2015 yearstart 1The Israel Association of Baseball is gearing up for the best season ever. With hundreds of players already dusting off their gloves and warming up their arms throughout Israel, and a whole lot more about to start playing for the first time, there is baseball in the air!
This year, our calendar will be packed with exciting league play as well as other IAB events that shouldn't be missed, including Succot training camps, the Hanukkah tournament and the Hanukkah All Star day, the Enrichment Program, Baseball for All, and much more. Watch this space for updates.
In addition, there’s good news for our Bet Shemesh baseball community: The IAB now has an agreement with the Bet Shemesh municipality that paves the way for us to build a new field next year for the many teams that play there.
Register now on our website for your local team and get the special early bird discount that is only in effect till September 30.
Play ball!

 

TeamThe Israel Senior National Team will begin their bid to win the B Pool of the European Baseball Championships in Vienna, Austria on July 27. The team will face competition from teams from Austria, Sweden, Belarus, Poland and Lithuania during the six-day tournament. The tournament runs to August 2.

The winner of this year's B-Pool will advance to next summer's A-Pool joining the top European teams including Holland, Italy, and Germany. Last year, Israel won the European Championships’ C-Pool in Slovenia. Israel is currently ranked 6th in Europe, and 19th in the world in baseball after an appearance in the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier and their C-Pool win. Visit http://www.baseballem2015.at/news/ for tournament details and http://baseballem2015.at/tournament/videochannel/ for coverage of the tournament.

Meet Team Israel  

Click on each picture to learn more about each player

P1200822The Israel Baseball annual summer training camp got off to a great start this week at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikvah. Over 50 players from minors to cadets arrived for Day 1 of the camp on Sunday July 5 from all over Israel. Their days are filled with intensive coaching, games, snacks and pool time.

There is still place in next week's session at the Baptist Village as well as for the two weeks of training camp to take place at Kibbutz Gezer from August 9. Sign up via the registration page on our website today.  

MarianoMariano Rivera, who was the New York Yankees' closer for 17 seasons and retired from Major League Baseball in 2013, is in Israel on a personal visit. Rivera, who is a thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion and is MLB's career leader in saves - 652, found time to meet with Dov Lipman, a representative of the Israel Association of Baseball and a former Knesset member from the Yesh Atid party at the Knesset on Thursday, along with Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Dov's son, National Team player Shlomo Lipman. 

Lipman presented Rivera with a special Israel Baseball sweatshirt with his name and number, and in a chat with him said, "Mariano, you are getting to see ancient Israel, and , as you said, connecting to our roots. But Israel is also modern, and as a modern state, of course we have to have baseball. The Israel Association of Baseball is honored that you have come to Israel and we look forward to a relationship with you. On behalf if the Israel Baseball Association I am honored to give you this sweathshirt, on condition that you wear it proudly in the streets of New York."  Rivera answered that he looks forward to doing so.

The IAB plans to hold a special event next week to be attended by Rivera. Details to follow.

 

 

nationaljuvies 2015The coming two weeks are the peak of the Israel baseball league season, with league champions being decided in several games.

The first of a 3-game championship series begins this evening at 19:15 at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikvah to decide which team will claim the Premier League Champions title for 2015 – will it be the almost undefeated Jerusalem Lions or will it be the defending champions the Tel Aviv Comrades? The second game will take place on Tuesday, and if required, a deciding game on Thursday.

The Junior League championship will be decided in a game on Wednesday June 17 at the Baptist Village at 19:00. Winners of the Northern Division and last year’s runners-up, Ra’anana Raiders (A) will take on the winners of the Southern Division the Bet Shemesh Mavericks.

In a repeat of last year’s Sharon Region Juveniles championship game, the defending champions, the Lev Hasharon Nationals, pictured right after their semi-final victory against Ra'anana 2, will defend their title against Tel Aviv Comrades (1) at the Baptist Village on Friday June 19 at 14:00. The winner of this final will compete at a later date for the National Juvenile League championship.

Cadets League playoffs are still in progress, with the Jerusalem Lions playing the Rehovot Raptors in a semi-final this Friday at Gezer at 19:30. The Bet Shemesh Blue Sox are through to the second semi-final, but are awaiting the results of the continuation of a quarter-final game at 17:00 between the Bet Shemesh Mavericks and the Modiin Miracles, which ended on Friday after 8 innings in a 4-4 tie. That semi-final will be played after 17:30. The final will take place on Friday June 19 at 14:00 at Kibbutz Gezer.

Best of luck to all!

 

 

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