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Seven New Members Join WBSC Family

The WBSC welcomed seven new members to its family during a dynamic 3rd World Congress held in Sakai, Japan on Thursday.

The new members (listed below) were unanimously voted in by the WBSC Congress, bringing the total number of WBSC member federations to 200 plus 13 associate members:

Bermuda Baseball
Laos Baseball
Benin Baseball & Softball
Bangladesh Baseball & Softball
Palestine Baseball & Softball
Egypt Baseball & Softball
Kosovo Baseball & Softball

The Nauru Federation was earlier elected out of the office following a recommendation by their NOC on the grounds of inactivity.

A total of 330 delegates representing 138 member organisations (including associate members) from 97 countries and regions attended the 2019 WBSC Congress, which received a presentation from the Italian Association Baseball Played From Blind providing federations with a Paralympic opportunity going forward. WBSC also offered to support any federations willing to proceed in this direction.

The WBSC Congress finished with its Annual Awards as per the following:

WBSC Unveils Innovative Game Management System For New 5-on-5 Baseball5

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today launched a new Game Management System (GMS) as well as new guidelines for officials for the new urban five-on-five discipline Baseball5. The new GMS, which was trialled at select 2019 events, is intended to greatly simplify and standardise Baseball5 competitions.

The main innovation is the introduction of a Game Official, who has a complete knowledge of the game and is able to manage all aspects of the competition. The traditional figures of Umpire, Scorer and Technical Commissioner have evolved into the role of Game Official, more accurately reflecting the “all you need is a ball to play” philosophy.

In line with the vision of Baseball5, the competition management has been streamlined to increase accessibility and to allow competitions to be organised, officiated and sanctioned more easily, in response to the wave of new Baseball5 events and competitions that have emerged across the globe.

The new GMS highlights the major features of Baseball5 competitions and games management, and it is intended to be a complement to the WBSC Baseball5 Rulebook 2019. An updated version of the WBSC Baseball5 Rulebook was also released today, in conjunction with the new GMS.

The release of the GMS, includes also the WBSC Baseball5 Scoring System has been developed to meet the following characteristics:

Easy to teach and understand
Intuitive and quick in practice
Allow room for basic stats
Minimize negatives
Reduce interpretation
Highlight positives

The 2019 season also served to finalise the technical specification for the Baseball5 ball, which are presented in the Rulebook. Today the WBSC Baseball5 department also presented the Baseball5 Ball homologation programme.

ISRAEL’S BASEBALL TEAM QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPICS FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY

Israel’s National Baseball Team today qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time in history, winning the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Africa Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, following an 11-1, eight-inning win over South Africa at Parma’s Nino Cavalli Stadium.

With Israel’s entry into the Olympic baseball event at the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is expected that the nation will break its record for the highest number of athletes ever sent to the Olympics. Israel joins host nation Japan as the only two nations so far confirmed for the six-team Olympic tournament.

“Congratulations to the Israel Association of Baseball and the Israel National Baseball Team, which will make its historic Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, as the top team across Europe and Africa,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.

Absent from the 2012 and 2016 Games, baseball and softball will return to the Olympic programme next year in Japan, where baseball is a fan-favorite and expected to be one of the main Olympic attractions.

Israel, currently No. 19 in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, will represent Europe and Africa in the 2020 Olympic baseball tournament, finishing the Olympic qualifier ahead of the top-ranked nations in Europe and Africa, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 16 Italy, No. 18 Czech Republic, No. 23 South Africa and No. 26 Spain.

The next opportunity to qualify for the Olympic baseball tournament will be this November at the WBSC Premier12, the flagship National Team baseball event on the 2019 calendar. The top 12 nations in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings will compete in this global competition, which will be one of the featured international sporting events of the year.

For box scores, stats, standings and highlights of the WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Qualifier, visit the official website at https://olympicbaseball.wbsc.org.

Social media erupts as Chinese Taipei tops USA in Final of WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019

World No. 4 Chinese Taipei surprised four-time defending World Champions USA in the Final of the XXIX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2019 Sunday night at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark, setting off a media explosion in Chinese Taipei.

Politician Tsai Ing-wen, the highest elected official in the respective territory, congratulated the team before her millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter: “Proud of these outstanding athletes and the (Chinese Taipei Baseball Association) for their tireless dedication and love for the sport of baseball.”

The announcement that Chinese Taipei were the newly crowned U-18 World Champions after their 2-1 victory smashed the record for WBSC’s most-liked Facebook post, having registered over 73,000 likes via 2,600 shares at the time of writing, while Tsai’s Facebook post generated over 118,000 likes.

“The record engagement, coverage and social media volume of the U-18 Baseball World Cup, which showcases baseball’s future superstars, further positions it as one of the top youth world championships in sports,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Congratulations to the players and the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association on this impressive U-18 World Cup win.”

The Final was broadcast live across Chinese Taipei by the island’s biggest sport’s channel, Videoland, while the island’s biggest new outlets ran extensive pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage.

A hero’s welcome is expected at the airport for the newly crowned World Champions, when the team lands on home soil. Weeks ago, Chinese Taipei also won the U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Meanwhile, the home fans also had plenty to cheer about after Lee Juhyeong homered with one out and a runner on base in the top of the ninth to help Korea came from behind to beat Australia 6-5 and claim the bronze medal.

WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 – Media Buzz (Reporting period of 30 August – 9 September)
Over 60 million impressions and over 9 million views were registered across WBSC’s official social media platforms, generating more than 30 million minutes of watch time.

WBSC posts on social media generated over 430,000 likes and comments.

The official hashtag #U18WorldCup trended on Twitter, the official social media platform of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019.

The WBSC official website wbsc.org and social media profiles combined to register over 1.2 million visits from users in 168 countries and territories.
Over 200 press credentials were issued, with media presence at the U-18 World cup including Japanese media giant Yomiuri Shimbun, the most widely circulated newspaper in the world, and various wire services, amassing a cumulative potential readership of over 1 billion per day, according to data from media intelligence company Meltwater.

The road to the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 began with the best young baseball players (15-18 years old) and teams representing 38 countries and territories.

Africa (1): South Africa.

Americas (15): Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela and USA.

Asia (7): China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Sri Lanka.

Europe (10): Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands Spain and Ukraine.

Oceania (5): American Samoa, Australia, Guam, New Zealand and Palau.

WBSC Announces Game Schedule For Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier in Shanghai, China

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today the schedule of the WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier, to be held in Shanghai, China, from 24-28 September. The top six Asian teams will face the best two nations from Oceania in Shanghai, with the last spot at the Olympic Games at stake.

The eight participating teams were placed into two groups, after a draw held on Wednesday, 10 July at the WBSC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland:

Group A features host and world No. 8 China, No. 11 New Zealand, No. 13 Philippines and No. 23 Korea.

The top-ranked team in the tournament, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, will compete in Group B along with No. 7 Australia, No. 37 Indonesia and No. 42 Hong Kong.

Canada, Mexico Qualify For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games As top Two Teams Across Americas

The softball national teams of Mexico and Canada earned a place in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, sealing the top two spots of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualification Event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

It will be the first time Mexico will participate in an Olympic softball event, the pinnacle of the sport, while Canada has participated in the first four editions and will compete in Tokyo for a fifth time.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Congratulations to the athletes, the National Federations, and the National Olympic Committees of Mexico and Canada for qualifying to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “I want also to express my appreciation to the Local Organising Committee for an excellent job organising this Olympic Qualifier in a fantastic city and venue.”

The qualifier in Surrey included the top softball nations across the Americas, including the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Mexico and Canada join host nation Japan, the 2018 WBSC Softball World Champions USA and the winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier Italy as the first five nations qualified for the six-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic softball competition.

The remaining nation will be determined at the next WBSC Softball qualifier – an eight-team WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier which will take place in Shanghai, China from 24-28 September.

Softball will have the honour of opening next year’s Olympic Games on 22 July with special starting games at the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.

The top four nations of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil, also became the first nations to advance to the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup 2021.

Kaleigh Rafter, Canadian catcher, said: “It’s been a long journey, a growing journey, I’m just excited for the teammates. I love this country, I love softball, I love playing for this team… It’s been a part of me since I first tried-out at 19 years old. It’s everything, it’s kind of who I am now”.

Dallas Escobedo, Mexican pitcher, said: “I just tried to stay calm, enjoy the moment, enjoy the crowd and being myself. It’s just exciting being here and living this moment”.

Final standings
Mexico
Canada
Puerto Rico
Brazil
Cuba
Venezuela
Guatemala
Peru
Dominic Republic
Bahamas

WBSC awards broadcast rights in North America to CBC Sports and Flo Sports for Softball Americas Qualifier

WBSC awards broadcast rights in North America to CBC Sports and Flo Sports for Softball Americas Qualifier

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that CBC Sports and Flo Sports have been awarded exclusive broadcast rights in Canada and USA, respectively, for the WBSC Women’s Softball Americas Qualifier. The event opens on Sunday, 25 August, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, with ten teams from the Americas battling for two spots in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

CBC Sports’ weekly broadcast staple Road to the Olympic Games will air the home team’s Super Round game on 31 August at 1 p.m. PT/ 4 p.m. ET (if Canada advances to the Super Round) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming device. In addition, CBC Sports will exclusively live-stream 24 games of the tournament in the Canadian territory via cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices.

In the United States, the streaming and on-demand sports programming platform FloSports will provide live-coverage of the Olympic Qualifier event, offering 24 games to its subscribers.

WBSC Chairman Tommy Velazquez said: “Millions of people in the Americas and around the world will be able to watch all the games of the Softball Americas Qualifier, building anticipation of softball’s historic return at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

A total of 24 games of the WBSC Women’s Softball Americas Qualifier will be live-streamed and free-to-view on the official WBSC OTT Platform at https://gametime.sport for those territories not covered by WBSC’s broadcast and live-stream partners.

WBSC Softball Americas will offer Spanish-language coverage of 24 games through Facebook Live.

Ten teams will compete in the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier, including host and world No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 5 Mexico, No. 14 Brazil, No. 16 Venezuela, No. 17 Cuba, No. 18 Guatemala, No. 19 Dominican Republic, No. 20 Peru and No. 39 Bahamas.

The official website of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier has been launched and is available in six languages — English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese — at https://olympicsoftball.wbsc.org.