10 Years of Ashbourne Baseball
The Ashbourne Baseball Club is an amateur baseball club focused on growing baseball in Ireland through player development. The club is located in Ashbourne, Co Meath and draws players from the surrounding area, including Dublin.
The Ashbourne Baseball Club was formed as a Little League team in 2009. In 2014, the Club entered its first adult team in the B Division of the Irish Baseball League. In 2018, the Club took its next step forward in entering a second adult team in the A Division of the Irish Baseball League. In 2019, the growth of the club continued with the creation of a second team in the B division, the Ashbourne Stags.
The Club’s philosophy is growth through player development at all age groups.
Coach Pitch is our youngest group, for kids under 10. It teaches kids the basics of
baseball in a fun, game filled environment. Our coaches use games to teach kids about base running, fielding situations and batting. We set up games with other teams and throw underhand to the batters.
The Little League program is the foundation of the club. Many club members started their careers as players or coaches on the Little League team. Little League is for kids aged 9-12 and brings in more stable rules and mechanics to baseball. In Little League, kids start playing more specialised positions and pitchers and catchers are introduced. The field played on is a little bigger and a full league schedule is played in the early summer months every year.
Players 13 and above play in the B division of the Irish Baseball League as there is no specific league for teenaged players in Ireland. The club has two teams in the B division of the Irish Baseball League, the Ashbourne Giants and Ashbourne Stags.
The Ashbourne Giants B Division team is focused on youth development. Players will tend to be under the age of 21 with some adult players and coaches supplementing the roster. Young players develop as they train with players and coaches of the three Adult teams. The coaches make sure the young players play in situations designed to build confidence, not destroy it.
The Ashbourne Stags team is the home of adult players of all abilities and experience levels. It competes in the B division of the Irish League. The Stags is the place where new adult players join the club. Training with the experienced players on the team, their development is accelerated and become contributing members of the team quickly.
At the pinnacle is the Ashbourne Giants A division team. This team is the home of the best players in the club and competes at the highest levels in the Irish Baseball League.
2017 shows the success of the Club’s philosophy. The Club won both the Little League and Adult B Divisions of the Irish Baseball League. During the 2017 playoffs, the Adult team fielded 14 different players, all but 3 of which have spent the majority if not all of their playing careers with the Ashbourne Giants Club
Core to the success is its coaching staff. Club president Sean Mitchell is the former Manager of the Irish National Team. Jaime Cuevas, a former professional player, is manager of the A team. Ashbourne Stags manager, Elvis Salesevic is a former assistant coach with the Croatian U15 national team.
Trainings are run under their supervision with experienced players and nonmember playing members of the club running drills for all its teams.
The International Baseball Centre
The International Baseball Centre, the home of the Ashbourne Baseball Club opened in 2015. The IBC is the finest baseball facility in Ireland and is the host field for the International Baseball Festival, an annual international baseball tournament. The crowning moment for the IBC was it being the host field for the European Baseball Championship Qualifying Tournament held in Ireland in 2018. The field is easily accessible from Dublin by public transit or car.
2009 Club Formation as Garristown Gruffalos
2012 Move to Ashbourne
2014 Ashbourne Giants enter B Division of Irish Baseball League
2015 Opening of International Baseball Centre
2015 1st annual Ashbourne International Baseball Festival
2018 Ashbourne Giants enter A Division of Irish Baseball League
2018 International Baseball Centre hosts European Baseball Championship Qualifying tournament.
2019 Ashbourne Stags enter B Division of Irish Baseball League
2015 Baseball Ireland Little League Champions
2016 Baseball Ireland Little League Champions
2017 Baseball Ireland Little League Champions
2017 Baseball Ireland B Division Regular Season Champions
2017 Baseball Ireland B Division Champions