18U World Cup Dates Released

The International Baseball Federation announced Sunday that the 2013 18-and-under World Cup will be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 8 in Taichung, Taiwan. This will be Taiwan’s third time hosting the World Cup—formerly known as the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships—with the last time coming in 2004 when Cuba defeated Japan in the gold medal game.

Team USA won the gold medal in the 2012 18U World Championships by beating Canada. Shortstop Christian Arroyo (Hernando HS, Brooksville, Fla.) was named the tournament MVP while catcher Reese McGuire (Kentwood HS, Covington, Wash.) won USA Baseball’s Dick Case player of the year award.

IBAF has contacted national federations with eligible teams and asked them to confirm their participation by March 11.