Message from the President

The World Baseball Softball Confederation, through its Development Commission, aims to oversee the support for all National Federations and Continental Confederations, particularly those with the greatest needs, to grow our sports around the world. Programmes that give priority to athlete development, training of coaches, educating sports administrators and general promotion of the sport are considered key initiatives to achieving our collective goals. These guidelines give a clear indication regarding the main areas that the world governing body wants to develop, which I believe are essential for the future of baseball and softball.

Realising sustained growth of the Baseball and Softball Movement worldwide requires improved and coordinated working strategies in order to respond to the needs of the National Federation and align the global and national objectives. This requires that we all work in a professional manner to increase the accessibility and competition level of our sports, giving us the opportunity of demonstrating the continuous progress of our organisation.

Over the next four years, the Baseball and Softball Movement will face many challenges. Being back on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020 commits us to face, on a daily basis, new experiences and opportunities that must be seized. Working with these Development Programmes will surely support the cause, while at the same time help all the National Federations familiarise themselves with the working methods of the IOC Olympic Solidarity Programme through their respective National Olympic Committees.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Development Commission that prepared these documents and ask them to provide all the assistance needed so that our National Federations and Continental Organisations can get quickly accustomed with this new working method. I really hope that these programmes will serve to bring significant benefits to the entire Baseball and Softball Movement as well as motivate and unite everyone involved.

WBSC President - Riccardo Fraccari