FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 14 March 2017
UMPIRES FROM 25 NATIONS TO OVERSEE 2017 WBSC SOFTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation today appointed umpires from 25 countries to officiate the 2017 WBSC Softball World Championships.
For the 15th WBSC Men's Softball World Championship
, which will be staged in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, from 7-16 July, 24 umpires from 15 countries will make up the on-field umpiring crews.
At the 12th WBSC Junior Women's Softball World Championship
, which will be held in Clearwater, Florida, USA, from 24-30 July, 30 umpires from 23 countries will oversee umpiring duties.
"This global selection of umpires highlights the growing base of knowledgeable softball officials and leaders around the world," said WBSC Softball Division President Dale McMann. "These important officials ensure the integrity of our Softball World Championships and also help ensure our sport is officiated uniformly in their home countries, which is a key factor in our development aims to grow our sport."
15th WBSC MEN'S SOFTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Umpires for the flagship men's softball competition will come from Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Africa, USA, and Venezuela.
The Men's Softball World Championship was last held in 2015
in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, where Canada earned was crowned world champion, New Zealand earned silver, and Venezuela claimed bronze.
12th U-19 WOMEN'S SOFTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Umpires overseeing the umpiring in Clearwater will arrive from Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and USA.
The U-19 pinnacle event was last held in 2015
in Oklahoma City, OK, USA, where USA earned gold, Japan claimed silver, and Puerto Rico bronze.
The National Teams, including the draw of pools, and complete schedule for both Softball World Championships will be announced at a later date.
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WBSC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
World Baseball Classic
3 to 22 March #WBC2017
WBSC Men's Softball World Championship
Whitehorse, Canada - 7 to 16 Jul #2017MWC
WBSC U-19 Junior Women's Softball World Championship
Clearwater, FL, USA - 24 to 30 Jul #2017JWWC
WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
Tainan, Chinese Taipei - 28 Jul to 6 Aug #U12WorldCup
WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
Thunder Bay, Canada - 1 to 10 Sept #U18WorldCup
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).
For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org