Preparations are well underway for one of this year's biggest sports events in Yukon: the ISF Junior Men's World Championship is returning to Whitehorse in July.

The fastpitch softball tournament was held at the Takhini Ball Complex in 2008, and got great reviews.

Organizers believe some tweaking this year can make the event even better.

George Arcand, the tournament's organizer, says cool weather was the main problem during the June 2008 event, so this year's tournament has been pushed further into the summer, with organizers hoping for warmer temperatures.

Arcand says the international organizers are happy to come back.

"The ballpark is awesome in their minds and they really enjoyed the city and had a great time here," Arcand said. 

About a dozen fastpitch teams from around the world are expected to show up. Arcand says many American fans have already booked their trips. He expects big local crowds to show up as well and says it's good for softball in the city.

"I think it enhances it. It gives the kids a chance to see what the potential is in all these categories — both junior men, senior women, which we've seen so far."

Arcand says volunteers are needed for the tournament and people interested can check out the Yukon Sport website. 

Tournament passes are now on sale online. Individual game tickets can be purchased on the day of the game.