Nachum welcomed Jordy Alter, Vice President of the Israel Association for Baseball (IAB), to this morning’s JM in the AM to discuss Team Israel and their bid to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Click here to support Team Israel.
From the IAB website:
In 1986, a group of expat baseball enthusiasts established The Israel Association of Baseball (IAB), a non-profit organization to promote and develop baseball in Israel. Today the IAB works via a network of coaches and players throughout Israel to:
• Teach and coach baseball
• Run teams in 5 leagues from ages 6 to adult
• Train and enter national teams in competitions around the world, representing Israel
• Train coaches, umpires and scorekeepers
• Offer clinics and camps
• Serve as a hub for all baseball-related activities in Israel.
The IAB is active in all areas of Israel and in all sections of the population. Trained coaches throughout Israel work to teach the fundamentals of baseball. Every week, teams throughout Israel play baseball together and, most importantly, have a lot of fun in the process.
In 2014, the IAB launched the Israel Baseball Academy, which is recognized by Major League Baseball as the elite program for 14-21 year-old baseball players in Israel.
The IAB runs the very successful Baseball Le’Kulam program, which brings together Jewish Israel and Arab Israeli 6th graders three times a year to learn to play baseball and have an opportunity to get to know one another.
The IAB is a member of The Israel Olympic Committee, The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB), World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), Major League Baseball International (MLBI), and Little League.
The IAB is a registered non-profit organization (amutah) organized and operating under the laws of the State of Israel.
Baseball is for everyone. Our leagues are open to boys and girls from age 6 and up. From beginners to experienced players, there’s a place for everyone who’s interested. Our experienced coaches are experts at training players who have never held a baseball bat before and turning them into real baseball players. Through our program Baseball Le’Kulam, the IAB brings together Jewish and Arab Israeli young teens to learn baseball together and to have a shared experience.
The motto for all our players is: “Let’s have fun” because playing baseball is all about having fun and being involved in one of the most exciting sports in the world. Being part of a baseball team is a life lesson in learning to work together and becoming a better person.