Wednesday, March 20, 2013

IBAF Sanctioned Competitions

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In July 2012, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) announced the expansion of the IBAF World Rankings platform, thereby making it possible for IBAF's National Federations to generate additional points in IBAf-approved ("sanctioned") competitions that would be calculated in the IBAF Men’s and Women’s Baseball World Rankings.

After reviewing and ensuring proper protocol be followed based upon the IBAF instructions, the official sanctioning of IBAF would be given to organizers of events with the implications on the Baseball World Rankings.

In accordance with Ch. 6, Art. 63 and 64 of the IBAF Statutes, any international competition between one (1) or more National Teams or club governed by the National Federation must have the prior sanctioning by the relevant Continental Confederation(s) and the IBAF. The scope of such international competitions must be communicated to the Continental Confederations in respective areas and the International Baseball Federation Headquarters.

Only those games that strictly involve only IBAF National Federation Members' “National Teams” can have IBAF rankings implications.

The IBAF will only sanction competitions outside IBAF Baseball World Cups if the National Federation (Host) properly communicatea to the IBAF and files the necessary application form.

Procedures to apply for IBAF sanction to exhibition/friendly games:
1. Ranking Points to be awarded
A win over a top 10-team is worth 20 points
A win over a team from 11th - 20th is worth 10 points
A win over a team from 21st - 30th is worth 5 points
A win over a team outside the top 30 is worth 2 points
2. Communication to the IBAF and its Confederations
Contact IBAF headquarters and its Confederations and apply for the IBAF sanction in writing on an organizational letterhead.
3. Details to be requested
In addition to informing IBAF and confederations of the intention to hold international matches, those seeking for IBAF sanction will be requested to provide the details of;

<One month prior to the scheduled games>

- Date/schedule
- Venue(s)
- Names of Teams in question
<Post games, immediately after the game conclusion>
- Game reports in English or Spanish
- Few high quality photos of game action in JPEG format (Resolution of each photo shall be 800 x 640 or 400 x 320 Pixels)
4. IBAF Recognition
On organizers media outlets (website, broadcasting, media backdrop, printed materials such as official program, tickets, accreditation cards, newspapers etc., if any) it is also requested to include IBAF recognition (Logo and word "IBAF Sanction") and produce one IBAF banner to be placed on fences at fields for the IBAF sanctioned games. This banner can be detachable and does not necessarily need to be permanently installed on the fences. Data files will be provided upon request based on the dimensions available and NFs must use the provided layouts for printing and placement of IBAF logo and banner.

The costs of printing and installing the banner shall be at the expense of those seeking for IBAF sanction.

For more information, contact the IBAF Office at