South Africa complete 12-nation field for U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand

South Africa complete 12-nation field for  U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand
03/12/2019
WBSC presents the visual identity of the newly created World Cup, to be held from 22 February to 1 March

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today welcomed South Africa as the last National Team qualified for next year’s WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The pinnacle youth men’s international softball competition will feature the top 12 nations in the world, after the continental qualifiers.

South Africa’s U-18 Men’s Softball National Team advanced to the World Cup by sweeping a three-game series against host Nigeria last Saturday (30 November) and became the 12th and the last team qualified for the nine-day event.

“Congratulations to South Africa and the 12 qualified nations to compete in the first-ever U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup,” said WBSC Softball Chairman Tommy Velazquez. “This brand new tournament will feature the best teams in the world, opening a historic year for WBSC highlighted by our sport’s historic return to the Olympic Programme in Tokyo 2020.”

A total of 12 teams will compete For the Title of World Champion in Palmerston Northincluding Argentina, Australia (defending world champion), Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, host New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and USA (wild card).

The WBSC will announce the groups and schedule of the tournament in the upcoming weeks.

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup logo presented

The WBSC presented the new logo of the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, the newly created global youth softball event to be inaugurated in Palmerston North, New Zealand in February next year.

This new emblem marks a new step in the rebranding process of the softball world championships into Softball World Cups across all men and women’s platforms and age-groups, and is part of a “unified” look and feel of all softball events logos. 

The logo will become the permanent identity for the upcoming U-18 Men’s Softball World Cups, replacing the U-19 category starting in 2020.

The image shows a softball player swinging the bat, reaching full extension in an iconic power-hitting position. The different hues of turquoise and light blue represent the refreshing character of the young players from the five Olympic continents. The orange-coloured bat and swing reflect the energy and joy of the game. 

The bat, the direction of the swing and the sight of the player, all pointing up and forward, expresses a positive and optimistic perspective about the athletes’ future, right in the beginning of their international careers, but also symbolize the men’s softball growing path in the years to come.

The full tournament logo contains the official name of the event, including the WBSC mark, the host nation’s flag and city, as well as the year of the event.

The official tournament website of the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup has been launched at https://u18mswc.wbsc.org/en/2020 and across six languages, including English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.