( LAUSANNE, Switzerland) â€“ The United States of America moved from No. 4 to No. 2 in the International Baseball Federationâ€™s (IBAF) latest installment of the Menâ€™s World Rankings which were released Monday.
Behind first place finishes at the IBAF â€œAAâ€/16U World Youth Championships and the IBAF Baseball World Cup, the U.S. jumped ahead of Korea and Japan and put it within striking distance of Cuba, which has held the No. 1 position since the rankings debuted earlier this year.
With these rankings, the IBAF also introduced several tournaments from the last four years that were not originally taken into consideration for the World Rankings. These events include continental pre-qualifying tournaments and invitational events like the â€œGood Luck Beijingâ€ Baseball Tournament in 2007. The inclusion of the new events has introduced 22 national baseball teams to the IBAF World Rankings, and all of the new tournaments meet the criteria of events which the IBAF considers for rankings points.
Overall, tournaments and championships that have been added, replaced or removed for the 19 October IBAF World Rankings include:
Added: 2007 â€œGood Luck Beijingâ€ Baseball Tournament, 2007 and 2009 Asian Baseball Cups (for 2007 and 2009 Asian Championships, respectively), 2006 and 2008 European Continental Qualifiers (for 2007 and 2010 European Championships)
Replaced: 2005 IBAF Baseball World Cup with the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup, 2005 IBAF â€œAAâ€/16U World Youth Championships with the 2009 IBAF â€œAAâ€/16U World Youth Championships
Next to be replaced: 2005 Southeast Asia Games (2009 Southeast Asia Games set for later this year, replacement will be reflected in year-end rankings)
Other notable changes in the rankings include Italy moving from No. 15 to No. 12 and Germany moving into the top-20, going from No. 23 to No. 20. Belgium witnessed the largest jump in the rankings, going from unranked to No. 34 while both Cameroon and Samoa saw the biggest decline, falling from a tie at No. 51 to again even at No. 72. The complete IBAF Menâ€™s World Rankings are listed below:
|Rank||PV||Member Federation||Total Pts|
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New 2009 IBAF World Rankings. About the IBAF World Rankings
The IBAF debuted its World Rankings in January 2009. Developed in conjunction with Scott Goode, a sports information director from Harding University (Arkansas, USA), the rankings are based on a point total which IBAF member federations (teams) earn from IBAF-sanctioned events in a four-year window, or a period of time that encompasses two IBAF Baseball World Cups.
Teams earn points based on their finish in an event. A tournament winner takes home 50 points, second place, 40; third place, 30; and fourth place, 15. From there, points are divided evenly among the remaining teams in the event to ensure balance between tournaments that feature different-sized fields.
Once points are rewarded based on a team's finish, that amount is then multiplied by a number based on the strength of the event. Major world championships, such as an Olympic Games, IBAF Baseball World Cup or World Baseball Classic, all receive 4X multipliers. Minor world championship events (Junior, Youth or FISU University Worlds, or the Honkbol Tournament, for example) have a 1X multiplier, and all other continental championships and pre-qualifiers receive multipliers from 1X-.25X based on how many teams in the top-10 of the current IBAF World Rankings compete in the event. About the International Baseball Federation (IBAF)
Founded in 1938, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is a non-governmental organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering menâ€™s and womenâ€™s baseball at the world level. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland â€“ the Olympic Capital â€“ and counting 125 National Member Federations, the IBAF organises the IBAF Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Baseball World Cup, the AAA (18U) and AA (16U) World Championships, the Olympic Games Baseball Tournament, and it sanctions the World Baseball Classic, among other international baseball tournaments. The IBAF works to develop and grow the game of baseball around the world. For more information, please visit IBAF.org.
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