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Baseball in Sweden


To understand Swedish baseball requires an appreciation for a culture that emphasizes an active outdoor life. How else could you rationalize playing baseball 200 kilometers from the Artic Circle?

Consider this: Approximately half of Sweden’s population ages seven to 70 are members of a sports club, with about 650,000 (of the country’s nine million residents) engaging in competitive sports.

Not only that, but more than two out of every three boys, ages seven to 15, belong to a sports club. All told there are some 22,000 sports clubs in towns and villages throughout Sweden.

Quite simply, these Scandinavians love sports.

 

So while ice hockey reigns supreme – which is unsurprising in a country where very little light shines in the winter – even baseball benefits by this emphasis on athletics. In the summer months, the sun practically never sets on the game of baseball in Sweden.

Introduction from Josh Chetwynd's fabulous book "Baseball in Europe", ISBN 978-0-7864-3724-5) with 300+ pages of European baseball history.

 

Baseball today in Sweden

Since 1956, the Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation has been the National Governing Body for baseball and softball in Sweden. We represent the sport in Sweden as a member of the Swedish Confederation of Sports (Riksidrottsförbundet) and The Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK);
and internationally as a member of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).

The SBSF is responsible for the whole baseball program in Sweden, from grassroots programs, Little League-type youth programs, development in schools, regular season amateur leagues as well as the programs for the national teams.

 

Baseball is - like any sport in Sweden - organized by clubs who are open for all. Sweden does not organize baseball - or other sports - in schools like many other countries. Instead the sports are organized on a volunteer basis, where the players are members of the club which they play in. No drafts - you choose which team you want to play for.

 

The youth programs often consists of local leagues and/or tournaments, from the ages of 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15. After that the clubs organize juniors and seniors teams. A listing of all teams in Sweden is found here.

The senior program is divided into the Elite League, with the eight best clubs in Sweden, and the Regional leagues, with the rest of the teams.

 

If you are interested in joining a team, or if you are curious about the game of baseball in Sweden - contact the SBSF Office.

Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation
PO Box 418
Skövde, 54128
Sweden

Telephone +46 10 476 41 80
Telefax     +46 10 476 41 01
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Uppdaterad: 07 JUN 2016 17:04 Skribent: Kristian Pälviä

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INTERNATIONELLA OCH EUROPEISKA FÖRBUND

CONFEDERATION OF EUROPEAN BASEBALL

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Box 11016
100 61 Stockholm

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118 60 Stockholm

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