Rome, Italy – On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Executive Meeting of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), President Riccardo Fraccari announced that USSSA’s application to become an Associate Member of the WBSC was approved by the WBSC Executive Board. The world governing body of the sports of baseball and softball, and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, the WBSC has 208 National Federation Members in 141 countries and territories. Baseball and Softball organizations are also included and form an arm of the WBSC as Associate Members and USSSA is proud to announce that they have been given this prestigious honor.
“USSSA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year so this announcement couldn’t have come at a better time” remarked USSSA Chairman of the Board and CEO, Don DeDonatis. “President Fraccari is a world sport administrator and to have him recognize what USSSA contributes to both baseball and softball is the epitome of acknowledgement of what we have all believed and professed to, which is that the world’s largest multi-sport organization & its 4.5 million membership has made an impact around the world”.
USSSA and the WBSC began this journey as player/coach development partners as both organizations recognized the importance of what development plays in the growth of sports on a worldwide level. The next logical step in that relationship for USSSA was to apply for WBSC Associate Membership, of which, USSSA’s application was approved by the Executive Committee of the WBSC this past Saturday.
With the addition of the USSSA Florida Pride, a team in the National Professional Fast Pitch League, to the USSSA family 9 years ago, the growth of its girls fast pitch program and the 20 year anniversary and 1 million member mark in USSSA Baseball, this honor, this recognition of USSSA’s contribution to the sport of baseball and softball proves once again that USSSA is on the right track, the fast track to being recognized as one of the leaders and difference makers in diamond sports.
The WBSC and its partners and membership now opens doors worldwide for USSSA to expand its brand and grow the sports that put it on the map some 50 years ago. The World is truly the limit!
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About USSSA: USSSA is headquartered in Osceola, Florida. USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 4.5 million participants, competing in 14 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA.