A total of 27 coaches from eight Asian countries participated in a high-profile softball training course organised by the Softball Confederation of Asia (SCA) and the Japan Softball Association (JSA) in Narita, Japan. The seminar was held from 7-9 March, with coaches attending from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Thailand.

Among other activities, the Chairman of the JSA Coaching Committee, Hiroshi Yajima, lectured the participants about modern techniques and new rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, batting coach Hirotaka along with pitching coach Toshihiro Kuriyama coached trainers about catching, batting, running and pitching at Naspa Stadium.

The coaching seminar was highlighted with the presence of SCA First Vice President and WBSC Executive Board Member At-large Taeko Utsugi, who addressed the participants on the opening day and stressed the importance of the Japanese softball coaches in the success of her country.

“The same coaches are now imparting international level training to Asian coaches in this course. I hope that after a learning experience here, the participating coaches will train players in their countries in a better way,” she said, according to Dawn website.

The SCA will have a busy year, with four continental or regional official softball competitions, including the 10th Asian Men’s Softball Championship, the 7th Asian Junior Women’s (U-19) Softball Championship, the 7th East Asian Women’s Softball Cup and the 2nd Asian Women’s Softball University Championship.

Besides, Chiba, Japan will receive the best in the world for the 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, from 2-12 August; and Jakarta, Indonesia, will host the 18th Asian Games, from August 28 to September 2.