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About the Samurai Japan 12U National Team Players and Coaching Staff

8/18/201412U

The 15 players of the "Samurai Japan 12U National Team" (Toshihisa Nishi, coach), who will play in the "8th BFA 12U Asian Championships", held in the Philippines on August 27th, 2014 (Wed), have been decided.

In addition to the referrals of the prefectural branch from the Japan Rubber Baseball Association (JSBB), open recruitment over the Internet for young baseball players was attempted for the first time, and 6 of the 15 players were recruited from the open recruitment.

The team will assemble on August 23rd (Sat), practice at the Jingu Rubber-ball Baseball Ground until the 25th (Mon), and leave for the Philippines on the 26th (Tue).

Samurai Japan 12U National Team Players and Coaching Staff

  Uniform Number Name Throws/Bats Affiliation
Coach 30 Toshihisa Nishi Throws Right/Bats Right  
Coach 29 Takayuki Takahashi Throws Right/Bats Right Toba Baseball Team (Fukui Prefecture)
*Takamadonomiya Cup National School Rubber Baseball Championships
Coach of 2012 Championship Team
Coach 28 Hiroyasu Nishio Throws Right/Bats Right Sone Seiryu Baseball Team (Hyogo Prefecture)
*Takamadonomiya Cup National School Rubber Baseball Championships
Coach of 2013 Championship Team
Pitcher 8 Kota Katekaru Throws Right/Bats Right Hirohata Condors (Hyogo Prefecture)
Pitcher 11 Haruki Monju Throws Right/Bats Right Mutsuai Reds (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Pitcher 12 Hyuma Araki Throws Right/Bats Right Omuta Eagles (Fukuoka Prefecture)
Pitcher 13 Gai Ogawara Throws Right/Bats Left Kazo Dreams (Saitama Prefecture)
Pitcher 14 Ichiro Unoryu * Throws Right/Bats Switch Urayasu Bay Marines (Chiba Prefecture)
Pitcher 15 Tesshin Okamoto * Throws Right/Bats Right Okanoue Tortoises (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Catcher 6 Masayoshi Yamada Throws Right/Bats Left Little Giants (Tokyo Metropolis)
Catcher 9 Kengo Yanagidate * Throws Right/Bats Left Sanyu Stars (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Infielder 1 Shunnosuke Araki Throws Right/Bats Left Neagari Children's Baseball Club (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Infielder 2 Kensei Matsui Throws Right/Bats Left Kazo Dreams (Saitama Prefecture)
Infielder 3 Kazuki Masuda * Throws Right/Bats Right Kumatori Bears (Osaka Prefecture)
Infielder 4 Naoaki Kataigi * Throws Right/Bats Right Nakajuku Fighters (Tokyo Metropolis)
Infielder 10 Yoshiki Shimura Throws Right/Bats Right Oasumi (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Outfielder 5 Shinnosuke Iwamoto Throws Switch/Bats Left Wake Rubber Baseball Club (Ehime Prefecture)
Outfielder 7 Michio Owaki * Throws Left/Bats Left Oyama Fighters (Tokyo Metropolis)

Players with * beside their names were selected from open recruitment

Samurai Japan 12U National Team Players' Roster

Samurai Japan 12U National Team Players' Video

As part of the first attempt to recruit among young baseball players over the Internet, we ran the "Samurai Japan 12U National Joint Tryouts: Digital Challenge".
We are releasing a part of the video that was actually sent to the selected players.

Upcoming Schedule

Domestic Training Camp
Aug 23rd (Sat) Team Assembles
Aug 24th (Sun) Team Practice (Jingu Rubber-ball Baseball Ground)
Spectating Yomiuri Giants vs. Chunichi Dragons (Tokyo Dome)
Aug 25th (Mon) Team Practice and Training Match (Jingu Rubber-ball Baseball Ground)
Samurai Japan 12U National Team Send-off Party
(16:30-17:00 "Sport" Booth in Odaiba New World Dokidoki Land)
Rakuten Card X Samurai Japan 12U National Team Send-off Party
Aug 26th (Tue) Departure for Philippines
8th BFA 12U Asian Championships (*All times are local time)
Aug 27th (Wed) vs. Indonesia (8:30)
Aug 28th (Thu) vs. Philippines (11:00)
Aug 29th (Fri) vs. Singapore (11:00)
Aug 30th (Sat) vs. South Korea (14:00)
Aug 31st (Sun) vs. Chinese Taipei (14:00)
Sep 1st (Mon) Return to Japan, team dismissed

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