summercamp 2014 collage smFollowing on the great success of last year's Summer Camp sessions, once again, the Israel Association of Baseball will be offering 4 weeks of summer training camps baseball this year:

First session: Baptist Village 
Week 1: July 5-9, 8:30-13:30
Week 2: July 12-16, 8:30-13:30

Second session: Kibbutz Gezer 
Week 3: August 9 - 13‎‎, 8:30-13:30
Week 4: August 16 – 20, 8:30-13:30

Who should take part? The camps are open to players from minors through cadets (ages 8-14) of all levels, from beginners with no experience to players who are more advanced. Both IAB registered members and non-registered players can take part.

The staff will include Leon Klarfeld, chief umpire; Nate Fish, IAB National Team Head Coach; Richard Kania, Senior National Team coach; as well as other top coaches from our organization.

This excellent way for players to increase their skill levels and have a lot of fun in the process. We also encourage players to bring friends along, as the training camps are an excellent opportunity for new players to gain baseball knowledge before starting to play for the first time.

Register now online through our website - http://www.baseball.org.il/en/registration - click on the SUMMER TRAINING CAMPS tab. There’s an early bird discount for registration before June 1, 2015 and a sibling discount - 10% for each additional child.

From some areas, transportation will be available. For details, please contact your Regional Director.

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About 60 people - participants of the Baseball for All program and their families - gathered on May 4 at Kibbutz Gezer for a reunion and to hear more about the rest of program.

The players arrived at Gezer in high spirits, ready to play some ball and see each other for the first time since March. The evening began with pizza and the players introduced themselves and their families to each other. The staff of Baseball for All updated the families on how the program will continue and the parents had the opportunity to give their feedback.

Next, everyone moved over to the Gezer baseball field, where players as well as their siblings and parents put on baseball gloves and had a throwing session. Everyone left Gezer looking forward to the next session in June. 

The Israel Association of Baseball and its partner Play Global's Baseball for All program began in March this year with a 2-day session at the Baptist Village where 28 grade 6 Jewish and Arab Israeli kids from Modiin and Ramle gathered to learn and play baseball together. The second of three such sessions is due to take place in June, with the same group of players attending.

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AcademyFive members of the Israel Baseball Academy are preparing to fly to Prague next week to try out for tryouts for MLB’s European Elite Camp for the top forty young players in Europe, following their completion of a full year of activity in mid-March. 

The MLB Camp will take place in August in Hoofddorp, Holland.  One Academy player, short stop, Noam Calisar, 17, was already selected, and played for, MLB’s European Union All-Star Team in Barcelona, Spain in April. 

The Academy is an elite training program for players in Israel between 14 and 19-years-old as recognized by Major League Baseball.  Four players in the inaugural Academy class graduate high school this year, and will go into the army or yeshiva next year. Seven will return to continue to pursue their baseball goals. 

The program was a unique experience for the players, who met on a weekly basis to receive the highest level of coaching available today in Israel. This was in addition to their other baseball activities, such as league practices and games, coaching, enrichment program and national team practices. Each of the players gained from the experience in their own way.

“The Academy was an excellent experience for me as it took place in the off season and prepared me for the important events that awaited me in April,” says MLB EU All-Star Team member Noam. “With a small group of top level players we were able to have high quality practices with technical focus on all aspects of the game. It also gave us an opportunity to work with an MLB scout (Tom Gillespie from the Pittsburgh Pirates) and learn from him.”

“When I started at the Academy I didn’t have any confidence to play with the older players,” says Ofer Bobrov, 15, from Misgav, and the youngest member of the Academy. “Slowly I gained confidence and in the end I saw what a high level we’ve reached and I was inspired to continue developing my baseball.”

“My time at the academy has really transformed me as a ball player,” notes Shlomo Lipman, 17, from Bet Shemesh. “Having one day a week to really work on the fundamentals of hitting fielding and pitching really made my week much better. Along the way I also had a lot a lot of fun with some of my best friends, who I've been playing with for years. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

The Academy team, with a few additions to help round out the roster, will travel together in June to complete in the Under 19 Baseball World Cup in Athens, Greece.  The Israel Baseball Academy will expand its roster to 15 players for the 2015/2016 period, and will begin practicing in October 2015. 

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Pesach15The IAB is offering Instructional Games at four different locations over the 2015 Pesach school vacation. The program is free for all registered IAB players, no registration required. All age divisions are invited to take part. The Instructional Games will give players a chance to play with and against friends from their age division in the area, and work with some the best coaches in the country who will be on the field with players throughout the games. Emphasis will be on situational play, teaching, and learning.

Dates, Times, and Locations
Sunday, April 5: Bet Shemesh, Aviezer Field, 9:00-11:00 Minors and Juveniles, 11:00-13:00 Cadets and Juniors
Monday, April 6: Kibbutz Gezer, 9:00-11:00 Minors and Juveniles, 11:00-13:00 Cadets and Juniors 
Tuesday, April 7: Raanana, 9:00-11:00 Minors and Juveniles, 11:00-13:00 Cadets and Juniors 
Wednesday, April 8: Sportek Tel Aviv, 9-11 Minors and Juveniles, 11:00-13:00 Cadets and Juniors

Players should come dressed in their baseball uniforms and bring their baseball equipment and water bottles.

 

 

 

PL 2014 collage smAll over Israel, people have been waiting for Tuesday March 17, 2015 to arrive, talking about it, arguing about who will win, hoping their side comes out victorious, hoping the outcome will be what they've been waiting for for many months. 

Elections? What elections? We're talking about the opening day of the Israel Association of Baseball Premier League of course. 

At 19:15 at the Baptist Village on Tuesday March 17, the mighty Ra'anana Raiders will take on the formidible Tel Aviv Comrades in the opening game of the long awaited Premier League 2015 season. It will be a battle of the hard hitters, a rivalry between the fast pitchers, a stand-off between quick footed and soft handed infielders. This is the evening you've been waiting for for many long months. The wait will soon be over. 

Join us at the Baptist Village for a great evening of baseball. Don't miss it!!

For the full 2015 Premier League schedule click here.

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