Jimmy Jensen in Australia

Accounting for both players and coaches in baseball as well as women’s fastpitch softball, as of February 1st, 2018, members of our website have signed over 700 baseball and softball contracts encompassing 25 different countries. Many of these members alternate between winter and summer baseball overseas, year-after-year.

“The International Baseball Community has given me the opportunity to travel the world to places I never thought I would see in this lifetime and keep playing the game I love.”

– veteran import player Jimmy Jensen on Baseball Globetrotters season 2, episode 10.

Number of signings by country 

*Time period January 1st, 2013 to February 1st, 2018

Argentina – 6
Australia – 208
Austria – 57
Belgium – 18
Bulgaria – 1
Canada – 25
China – 2
Croatia – 2
Czech Republic – 39
France – 57
Germany – 114
Great Britain – 3
Hungary – 3
Italy – 7 
Japan – 1
Netherlands – 16
New Zealand – 7
Poland – 4
Singapore – 1
Slovakia – 1
South Africa – 5
Spain – 7
Sweden – 19
Switzerland – 23

The number of signings of our members continues to grow every week and every season we break the record set the previous season. Check out our recent signings list to see which current members signed and where. 

FACT: For the summer of 2017, 141 members of our website signed contracts

Lisa Maulden in Budapest, Hungary

We continue to expand within each of the countries listed above as well as into new markets. Countries which we expect to see more importing from in the near future are New Zealand, Canada, Japan and China. We also have initiatives in place to increasing importing in the Netherlands, Italy, South Africa, United Kingdom, Croatia, Bulgaria and Poland. 

The large majority of signings has been in baseball however women’s fastpitch softball is growing rapidly and we recently brought on board veteran import player Lisa Maulden to lead the charge. Lisa has been overseas since 2014 and has played in Austria, Belgium, Australia, Hungary and is currently playing in New Zealand. She will be playing in the Netherlands for the 2018 summer.

Currently there is more demand for fastpitch softball imports than there is supply, so we have amped up our efforts to find more talented girls who want to extend their careers overseas.

You won’t spend a dime of your own money if you are smart

For the most part our members who sign overseas can travel the world playing the game they love without dipping into their own savings. Some even manage to save money during the winters in Australia since clubs there do not pay a salary but offer jobs earning $20 AUS or more per hour, which is their minimum wage. Imports to Australia have worked full time, part time and casual jobs at sporting facilities, hotels, construction jobs, the list goes on. It all depends on the club, their connections in the community and how much you are willing to work to support your lifestyle while there.

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Imports overseas who wish to make the most of their experience and do some traveling should bring their own savings unless they plan to work full time while in Australia and save up for traveling during the Christmas break and while they are in Europe during the summer.

Medeiros with fellow IBC member Alex Lee tour New Zealand during the Christmas break

This IBC podcast episode 49 with veteran overseas import Andrew Medeiros is one of many podcast interviews on the Australian baseball experience. Andrew shares some detail on his set up and the cool job he had. Andrew worked all fall and then took a three week road trip to New Zealand with other imports in the league.

Outside of Australia, the typical monthly salary for the player with no or little pro experience will range from as little as a food stipend of $250-$300 U.S. per month up to $800 U.S. a month. The experienced professionals who have had a successful minor or independent professional career usually fall between at $800 and $2,500 per month with a few earning upwards of $5000 per month.

Want to know your chances of signing? Fill out this form and we will contact you with feedback. 

Those with European dual citizenship are in high demand in Europe and therefore typically get paid more than others at the same skill and experience level. If you have parents, grandparents or even great grandparents born in Europe, it is worth looking into by contacting the closest embassy of the country where they were born.

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Another thing to consider is the cost of living in the country of the club which makes you an offer. For example, an offer from a club in Zurich, Switzerland for $800 per month is not the same as an offer from a club in Prague, Czech Republic for the same amount. Check out the cost of living comparison (right) of these two European baseball destinations.

Often within an offer clubs will include a public transport pass, performance bonuses, opportunity to earn extra cash, and/or free food at the clubhouse on games days and other events of which you are required to work. These are all worth asking about if you are on a tight budget and want to maximize your experience.

If you are a college senior or an established professional who has peaked in his/her career or was recently released, baseball overseas is a great option to continue your career. You can get started now with a membership at the Baseball Jobs Overseas by clicking here.

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Questions?

If you have any questions about playing or coaching overseas feel free to email IBC founder David Burns at dburns@baseballjobsoverseas.com

Meanwhile, check out what others had to say about our service:

Vicky McFarland - Germany, Australia, Italy 2017, 2018

“I signed a deal with Port Adelaide softball and through the website I was asked to play in the European cup last weekend in Holland with the Dutch team Terrasvogels. I had such an amazing time playing there and it was great seeing such good competition. I really am thankful for all that you did for me so far. Playing in the European Cup last week was one of the highlights of my softball career.”

Clayton Carson - Austria (X2), Australia (X2), Switzerland, Italy, Sweden 2014-2018

“I would certainly recommend the placement services provided by David and his team, as it was directly responsible for my current position in Australia as Head Coach for the Division 1 Golden Grove Dodgers.”

Andrew Medeiros - Australia, Belgium, France, Czech Republic 2015-2017

“The IBC website was the best thing that has happened to me in my baseball career. In a matter of two weeks after creating an account I was playing my first game in Australia. David and his team work quickly and efficiently.”

Jimmy Jensen - Austria, Australia (X2), France, Germany, Canada 2015-2018

“David Burns and the International Baseball Community have changed my life. This opportunity has allowed me to travel the world to 14 countries (and counting..) while getting paid to play the game I love.

Now that I work for the International Baseball Community, I’m happy to give this opportunity to others and help grow the game globally.”

Will Thorp - Austria, Australia (X3), Germany (X3) 2015-2018

“The experiences I’ve had playing ball overseas have been 2nd to none. If it weren’t for David Burns’ website I wouldn’t  have had the opportunity to play for the teams in Europe and Brisbane over the past year and a half. The website does a great job assessing players talents and skills and finding a team that’s suitable for them. In my opinion the website is a steal for what it offers and everything you get out of it both short and long term.”

Josh Wyant - France (X2), Germany (X3)

“I just wanted to say thanks again for your website and let you know that I have resigned with the French Cubs for this year to be a player and manager of the D1 team. This probably would have never happened without your help.”

Sydney Underhill - Netherlands 2018

“I have loved my experience with IBC. You guys offer so much support I felt so compfortable and confident throughout the process. You can tell you care about players. There seems to be endless opportunities and the various offers made it a tough decision.”

Jaz Shergill - Australia, South Africa (X2) 2014-2018

“Thank you again for all your help. You provide an amazing service!”

Chet Lauer - France and Austria 2015, 2017

“I wanted to thank you and Jimmy for creating this life changing experience for me. Thank you.”

James Brown - France 2018

“David Burns did an outstanding job assisting me with my decision to attempt to start my career overseas. He was there every step of the way and helped me get recognition from great teams. I cannot thank him enough for his help and effort!”

Dustin Hamilton - Australia, Austria, Belgium 2015-2017

“A big thank you once again for all your help and everything your site did for me in this past year, best money I’ve ever spent!”

Ryan Saunders - Australia, Austria 2017, 2018

“After signing up for a membership I received several offers within as little as two weeks. The entire process was extremely easy due to the hands on assistance of CEO David Burns who seemed to take a personal interest in my success. I’m now playing baseball in Australia and couldn’t be happier. Signing up was quite literally one of the best decision I’ve made in my life.”

Carlos Mirabal - Germany 2018

“I’m excited to be here (Germany). I can’t thank you enough for helping through the website.”

Jeremy Young - France 2018

“Thank you mate. Couldn’t have done it without your (Jimmy) help tho and what you and David do for the baseball community.”

Justin Brock - Australia 2017-18

“I would just like to reach out to you and say thank you for what you have done for me! International Baseball has changed my life.”

Dondrei Hubbard - Australia and Czech Republic 2017, 2018

“I would like to thank you for all your help in helping get a chance to play baseball again!”

Evan Opperman - Australia 2017-18

“Baseball Jobs Overseas greatly facilitated an often-times stressful recruiting process. Through David’s efforts in creating an organized, well-researched, and verified profile, I was able to quickly and effectively reach out to, communicate with, and eventually sign with a team in my dream location.”

Chris Kuno - Shanghai China 2016-2018

“First off I would like to thank you for helping me receive this coaching position with SECA Academy in Shanghai. Your help along with the help from the IBC allowed me to coach in the emerging baseball market that is China.”

Heath Gray - Germany, Australia (X3) 2015-Present

“Signing up for the website was the best decision I’ve ever made thank you for putting something so awesome together. “

Josh Falco - Australia, Czech Republic 2017, 2018

“Thank you so much for your help with getting this whole thing rolling. You’ve done a great job and I look forward to more possible opportunities with you in the future.”

Jake Watts - Australia, Sweden, Germany 2016-2018

“I just wanted to email you and thank you again for all the work you do on baseball jobs overseas. You have given me some awesome opportunities and have allowed me to make some of the best memories of my life. You have allowed all of us to prolong our baseball careers and keep competing at a high level. Thank you again for every thing you have done to allow me to keep playing the game I love!”

Chris Childress - Australia (X2), Sweden 2017, 2018

“I have been playing baseball in Australia since May 5th and it has been one of the best experiences in the world! I can’t thank you enough for helping me get this opportunity!”

Adrien Yuen - Australia 2017-18

“I would like to thank you for the opportunity your website has given me and the work you have put in to make this all happen.”

Michael Calkins - Austria 2017

“Thank you again for creating this website. It’s a great thing you are doing for these ball players. Without your website and service I never would have been able to play in Europe”

Mortiz Hackl (Austrian player) - Belgium 2017

“I never got to say thank you for helping me making a dream come true. I’m having a blast over here so far.”

Jared van Hoon - Australia 2016-2018

“I am beyond blessed to of had the opportunity to play the game I love in such a wonderful country. Extremely thankful to have been a part of something so special.”

Ron Frazier - Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany 2014-2016

“Dave thanks so much for the helpful insight you have given about coaching baseball in Europe. I have gotten several responses from teams after only a couple weeks of posting my profile.”

Lance Vannoy - Canada 2017

“I actually am playing for a team in Canada.  They saw my profile a day or two after it was up, gave me a call, and I came out here about a week ago.  Thanks for all the help! It sure paid off.”

Eland Tsubata - Australia, Sweden 2015, 2017

“Just wanted to let you know that I am in Stockholm now and will be playing for the Stockholm Monarchs this summer. I owe you a huge thank you because without your website I would never have had this opportunity.”

David Carles - Germany, Australia 2018, 2018

“I want to thank you again for opening up the door for me to continue to play baseball at the highest level as possible.  I am very grateful for this opportunity and know so many guys would love to be in my shoes right now.”

Shivaun Landeros - New Zealand, Netherlands

“It has been nothing short of amazing. Everyone has been so welcoming. Although the softball has been great and I’ve made wonderful friends, I think learning about the Kiwi and Maori culture has been my favorite part of the experience. I could mever have imagined that softball could open so many doors and roads for me.”

Richard (Mac) Gill - France, Australia, Canada 2015-2017

“Thank you for the help you all gave me and all the great experiences that came along with it!”

Ben Miller - Austria (X2), Australia, France 2016-2018

“Just wanted to let you know everything in Australia has been fantastic so far and I’m grateful for what you and everyone at IBC have done for me.”

Jess Martin - Germany 2018

“From the time I first registered I felt like everyone was very helpful, always responding quickly to questions I had. It made me feel more confident in the dirctions I was going to connect with teams. Everyone has been super helpful walking me through the next steps before I travel overseas.”

Jeremy Filipek - Australia, Netherlands 2015-2016

“Thanks to the baseball overseas crew and David Burns for providing me an opportunity to travel all all around the world and playing ball meanwhile. This is a great opportunity for anyone that is outgoing and want to continue there baseball career. The friendships I made is something I’ll remember my whole life.”

Mike Stowers - Czech Republic, Australia, Switzerland

“I can’t tell you enough on how much this site has truly changed my life for the better.”

Marshall Crawford - Czech Republic, Australia, Great Britain 2015-2017

“I would like to thank the people with international baseball community for giving me the opportunity to play the sport I love again. I highly recommend that if you are not ready to hang up your cleats, that you use the services provided. Both Zach and Dave treated me as if I were a first round draft pick, and I am grateful for this opportunity!”

Tana Monk - Netherlands 2018

After exploring the site and reading all the positive testimonials, I got my profie up and started connecting with several international clubs. With the help and advice of the IBC team, I am about to venture off to my first European season! I am so excited for the adventures I am about to have! Thank you IBC!