Hosei University Held Tokyo Big6 Baseball League Cheering Program

May 28, 2014

On Saturday, May 10, the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League Cheering Program, an extracurricular education program organized by the Hosei University Student Center was held at Jingu Stadium.

120 people applied to join this program, which is intended to promote contact between freshmen, upper-class students and overseas students through cheering in support of Hosei University’s sports teams.

The Hosei University Oendan (an all-male cheerleading club) coached participants in advance of the game, and Tosei-kai, a cheerleading circle for Hosei University’s sports teams, encouraged participants who had never cheered sports teams to actively take part in the cheering during the game. Students attending the ERP (*1) also participated in the program to support overseas students.

Prior to the game, teachers of the ESOP (*2) provided a study session mainly for overseas students where they learned the history of Japanese university baseball leagues and translated Hosei University’s official song into English. These preparations enabled overseas students to sing the university song together with other students.

*1 ERP: English Reinforcement Program organized by the Global Human Resource Development Center
*2 ESOP: Exchange Students from Overseas Program

Reports on the program by students

I participated in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League Cheering Program because I wanted to communicate with overseas students. In addition, I like the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League and wanted to help them to learn about it. In the program, each Japanese student was paired with an overseas student and they cheered the Hosei University baseball team together. Although a study session was provided prior to the game, explaining the rules of baseball to overseas students was still a little difficult for me. However, I believe that I could tell them what I wanted them to know. The overseas students seemed to be surprised at first at the costume of the male cheerleaders of the oendan and that students would stand up and sing the university song to cheer the baseball team, but they eventually started to enjoy cheering themselves. I was happy to see the overseas students enjoy a Tokyo Big6 Baseball League game. The program gave me an opportunity to communicate with overseas students and make new friends through the cheering. It was a good experience for me, and I would like to participate in programs like this again.

(Nao Murakami, sophomore, Faculty of Intercultural Communication)

I came to Japan as an overseas student from Germany. Since not many people play baseball in Germany, I had hardly ever seen baseball games in my country. Although I did not know the rules of baseball at all, I wanted to watch Hosei University’s baseball game at least once while I was studying at the university.
I had never cheered a baseball team before so I was surprised that the Japanese cheering was structured throughout the game, which is completely different from the cheering style in Germany.
I was impressed by the Japanese cheering style because in Germany, there is no structure and people usually cheer freely. Owing to the instructors who helped us to become more involved, we could become excited by the game.
I was really moved when we all stood up and started singing together when the Hosei team gained points.
Although the Hosei team lost the game, I was very pleased that I could spend very enjoyable time with everyone. I enjoyed watching the baseball game of Hosei University very much.

(Katharina Scheibner, junior, Faculty of Intercultural Communication)