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Home of the Freeport International Baseball Invitational!
The Freeport International Baseball Invitational is not a tournament. There are no trophies, no awards, no MVPs and no All-Stars. Everyone who participates–from the coaches and the players, to the concession stand workers and all the folks in the bleachers–all join in simply for the love of the game.
Freeport International Baseball Invitational – 19th edition
This year’s event was marked by much cooler weather than the last few years, but we also had some rain which affected some games on Tuesday and on Saturday.
The teams really had a great time, playing lots of baseball and making new friends. Previous to and also during the Invitational, the Freeport area also played host to some softball teams from Russia. These young ladies really touched the hearts of local residents, and when the second group arrived, we had no trouble providing host home housing for them. Other people were so thrilled with the visitors that they donated food, did laundry for them, offered pools for entertainment, helped with transportation, and generally enjoyed the whole experience.
By the time the German and French baseball teams (first year for both) arrived, we easily housed them. They, too, touched the residents and new friendships were made that will last a lifetime.
One host “mom” thanked us for allowing her family the opportunity to house 3 of the French ballplayers. She reports that the boys were very courteous, respectful of the house and a joy to have. It was hard for them to say goodbye when the week ended. Language was not a barrier, she reported, and it isn’t even necessary to love baseball. The whole experience was what it was all about. Most of the German team was housed in one neighborhood which made it easy to do bus transportation for them. All host homes loved the experience and would like to do it again next year.
This is the sort of thing that may, one day, put an end to wars and disagreements between governments - the common people, everyday citizens, finding something about each other to like and pressuring governments to behave themselves!
Next year will be our 20th Invitational and it will be the week of July 21, 2014. Registration documents will be on the web in next couple months – always email us if you have any questions.
News & Announcements
The International Play Schedules for 2013 have been released. You can access these under the IMPORTANT INFORMATION menu on the left. The Schedules are subject to change, so please check back frequently!
The Freeport 5k has been announced and will take place July 27th at 9 AM! For additional information and to register, please check out the Freeport 5k link under Important Information. Or you can view it HERE(PDF). Hope to see you there!
Please note the following have now been updated for the tournament. Please use the newest versions of the following forms/information: Invitation Letter, Registration/Motel Information, Junior Invitational Information and Forms, Schedule of Events, and Bat orders.
The 19th Freeport International Baseball Invitational is scheduled for July 22 - 27, 2013. We know it seems like a long way off, but it will be here before we know it. There is an invitation letter and a registration form you can click on. Please contact us if you have any questions at all. Even though we are at the very beginning stages of planning, teams from Italy, Germany, France, and Russia are showing serious interest. Stay tuned!!!