Baseball is a team sport for players of all ages, genders and abilities. It challenges participants to develop mental agility and concentration as well as physical skills. As a team sport it has a strong social dimension and it attracts players from all walks of life. While Baseball is traditionally a summer sport it can be played all year round, indoors and outdoors.
Baseball programs have been developed to encourage participation by children, people with physical or intellectual disabilities and older players.
Baseball is a relatively easy and affordable game to play. Players starting out require a few basic skills, comfortable clothing and some equipment, which many Clubs provide. It is also helpful to have an understanding of Baseball terminology and rules.
For players who are starting out or who are keen to improve their skills, there are coaching resources, in a range of formats. Many Clubs and Associations run regular coaching clinics - Find a Club near you and talk to them about coaching programs they offer new and more experienced players.
All players, whether new to the game or playing at an elite level, should be aware of health and wellbeing issues and playing policies so their Baseball experience is a safe and positive one.
Baseball is played around the world in more than 130 countries, and many opportunities exist for skilled and experienced Baseball players, coaches and officials to experience the game overseas. The USA, Canada, Europe and Japan are popular destinations for New Zealanders.