The 2014 IBL was on the table at the year ending baseball meetings on Saturday afternoon in Parma, Italy, as the top clubs in Italy that are expected to compete in next year’s IBL were all present to hear exactly how league will be played out in 2014.
It’s going to be an 8 team league with Bologna, Godo, Mastiff, Nettuno, Novara, Parma, Rimini, and San Marino all confirming their presence in the top Italian Baseball League. The scheduling will consist of 2 phases plus a best of 7 finals series. The formula to be used in phase one (4th of April) will see 2 divisions of 4 teams each that will play two games a week and last 10 weeks. In phase 2 the top 2 teams in each division will move onto face off against each other for an additional 6 weeks, playing 3 games a week. The finals will be the 1st and 2nd place teams out of the second phase facing off in a best of 7 series (8th of August to the 23rd of August).
In the 1st phase games will be played on Friday and Saturday evenings, with one game being reserved for Italian pitchers, while other will be the foreigner game. Each participating organization will have 4 visas available, however 7 ‘ASI’ ballplayers must be on the field at all time. In the 2nd phase with 3 games a week schedule; the four remaining clubs will have the possibility to pick up another foreign player in order to help bolster their rosters. Those teams eliminated from phase two play will move on to the Italian Cup where they will play it out for an eventually chance at the 2015 European Champions Cup. An All-Star weekend has also been scheduled for the 11th and 12th of July, along with a mid season break for the European Champions Cup form the 17th to the 21st of June.
The IBL2 has been scratched from the formula. In its place each IBL organization will be obligated to host an Under 21 club.