Support Grants for Elite Athletes


Programme Guidelines

Offer assistance, limited financial support or specific opportunities to an individual player through his/her National Federation, for personal sport development.

A player must have the following profile before his/her inclusion in this programme can be considered:

  • Elite athlete who participated in a Baseball or Softball World Cup
  • Athlete who played in the past year for the national team of his/her country;
  • Athlete who’s potential is considered compatible for a future in a top professional league; and
  • Athletes over18 year old.

This programme offers to a specific athlete, a support for his/her participation to an elite development programme (i.e. high level training center, baseball/softball academy, international competition, etc.), with the condition that the organisation in charge of the same programme has been previously approved by the WBSC.
The grants allocated to the context of this programme can be used to finance the following activities:

  • Costs relating to the school fees, books and tuition;
  • Food and accommodation costs for, maximum, the length of the school programme/training session;
  • Costs relating to the transportation from the residence country to the location of the activity; and
  • Costs related to the purchase of technical equipment.

Application Procedure
Each National Federation can make a proposal, on behalf of a specific player (pertaining to the same federation), for a grant to the WBSC to be used as a financial support for his/her participation to a high level training session or an international recognised competition, etc.
In order to allow sufficient time for analysis, the official application form must be presented no later than 3 months prior to the start of the proposed project. The following information must be included on the application form:

  • Description of the activity;
  • CV(Resume) of the player;
  • Description of the organisation running the programme;
  • Dates and timing;
  • Name and contacts of a liaison in charge of all the communication between the school/organisation and the National Federation/WBSC; and
  • Detailed cost breakdown document including all items (in particular an estimation of the travel, board and lodging costs, tuition etc..).

Analysis and Approval
The WBSC, with the support of the Continental Confederation, will analyse the action plan submitted and will inform the National Federation within 30 days from the submission whether the application has been approved, denied or needs further analysis. In case the WBSC officially approves the action plan and the budget to be allocated, this approval will be accompanied by an of official contract, which should be signed by the NF and the player. The action plan may only commence when all the concerned parties, thus con confirming their agreement upon the overall terms and conditions of the project, have signed the contract.

Financial Conditions
The application must be complemented by a cost breakdown document, which must include all the items and the respective requested amounts, such as:

  • International or national travel costs;
  • Tuition costs;
  • Board and lodging costs;
  • Equipment costs; and
  • Illness and accident insurance, if necessary.

Follow-up and Control
During the programme, the National Federation must maintain constant contact with the liaison of the school/organisation.

Intermediate Report
Depending on the duration of the project, the National Federation will periodically report to the WBSC and the Continental Confederation on the implementation of the programme including any problems, which may arise (injury, accident, administrative, financial or disciplinary difficulties etc.).

Final Report
At the conclusion of the project, the National Federation must present the following documents to the WBSC and the Continental Confederation, as soon as possible:

  • Certificate of Participation;
  • A detailed technical report with an evaluation, comments as well as all other pertinent information (photographs, press clippings etc.); and
  • A financial report form, completed clearly and in detail by the player and accepted by its National Federation, including an attached list of all the supporting payment receipts, duly itemized and translated into either English or Spanish, where necessary.

Payment Process

  • Advance payment (60% of budget) made with the approval letter of the preparation project; and
  • Balance payment (40% of budget) made upon receipt and acceptation of the final reports detailing the activities carried out and justifying the totality of the budget allocated to the player within the context of this preparation project.