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USA Softball announces 2020 Men’s Slow Pitch National Team, Futures Team rosters

February 21, 2020
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Thirty athletes will put on the Red, White and Blue this summer as a member of the 2020 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Teams program, USA Softball announced today.  The two 15-athlete rosters will represent the U.S. as part of the 2020 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT) and Futures Team that will compete against Canada for the Men’s Border Battle XII as well as go head-to-head in the Men’s Slow Pitch Showdown.
Click here to see the 2020 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch and Futures Team rosters
The MSPNT roster includes athletes from 11 different states who have earned numerous USA Softball National Championships and individual tournament accolades.  With 14 veterans returning to the MSPNT roster, the U.S. packs plenty of experience heading into Border Battle XII. 
“I can’t wait for the chance to get this team on the field and get to work,” said MSPNT Head Coach Brett Helmer. “We have it all: defense, power, speed, pitching, bat control, hustle, and heart.  The selection committee got this one spot on!  We have one goal, and that is to keep the Border Battle trophy in the USA where it belongs.”
Joining Helmer as Assistant Coaches are Todd Ankney (Lake Villa, Ill.) and Tim Barnes (Gladewater, Texas).
“Being chosen to the USA team is the highest individual honor a player can receive,” said MSPNT veteran Travis Clark. “You simply can’t top the feeling of taking the field in the red, white and blue with USA across your chest and to top it off we get to do it with the best players in the country led by a legendary coaching staff. I’m really looking forward to this year’s event.”
The Futures Team, now in its ninth year, is a mixture of veterans and rookies from 11 different states that will look to carry on the competitive tradition from previous rosters. Rob Humphrey (Burlington, Iowa) will once again serve as Head Coach for the Futures Team, a role he has held since 2016. Denny Crine (Henderson, Nev.) is also returning as an Assistant Coach for the team.

“I am extremely honored to be part of this event once again,” said Humphrey. “I would like to thank USA Softball, Brett Helmer, and all the sponsors for their trust and support over the years. This year's team is blessed with a good mix of veterans and young players. We have power and great defense. Though we didn't achieve our goals last year, I truly believe we will be ready this year.”
“Being a part of the USA Futures team for the first time is an achievement I never thought I'd accomplish,” Futures Team rookie Colin Baartman (Golden Valley, Minn.) added. “Receiving this recognition from a prestigious organization like USA Softball is an honor and I'm blessed to be a part of it. Being a Minnesotan so close to the Canada border, I want nothing more than to ensure that Canada doesn't even sniff a victory at the Border Battle.”

Athletes are selected to represent the United States as a member of a Slow Pitch National Team based on their grassroots participation at their respective USA Softball Slow Pitch National Championship.  Athletes wishing to make the 2021 WSPNT, Women’s Futures, MSPNT and Men’s Futures will need to participate in the following events: the Women's Open Slow Pitch National Championship in Hendersonville, TN (August 21-23), the Men's Super and AA Slow Pitch National Championship in Hendersonville, TN (August 20-23), the Men’s Class A Slow Pitch National Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Sept. 4-5) or the Men’s Class B Slow Pitch National Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Sept. 6-7).

Information on Border Battle XII, including location, schedule and ticket information, will be released at a later date.

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