Australia to host Oceania Baseball5 Qualifier
05/10/2020 1 Minute Read

Australia to host Oceania Baseball5 Qualifier

Australia will host the first-ever Oceania Baseball5 Qualifier in 2021.

The event – which will feature mixed-gender open and youth divisions – will decide Oceania’s representatives at the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup and Youth Baseball5 World Cup slated for next June in Mexico.

Oceania has one spot in each of the 12-team World Cups.

The Oceania Baseball5 Qualifier will be played across two days immediately following the Australian Baseball5 Championship.

Baseball Australia is finalising hosting details of the events and expects to be in a position to make an announcement in November.

Chief executive Cam Vale said attracting the Oceania Baseball5 Qualifier to Australia was a great achievement.

“Baseball5 has grown significantly in a short period of time and it’s fitting we will host the first major Oceania event after launching Baseball5 in the region,” Vale said.

“Combined with the Australian Baseball5 Championship it is going to be a fantastic event to showcase the discipline.

“With a spot at each of the World Cups on the line it is set to be a highly-competitive and action-packed event.”

Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand have been confirmed as participating in both the open and under-18 youth divisions at the Oceania Baseball5 Qualifier.

The format of the two-day event has not been locked in.

Baseball5 was established by the WBSC in 2017 and launched in Australia on the Gold Coast in May 2019.

The fast-paced and youth-focused urban discipline is a five-on-five, five-inning street version of baseball softball that requiring virtually no equipment, can be played anywhere.

Release from Baseball Australia.