PULLY, Switzerland; 24 September 2020 -- The WBSC has published the 2021 edition of the Baseball5 rulebook for the fast-paced five-on-five Youth Olympic discipline.
Baseball5 Rulebook 2021 - English Version
Baseball5 Rulebook 2021 - Spanish Version
The main Baseball5 rule change concerns hitting. A modification to the hitting rule now states that a batter/hitter has to raise "the hand he/she intends to use" while entering the batter's box. The ball "must be hit/slapped either with a palm or a fist" and have "enough momentum to reach the outfield fence" or, in the case of the U-15 category, "the outfield (passing the line that connects first-second-third base).
The rules consider "illegal behaviour", and the batter is consequently out, if a hit ball, not touched by any defender, doesn't reach the outfield fence or if a player slides to avoid a tag. Sliding is now forbidden in Baseball5.
"This latest edition of the Baseball5 Rulebook aims to maintain the dynamism of the discipline while increasing the security of the athletes," WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said. "It is yet another sign of the rapid growth of our urban youth-focused discipline. We keep listening to the feedback, which we receive from around the world and we look forward to keep supporting the development of Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 for many years to come."
The WBSC had planned to stage the first-ever Baseball5 and Youth Baseball5 World Cups for late 2020. The events have been postponed to June 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The European Baseball5 champions France and the runners-up Lithuania are the only National Teams that have so far qualified.
Baseball5 will become the first mixed-gender Olympic discipline when it makes its debut at the Youth Olympic Games 2026 in Dakar, Senegal.
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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Pully, Switzerland -- adjacent to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 211 National Federation and Associate Members in 138 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Premier12, the World Baseball Classic and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's), and the Softball World Cups, (Men's, Women's, U-18 Men's, U-18 Women's and U-12 Mixed), and Baseball5 as well as Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 events at the Olympic Games.
For more information, visit www.wbsc.org, which is available in six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
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