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[8/1/2015] 97th Summer Koshien News and Notes

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 2:37 pm, under High School, Summer Koshien
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The Summer Koshien will be starting a little earlier than usual because of the U18 Baseball World Cup. Due to the earlier schedule, schools will not be given their usual thirty minutes of practice time on the field. They will instead be given fifteen minutes to check the field.

Source: Daily Sports 8/1/2015, Daily Sports 8/1/2015

Waseda Jitsugyo and Kanto Daiichi swapped hotels because of security issues. Waseda Jitsugyo was originally scheduled to stay at Koshien Hotel Yudachiso, but tournament organizers decided it would be best if they swapped places with Kanto Daiichi and stayed at Miyako Hotel New Archaic in Amagasaki. Koshien Hotel Yudachiso is about a five minute walk from Koshien Stadium and there were concerns about what fans might do if they knew Waseda Jitsugyo prospect Kotaro Kiyomiya was walking to and from the stadium to his hotel.

By bus, the Miyako Hotel New Archaic is about a twenty minutes away from Koshien Stadium.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2015, Sponichi 8/1/2015

[8/1/2015] 97th Summer Koshien: List of participating high schools

by on Aug.01, 2015 @ 8:18 am, under High School, Summer Koshien
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北海道 - Hokkaido
北北海道
Kita Hokkaido
白樺学園
Shirakaba Gakuen
3(4)
南北海道
Minami Hokkaido
北海
Hokkai
36(4)
東北 - Tohoku
青森
Aomori
三沢商
Misawa Shogyo
2(29)
岩手
Iwate
花巻東
Hanamaki Higashi
8(2)
宮城
Miyagi
仙台育英
Sendai Ikuei
25(2)
秋田
Akita
秋田商
Akita Shogyo
18(2)
山形
Yamagata
鶴岡東
Tsuruoka Higashi
4(4)
福島
Fukushima
聖光学院
Seiko Gakuin
12[9]
関東 - Kanto
茨城
Ibaraki
霞ケ浦
Kasumigaura
1(0)
栃木
Tochigi
作新学院
Sakushin Gakuin
11[5]
群馬
Gunma
高崎健康福祉大高崎
Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Daigaku Takasaki
3[2]
埼玉
Saitama
花咲徳栄
Hanasaki Tokuharu
3(4)
千葉
Chiba
専大松戸
Senshu Daigaku Matsudo
1(0)
東東京
Higashi Tokyo
関東第一
Kanto Daiichi
6(5)
西東京
Nishi Tokyo
早実
Waseda Jitsugyo
29(5)
神奈川
Kanagawa
東海大相模
Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Sagami
10[2]
山梨
Yamanashi
東海大甲府
Tokai Daigaku Fuzoku Kofu
13[2]
北信越 - Hokushinetsu
新潟
Niigata
中越
Chuetsu
9(12)
富山
Toyama
高岡商
Takaoka Shogyo
17(7)
石川
Ishikawa
遊学館
Yugakkan
6(3)
福井
Fukui
敦賀気比
Tsuruga Kehi
7[2]
長野
Nagano
上田西
Ueda Nishi
2(2)
東海 - Tokai
岐阜
Gifu
岐阜城北
Gifu Johoku
3(14)
静岡
Shizuoka
静岡
Shizuoka
24[2]
愛知
Aichi
中京大中京
Chukyo Daigaku Fuzoku Chukyo
27(5)
三重
Mie
津商
Tsu Shogyo
1(0)
近畿 - Kinki
滋賀
Shiga
比叡山
Hieizan
8(16)
京都
Kyoto
鳥羽
Toba
6(15)
大阪
Osaka
大阪偕星学園
Osaka Kaisei Gakuen
1(0)
兵庫
Hyogo
滝川二
Takigawa Daini
4(3)
奈良
Nara
天理
Tenri
27(3)
和歌山
Wakayama
智弁和歌山
Chiben Wakayama
21(3)
中国 - Chugoku
鳥取
Tottori
鳥取城北
Tottori Johoku
4(2)
島根
Shimane
石見智翠館
Iwami Chisuikan
9(2)
岡山
Okayama
岡山学芸館
Okayama Gakugeikan
1(0)
広島
Hiroshima
広島新庄
Hiroshima Shinjo
1(0)
山口
Yamaguchi
下関商
Shimonoseki Shogyo
9(20)
四国 - Shikoku
香川
Kagawa
藤井学園寒川
Fujii Gakuen Sangawa
2(6)
徳島
Tokushima
鳴門
Naruto
10[4]
愛媛
Ehime
今治西
Imabari Nishi
13(3)
高知
Kochi
明徳義塾
Meitoku Gijuku
17[6]
九州 - Kyushu
福岡
Fukuoka
九州国際大付
Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzuoku
6[2]
佐賀
Saga
龍谷
Ryukoku
3(20)
長崎
Nagasaki
創成館
Sohseikan
1(0)
熊本
Kumamoto
九州学院
Kyushu Gakuin
8(5)
大分
Oita
明豊
Meiho
5(4)
宮崎
Miyazaki
宮崎日大
Miyazaki Nihon Daigaku
2(18)
鹿児島
Kagoshima
鹿児島実
Kagoshima Jitsugyo
18(5)
沖縄
Okinawa
興南
Konan
10(5)

Key

  • (n) = First time in n years
  • [x] = xth straight year

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[7/27/2015] Two Yanagigaura High School players caught driving a bus without a license

by on Jul.27, 2015 @ 1:53 pm, under High School

The media learned that five players on the Yanagigaura High School baseball team snuck out of the team dormitory at night on June 8. Two third-year students then took a bus parked on the school grounds for a ride without a proper license. The school was issued a stern warning by the Japan High School Baseball Federation.

According to school officials, the two students drove a bus belonging to the soccer team several dozen meters at around 1:00am on June 8. The bus was left unlocked with the keys inside because there were plans to use it early in the morning. The dormitory supervisor caught the students after hearing the sounds of the bus.

The two students were issued indefinite suspensions. The three other students that watched and did nothing to stop the two were given two-week suspensions.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2015

Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments [7/17/2015]

by on Jul.17, 2015 @ 7:29 pm, under High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Friday  to determine punishments for the following cases:

High School

Game Suspensions

峡南(山梨)
Kyonan (Yamanashi)
部員の部内暴力
Violence within the club
7月2日から3カ月
Three months beginning on July 2
長尾(大阪=軟式)
Nagao (Osaka, rubber baseball)
部員の飲酒、喫煙
Drinking, smoking
5月15日から3カ月
Three months beginning on May 15

Suspensions

渥美農(愛知)の副部長
Atsumi Nogyo (Aichi) vice director
交通事故
Car accident
6月17日から1カ月
One month beginning on June 17
大村工(長崎)の監督
Omura Kogyo (Nagasaki) manager
部内暴力、報告遅れ
Violence, delayed report
6月24日から1カ月
One month beginning on June 24
今治南(愛媛)の部長
Imabari Minami (Ehime) director
部内暴力
Violence
7月13日から1カ月
One month beginning on July 13

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Source: Jiji Press 7/17/2015

[7/5/2015] JHBF: High School Baseball Population Figures and more

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 6:03 pm, under High School
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The Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) released high school baseball population figures on June 29. Member schools dropped for the tenth straight year. The population continues to fluctuate somewhere between 166,000 and 170,000. Below is a chart that covers figures from 2006 to 2015. Additional information, including breakdowns by region/prefecture, can be found at the official JHBF site. Charts for the high school rubber baseball population can also be found at the site. Links are provided below the chart.

High School Baseball Population (Hard Baseball)

Year First
Year
Second
Year
Third
Year
Total Member
Schools
Avg Ret
Rate
2006 61,952 53,793 50,569 166,314 4,242 39.2 81.3
2007 64,117 53,490 50,894 168,501 4,192 40.2 81.4
2008 62,524 55,832 50,942 169,298 4,163 40.7 82.2
2009 61,202 54,984 53,263 169,449 4,132 41.0 83.1
2010 61,935 54,183 52,370 168,488 4,115 40.9 83.8
2011 59,650 55,291 51,984 166,925 4,090 40.8 84.9
2012 61,312 53,678 53,154 168,144 4,071 41.3 85.8
2013 59,570 55,751 51,767 167,088 4,048 41.3 86.8
2014 61,265 55,246 53,801 170,312 4,030 42.3 87.7
2015 58,681 56,774 53,443 168,898 4,021 42.0 89.7

Source: official announcement, official chart (hard baseball), official chart (rubber baseball)

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The JHBF announced on July 4 that the number of high schools participating in regional tournaments for the 97th Summer Koshien dropped by eleven to 3,906. The number of participating schools peaked at 4,163 in 2002 (84th Summer Koshien) and 2003 (85th Summer Koshien) and have continually dropped. The total number of schools has not broken 4,000 since 2012 (94th Summer Koshien).

Source: Sponichi 7/4/2015

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High schools were officially allowed to provide baseball scholarships on a three-year trial, beginning in 2012. The JHBF suggests up to five per grade each year. The JHBF's research committee checked on the 1,952 scholarship students that graduated this year and found that none of the 457 schools taking advantage of the program gave out more than five scholarships. They also received positive feedback on the program and decided to renew the trial for another three years. The research committee will conduct another review in 2018.

Year Schools Students
2013 464 1,966
2014 459 1,931

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2015, Jiji Press 5/22/2015

[7/2/2015] 88th Spring Koshien: thirty-two school to compete

by on Jul.03, 2015 @ 1:55 am, under High School, Spring Koshien
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The steering committee for the 88th Spring Koshien met in Osaka on July 2 and officially decided that thirty-two schools will be competing in the tournament next year (no changes from this year).

  • Regular slots (28): Hokkaido (1), Tohoku (2), Kanto/Tokyo (6), Tokai (2), Hokushinetsu (2), Kinki (6), Chugoku/Shikoku (5), Kyushu (4)
  • Special slots (4): Twenty-first Century (3), Jingu Tournament (1)

Source: Sponichi 7/2/2015

[6/26/2015] Saga Higashi: second year players will not be allowed to participate in upcoming tournament

by on Jun.26, 2015 @ 1:46 pm, under High School

Saga Higashi High School announced on June 25 that they will not be registering second year players for the Saga tournament that begins on July 11 because they uncovered physical abuse among players.

According to school officials, a male advisor caught sight of a second year player punching and kicking a first year player in the shoulder and knee earlier this month on the 6th. The incident was reported to the Saga Baseball Federation on the same day.

The male advisor later questioned team members to see if there were other incidents. He learned that between last month and June 6, four second year players hit nine first year players in the shoulder and back as punishment for bad attitudes during practices or poor use of words.

The Japan High School Baseball Federation issued the high school a stern warning, dated June 17, and advised that they not register any second year players.

Source: Jiji Press 6/25/2015, Sponichi 6/25/2015

Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments [6/18/2015]

by on Jun.18, 2015 @ 10:50 pm, under College, High School
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The Japan Student Baseball Association met on Thursday to determine punishments for the following cases:

University

Suspensions

愛知学院大の部長
Aichi Gakuin University director
部員のいじめの報告遅れ
Delayed report on bullying
6月10日から3カ月
Three months beginning on June 10

High School

Game Suspensions

綾部(京都)
Ayabe (Kyoto)
部員のいじめ
Bullying
5月14日から7月10日
From May 14 until July 10
諏訪清陵(長野)
Suwa Seiryo (Nagano)
部員のいじめ
Bullying
5月8日から1カ月
One month beginning on May 8
三重総合(大分)
Mie Sogo (Oita)
部員のいじめ
Bullying
6月1日から7月4日
From June 1 until July 4
東日本国際大昌平(福島)
Higashi Nippon Kokusai Daigaku Shohei
部員の喫煙
Smoking
6月1日から1カ月
One month beginning on June 1

Suspensions

岐阜工(岐阜)のコーチ
Gifu Kogyo (Gifu) coach
暴力
Violence
5月19日から6カ月
Six months beginning on May 19
岐阜東(岐阜)の監督
Gifu Higashi (Gifu) manager
暴言
Violent language
5月1日から3カ月
Three months beginning on May 1

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Source: Jiji Press 6/18/2015

[6/8/2015] Two hour delay for Day 2 of All Japan University Championships (Jingu games only)

by on Jun.09, 2015 @ 12:41 am, under College, High School
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The All Japan University Baseball Federation announced on June 8 that the second day of the All Japan University Championships will begin two hours later than originally scheduled for games at Jingu Stadium because of rain. Games times will be as follows: Game 1 at 11:00, Game 2 at 13:30, and Game 3 at 16:00. Start times for the games at Tokyo Dome remain unchanged.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2015

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The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced that the National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament will begin on August 22 and end on August 26, assuming no rain. The games will be played at Akashi Tocalo Baseball Stadium and Takasago Baseball Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 6/8/2015

[5/29/2015] High school player dies while running

by on May.30, 2015 @ 11:31 am, under High School

The media learned on May 29 that a student on the Chikuyo Gakuen High School baseball team died after he bumped into another teammate and fell. According to school officials, the incident took place on May 22 at around 8:00pm when a first-year student bumped into a teammate while running on the school grounds and fell. He was not conscious when he was taken to the hospital and died the following day. The teammate did not suffer any injuries. No other information is currently available.

Source: Sponichi 5/29/2015