The 3rd Annual Brazilian University Baseball and Softball Championships got underway this past weekend in Ibiúna, São Paulo, at the Yakult baseball facility. 25 baseball teams and 7 softball teams are participating in this year’s championships, which has definitely grown in size and reach, given a number of teams are now coming from of areas outside of São Paulo state, including from such states as Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso do Sul.
The championships are played in 4 rounds over the following 3 months, so the next round is Sept. 17-18 in Ibiúna, then Oct. 22-23 in Ibiúna, and the finals being in Mie Nishe Stadium in São Paulo Nov. 5-6.
The championships are organized by the Confederação Brasileira de Beisebol e Softbol Universitário, or CBBSU, which is a bit of an offshoot from the Brazilian Olympic Committee-sanctioned Confederação Brasileira de Beisebol e Softbol, or CBBS. More information and results of the championships can be found on the CBBSU and CBBS websites.