The steering committee for the Summer Koshien met in Osaka today and decided that the 2018 Summer Koshien will feature a tournament-high fifty-six high schools as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. The decision will be approved during a board of directors meeting on April 26.
Regions that will have with an extra bracket (total two):
Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017
In other related news:
- Brackets for this year’s Summer Koshien will be selected on August 4. The committee decided today that they will go back to setting the schedule for the first three rounds (instead of first two rounds) during initial bracket selections. The committee feels they can improve security assignments if schedules are set before the start of the tournament.
- The 100th Summer Koshien will take place over seventeen days, beginning on August 5, 2018. Bracket selections will be made on August 2.
- The deadline to decide whether or not to introduce tie-break rules to the Spring/Summer Koshien next year is late-November.
Source: Daily Sports 4/19/2017, Daily Sports 4/19/2017, Daily Sports 4/19/2017