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 and umpires; offer clinics and camps and 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.
Since 2015, IAB has been running the very successful Baseball Le’Kulam program, which brings together Jewish Israel and Arab Israeli 6th graders throughout the 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.