High school baseball in South Korea

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In Korea, high school baseball (고등학교 야구) is played at a very high level by students who train year round. Unlike in Japan or the U.S. where nearly every high school fields a team, there are only about 60-70[1] Korean high school baseball teams which makes the competition tantamount to an all-star league of Korea's young talent. KBO, MLB and NPB scouts are frequently in attendance at all of the five national high school baseball tournaments.

Competitions[edit]

Five major national tournaments[edit]

The five Big 5 tournaments are the most important high school baseball events of the year in terms of tradition, prize-money awarded, and public attention.

Five Major National Competitions
Competition Host City # of Schools Start Year
Blue Dragon Flag National High School Baseball Championship Seoul 36 1946
Golden Lion Flag National High School Baseball Championship Seoul 36 1947
President's Cup National High School Baseball Tournament Other cities 41 1967
Grand Phoenix Flag National High School Baseball Tournament Other cities 63 1971
KBA President's Flag National High School Baseball Tournament Other cities 63 2013

National tournaments hosted by local cities[edit]

There used to be four lower-level high school baseball events of the year sponsored by local cities. However, these local tournaments have been replaced with the High School Weekend League after the 2010 season.

National Competitions in Local City
Competition Host City # of Team Start Year
Hwarang Flag National High School Baseball Championship Busan 24 1949
Daebung Flag National High School Baseball Championship Daegu 22 1979
Mudeung Flag National High School Baseball Championship Gwangju 22 1994
Michuhol Flag National High School Baseball Championship Incheon 22 2003

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.donga.com/IMAGE/2010/03/12/26790629.1.edit.jpg

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