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U-12 Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2019 U-12 Baseball World Cup
Formerly12U Baseball World Championship (2011)
SportBaseball
Founded2011
No. of teams14
ContinentInternational
Most recent
champion(s)

Chinese Taipei
1
Most titles United States (3)

The U-12 Baseball World Cup is the under-12 baseball world championship sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and its predecessor the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), and is the most elite and highest level of competition in its age category. The U-12 Baseball World Championship is scheduled to be held every two years and launched in 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan as the "12U Baseball World Championship".

Unlike other youth international competitions like the Little League World Series, which involve local clubs, the U-12 Baseball World Cup is the only global event across baseball—and all of sport—to feature national teams in this age group (11 to 12 years-old).

The U-12 Baseball World Cup is played under the IBAF's International Rules. Dimensions of regulation U-12 Baseball World Cup ballparks (distance to the outfield fence, pitching mound, base paths, etc.) are significantly increased compared to local youth leagues, due to the superior nature and strength of the players involved.

Because the U-12 Baseball World Cup is considered a "world championship" event, the results of the tournaments affect the WBSC World Rankings.

The inaugural tournament took place in July 2011 and was won by its host Chinese Taipei. The tournament was slated to include 13 national teams and crowned the first ever world champion. Through this tournament, the WBSC looked to assume a leadership position for this age bracket in conjunction with major youth baseball organizations to further develop and promote baseball across the world. The tournament was hosted in Taipei City, one of the prominent tournament venues for international baseball competitions.

Results

Year Host Medalists
Gold Silver Bronze
2011
Details
Taiwan
Taipei

Chinese Taipei
1

Cuba

Venezuela
2013
Details
Taiwan
Taipei

United States

Chinese Taipei1

Japan
2015
Details
Taiwan
Tainan

United States

Chinese Taipei1

Nicaragua
2017
Details
Taiwan
Tainan

United States

Chinese Taipei1

Mexico
2019
Details
Taiwan
Tainan

Chinese Taipei
1

Japan

Cuba
20222 Taiwan
Tainan
2023 Taiwan
Tainan
2025 Taiwan
Tainan
2027 Taiwan
Tainan
2029

1Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan, due to complicated relations with People's Republic of China, is recognized by the name Chinese Taipei by most of the international organizations. For more information, please see Cross-Strait relations.
2 Originally scheduled to be held in 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, postponed to summer 2022.[1]

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States3003
2 Chinese Taipei2305
3 Cuba0112
 Japan0112
5 Mexico0011
 Nicaragua0011
 Venezuela0011
Totals (7 nations)55515

See also

References

  1. ^ "VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup rescheduled for summer 2022 in Tainan, TPE". VI U-12 Baseball World Cup 2021. World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). Retrieved 25 September 2021.