Baseball New Zealand


BASEBALL NEW ZEALAND'S MISSION 

To lead and foster the growth, promotion and development of baseball from grassroots through to the elite level.


Our Vision

STRENGTH, PASSION, UNITY

HE MANAWA KAHI KOTAHI


Baseball New Zealand is the national governing body for Baseball in New Zealand. Our membership comprises:

  • 5 Regions (Member Regions)
  • 4 Regional Baseball Associations
  • 21 Affiliated Baseball Clubs
  • More than 2,500 individual club members, who play, coach, officiate and support Baseball in New Zealand.

More than 8,700 individuals participate in competitive and recreational Baseball programmes in various capacities around the country.

Baseball New Zealand is one of over 130 member affiliates of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). An estimated 60 million people play Baseball worldwide.


Baseball New Zealand's purpose is to:

  • Be the dynamic and innovative leader of Baseball in New Zealand
  • Engage, support and inform all Baseball stakeholders
  • Raise the profile and standing of and participation in Baseball
  • Support and deliver quality competitive and recreational Baseball opportunities locally, nationally and internationally

Baseball New Zealand provides numerous services, programs and activities to our members and the wider Baseball community, such as:

  • National Baseball tournaments and events, including New Zealand National Club Championships
  • Tours to New Zealand by international teams and MLB players
  • Baseball development programs for tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth), including Kiwi T-Ball, Development Leagues and more
  • Social inclusion programs for people with a disability and the socially disadvantaged
  • Corporate and social Baseball programs
  • Coaching clinics and online coaching tools, tips and techniques
  • Opportunities for players, coaches and officials to compete at the highest national and international levels of Baseball
  • Baseball equipment, clothing and merchandise
  • A national membership database and website services
  • Paid and volunteer employment opportunities
  • Accreditation programs and professional development activities for coaches, umpires and scorers
  • Sponsorship and advertising opportunities
  • Resources to support Association and Club development & management
  • Different types of Baseball for people of all ages and abilities, including baseball in schools programmes and more

International Baseball Visitors to New Zealand

Over the years, many top baseball players, coaches and administrators have visited New Zealand to promote the game here and host coaching clinics for players and coaches alike.

Curtis Granderson - then New York Yankees 

Mark Melancon - Boston Red Sox (now San Francisco Giants)

Nick Hundley - San Diego Padres (now San Francisco Giants)

Brian Matusz - then Baltimore Orioles 

Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks (now St Louis Cardinals)

John Holdzkom - Pittsburgh Pirates and NZ Diamondblacks (now free agent)

Jim Kaat - Former MLB Pitcher and Broadcaster

Didi Gregorius - New York Yankees

A J Preller - General Manager, San Diego Padres

Derrick Hall - President and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks

Ron Roenicke - Manager of Milwaukee Brewers (now Boston Red Sox bench coach)

Graeme Lloyd - Former World Champion Pitcher with New York Yankees and Olympic Silver Medallist of Australia

Reggie Smith - Former 7-time MLB All Star and member of Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame

Jay Bell - World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks winner

Darrell Evans - Longtime Detroit Tigers slugger with over 400 lifetime Home Runs

Steve Kline - Former MLB Pitcher with the San Francisco Giants

Chris Woodward - Former MLB Infielder, (now Texas Rangers Manager)

Josh Bard - Former MLB Catcher, (now New York Yankees Bench Coach)

Brant Brown - Former MLB Outfielder

D J Carrasco - Former MLB Pitcher

Gary Wheelock - Former MLB Pitcher and Coach

Shinya Miyamoto - Former Japan Samurai captain and infielder

Tom O'Connell - President of ISG Coaching Group and member of American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame

Peter Caliendo - Former USA Baseball 15U National Coach and VP of ISG Coaching Group 

Riccardo Fraccari - President of World Baseball Softball Confederation

Giovanni Pantaleoni - Former Italy Baseball Representative

Steven Brault - Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher