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[3/6/2014] JSBA releases list of newest former players to earn coaching licenses

by on Mar.06, 2014 @ 10:45 am, under College, High School

The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) released an updated list of former players that have earned coach licenses through the new training program.  208 names were released during the first round on January 20.  225 additional names were released on Tuesday.  Of the 468 former players that took the training course, 433 applied for licenses.  Reviews for the remaining thirty-five former players will be scheduled when/if they submit applications.

Meio High School in Akita announced on Wednesday that Shigeru Yagi, among the group listed in January, will take over as manager on March 14.

Source: official list, Jiji Press 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014

[UPDATE @ 10:49am]

Hiroshi Toyama and Yasuhiro Hagiwara were accidentally left off the original list released by the JSBA on Tuesday.  The list was updated on Wednesday.  The total stands at 435.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2014

[UPDATE 4/9 @ 4:55pm]

Twenty JSBA added twenty more names to the list of former players that earned certificates through their training program.  There are now 455 names on the list.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

[3/3/2014] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League Ticket Price Changes

by on Mar.03, 2014 @ 6:27 pm, under College

Seating Area Old New
Special Infield Seat
1,300 yen 1,500 yen
Infield Seat
1,100 yen 1,300 yen
Student Infield Seat
800 yen 800 yen
Outfield Seat
700 yen 800 yen
Oen Seat
500 yen 500 yen
Family Seat (5 people)
7,500 yen 8,500 yen
Family Seat (4 people)
6,000 yen 6,800 yen
Family Seat (2 people)
3,000 yen 3,400 yen
Pair Seat (2 people)
3,000 yen 3,400 yen

* formerly 特別指定席 Special Reserved Seat


  • Infield and Outfield Seats are free for kids through elementary school.
  • Student Infield Seats are good for junior high school, high school, and university students.
  • Outfield Seats are free for women, large junior high school student groups, and people sixty-five and older.
  • The changes were made ahead of the scheduled consumption tax hike in April.

More information can be found at the league's official ticket information page.

[2/25/2014] Hatta, Ohashi reappointed chairmen of JSBA, JUBF; Waseda University to hold workouts in Los Angeles

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:35 am, under College, High School

The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) and the All Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) announced held meetings on Tuesday.  Eiji Hatta and Hideitsu Ohashi were reappointed as chairmen of the JSBA and JUBF, respectively.  Both terms last two years.

NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Hatta, Ohashi, and Japan High School Baseball Federation chairman Takayasu Okushima after the meetings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014


The Waseda University baseball team will be in Los Angeles from February 28 until March 7 for spring workouts.


Date Description Time Location
2/28 Arrival
Los Angeles Camp Day 1
  Urban Youth Academy
3/01 Los Angeles Camp Day 2 10:00 Urban Youth Academy
3/02 Los Angeles Camp Day 3 13:00 Dodgers Stadium
3/03 Los Angeles Camp Day 4
Exhibition Game - University of Southern California
18:00 USC
3/04 Los Angeles Camp Day 5
Exhibition Game - University of California Santa Barbara
14:00 UCSB
3/05 Los Angeles Camp Day 6
Exhibition Game - University of California Los Angeles
18:00 UCLA
3/06 Los Angeles Camp Day 7   Urban Youth Academy
3/07 Departure    

Source: official announcement

[2/9/2014] Coaching License Program, Coach Training Seminar

by on Feb.10, 2014 @ 6:10 am, under College, High School

The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) held their fourth Coaching License Program over the weekend in Osaka.  Kimiyasu Kudo was among the 101 former players that attended the session.

2013 Coaching License Program:

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2014, Sports Hochi 2/9/2014


The first day of the Pro Yakyu Coach Training Seminar took place in Tokyo on Saturday.   The seminar is a part of the NPB's Official Coaching Certification Program and is geared toward providing former players that have taken and passed the Coaching License Program with information about how to improve their skills as coaches.  Seventy-three former players are taking the three-day seminar in Tokyo.

First Pro Yakyu Coach Training Seminar

  • Tokyo Session - February 8-10
  • Osaka Session - February 21-23

Source: Sponichi 2/8/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014, official annoucement

[1/31/2014] Samurai Japan, Coaching License Program

by on Feb.01, 2014 @ 5:28 am, under College, High School, Samurai Japan

The 1st Samurai Japan Summit will take place in Okinawa on February 10.  Various officials with connections to Samurai Japan, including Hiroki Kokubo (Samurai Japan top team manager), Hirotami Kojima (Samurai Japan amateur team manager), and Yoshinobu Suzuki (Baseball Federation of Japan vice president), will attend the summit to discuss the 2014 schedule and a number of other issues, like methods to improve the national teams at all levels.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 1/31/2014


The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) held their portion of the High School/University Coaching License Program on Friday.  A total 138 (Daily Sports) or 131 (Nikkan Sports) former professional players attended the course, including Don Nomura, Masato Yoshii, Soichi Fujita, Norihiro Komada, Katsumi Hirosawa, and Kazumi Takahashi.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2014

Sessions that have taken place so far:

[UPDATE 2/2 @ 3:06am]

The JSBA's fourth session will take place on the 7th and 8th in Osaka.  Former players that complete both the NPB and JSBA portions of the Coaching License Program will be able to apply for a license.  The application review committee is scheduled to meet on March 4.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014, Sponichi 2/1/2014

[1/21/2014] Norovirus hits members of the Matsumoto University baseball team

by on Jan.22, 2014 @ 3:27 am, under College

Matsumoto University in Nagano announced on Tuesday that twenty students on the baseball team living in a dormitory complained of nausea.  Seven of the students were diagnosed with the Norovirus.  The university pointed to a meal served at the dormitory as the cause.

According to Nagano Prefecture, on the evening of the 15th, thirty-one students ate Saba-no Misoni (a cooked mackerel dish) and Rei Shabu Salad (cold pork salad) for dinner.  Of the thirty-one students that ate the meal, twenty felt sick on the morning of the 16th.  The Norovirus was also found in fecal matter taken from a cook at the dormitory.

Source: Sponichi 1/21/2014

[1/21/2014] JUBF names coaches for 2014 National University Team

by on Jan.21, 2014 @ 10:45 pm, under College

The All Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) selected Asia University Manager Tsutomu Ikuta, Tokai University Manager Hiroki Yokoi, and Kyushu Sangyo University Manager Tetsuya Okubo to the coaching staff for the 2014 National University Team.  They will hold the positions for one year.  Meiji University Manager Tatsuya Yoshinami will remain manager.

Source: Sanspo 1/21/2014

[1/20/2014] NPB Executive Committee Meeting; High School/University Coaching Licenses

by on Jan.21, 2014 @ 1:37 am, under College, High School, NPB

The NPB held an executive committee meeting in Tokyo on Monday.   Among the items discussed/decided:

  • The Yakult Swallows gave an update on Wladimir Balentien.
  • The subcommittee placed in charge of proposing reforms by going over governance issues outlined by the third party panel that investigated changes made to the standard baseball provided a report on their progress.  A more detailed discussion will take place during a special owner meeting in April.
  • Investigation/Arbitration Committee -- Lawyer Motonari Otsuru (58) was named the new chairman, Certified Public Accountant Yoshitaka Kato (54) and former Yakult Swallow Shinya Miyamoto (43) were added as new members.
  • Updates to the Central and Pacific League Agreement were approved.  Changes include specifications for the standard baseball's coefficient of restitution (from 0.4134-0.4374 to 0.4034-0.4234) and replays on close plays on baseballs caught up against the outfield wall.

Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2014Sports Hochi 1/20/2014Asahi Shimbun 1/20/2014


The Japan Student Baseball Association's (JSBA) Credentials Committee met on Monday and reviewed applications for former professional baseball players that were interested in coaching at the high school and university level.  The committee went over 228 applications and passed 208.

Applicants that passed that wish to coach at the high school level will have to provide the Japan High School Baseball Federation with a list of regions they want to work in.  Their names will then be listed at each of the individual regional federation websites.  Schools interested in hiring the applicant can negotiate with them directly.  Applicants interested in coaching at the university level will be listed at the All Japan University Baseball Federation website.

Source: official announcementSponichi 1/20/2014

[UPDATE 1/21 @ 10:50pm]

To clarify, 228 people took the training courses offered by the NPB and the JSBA.  Of the 228 people that took the training courses, 208 submitted applications for their licenses (so this was not an issue of passing as I originally wrote above).  If the remaining twenty people submit applications for their licenses, they will have to wait until the next review on March 4.