Team Report

Samurai Japan Women's National Team starts a training camp in Miyazaki for 6th consecutive champion

February 23, 2018

The first training camp of SAMURAI JAPAN Women's aiming at the sixth straight victory began in Hyuga-shi, Miyazaki in "8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup" (August 22-31 days, Florida, America) on 23rd.

 Menu which Manager Megumi Kitta who became SAMURAI JAPAN first woman director made is hardware from the first day. Try of the end of last year was out, and 29 elected amateurs and six professionals fully sweated in great king Valley exercise park baseball field and storehouse ka Beach disturbance exercise park indoor athletic ground from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dietetics lecture and team meeting were held after the dinner, too, and it was the full first day.

 It was day when color was dark, and collar of Kitta Japan exited. After the warm-up, it is base running practice at the very beginning to have wrestled. As for the manager which acts as World Cup meet technology committee until meeting from meeting in the last time for 12 years, and knows everything about world Women's baseball, it asserts with "base running that first difference appears abroad". This candidate member gathered a lot of players with running power. We blow up image saying "we think that we may not run more than before".

 Director debut and Asian Cup of last year when it was were a chance. We had a hard fight without being cited only in 2 scores by game with Hong Kong although we won all games and won the championship. If "we played simple baseball, we felt when very difficult to deal with. We want to make use of the experience in World Cup. Intention is clear saying we want to make form taking to development of our baseball with what we are about to shake to partner on the run well when we cannot beat.

 We run fast or merely take technical improvement of base running seriously not whether it is late. It is Akihiro Isaka coach who was specialist of base running in classmates of the Ono High School era in the Osaka Gas times of Manager Kitta that we run to the next base for this day one hour, and instructed. We hammered in from basics from how to cut of start to sliding thoroughly. In addition, we gave plain example in meeting and stimulated base running awareness. When try is out and touches 0.17 margin of a second of the first place and the second place of second base arrival time when we measured and "does to distance though we think in no time for 0.17 seconds, it is 1.1 meters. When we are out or think whether it becomes safe, it is big. We called saying we want you to work hard to draw 0.17 seconds by words that player was easy to image.

 In intrasquad game of 6 innings that we performed in the afternoon, clear message of Manager Kitta was put. Signature provided the daringly signature to player who did not bunt in steal, bunt, only three situation of end run by own team. "We think whether consciousness charge account to have to be able to do such a thing (in national team), and not to be able to remain was possible". We can see baseball that Kitta Japan aims at from the words.

 The top called the sixth straight victory to aim at using base running and delicate technique. "Learning" and theme called "communication" play for now camp to become the starting point in the root.

 Manager Kitta aims for team in meeting that held at the lodgings on the previous night; and "advocated "1B of the world" in all. We preached greetings and courtesy, all energy play, team knowledge such as feeling of thankfulness and demanded that we improved human nature from players. It is from thought to want you to become human resources representing Women's baseball world in the future.

 Therefore we do not do this training camp in place of simple sieve. "We finally want you to value learning in that though it is survival camp to become 20 people. We learn on seeing good place of person and, not camp to disparage person, and to push, bring in team. We should be able to connect to approach that Women's baseball improves if we do so. Manager Kitta says, we want you to make such a positive camp.

 Furthermore, we found that we sent own thought to players. When "we said that director is like that, yes, high and player who all hears say and do not think that it is player. We want to talk well together. We preach importance of communication saying one that said how about this improves very much.

 We provided instructions at intrasquad game to perform on 24th on the camp second day that to be oneself, and all the signatures thought and talked about pitch order, and to decide the batting order. You show what kind of game progressing, and players discuss what kind of reflection, and do you raise team power? The growth process is to tell the future of Women's baseball of Japan.

8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup

Overview Players

Meeting Schedule

From August 22, 2018 to August 31


The United States (Florida)

Participating Countries and Regions (provisional)

Group A
United States, Venezuela, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico

Group B
Japan, Canada, Australia, Cuba, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic

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