World Cup Baseball
The 8th Women's World Cup, which takes place August 22-31st, will be hosted in the new United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Space Coast Complex, located in Viera, Florida, USA. The facility, previously used as an MLB spring training ground, includes its own broadcast center.
To-date ten of the twelve participating nations have qualified. The Netherlands, the only women's baseball national team in Europe, will, once again, represent the continent.
This will be The Netherlands' 4th consecutive Cup appearance. In 2016, they finished 9th in a field of twelve. During 2014's tournament, they finished last in a field of eight. This was a step backwards from their 7th place finish during their first World Cup in 2012.
New for The Netherlands heading into 2018's competition is the majority of their coaching staff. Olympic baseball player and Manager Eddie Dix, has been replaced along with pitching coach Ramon Rijgersberg and bench coach Marko Winkel. Mark Neville, an American who joined the team for the 2016 Cup, has taken over the position of Manager.
Also attending this year's event will be Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, USA and Venezuela. The remaining slots will be decided at the Pan Am Women's Baseball World Cup Qualifier in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, the week of March 22nd.