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This year the IAB is selling town hoodies again. We have designed them for each baseball center we have according to club colors. They are great for the players to wear to games when the weather is cool. Hoodies are available for: Ra’anana, Bet Shemesh, Modiin, Jerusalem, Ginot Shomron, Gezer, Hashmonaim, Misgav, and Lev Ha’sharon.  
They are available in children's and adult sizes, so you can buy for the whole family and friends.The cost is 90 NIS per hoodie. Minimum order per town - 10.

Here is a form to download and fill out to order and pay for the hoodies - Hoodie Credit Card Form. Please send your forms in by email to We can only supply hoodies that have been paid for.
All orders need to be in by November 16 the latest. No forms will be accepted after next week. There is only one round of sales this year.
Forms must be filled out on computer - no hand written forms will be accepted.

Look good this winter!

Richard's Coach Clinic

Coaches around the country took part in high level coaches clinics given by visiting Senior National Team coach Richard Kania in late October. Sessions were held in Kibbutz Gezer, Bet Shemesh and Ra’anana with a total of 26 coaches participating. Richard focused on enriching the coaches with new drills, different approaches to coaching and innovative ways to make use of a variety of props and equipment to make baseball practices fun for all ages. Richard, was first assigned as a European Envoy coach to Israel Baseball  by the Confederation of European Baseball in 2008. Since then has been active in helping the IAB develop baseball in Israel, and besides coaching our SNT and coaching our coaches, he also coaches players of all ages every summer at our camps.Richard clinic3

“The coaches at the sessions were very enthusiastic and came with a positive attitude - they wanted to learn something new,” says Richard. “It’s always a pleasure for me to come to Israel. I feel like I’ve never left.” Richard also runs similar coaching clinics in Poland, as well as in Czech Republic where each year over 150 coaches attend his sessions.

The local coaches who attended were very enthusiastic about the sessions.

“Richard is one of the most dynamic coaches I’ve ever met,” enthuses Haim Katz, veteran Tel Aviv Minors coach and former IAB president. “He is always thinking ahead and is one of the few people who can take the latest baseball mechanics research and convert it into simple, fun drills that can be adapted for players of all ages.”

“It was amazing,” says Yitzy Roseman, coach of the Ra’anana Juniors and commissioner of the Juniors League. “I personally got a lot of new drills that are great for all age groups from Minors to Seniors that can spice up our practices. All of the coaches who were at the session followed every word and were very interested.”

The IAB brought Richard to Israel as part of an ongoing effort to increase the professional level of our coaches and our players. This is one of the benefits that Richard clinic2Team Israel gained at the World Baseball Classic in March this year. “Our achievements in the WBC earned the IAB prize money that we are now investing in development efforts,” says Peter Kurz, IAB President. “Offering our coaches high level coaching clinics is one of many ways we will continue to develop and increase the level of our players in the coming years. Our goal has always been to raise the level of play in Israel so that we are on par with the leading baseball playing countries around the world. These efforts will continue unabated.”

Enrichment Program

The IAB's National Enrichment Program for Juveniles, Cadets and Juniors begins on Wednesday, October 18 at the Baptist Village. The program is run by the most experienced IAB coaches and brings together players from around the country. "This program has proven itself year after year to raise the level of play," says Justin Peedin, Head of Baseball Operations. "It's a great way for players to get extra coaching and for them to meet players from around the country."

This year, players who would like a chance to be on a National Team must attend the full Enrichment Program for their age group. The national team tryouts will take place during the course of the Enrichment Program so the teams can start working together early on. Players who choose not to try out for national teams or who aren’t selected for the national team will continue with the Enrichment Program till it ends. This will significantly improve the level of all players who participate, ensuring that all Enrichment Program participants get the highest level of coaching throughout the program, irrespective of whether they are on a national team or not. The national teams will get an extended period for their practices to ensure that they are ready for their tournaments. National team tournaments will be decided at a later date, updates will be sent as soon as possible.

The Juveniels program runs weekly from October 18 until the end of January, from 17:30-19:30.
The Cadets and Juniors program runs weekly from October 18 until the end of January, from 19:00-21:00.
Registration and payment on our website - under "Enrichment Programs". Please note - ONLY players who have paid for the program will be allowed to participate from the first session - there are no "tryout" sessions

The Enrichment Program is only open to registered IAB members.

On September 3, the Miami Marlins held its annual Jewish Heritage Day. In co-operation with the Israeli consulate, the Marlins arranged a special day for all those who came to watch the game. It started with the distribution of shirts with a Magen David and the Miami Marlins symbol to all the fans. Then the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah, was played in the presence of IDF flag bearers, who were on the field. The Israeli Consul General Lior Haiat threw out the first pitch of the game, played against the Philadelphia Phillies. Then pitcher for Team Israel WBC and the Senior National Team Shlomo Lipetz was invited to throw another "first" pitch, and Team Israel WBC bullpen catcher Tal Erel caught for him. 

There were thousands of Jewish spectators in the stadium, and Jewish music was played throughout the game. Another "guest" was the Mensch on a Bench, the Team Israel WBC mascot at the World Baseball Classic earlier this year. Fans could have their pictures taken with him, as well as with Shlomo and Tal.

"It was such fun to see all the kids who came to see us and the Mensch," says Tal. "This kind of Jewish event outside Israel is so exciting and I hope that they will continue with these types of events."

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Justin Peedin

Justin Peedin joined Israel Baseball a year ago as Director of Baseball Operations. Following a very busy year, we caught up with him to hear about his year and what he's looking forward to in the new year.

What were the highlights of the past year for you?
There were many highlights in my exciting first year. The main highlight for me was the incredible relationships I’ve made with everyone that makes the IAB machine run; players, coaches, and the many others that help with logistical needs.

What suprised you about Israel baseball?
What surprised me about Israel baseball was the amount of devoted people that we’re lucky to have in our organization. From kids to coaches and helpers, so many have devoted a big part of their life to providing the best baseball experience.

What were your main challenges?
I think we all face similar challenges when it comes to convenience. Whether its transportation, carpools, weather inconvenience, travel time, umpires, etc. When I saw that something became a serious issue, I did my best to communicate with everyone so that we could come together to find the best solution. In most cases, I feel we were successful.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming baseball year?
I’m most looking forward to seeing the kids having fun playing the sport we all love! I’m looking forward the bonds we all make and life skills the kids learn from baseball.

How do you think baseball in Israel is developing?
I’m extremely excited for this coming year to see how things are developing after my first year. We’ve added some incredible people to the IAB family and there are others that are taking on bigger roles to help improve our level of play while bringing in many new kids.
My hope is that we can start construction on our two new proposed facilities in Ra’anana and Bet Shemesh. When we have those, I cannot wait to see how things advance.

What are your goals for the coming year?
My goal is to do everything I can to provide the best experience for everyone involved. We have worked hard to put the pieces in place for a successful year and I’m excited to see how things emerge.

What is your message to all the players for the new year?
Have fun, work hard to get better, and be a good teammate!
I want to see EVERY ONE of you at our national team tryouts so that you can have the opportunity to represent the best country in the world - ISRAEL!!!

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