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3-24-2018 Qualifying for Tokyo 2020

WBSC reveals Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers for Baseball, Softball

PARIS — 24 March 2018 — Following the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Meeting held today at the headquarters of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, the WBSC revealed the qualification system for the six-team baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

WBSC Members and affiliated National Teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad exclusively through eight WBSC international tournaments, four for baseball and four for softball.
“The eight competitions to get into Tokyo 2020 promise to deliver some of the most exciting and meaningful international baseball and softball games ever seen,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “As the biggest sport in Japan, the historic return of Olympic Baseball and Softball is expected to make a major buzz and be a magical experience for the athletes and spectators alike, so we can expect that millions around the world will have their sights set on Tokyo 2020 and do whatever they can to be a part of it.”
Host nation Japan will be automatically entered into the men’s baseball and women’s softball medal events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – BASEBALL
 
The first opportunity to advance to the Olympic Baseball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be the WBSC flagship Premier12® in November 2019, where two Olympic spots will be awarded. The Premier12’s top finisher from the Americas and the top finisher from Asia/Oceania (excluding Japan) will earn direct entries into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. The Top 12 (“Premier12”) nations in the final 2018 WBSC Baseball World Rankings will compete in this top-tier, elite global battle.
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be a six-team tournament, with the winner earning a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top five finishers from the European Baseball Championship 2019 and the winner of the African Baseball Championship/Qualifier 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier, where the winner will advance to Tokyo 2020, will be an eight-team tournament, bringing together all Americas representatives from the WBSC Premier12 2019 that did not qualify for Tokyo 2020. Currently, there are seven nations from the Americas in the Top 12 (Premier12) of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings. The top finisher(s) from the Pan American Games Lima 2019 would complete the eight-team field
 
Intercontinental Qualifier
 
The final Olympic Baseball qualifier will be a six-team world tournament for the last remaining place at Tokyo 2020. Participants will include:
  • 2nd Place finisher from the Africa/Europe Qualifier
  • 2nd and 3rd Place finishers from the Americas Qualifier
  • Top two finishers from the Asian Championship 2019 (not counting nations already qualified for Tokyo 2020)
  • Winner of Oceania Qualifier 2019

Men’s National Baseball Team Composition

 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Baseball will be 24 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 18 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – SOFTBALL
 
The first opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Softball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be this August at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan. The 1st Place finisher in Chiba will be awarded direct entry into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. (Should Japan win the WBSC World Championship in Chiba, the 2nd Place finisher would be granted the Olympic spot.)
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be an eight-team tournament, where the winner will earn a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top six finishers from the European Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the African Softball Championship 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier will be a maximum 16-team tournament, with the winner and the 2nd Place nation advancing to Tokyo 2020. Eligible nations to compete in this Qualifier will be based on the finals standings of the Pan American Championship 2019.
 
Asia/Oceania Qualifier
 
The Asia/Oceania Qualifier will be an eight-team tournament, with the winner advancing to Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier (not counting already qualified nations for Tokyo 2020) will be top six finishers from the Asian Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the Oceania Softball Championship 2019.
 
Women’s National Softball Team Composition
 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Softball will be 15 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 16 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
Baseball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Softball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Nov 2019: WBSC Premier12 (2 Qualify) Aug 2018: WBSC Women’s Softball WC (1)
TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1) TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1)
TBC: Americas Qualifier (1) TBC: Americas Qualifier (2)
TBC: Intercontinental Qualifier (1) TBC: Asia/Oceania Qualifier (1)
WBSC will announce dates, locations/hosts and respective broadcast rights agreements of the Qualifiers in future news releases.
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For media inquiries, contact media@wbsc.org@WBSC.
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 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 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 Cups, 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, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

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1-6-2018 USA Women’s National Teams

Thirty-four athletes selected to USA Softball Women’s National Teams

OKLAHOMA CITY — The road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continues as USA Softball announced today the rosters for the 2018 Women’s National Teams.  Seventeen athletes have been named to a World Championship roster, which is slated to compete at the World Cup of Softball and the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship, August 2-12 in Chiba, Japan, while an additional 17 athletes will represent the United States at the Japan All-Star Series and compete as a second National Team at the World Cup of Softball.

“This was a very good week of softball in some adverse weather conditions,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./head coach South Florida).  “To that point, I am pleased with the Selection Committee’s choices in determining the 34 players that will represent the United States on the softball field this summer.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Teams

In addition to naming two rosters for the 2018 Women’s National Teams, USA Softball is also proud to announce the selection of four-time Olympian Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./head coach at Oregon State) and Patty Gasso (Norman, Okla./head coach at Oklahoma) as Head Coaches for two 2018 international competitions.  Joining Ken Eriksen, who was recently named as the Head Coach for the WBSC Women’s World Championship, Berg will lead the U.S. at the Japan All-Star Series while Gasso will spearhead the second Women’s National Team at the World Cup of Softball XIII.

During the selection process, athletes participated in position drills as well as simulated games and were evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).

The 2018 USA Softball World Championship roster will look to defend their Gold Medal finish at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship while also qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. At the 2016 WBSC World Championship, the team claimed the 10th overall World Championship title for the WNT program and finished with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

Highlighting the Women’s World Championship Roster:
– An Olympic Silver Medalist
– 10 veterans from the 2016 World Championship roster
– Four Team USA rookies

Highlighting the Japan All-Star Series Roster and second World Cup of Softball Roster:
– An Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist
– Five World Champions and six Junior World Champions
– Three athletes from the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team
– Five Team USA rookies

A full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.  Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.
2018 World Championship Roster

Monica Abbott
Salinas, Calif.
Pitcher

Ali Aguilar
Orangevale, Calif.
Infield

Valerie Arioto
Pleasanton, Calif.
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Marietta, Ga.
Pitcher

Kasey Cooper
Dothan, Ala.
Infield

Taylor Edwards
Murrieta, Calif.
Catcher

Rachel Garcia
Palmdale, Calif.
Pitcher

Sahvanna Jaquish
Highland, Calif.
Catcher
Haylie McCleney
Morris, Ala.
Outfield

Kirsti Merritt
Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
Outfield
Michelle Moultrie
Jacksonville, Fla.
Outfield
Aubree Munro
Brea, Calif.
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Upland, Calif.
Pitcher

Janie Reed
Placentia, Calif.
Outfield

Keilani Ricketts
San Jose, Calif.
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Wichita, Kan.
Utility

2018 Japan All-Star Series Roster

Sis Bates
Ceres, Calif.
Infield

Kylan Becker
Miami, Fla.
Outfield

Ally Carda
Elk Grove, Calif.
Pitcher

Amanda Chidester
Allen Park, Mich.
Catcher

Hannah Flippen
San Diego, Calif.
Infield

Courtney Gano
West Covina, Calif.
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Lakeside, Calif.
Pitcher

Carley Hoover
Clemson, S.C.
Pitcher
Jazmyn Jackson
San Jose, Calif.
Outfield

Megan Kleist
Appleton, Wis.
Pitcher

Kelly Kretschman
Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Outfield

Jenna Lilley
North Canton, Ohio
Infield
Mo Mercado
Temecula, Calif.
Infield

Jessica Moore
Sutter, Calif.
Pitcher

Dejah Mulipola
Garden Grove, Calif.
Catcher

Bubba Nickles
Merced, Calif.
Utility
Nikki Udria
Covina, Calif.
Infield

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12-19-2017 Eriksen Returns as USA Coach

Ken Eriksen named Head Coach of the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla.) has been selected as the Head Coach for the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) for what will be his eighth-consecutive season.  Selected by members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), Eriksen will lead the Red, White and Blue at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship (WWC) August 2-12, 2018 in Chiba, Japan, in addition to other events on the 2018 schedule.

 

“Once again, it’s an honor to be thought of as someone who has been entrusted with progressing this program to be successful at the 2018 World Championship,” said USA Softball WNT Head Coach, Ken Eriksen. “That is what our focus will be on as we pick the team in January and train in the early part of the summer.”

 

In 2011, Eriksen took over the Women’s National Team (WNT) Program and ushered in a new era of USA Softball with a roster comprised of international rookies.  Eriksen continued the legacy established before him, leading a strong U.S. roster which produced a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. In his tenure with the USA Softball WNT Program, Eriksen has amassed two WBSC World Championships Silver Medals before reclaiming the Gold at the 2016 WBSC World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada.  He also boasts four World Cup of Softball titles and a Silver Medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

After hanging up his cleats as a player, his first Head Coach role with the USA Softball National Team Program came in 1997 when he led the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Five years later, he joined the WNT as an assistant coach in 2002 – the same year the team captured a Gold Medal at the WBSC World Championship. A highlight of his Team USA coaching resume includes being an assistant coach in the 2003 Pan Am Games which won Gold and going on to coach at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where the U.S. Olympic Softball Team would put on one of the most dominant performances in Olympic history. Eriksen tacked on another Gold Medal as an assistant coach at the 2010 WBSC Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

 

“We are honored to have Coach Eriksen leading our Women’s National Team for the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship,” said USA Softball Executive Director, Craig Cress.  “Since taking over the program in 2011, Eriksen has continued the legacy established before him while shaping and developing the program during softball’s absence from the Olympic Games platform.  We look forward to watching Coach Eriksen and the Women’s National Team defend the WBSC Women’s World Championship title next summer in Chiba.”

 

As a player, Eriksen began playing USA Softball when he joined the Clearwater Bombers, playing from 1987-1992 while batting .347 in 1992 and .456 in the Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals. Eriksen was a part of the Miller-Toyota team and Tampa Smokers up until 1997 when he won the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship with his fellow teammates. Eriksen racked up additional honors on the international scene, earning a silver medal at the Pan American Games (1991) and was a three-time Olympic Festival participant (1993, 1994 and 1995), where he took home an additional silver medal at the 1995 Olympic Festival. Eriksen retired shortly after playing for the USA Select Team, which was the first American athletic team to compete in communist Cuba in over 30 years (1958).

Collegiately, Eriksen has been at the helm of the University of South Florida softball program since 1996.  Since Eriksen’s first year, the Bulls have gone to 12 NCAA post season appearances, two NCAA Super Regionals, a College World Series berth, five conference titles (in three conferences: C-USA, BIG EAST, and The American), has produced over 850 wins and a numerous amount of All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, All-Conference players, and NCAA All-Region players. 


For the latest information on all of the USA Softball National Teams visit www.USASoftball.com
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10-17-2017 Meeting of World Baseball Softball Leaders

Baseball, softball leaders from around the world gathering for start of WBSC Congress in Gaborone, Botswana
GABORONE, Botswana — Baseball and softball leaders from approximately 100 countries are expected to arrive in the African nation of Botswana to participate in the II WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress, which opens tomorrow in capital city Gaborone.
In addition to WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball elections, key agenda items include reviews of the Olympic baseball and softball qualifying system/format, the WBSC Constitution, new applicants for WBSC membership, as well as the awarding of hosting rights for future Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships.
Hosted at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) by the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) in conjunction with the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), the official WBSC Congress general programme will begin Thursday, 12 October and conclude on Saturday, 14 October, involving delegates and high-ranking decision-makers from over 130 WBSC National Federations and Associate Members.
“The World Baseball Softball Congress in Gaborone will be an important gathering of baseball’s and softball’s leaders to discuss and shape the future direction and international expansion of our global sport,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “WBSC is grateful to the Botswana Softball Association and the Botswana National Sports Commission for welcoming the World Baseball Softball family to the great city of Gaborone.”
Elections will be held for positions within WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball:
WBSC Baseball: There are 15 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 14 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, China, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Panama, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United States of America.
WBSC Softball: There are 22 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 16 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Colombia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, United States of America and Venezuela.
The WBSC Congress agenda also includes meetings of the WBSC Executive Board, the WBSC Baseball Executive Committee, the WBSC Softball Board of Directors, the Continental Baseball and Softball Confederations, the Francophone Association of Baseball Softball (AFBS), and various Commissions.
HOSTING AND AWARDS
Future hosts of the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships will be awarded, including the rights to host next year’s U-15 Baseball World Cup, U-23 Baseball World Cup and Women’s Baseball World Cup.
WBSC will announce the following award winners (2014-2017):
  • National Federation of the Year
  • Baseball Player of the Year
  • Softball Player of the Year
  • National Team Baseball Coach of the Year
  • National Team Softball Coach of the Year
New members will also be inducted into the WBSC Softball Hall of Fame.
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10-11-2017 National Team Camp Invitees

National Team Camp Invitees

Fifty-six athletes accept invitation to 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held January 1-5, 2018 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.  A total of 61 athletes were invited to attend the Selection Camp with 56 athletes accepting the invitation.  Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for a spot on the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster which will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan August 2-12, 2018, the World Cup of Softball XIII and select invitational events.

 

Click here to see the athletes who received an invitation to try out for the Women’s National Team

During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).  The 2018 USA Softball WNT will look to defend their Gold Medal finish at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship where the team claimed the 10th overall World Championship title for the WNT program.  The team finished the 2016 WBSC World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

 

USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2018 USA Softball WNT.  Held December 31 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla., eligible athletes have from now through October 31 to sign up through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting and bunting.  Participants from the open tryout could be selected to participate at the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.

Monica Abbott Pitcher Tennessee – 2008

Ali Aguilar Infield Washington – 2017

Valerie Arioto Infield California – 2012

Kelly Barnhill Pitcher Florida – Junior

Bianka Bell Infield LSU – 2016

Ally Carda Pitcher/Infield UCLA – 2015

Lindsey Cargill Infield Baylor – 2017

Emily Carosone Infield Auburn – 2016

Brittany Cervantes Utility Kentucky – 2012

Lauren Chamberlain* Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Amanda Chidester Catcher Michigan – 2012

Caleigh Clifton Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kasey Cooper Infield Auburn – 2017

Nicole DeWitt* Infield Florida – Senior

Astin Donovan Outfield South Florida – Senior

Taylor Edwards Catcher Nebraska – 2014

Hannah Flippen Infield Utah – 2017

Taylor Gadbois Outfield Missouri – 2016

Rachel Garcia Pitcher UCLA – Sophomore

Chelsea Goodacre* Catcher Arizona – 2015

Delanie Gourley Pitcher Florida – 2017

Meghan Gregg Infield Tennessee – Senior

Paige Halstead Catcher UCLA – Junior

Jazmyn Jackson Outfield California – Senior

Sahvanna Jaquish Catcher LSU – 2017

Megan Kleist Pitcher Oregon – Junior

Shay Knighten Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kelly Kretschman Outfield Alabama – 2001

Bailey Landry Outfield LSU – 2017

Jenna Lilley Infield Oregon – Senior

Kendyl Lindaman Catcher Minnesota – Sophomore

Amanda Lorenz Outfield Florida – Junior

Paige Lowary Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Haylie McCleney Outfield Alabama – 2016

Nicole Mendes Utility Oklahoma – Sophomore

Mo Mercado Infield Arizona – 2017

Kirsti Merritt Outfield Florida – 2016

Jessica Moore Pitcher Oregon – 2013

Michelle Moultrie Outfield Florida – 2012

Dejah Mulipola Catcher Arizona – Sophomore

Aubree Munro Catcher Florida – 2016

Nerissa Myers Infield La. Lafayette – 2013

Bubba Nickles Utility UCLA – Sophomore

Alexis Osorio Pitcher Alabama – Senior

Danielle O’Toole Pitcher Arizona – 2017

Paige Parker* Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Shelby Pendley Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Kylee Perez Infield UCLA – Senior

Keilani Ricketts Pitcher Oklahoma – 2013

Sierra Romero Infield Michigan – 2016

Sydney Romero Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Delaney Spaulding Infield UCLA – 2017

Kelsey Stewart Utility Florida – 2016

Gwen Svekis Catcher Oregon – Senior

Janie Takeda Outfield Oregon – 2015

Nadia Taylor Infield Texas – 2012

Nikki Udria Infield Oregon – 2017

Karley Wester* Outfield Notre Dame – 2017

Megan Wiggins Outfield Georgia – 2011

Hallie Wilson Utility Arizona – 2015

Morgan Zerkle Outfield Marshall – 2017

 

 

For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2018 season visit www.USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

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.

 

About USA Softball USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

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.