WBSC Oceania
TypeSports organization
Region served
Oceania
Membership
21 member associations
President
Robert Steffy
Parent organization
World Baseball Softball Confederation
Websitewww.wbscoceania.org

The WBSC Oceania, formerly known as Baseball Confederation of Oceania (abbreviated as BCO), is the governing body of baseball and softball within Oceania, and is responsible for the Oceania Baseball Championship.

The Baseball Confederation of Oceania was established in 1989, it currently has 14 member nations. Not all member nations are represented in the executive committee which creates conflict within the region. The lesser countries tend not to support regional tournaments which contributes negatively to the growth of the sport in the region.

Ray Brown, the BCO Development Officer, provides support throughout the region.

Since 2006, the BCO has run a Regional Training Centre for aspiring players. Run for approximately 10 days, the RTC is open to players 14-18 who want to perform at a higher level. In 2006, the RTC was held in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2007, it was held in Christchurch, New Zealand.

History

Baseball arrived in most parts of Oceania as a result of Japanese influence prior to and during World War II, and American influence, particularly following the war. The Japanese influenced was most pronounced in Micronesia, particularly Palau.[1]

The Baseball Confederation of Oceania was established in 1989, it currently has 14 member nations.

The organisation adopted a policy of sharing the rights to hold BCO Tournaments between the northern and southern Oceania areas, on an alternative basis. Either New Zealand or Australia should hold the 18U BCO playoffs in 2015 since Guam held them in 2012. It is likely that New Zealand will hold this tournament due to the cancelling of the 15U tournament which was to be held in Auckland, New Zealand early in 2015. The cancellation was of huge disappointment to the New Zealand Baseball organisation and community. The game in New Zealand is growing significantly, which is important for the overall region and Baseball NZ had organised the local cable television company SkyTV to show some of the games lives to boost the sports profile.

Members

Baseball

Code Association National teams Founded Membership IOC
member
Note
ASA American Samoa American Samoa (M, W) 1995 Full Yes [Note 1]
AUS Australia Australia (M, W) 1913 Full Yes
FIJ Fiji Fiji (M, W) 2000 Full Yes
FSM Federated States of Micronesia FS Micronesia (M, W) Full Yes
GUM Guam Guam (M, W) 2007 Full Yes
MHL Marshall Islands Marshall Islands (M, W) Full Yes
NCL New Caledonia New Caledonia (M, W) 1993 Full No [Note 2]
NZL New Zealand New Zealand (M, W) 1989 Full Yes
MNP Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands (M, W) Provisional No [Note 1]
PLW Palau Palau (M, W) 1999 Full Yes
PNG Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (M, W) Full Yes
SOL Solomon Islands Solomon Islands (M, W) Full Yes
TGA Tonga Tonga (M, W) 2019 Full Yes

Softball

Code Association National teams Founded Membership IOC
member
Note
ASA American Samoa American Samoa (M,W) 1985 Full Yes [Note 1]
AUS Australia Australia (M, W) 2009 Full Yes
FSM Federated States of Micronesia FS Micronesia (M, W) Full Yes
GUM Guam Guam (M, W) Full Yes
MHL Marshall Islands Marshall Islands (M, W) Full Yes
NZL New Zealand New Zealand (M, W) 1938 Full Yes
MNP Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands (M, W) Provisional No [Note 1]
PLW Palau Palau (M, W) 2006 Full Yes
PNG Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (M, W) Full Yes
SOL Solomon Islands Solomon Islands (M, W) Full Yes
TGA Tonga Tonga (M, W) 2019 Full Yes

Competitions

Current title holders

See also: Portal:Current events/Sports, 2024 in baseball, and 2024 in sports

Competition Year Host country Champions Title Runners-up Next edition Dates
Baseball
Oceania Baseball Championship 2007 None  Australia 3rd TBD
U-23 Men's Baseball Oceania Championship 2023 Australia  Australia 2nd  Guam TBD
U-18 Men's Baseball Oceania Championship 2022 New Zealand  Australia 7th  New Zealand TBD
U-15 Men's Baseball Oceania Championship 2023 Guam  Guam 2nd  New Zealand TBD
Softball
Men's Softball Oceania Championship 2023 American Samoa  Australia 1st  New Zealand TBD
U-18 Women's Softball Oceania Championship 2023 American Samoa  New Zealand 1st  Australia TBD

WBSC World Rankings

Baseball

Softball

Baseball5

WBSC Baseball5 Rankings (as of 16 November 2023)[9]
Oceania* WBSC +/- National Team Points
1 42 Decrease 2  Australia 90
*Local rankings based on WBSC ranking points

Historical leaders

Highest Ranked Oceania member in the WBSC Rankings

Major tournament records

Legend

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

World Baseball Classic

Main article: National team appearances in the World Baseball Classic

Oceania has sent representatives to the World Baseball Classic five times: Australia competing in all five editions. Of these, only in 2023 did Australia progress beyond the first round.

World Baseball Classic record
Team 2006
Japan
Puerto Rico
United States
(16)
2009
Canada
Japan
Mexico
Puerto Rico
United States
(16)
2013
Japan
Puerto Rico
Taiwan
United States
(16)
2017
Japan
Mexico
South Korea
United States
(16)
2023
Japan
Taiwan
United States
(20)
Years
 Australia R1 R1 R1 R1 QF 5
Total (1 team) 1 1 1 1 1 5

WBSC Premier12

Main article: WBSC Premier12 § Participants

WBSC Premier12 record
Team 2015
Japan
Taiwan
(12)
2019
Japan
Mexico
South Korea
Taiwan
(12)
Years
 Australia R2 1
Total (1 team) 0 1 1

Women's Baseball World Cup

Main article: Women's Baseball World Cup § Participating nations

Women's Baseball World Cup record
Team 2004
Canada
(5)
2006
Taiwan
(7)
2008
Japan
(8)
2010
Venezuela
(11)
2012
Canada
(8)
2014
Japan
(8)
2016
South Korea
(12)
2018
United States
(12)
2024
Canada
Japan
(12)
Years
 Australia 4th 4th 4th 2nd 4th 3rd R2 R1 R1 9
Total (1 team) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9

Olympic Games For Men's Baseball

Main article: Baseball at the Summer Olympics § Participating nations

Baseball at the Summer Olympics record
Team 1992
Spain
(8)
1996
United States
(8)
2000
Australia
(8)
2004
Greece
(8)
2008
China
(8)
2020
Japan
(6)
Years
 Australia R1
7th
R1
7th
2nd × 3
Total (1 team) 0 1 1 1 0 0 3

Oceania Baseball Championship

Main article: Oceania Baseball Championship § Tournament results

Oceania Baseball Championship record
Team 1999
Guam
(2)
2003
Guam
(2)
2004
Australia
(1)
2007
Australia
(1)
Years
 American Samoa 2nd × × × 2
 Australia × 1st 1st 1st 3
 Guam 1st 2nd ×[a] × 2
 New Zealand × × × ×[b] 0
Total (3 teams) 2 2 1 1 6

U-21/U-23 Baseball World Cup

Main article: U-23 Baseball World Cup § Participating nations

U-21/U-23 Baseball World Cup record
Team 2014
Taiwan
(11)
2016
Mexico
(12)
2018
Colombia
(12)
2020
Mexico
(12)
2022
Taiwan
(12)
Years
 Australia R2
6th
2nd R1
9th
R2
6th
4
 New Zealand R1
10th
1
Total (2 teams) 2 1 1 0 1 5

World Junior Baseball Championship/U-18 Baseball World Cup

Main article: U-18 Baseball World Cup § Results

World Junior Baseball Championship/U-18 Baseball World Cup record
Team 1981
United States
(11)
1982
United States
1983
United States
1984
Canada
(10)
1985
United States
(8)
1986
Canada
(7)
1987
Canada
(7)
1988
Australia
(8)
1989
Canada
(12)
1990
Cuba
(10)
1991
Canada
(12)
1992
Mexico
(21)
1993
Canada
(8)
1994
Canada
(10)
1995
United States
1996
Cuba
(10)
1997
Canada
(11)
1999
Taiwan
(12)
2000
Canada
(12)
2002
Canada
(12)
2004
Taiwan
(11)
2006
Cuba
(12)
2008
Canada
(12)
2010
Canada
(12)
2012
South Korea
(12)
2013
Taiwan
(12)
2015
Japan
(12)
2017
Canada
(12)
2019
South Korea
(12)
2022
United States
(12)
2023
Taiwan
(12)
Years
 Australia 3rd 3rd ? 6th 8th 7th 5th 4th 3rd 7th 4th 5th 5th 8th 3rd 6th 7th 4th 7th 6th 9th 4th 2nd R1
9th
R1
8th
4th R2
5th
4th R1
9th
R1
10th
29
Total (1 team) 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 29

World Youth Baseball Championship/U-15 Baseball World Cup

Main article: U-15 Baseball World Cup § Results

World Youth Baseball Championship/U-15 Baseball World Cup record
Team 1989
Japan
(8)
1990
Mexico
1991
Australia
1993
Brazil
1994
Mexico
1995
Brazil
1996
Japan
1997
Taiwan
1998
United States
2001
Mexico
2003
Taiwan
2005
Mexico
2009
Taiwan
(12)
2011
Mexico
(11)
2012
Mexico
(15)
2014
Mexico
(18)
2016
Japan
(12)
2018
Panama
(12)
2022
Mexico
(13)
2024
TBD
(12)
Years
 Australia ? ? ? ? ? ? 3rd ? 3rd ? ? R1
9th
R2
8th
R1
10th
R1
11th
R1
9th
× 7
 Guam ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? R1
12th
Q 2
 New Zealand ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? R1
15th
R1
12th
2
Total (3 teams) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 1 1 1 11

U-12 Baseball World Cup

Main article: U-12 Baseball World Cup § Results

U-12 Baseball World Cup record
Team 2011
Taiwan
(13)
2013
Taiwan
(14)
2015
Taiwan
(12)
2017
Taiwan
(12)
2019
Taiwan
(12)
2021
Taiwan
(11)
2023
Taiwan
(10)
Years
 Australia R1
10th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R1
11th
4
 Fiji R1
12th
1
 New Zealand R1
12th
1
Total (3 teams) 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 6

Men's Softball World Cup

Main article: Men's Softball World Cup § Participating nations

Men's Softball World Cup record
Team 1966
Mexico
(11)
1968
United States
(10)
1972
Philippines
(10)
1976
New Zealand
(7)
1980
United States
(14)
1984
United States
(16)
1988
Canada
(14)
1992
Philippines
(18)
1996
United States
(22)
2000
South Africa
(16)
2004
New Zealand
(15)
2009
Canada
(16)
2013
New Zealand
(16)
2015
Canada
(15)
2017
Canada
(16)
2019
Czech Republic
(16)
2022
New Zealand
(12)
Years
 Australia × × × × × × R1
7th
R1
5th
R2
7th
R1
12th
3rd 1st 3rd 4th 2nd R2
7th
1st 11
 Guam × × R1
7th
R1
6th
R1
8th
R1
10th
R1
16th
5
 New Zealand 3rd R1
5th
3rd 1st 4th 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 4th R1
8th
17
 Northern Mariana Islands × × × × × × × R1
13th
R1
16th
2
 Papua New Guinea × × × × R1
14th
R1
17th
R1
19th
3
 Samoa × × × × × × × × × × R2
6th
R2
7th
2
Total (6 teams) 1 1 2 2 3 2 2 5 4 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 40

Women's Softball World Cup

Main article: Women's Softball World Cup § Participating nations

Women's Softball World Cup record
Team 1965
Australia
(5)
1970
Japan
(9)
1974
United States
(15)
1978
El Salvador
(15)
1982
Taiwan
(23)
1986
New Zealand
(12)
1990
United States
(20)
1994
Canada
(28)
1998
Japan
(17)
2002
Canada
(16)
2006
China
(16)
2010
Venezuela
(16)
2012
Canada
(16)
2014
Netherlands
(16)
2016
Canada
(31)
2018
Japan
(16)
2022
United States
(8)
2024
Republic of Ireland
Italy
Spain
(18)
Years
 Australia 1st 4th 3rd 5th 3rd 8th 4th 3rd 2nd R2
5th
3rd R2
6th
3rd 3rd R1
10th
4th 4th q 18
 Guam R1
18th
1
Territory of New Guinea New Guinea R1
5th
Became Papua New Guinea 1
 New Zealand 4th R1
7th
R1
9th
3rd 1st 3rd 2nd R2
6th
R1
13th
R2
6th
R1
11th
R1
12th
R1
13th
R2
8th
R2
8th
R1
13th
R1 17
Total (4 teams) 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 37

Olympic Games For Women's Softball

Main article: Softball at the Summer Olympics § Participating nations

Softball at the Summer Olympics record
Team 1996
United States
(8)
2000
Australia
(8)
2004
Greece
(8)
2008
China
(8)
2020
Japan
(6)
2028
United States
Years
 Australia 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd R1
5th
5
 New Zealand R1
6th
1
Total (2 teams) 1 2 1 1 1 6

Men's Softball Oceania Championship

Main article: Men's Softball Oceania Championship § Participating nations

Men's Softball Oceania Championship record
Team 2023
American Samoa
(3)
Years
 American Samoa 3rd 1
 Australia 1st 1
 New Zealand 2nd 1
Total (3 teams) 3 3

U-23 Men's Softball World Cup

Main article: U-23 Men's Softball World Cup § Participating nations

U-23 Men's Softball World Cup record
Team 2023
Argentina
(12)
Years
 Australia 1st 1
 New Zealand R2
6th
1
Total (2 teams) 2 2

Junior Men's Softball World Championship/U-18 Men's Softball World Cup

Main article: U-18 Men's Softball World Cup § Results

Junior Men's Softball World Championship/U-18 Men's Softball World Cup record
Team 1981
Canada
(5)
1985
United States
(8)
1989
Canada
(7)
1993
New Zealand
(7)
1997
Canada
(11)
2001
Australia
(10)
2005
Canada
(9)
2008
Canada
(12)
2012
Argentina
(14)
2014
Canada
(10)
2016
United States
(12)
2018
Canada
(13)
2020
New Zealand
(12)
2023
Mexico
(11)
Years
 Australia × × × 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 6th 1st 2nd R2
5th
11
 New Zealand × 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 4th 4th 4th 6th 2nd 2nd 3rd R2
5th
R1
9th
13
Total (2 teams) 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 24

Junior Women's Softball World Championship/U-18 Women's Softball World Cup

Main article: U-18 Women's Softball World Cup § Results

Junior Women's Softball World Championship/U-18 Women's Softball World Cup record
Team 1981
Canada
(10)
1985
United States
(8)
1987
United States
(10)
1991
Australia
(10)
1995
United States
(14)
1999
Taiwan
(15)
2003
China
(14)
2007
Netherlands
(16)
2011
South Africa
(15)
2013
Canada
(15)
2015
United States
(15)
2017
United States
(26)
2019[c]
United States
(16)
2021
Peru
(8)
Years
 Australia 5th 5th 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 7th R2
7th
4th × 13
 New Zealand 8th 5th 8th 9th 8th 11th 6th 4th 6th R1
16th
R1
9th
× 11
Total (2 teams) 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 24

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup

Main article: U-15 Women's Softball World Cup § Results

U-15 Women's Softball World Cup record
Team 2023
Japan
(12)
Years
 New Zealand R1
11th
1
Total (1 team) 1 1

Youth Baseball5 World Cup

Main article: Youth Baseball5 World Cup § Participating nations

Youth Baseball5 World Cup record
Team 2023
Turkey
(12)
Years
Australia Australia 12th 1
Total (1 team) 1 1

Former tournaments

Amateur World Series/Baseball World Cup

Main article: Baseball World Cup § Tournament results

Amateur World Series/Baseball World Cup record
Team 1938
United Kingdom
(2)
1939
Cuba
(3)
1940
Cuba
(7)
1941
Cuba
(9)
1942
Cuba
(5)
1943
Cuba
(4)
1944
Venezuela
(8)
1945
Venezuela
(6)
1947
Colombia
(9)
1948
Nicaragua
(8)
1950
Nicaragua
(12)
1951
Mexico
(11)
1952
Cuba
(13)
1953
Venezuela
(10)
1961
Costa Rica
(10)
1965
Colombia
(9)
1969
Dominican Republic
(11)
1970
Colombia
(11)
1971
Cuba
(10)
1972
Nicaragua
(16)
1973
Cuba
(8)
1973
Nicaragua
(11)
1974
United States
(9)
1976
Colombia
(11)
1978
Italy
(11)
1980
Japan
(12)
1982
South Korea
(10)
1984
Cuba
(13)
1986
Netherlands
(12)
1988
Italy
(12)
1990
Canada
(12)
1994
Nicaragua
(16)
1998
Italy
(16)
2001
Taiwan
(16)
2003
Cuba
(15)
2005
Netherlands
(18)
2007
Taiwan
(18)
2009
Europe
(22)
2011
Panama
(16)
Years
 Australia 10th 10th 9th R1
9th
QF
7th
R1
10th
R1
10th
QF
6th
R3
5th
R2
5th
10
Total (1 team) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Guam were scheduled to participate in the 2004 tournament with Australia, but withdrew prior to the start. The BCO awarded the championship to Australia.
  2. ^ New Zealand were scheduled to participate in the 2007 tournament with Australia, but withdrew prior to the start. The BCO awarded the championship to Australia.
  3. ^ The 2019 edition was an under-19 tournament before reverting back to under-18 the following edition.

References

  1. ^ Baseball in Palau: Passion for the Game. Shuster, Donald ed. (Guam: University of Guam, 2008), pgs 5-10
  2. ^ "Events". WBSC Oceania. Retrieved 8 November 2023.
  3. ^ "About World Baseball Classic". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference SWC Tournies was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ "The WBSC World Ranking". WBSC. 18 December 2023. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  6. ^ "The WBSC Women's Baseball World Ranking". WBSC. 22 September 2023. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  7. ^ "The WBSC Men's Softball World Ranking". WBSC. 26 April 2023. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  8. ^ "The WBSC Women's World Ranking". WBSC. 10 November 2023. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  9. ^ "The WBSC Baseball5 World Ranking". WBSC. 16 November 2023. Retrieved 16 November 2023.