Junior Men's FP Camp
OKLAHOMA CITY — The USA Softball Junior Men's Fast Pitch National Team Development Camp is underway this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. With over 30 athletes in attendance, the camp will focus on fundamental skills and game situations all the while focusing on preparations for the 2012 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men's World Championships in Parana, Argentina.
Team USA will be led by head coach Tim Lyon (Milford, Conn.) and assisted by Gary Mullican (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Scott Standerfer (Ashmore, Ill.). “The coaching staff has been scouting and gathering information for the past two years and we are excited to finally get onto the field and begin preparations for the 2012 World Championships,” said head coach Tim Lyon.
The camp kicked off on Monday and will continue through Friday with scrimmage games scheduled for every afternoon session. The following athletes below are involved in the pool of players considered for the World Championship team.
Marcus Alcaraz (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Matthew Alcaraz (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Daniel Allen (Springfield, Va.)
Anthony Aresco (Stoneham, Mass.)
Ky Bobeldyke (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Gunnar Bouvy (Reese, Mich.)
Danial Centeno (Salem, Utah)
Chayce Christensen (Bonney Lake, Wash.)
Jake Dalton (Lake Crystal, Minn.)
Brandon Gilman (Lake Crystal, Minn.)
Michael Gonzalez (Mesquite, N.M.)
Christopher Hansen (Murray, Utah)
Colin Hopkins (Bloomington, Ill.)
Tyler Johnson (Union, Mo.)
Zachery Lach (Frankenmuth, Mich.)
Michael Lewis (Amboy, Minn.)
Jonathan Lynch (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Lorenzo Melendez (El Paso, Texas)
Jordan Mellen (Payson, Utah)
Brent Meshke (Lake Crystal, Minn.)
Mauro Olivarria (San Diego, Calif.)
Jerlin Rutt (Ephrata, Pa.)
Jake Rutt (Bernville, Pa.)
Colton Sheriff (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Austin Smith (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Nicholas Serrato (Corona, Calif.)
Drew Thurston (Roscommon, Mich.)
Austin Tuttle (Payson, Utah)
Matthew Williams (Geneva, Ill.)
Justin Wurtz (New Haven, Mo.)
Spencer Yackel (Lake Crystal, Minn.)
Anthony York (Chula Vista, Calif.)
The ASA is also pleased to announce that Tim Sonnentag of Marathon, Wis., has contributed significant financial support for the USA Softball Junior Men’s Fast Pitch Team for training camps and the development of players. Along with his commitment to develop the Junior Men’s program, he and his family have also established the Sonnentag Family Scholarship. The scholarship was established in order to promote educational opportunities for members of the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team Players Pool and to encourage good citizenship and volunteerism.
"I am glad to I can help support the USA Junior Men's National Team. I have worked with Tim and Scott before and know their dedication to getting the boys team back where it belongs,” said Sonnentag. “This is a great game and I know this will help develop young players and pitchers.”
Below is a schedule of events for the Junior Men’s Fast Pitch program through the 2012 World Championships. For more information, log on to www.usasoftball.com.
June 20-25, 2011
Chula Vista, Calif.
July 24-30, 2011
Training Camp featuring six exhibitions against Argentina
Chula Vista, Calif.
August 4-7, 2011
Training Camp and clinic
North Mankato, Minn.
November 1-10, 2012
ISF IX Jr. Men’s World Championships
* Other events to be announced.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed four World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.