Kosovo Baseball Poker Tournament Fundraiser

Join Angels Broadcaster José Mota for a night of food, poker, and baseball stories to help launch Kosovo Baseball Initiative in to 2017!

Entry fee $55

Gourmet Sausage Bar, provided by Croomdogs, is included

Special guest host – Angels Broadcaster José Mota

Take some swings in the cages and swap baseball stories if you get knocked out early.

Silent Auction

All proceeds go towards funding an ambitious slate of 2017 projects to support the continued growth of Kosovo Baseball!

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Summer 2016 Project Review and Report

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Baseball Development in Kosovo

Activity Report

The summer of 2016 has seen the formation of baseball in Kosovo. While Global Baseball has been active in implementing baseball activities in this country since 2013, this summer is a celebration of the growth of this game. Global Baseball in Kosovo has been very active assisting Kosovars in establishing clubs, the federation, and planning baseball introduction events throughout the country.

The following report documents the work done during recent months to introduce the game of baseball in Kosovo.

Club Formation

An important stage of development has been the formation of multiple Baseball and Softball Clubs. There are currently clubs established in six cities (Prishtina, Peja, Gjilan, Gjakova, Mitrovica, Millosheva) in Kosovo. Three clubs have already received their NGO certificates while the other three have turned in paperwork and waiting final approval.

As these clubs are in the early days of development, they are in great need of support. Global Baseball, with the help of a number of organizations in the states, has been able to ensure that all the clubs have basic equipment to begin play.

Federation Formation

These above mentioned clubs have come together to officially form the Kosovo Baseball and Softball Federation. As the sport develops in Kosovo, this federation will be the official governing body for Baseball and Softball. It will represent and promote clubs and athletes in European and international competitions. It will establish and enforce standards of play, discipline, coaching certification, and competition.
Paperwork for this federation was signed by representatives of the clubs on 4 July 2016 and has been submitted for full recognition in Kosovo. After official certification, the FBSK will submit documentation for recognition by the World Baseball and Softball Confederation, and the Confederation of European Baseball.

Recent Baseball Activities

During the week of 27 June – 1 July, Global Baseball conducted a Baseball introduction tour of Kosovo. European Director Michael Johnstone was joined by GB coach Taylor Pica, and Ndrec Domgjoni (member of Gjakova Angels) as they traveled and conducted baseball instruction and met with club leaders in Gjakova, Peja, Gjilan, Millosheve, and Mitrovica.

On 4 and 6 July Johnstone and Pica were joined by Mike Griffin, head coach of the Czech Republic National team, for the first official event of the Kosovo Baseball and Softball Federation. In partnership with the University of Pristina Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Global Baseball instructed 30+ coaches in the basics of the game of baseball, including 4 hours of classroom instruction on theory of baseball and 8 hours of field and skill instruction.

As part of the university program, participants and representatives from all the clubs played in an exhibition match between the Eastern clubs (Peja and Gjakova) and the Western clubs (Gjilan, Milloshevë, Prishtina, and Mitrovicë).

Starting strong in 2016!

Kosovo Baseball is starting strong in 2016! We are excited to be working on a project to introduce the game of baseball in schools throughout Kosovo and have been meeting with potential partners.

We recently welcomed Michael Schmidt, the Executive Director of Baseball from the World Baseball and Softball Confederation, on his first visit to Kosovo. The WBSC is the governing body for international Baseball and having their support is a huge boost to the development of baseball in Kosovo.

During his visit, we met with the President of the Olympic Committee, the Director of Sport from the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sport, the Curriculum Development team from the Ministry of Education, and the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport.

Mr. Schmidt was also able to meet with a group of a dozen of the first baseball players here in Kosovo. He encouraged them to stay committed to the development of the game, and answered their questions about what they can do in order to make baseball a success.

Kosovo Baseball Initiative Year in Review

Kosovo Baseball Initiative Year in review

January – Trained 16 coaches

  • From this group of coaches;
    • One participant developed a program using baseball (and basketball) in the region of Peja which brought together kids from 4 main ethnic communities to learn the basics, but to also play with each other in order to develop opportunities for community reconciliation.
    • One participant formed his own baseball club, called the Peja Mustangs. They play regularly and are looking forward to more opportunities as the weather improves in spring.
    • Six participants continue to meet with Michael regularly and have been quite helpful in the early development of the school-based program.

June

  • Johnstone family moved to Kosovo

July

  • Trained volunteers for the “NGO C-TIP” project in Peja

August

  • Organized 4 Weeks of baseball training in Vienna, Austria

September

  • Baseball training for youth in the Bosniak and Roma communities of Peja
  • Baseball training for joint event bringing youth from Albanian, Bosniak, and Roma communities together
  • Received NGO certification in Kosovo

October

  • One-Day Baseball Clinic – Gjakova
  • Networking trip, Albania and Kosovo.

November

  • Attendance at European Baseball Coaches convention in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Softball event at camp bondsteel – 15 players involved playing with and against servicemen and women serving at camp bondsteel.
  • 1st draft of School Based program proposal completed.

December

  • Met with Mayor Mimoza Kusari-Lila of Gjakova
  • Met with President of Kosovo Olympic Committee

Kosovo Baseball and the Kosovo Olympic Committee

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Michael Johnstone, Pal Bala, and Besarb Berbatovci met with the president of the Kosovo Olympic Committee, Besim Hasani.

This was a very good meeting discussing the possibilities of further developing baseball and softball as national sports in Kosovo. Mr. Hasani expressed his support for our initiative and we are looking forward to working with the Olympic Committee to help improve the development of all sports in Kosovo.