WBSC announces Men’s World Championship schedule

WBSC announces Men’s World Championship schedule

The World Baseball Softball Confederation has confirmed the schedule for the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, which will be held in Whitehorse, Canada, from 7-16 July.

The 15th edition of the men’s flagship softball event will showcase more than 75 games — 56 games taking place in the round robin over the first seven days, followed by three days of playoff action.

Nations will be divided into two pools to compete in a challenging round-robin, with the top four finishers from each pool advancing to the double page playoff round. The remaining teams will compete in the placement round.

The Aussie Steelers are in Pool A, with their toughest competition expected to come from reigning 2015 world champions Canada, Argentina, Dominican Republic and USA.

Pool A: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, and USA

Pool B: Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey, and Venezuela

The Aussie Steelers begin their world championship campaign on 7 July against India, who will be making their first appearance at a men’s world championship.

The Aussie Steelers round robin schedule is as follows:

Date Time Opponent AEST time/date
7 July 1.00pm India 6.00am, 8 July
8 July 4.30pm USA 9.30am, 9 July
9 July 3.00pm South Africa 8.00am, 10 July
10 July  7.00pm Dominican Republic 12.00pm, 11 July
11 July  7.00pm Canada 12.00pm, 12 July
12 July  5.30pm Argentina 10.30am, 13 July
13 July  12.30pm Hong Kong 5.30am, 14 July

Playoffs begin on 14 July, with the gold medal game being played at 4.00pm on 16 July (9.00am, 17 July AEST).

Click here to view the full tournament schedule.

All world championship games will be live streamed, keep an eye on the 2017 Men’s World Softball Championship website for further details.

The Aussie Steelers depart for Canada on 24 June, spending the majority of their lead-up time in Milverton, Ontario. The team will play 14 games prior to the world championship, including games against Venezuela and Dominican Republic.

Aussie Steelers lead-up schedule:

Date Time Opponent Venue AEST time/date
26 June 7.00pm Brussels Tigers 648 Sports Drive, Brussels 9.00am, 27 June
9.00pm Brussels Tigers 11.00am, 27 June
27 June 7.30pm Elmira Expos Arand Field, Milverton 9.30am, 28 June
28 June 7.00pm Niagara League All Stars MF KER Park, Niagara Falls 9.00am, 29 June
9.00pm Niagara League All Stars 11.00am, 29 June
29 June 7.00pm Shakespeare Falcons Arand Field, Milverton 9.00am, 30 June
9.00pm Huron County All-Stars 11.00am, 30 June
1 July 3.00pm Venezuela Arand Field, Milverton 5.00am, 2 July
5.00pm Dominican Republic 7.00am, 2 July
2 July 3.00pm Dominican Republic Arand Field, Milverton 5.00am, 3 July
5.00pm Venezuela 7.00am, 3 July
3 July 7.00pm St Paul’s Generals Arand Field, Milverton 9.00am, 4 July
9.00pm Nith River Monsters 11.00am, 4 July
4 July 7.30pm Kitchener All-Stars Arand Field, Milverton 9.30am, 5 July

The Aussie Steelers will also conduct a coaching clinic for junior players on 30 June at Perth East Recreation Complex in Milverton.

The Aussie Steelers team for the world championship was finalised last month: https://www.softball.org.au/aussie-steelers-team-officials-named-player-added/