IBAF updates Men’s and Women’s World Rankings

18/09/2012

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has updated its Men’s and Women’s Baseball World Rankings after the completion of the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup, the I IBAF 15U Baseball World Championship, the XXV IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship and the European Championship.

Japan defended its title at the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada and held on to its top position at the Women’s Baseball World Rankings. They even extended their lead over the United States (153.53) with 200.00 points. Canada moved into a tie for third place with Australia (both 126.66) after winning the bronze medal. The Netherlands made the biggest jump from 12th to 9th thanks to their seventh-place finish and their first victory at a Women’s Baseball World Cup.

Cuba (766.02 points) continues to be at the top of the Men’s Baseball World Rankings. They didn’t participate in the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship in Seoul, Korea, but had a big enough lead to defend first place. However the United States (733.25) reduced the deficit by winning the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship. Other winners of this event in regards of the Men’s Baseball World Rankings were Japan (from 4th to 3rd with 564.42) and Canada (from 6th to 5th with 485.00).

Venezuela (459.63), which won the IBAF 15U Baseball World Championship, moved into 7th place (from 8th). European Championship winner Italy improved to 12th (from 13th, 214.80). Reigning IBAF Baseball World Cup champion Netherlands, which lost in the European Championship finals to Italy and finished in 11th place at the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship dropped from 5th to 6th (476.76).

About the IBAF Baseball Rankings

Under the current system used, points are awarded to member nations based purely on their final position in recognized international tournaments and encompasses a four-year cycle.

Points are awarded according to the following table:

Final position Points awarded
1st 50
2nd 40
3rd 30
4th 15
5th – 2nd-last* Spread evenly between 15 & 1
Last* 1

A multiplier is used in awarding points, based on the prestige of the tournament and the quality of the teams involved. The table below reflects the changes in the international baseball schedule recently approved by the IBAF. Below are the multipliers that will be used beginning in 2012.

World Baseball Classic            6x  (Winner receives 50 points, multiplied by 6 for a total of 300 points)

Premier 12                                  6x

WBC Qualifiers                          *    (Pool winner receives 50 points, 2nd – 40 pts, 3rd – 30 pts, 4th – 15 pts)

21U and 18U                              2x

15U and 12U                              1x

Continental Championships, Continental Qualifiers, and all other IBAF-sponsored events will receive a multiplier based on the number of top-10 teams from the previous year-end rankings that are entered in the tournament. (See below)

1.00× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 3 or more competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

0.75× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 2 competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

0.50× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 1 competing team is in the previous year-end top 10

0.25× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where no competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10