Press release World Baseball Softball Confederation
Tainan (TPE). The V WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup® and the first-ever WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup® open today at the new $130 million Tainan Asia-Pacific International Stadiums and Gueiren Baseball Stadium, as the official trophy and medals of the WBSC youth world championships were revealed at a press conference on Thursday in Tainan.
The best young players in the world between the ages of 11 and 12 will be wearing their country’s National Team jersey for the first time, aiming to be crowned baseball and softball’s Official World Champions in the U-12 category. The U-12 U.S. National Team comes to Tainan as baseball’s three-time defending U-12 World Champions.
The first day of competition will feature six opening-round games of the U-12 Baseball World Cup and two games of the U-12 Softball World Cup, with a joint opening ceremony. The U-12 Baseball World Cup will be played over 50 games from 26 July – 4 August, while the U-12 Softball World Cup will take place over 14 games from 26-30 July.
As the official ambassador of the event, the popular Pokémon characters will have a special presence at the U-12 World Cups in Tainan.
The official U-12 Baseball World Cup promotional video, which will be part of the in-stadium fan-experience, has generated nearly 500,000 views and thousands of likes across all WBSC platforms in the few days since its release.
Unique in Sport
WBSC is the first and only international sports federation to stage World Cups starting with the U-12 level.
“In addition to being one of the world’s major professional sports, baseball and softball also combine to represent one of the biggest youth sports movements in the world,” said WBSC Executive Director Michael Schmidt. “WBSC is the only international sports federation that stages official World Cups in this youth age-bracket, but other sports organisations are now actively targeting the youth sector, so we have to continue working hard to maintain a leading position. The new $130 million official stadium of the U-12 Baseball World Cup will help us inspire more youth athletes to play our sport and dream of playing here.”
How to Follow
Taiwan’s premier sports network Videoland has been awarded the host broadcasting rights, while over 160 credentials have been issued to media outlets, including over 40 photographers.
For stats, scores, schedules, rosters and news, the official websites of the U-12 Baseball World Cup and U-12 Softball World Cup have been launched in six languages, including English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese, at u12bwc.wbsc.org and u12swc.wbsc.org.