Innocent Kurira, Sports Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Baseball Association (ZBA) is in the process of introducing a new format of the sport known as baseball5.
Baseball5 is a fast-paced youth-focused urban discipline and small-sided version of baseball or softball.
The sport is presently being introduced to stakeholders in the country.
According to ZBA president Morris Banda, the association has shifted focus to promoting baseball5, which is easier to play and does not need expensive equipment
“Baseball5 was first established by the World Baseball Softball Confederation in 2017. It is a five aside game (three male plus two female players) played over five innings. It is a street version of baseball or softball that requires virtually no equipment and can be played anywhere,” Banda said.
Baseball5 has been included in the sports programme of the Youth Olympic Games Dakar in 2022.
“We are working on a plan to promote the game as an alternative to baseball and softball during this time and post Covid-19. We have over 40 coaches from baseball and softball that were trained in baseball5 last year. Shepherd Sibanda (in Bulawayo) is an instructor with WBSC and will lead the promotion of baseball5 in Zimbabwe with John Madziro (in Harare),” said Banda.