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Baseball’s Rise Marked By New Stadiums Worldwide


Press Release IBAF.org

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation.” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A fresh wave of planned or recently completed baseball and softball construction projects is set to boost the growing popularity and globalisation of the bat-and-ball sports, as well as local economies, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officials reported. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014.

Now, as baseball and softball’s global footprint deepens, new facilities are being rolled out in the Bahamas, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, in addition to new-builds in mature markets like Mexico — and South Korea and Taiwan, where the first-ever domed baseball stadiums are currently taking shape.

Bahamas 

In 2015, a new national baseball stadium in the Bahamas — Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium — will be completed and “heralds rapid expansion of the game of baseball in the Bahamas,” reads a statement posted in November on the official website of the Government of the Bahamas.

Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony:”This is a result of the extraordinary progress of baseball in the [Bahamas], without government support, sponsored by people who had an interest, who stimulated young people…to get involved in baseball. We are now talking a benefit to the economy of the Bahamas.”

Government officials in the Bahamas indicate the state-of-the-art facility “will support the nation’s current energies to fully develop its sports tourism.”

Netherlands

Europe’s first state-of-the-art baseball and softball complex just outside Amsterdam in Hoofddorp, Netherlands was inaugurated for the 2014 season and has already hosted its first international competition. As well as attracting major baseball and softball events to the region and providing a new and exciting athlete-/fan-experience, the venue’s strategic location makes it very attractive as a regional training centre to further strengthen the development of baseball and softball in the Netherlands and in Europe.

In 2013, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association unveiled Europe’s first baseball and softball urban playground. The innovative “urban” concept was rolled out in Rotterdam and aims to take organised baseball and softball to the street, increasing the sports’ pathway and connection with young people in non-traditional settings.

New Zealand

Last month, the Auckland Council unveiled a new crown jewel baseball facility, cited by Auckland city officials as “the first of its kind in New Zealand.” Baseball New Zealand and McLeod Park Baseball Diamond have since been awarded the hosting rights of the U18 Baseball Oceania Championship, which serves as the qualifier for the 2015 U18 WBSC Baseball World Cup. Following McLeod Park’s opening ceremonies, officials in New Zealand have already been assessing the feasibility of building baseball’s first-ever national stadium in New Zealand.

Spain

The Instituto Barcelona Deportes (Barcelona Sports Institute) announced last week that it is set to begin construction on a new sports/community project, including the roll out of a new softball field next to baseball’s Estadio Carlos Perez de Rozas on Pierre de Coubertin Street in Barcelona.

“Sport is fundamental in Barcelona, so we are committed to providing the city with sports facilities necessary to ensure constant sport and of quality,” Deputy Mayor for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports, Ms. Maite Fandos, said in a statement.

South Africa

In a joint venture, the City of Cape Town and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport announced last month the unveiling of the rebuilt Bishop Lavis Softball field, which included laser-levelling of the pitch, installation of irrigation, construction of a backstop and fence, as well as installation of floodlights to hold training and competitions in the evenings.

“We are committed to providing facilities which will encourage communities to participate in sport and will nurture young talent. Sport encourages young people to live healthy and keeps them involved in wholesome activities and off the street,” the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Alderman Belinda Walker, said in a statement.

United Kingdom

Following the first-ever dedicated baseball/softball stadium in the U.K. with Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex built last year in Slough, BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) recently announced plans to build a new baseball and softball facility in Manchester to promote the sports and bolster participation numbers in the North of England. As growth has taken off in the U.K., including the newest facility inaugurated in Essex, John Boyd, BSUK Joint CEO, announced in November a project to expand the Farnham complex to include another international-standard baseball field.

WBSC on Baseball/Softball’s Continued Trend of Global Growth

WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari hailed the wave of initiatives as a major boost for the positioning of baseball and softball as one of the world’s leading global sports, particularly as WBSC and its partners continue working toward a return of baseball and softball in the Olympic Games.

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation,” said the world governing body president. “More and more clubs, communities, cities and nations are investing in the development of baseball and softball because it is being recognised that baseball and softball are proven and popular sporting and fan activities that engage young people across both genders as well as sponsors and broadcasters, and can help to stimulate economies.

“WBSC, our National Federations, our professional league partners and the youth leagues are heavily invested in promoting our sport around the world to attract and reach — and remain relevant to — the next generation of athletes and sport fans, alike. This recognition and support from governmental institutions to help drive growth marks a significant breakthrough for our sport in terms of universality and evolving into a truly global sport.”

Based on data compiled, the WBSC estimates that over 65 million athletes practice the sport of baseball and softball in over 140 countries, with youth and females making up the majority of the participation-demographic.

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Bahamas Advance To PONY World Series


BAHAMAS – For the first time in the country’s nine year Caribbean Zone participation, a PONY-13 team from Nassau, Bahamas will advance to the PONY-13 World Series in Fullerton, California! Nassau was the host team of the Caribbean Zone Tournament, which also included an area host team from the Grand Bahamas and the Panama Champions.

Each of the three teams played each other twice in the pool play tournament, with the winner of the pool advancing directly to the Championship with the top seed. The team from Nassau got off to a rough start, losing their first two games to the Bahamas Area team 18-8 and 9-6.

Determined, the host team managed an exciting 4-3 win over the Panama Champions in the first game of their next set, before dropping the second game 9-3 to Panama.

The team from Nassau waited and recouped as the Bahamas Area and Panama teams battled for the top seed in the Championship game. The Bahamas Area pitching was dominant in the deciding game, and it looked at if Nassau would be playing Panama for a spot in the Championship until the bottom of the seventh, when three runs, all scored on walks, secured Panama’s top seed in the Championship.

The rival Bahamas teams were pitted against each other in the first elimination game of the tournament, which would determine who would go home and who would advance to have another shot at Panama in the Championship. Ian Mayers pitched a perfect game while his Nassau teammates scored eleven runs, sending the host team to the final game with an 11-0 victory.

Nassau made history in the Championship, beating Panama 10-2 to become the country’s first Zone Championship and securing a spot in the PONY-13 World Series for the first time!

The PONY-13 World Series will be held at Ameritage Park in Fullerton, CA from July 30-August 1, 2010.

Source: PONY Baseball

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Atlanta Braves Sign Bahamian Prospect


BAHAMAS – The Mississippi Braves announced last Thursday that they signed Bahamian professional baseball player outfielder Antoan Richardson to their active roster of 24 players.

The news was good for The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) that is now just five days from beginning the 2010 edition of the Andre Rodgers NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP” that will be held in the second city, Freeport, Grand Bahama from June 3rd thru 6th.

Richardson is a product of the Freedom Farm Baseball League. He had been unsigned for about a year and is now excited to make his return to the AA Minor League of Baseball with the Atlanta Braves, the parent club of the Mississippi team. He signed as a free agent.

Meanwhile, the BBF National Championships will begin with an official opening ceremony on Friday at the Grand Bahama Baseball Park. The opening game will feature Grand Bahama LL versus Bimini Baseball League in the 16-18 division.

According to the BBF the high school 16-18 Age Division will be one of the most exciting and highly contested divisions because many of the 45 young men who went off to high schools in the United States in August 2009 will be representing the various leagues in this division.

The division includes teams from Bimini Baseball League, Freedom Farm Baseball League, Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association, Grand Bahama Little League, Junior Baseball League of Nassau, Legacy Baseball League and Spanish Well Baseball League.

Source: The Bahama Journal

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Baseball Initiative Launched In Bahamas


BAHAMAS – Your Last Shot and The Bahamas Baseball Federation hosted a four day Baseball camp in Nassau, The Bahamas from January 28- February 1, 2010.

Daily clinics were organized for instruction on offensive and defensive baseball positions; pitching, running, bunting, and play strategies; as well as on-going practice drills and games through-out the four days. The camp was sponsored by Microsoft, Indusa Global, and Cogentes.

Coaches for the Camp included Shane Monahan, a Scout with the San Diego Padres and a former MLB player with the Seattle Mariners; Sean O’Connor and John Di Carlo, Scouts with the San Francisco Giants; James Bonnici, a Scout with the Tampa Bay Rays; and Steve Wolf, President of the Boston Youth Baseball league.

The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture and the Ministry of Tourism provided tremendous support and resources in organizing and facilitating the camp.

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“Over the years, Microsoft has developed a strong relationship with the country of the Bahamas, working with Government and Indusa Global. We believe in investing in youth, so when James Ram of Indusa Global approached us with the idea of sponsoring a baseball camp in the country, we jumped at the chance,” says George Gobin, Microsoft Corporation’s Country Manager for Bermuda, Cayman, Bahamas, and Belize.

Theodore Sweeting, Secretary General of The Bahamas Baseball Federation states, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young Bahamian baseball players to work with scouts and coaches from professional baseball teams. It could not have been possible without the strong support and sponsorship provided by Your Last Shot, Microsoft; Indusa Global; Cogentes; the coaches (Shane Monahan, Sean O’Connor, John Di Carlo, James Bonnici, and Steve Wolf); the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture; and the Ministry of Tourism.”

Your Last Shot is a Television Production Company that is preparing to produce a Baseball Reality Show (www.yourlastshot.com)

The Bahamas Baseball Federation is the governing body of baseball in The Bahamas. Their mandate is to expand and develop baseball knowledge, talent, and the experience in The Bahamas and expose their members to baseball related opportunities. (www.bahamasbaseballfederation.info)

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. (www.microsoft.com)

Indusa Global, is an Enterprise Solutions Provider and Systems Integrator providing ePassport, Visa, eID, and Border Control solutions to The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing solutions and services to The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. (www.indusaglobal.com)

Cogentes, established in Atlanta, Georgia, is a business and technology consulting firm that helps organizations realize their business strategy by maximizing their investments in people, process and technology; substantially increasing shareholder value. (www.cogentes.com).

Photo courtesy of Bahamas Baseball Federation

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