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WBSC reveals Olympic Baseball, Softball rules and regulations

WBSC reveals Olympic Baseball, Softball rules and regulations
05/07/2021
The Tokyo Olympic Softball event will run from 21-27 July, while the Tokyo Olympic Baseball event will be staged from 28 July to 7 August.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has published the Official Olympic Baseball and Softball tournament regulations that will govern the respective events at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Key Tokyo 2020 Olympic Baseball regulations include:  

  • Official Baseball Rules
  • 9-inning regulation games
  • 24-player rosters
  • Speed-up: 20-second clock between pitches
  • Designated hitter allowed
  • Managers Challenge and Umpire Video Review
  • Extra-inning tie-breaker: Inning starts with runners on first and second base
  • Run-difference Rule ("mercy rule"): 15+/5th inning and 10+/7th inning
  • Official Ball: SSK WBSC 540

The Tokyo Olympic Baseball event will be staged from 28 July to 7 August, with baseball's world No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Korea, No. 4 USA, No. 5 Mexico, No. 7 Dominican Republic and No. 24 Israel.

Key Tokyo 2020 Olympic Softball regulations include:

  • Official Softball Rules
  • 15-player rosters
  • 7-inning regulation games
  • Two first-base bags to avoid collisions (dedicated bag added inside the running lane)
  • Speed-up: 20-second clock between pitches
  • Designated player allowed
  • Extra-inning tie-breaker: Inning starts with a runner on second base
  • Run-Ahead Rule ("mercy rule"): 15+/3rd inning, 10+/4th inning and 7+/5th and 6th inning
  • Official Ball: Mizuno 150

The Tokyo Olympic Softball event will run from 21-27 July, with softball's world No. 1 USA, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Canada, No. 5 Mexico, No. 8 Australia and No. 9 Italy.

Olympic Baseball and Softball openers will be held at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium, while Yokohama Stadium will serve as the main venue.

Tokyo 2020 – Olympic Baseball
Tokyo 2020 – Olympic Softball