The first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball5 Americas Open will be launched this Thursday (18 April) in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, with $US 8,000 in total prize money awarded.
The launch event of the new Baseball5 pro circuit is being hosted by the Colombian Softball Federation and will include mixed teams from six nations, including host Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, with eight-player rosters.
Broadcast rights for the inaugural Baseball5 Americas Open were awarded to CTC Cartagena and with TV stations from Cuba and Venezuela also broadcasting the event live.
The competition will take place on a temporary venue at the iconic beach of Playa Bocagrande, El Bony, with an all-branded urban Baseball5 court made of polypropylene sports flooring.
The Opening round schedule will be decided during a draw set to take place tomorrow, 17 April. Following the 15-game round robin stage, the last 2 teams will be eliminated with the third and fourth placed competing for the third place and first and second facing each other in the championship game.
At the press conference in the host city to announce the launch of the new Baseball5 continental event, over 50 members of the media attended with the event getting extensive attention on local media outlets.
WBSC, as the world governing body, is taking measures to have baseball and softball played everywhere : on the streets and at the beach, in order to connect with younger audiences and drive new generations to both play and follow our game,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said. “The launch of the WBSC Baseball5 Americas Open is major step toward growing the game globally and expanding the reach and appeal of the traditional game of baseball and softball.”
Every match, both during the round robin and the medal round, will consist of a three-game series, with each game played over five innings. On the last afternoon the first two teams ranked will play for the first prize while the bronze will be contested between the third and the fourth ranked.
The major announcements were made Friday at a press conference held at Taichung City Hall
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the game schedules for Groups A and B of the 2019 WBSC Premier12® and released the official promotional video for the year’s biggest international baseball event and qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The major announcements were made Friday at a press conference held at Taichung City Hall.
National Teams learn first opponents
The top-ranked team in Europe will meet the top-ranked from the Americas to open the 2019 Premier12 on 2 November, when world No. 2 USA takes on world No. 8 Netherlands in Group A action at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Group A host No. 6 Mexico and 2013 World Baseball Classic Champions No. 12 Dominican Republic will collide in Game 2.
Group B opens at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium on 5 November with the top-ranked baseball nation in South America, No. 9 Venezuela, against world No. 1 Japan, while host No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 11 Puerto Rico, the team that knocked Chinese Taipei out of the 2015 Premier12, will meet at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.
“Today we celebrate one of the most exciting moments on the road to the Premier12 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The stakes have never been as high for an international baseball competition, and we expect some very high-pressure, intense and exciting games as well as big surprises in the Opening Round.”
The game schedule for Group C at Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome, which features defending Premier12 Champions No. 3 Korea, No. 5 Cuba, No. 7 Australia and No. 10 Canada will be revealed on Monday, 15 April, at a press conference in the Korean capital.
The full opening round schedule of the 2019 Premier12 consists of a total of 18 games – 6 games per group. The top two teams from each group will advance to Japan to compete in the Super Round from 11-16 November at Chiba’s ZOZO Marine Stadium and the Tokyo Dome, with the Finals to be played on 17 November at the Tokyo Dome.
Official Promotional Video released
The official promotional video – Is Your Country Ready II – was unveiled to great acclaim in Taichung, exciting players and fans around the world.
WBSC directed and produced the promotional video in collaboration with Leeds, UK-based WORKS, the mega-events branding agency that has helped roll out some of the world’s biggest sports properties, including the FIFA World Cup.
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The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the group draw and a 72-game schedule for the XVI WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 — the highest-level softball competition on the planet — which will be held from 13-23 June in the Czech cities of Prague and Havlickuv Brod.
The groups showcase National Teams coming from all five Olympic continents, highlighting softball’s ongoing global development and reach.
Group A features world No. 1 New Zealand, No. 3 Japan, No. 5 Argentina, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 9 Mexico, No. 13 Botswana, No. 17 Philippines and No. 24 Cuba.
Group B includes No. 2 Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 6 USA, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 11 Denmark, No. 12 South Africa, No. 19 Netherlands and No. 22 Singapore.
“Having teams from every continent in each of the two groups is another manifestation of men’s softball’s global impact, and how WBSC softball competitions are embraced all around the world”, said WBSC Softball Division Chairman, Tommy Velazquez. “Staging the first ever flagship men’s softball world championship in Europe is just another step in the WBSC strategy to expand softball across the planet, and strengthen the game as a true worldwide, massive sport, both in men and women’s branch.”
The men’s softball pinnacle tournament will feature 72 games across 11 days of competition, before crowning the best softball team in the world.
Following the Opening Ceremony on 13 June at 18:00 local time, host Czech Republic and defending world champion New Zealand will officially open the global tournament.
The World Championship Finale is slated to be played on 23 June at 19:30, following the bronze medal match at 16:30.
After the Opening Round, the top four teams of each group will advance to the playoffs to battle For the Title of World Champion in an eight-team, single-elimination bracket.
To view the full schedule-as well as all tournament information, including rosters, stats and standings-of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship (MSWC) 2019, visit the official tournament website at mswc.wbsc.org.
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Cup® umpire Po Chun Liu was awarded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women and Sport World Trophy, the highest distinction that the IOC bestows in the category, on Tuesday (19 March) at a dedicated awards ceremony on the side-lines of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City, USA.
Liu, a native of Chinese Taipei, was given the IOC World Trophy as part of six “change-makers” advancing women and girls in and through sport,” the IOC said, with five others earning Continental Trophies.
Liu, known as the “Mother of Women’s Baseball” in Chinese Taipei, made her World Cup debut as an umpire at WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2010 in Maracay, Venezuela, and was featured in Forbes’ 2018 list of the Most Powerful Women in International Sports. She most recently was an umpire at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018 in Viera, Florida, USA.
“It’s our responsibility to empower girls and women so they’ll realise their full potential and take charge of their lives,” Liu said in her acceptance speech. “To help a girl is to help a family.”
She began as a volunteer at the youth level, becoming the first female baseball umpire in Chinese Taipei. A full-time social worker, Liu is dedicated to creating opportunities for girls and women to be better represented in sport, organising baseball clinics and workshops in her homeland. Liu is determined to help “strike out gender discrimination”.
WBSC Secretary General Low said: “This prestigious honour reflects Ms. Liu’s positive impact on gender equality and breaking down stereotypes in sports, using baseball as a global platform.”
WBSC Vice President and IOC Member Allen said: “Liu is a role model and source of inspiration in her homeland, for the sport of baseball, and now for the whole Olympic Movement, as she helps redefine women’s roles in sport and paves the way to unlock opportunities and a more level playing field for future generations of girls and women in sport.”
IOC President Thomas Bach released the following statement from the UN headquarters: “The Women and Sport Awards are very important because these personalities we are honouring have shown what can be achieved by empowering women and girls through sport.
“Supporting such champions for women’s empowerment is essential in our overall commitment to gender equality.
“In today’s world, no organisation or country can afford to let half of the population be left behind – either in sport or in society.”
Introduced in 2000, the IOC Women and Sport Awards are given to individuals or organisations who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women’s and girls’ participation in sport, including at the administration and leadership levels.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the competing National Teams, including the wild card, and the Opening Round groups of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup® 2019, which will be hosted by the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) from 26 July to 4 August in Tainan City.
The WBSC awarded Fiji the lone wild card into the fifth edition of the U-12 Baseball World Cup, marking Fiji’s first-ever entry into a Baseball World Cup. Fiji will join the world’s best 11 youth baseball teams and compete For the Title of World Champion in the U-12 category (11 to 12 years old).
The U-12 Baseball World Cup will move into its new home this July, the US$ 130 million-dollar Tainan Asia Pacific Stadiums, which are set to be completed by the city in June. The state-of-the-art facility will not only be the stage but also a key element of the U-12 Baseball World Cup brand identity through the next five editions (2019, 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027).
“The new home of the U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan — which will be the stage of the best 11- and 12-year-old baseball players in the world — will be among the very best and most iconic facilities ever offered to talented young athletes of this age, boosting the U-12 Baseball World Cup into a category of one of the most prestigious youth events in sports,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.
Current U-12 Asian champions Chinese Taipei will highlight Group A, along with the National Teams of top-ranked Japan, Czech Republic, South Africa, Cuba and Fiji.
Three-time defending U-12 world champions USA will lead Group B, along with Mexico (2017 bronze medallists), Korea, Australia, Venezuela and Italy.
The top three teams from each group will advance to go head to head in the Super Round from 1-3 August. Super Round teams will carry over their opening-round records against each other, with wins and/or losses against teams eliminated in the first round removed. The first- and second-place teams in the Super Round standings will compete in the Final on Sunday, 4 August, while the third- and fourth-place teams will play for the bronze medal.
The official website of the V WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup has been officially launched in six languages at u12worldcup.wbsc.org, with the tournament website available in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced it has awarded the hosting rights of the U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021 to USA Baseball and the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. This marks the first time since Cape Cod and Fenway Park hosted the 1995 Junior World Championship that the top youth international baseball event will be held in the United States.
The announcement was made at a joint press conference held at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, featuring WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari, USA Baseball President Mike Gaski, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler, Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly, Orioles-Sarasota Vice President David Rovine and representatives from Visit Sarasota County and the Bradenton Area Sports Commission.
The 30th edition of the U-18 Baseball World Cup will take place in September 2021 and feature the world’s best players from 12 countries in the U-18 category (16 to 18 years old). As the host nation, the USA Baseball U-18 National Team-the current four-time defending U-18 world champions-will be granted an automatic berth into the global tournament.
All 50 U-18 World Cup games will be played between Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park, the Spring Training homes for Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively.
Team USA is the four-time defending U-18 Baseball World Cup champions (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017) and will look to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive world title at the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup that will be held in Gijang, Republic of Korea, from Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 8, 2019.
“USA Baseball presented an excellent bid, vision and venue plan for one of youth sport’s most prestigious world championships, the U-18 Baseball World Cup,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The world’s best young players and next generation of superstars will have an iconic stage-the same stadiums where top professionals play and train-to perform and showcase their talents to the passionate fans in the stands and those watching across the world. While the sport of baseball has never been as global as it is today, there has never been a more opportune time to bring the U-18 Baseball World Cup back to the U.S., where baseball, together with softball, has furthered its position as the most practiced team sport, with
participation numbers increasing over 20% to 25 million over the last five years, in the U.S. alone.”
“USA Baseball is honored to be selected to host the U-18 Baseball World Cup and we aim to provide a truly once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience to the athletes and fans who take part in this premier event,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “Our national pastime continues to be a major influence in the culture of the United States and we are proud to partner with the cities of Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, to welcome the international baseball community to the birthplace of baseball.”
Sarasota and Bradenton are located south of Tampa Bay on Florida’s Gulf Coast, a region known for award-winning beaches and a long history of arts and culture. The two cities have jointly hosted numerous international youth and amateur sports competitions including the 2017 World Rowing Championships and the 2017-2018 International Triathlon World Cups.
“Visit Sarasota County and the Orioles are pleased to welcome some of the world’s top baseball players to our region for the 2021 U-18 Baseball World Cup,” said Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley. “We look forward to working with USA Baseball and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to produce a memorable, world-class experience for all participants.”
“We are thrilled to have been awarded the bid to host the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup in September 2021-one of the top youth championships in all of sports,” said Sean Walter, Director of Sports at the Bradenton Area Sports Commission. “Both the Bradenton Area and the Pittsburgh Pirates organization stand ready to provide the ideal setting for the world’s best players, who will go on to become future leaders in the sports industry.”
The successful staging of the 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada, helped the Thunder Bay International Airport break its all-time monthly passenger record for the month of August, while generating a CAD 6.3 million economic impact on the city, as well as multi- millions in brand exposure for sponsors and commercial partners.
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 the United States’ Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Buster Posey.
For more information on the 2021 U-18 Baseball World Cup, visit SarasotaBradenton2021.com, or follow @SARBRAD2021 on Instagram and Twitter. Ticket information will be available in early 2020.
The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, accepted the role as Global Ambassador of Baseball, following a meeting with World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari today at the National Palace in Mexico’s capital. López Obrador’s appointment as Global Ambassador of Baseball generated major headlines across the nation.
In his role as a WBSC Global Ambassador of Baseball, President López Obrador will support the global growth of baseball, particularly with regard to elevating baseball’s status to a permanent Olympic sport.
“I accept this role as a Global Ambassador of Baseball,” said President López Obrador. “Baseball is global, and we are going to defend this sport.”
WBSC President Fraccari said: “Baseball’s worldwide profile has never been stronger than it is today and having such an important figure like President López Obrador as a WBSC Global Ambassador of Baseball is another major step into evolving baseball into a major global sport as well as a sport that is played at each edition of the Olympic Games.”
WBSC President Fraccari presented Mexican President López Obrador with the trophy of the flagship Premier12 2019, the year’s top international baseball event which is a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. An opening round of the Premier12 will be staged in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, this November.