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WBSC Global Newsletter - 30 November 2019

December 1, 2019

Sakai, Japan - -   WBSC Global Newsletter - 30 November 2019

November 2019
III WBSC Congress showcases baseball, softball as true global sport, says President Fraccari

"I am very pleased to say the third WBSC Congress in the city of Sakai, Japan was an overwhelming success with a great number of important contributions from the members and the international baseball and softball community! Having our members under the same roof at this very important time, provides the perfect platform for discussion, engagement and a sharing of ideas."  
Seven new members join WBSC family  

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) welcomed seven new members to its family during a dynamic III World Congress held in Sakai, Japan. The new members, Bermuda Baseball, Laos Baseball, Benin Baseball & Softball, Bangladesh Baseball & Softball, Palestine Baseball & Softball, Egypt Baseball & Softball, Kosovo Baseball & Softball, were unanimously voted in by the WBSC Congress, bringing the total number of WBSC member federations to 198 plus 13 associate members.
Kato, Kumazaki receive WBSC Order of the Honour Award, McMann accepts Order of the Golden Diamond
The Order of Honour represents the supreme distinction awarded by WBSC. The Order of the Golden Diamond awards those persons who have acted in such a way as to develop the ideals of baseball/softball and their outstanding merits in favour of the widening of the horizons and innovation and research within our sport. During the III WBSC Congress, the Order of the Honour Award was presented to Mr Ryozo Kato and Mr Katsuhiko Kumazaki, while the Order of the Golden Diamond was awarded to Mr Dale McMann.   
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WBSC Softball Hall of Fame inducts 2019 class

The WBSC announced the list of 23 new members of the Softball Hall of Fame, inducted at the III Congress in Sakai, Japan. The 2019 class includes 13 players, 3 umpires, 3 administrators, 3 meritorious service, and 1 coach Three countries inducted their first-ever hall of famer.    
WBSC presents Individual Awards 2018, 2019

The WBSC presented its Individual Awards for 2018 and 2019 during the gala dinner hosted by long-time WBSC partner SSK that closed the 2019 Congress. The awards were presented both for baseball and softball, including National Federation of the Year, Coach of the Year, Umpire of the Year, Scorer of the Year, and Player of the Year.
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Key events and wild cards confirmed by WBSC Executive Board
Six wild cards over five tournaments were confirmed. Mexico was awarded with three events and Taiwan with two as the Executive Board met at the Hotel Agora Regency Sakai. Peru will organize the first-ever U-18 Women's Softball World Cup. Mexico (U-15 Baseball World Cup); Cuba, Netherlands (Women's Baseball World Cup); Korea (U-23 Baseball World Cup); Philippines (U-18 Women's Softball World Cup) and USA (U-18 Men´s Softball World Cup) were awarded with wild cards for the 2020 events.
Sadaharu Oh announces 2020 Girl's Baseball clinic
Japan's baseball legend Sadaharu Oh unveiled to the WBSC Congress that the World Children's Baseball Fair will be a girls edition only in 2020. The clinic will be hosted by the Japan Amateur Baseball Association and will have the support of the Japanese Government. The Baseball Federation of Japan, the All Japan University Baseball Federation, Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball will offer their cooperation.    

Tokyo 2020: WBSC working very close with the IOC
"We're positive that the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (OCOG), together with the WBSC, will deliver very good Olympic Games, especially for our sports, so the fans and our athletes can enjoy a once in a lifetime experience," said WBSC Executive Director Michael Schmidt.
The WBSC Development Commission funded 75 projects in 2018, 2019

National Federations submitted a total of 90 different projects to the WBSC Development Commission throughout the period of 2018-2019 of which 75 (83%) were accepted and funded, and only four rejected, while 11 projects are still going through the approval process. The majority of the requests (39) came from European National Federations, while 20 came from Africa, 12 from Asia, 10 from the Americas and nine from Oceania.       
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games highlight a year full of global events        
The 2020 will be a historic year for the WBSC family, with the historic return of baseball softball to the Olympic Games and seven global events, including the first-ever Baseball5 World Cup. Mexico will host a total of four events next year, including three baseball World Cups: U-15, U-23 and Women's Baseball. Mexico will also host the aforementioned Baseball5 World Cup and the U-15 Baseball5 World Cup. For softball, 2020 will also be a historic year, not only for the Olympic return but also because WBSC will organize the first-ever U-18 Softball World Cups, both for Men and Women (in Palmerston North, New Zealand; and Lima, Peru, respectively).
WBSC President Fraccari: "We are a fantastic sporting family"         
The opening speech of the third WBSC Congress focused on globalization and the need of making the games of baseball and softball up to date and appealing for the younger generations "More than two years have passed since the Botswana Congress. There are no more than eight months left until the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games." 
Empowering Federations - WBSC Open Workshops a great success          
Empowering the member federations was the tagline for the WBSC Open Workshops held on the eve of the third WBSC Congress, and they responded accordingly with packed rooms across all four topics - Coach Commission Project, Scoring Application, Baseball5 and Website/OTT Platform. The most number of participants attended the Workshop on Baseball5, the urban version of Baseball Softball that WBSC has developed over the past couple of years.    
Change to number of teams for softball events           
The Softball Division Board opened a busy week of WBSC meetings before the Congress with one of the key decisions from its meeting confirming the number of teams participating in WBSC events over the next few years. Three softball World Cups see a reduction in the number of teams participating after the WBSC Softball Division Board confirms it's quality over quantity.
President Fraccari - Premier12 the springboard for further growth            
In his opening speech to the WBSC Executive Board, President Riccardo Fraccari looked back at the Premier12 and reinforced how it can further help the continued development with Baseball and Softball around the world. "The Premier12 was an outstanding success," Fraccari told members of the Executive Board. "It is a key tournament for WBSC and it is driving the growth and globalisation of our sport, which is so very important."
Japan beat Korea, climb on top of the world             
Samurai Japan made a crowd of 44,960 ecstatic as they overcame an early deficit to defeat Korea, 5-3, in the final and became the champions of the WBSC Premier12 2019. First baseman Tetsuto Yamada put Japan ahead in the bottom of the second with a three-run homer off Korea's superstar starter Yang Hyeonjong.
Korea, Mexico qualify for Tokyo 2020              
Korea claimed the silver medal in the Premier12 (top finisher of Asia/Oceania, not counting Japan -already qualified for the Olympics) and will head to Tokyo 2020 to participate for the fourth time in the baseball tournament of the Olympic Games and defend the gold medal earned in Beijing 2008. Mexico finished third in the Premier12 (top finisher of the Americas), and will participate in the Olympic baseball competition for the first time ever.
Over $5m in prize money distributed among Premier12 teams              
The WBSC Premier12 surpassed many records during its second edition. One of those was the amount of prize money distributed to the teams. A total of $5,210,000 was distributed among the 12 participating teams, marking a 40% increase over the inaugural edition of this major international baseball event in 2015. A minimum of 50 percent of a team's prize money was distributed equally among the players on the 28-man roster.
Players, managers praise Premier12 and its international success               
Managers and players heaped praise on the Premier12 following the successful conclusion of the second edition in Tokyo. David Nilsson, manager of the Australian Baseball National Team, said: "Premier12 has been a fantastic tournament from every point of view. Having the best 12 baseball programs in the world competing in different places is a wonderful concept, and exposes the world to a lot of great players from different countries."
Japan's Seiya Suzuki leads amazing All World Team