Marshall Islands Baseball / Softball Federation
President: Jeimata Nokko Kabua
Secretary General: Albon Ishoda
The Marshall Islands Softball/ Baseball Federation continues to be very active following their silver medal win at the Micronesian Games last year. Both men's and women's softball provided great competition during the First Annual RMI National Games. For the first time, women played under new fast-pitch guidelines. Also, the MISBF developed a second softball field in town.
In preparation for the National Games, Development Officer Ray Brown visited RMI to deliver training for baseball coaching and umpiring. Four participants attained their Level 1 Coaching Accreditation and eight received their Level 1 Umpiring Accreditation. The other National Federations saw how Solidarity Programs can link with major tournaments to develop the capacity of officials, referees and coaches.
Although Ray brought excellent course materials with him for the training, the language barrier was a significant challenge. This has prompted the MISBF to begin translating these materials into Marshallese for future use.
We received Olympic Solidarity funds to purchase much-needed equipment, including pitching machines.
MISBF President Jeimata Nokko Kabua has been very active with the IBAF this year. He attended an IBAF Extraordinary Congress in Beijing, China, and another IBAF Extraordinary Congress in Frankfurt, Germany.
Though there are currently no active adult baseball leagues, one of their recent initiatives is to start a youth little league competition beginning in March. Fast-pitch softball is very popular and has year-round leagues.
In the past ten years they have won medals at the SPG and Micro Games. The men's fast pitch softball won the silver medal at the 2006 Micro Games in Saipan.
They became the 111th full member of IBAF during 2006. This was due in great part to the new relationship they have formed with their IF, specifically Chet Grey and John Ostermeyer, whose diligence and perseverance was remarkable. They are currently in correspondence with Chet Grey to schedule a development officer's visit before the National Games in May.
President Jeimata Kabua and Vice-President Hemly Benjamin have spearheaded a transition from women's slow-pitch to women's fast-pitch, which was recently voted in as the new sport for women. They will be receiving Solidarity funding to strengthen this effort. President Kabua will also be traveling to Beijing for the IBAF Congress in March.