Team Report

Arrival at SAMURAI JAPAN Women's camp launching night game & artificial turf measures

July 3, 2018

"SAMURAI JAPAN Women's aiming at the sixth straight victory hit training camp in 8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup (August 22-31 days, Florida, America) in HARD OFF ECO stadium Niigata on 3rd.

 Practice which was the last before visit to the United States cut three hours for fielding practice and rundown play, defense including check from 8:30 a.m. Five days when we raised precision of playing according to a manager's signal and served as night game and artificial turf measures. Manager Megumu Kitta who completed safely, thanks to "people who supported with each player, was able to finish substantial camp. To be frank, we thought of expression that we were relieved at saying it is too good.

 By night game measures, we planned thorough calling between players. There was scene failing to catch ordinary infield fly in Warm-up Game on last month 30 once, but speaks mistake afterwards. "It is turned on and becomes hard to see the beginning of lighting, but Akiko Shimura coach tells, it is important to speak whether oneself goes who goes". Manager Kitta attached standard mark saying "we think that calling improved and was in love".

 Artificial turf measures advance steadily, too.

 By fielding practice of this day, one bound throw showed a lot of outfielder, infielder, catchers together. In consideration of characteristic of artificial turf, the leaders recommended one bound throw for the speed and accuracy from the first. It penetrated in five days so that Katsuhiko Kido head coach gave "one van baseball" and to voice unintentionally on that day.

 One bound is to throw a ball and raises possibility to prevent Run. The Ayaka Deguchi captain to protect protected scene, second base which assumed 1B, third base one step than normal middle defense behind. With no bounds always throws a ball to home base by two-step, but one bound throws a ball in one grade quickly this time. "One bound throw is different in both how to use and way of being tired of body. Hit zone of partner becomes small as much as throw is stable and can protect behind. Saying is very good; as for spoke of the good touch saying was.

 It is backhand catch that the leaders recommend with one bound throw. "You take to slip on Sat, and to catch, but you step finely and should catch as foot stops with artificial turf without slipping. We recommend catching by backhand catch without being going to enter in the front forcibly saying there cannot be so irregular. We performed consciousness charge account by toss blow of this day again.

 It is mound of unprecedented artificial turf in Japan to be worry. Ayami Sato pitcher (Dione) just tried warm-up pitch in state that laid artificial turf to the bull pen during camp. "We cannot get (the left foot to embark on) with ba, but seem to be all right other than it. But step of bunt processing must be careful. We seem to go with zuru when we go to enter ball in a hurry. In any case, we talked after going to the field.

 We did all what we could assume in the first last camp that 20 national team members performed all together in the country. Is artificial turf of game venue after go to the United States afterward; of the batted ball jump, and confirm way of sliding at the time of and sliding, and cope. We plan practice of cushion ball processing after the arrival in approximately 80 meters of the left and the right flanks other than the main Stadium.

 Manager Kitta gave player homework in meeting of the completion saying "write possible worst-case scenario in notebook at meeting". We do not know what kind of accident happens at meeting to be held in enemy land. It assumes the worst case, and it is aim that even what kind of situation has you wear boldness to be able to fight by thinking about method to deal with it.

Manager called saying "we will do our best individually to send Women's baseball with feeling to win 6 consecutively from world and Japan" to player. Finally, we hit Niigata camp by one of the Deguchi captains tightening.

8th WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup

Overview Players

Meeting Schedule

From August 22, 2018 to August 31

Opening round

The Wednesday, August 22 23:00 Japan 8-0 Dominican Republic
Thursday, August 23 23:00 0-23, Hong Kong Japan
Saturday, August 25 7:00 Japan 2-1 Canada
Sunday, August 26 7:00 Cuba 1-4 Japan
Monday, August 27 7:00 Japan 5-1 Australia
※The start time Japan time (Florida: at time difference -13 time)

Super Round

The Wednesday, August 29 7:00 Japan 3-0 United States
Thursday, August 30 2:00 Japan 2-1 Chinese Taipei
Thursday, August 30 22:00 Japan 10-0 Venezuela
※The start time Japan time (Florida: at time difference -13 time)


Saturday, September 1, 2018 7:00 Japan 6-0 Chinese Taipei
※The start time Japan time (Florida: at time difference -13 time)


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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