Israeli baseball players to be recognized as European passport holders enabling them to play in the Czech baseball leagues
Tel Aviv – May 25, 2016: The Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) and the Czech Baseball Association (CBA) signed an agreement recognizing Israeli baseball players as holders of European passports, permitting them to play in the Czech baseball leagues. The agreement also allows Czech players to play in the Israeli leagues.
The IAB is a member of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB), and participates in national tournaments throughout Europe. This agreement extends Israel Baseball’s presence in European baseball, enabling the elite Israeli players to join the Czech leagues.
This agreement is another step in building on the long-time cooperation that Israel baseball has had with the Czech Republic, which includes Israel baseball’s participation in tournaments in Czech Republic and coaching co-operation – Richard Kania, who is the Israel Senior National Team head coach, was first assigned as a European Envoy coach in Israel by CEB in 2008, and since then has been instrumental in developing relations between Israel and Czech baseball.
“The door is now open to Israeli players, who have reached a pinnacle in their local careers, to gain valuable international experience in the Czech leagues, as well as enabling Czech players to join the leagues in Israel,” says IAB President and National Director Peter Kurz. “We have always had an excellent relationship with the CBA. We now look forward to raising the bar on our collaboration and further developing baseball in both countries.”
“We are very excited to be expanding our excellent relations with Israel baseball,” says Petr Ditrich, President of the CBA. “With this agreement, not only will our players benefit from being able to play in each other’s leagues, but we will also extend our cooperation in our youth programs, national teams, coach exchanges, and more.”
About Israel Baseball: There are over 800 people playing baseball in Israel in 5 leagues from ages 6 to adult. The Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) is the non-profit organization that promotes and develops baseball in Israel, working via a network of coaches and players to teach and coach baseball and expand the sport throughout Israel. The IAB runs the leagues teams, and sends national teams to competitions around the world to represent Israel.
About Czech Baseball: The CBA is the non-profit organization that oversees all the leagues and tournaments throughout Czech Republic. There are 6,780 baseball players in the Czech Republic. There are leagues levels for adult players. Young players play in U21, juniors, cadets, juvenilles and tee ball catagory. Czech national teams will participate in two Baseball World Cups this year.