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Four years ago I packed up my family and moved to Israel. The move was rough on my kids, and even though they were excited to move, the adjustment to a new language, new kids and a new place was not easy for them.
A month after we arrived, I found saw an ad advertising a baseball league. A few phone calls later, and I was suddenly coaching a team of 10-12 year olds for the season.
Our season here is much different than it was in the states. For one, we start practice in September, and our season begins in February. Whereas in the states we couldn't walk two blocks without running into a baseball field, here fields are few and far between. There are only about three or four real baseball diamonds in Israel, and none in our area, so we use grassy fields, soccer fields, and just about anywhere we can find the space to play.
Once the season starts, we play games once a week. The beauty of baseball, though, is that the game is the same. 60 feet to first base. A pitcher. A batter. And we're trying to bring home the runner from third.