Category Archives: Softball

WBSC, Japan Softball Assoc. Partner To Stage Tokyo 2020 Olympic Test Event In Fukushima This October

The World Baseball Softball Confederation) (WBSC) and the Japan Softball Association (JSA) today announced a partnership to organise a softball test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As part of the partnership, WBSC and JSA will oversee up to four Japan Softball League (JSL) regular-season games at Fukushima’s Azuma Baseball Stadium from 5-6 October. WBSC-certified as well as national officials will be observing and participating in the operation of the softball test event, to ensure the successful delivery of softball’s historic return at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Renovations to Azuma Stadium are scheduled to be completed ahead of the test event, including the installation of a brand-new turf, which will be the same used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A total of six Olympic Softball games and one Olympic Baseball game will be played at Azuma Baseball Stadium. Olympic Softball Game 1 on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 is the first official Olympic competition of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“WBSC is excited to partner with our colleagues at the Japan Softball Association and the Japan Softball League to stage this important test event,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “With the existing venues and collective know-how — as the top sport in Japan — we are confident that we will hit a ‘home run’ carrying out this test event, and we will continue working hard alongside Tokyo 2020 organisers, while listening and learning from the IOC, to deliver the biggest and best-ever Olympic Baseball and Softball tournaments in history.”

Baseball and softball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place at Azuma Baseball Stadium and Yokohama Stadium.

Earlier this week, WBSC announced the hosts and dates of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Baseball and Softball Qualifiers, which will be held across Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and USA.

The complete list of Tokyo 2020 test events can be found at https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/sport/testevents/.

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Leading Nations Partner To Boost Baseball/Softball In France

The baseball and softball federations in the host nations of the next three Summer Olympic Games — Japan (2020), France (2024) and USA (2028) — have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost baseball and softball in France, a novel cooperation in the Olympic spirit strengthening the case to feature baseball and softball at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The agreement — which has been designed to promote international collaboration on youth development, coaching and high performance — was signed between the Baseball Federation of Japan (BFJ), the Japan Softball Association (JSA), the French Baseball and Softball Federation (FFBS), USA Baseball and USA Softball at the recent World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Board meeting in Rome.

“This incredible act of international cooperation and sportsmanship can only be inspired by the greatest sports platform on the planet, the Olympic Games,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The global baseball-softball community embraces the values of the Olympics and wishes to promote the spread of them at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, helping to build immense momentum and continuity for the Olympic Movement from Tokyo 2020 to LA 2028 Games, if our sport remains on the Olympic Programme.

“This is a unique opportunity in which Paris 2024 and the International Olympic Committee can leverage baseball/softball’s national sport status in the Games preceding and succeeding Paris 2024 — passing the torch and building the Olympic spotlight from Tokyo 2020 to LA 2028.”

FFBS President Didier Seminet said: “We’re delighted to have signed an agreement with the world’s two leading baseball and softball nations. Our membership is up 50% over the last 10 years and we believe that this partnership will boost these figures even more dramatically over the next three Olympic cycles, as we try to realise the dream of our French baseball and softball athletes to play for their home country in the Olympic Games of Paris 2024.”

The MoU will see Japan and USA play warm-up and exhibition games with teams from France in the build-up to major international competitions at every age group. French players and coaches will also have the opportunity to train with the top two teams in the Olympic disciplines of men’s baseball and women’s softball.

Under the agreement Japan and USA will send coaching envoys to France to help develop technical skills, physical conditioning and nutrition, and coaching techniques. The MoU provides for ongoing dialogue and knowledge sharing between the federations for the benefit of the global baseball-softball community.

Ticket Sales Launched For WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 in Czech Republic

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host Czech Softball Association (CSA) today announced the launch of global ticket sales — with GoOut the exclusive ticket agent — for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019, which will be staged in Czech capital Prague and Havlickuv Brod from 13-23 June.

Fans around the world can purchase tickets to the world’s highest-level men’s softball competition exclusively through GoOut, one of the top online ticketing platforms in the central European host country.

“These are great news for the loyal men’s softball fan base around the world,” said Tommy Velazquez, WBSC Softball Division Chairman. “It’s the first ever Men’s Softball World Championship in Europe, in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We expect high ticket demand for the tournament, and fully packed diamonds in Prague and Havlickuv Brod in June.”

“We’re less than six months away from the first pitch, and we’re excited launching our ticket sales platform for the World Championship,” said Gabriel Waage, President of the Czech Softball Association. “Fans from Czech Republic are anxious to witness the most important softball event in the history of our country, and finally they will be able to buy their tickets,”

Early tournament packages are available for all the games in both venues, with single passes for the opening round group stage as well as playoffs available.

As a promotional activity and community service — and to connect the sport with more youth — students from local schools will be granted free entrance to the morning competitions.

Special rates are available for children, pensioners, persons in wheelchairs and Czech softball clubs.

“Mr. Home Run”

Official Mascot “Mr. Home Run” revealed in Promo video

The CSA produced a promotional video to help kick off tickets sales, revealing the mascot of the tournament, Mr. Home Run, in iconic locations across the Czech capital.

The WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship features the top softball players, teams and nations in the world. The world championship event will be held at Svoboda Park in Prague and Hippos Arena in Havlickuv Brod.

The 16 teams battling for the title of softball champion of the world include:
Africa (2): No. 12 South Africa, No. 13 Botswana.
Americas (6): No. 2 Canada, No. 5 Argentina, No. 6 United States, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 9 Mexico, No. 24 Cuba (wild card).
Asia (3): No. 3 Japan, No. 17 Philippines, No. 22 Singapore.
Europe (3): No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 11 Denmark, No. 19 Netherlands.
Oceania (2): No. 1 New Zealand, No. 4 Australia

The groups and game-schedule will be announced in upcoming news releases.

South Africa, Botswana Advance To 2019 WBSC Softball World Championships

The top two nations from the African Softball Championships — South Africa and Botswana — have qualified for this year’s World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Softball Championship in Prague and Havlickuv Brod, and the Junior Women’s Softball World Cup in Irvine, California.

South African national teams won the African Softball Championships in the respective men’s and junior women’s categories this past weekend at the Mbolekwa Sports Complex in Atteridgeville, South Africa.

“Congratulations to South Africa and Botswana for qualifying into the top international softball events in 2019,” said Tommy Velazquez, WBSC Softball Division Chairman. “Softball continues to evolve and bring opportunities in Africa, from grassroots levels to the highest honour, the National Team. WBSC, as well as others in our sport, are focusing efforts on the African continent, connecting with more and more young people and next generations of players. I see a bright future for softball in the African continent, which will boost the Softball World Cup properties into the foreseeable future.”

South Africa defeated Botswana, 4-2, the final of the African Men’s Softball Championship, with Lesotho finishing in third place.

The South African Junior Women’s National Team swept Botswana in a five-game continental championship series to become crowned the champions of Africa in the youth women’s category.

WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019

The 16-team field for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 is now complete, with South Africa and Botswana earning the right to represent the African continent in the global battle. The top men’s softball event this year will be held in Prague and Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, from 13-23 June, and will feature 12 of the top 13 teams in the world.

The National Teams qualified for the Men’s Softball World Championship are:
Africa (2): No. 12 South Africa, No. 13 Botswana.
Americas (6): No. 2 Canada, No. 5 Argentina, No. 6 United States, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 9 Mexico, No. 24 Cuba (wild card).
Asia (3): No. 3 Japan, No. 17 Philippines, No. 22 Singapore.
Europe (3): No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 11 Denmark, No. 19 Netherlands.
Oceania (2): No. 1 New Zealand, No. 4 Australia

WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Cup 2019

African champion South African and runner-up Botswana are the final nations to qualify for the WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Cup, which will be staged in Irvine, California, USA, from 11-17 August. Sixteen nations, including the world’s Nos. 1-11, will be competing the for the youth women’s world title:
Africa (2): No. 28 South Africa, No. 43 Botswana
Americas (5): No. 1 United States, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 5 Mexico, No. 14 Brazil
Asia (3): No. 2 Japan, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 China
Europe (4): No. 9 Italy, No. 10 Netherlands (wild card), No. 15 Czech Republic, No. 22 Ireland
Oceania (2): No. 7 Australia, No. 11 New Zealand

Softball South Africa Named Country’s Sports Federation of The Year in Boost For Olympic Baseball Softball

Softball South Africa (SSA) has been named South Africa’s 2018 National Federation of the Year — the highest distinction a National Sports Federation can achieve in the country under Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

Softball, roller sports and gymnastics were the three finalists in the category of National Federation of the Year at the 13th Annual South African Sports Awards in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The top federation award is based “on growing and developing sport in schools in the Republic of South Africa,” recognising softball’s universal popularity and appeal to young people, which has been given a recent boost in South Africa — and around the world — due to baseball and softball’s upcoming Olympic return at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“This is a historic milestone for softball in South Africa,” said SSA President Mashilo Matsetela. “Even as the world becomes more digital, the sport of softball continues to appeal to both young people and school officials in South Africa and worldwide because it’s a stimulating activity that promotes leadership skills and teamwork within the same environment.”

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari said:

“Congratulations to Softball South Africa and President Matsetela. This tremendous honour reflects SSA’s successful strategy to target youth and grow the sport of softball in South Africa.

“Having held the WBSC Congress in Botswana last year, where softball is hugely popular, we are delighted to see that enthusiasm for the sport is spreading to neighbouring South Africa.”

WBSC reveals Playoff schedule for Women’s Softball World Championship/Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifier

Following eight days of exciting competition, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the Playoff Schedule for the Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan, where one nation will earn a place at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The original field of 16 nations has been cut in half, with 8 teams advancing to the Championship Round.

Showcasing the global spread of the sport, four continents — Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania — still have representatives in softball’s battle For The Title of World Champion.

In order of standings, United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Netherlands have advanced out of Group A, while Japan, Australia, Canada and Italy have advanced out of Group B.

Eight nations — Chinese Taipei, China, New Zealand, Great Britain, Philippines, Venezuela, Botswana and South Africa — have been eliminated from medal contention but will continue to play in the Placement Round to determine the final standings and allocation of world ranking points.

The playoffs of the flagship softball event will take place at ZOZO Marine Stadium, the home of Nippon Professional Baseball’s (NPB) Chiba Lotte Marines.

The Championship Round will be played under the double page system — the top two seeded nations in each group will have double life in the playoff, while third and fourth seeds will face single-elimination games from the beginning.

Headlining the action on Friday, 10 August, the United States will play Australia at 15:30 local time. USA, the defending World Champions, went undefeated to win Group A. Australia advanced as the second team in Group B, with 5-2 record.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan clinched the top spot in the Group B — also going undefeated — and will play Puerto Rico at 19:00. The host team beat Australia yesterday in the last game of the round robin to earn the first seed. Puerto Rico finished second in Group A, with a 6-1 record.

Mexico and Italy will meet at 10:00 in the first win-or-go-home match of the tournament. Mexico advanced to the playoffs with a 5-2 record, clinching the third seed in Group A, while the European team beat China in their final Opening Round match to clinch the fourth spot in Group B.

In another exciting knockout game, Canada will face the Netherlands at 12:30. The North American squad clinched third place in Group A with a 5-2 record. Netherlands moved into fourth place yesterday after defeating South Africa.

Championship Round Schedule
C1 – 10:00 – Italy v Mexico
C2 – 12:30 – Canada v Netherlands
C3 – 15:30 – United States v Australia
C4 – 19:00 – Japan v Puerto Rico
Placement Round Schedule
P1 – 10:00 – Chinese Taipei v Botswana
P2 – 10:00 – China v South Africa
P3 – 14:00 – New Zealand v Venezuela
P4 – 14:00 – Great Britain v Philippines

WBSC Awards Broadcast Rights Across 80+ Territories For 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship/2020 Olympic Qualifier

WBSC, 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship, 2020 Olympic Qualifier,

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that broadcast and online rights agreements covering 84 countries and territories have been reached for the upcoming WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship — a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualifier — which is set to open this Thursday, 2 August, in Chiba, Japan.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said: “These agreements will guarantee record coverage and engagement for the Women’s Softball World Championship in Chiba, driving the exposure and excitement of our sport to millions of households and mobile users across the world, while further building the anticipation of baseball and softball’s historic return at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

In Europe, Sportradar has been awarded live-streaming rights across 42 European territories and will provide blanket coverage via its leading OTT platform at www.baseballsoftball.tv.

In Japan, WBSC has awarded TV Tokyo the exclusive host broadcasting rights and the exclusive online/mobile and broadcast rights.

FloSports (www.flosoftball.com) has been awarded the exclusive English live-streaming rights in Canada and the United States.

AYM Sports has acquired rights in 41 countries and territories and will offer Spanish-language coverage across North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

All games of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 will be live-streamed and free-to-view on the WBSC YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/wbsc) for those games and territories not covered by WBSC’s broadcast and live-stream partners.

The worldwide list of territories covered by WBSC’s partners can be found here.

For complete tournament news and updates, the official tournament website at https://wswc.wbsc.org is available in six languages (English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese).