Summer ball overseas for the most part is across Europe with some members signing in Australian winter leagues, semi-pro leagues in Canada and independent professional baseball in Japan.
Due to the varying levels of play overseas, there are a wide spectrum of backgrounds which have the opportunity to take their playing (or coaching) career overseas. There are leagues for players who have player affiliated or independent pro ball for a numbers of years and there are 2nd, 3rd and 4th division leagues across Europe who will typically sign college grads who were moderately successful in an average or even below average conference if they posses certain traits such as an ability to work with kids when not playing.
Our members are advised on the various levels that exist overseas and which would be a good fit for them.
European clubs typically offer to pay your flights while providing accommodations (host or apartment) and a cost of living salary averaging from $300-$800 USD per month. However, some of the top clubs who require experienced professionals pay upwards of $2,500 a month. It is a pretty fair statement to say that 95% of guys signing in Europe are getting paid less than $1000 USD a month.
Canadian semi-pro leagues pay more on average but do not the high end of the spectrum as the aforementioned top European clubs. Accommodations and transport are also covered.
Japanese independent professional leagues pay anywhere from $1,000-$2,500 a month plus flights and accommodations with the opportunity to earn up to double your salary with performance incentives.
Our members have access to an eBook on European baseball which details every single league and the clubs within. Even more valuable is the access to our personal guidance and inside information we gather from former imports on the various leagues and clubs. This can be a huge help when making decisions on multiple offers.
For those visiting the website who have the energy, 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
Where do I start?
Every club which competes in the summer that is in the market for imports players or coaches uses our website. So a simple profile on our website is often enough to get signed if you possess skills and good character. In addition we proactively recommend you to clubs within leagues that you would be a good fit.
For feedback on what opportunities may exist for you, please fill out this form and we will get back to you.
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