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ISC welcomes Greg Nydick and Bill Kunkel as Commissioners-at-Large

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.

“In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

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USA Junior Men’s National (Fastpitch) Team Open Tryout In Midland, Mich.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tyler Bouley was a member of the 2014 USA Junior Men’s National Team that finished fifth (7-4) in the World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo By BOB OTTO

OKLAHOMA CITY – The ASA/USA Softball Jr. Men’s National Team will be competing in the 2016 WBSC World Championship in Midland, MI. The Amateur Softball Association of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., will hold an Open Jr. Men’s National Team (JMNT) tryout in 2015.

“Learn how you or someone you know could possibly be a member of the team.”

As the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball is responsible for selecting the players and coaches for the Jr. Men’s National Softball Team that will participate in the 2016 WBSC World Championship, July 7-16.

ASA/USA Softball takes this important responsibility seriously and has invested its time and resources to create a fair and equitable tryout process.

  • To apply please login or register an account and fill out an application. The deadline to apply is July 2, 2015.
  • The Open JMNT tryout will be held at Emerson Park in Midland, MI on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
  • The 2015 JMNT Selection Camp (invitation only) will be help at Emerson Park on July 25 – Wednesday July 29.
  • The top performers from the Open tryout on July 25 will be invited to participate in the 2015 JMNT Selection Camp on July 25-29.
  • The application fee is $50.00 if the applicant is registered with ASA and $65.00 if they are not.
  • Any male United States citizen born in 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000 and can commit to the July 25-29, 2015 timeline period is eligible.
  • Please read the Eligibility Rules before filling out and submitting an application to make sure you qualify.

    The Fenstermachers carry on the legacy of the fastpitch family

    Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
    The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left,  and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

    The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left, and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

    KUTZTOWN, Penn. – Throughout the history of men’s fastpitch, fathers have brought their sons into the sport. And it’s still happening across the country today – generation upon generation.

    In Idaho, there’s the Alders, with father Greg and son Shane anchoring the Boise RiverDogs. And into Washington, we find Dan Kolda and his three sons Rick, Mike and Ryan playing together on K-Club.

    Heading northeast into Minnesota, we learn that Duke Nessler introduced his three boys to fastpitch in the 1970s – Jeff, Randy and Dan. And now Dan has his son Steven playing who is a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team.

    Winding our way south into Missouri we meet Eric Lewis, who with his sons Craig and Jacob, have won ASA boys’ national championships.

    And traveling east to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, we come upon the Fenstermachers. As with the Alders and Koldas, Lewis’s and Nesslers, the Fenstermachers is a family with a distinguished fastpitch legacy.

    Father Bart, 47, brought his boys Zac, 25, and Jacob, 22, into the sport when they were young boys. And eagerly waiting to join her dad and brothers is three-year-old Maia.

    Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

    Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

    Proud of their kids’ venture into the fastpitch game? You bet say mother Erin and Bart.

    “It’s awesome to have the opportunity to travel and play a sport you love and spend time with your boys,” said Bart, who began playing fastpitch at 22. “(They) started as pinch runners on some of my teams, and Zac had his first at bat when he was 14 years old.”

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    Team USA bounces back against Czech Republic in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

    Sunday, July 13th, 2014

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Team USA’s Phillip Zimmerman needed just a few hours rest and he was ready to toe the pitching rubber again.

    The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander shook off a disappointing 4-1 loss to New Zealand in mid-afternoon and came back in the night cap to pitch another seven strong innings to lead Team USA to an 8-4 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday.

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    USA Junior Men’s National Team to make Medford stop

    Friday, July 4th, 2014

    UO head coach White will be among those playing for local teams

    July 02, 2014
    By Tim Trower
    Mail Tribune

    MEDFORD, Ore. – Fagone Field will replicate its vibrant heyday when the USA Softball junior men’s national fastpitch team visits for two games Thursday against squads stocked with local players — in some cases, players many years the barnstormers’ senior.

    The games are at 6 and 8 p.m. at the venerable field, located at 701 N. Columbus Ave. They are part of a five-city tour the team of 16- to 19-year-olds is making as it heads to the International Softball Federation junior men’s world championships July 11-20 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.


    WHAT: The USA Softball junior men’s team will play against two teams of local fastpitch players as it makes its way to the world championships later this month in Canada.
    WHEN, WHERE: Thursday, 6 and 8 p.m., Fagone Field.
    ADMISSION: $5, but youth softball and baseball players in uniform tops and former local men’s fastpitch players get in free.
    BARBECUE: From 5 to 7 p.m., free with admission.

    “I think it’s going to be a great contrast,” said Larry Binney, the event chairperson and a fastpitch icon in these parts.

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    Aussie Colts headed for ISF X Junior World Softball Championship

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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    Collingwood, Victoria, Australia – Australia’s Under-19 Men’s (fast-pitch) Softball Team, Aussie Colts, leave Sydney today to participate in the coming ISF X Junior World Championship in Whitehorse, Canada, July 11-20.

    The 17-player squad will fly to Vancouver where they will participate in a number of pre-event games in preparation for the World Championship, starting on July 11.

    Group games at the World Championship will be played against:

  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Czech Republic
  • United States
  • Denmark
  • Currently ranked third in the world, but previous gold medal winners on four occasions, the Aussie Colts are primed for competition with Wayne Saunders (head coach) and Kieran O’Leary (captain) leading the way.

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    Game schedule released for the 2012 ISF IX Junior Men’s World Championship

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The International Softball Federation (ISF), softball’s world governing body, announced the game schedule for the 14-nation ISF IX Junior Men’s World Championship taking place this November 1-10 in Parana, Argentina.

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    Former USA Junior Men’s Tyron McKinney playing against the best

    Monday, August 13th, 2012

    Tryon McKinney wearing the colors of the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team in the late 1990s.

    MIDLAND, MI – In the late 1990s the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team held a team camp in Corona, Calif, so I loaded up my camera equipment and headed on over. That’s where I met a talented young, teenage pitcher and versatile ball player by the name of Tyron McKinney.

    Now, nearly 20 years later, he has fashioned himself a solid fastpitch career at the top of the sport: playing in the ISC World Tournament numerous times, and in several Amateur Softball Association (ASA) national tournaments.

    He’s playing in the 46-team 2012 World Tournament with Stock Pack of Ashland, Ohio. Today against the No. 1 ISC ranked New York Gremlins, McKinney – playing third base – laced a solid single into right field off Andrew Kirkpatrick, one of the world’s top fastpitch hurlers.

    But before the game with the Gremlins, McKinney pitched Stock Pack to a 3-1 win over the Kitchener, Ontario Cubs on Sunday. He allowed just three hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out nine.

    Tyron is one of many players whose careers started in youth leagues and advanced to the higher levels. He eventually reached his dream when he was named to the USA Men’s National team in 2009.

      McKinney’s career accomplishments

      – Rookie member of Men’s National Fast Pitch Team
      – Member of the 1997 USA Men’s Jr. National Team
      – 2001 ASA Class B National Championship with Coors Light
      – 1999 & 2000 23-Under National Champions (Monger Bulldogs)
      – 2002 23-Under National Champions (Salt Lake City)
      – Five-time First Team All-American

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