The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today published new bidding guidelines for its Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 World Cups to regulate, simplify and define the awarding process of the WBSC’s future competitions. The new bidding documents are available in English and Spanish.
“Our guidelines have been restructured in order to increase the level of support and transparency which organisations receive when bidding for a World Cup,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.
“More importantly, the guidelines reflect the changes we have made to our competitions calendar which give more opportunities to a wider range of cities to host our premier events,” added Fraccari.
The new bidding guidelines will provide interested parties with information on the bidding process, including a clear bidding timeline, assessment mechanisms as well the specific hosting and financial requirements by potential host cities.
The guidelines follow the announcement of a new calendar for the WBSC’s Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 World Cups, which includes a series of modifications to the competition format like the “Two-Stage World Cups”.
This new, innovative competition system applies to the Women’s Baseball World Cup, the Women’s Softball World Cup, the Men’s Softball World Cup and the U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup and gives more flexibility and opportunities for cities, regions and countries to host a WBSC event.
With the new Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 World Cup’s calendar displaying all available tournaments in the upcoming years, and the new bidding guidelines now unveiled, every organisation interested in hosting a WBSC event will be able to plan ahead with a transparent process and specific timelines for each event.