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Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:02 AM
Jessica, Michele and eleven other Athlete Ambassadors will represent softball at different international events, helping to get the word out about softball’s attempt to reestablish itself as an Olympic sport. The International Olympic Committee votes on whether or not to reinstate softball into the 2016 Summer Games at their Session in October 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark (see separate post).
Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:22 AM
Softball Makes Progress Towards Olympic Reinstatement
Softball is one of seven sports vying for a spot on the Olympic program starting in 2016. The IOC will meet in October in Copenhagen to vote on at least two new sports to add to the Summer Games but for the International Softball Federation (ISF) this is a reinstatement campaign since Softball was already an Olympic event over four Olympiads starting in 1996.
Last year the ISF launched BackSoftball—an initiative to get softball back into the Olympics that includes a 10-point blueprint of what it hopes to achieve.
"We've addressed most of the issues; some slower than others so that by the time we get to the IOC [International Olympic Committee] in June, we can show that we've made progress," President of ISF Don Porter explained to GamesBids.com.
"We've positioned the issues in front of IOC members and we keep softball in the news."
Porter outlined further achievements including the addition of more major competitions and attracting attention from the media—especially television.
A key element of the blueprint is to increase the number of dedicated Softball Federations that will help increase the number of worldwide participants in the sport.
"There are seven or eight new federations about to be organized and were going to try to accelerate that. There should be four or five in the next month or two," Porter said.
As a strategy to drive interest in the Middle East, the ISF became involved in "Generations For Peace"—an initiative of Jordan's Prince Feisal to help children become involved in sport and to promote sports leadership in the region. Softball's inclusion in the program has given young females opportunities to participate and as a result, Jordan has established a National Softball Federation and the ISF has made inroads in the region.
But reinstatement won't come easy.
"We've got some really good competitors," Porter said.
"It's hard to gauge [how we are doing], it's a work in progress. Softball has many elements including universality, growth, youth and female participation."
In another positive step forward, the ISF is opening a new office in Lausanne, Switzerland this month in order to escalate their level of communication with the IOC—also based in Lausanne.
Several new events and tournaments are scheduled between now and the decision date in October, and new softball regional training centres are opening in Santo Domingo, Moscow, Rome and Beijing.
Softball will be competing against baseball, golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports for its chance to be reinstated on the Olympic program.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:22 PM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:24 PM
A segment from HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumble" talks about softball's removal from the Olympics and includes an interview with Don Porter, President of the International Softball Federation. It also features an interview with Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza about their reaction to the news that softball is no longer an Olympic sport. Good segment!
Posted 09 March 2009 - 06:09 PM
young girls that want to develop this sport and need support in order to reach their softball goals.
I play on a team called the Black Hocks. I am trying to improve my pitching but here is still difficult doing that.
Anyway this forum is awesome and I hope you keep in touch with somebody who is interested in knowing about us!
See you soon!
Posted 29 March 2009 - 02:36 PM
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:12 AM
Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:44 PM
Now, maybe cricket? And these people dropped softball? No rhyme or reason!
Posted 01 April 2009 - 03:31 PM
- The final between Japan and Korea on March 23 drew 54,846 fans, the largest crowd in World Baseball Classic history.
- A total of 141,854 fans attended the three games in Los Angeles over Championship weekend...43,630 fans attended the Japan vs. United States Semifinal on March 22, the second largest-crowd in World Baseball Classic history.
- ESPN’s telecasts of this year’s semifinals (Korea vs. Venezuela Saturday, March 21, and USA vs. Japan Sunday, March 22) and final (Korea vs. Japan, Monday, March 23) averaged 1,820,000 viewers (up 24 percent) and a 1.4 rating (up eight percent).
- In Japan, the final earned a 36.4 rating despite starting at 10:30 AM on Tuesday morning.
- Sunday night’s telecast of Japan vs. USA on ESPN was the most-watched World Baseball Classic telecast in U.S. history by posting a 2.2 rating.
- The 2.2 rating of Japan vs. USA more than doubled the 1.0 rating both semifinals produced in 2006.
- Japan vs. USA was the most watched sports event on North American cable television last week.
- More than 15,000 fans watched the final from Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:57 AM
All seven sports are conducting "Hail Mary" presentations in June to the Executive Board of the IOC. In August the IOC EB will narrow the group of seven down to two. These will be submitted to the IOC for final approval around October 6th at the XIII Olympic Congress & 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:57 AM
Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:27 AM
The "Final Seven" candidates sports:*
4. Roller Sports
*Two will be selected in August 2009 by the IOC Executive Board, then the entire IOC will vote for approval around October 6, 2009.
Notice that softball and baseball are not "tied together." That's a huge plus, as it had been widely speculated that baseball's steroid scandal was one of the reasons softball was dropped from the Olympic program in the first place (see the separate topic The Unthinkable Question, Does the NPF Drug-test?).
Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:00 PM
BackSoftball team continues world tour at AIPS Congress in Milan
Softball pledges $100,000 for the sport in Africa
Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:17 AM
Baseball's proposal is to add a women's component to its bid to get reinstated for the 2016 Olympics, after failing to unite with women's softball. I for one don't know of many girls playing baseball.
Another piece of the pie gone! It's getting smaller and smaller!!
Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:33 PM
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