The Hong Kong Baseball Association ("HKBA") was founded by a group of parents whose children had played baseball for years. The HKBA is Hong Kong's National Sport Association of baseball registered as a member of the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, China ("SF&OC"), member of World Baseball Softball Confederation ("WBSC", formerly known as International Baseball Federation "IBAF"), Baseball Federation of Asia ("BFA") and PONY Baseball Association. It's administration and activities are subvented by the Hong Kong SAR Government. The HKBA was incorporated as a limited by guarantee non-profit distributing organization in Hong Kong under the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance in March 1993. Its objectives are to provide Hong Kong people with a full range of baseball activities including training programs for baseball athletes, coaches, umpires and scorers; to organize local leagues and international games; to participate in international games censored by IBAF, BFA and PONY; and to raise the baseball standard of Hong Kong. Over the past twenty years since its inception, endeavor of the HKBA was paid off that Hong Kong attained the chances to play the Asian Games, Inter-continental Cup, Asian Cup, Women's World Cup, Youth World Cup, China National Games and various regional baseball tournaments in Asia. Two internationally renowned invitational baseball international tournaments, the Asia Insurance Phoenix Cup for women and the Hong Kong International Open for men sanctioned by International Baseball Federation, are organized by the HKBA annually. With the fast rising number of baseball athletes in all age groups, baseball is one of the most promising team sports in Hong Kong.