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Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding. The batting team attempts to score runs by hitting a ball that is thrown by the pitcher with a bat swung by the batter, then running counter-clockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third, and home plate. A run is scored when a player advances around the bases and returns to home plate.
By the late 19th century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is now popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia. In the United States and Canada, professional Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are divided into the National League (NL) and American League (AL), each with three divisions: East, West, and Central. The major league champion is determined by playoffs that culminate in the World Series. The top level of play is similarly split in Japan between the Central and Pacific Leagues and in Cuba between the West League and East League.

In Austria apps 3,000 people are active players. The Austrian Baseball Federation (ABF), founded 1983, organizes Federal and Regional Championships. Foreign players are eligible to participate in the Youth-championships without restrictions.

Baseball
• ABL (Austrian Baseball League)
• BBL (Austrian Federal League)
• Regional Leagues (Center/East/West)
• State Leagues (East, Upper Austria, Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Styria/Carinthia)


Softball Ladies

• ASL (Austrian Softball League)
• SBL (Federal Softball League)


Youth

• Regional Federations are organzing Youth competition in different age-classes.
xSeniors (14-16) Pony (12-14 Jahre) Juveniles (10–12 Jahre) and Kids (6–10 Jahre). 
• ABF is organizing once a year the official Austrian Youth Championships.
xJuniors (16-18 years) Youth (14-16 years) Pony (12-14 years) Juveniles (10–12 Jahre)
xand Kids (6–10 years). 


The Viennese Baseball and Softball Federation (WBSV) is organizing the Eastern Youth Leagues in the Eastern region, including Upper Austria. Since two years also Youth teams from neighbouring countries are participating.

Structure of Baseball in Austria (PDF)
 


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