Held at Emerson Park in Midland, Mich., eligible athletes have from now through July 2 to sign up through ASAUSASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, plus hitting and bunting. The top athletes from the open tryout will be selected to participate at the USA Softball JMNT Selection Camp July 25-29, where they will compete for a spot in the 2015 JMNT Player Pool that will participate in the 2015 ASA Jr. Men’s National Tournament in Midland, MI July 30-August 2. In addition those athletes selected to the 2015 JMNT Player Pool will be considered for selection to the 2016 USA Softball JMNT that will compete at the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship in Midland, Mich.
"As ASA/USA Softball is the National Governing Body of this sport in America, we are excited to begin the process of selecting athletes that will be wearing the Red, White and Blue and representing their country at the 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship in Midland MI" said ASA/USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham.
The open tryout is open to any male U.S. citizen born in 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000 who can commit to a July 25-29, 2015 time period. There is a $50, non-refundable registration fee for any ASA/USA Softball registered athlete that includes a participant t-shirt and training from some of the top coaches in fast pitch softball. There is a $15, non-refundable registration fee for athletes who are not registered through ASA/USA Softball. Participants are responsible for their own equipment and expenses to the tryouts. Those athletes who advance from the open tryout and are selected to attend the JMNT Selection Camp will then have their expenses paid for by ASA/USA Softball.
Below is the minimum standards for athletes to register for the JMNT open tryouts:
Infielders/Outfielders (must meet each of the following)
Pitchers (consistent speed for any three of the following)
Catchers (must meet each of the following)
Further information on the JMNT open tryout, including registration time, hotel information, will be relayed to registered athletes after the registration deadline.
For updates on the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team and events throughout the 2015 season visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball.