us to overcome. The whole experience was one of my unforgettable memories as a kid. I would love to be able to have a reunion one day before we all get to old.

      From Tony Buckley: Mike Roberts, also Jimmy was only 16 yrs old in 85.

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