Baseball in Hungary

OM Hungary's baseball ministry was started in 2002 by Terry Lingenhoel with the help of a team of baseball enthusiasts from his home church, The Chapel, in Akron, Ohio, by helpiing to host a week-long introduction camp.

Terry desired to start baseball in Érd to give his four children who were raised in Hungary a chance to learn baseball and to work together with him in sports ministry. He wanted to give Hungarian boys and girls a great team sport to play, an opportunity to develop relationships with Hungarians, and share his love for Jesus. The first Spring Training was advertised in the local newspaper and more than 60 people came out to learn. After the camp, a men's team, women's softball team and cadet team were formed.

In 2003 our club entered our three teams and their respective leagues in the Hungarian Baseball and Softball Federation - MOBSSZ. The Érd Baseball Team Club was established by Tamas Purcl in 2004 and has been growing ever since.

Our Values

We believe involving youth and adults in Baseball has the following positive results:

  1. The players learn the value of community and how to work as a team.
  2. Through coaching, training and participation, the players gain self-confidence, self-control and self-discipline that benefit them in other areas of their lives.
  3. Coaches and trainers are teaching and demonstrating Christian values of serving others, considering others better than themselves and sacrificing for the success of the team.

Our Services

As an association we are able to offer the following:

  1. We provide training and coaching for our teams.
  2. We register them in leagues and organise games for their enjoyment and to improve their skills.
  3. We attend and organise tournaments with Hungarian and/or foreign teams.
  4. We invite and organise trainers from other countries to hold clinics at least once-a-year for the benefit of our club and other Hungarian clubs.
  5. We help provide necessary baseball equipment through donations or purchase that can be given or sold to our players.

Each year we start our season with a Spring Training Camp to develop new players. Several weeks before the training we give baseball presentations in the local schools to more than 1500 kids. During their 45-minute PE class, we introduce them to the sport and invite them to join our Spring Training Camp.

In the summer of 2008 we also began Summer Baseball Training Camps for players from around the country and for the Hungarian National.

We currently have over 160 registered players from ages 7-48, playing on 11 teams in 7 leagues, which makes us the largest Baseball Club in Hungary!

Visit us on Facebook at Érd Baseball Team SE and Érd Wildcats Softball.

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