COMBAT NAMED OFFICIAL SUPPLIER OF 2014 U-15 BASEBALL WORLD CUP

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The world governing body of baseball and softball, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), has announced a new partnership that brings on one of baseball and softball’s most iconic brands, Combat, as Official Bat Supplier of the eighteen-nation 2014 Under-15 Baseball World Cup, which will be staged from 31-July to 10-August across Sinaloa, Mexico.

As part of the agreement, Combat will have its high-quality, high-performance bats supplied to the National Teams for use in the eighty-three games of the world championship showpiece, and the Combat brand will have a presence around the competition venues in Culiacan, Los Mochis and Mazatlán.

The new deal will also mean that there will be no added expense for WBSC’s National Federations in the acquisition of top-quality bats for their U-15 National Teams in the Baseball World Cup.

“The WBSC is proud to partner with such an industry leader in innovation and performance, like Combat, to put its elite products in the hands of the world’s most elite and most exciting young baseball players, who will be united on their National Teams for the U-15 Baseball World Cup,” said WBSC International Baseball marketing manager, Masaru Yokoo. “And the Combat brand will ensure that we not only meet the needs of the world’s top young players, but also WBSC’s strict competition safety-standards.”

“We are extremely delighted to partner with the WBSC and to have our product connect with baseball’s future stars on baseball’s biggest stage in this age group.  We are confident the upcoming U-15 Baseball World Cup will be a premier platform from which Combat can further its position and brand awareness globally”, says Dave McNally, Combat Director of Sales and Marketing, International markets.

In heightened safety regulations enacted by the WBSC’s international baseball arm earlier this year, all bats to be used in the U-15 youth world championship must comply with the strictest of standards to ensure the maximum level of player safety.

World No. 10 Venezuela defeated Cuba to win the inaugural U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2012. Nations participating in the 2014 edition include No. 1 USA, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 10 Venezuela, No. 11 Italy, No. 12 Mexico, No. 13 Panama, No 14 Australia, No. 15 Brazil, No. 19 Germany, No. 22 Argentina, No. 27 Czech Republic, No. 28 New Zealand, No. 29 Hong Kong, No. 31 South Africa, No. 52 Guatemala and No. 54 Lithuania.

Launched in 2012 by the International Baseball Federation and played every two years, the U-15 Baseball World Cup has established itself as the pinnacle of baseball in this age category, like the U-12 Baseball World Cup. And also like the U12 event, the U-15 Baseball World Cup is the only world championship across all of sport to feature National Teams in this age group, with the best young baseball players in the world, and future stars, uniting on the Baseball World Cup global platform.

Past players of in the youth Baseball World Cups include Canada’s Brett Lawrie, Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani, South Korea’s Shin-soo Choo, Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman, and USA’s Clayton Kershaw, Justin Upton and Buster Posey, among countless others.

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For more information, please contact:

WBSC: media@wbsc.co

Combat: Dave McNally, dmcnally@combatsportsgroup.com

 

About Combat:

Combat (a Performance Sports Group company) has been extremely successful in the past 10 years as the fastest growing North American baseball/softball bat manufacturing company. Combat has developed a reputation for their premier and innovative composite technology with the latest composite advancements in performance and durability servicing players from the grassroots level to the elite college and professional levels.