World University Baseball Championship
The World University Baseball Championship is an international baseball championship for national under-23 teams. It was established in 2002 and was played biannually until it was canceled for 2012 due to lack of teams. It is run by the IBAF and is sponsored by Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU, International University Sports Federation). The FISU had previously sponsored baseball at two Universiades in the early 1990s. The and has been competitive in its first several editions. It has become an outlet for players too old for the Junior World Championships but not yet active on a professional level. Many of the performers have appeared in Major League Baseball, Nippon Pro Baseball or the Cuban National Series.
|2002||Messina, Italy||August 2 - August 11||10||Orelvis Avila||Cuba||United States||Japan|
|2004||Tainan City, Taiwan||July 24 - August 1||7||Ryan Zimmerman||United States||Japan||South Korea|
|2006||La Habana, Cuba||August 6-August 16||11||J.P. Arencibia||United States||Chinese Taipei||Cuba|
|2008||Czech Republic (several sites)||July 17-July 27||7||Blake Smith||United States||Japan||Chinese Taipei|
|2010||Japan (several sites)||July 30-August 7||8||Alfredo Despaigne||Cuba||United States||Japan|
- Bold indicates host nation