Supporting Baseball in Ireland Since 2006
The Baseball United Foundation was founded in 2006 to support the development of amateur baseball programs in Ireland. As our geographical footprint has expanded to other countries, we have continued our work in Ireland as an independent non-profit organization. Our work in Ireland remains a source of great pride and a central focus.
The problems faced by youth baseball programs in America are magnified in countries where baseball is not traditionally played. However, Ireland’s rich history of bat and ball games, coupled with the familiarity of Irish children with the game of rounders — the “ancestral sport” of baseball — provides a starting point for teaching the game to children.
Under-18 Irish Junior National Baseball Team
In 2017, we created and managed the first Irish Junior National Baseball Team under the auspices of Baseball Ireland, the governing authority of amateur baseball in Ireland. Under Baseball United’s management, the Under-18 Irish Junior National Baseball Team posted a 7-3 record in 2017 and 2018, including the first gold medal in the history of Ireland’s National Baseball program.
The Northern Ireland Baseball Project
In 2021, we launched The Northern Ireland Baseball Project. The initiative introduces the game of baseball into primary schools.
Timeline of Our Programs and Initiatives in Ireland
- Shipping Donated Equipment to Ireland
- Introducing baseball into Irish primary schools
- Bringing young Irish players to America for baseball camps
- Sending American coaches to Ireland for baseball camps and clinics
- Sending MLB umpires to Ireland to train amateur officials
- Providing support for field construction and improvement projects
- Providing Remote Video Instruction to players and coaches
- Assisting with the recruiting process for Ireland’s Mens and Under-18 National Baseball Teams
- Starting and managing logistics for Ireland’s first Under-18 Irish Junior National Baseball Team
- Fundraising and Financial Support for amateur leagues and clubs throughout Ireland