Australian baseball is heavily active in importing talented players and coaches annually for their summer season which runs from late September through until the end of March. This season works perfectly with the European season which start in April and runs through September, therefore allowing our members to play baseball year-round. Two years in a row year round is challenging as Australia only allows a working visa for a year, but it is possible to return to Australia for multiple seasons and that is where our guidance comes in handy.
Australian Baseball is similar to European baseball in that there are opportunities for players and coaches with no professional experience. However I would say there are less opportunities if you have no professional baseball experience or have not coached at the college level in comparison to Europe.
There are six state leagues (club baseball) across Australia that are known to import players annually, with 1-4 imports player per club. The typical player that signs with a state league club has had success at the college or professional level, regardless of the levels within both those categories.
A handful of our members who sign with a state league club manage to work their way into the Australian Baseball League, the only professional league in Australia. To sign directly in Australia is very difficult and usually requires that you are currently playing AA or higher. However, ABL opportunities to open up within these clubs and they look to the state leagues to fill those wholes.
Lastly, there are second and third division state clubs in Australia that import players who have a strong coaching background or a passion to coach. Here is a PDF of the estimated various levels in Australia.
Australian clubs typically offer to pay your flights while providing accommodations (usually a host family) and a job earning $20+ per hour, their minimum wage. However, there are a number of clubs that do not offer to pay the flight and will simply provide you with a place to live and a job.
Our members will soon have access to an eBook on Australian baseball which details every single league and the clubs within. Our Gold members have access to our personal guidance. For those visiting the website, there is plenty of quality content on playing or coaching baseball in Europe on our blog, podcast and youtube channel which can all be found at www.baseballjobsoverseas.com
How to play or Coach in Australia
Almost every club in Australia that imports players or coaches uses our website. It is the only website of it’s kind and a great resource for clubs in Australia. So a simple profile on our website is often enough to get signed if you possess skills and good character. To register, please check out our IBC membership page.