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New $130 Million U-12 Baseball World Cup Youth Stadium To Be Inaugurated in Tainan…

New $130 Million U-12 Baseball World Cup youth stadium to be inaugurated in Tainan (TPE) on 20 July, WBSC President Fraccari to attend

The newly constructed $130 million USD home of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup® will be inaugurated in Tainan, Taiwan, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony before government officials, dignitaries, media and sports fans.

The new Tainan Asia Pacific (Baseball and Softball) Stadiums will become the largest youth sports facility of its kind, dedicated to the hosting of the next five editions of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup (2019, 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027). The WBSC U-12 Baseball and Softball World Cups are the only World Cups across sports in this youth age group.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: “This elite facility built by Tainan City will help baseball/softball to remain a global leader and an international attraction in the youth sports space — boosting baseball/softball’s dreams of being featured in future Youth Olympic Games and Olympic Games.”

The V WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup will be staged from 26 July to 4 August.

WHERE: Tainan Asia Pacific Stadium
709, Huanguan Road, Annan District, Tainan City, Taiwan 709

WHEN: 20 July at 3:00 pm local time

WBSC releases Official Promo video ‘The Future of Baseball is Here: U-18 Baseball World Cup”

50 days to the opening of the youth baseball world championship in Gijang, Korea!

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today released the new official promotional video for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2019 in Gijang, Republic of Korea, marking 50 days to the opening of the one the most elite youth world championships in sports.

The title of the new promotional video is “The Future of Baseball is Here: WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup” and features some of the most iconic moments and biggest highlights from the 2017 edition. The video will be shared with broadcast partners and also be played on the Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark scoreboard as part of the pre-game festivities.

The name of the video reflects the fact that the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with the U-18 World Cup continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to become superstars, such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani; Canada’s Mike Soroka; Korea’s Shin-soo Choo; Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman; and USA’s Francisco Lindor, Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Buster Posey.

WBSC_U18-WC 2019 Brackets

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said: “The Under-18 Baseball World Cup is one of the most prestigious international events in the youth sports space, with players who have done well here going on to stardom and securing some of the most lucrative contracts in sports.”

The WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 will hosted by the Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) from 30 August to 8 September at the largest youth baseball facility in Korea, Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark.

50 days to the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 in Gijang KOR

The WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will then be hosted by USA Baseball, together with cities of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, in 2021.

The official website of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup has been launched at https://u18bwc.wbsc.org, and is available in six languages, including English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

Targeting Millions of Youth, Asian Baseball and Softball bodies Launch 5-on-5 ‘WBSC-Asia Baseball5 Commission’

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari today applauded the leaders of the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) and Softball Asia (SA) for having signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the WBSC-Asia Baseball5 Commission.

The mission of the new commission is to promote and develop the new five-on-five Baseball5 discipline across Asia, attracting more youth and athletes to the already 65 million people who practice baseball and softball in over 140 countries.

“Baseball5, which only requires a ball to play, is uniquely positioned to drive our sport into new territories, further establishing baseball and softball as a major global sport,” Fraccari said, “and this joint venture by the Baseball Federation of Asia and Softball Asia, which targets millions of potential athletes across Asia, is a great reflection of this.”

The commission is chaired by the current President of Softball Asia, Ms. Beng Choo Low, who is also WBSC Secretary General. The commission is to be composed of four members representing equally each of the two continental bodies.

Ms. Low said: “Looking ahead to the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup, plans are being made for the first WBSC-Asia Baseball5 competition for Asian teams in the near future. Baseball5 can be an invaluable tool for allowing people to access our sport especially in urban and densely populated areas that often characterize our continent.”

Lately, countries like Canada and Argentina have formed similar bodies at the national level. WBSC Europe also recently formed its urban Baseball5 Working Group.

The first WBSC-Asia collaboration was the WBSC-Asia Coaching Seminar, which was held from 8-9 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At this session, the coaches certification process started for several Asian countries in the region.

Teams revealed for WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the full list of nations that have qualified to compete in the WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, to be staged 23-27 July in Utrecht, Netherlands.

World No. 9 Italy, No. 10. Netherlands, No. 12 Great Britain, No. 15 Czech Republic, No. 26 France and No. 35 Spain are guaranteed to finish among the six finalists of the ongoing Women’s Softball European Championship and have thereby claimed a place in the first Olympic softball qualifier of the year.

The European Softball Championship, being played in Czech Republic and Poland, started with a field of 23 teams and the Final to crown the continental champion will be played on Saturday, 6 July.

Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain, Czech Republic, France and Spain will join the previously qualified African nations, No. 28 South Africa and No. 43 Botswana, in Utrecht.

“Congratulations to the top softball nations in Europe on advancing to the next stage of the Olympic qualification process,” said WBSC Softball Chairman, Tommy Velazquez. “You’re one step closer to realizing your Olympic dreams at Tokyo 2020. Eight great softball nations, with rich cultures and languages, will battle in Utrecht for one Olympic spot. Good luck to all of them.”

The eight-team WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier will be played at Sportpark de Paperclip in Utrecht, Netherlands. The participating nations will be drawn into two groups determined by draw, and the round robin will be played from 23-25 July. The top two National Teams in each group will advance to a Super Round (26-27 July). The top National Team in the tournament final standings will gain a berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The live draw for the WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier will be conducted at the WBSC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 10 July.

More news about the WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier

Botswana, South Africa advance to Europe/Africa Tokyo 2020 Softball Qualifier

Argentina National Team captain Bruno Motroni elected to WBSC Softball Division Board and Athletes Commission

The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), Riccardo Fraccari, today announced the welcoming of a new male athlete representative on the WBSC Softball Division Board and the WBSC Athletes Commission.

Bruno Motroni, the captain of the recently crowned world champion Argentina National Softball Team, was elected by his peers at the recent 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in the Czech Republic, receiving 53.92% of the votes cast. Mortoni will serve alongside previously elected female softball player Erika Polidori on the highest Softball body within the WBSC.

“Welcome Mr. Motroni,” said WBSC President Fraccari. “WBSC is delighted to have such a world-class athlete and world champion on our decision-making body. His input, together with the recommendations of the WBSC Athletes Commission, will be a major asset to shaping our global sport and our World Cups into the future.”

Motroni joins Justin Huber (AUS), Maria Soto (VEN) Erika Polidori (CAN), Pauline Prade (FRA) and Ashely Stephenson (CAN) on the WBSC Athletes Commission.

All 272 participating athletes in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 were eligible to vote, with a turnout of 79% of the athletes casting a vote.

Official Results:
Nick Shailes – AUS: 62 votes 28.57%
Bruno Motroni – ARG: 117 votes 53.92%
Tidima Kekana – RSA: 35 votes 16.13%

The electoral process and vote in the Czech Republic was supervised by WBSC Athletes Commission Co-Chair Maria Soto, who sits on the WBSC Executive Board and was the Athletes Representative observer at the Men’s Softball World Championship 2019.

Soto said: “Being a leader on and of the diamond, Bruno Motroni played a key role in bringing his national team its historic first-ever world title. He will add a great perspective and voice to the Athletes Commission and world governing body.”

The next vote will be conducted at the II WBSC Premier12 this November, where the male athlete representative for baseball will be elected.

Ticket Sales Launched For WBSC Premier12 Games in Guadalajara…

Ticket sales launched for WBSC Premier12 games in Guadalajara as Mexican hosts expect $31 million economic impact

The first phase of ticket sales has been launched for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12® 2019, the top international baseball event of the year and 2020 Olympic qualifier, with tickets now available for the Group A opening round to be staged at the 16,500-seat Estadio Charros de Jalisco from 2-5 November.

The WBSC Premier12 major international baseball competition will feature the world’s top-12 Men’s National Teams and be played over a total of 32 games from 2-17 November. One of three groups, Group A in Guadalajara will feature a six-game round-robin between world No. 2 USA, No. 6 Mexico, No. 8 Netherlands and No. 12 Dominican Republic, with the top two of the group advancing to the Super Round in Japan.

Sellouts and Economic Boost Expected

Hosts of Group A, the Charros de Jalisco professional baseball club of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), expect an economic impact of $31 million USD to be generated for the region (in accordance with official government estimates/data), while anticipating a sell-out or a near sell-out of the 96,000 total available tickets for the six Group A games. In preparation of the influx, LMP is adjusting its calendar to accommodate the WBSC Premier12.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said: “Fans in Mexico and around the world have been waiting for this day so they could secure their tickets and be present at what is not only the most exciting international baseball competition of the year, but also one of the top international sports events on the 2019 calendar. I am confident that with great hosts like the Charros, who share a vision to evolve baseball into a major global sport, this edition will eclipse all numbers of the successful inaugural Premier12 in 2015.”

Salvador Quirarte Villaseñor, president of the Premier12 Guadalajara 2019 Organising Committee, said: “We are working hard so that the spectators at the stadium and those watching around the world will have a great impression of the city and country of Mexico. And we are confident that the Premier12 will exceed WBSC’s expectations and benchmarks with regard to attendance, economic impact and viewership, helping the sport of baseball to shine at the world level.”

Ticket Promotions

Full ticket packages for Group A of the WBSC Premier12 range from as low as $92 to $570 USD ($1,760 – $10,880 Mexican pesos). Purchases can be made at ticket offices at Estadio Charros de Jalisco or online exclusively through Boletomóvil at https://boletomovil.com.

Group A early-bird promotions include a 10% discount for ticket packages purchased in June and a 5% savings for purchases made between July and September. An additional discount of 5% will be given to Charros season-ticket holders.

WBSC Premier12 tickets sales for Group B (world No. 1 Japan, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 9 Venezuela and No. 11 Puerto Rico in Taichung, Taiwan), Group C (Host/No. 3 Korea, No. 5 Cuba, No. 7 Australia and No. 10 Canada in Seoul) and the Super Round/Finals in Tokyo, Japan, are set to launch in the coming weeks.

Ticket sales surpassed 235,000 for the inaugural WBSC Premier12 in 2015, which had a potential broadcast reach of 254 million households and generated an estimated $131 million USD in worldwide brand exposure and advertising value for WBSC, its partners and the sport of baseball.

WBSC Reveals Groups, Bracket For U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 Youth Flagship in Gijang, Korea

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the group draw and tournament bracket for the XXIX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2019, which will be staged from 30 August to 8 September at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark in Gijang, Republic of Korea.

Host and 2017 runner-up No. 3 Korea will headline Group A, together with the top teams in Oceania and Europe — world No. 7 Australia and No. 8 Netherlands — and No. 10 Canada, No. 15 Nicaragua and No. 20 China.

Group B features world No. 1 Japan, four-time defending U-18 World Cup Champions USA, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 13 Panama, No. 23 South Africa and No. 26 Spain.

“Both groups feature the best youth teams and players in their respective nations and in the world, and this will create a very intense Opening Round,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The Under-18 Baseball World Cup is one of the most prestigious international events in the youth sports space, with players who have done well here going on to stardom and securing some of the most lucrative contracts in sports.”

The top three teams from Group A will play the top three teams from Group B in the Super Round from 5-7 September, with the top two teams meeting in the Final match For the title of World Champion on Sunday, 8 September.

The highly anticipated official promotional video of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 is due to be released in late June/early July.

Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark, the largest baseball-theme park in Korea, is the site of the XXIX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. The Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) will host one of WBSC’s jewel events in collaboration with Gijang County and the nation’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The official website of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup has been launched at https://u18bwc.wbsc.org, across six languages, including English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

The U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani; Korea’s Shin-soo Choo; Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman; and Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado and Buster Posey, who all played for USA Baseball’s U-18 National Team.