Wednesday, June 16, 2010

THE PRESIDENT

Riccardo Fraccari was born in Italy (Pisa, Tuscany) on 30 May, 1949. He enjoyed a very successful career as an umpire in Italian Baseball, which led him to being named the best amateur umpire in the world. Mr. Fraccari participated in 7 Olympic Games as an umpire, umpire director and an official. He was inducted to the Amateur Baseball Umpire Association (ABUA) Hall of Fame in 2002.

As a baseball official, he served as Vice President of the Italian Baseball Federation (FIBS) under President Aldo Notari from 1985 to 2000 and as an Umpire Commissioner in Italy. He was president of the European Baseball Confederation (CEB) Technical Commission and a member of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Technical Commission.

He was elected President of the FIBS on December 8th 2001 and was recently voted into his third term. In 2005, he was voted first Vice President of CEB and was confirmed for a second term in March 2009. He served as Continental Vice President (Europe) of the IBAF under President Harvey Schiller. He is a current member of the Italian National Olympic Committee Council.

In December 2009, Mr. Fraccari was voted into office as IBAF president. After his election, he left the position of CEB Vice President

On April 14 2013 Riccardo Fraccari was elected by the Congress in Tokyo to his second term

President message

Dear Friends, the 6th of December 2009 marked a New Era for the International Baseball Federation, and I want to thank all of you-not only for having received your approval and your support-but especially for sharing a common vision and recognizing a need for change.
Certainly with the recent changes to the Olympic program, there is a need for restructuring and also a need to locate alternative revenue sources. We find the international game of baseball at a crossroads. We need to reunite our community to work as a team and strengthen our relationship with the professional baseball bodies. Greater participation of professional organizations and their players could have a major impact play in our community and would significantly improve the current state of international baseball.

We need to redefine and maximize the value of our tournaments; we must continue to develop baseball, especially in countries where we are less present; we must strengthen and develop women's baseball-a discipline that is involving more and more athletes daily; we must restructure the entire organization of our institution to be more efficient and attentive to the problems and needs of our members; we must demonstrate that baseball is truly a global sport that involves millions of male and female athletes, coaches, fans and families worldwide. It is a sport present on all continents, capable of attracting the attention of newspapers, television and sponsors because of its universality and because it is widespread. It is a sport that shall always embrace and develop in harmony with the Olympic values, and we will all be fully active toward the return of our sport onto the Olympic program. We are also aware that the choices and decisions that the new Executive Committee and I make together will have far reaching effects on the shape and visibility of the organization.

However, this predicament highlights the need for us to work together with all those involved.
Challenges are ahead of us, but I am confident that with support from all of you and my new team, we can overcome this difficult moment. Together we can reconstruct IBAF and establish a new baseball society where each of you plays an integral role. Once again, I thank all of you who supported IBAF and me. It is my hope that your involvement and support will remain steadfast. I encourage all of you to voice your opinions as to our future. The thoughts, comments and suggestions of the international baseball community are always welcomed and encouraged.


Regards, Riccardo Fraccari



PAST PRESIDENTS
1938 (IBF) Leslie Mann (United States) FEMBA:  1973 to 1974  William Fehring (United States) 
1939 to 1943 Jaime Mariné (Cuba) FEMBA:  1975 Carlos J. García (Nicaragua)
1944 to 1945 (FIBA) Jorge Reyes (Mexico) 1976 to 1979 Manuel González Guerra (Cuba)
1946 to 1947 Pablo Morales (Venezuela) 1981 to 1993 Robert E. Smith (United States)
1948 to 1950 Chale Pereira (Nicaragua) 1993 to 2006 Aldo Notari (Italy)
1951 to 1952 Pablo Morales (Venezuela) 2007 to 2009 Harvey Schiller (United States)
1953 to 1968 Carlos M. Zecca (Costa Rica) 2009 to present Riccardo Fraccari (Italy)
FIBA:  1969 to 1975 (FIBA from 1973 to 1975) Juan Isa (Netherlands Antilles)