Back in 2018, during a mid-morning sweltering heat, women from all over Malaysia gathered in University Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) baseball field bathed in a shimmering sheen to create history, not just for the game in the country but for the empowerment of women in sports.
Despite a lack of fanfare or publicity for this particular event, a total of 40 or so women turned up for this milestone try-out in order to create history as they attempt to qualify for the country’s first women’s national baseball team. It was also in 2018 that the Women Baseball Malaysia (WBM) organisation was established.
Everything You Need To Know About Women Baseball Malaysia
The WBM is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of the Baseball Federation of Malaysia (BFM). The organisation has espoused a mission similar to the BFM where it promotes the sport of baseball in Malaysia while also providing a dedicated platform in order to elevate the status of the sport in the country.
More importantly, the WBM’s goal is to provide a resource to advance the liberty and well-being of Malaysian women and girls, particularly in baseball as well as sports in general.
In particular, the WBM’s efforts have fringed on allowing women and the new generation of girls to fully experience the many benefits of playing baseball but sports in general such as improved confidence, greater health, employment opportunities, and academic success.
Indeed, women baseball is not a new concept as its history can be traced back as early as the mid-1800s in the United States of America (USA).
Currently, the most well-established women’s baseball leagues and rosters are in the USA, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Cuba, Hong Kong, and Canada. And the WBM intends to emulate the success of said countries as its long-term goal.WBM had its very first meeting at BFM’s office in 2018 to lay out plans for the development of a successful women’s and girl’s baseball programme in Malaysia. And in 2019, the BFM via WBM made strides towards this direction by forging a cooperative relationship with the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association. This was one of the key steps in advancing the development of women’s baseball in both Malaysia and the Philippines.
The timing of this breakthrough could not have come at a more perfect moment as following this announcement, women’s baseball was featured for the first time in history in the 2019 Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) in the Philippines from 30th November to 11th December 2019.From thereon, efforts to supplement the growth of the women’s baseball scene in Malaysia have been going steady and the WBM is looking forward to our women’s national team finally securing a medal.
Realising that there was an opportunity for exponential growth, the WBM has also crafted sponsorship packages that will hopefully encourage women and girls from all age groups and races to join the organisation in developing women’s baseball in Malaysia. At the same time, the organisation also hopes to secure its foothold in the scene by increasing awareness and driving excitement towards the brand.