Trials for the 2022-23 Academy, for U10, U12, U15, U18, U23 & Senior development squads, will be held between 25th to 29th October. Further information on the programme, including eligibility, timings and costs are captured below and on the www.baseballireland.com website. Trials can be booked at
John Dillon, Academy Director
Frank Andrews, Development Coach
The overall aim of the Academy programme is to develop a National Team squad at all age levels. A group of up to 20 players per age group will be selected at the beginning of each season to benefit from up to 100 dedicated sessions of individual and group trainings, as well as games. Typically, the Academy will run over a period of 11 months, from November to September each year. Academy players are expected to participate in the majority of training sessions to be considered for National Team selection.
The 2022-23 Academy season will commence in October, 2022 for all age groups. The Academy will be run in a number of phases:
- Phase 1 (October, November) – open trials* and introduction
- Phase 2 (December, January, February) – early development work
- Phase 3 (March, April, May) – intensive development
- Phase 4 (June, July, August) – game practise and tournaments
- Phase 5 (September) – review and 2022-23 development planning
* The squad of 20 players per age group will selected by Frank Andrews, following trials.
- U10 – Saturday 29th Oct, 10 to 12noon
- U12 – Saturday 29th Oct, 12 to 2pm
- U15 – Wednesday 26th & Friday 28th Oct, 6 to 8pm
- U18 – Tuesday 25th & Thursday 27th Oct, 6 to 8pm
- U23 – Tuesday 25th & Thursday 27th Oct, 8 to 10pm
- Senior – Wednesday 26th & Friday 28th Oct, 8 to 10pm
Weekly time slots for each age group will be as follows:
- U10 – Sunday, 9.30 to 11am
- U12 – Saturday, 11 to 1pm
- U15 – Wednesday, 6 to 8pm & Saturday, 1 to 3pm
- U18 – Tuesday & Thursday, 6 to 8pm & Sunday, 11 to 1pm
- U23 – Tuesday & Thursday, 8 to 10pm & Sunday, 1 to 3pm
- Senior – Wednesday, 8 to 10pm & Saturday, 9 to 11am
For European and other tournaments each player must be aged 10, 12, 15, 18, 23 respectively, or under for the year of the tournament. Note: This is different requirement to previous years. The following age ranges apply for the 2022-23 Academy squads.*
- U10 – Birth year 2013, 2014 (i.e. turning 9 or 10 in 2023)
- U12 – Birth year 2011, 2012 (i.e. turning 11 or 12 in 2023)
- U15 – Birth year 2008, 2009, 2010 (i.e. turning 13, 14 or 15 in 2023)
- U18 – Birth year 2005, 2006, 2007 (i.e. turning 16, 17 or 18 in 2023)
- U23 – Birth year 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (i.e. turning 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23 in 2023)
* In exceptional circumstances, a player younger than the age category may participate based on playing ability. The Development Coach will have final decision on player selection.
All players require an Irish passport to be considered for the National Team but not to participate in the Academy and Academy competitions.
Academy trials (commencing October 25th)
Cost for the trials is €10 per session
Academy programme (commencing November 7th)
Monthly cost for 10 month payment period
- U12 – €25
- U12 – €25
- U15 – €40
- U18 – €60*
- U23 – €60*
- Senior – €60*
* Includes access to gym and use of facility when no bookings
Note: Applications for funding support are available through the Baseball Ireland scholarship scheme. For more information, contact the Academy Director.
Frank Andrews is the new full-time Baseball Development Coach for Baseball Ireland.
Frank studied and played baseball at Concordia University, Nebraska where he received a B.S. in Biology and Exercise Science. In 2016, he discovered Baseball Ireland while studying for his M.Sc. in Strength and Conditioning. Following on from his coaching experience in the US, Frank spent 3 years coaching at all levels in Baseball Ireland, from youth development to the Irish National Team. He has a unique insight into the world of baseball in Ireland and has been sharing his expertise and love of the game throughout the community. Now, as a full-time coach, we are excited about the future growth plans for the game in Ireland.
Seán Mitchell President Baseball Ireland
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