Women’s Baseball World Cup 2016
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Women’s Baseball World Cup 2016

The 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced the schedule of the upcoming dates and cities of the world baseball championships. There are three events which include the U-15 Baseball World Cup, the U-21 Baseball World Cup and the Women’s Baseball World Cup. The U-15 will be held in Fukushima, Japan. The U-21 will be staged in Sinaloa, Mexico. Lastly, the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be in Gijang City, South Korea.

Women’s Baseball World Cup 2016

The Women’s Baseball World Cup will be held on September 3-11. Initially, there were eight teams from different countries who will be competing for the World Cup. Over time, the number of teams was increased from eight to a total of twelve.

The women’s team from Japan known as “Madonna Japan” is the four-time defending World Champions in Women’s Baseball. But the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team will try to win the upcoming Women’s Baseball World Cup.

The trial roster of the USA Baseball Women’s National Team was announced last June after the second annual Women’s National Open over June 10-12. There were 40 players named for the trials which took place on August 22-25, 2016. Players from the trial roster were aged between 16 to 42 year old and come from thirteen different states. Eleven of the women from the trial roster hail from California. The other states with the most participants are Texas, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.

From the initial 40 players on the trial roster, 36 of them were chosen from the Women’s National Open. The last four players were selected from last year’s USA Baseball Women’s National Team Identification Series (NTIS). The fifteen women who won the first-ever gold medal in women’s baseball at the 2015 Pan American Games were automatically named to the 2016 National Team Trials roster including Anna Kimbrell and SandaHudek who were crucial to the Pan Am gold win.

After the trials, the final 20 players were named to represent our country in Gijang City, South Korea for the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup. We can’t wait to see how they perform. Let’s root them on. Go USA!