Softball administrative information

The Softball Playing Rules Commission adopted bat certification standards effective January 1, 2002. Currently, the (ASTM F2219) high‐speed batted ball test (100 mph) is used for determining bats allowed to be used in WBSC World Championships, World Cups and the Olympic Games. Also included are the qualifying tournaments for both the World Championships and the Olympics.

August 31, 2008 marked the end of the period during which bats that complied with the previous WBSC bat performance standard (1.20 BPF) were permitted to be used in WBSC play. Bats containing the ISF 1.20 BPF stamp are NOT permitted in WBSC play. All bats must contain the ISF 2005 bat stamp or WBSC Certified bat stamp.


The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) invites member federations to express their interest in hosting a WBSC World Cup. WBSC Softball World Cups showcase the best players and teams from throughout the world at various categories.

These are: WBSC Women's Softball World Cup, WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup, WBSC U-15 Women's Softball World Cup, WBSC Men's Softball World Cup, WBSC U-23 Men's Softball World Cup, WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup, WBSC U-12 Softball World Cup

Organising these WBSC events gives the opportunity to the national federation to develop the game locally, while also providing world-wide exposure for their program and the hosting region.

Benefits of hosting a World Cup

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is committed that softball not only grows worldwide through the organisation of various WBSC championships, but also ensures that national federations benefit of hosting a WBSC Softball World Cup before, during and after an event. Other benefits are:

  • Helps construction of new or renovation of existing facilities to support the development of the game at all levels.
  • Increased number of high quality softball development programs for professional, amateur, youth and grassroot levels.
  • Improved cooperation between host cities, sponsors, media and local community at large.
  • Enhanced partnerships and greater commercial activity and investment from new sponsors, media and broadcasters.
  • Help in breaking down social barriers for participation and better opportunities for both women and young people.
  • Using well-known softball players and coaches as role models to encourage kids and emerging players and to promote health and other social benefits.

Process of bidding for a World Cup

Bid process:

  • WBSC asks National Federations to express interest in hosting a WBSC Softball World Cup.
  • National Federations express their interest in an WBSC event and return the bidding form to the WBSC Office.
  • WBSC evaluates the various bid submissions.
  • WBSC identifies and selects the most suitable candidate for approval by the Executive Committee.
  • WBSC announces the successful host for the WBSC Softball World Cup.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has produced a number of manuals that aim to guide the local committees through the organisation of an international baseball event. The manuals were produced by the WBSC Tournaments Department to help set a standard for the organisation of events, in order to ensure the success delivery and sustainable legacy of the WBSC Softball World Cups.

In October 2016, the Softball Division announced the expansion of the Softball World Rankings platform, thereby making it possible for National Softball Federations to generate additional points by having their National Teams compete in WBSC-approved (“sanctioned”) events.

Any international competition between one (1) or more National Teams or club governed by the National Federation must be prior approved and obtain the prior sanctioning by the WBSC. The scope of such international competitions must be communicated to the WBSC Headquarters at least 60 days in advance.

After reviewing and ensuring proper protocol be followed based upon the WBSC instructions, the official sanctioning of WBSC would be given to organisers of events with the implications on the Softball World Rankings. Only those games that strictly involve WBSC Member’ “National Teams” can have rankings implications.

Misrepresentation and fraud

Where a team is not the National Team acting under the authority of the National Federation and/or respective National Olympic Committee—and/or where a competition has not been duly sanctioned by the WBSC—the uniform colours and style of such team competing in an international tournament must not be the same as or similar to any National Team uniforms of that National Federation. The National Flag of the country of that National Federation must not appear on the uniform and such team should not be promoted/positioned as a team representing a country or nation on any media outlets (broadcasting, website, social media, print publications, etc.).


The WBSC reserves all rights in determining sanctioning fees.

Procedures to apply for WBSC sanction to exhibition/friendly games

The request must be submitted at least 60 days before the start of proposed event.
For more information, contact the WBSC Softball Division at

Procedures to submit Post Event Report Form for exhibition/friendly games

The report must be completed and submitted to the WBSC Softball Division within 72 hours after the final game of sanctioned games.
For more information, contact the WBSC Softball Division at


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