After the successful presentation of Basball5 at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, the new WBSC urban discipline continues growing in Argentina. Last Wednesday (15 May) an inter-school tournament was launched in San Luis, with more than 100 kids from nine schools participating; while two weeks before Baseball5 was played in Buenos Aires at the first edition of the UFEDEM Games Road to Dakar 2022.
The Baseball5 inflatable field used during the Youth Olympic Games was the main stage of the tournaments in San Luis and Buenos Aires; while both events were played with official Baseball5 balls donated by WBSC after Buenos Aires 2018, in a material showcase of the Youth Olympic Games’ legacy for the local baseball-softball community.
Argentina Baseball Federation and Liga Puntana de Béisbol launched last Wednesday an inter-school tournament at the Juan Gilberto Funes Stadium in San Luis, Argentina. Nine schools will participate in the six-month tournament, boosting the development of the game in the city. The youth competition will last until November.
Two weeks before, from 3-5 May, Baseball5 was successfully included at the first UFEDEM Games Road to Dakar 2022 (Juegos UFEDEM Rumbo a Dakar 2022), in a joint activity between Argentina Baseball and Softball National Federations. The games were held from 3-5 May and included a total of 30 sports.
On May 3, eight school teams played the first competition of the weekend, with teams composed by boys and girls aged 12-15. On Saturday, May 4, a total of six club teams from Buenos Aires played the second tournament of the Games.
WBSC Continental Instructor Pablo Leone gave an initiation workshop during both events to introduce the fundamentals of the new discipline to coaches and school teachers, and create a multiplier effect across the local communities.