The Polish Baseball and Softball Federation invites players living abroad but with Polish heritage to play for the Polish national teams. We are always recruiting for both our softball and baseball national teams, in all age categories. PZBall has a system which can help international players with the required formalities.
- If you are a baseball or softball player, and you have Polish roots, there is a possibility you can qualify to play for the Polish national team. The first and most important step is to determine whether you are eligible for Polish citizenship.
- If you already have a Polish passport, you need not go through any additional administrative processes. You can simply let us know of your interest in playing for the national team, and we will put you in touch directly with the respective head coach.
- If you have Polish citizenship but no passport, you will need to apply for your passport. This process can take some time, but it is not particularly difficult, and we can assist you with this step (see below).
- If you do not have citizenship, there is still a reasonable chance that you can play for Poland. In this case, you would first need to get your citizenship, then you would need to apply for a passport. In order to prove your citizenship, you would need to have at least one parent or grandparent who came from Poland. In some cases, great grandparents can also suffice, though it is significantly more difficult to track down documentation.
- Your first step would be to determine how far back and with whom your Polish roots originate.
- Once you know your roots, you will need to find as much documentation as you can. Birth certificates, immigration records, death certificates, military records, and the like are the types of documentation most likely to lead to success. You can call or visit one of the Polish consulates in your home country to ask for details.
- When you have found all the documentation you can, the next step would be to contact us. Give us a little background on you as a player, and also tell us where you are in the process of proving your citizenship.
PZBall has on-staff a volunteer who works with Polish-heritage players on the citizenship processes. In many cases, the volunteer can also help foreign players get copies of documentation from the local Polish authorities. The volunteer can advise on steps in the processes, help with filling in forms, and handle any required translation work. To be clear, any fees would need to be covered by the applicant, but generally speaking, the fees are quite reasonable. PZBall will never charge for the volunteer’s time, but we do welcome donations [click here].
Please feel free to contact us in the event of any questions or to let us know you are interested.
We look forward to having you join the Polish National Team!