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South Africa Elite Squad Coaching Staff

Team Senior (click to see the squad)

Head Coach - Neil Adonis
Assistant Coaches
Glen Buckley
Darryn Smith

Team U23

Head Coach - Glen Buckley
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Liall Maritz
Bles Kemp
Richard Greenslade

Team U18

Head Coach - Deam McKinon
Assistant Coaches
Gary Maree
Robert Smith
Clyde Lee

Team U15

Head Coach - Kevin Johnson
Assistant Coaches
Paul van der Merwe
Gavin Bennett
Shaun Swartz


Team U12

Head Coach - Colin Barrett
Assistant Coaches
Quinton Amos
Bevan November



Gift Ngoepe

The Rule 5 Draft Explained

The Rule 5 Draft takes place every year at baseball's winter meetings in December. Here's how it works:

  • Players who signed when 18 or younger are eligible for the draft after five years. (Kieran Lovegrove will be eligible in 2017; Callan Pearce in 2018; Dylan Unsworth in 2015; Gift Ngoepe in 2014)
  • Players who signed when 19 or older are eligible after four years. (Tayler Scott will be eligible in 2015)
  • If these players aren't on their teams' 40 man rosters, they're exposed.
  • As in the June draft, teams draft in reverse order of the previous season's standings. 
  • Teams that draft players must pay $50k to the player's original team.
  • Those selected must remain on the 25-man roster or the major league DL for the entire season.
  • Otherwise, the claiming team has to offer the player back to his original team for $25k.
  • First, however, he must clear outright waivers.
  • This gives the other 28 teams the opportunity to claim him. If any team claims the player, he must remain on their roster for the entire season or go through waivers again.
  • The draft was more relevant before it was modified under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, when players were eligible a year earlier.

Repetitions vs. Genes: What is the Best Age to Start Playing Baseball?

When you review the top baseball playing nations in the world, it is apparent that the powerhouses all have one thing in common - they all have well-developed youth programs and children start playing the game in their pre-teens.

There has recently been a great deal of debate surrounding the "10,000-hour-rule". The argument, albeit formulated by a journalist Malcolm Gladwell, in Outliers: The Story of Success maintains that regardless of talent or genes, you can master a task simply by practicing it for 10,000 hours.

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Kieran Lovegrove

A World of Experience at Such a Young Age

It's a long journey for any ball player to reach the Major Leagues, but for Kieran Lovegrove the journey is even a little longer.

Lovegrove was born in Johannesburg, South Africa - a region of the world that does not have the strongest baseball following or level of play. When Lovegrove was just five years old, his family moved he and his sister to California and his love of baseball was discovered and flourished.
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Rown Ebersohn Minnesota Twins
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Powerful Lefty Joins the Ranks of South African Pros

Rowan Ebersohn signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Twins (July 2014). In 2013 Rowan represented the South Africa U18 side in a series against Great Britain. Rowan was also selected to represent South Africa in the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Rowan received the award for Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the Benoni Northerns Sports Club’s annual awards in 2013. 

15U Baseball World Cup

What will the Scouts be Looking for at the 15U World Cup?

Scouts will be there in large numbers, representing all 30 Major League clubs. Give them something to write home about. More Information


Mandela Plaque

Yankees unveil plaque for Nelson Mandela

The grandson of South Africa’s first black president, Zondwa Mandela, and Robinson’s widow, Rachel, helped unveil a plaque commemorating Mandela’s 1990 speech at the old Yankee Stadium. Also in attendance was Baseball South Africa's ardent supporter and champion Michael Ward. More Information


Sabermetrics - the specialized analysis of baseball through objective, empirical evidence.

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Scouting Guidelines - the Tools of a Major league Baseball Player

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We Need You! South African Baseball

Do you want to play International Baseball? Are you a talented young baseball player with a South African connection?

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Kyle Botha lifts Dylan DeMeyer after SA beats France

All the pictures from South Africa in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.

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World Baseball Classic Qualifyier Opening Ceremony
World Baseball Classic Qualifier Opening Ceremony
A look back at South Africa in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier

South African Baseball Team WBCQ
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South African Baseball team for the World Baseball lassic Qualifier in Jupiter, Florida September 17, 2012

South Africa Baseball Team
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South African Baseball team braves the humidity in Vero Beach Florida as they prepare for the WBC. Send you favorite player a message on Facebook

South Africa World Baseball Classic Qualifier
Gavin Jeffries, Dylan Unsworth, Alessio Angelucci, Brandon Bouillon and Kieran Lovegrove (Hobie Hiler)

A whole new ballgame: South African national team enjoying its training time at the Vero Beach Sports Village

VERO BEACH - The South African national baseball team is enjoying the experience of training at an American professional baseball facility.

World Baseball Classic Qualifier South Africa announces its team for the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier

Cape Town

MLB African Academy to be held in Cape Town

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