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Saturday 7th March - Baseball Ireland AGM 2020

The Baseball Ireland AGM will be held:

Date: Saturday 7th March
Location: Arcadia University, 20 Fishamble St, Temple Bar
Time: 10am

Baseball Ireland is accepting nominations for the following positions:

President (3 year term and Board member)
Secretary (3 year term and Board member)
Youth League Coordinator
Adult League Coordinator
Webmaster
Facilities Officer
Public Relations Officer
Fundraising Officer


Mike Kindle will be entering year 2 of his 3 year term.
Will Beglane will be entering year 2 of his 3 year term.
Jason Nebenzahl has resigned his position as Treasurer in January and Sean Mitchell was co-opted by the Board to replace Jason to serve out the remainder of the 3 year term.


Nominations must be sent by email to the Secretary, Sean Mitchell, at sean.mitchell02@gmail.com prior to 7 days before the AGM (i.e. 10am on 29th February). Nominations must also be seconded by another member of Baseball Ireland in a separate email.

Any motions or proposals for consideration at the AGM must also be sent by email to the Secretary by 10am on the 29th February.


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October 2019 - Baseball Ireland Development Coach Search

Baseball Ireland is seeking to appoint a full-time resident Development Coach as a key pillar in our “10x10” strategy to grow the game in Ireland. The role will be a 2-year appointment based in the greater Dublin area with a 40-hour work week, including evening and weekend work as required based on baseball schedule. Salary is €30,000 annually. Some travel to baseball clubs outside of the Dublin area is expected where travel expenses will additionally be covered by Baseball Ireland. The Development Coach will be responsible for their own accommodation and travel within Ireland. In the event that the successful candidate is a non-EEA national, Baseball Ireland will support and fund an application for a Critical Skills Work Permit. Baseball Ireland is seeking to fill this role immediately and is accepting applications for the role until November 22nd, 2019 and will pursue an interview process over the following weeks to make an appointment. Applications may be made with a cover letter and resume to the Secretary, Sean Mitchell, by email at sean.mitchell02@gmail.com. Target start date on the ground in Ireland is February, 2020.

The Development Coach will be employed primarily to promote and grow the game of baseball by on-field training of youth and adult players and coaches, including National Teams on the island of Ireland. This includes leading baseball camps and clinics, development of domestic coaches and the development of national team players. The Development Coach will also be expected to contribute to the development of documented syllabus for player and coach development programmes.

Duties will include the following:

● Coaching youth players aged 5-18
● Leading the BI Schools Programme
● Working with the BI Academy Director to develop and manage training programmes
● Liaising with youth coaches and youth teams
● Working with other visiting coaches
● Working with the GMs and coaching staff of the 18U and senior national teams
● Helping to organise and coach youth baseball camps
● Introducing baseball to children with no grounding in the sport
● Travelling to work with youth teams within the 32 counties of Ireland
● Helping to develop and deliver a coach training programme for domestic coaches
● Represent Baseball Ireland in a positive fashion to all business partners and the general public
● Maintaining a professional appearance in compliance with Baseball Ireland’s requirements

Required Skills and experience
● Display a passion for positively impacting players’ and coaches’ knowledge and understanding of the game of baseball
● Display an understanding of and commitment to the goals and mission of Baseball Ireland as articulated in the Baseball Ireland 10x10 Strategy
● Coaching and organisational experience at youth level ages 5-18
● Coaching and organisational experience with senior players age 18+
● Baseball playing and/or coaching experience at the high school, college, and/or professional level
● An ability to introduce baseball to children with no experience of the game
● Ability to motivate and maximise the potential of players and coaches
● Ability to display initiative and think on his/her feet
● Exceptional organisational skills
● Ability to communicate effectively with players, coaches, operational staff and governing bodies as required
● Familiarity and experience with strength and conditioning programmes appropriate to youth and adult players
● Knowledge and experience in the maintenance and development of arm strength for baseball players
● A valid driver’s licence and preferably own transport
● Willingness to adapt to and embrace a flexible work schedule
● A willingness to travel to tournaments in Europe and elsewhere
● Possession of a Child Protection Garda Clearance Certificate or equivalent
● The ability to implement both strategic and tactical initiatives.
● Self-starter able to work effectively and drive programmes with limited direction.
● Ability to develop and implement high performance programmes and team environments
● Demonstrate an athlete centred approach to coaching and development
● For non-resident applicants: Experience with international travel, ideally having spent time living and working abroad.


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September 2019 - Jay Murphy appointed General Manager of 18U Irish National Team

Jay Murphy has worked in the game of baseball for nearly 40 years. His career has spanned the Junior College, Division III and Division I levels in the United States. He spent 15 years as the Head Baseball Coach at Division I schools including Cleveland State University (1996-2006) and George Washington University (1987-1996). His coaching background includes stints at Schenectady Community College, Skidmore College, John Carroll University, various stints at the high school level, along with both the Cleveland Indians Organization Winter Development Program and Major League Baseball’s Envoy Program in China.

Jay is actively involved in the Northeast Ohio baseball community. He currently serves as a board member and Director of Baseball Activities of the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park in Cleveland he also is the Varsity Baseball Coach/Baseball Program Director at Andrews Osborne Academy..

Jay is also the founder of Make the Right Pitch, LLC, a company which provides opportunities for youth of all ages in Northeast Ohio in the areas of travel baseball, camps and clinics along with a consulting component for parents and high school student-athletes focused on the NCAA recruiting process.

As General Manager Jay will direct all operations and logistics for the Ireland 18U National Team. Thank you to the amazing pool of applicants we had for this position. Baseball Ireland is lucky to have some many qualified supporters.

Jay had a few words on his appointment: "I am excited to have this opportunity to be part of the Baseball Ireland organization and look forward using my baseball experiences in helping to enhance the program. They have had success on the international level in a very short period of time and it is my desire to help Baseball Ireland build on these successes while assisting in the development of youth players that will represent the country on the International stage in the years to come."



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August 2019 - 18U General Manager



Baseball Ireland is searching for a General Manager for our 18U National Baseball Team.


Details here!




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February 2019 - Academy Training

Academy Training for all players ages 13-18
Ashbourne GAA starting Sunday 3/2/19 from 1-3pm

All players aged 13-18 are invited to participate in indoor training. Age groups as follows; 13-15 Cadets and 15-18 Juniors. If you're 15 we'll see which group fits you best.
The schedule is as follows:
February

3rd Ashbourne GAA Training Session Cadets No 1 13.00-15.00

10th Ashbourne GAA Training Session Juniors No1 13.00-15.00

17th Ashbourne GAA Training Session Cadets No 2 13.00-15.00

24th Ashbourne GAA Training Session Juniors No 2 13.00-15.00

March

3rd Ashbourne GAA Training Session Cadets No 313.00-15.00

10th Ashbourne GAA Training Session Juniors No 3 13.00-15.00

24th Ashbourne GAA Training Session Cadets No 4 13.00-15.00

31st Ashbourne GAA Training Session Juniors No 4 13.00-15.00

Players will need appropriate athletic clothing, runners, your glove and bat (if you have one) and something to drink.

Tuition will be provided in all aspects of Baseball.

There will a charge of €2 per session.

Further Academy events are scheduled throughout the year including a trip to play in a competition in Europe. Information will be available in the near future.

Can those interested in participating please contact Will Beglane Baseball Ireland Academy Director: email rocket@baseballireland.com


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Nov 2018 - Social Media Policy Update

Baseball Ireland has updated it Social Media Policy -
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13th Nov 2018 - Chris S.Amand appointed General Manager

Baseball Ireland would like to announce the appointment of Chris St.Amand to the position of General Manager of the Senior National Team.

Chris has become a big contributor to baseball in Ireland since 2015, serving as captain for the Dublin City Hurricanes, an assistant coach for the senior National Team as well as a member of the National Team Committee. Chris grew up playing baseball in Boston and had played in the Australian leagues before moving back to Ireland in 2015.

As General Manager, Chris will be putting together a process and structure to support the senior National Team programme for the next two years. This position is not the on-field manger of the team. He will have oversight for the selection of coaches and players; team fundraising; and aligning the senior national team with Baseball Ireland's 10 x 10 Strategic plan.

Baseball Ireland is very excited about this appointment and wish Chris future success.


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Nov 2018 - Baseball Ireland's 10 x 10 Strategic Plan

Baseball Ireland's strategic plan to grow the game of baseball in Ireland is up on our website:
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An overview of the plan, called the '10 x 10' strategic plan, will be presented to the membership at the upcoming Baseball Ireland AGM in January 2019.


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Sep 2018 - Champions 2018!

The Dublin City Hurricanes won both the A and B league adult baseball league championships for 2018. Facing the Greystones Mariners in both finals, the Hurricanes won the first two games of both three game series over the weekend of 29-30 September. This is the first time in Ireland league history that the same club has won both the A and B League championships in the same year.

Congratulations to the Dublin City Hurricanes Baseball Club.





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September 2018 - Little League Blitz 2018


Congratulations to the Greystones Mariners after their 2-0 win over Ashbourne Giants in the final game of the little league playoff blitz.

Final Standings:
1. Greystones Mariners
2. Belfast Badgers
3. Ashbourne Giants
4. Sutton Red Rox 1
5. Sutton Red Rox 2







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August 2018 - Adult League Stats


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9th July 2018 - U18 European Championship starts today!

You can stream all of Irelands games live!

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July 11th - 15th 201 - Ashbourne International 2018

July 11th 18:00 Ireland vs AAU challenge game

July 12th 13:00 AAU vs P9
July 12th 18:00 AAU vs Ireland

July 13th 13:00 P9 vs AAU
July 13th 18:00 P9 vs Ireland

July 14th 11:00 Ireland vs P9
July 14th 15:00 Ireland vs AAU

July 15th 13:00 Final



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30th June 2018 - Baseball Ireland Academy Event, Ages 13-16 book now!

30th June 2018
Ashbourne International Baseball facility
13.30- 16.00

All players aged 12-16 invited to participate.
Baseball Ireland Academy Coach Frank Andrews will run the clinic.
"Taking your game to the next level"
This is a second in a series of baseball clinics designed to enable players with sufficient determination to develop their skill and fitness in order to maximise their potential.
The clinic will run from 1.30-4.30 pm
Participants will need appropriate athletic attire and footwear plus something to drink.
There will be a €5 charge for each participant.
Can those players who took part in the first Academy clinic please bring their Academy TShirts with them.
Can coaches and/or players please confirm participation by email.

Will Beglane
Academy Director
rocket@baseballireland.com


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April 2018 - Baseball Ireland Academy Event, Ages 13-16 book now!

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Opening Event 2018

Coach and Cadet Clinics with Former MLB player Nick Lockwood





The BI Academy will run its first event of 2018 with a coach training clinic followed by the first in a series of clinics for cadet players (ages 13-16).

Visiting US coach Nick Lockwood will lead the two events which will take place on 14th April at Ashbourne Giants’ Field. Nick is an experienced coach and former MLB player who played for a number of years with the Minnesota Twins Organisation.
The details of the clinics are as follows:

10.00-12.00 Coach Training Clinic
This clinic is aimed at novice coaches who want to learn more about the fundamentals of Hitting, Throwing and Fielding. We will also be covering some general aspects of practice organisation.

13.00- 16.00 Academy Cadet Clinic
This clinic is aimed at 13-16 year old players interested in taking their game to the next level. It is the first of series of clinics which will provide players with the opportunity to develop their hitting, fielding and pitching.

The clinics are part of a long-term Academy programme that we see as the vehicle for developing talented players who will be the future of representative Baseball in Ireland.
If you are interested in participating in either the coaching or the cadet clinic please contact me asap. There will a charge of € 5 for the cadet clinic.

All The Best
Will Beglane
Academy Director
Baseball Ireland
rocket@baseballireland.com


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27th January - Baseball Ireland AGM

The 2018 Baseball Ireland AGM will be held on Saturday, 27th January.

Date: Saturday, 27th January
Time: 2pm
Location: Arcadia University, 20 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Nominations for positions on the committee are now open.

Mike Kindle enters year 3 of his 3 year terms as Chairman of the Board.
Tom Kelley enters year 2 of his 3 year term as President.
Sean Mitchell enters year 2 of his 3 year term as Secretary.
Jason Nebenzahl enters year 3 of his 3 year terms as Treasurer.
Will Beglane enters year 3 of his 3 year term as National Academy Director.

So none of these positions are open this year. Nominations for the following positions will be accepted:

Adult League Coordinator
Youth League Coordinator
Public Relations Officer
Fundraising Officer
Webmaster
Facilities Officer

Nominations should be sent by email to sean.mitchell02@gmail.com. Any nomination also requires a seconder.

Nominations will be accepted up until 7 days prior to the AGM.

Any motions or proposals for the AGM can also be sent by email to sean.mitchell02@gmail.com and need to also be received prior to 7 days before the meeting in order to be considered at the AGM.


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Dec 2017 - Baseball Ireland Newsletter

Click the link below to see our December newsletter!





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November 2017 - Logo Competition



Rules:
Needs to capture sense of Irish community
Baseball as an international game
High energy and excitement
Fun and friendship
Three colours maximum


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8th October 2017 - B League Champions - Ashbourne Giants

The Ashbourne Giants emerged the victors in a tightly fought B league championship that saw all semi-final and championship series go the distance. Congratulations to all the B league teams for a super-competitive league this year and especially to the champions - Ashbourne Giants!





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July 2017 - Adult League Final Batting Stats



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24th September 2017 - Champions - Dublin City Hurricanes

The Dublin City Hurricanes are A-League Champions for the 3rd year in a row after defeating the Mariners 10-2 & 7-5



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June 2017 - Adult League Stats



Download June 2017 Adult League Stats



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July 2017 - Ireland win Gold!

Ireland defeated Belgium 12-0 to win the 2017 U18 European Baseball Championship Qualifiers.

They have earned a spot for the 2018 U18 European Baseball Championship.


More info



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July 2017 - Ashbourne International Tournament Schedule



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June 2017 - Irish National Team Schedule - Canada 2017



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May 2017 - Baseball Ireland Newsletter - May 2017





Please follow the link below to read the May 2017 Baseball Ireland Newsletter. Enjoy!


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April 2017 - Adult Stats Update - April 30th 2017



Click the button below to download the Adult Batting Stats as of April 30th.


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July 2017 - Ashbourne International Festival 2017

The annual Ashbourne International Festival will take place from Tuesday 4th July to Sunday 9th July 2017.
More details to follow!


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- ISG Winter Baseball



We had a great weekend which proved extremely beneficial for coaches and players alike. I would like to personally thank Tom O'Connell, Ed Flaherty and John Mclaren for travelling all the way from the US and providing us with the highest level of instruction.
All the participants came away with their knowledge of, and their passion for the game of Baseball greatly enhanced.
We will build on this and continue to develop our coaches and players and "We will get better every day."

Details of future BI Academy events.will be posted in due course.

Will Beglane
National Academy Director
Baseball Ireland


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January 2017 - ISG Clinic

Baseball Ireland Academy
Winter Clinic 20-22nd January 2017

ISG (International Sports Group) will be delivering three days of player and coach development training at the Ashbourne GAA indoor facility.
Coaches Tom OConnell (ISG President), John McLaren (Philadelphia Phillies) and Ed Flaherty(Head Coach University of Southern Maine) will deliver a series of clinics aimed at coaches and players.
The programme will involve a series of presentations and practical hands on sessions addressing the fundamentals and more advanced aspects of throwing, fielding, hitting, pitching and practice organisation. Whilst some aspects will be aimed more specifically at coach development, all the sessions will be of great interest to anyone looking to develop as player or a coach.
Tom, John and Ed bring with them an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience gained at High School, College, Minor and Major League level. They have worked extensively with other European Federations and understand the challenges faced by players and coaches working with limited resources.

If you are interested in participating in the clinic please fill in this form and return it to rocket@baseballireland.com.

Spaces are limited

There will be a small charge to help cover our costs.
Entire weekend € 40
Day rate € 15
Practical Sessions €10


Schedule:
Friday 20/1/17
7.00-9.00 pm Skylon Hotel- Presentation By ISG
Saturday 21/1/17
12.00-3.00 pm Skylon Hotel -Presentation By ISG
5.00-8.00 pm Ashbourne GAA -Practical Training Session
Sunday 22/1/17
11.00 am-1.00 pm Skylon Hotel -Presentation By ISG
2.00-5.00 pm Ashbourne GAA -Practical Training Session

Will Beglane
Baseball Ireland
Academy Director

email rocket@baseballireland.com


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