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Dominican Republic’s top-tier professional baseball league LIDOM joins WBSC

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body of baseball and softball, today announced the welcoming of the Dominican Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) as an Associate Member.

LIDOM’s membership was reviewed and approved by the WBSC Executive Board.

Founded in 1951, LIDOM represents the highest level of professional baseball in the Dominican Republic, where baseball is the national sport.

“WBSC is proud to welcome the Dominican Republic’s top league, LIDOM, into the World Baseball Softball family,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “LIDOM’s officially joining the global baseball movement represents a boost to the Dominican Republic National Team programme, the Dominican Republic Baseball Federation (FEDOBE) and WBSC’s top-tier sanctioned international competitions like Premier12 as well as the U-23 Baseball World Cup, while helping to spread the LIDOM brand globally.”

LIDOM President Vitelio Mejía Ortiz said: “This is a transcendent step for the future of our baseball and our league. We will develop ties of cooperation and joint projects toward common goals which will result in the growth of baseball in our nation and the development of our summer league, ultimately lifting Dominican baseball to the Olympic Games. Our slogan is: There’s only one baseball.”

FEDOBE President Hector Pereyra said: “This is a historic day and great recognition of Dominican baseball at the international level. LIDOM’s membership helps to solidify and unite baseball in the Dominican Republic, while also reinforcing the global baseball movement under WBSC and President Fraccari. We are building our country’s baseball programme looking toward the future and looking toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and LIDOM’s status within the international federation is a major step in the right direction.”

In May, the nation’s Ministry of Sports (MIDEREC), Olympic Committee (COD) and LIDOM launched the Dominican Olympic Baseball Programme (“PROBEISBOL”) with the objective of having the Dominican Republic National Baseball Team qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The addition of LIDOM, which was welcomed along with the Association Francophone de Baseball et Softball, raises WBSC’s organisational structure to 208 Members (195 National Federations and 13 Associate Members) across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceania, representing approximately 65 million athletes and 200 million fans and followers worldwide.

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Association Francophone de Baseball et Softball Set To Boost Sports’ Growth in French-Speaking World

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the 22-nation Association Francophone de Baseball et Softball (AFBS) as a new Associate Member, as the International Federation looks to create the next generation of players and fans among the world’s 220 million French-speakers.

The AFBS was approved as a WBSC Associate Member at the recent WBSC Executive Board meeting in Florida. The Francophone body, also an Associate Member of the Association Francophone des Comités Olympiques, currently comprises 25 national baseball and/or softball federations from 22 nations across all five Olympic continents. Notably, in 2017 AFBS organized a U-12 baseball tournament as framework to the Francophone Games are held every four years and bring together hundreds of athletes and artists from across the Francophone world. Later the same year, they held an umpire clinic in Paris.

The move comes as the Fédération Française de Baseball & Softball – whose President Didier Seminet also leads AFBS and the European Baseball Softball Confederation – prepares for its 100th anniversary in 2024, the year the Olympic Games returns to Paris for the first time in a century.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said:

“Developing baseball and softball in the French-speaking world is a strategic priority for WBSC. Not only are we looking towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, we are looking at sustainable long-term growth – more players, more coaches, more fans – in markets like Europe and Africa with enormous potential. Baseball and softball are already a dominant force across the Americas and East Asia. The world’s 220 million French speakers can help us take the next big step towards a billion-strong global baseball-softball community.”

AFBS President Didier Seminet said:

“The AFBS is extremely grateful to the WBSC for this important recognition. The French language unites a global community across nations as diverse as France, Canada, Burundi and Vanuatu. Now baseball and softball will be another common language binding us together. France’s Olympic goals extend far beyond its borders, and we believe that baseball and softball can help realise them.”

2 Asian, 4 Americas Nations Qualify For WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2019

Nine of 12 National Teams are now confirmed for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup® 2019 in Tainan, Taiwan, following continental championships in the Americas and Asia.

In the Americas, the United States, Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela — the top four finishers on the continent — have qualified for the U-12 Baseball World Cup 2019. In Aguascalientes, Mexico, world No. 1 USA captured its first-ever U-12 Pan-Am Baseball Championship, defeating No. 5 Mexico, 10-2, in the Final, while No. 4 Cuba earned the bronze with a 12-5 victory over No. 11 Venezuela.

U-12 Baseball World Cup host No. 6 Chinese Taipei claimed the Asian youth baseball title in Taipei City, defeating No. 3 Korea, 3-2, in the Final. In the bronze medal match, No. 2 Japan beat No. 28 Pakistan, 10-0. The Republic of Korea and Japan — the top two finishers at the Asian championship, not including already qualified Chinese Taipei — will advance to the biennial youth baseball world championship next year in Tainan.

“Congratulations to USA Baseball and the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association for putting together the best youth teams on their respective continents,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “And congratulations to Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Korea and Japan for earning a place in the fifth edition of the U-12 Baseball World Cup, which is shaping into the most globally competitive and exciting one in its young history.”

Three spots remain open for the U-12 Baseball World Cup, with the African and Oceania qualifiers as well as the wild card to be determined.

European champions Italy and runners-up Czech Republic were the first nations to qualify into the youth baseball 12-nation global battle For the Title of World Champion in Tainan.

USA Baseball has assembled the best youth team and players on the planet for the past three editions, claiming three consecutive World Championships at the U-12 Baseball World Cup (2013, 2015 and 2017).

FINAL STANDINGS

U-12 Pan-Am Championship 2018
1. United States of America
2. Mexico
3. Cuba
4. Venezuela
5. Panama
6. Nicaragua
7. Colombia
8. Brazil
9. Aruba
10. Dominican Republic
11. Argentina
12. Honduras

U-12 Asian Championship 2018
1. Chinese Taipei
2. Korea
3. Japan
4. Pakistan
5. Hong Kong
6. Indonesia
7. India
8. Sri Lanka

WBSC Reveals Groups For U-23 Baseball World Cup 2018…

…WBSC reveals global Groups for U-23 Baseball World Cup 2018 in Barranquilla, Colombia

The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the group draw for the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup® 2018 — the year’s top international baseball competition — which will take place in Barranquilla and Montería, Colombia, from 19-28 October.

“The groups of the U-23 Baseball World Cup are both global and balanced, and will lead to exciting and challenging games for the athletes and National Teams from day one,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.

Group A features representatives from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe: host/world No. 16 Colombia, No. 2 Japan (defending U-23 World Champion), No. 5 Mexico, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 9 Netherlands and No. 26 South Africa. Group A competitions will take place at the newly inaugurated US$ 33 million, 12,000-seat Edgar Renteria Baseball Stadium in Barranquilla.

Group B features representatives from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania: No. 3 Korea (2016 3rd-place finisher), No. 8 Australia (2016 runner-up), No. 10 Puerto Rico, No. 11 Venezuela, No. 12 Dominican Republic and No. 18 Czech Republic. Group B games will be held at the 12,000-seat June 18 Baseball Stadium (Estadio de Beisbol 18 de Junio), home of the Colombian Professional Baseball League’s Leones de Montería.

The winner of the U-23 Baseball World Cup will be awarded 690 world ranking points — the largest award of any international baseball event this year and third-largest overall, following the major international competitions, Premier12® and the World Baseball Classic.

At the last U-23 Baseball World Cup in 2016, National Team rosters included players from clubs affiliated to the Australian Baseball League, Chinese Professional Baseball League, Korean Baseball Organization, Major League Baseball, Mexican Baseball League, Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League, and Nippon Professional Baseball, in addition to other leagues from around the world.

The official tournament microsite U-23 Baseball World Cup has been launched at u23bwc.wbsc.org and is available in six languages (English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese).

Women’s Baseball World Cup: MVP Sato Leads Japan To 6th Consecutive World Title

The Women’s National Baseball of Japan shut out Chinese Taipei, 6-0, in the Final of the VIII WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup® at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, Friday night.

Japan star Ayami Sato considered the top female pitcher in the world — went five innings in the world championship finale to earn the win and record her third Most Valuable Player (MVP) honour.

The win extended Japan’s World Cup win-streak to an unprecedented 30 games.

The second-place finish for Chinese Taipei marks the first time the nation has ever medalled in eight editions of the Women’s Baseball World Cup.

In the bronze medal match, the Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team topped the United States in a thrilling, 8-5, extra-innings victory.

Women’s Baseball World Cup: MVP Sato leads Japan to 6th consecutive World Title

Millions of viewers from over 190 countries and territories followed the online coverage of the Women’s Baseball World Cup in Viera.

The next edition of the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be held in 2020.

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Japan
2. Chinese Taipei
3. Canada
4. United States of America
5. Venezuela
6. Dominican Republic
7. Australia
8. Cuba
9. Puerto Rico
10. Republic of Korea
11. Hong Kong
12. Netherlands

WBSC Baseball5 Commission To Meet On September 1st…

The WBSC Baseball5 Commission will meet for the first time on Saturday 1 September in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The meeting will be held on the margins of WBSC Executive Board meeting, scheduled to take place later the same day.

The first session of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00AM on Saturday and will be streamed live via the WBSC social media channels.

“Baseball5 has generated interest and enthusiasm behind our expectations,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “I am happy that today’s technology allows us to open our decision making process to our members and fans. They will be able to join us in this occasion.”

The Baseball5 Commission is chaired by Mr Angelo Vicini (SRM) and composed by the following members: Mr Antonio Castro (CUB), Mr Elliot Fleys (FRA), Mr Tirelo Mukokomani (BOT) , Ms Yumilka Daisy Ruiz (CUB), Mr Antonio Savasta (ITA), Ms Hiroko Yamada (JAP).

WBSC Launches New Baseball Rules To Make Game Faster and Boost Global/Olympic Appeal

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced new baseball rules to accelerate game tempo and make the sport of baseball more action-dense, targeting younger audiences and new generations of players and fans worldwide.

The WBSC approved the review of a strict 12-second time limit between pitches, with testing and implementation to start at the youth (U-12 to U-18) and Women’s Baseball World Cups.

USA vs NED WBSC Womens Baseball World Cup

The WBSC also approved an automatic intentional walk rule across all Baseball World Cups. Managers will now only have to signal to the umpires for an intentional walk to be issued.

In addition, the WBSC will test a time limit of 90 seconds between (half) innings. The new 90-second rule will be under review at the upcoming Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018 in Viera, Florida, USA (22-31 August).

All pending changes to the international regulations would be included in forthcoming Baseball World Cup hosting agreements.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said: “Today marks a clear and modern direction for baseball and softball to modernise and evolve into not only a major global sport but also a permanent Olympic sport following our historic return at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“These new measures to increase the action and speed of the game will help attract and retain the attention of new audiences and athletes around the world, particularly young people, while providing a model for National Federations and leagues to follow.

“More study and action in this direction will come, including the review of reducing National Team rosters sizes and athlete-quotas, which will streamline hosting Baseball and Softball World Cups and also make our sport more attractive and sustainable within the Olympic and Paris 2024 context.”

The WBSC Executive Board will be analysing other methods to improve the tempo of the game and reduce non-action sequences, making the game more compact and attractive to audiences, broadcasters, hosts/event-organisers and players alike.

WBSC’s latest policies align with its mission to grow the worldwide baseball-softball community from approximately 200 million to 1 billion over the next decade.