Baseball5 spotlights Malaysian sports channel “Astro Arena” – World Baseball Softball Federation

Members of the five Malaysian baseball teams who participated in WBSC Baseball 5 Youth Asia Cup 2023 In Kuala Lumpur, the players, including captain Iman Ikril, assistant coach Elsa Chew and head coach Winson Low Uiyong, will participate in the weekly sports broadcast on Astro Arena, Malaysia’s first local 24-hour sports channel. He appeared as a guest on the talk show “Heart of the Weekend”.

Malaysia defeated South Korea, Hong Kong/China, India and Singapore to take 4th place in the WBSC Baseball 5 Youth World Cup Qualifier held at the Grand Ballroom last week, but were defeated by China in the semi-finals and South Korea in the 3rd place match. was defeated.

In Malaysia, which is ranked 24th in the world, Baseball 5 is popularized as a sport thanks to excellent activation efforts by Malaysian Softball Association Secretary-General Willeem Ma.

Malaysia hosted Asia Cup Baseball 5 2022 last year as well, but finished in 5th place and missed out on qualifying for the 1st WBSC Baseball 5 World Cup.

Iklil, Chew and Low Wui Yong introduced Baseball5 to the Astro Arena crowd. The sport is gaining popularity in Malaysia and is seen as having the potential to become even bigger due to its appeal as a mixed-gender game.

Coach Loh Ui Yong spoke about the beginnings of Baseball5 in Malaysia and how he and his players got involved in the new field.

“In Malaysia, it is the Softball Association that brought this sport into the country, so the Softball Association is the governing body for Baseball 5 in Malaysia.It is basically between softball and baseball, but there are some “There’s a difference. We have the same four bases as softball and baseball, but we use rubber balls,” said Lowe-Willon.

“I haven’t been a coach for that long. The Malaysian Baseball 5 team was launched in 2019, and the current senior team is the one that played in last year’s Asian Cup, and the junior team is the one that played in the Youth Baseball 5 in 2023. I played in the Asia Cup.”

Iklil and Chew both have softball backgrounds, making the transition to Baseball5 seamless.

“I was a softball player and when I was in the U16s, Coach Winson and Coach Elsa came to my school and selected me for Baseball 5. I was really happy to be selected for the national team. It was good,” Ikril said.

“I was already on the national softball team and participated in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, but since Baseball 5 is under the Softball Association, I don’t have to make many adjustments and have a separate I had no problems adapting to the sport. I was selected for this team because we had already competed in the National Open and coach Winson selected us. I decided to participate,” Chu added.

All noted that Baseball5 has similarities and differences with other fields, but that Baseball5 brings a lot of entertainment, accessibility, and inclusivity.

“It was a little weird the first time I played it because compared to softball where you have a lot of equipment like gloves and all the other equipment, with Baseball5 you just have the ball and it’s so much fun. Because it’s a very fast-paced game,” Ikril said.

“It was a little awkward at first because we come from baseball and softball backgrounds, but the more we practiced, the more we got used to it. After a few days of training, we were able to get used to each other. Ta.”

“Mixed matches are a lot of fun and for us coaches, we can give different strategies and plans to the male and female players. The male players are stronger and faster, so the female players have to catch up. There is,” Chu added.

“There are differences when coaching a mixed team, but the logic of the game is to run and throw to get the batter out, just like in baseball or softball.” There’s no need for someone to pitch or a bat like in softball or softball,” said coach Lou Uiyong.

“In sports where someone throws to another batter, if the pitch is too hard and the batter strikes out, that player may lose interest. In Baseball5, everyone has the chance to hit or run in the area on their own. It’s a great sport that everyone can participate in.”

Low Uiyong said the softball association has played a huge role in the growth of the sport by introducing the sport and conducting clinics at educational institutions across the country and by holding tournaments in high-traffic locations such as shopping malls. He said he is making great efforts.

“Currently, there are not that many Baseball5 clubs, but we are growing them. In my role with the Malaysian Softball Association, I conduct educational sessions and outreach activities across Peninsular Malaysia. Since the pandemic, I have been working in every state. I led many clinics and got to see players from polytechnic, university and state softball teams,” the head coach said.

“From there, more teams emerged until we held the national championship at the Pavilion in Bukit Jalil.”

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