Zim is currently ranked 3rd in Africa and 55 in the World. With just a bit more help, we could be top of the world on the continent
By Addlyne Mackenzie and Staff Reporter
Baseball in Zimbabwe? Yes! You read right. This team needs your help.
We are calling on corporate Zimbabwe to help this young team continue on its journey to grow baseball in Zimbabwe. Let’s support them and continue shining a bright light on their career and passion for this unique kind of game.
Harare Metropolitan Baseball Association is registered with the Sports Recreation Commission, and the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee under the Ministry of Youth Sports Arts and Culture.
It originated after the split of Zimbabwe baseball and softball to form separate associations which are now Zimbabwe Baseball Association – and Zimbabwe Softball Association in 2011.
Harare Metropolitan Baseball Association had to start from scratch as everything was given to the softball side including equipment and human resources.
Harare Province incorporates seven districts and covers more than 800 schools – both primary and secondary.
Harare Metropolitan Baseball Association to date have six National Championships with more that 12 national team players, and two coaches who have attended MLB Elite camp and with the only Zim player Ashlone Chibvura attended from Harare.
Harare Metropolitan Baseball Association is where the national field is located – Dream Park Baseball field in Eastlea, at 5999 Henry Chapman Road.
The field needs serious renovations to meet international standards to be able to host international games.
Zimbabwe is currently ranked 3rd in Africa and 55 in the World.
Currently, they do not have sponsors for the development of the game, as we used to have long back in the days when the Japanese were helping.
We only get donations here and there.
Zimbabwe Baseball has three major tournaments on the calendar which are in April SA IPT hosted by South Africa our national team takes part.
They have the August IPT, hosted in our Country it normally rotates in our provinces it’s Played by 6 Teams.
The Provinces which are active are Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Masvingo, and Mash West – with room for more.
The major requirements are:
1)Equipment – gloves, backstop nets, bats, balls, catchers gear, helmets, batting cages, nets, pitching nets, pitching machines, uniforms.
2)Funds- for coaching, umpiring, and scoring clinics. Funds – torRun our leagues from primary, secondary, tertiary, and club leagues.
To have tournaments in all four Categories of tournaments.
To develop the sport.
To run Administration.
To renovate the field Dream Park Baseball field in Eastlea.
3) Transportation for players and administrators to activities and tournaments: a car, bicycles for coaches and a team bus.
4) Human Resources” we need trained coaches and officials.
5) Office equipment like laptops,chairs tables.
6) Regalia for administrators and players.
We at Jit-TV and our Sports Development Department are looking for corporates to join us adopt Baseball Zimbabwe. To support this team with anything from transport to caps and uniforms, bottle water etc.
Please contact the Jit Television News Editorial Department for more information. Contact (27) 67 028 2735
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