Loading...

Follow BaseballSoftballUK | BSUK News on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid

Two new members have joined BSUK over the past month: Nicole Napier as a Partnerships Development Manager and part of the organisation's Development Team and Gabriel Fidler as the organisation’s new Content Marketing and Partnerships Executive, part of the Commercial Team.


NICOLE NAPIER

Nicole began her role at BaseballSoftballUK in mid-April, and one of her key responsibilities will be the development and management of strategic relationships with partners in East London to deliver legacy plans from the MLB London Series both in 2019 and 2020.

She will also work on grant applications related both to MLB London Series legacy work and wider development department initiatives.

Nicole said, “I’m really pleased to be taking on the role of Partnerships Development Manager at this exciting time and looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience of sports development to BaseballSoftballUK and watching the sports grow.”

BaseballSoftballUK Head of Development Chris Rawlings said, “Nicole will be a great addition to our Development Team.  She brings a wealth of sports development experience and a strong track record of successful strategic grant applications, an area of our work which we have wanted to address for some time.  Her connections across East and Greater London will stand us in great stead to find local partners through which to deliver legacy programmes from the MLB London Series in both 2019 and 2020.”


Background

Nicole has spent more than 15 years in sports development work, most recently with the Access to Sports project, an innovative community-led sports development charity that works in the London boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Hackney, providing a diverse coaching and coach education programme across a variety of sports for young people and adults.

Before that, Nicole held various sports development roles with the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Newham as well as Thurrock Council in Essex, and worked as a Doorstep Sports Club Advisor for Street Games UK in a project designed to get more women and girls into sport and physical activity.

Nicole holds a BTEC diploma in Leisure Studies and a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Development from the University of East London.

 

GABRIEL FIDLER

As BSUK’s new Content Marketing and Partnerships Executive, Gabriel will lead on public relations for the organisation and coordinate all of its social media accounts.  His work will include directing marketing strategy, growing commercial partnerships, and expanding BaseballSoftballUK’s digital and print presence.

Gabriel said, “My goals are for BaseballSoftballUK to be one of the world’s best-recognised baseball and softball organisations, to raise the profile of the sports, and unite everyone who plays them in the UK.  I have worked with various national federations but am especially looking forward to joining the sports in my home country.”


Background

Gabriel is originally from Suffolk but has lived in various places both in England and the United States, as well as most recently in Hungary.  He has worked for 15 years as a sports journalist, starting in high-level American university sport, where he specialised in baseball. 

In 2012, Gabriel founded Extra Innings: Baseball Around the World, a MLB-credentialled website that covers international baseball.  Extra Innings reported live from the 2017 World Baseball Classic in México and California, plus the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn in September 2016 that Great Britain came close to winning.

More recently, he covered the 2018 Under-23 Baseball World Cup in Colómbia and Great Britain Pitching Coach Trevor Hoffman’s 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, New York.

Earlier, and closer to home, Gabriel co-founded Durham University’s baseball team, playing outfield and pitching.  The university has won two national championships in the four seasons since the team first started.

Gabriel is currently the Head Coach of Hungary’s Under-18 National Baseball Team.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Major League Baseball games will be played for the first time in London at the end of June 2019 and again in 2020, and baseball and softball will be included in next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

With the interest and excitement around baseball and softball that these events will generate, BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) would like to work with SGOs and schools to set up new baseball/softball programmes and further support those schools that already play one or both of the sports.

But first, BSUK would first like to gain a more complete picture of the number and type of schools programmes that currently exist across all English schools, as a base from which to create more opportunities for children to play the sports.

To do this, a schools baseball/softball survey has been created that can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P3GWFNM.

To provide a further incentive, every school that completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw for two tickets to the Mitel and MLB Present London Series game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on Saturday 29 June at London Stadium.

Opportunity

The MLB games will present a unique opportunity to raise awareness of baseball and softball and to set up programmes in schools, not just in London but around the country.  With the help of significant government funding from Sport England since 2005, BaseballSoftballUK has already made great strides in giving the games a place in British sporting life, more than doubling the number of participants from around 10,000 in 2008 to over 25,000 in 2019.

Baseball and softball has grown steadily in schools in England over the past 15 years since BSUK became a National Development Agency for the sports and there is even more potential for schools and SGOs to offer these inclusive, fun and exciting sports to both girls and boys at primary and secondary schools.

BaseballSoftballUK CEO John Boyd said, “Major League Baseball bringing regular-season games to London had been under discussion for a while but is now a wonderful reality.  The fact that the teams coming to London Stadium are the Yankees and the Red Sox, two of the sport’s most iconic franchises, makes it even better.  We are excited about the opportunity these games present to develop the sports still further in schools and to get more children and young people playing across the UK.”

To find out more about accessing support from BaseballSoftballUK staff to start or support baseball or softball at your school, please contact National Development Manager Chris Rawlings.  

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will be playing the first-ever MLB games in Europe on 29 and 30 June at the London Stadium, and the week leading up to the games will be filled with events and activities for fans and especially for children and young people. 

Now, MLB has asked for our assistance to put out a call for volunteers from the baseball/softball community to help run these events during Britain’s biggest-ever baseball and softball celebration.

Volunteers will be needed at various times during the period from Sunday 23 June through Sunday 30 June, primarily around the London Stadium and in East London.

Benefits for volunteers will include all meals and drinks provided on the days they’re working, an official MLB Volunteer Equipment Pack which includes an exclusive jersey, water bottle, pin and hat and an invitation to the London Series Workout Day the Yankees and Red Sox will hold at the London Stadium on Friday 28 June.  Also, for some volunteers, entry to the stadium on game days will be provided once volunteer work has been completed.


Volunteer types

Three types of volunteers are needed:

  • Coaches who have experience running clinics with kids.
     
  • Assistant Coaches who know the fundamentals of baseball or softball, have played to a reasonable level and are comfortable throwing batting practice to clinic participants.
     
  • Support Staff.  No specific baseball or softball knowledge is required, but support staff need to be responsible and competent adults who will be comfortable doing a variety of tasks – for example, operating a pitching machine.

While the largest number of volunteers needed are Support Staff, with as many as 20 required for some events, there will also be a need at times for up to 15 people with the background to serve as Assistant Coaches and up to eight Coaches who can direct sessions with children. All voluntary coaches should have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and we will check and support new applications submitted in a timely manner.  Volunteers need to be over 18.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.


Events

Volunteers will be needed to help run four main events or activities:

1) The MLB Cup.  This is a closed-entry competition for young baseball and softball players that will take place at PLAY BALL Park at the Bobby Moore Academy, next to the London Stadium, on Sunday 23 June.  The tournament will be played by four Majors (Under-13) baseball teams and two fastpitch softball teams.  Ten Coaches and Support Staff will be needed from 8.00 am to 6.30 pm.

2) PLAY BALL Events.  PLAY BALL Park will serve as the hub for a wide range of youth-focused baseball and softball activity from Monday through Wednesday, 24-26 June.  The PLAY BALL Park space will include a temporary baseball/softball diamond, pitching tunnels, batting cages and baseball virtual reality portals.  Two Coaches and varying numbers of Assistant Coaches and Support Staff volunteers will be needed between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm from Monday through Wednesday.

3) London Yards Fan Fest. An ongoing celebration of baseball culture, including music, baseball virtual reality interactives, Boston and New York cuisine and live screenings of the Yankee-Red Sox games will go on at the Truman Brewery near Brick Lane on Thursday evening 27 June and then, with support from two volunteer Coaches needed, from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

4) Game Day Activations at PLAY BALL Park.  On 29 and 30 June, when the Yankees and Red Sox will be battling inside the London Stadium, PLAY BALL Park will still be open, from 1.00-8.10 pm on Saturday and 10.00 am-5.10 pm on Sunday, offering all its activities and features to fans of all ages and abilities.  Up to six Coaches, four Assistant Coaches and 14 Support Staff volunteers will be needed to run the site until it closes – after which they will be able to enter the London Stadium and watch the rest of the game.


How to volunteer

Being an integral part of these London Series events is an opportunity not to be missed! 

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the events listed above should complete this form: https://bsuk.co/2DWc9B2.

The deadline for applying is Friday 17 May.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Following the very successful first sessions for BaseballSoftballUK’s Slowpitch Academy, held indoors in West London on 27 April and 4 May, it has now been announced that the Academy will be repeated in Manchester in early June.

A full day of sessions on batting, fielding and throwing will be held in Manchester on Saturday 1 June, and sessions on positional specifics and game scenarios will be held on Saturday 8 June – both outdoors on the playing fields at Parrs Wood School in East Didsbury.

The Manchester Slowpitch Academy sessions, like those held earlier in London, will be led by Robbie Robison, former GB Slowpitch Team player and Assistant Coach and currently Head Coach for the GB Under-18 Women's Fastpitch Team as well as Head Coach at both the Softball Academy and High Performance Academy.  The Academies are BaseballSoftballUK's established athlete training structures for fastpitch softball and baseball, designed to develop players on a performance pathway towards national team selection.

And this news just in -- an additional day of Slowpitch Academy sessions in the South East has been scheduled for Saturday 22 June at Farnham Park.  To register, click here.

The sessions in Manchester and the additional session at Farnham Park on 22 June are aimed at any competitive slowpitch players who want to up their game for the 2019 outdoor season.  While there are no age restrictions on the sessions, the Slowpitch Softball Academy is primarily for adult players.

Testimonials

It was clear from responses to the first London session on 27 April, based on a carefully-designed programme of skills development, that there is a pent-up desire in the slowpitch community for more in-depth coaching.

Clair Bellens from the London Advertising League said, "It was inclusive, it was exhausting, it was amazing and I learned so much!"

Sarah Butcher, who plays in both the Windsor & Maidenhead League and the Greater London Softball Mixed League, said: "It's been a long time coming and I was really pleased that BSUK has created an opportunity for B-grade players to receive dedicated coaching for the first time."

"There aren't many opportunities for players wanting to push themselves and access coaching at this level,” said David Hendy from the Windsor & Maidenhead League.  “The course was excellent."

Herling Alvarez from Bristol said, “Coach Robbie was very knowledgeable and helpful," and David Grindstaff from the Solent League added, “Saturday was fantastic and I’m really looking forward to the next session.”

Manchester schedule

The schedule of Slowpitch Academy sessions in Manchester will be:

Session 1 -- Batting (9.00 am-12.00 pm on 1 June)
Session 2 -- Fielding and Throwing (1.00-4.00 pm on 1 June)
Session 3 -- Position Specifics (9.00 am-12.00 pm on 8 June)
Session 4 -- Game Situations (1.00-4.00 pm on 8 June)

All sessions will be held on the softball fields next to Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester M20 5PG.

Players who attend will be given an Academy T-shirt, and insurance cover will be provided.

Players should wear personal playing kit and bring gloves and their favourite bat if they have one.


Cost and registration

The cost for attending one, two or three sessions in Manchester will be £30 per session, or £100 for all four sessions.

As noted above, you can register for the Slowpitch Academy here.

Once you have registered and your place has been confirmed, the team at BaseballSoftballUK will be in touch with next steps.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Events and activities designed to create a lasting legacy from the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019, the first Major League Baseball games in Europe, are set to launch later this month and BaseballSoftballUK, the development agency for the two sports in Britain, is playing a role to support MLB in delivering a number of these initiatives.

Activities will run from late May through to September, but the centrepiece of the summer will be the two regular-season MLB games between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to be played at London Stadium on 29 and 30 June.

Many of the legacy events around the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 will take place at the Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex near Slough, built by BaseballSoftballUK and opened in 2013 as the UK’s only purpose-built complex for the two sports.

Other events will take place at the Community Track next to London Stadium.

The purpose of all the events surrounding the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 is to ensure that the MLB games to be played in the UK create a lasting legacy in the form of increased awareness of baseball and softball, increased participation in the two sports – especially by children and young people – and increased fan engagement.


Legacy events

One of the first London Series legacy events will be MLB’s Coach Development Programme, scheduled for the weekend of 25-26 May at Farnham Park and designed to upskill British baseball and softball coaches.  Around 30 UK-based coaches, many of whom coach in BaseballSoftballUK’s Academy and High Performance Academy programmes, are expected to attend, and will receive expert instruction delivered by MLB’s European Development Team.

During the following week, from 27-31 May, BaseballSoftballUK’s Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex will host the MLB Cadet Camp for young baseball and fastpitch softball players from 13 to 19 years, offering first-class coaching opportunities to selected young baseball and softball talent in the UK.  As well as playing host to the event at its facility, BaseballSoftballUK is providing safeguarding support and helping deliver the softball programme.

The pace of events will intensify during the week before the Yankees and Red Sox renew their iconic rivalry at London Stadium.

On Sunday 23 June, MLB Cup London 2019, a closed-entry competition for young baseball and softball players, will take place at PLAY BALL Park, a single diamond on the Community Track.  The tournament will be played by four Majors (Under-13) baseball teams based on clubs that have chartered to Little League in the UK for the 2019 season, as well as two softball teams selected by BaseballSoftballUK.

MLB Cup London 2019 will be followed on 24-26 June by a series of free sessions where MLB will invite local students and teachers from East London to participate in intensive, fun clinics at PLAY BALL Park demonstrating casual forms of playing baseball and softball.  All participants will receive free casual equipment and apparel to enable them to continue playing in future.

PLAY BALL Park will serve as the hub for all youth-focused baseball and softball activity in the run-up to the London Series games, providing a quality, safe environment for local students and community groups and offering inclusive and engaging baseball and softball activity.  The PLAY BALL Park space will include a temporary baseball/softball diamond, pitching tunnels, batting cages and baseball virtual reality portals.

PLAY BALL events are MLB’s signature youth engagement activity, demonstrating the positive way the game can serve as an outlet for physical activity, fun with friends, and learning how to play baseball and softball at a basic level.  The overall initiative is spearheaded by flagship partners USA Baseball and USA Softball, and is supported by a variety of partners, including Major League clubs, Minor League Baseball, the US Conference of Mayors, Little League Baseball International and MLB Sponsors such as Chevrolet, Scotts, and Kingsford.

Finally, on 25-27 June, the MLB European Elite Development Tournament will be run at Farnham Park.  The tournament will feature the 90 best teenage baseball players from 14 European countries, including the Great Britain, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.  The three-day tournament will serve as a showcase of MLB’s Europe-wide elite development programme and will be attended by scouts from MLB teams.

In addition to events for UK-based baseball and softball players and coaches, MLB will be staging a three-day baseball festival called London Yards from 28-30 June near Brick Lane in London.  The free but ticketed event will include music, baseball virtual reality interactives, Boston and New York cuisine and live screenings of the Yankee-Red Sox games. 


During the games

On Saturday 29 June, BaseballSoftballUK will hold a Watch Party at the Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex , where people unable to attend the opening game of the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 in person can watch the game on a large screen at the Home Plate clubhouse on site.

Meanwhile, during the week leading up to the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 and then inside London Stadium when the games are played, young volunteers from British baseball and softball national teams and High Performance Academy programmes have been asked by Major League Baseball to carry out important supporting roles, some of which will involve direct contact with Yankee and Red Sox players, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Further volunteering opportunities during the week of the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 will be communicated shortly by BaseballSoftballUK.


Boosting the sports

The Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019, and all of the events that will take place around it, are designed to provide a significant boost to the sports of baseball and softball in the UK.

“MLB coming to London is a substantial opportunity for our sports,” said BaseballSoftballUK CEO John Boyd.  “We are thrilled that MLB has chosen this country to host the games and we’re excited about the interest generated by the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 and associated activities.  Together, they should turbocharge interest in the sports among fans and potential new players alike.”

BaseballSoftballUK, a professional agency charged with the task of growing and developing the sports in Britain, is looking forward to harnessing the opportunities that will follow from Major League Baseball coming to London.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

The sun shone in Manchester on Saturday 11 May as BaseballSoftballUK hosted the fifth annual LGBT Charity Softball Tournament at Parrs Wood School in Didsbury.

Nine teams competed for the chance to take home the coveted first-place trophy, as colourful bunting and pride flags illuminated the sidelines and players got into the spirit, donning rainbow face paint and accessories.

Fundraising

The atmosphere, as has become customary for this tournament, was carnival-like, with a coconut shy where competitors could attempt to outdo teammates with their throwing accuracy while raising money for charity.  Pride Youth Games will receive the £120+ raised by the coconut shy and a raffle, which will go towards funding a sporting event for LGBTQ+ young people.

Angharad Englefield Nelson, a representative from Pride Sports who came to the presentations said, “Glorious sunshine and a fab day at the LGBT Charity Softball Tournament.  A massive thank you to everyone who came out and helped raise money for the Pride Youth Games!”

Carl Austin-Behan, the former Lord Mayor of Manchester who was appointed as Greater Manchester’s first LGBT Advisor in August 2018, was a special guest and handed out prizes to the winners (see below).  Carl said, “It was great to see all the teams in action and such a great day for the teams involved.  Thank you to BaseballSoftballUK and Pride Sports for inviting me along.  It was a pleasure – and maybe I will pop along for a game in the near future!”

The tournament

The nine teams that entered the tournament began with a group round-robins, then split into different groups to complete two more games.  Based on results from their four round-robin games, teams were then placed in Gold, Silver and Bronze groups.

The first team in each group qualified for the group final, while the second and third-placed teams played a semi-final to determine the other finalist.

In the Bronze group, Chester Drawers (who came together specifically to enter the LGBT tournament in 2017) beat the Manchester rookie team Stingers by 15-5, earning a spot in the final.  However, it was last year’s rookie team Base Invaders who took the Bronze prize home for the second year running.

In the Silver group, Tigers took on Bombers in the semi-final, and it was Bombers who clawed their way to the final.

The Silver final was a tense affair, with The Team only taking the lead from Bombers in the bottom of the final inning to snatch the Silver prize.

In the Gold bracket, the University of Manchester Maelstrom took on Titans in the semi-final and won by 11-4 to earn a place in the final.  There, they dominated top seed Humpin’ Camels for a 9-3 victory, a euphoric way to finish the day for the university students.

Comments

Linni Mitchell, BaseballSoftballUK’s North West Coach, said, “Thanks to everyone who came down to the LGBT Tournament, and a big thanks to the sun for coming out especially for the occasion.  Thanks to everyone who had a go at the raffle and coconut shy, because lots of money was raised for the Pride Youth Games, which really is a great cause.  And a special thanks to our players and umpires who continue to be supportive of this tournament and the LGBT community.”

BSUK North West Development Manager Luis Arrevillagas said, “We love organising this fun event every year, working with Pride Sports and the LGBT community.  The players really get into the spirit and love to dress for the occasion.  It’s one of my favourite tournaments of the year and all in aid of a great cause.

“Thank you also to our special guests, Carl Austin-Behan and Angharad Englefield Nelson from Pride Sports -- your support for our tournament is incredible!”

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Following a very successful first session for BaseballSoftballUK’s Slowpitch Academy, held indoors in West London on 27 April, it has now been announced that the Academy will be repeated in Manchester in early June.

A full day of sessions on batting, fielding and throwing will be held in Manchester on Saturday 1 June, and sessions on positional specifics and game scenarios will be held on Saturday 8 June – both outdoors on the playing fields at Parrs Wood School in East Didsbury.

The Manchester Slowpitch Academy sessions, like those in London, will be led by Robbie Robison, former GB Slowpitch Team player and Assistant Coach and currently Head Coach for the GB Under-18 Women's Fastpitch Team as well as Head Coach at both the Softball Academy and High Performance Academy.  The Academies are BaseballSoftballUK's established athlete training structures for fastpitch softball and baseball, designed to develop players on a performance pathway towards national team selection. 

Places are also still available for the London Slowpitch Academy session on defensive positions and game scenarios, scheduled for Saturday 4 May at the Osterley Sports and Athletic Centre in Isleworth.
 

London Series ticket opportunity

Meanwhile, in an exciting new development, BaseballSoftballUK will enter all those who sign up for the Slowpitch Academy in either London or Manchester into a draw that will enable the winners to buy tickets to the sold-out London Series games between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at the end of June. 

The remaining session in London and the sessions in Manchester are aimed at any competitive slowpitch players who want to up their game for the 2019 outdoor season.  While there are no age restrictions on the sessions, the Slowpitch Softball Academy is primarily for adult players.

The deadline to sign up to the Slowpitch Academy for people who want to be entered in the London Series draw is 23.59 Friday 3 May, and the application form for the Academy is here.

Testimonials

It was clear from responses to the London session on 27 April, based on a carefully-designed programme of skills development, that there is a pent-up desire in the slowpitch community for more in-depth coaching.

Clair Bellens from the London Advertising League said, "It was inclusive, it was exhausting, it was amazing and I learned so much!"

Sarah Butcher, who plays in both the Windsor & Maidenhead League and the Greater London Softball Mixed League, said: "It's been a long time coming and I was really pleased that BSUK has created an opportunity for B-grade players to receive dedicated coaching for the first time."

"There aren't many opportunities for players wanting to push themselves and access coaching at this level,” said David Hendy from the Windsor & Maidenhead League.  “The course was excellent."

Herling Alvarez from Bristol said, “Coach Robbie was very knowledgeable and helpful," and David Grindstaff from the Solent League added, “Saturday was fantastic and I’m really looking forward to the next session.”

Manchester schedule

The schedule of Slowpitch Academy sessions in Manchester will be:

Session 1 -- Batting (9.00 am-12.00 pm on 1 June)
Session 2 -- Fielding and Throwing (1.00-4.00 pm on 1 June)
Session 3 -- Position Specifics (9.00 am-12.00 pm on 8 June)
Session 4 -- Game Situations (1.00-4.00 pm on 8 June)

All sessions will be held on the softball fields next to Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, Manchester M20 5PG.

Players who attend will be given an Academy T-shirt, and insurance cover will be provided.

Players should wear personal playing kit and bring gloves and their favourite bat if they have one.


Cost and registration

The cost for attending one, two or three sessions in Manchester will be £30 per session, or £100 for all four sessions.

As noted above, you can register for the Slowpitch Academy here.

Once you have registered and your place has been confirmed, the team at BaseballSoftballUK will be in touch with next steps.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

BaseballSoftballUK has purchased a small selection of tickets to see the New York Yankees face the Boston Red Sox at the Mitel & MLB London Series on 29 and 30 June at London Stadium, and some of these will be raffled off!

Five pairs of tickets for each game will be available in the BSUK raffle, with raffle tickets costing £10 each. The winner of the raffle will receive two (2) tickets for either Saturday 29 June or Sunday 30 June. The tickets are Category 8 tickets with a face value of £60 (plus booking fee) each.

Ticket winners are not responsible for any ticket cost or fees excluding their raffle ticket purchase.

Starting on 16 April, raffle tickets are available for purchase HERE.

The raffle is open to everyone aged 18 and up, and the deadline to register your details and join the raffle is 23.59 on Monday 29 April.

Winners will be notified on 7 May by email.

Conditions

MLB/Ticketmaster standard ticket conditions apply:

  • Tickets may not be re-sold.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Tickets are non-upgradeable.
  • Tickets are non-refundable in the event you can no longer use them.

Please note that all raffle ticket payments will be processed via PayPal; however, a PayPal account is not required to enter.

By entering this raffle, not only do you have the chance to win tickets to the historic, sold-out London Series, but you’re directly supporting BaseballSoftballUK’s development efforts.

All proceeds from the raffle will help support BSUK’s development work in baseball and softball across the United Kingdom.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

The North West Co-ed Slowpitch Series returned to Manchester for its third year on the weekend of 13-14 April with a one-day Rec Tournament on the Saturday and a Comp Tournament on Sunday.

Rec Tournament

Saturday kicked off a little on the chilly side, but some breaks in the cloud allowed the sun to shine through from time to time.

Ten teams entered the Rec competition, including three teams who were so new that this was their tournament debut following some excellent recruitment by both the Manchester and Leeds Softball Leagues over the winter.

The teams were split into two groups for an initial round-robin, then the top three teams from each group played for the chance to win Gold, Silver or Bronze trophies.

The Bobcats beat the Tigers by 11-9 in the Rec final and were elated to win the Gold trophy.  Thunder II beat Freeze to earn the Silver trophy and Yorkshire Dales fought off Meteors to take home the Bronze Trophy.

Final standings

The final standings were:

1 – Bobcats (Gold Winner)
2 – Tigers (Gold runner-up)
3 – Thunder II (Silver winner)
4 – Freeze (Silver runner-up)
5 – Yorkshire Dales (Bronze winner)
6 – Meteors (Bronze runner-up)
7 – Rippers
8 – Leeds Rec
9 – Stingers
10 – Swingers

As this was the first of three tournaments in the 2019 North West Series, those positions may well change by the end of the summer.

BSUK North West Coach Linni Mitchell, organiser for the North West Series, said: “This is the seventh one-day Rec tournament since we launched the Series in 2017.   Our aim was always to give local teams a chance to play more tournaments and I think we have accomplished that.  To have three brand-new teams competing is fantastic.  These tournaments allow players new to the sport to get involved and flourish, getting to know the rules and tactics game by game.

“We really value the team captains’ efforts,” Linni added, “and team satisfaction is very important to us.   Thankfully, teams are always appreciative and praise the North West Series, and for that we are very proud.”

Luis Arrevillagas, North West Development Manager for BaseballSoftballUK, said: “For new teams, these tournaments are paramount for learning rules that are difficult to coach in a training session.  Playing four or five games in a day is basically a quarter of the number of game most teams will play in a summer league.  It is fantastic to see the newer teams develop over the course of the day and see the softball bug really begin to bite!”

Comp Tournament

The first-ever Comp Tournament in the North West Series took place on Sunday 14 April.

The weather was similar to Saturday, but fewer outbreaks of sun and more wind resulted in a very cold day – as some might well expect in Manchester in April!  Needless to say, everyone remained firmly wrapped up throughout the day.

Seven Manchester-based teams entered, with six games scheduled for each team and finals for the top six.  So the seventh place team earned an early exit and a chance to warm up on the journey home.

After the round-robin, Mavericks, Camels and Greensox were tied with five wins each.  With head-to-head records for the three teams even, runs conceded throughout the day were totalled and excellent fielding paid dividends for the Mavericks and Greensox, who earned their spots in the final with fewest runs conceded.

Camels played Latinos for third place and the Tigers took on the Travelling Dodgers for fifth place.

Final standings

The final standings were:

1 -- Mavericks
2 -- Greensox
3 -- Camels
4 -- Latinos
5 -- Travelling Dodgers
6 -- Tigers
7 -- Mayhem

Luis Arrevillagas said, “We wanted to try something new fixtures-wise, giving every team as much game time as possible and maximum value for money.  Seven games in a one-day tournament is quite a triumph!  We have had really good feedback from team captains, who agree it is fantastic to get so many games under their belts before the season starts next month.”

Linni Mitchell added, “We felt there was a demand for Comp teams in the North West wanting to join in the North West Series fun and are thrilled with the uptake for NWS1.  These teams jumped at the chance to enter this one-day tournament a couple of weeks before the 2019 Manchester Softball League season is set to commence.  I want to extend my gratitude to all 17 captains who entered teams, our umpires over the weekend and our resident photographer Hafiz who has taken some cracking shots. 

“We already excited for North West Series 2 on 29-30 June and hope it will be as much of a belter as NWS1 turned out to be.”


Entry details

To enter a Rec team in North West Series 2 (29 June) click here

To enter a Comp team in North West Series 2 (30 June) click here

To enter a Rec team in North West Series 3 (17 August) click here.

To enter a Comp team in North West Series 3 (18 August) click here.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

BaseballSoftballUK has secured a number of tickets for the inaugural Mitel and MLB Present London Series 2019 between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium on 29 and 30 June and will use them to reward the contributions made by volunteers in the British baseball and softball communities.

To buy these tickets, priced at £60 and £80 plus booking fee and shown as Seat Categories 7 and 8 on the seating diagram, volunteers from the groups set out below will need to apply by 23.59 on Monday 29 April.  BSUK will not be making any money from the tickets and will pass them on for exactly what was paid for them.

The link to apply for tickets is here

Those who have been successful will be notified by email on Tuesday 7 May.

While MLB has already put additional tickets for these games on sale on 11 April because of increased stadium capacity, the hope is that BaseballSoftballUK’s initiative will allow even more loyal baseball and softball volunteers to watch two of the most iconic and exciting teams in Major League Baseball as the sport comes to Europe for the very first time.

When the London Series comes around and the Yankees and the Red Sox come to town, there is every chance that they will both have recovered from their sluggish starts to the season and be vying for first place in the American League East!


Eligible applicants

Volunteers eligible to apply for BSUK’s tickets will come from the following groups:

Softball community recognition

  • Committee members from BSF-affiliated leagues – or leagues may nominate leaders from their teams or clubs.
  • Active BASU members.

Baseball community recognition*

  • Committee members from baseball leagues not affiliated to the BBF.
  • Active members of ABUA-GB.

* BaseballSoftballUK has an agreed working protocol with our Members around the MLB London Series.
   As well as BSUK’s efforts to realise baseball/softball outcomes from MLB London activity, we have been
  mandated by the British Softball Federation to work on their behalf for the benefit of the British softball
  community. The British Baseball Federation has put in place their own plans to engage with its
  members, including the provision of tickets.

Joint community recognition

  • Licensed coaches.
  • Qualified coaches.
  • Academy and HPA coaches and volunteers.
  • BSUK-registered Activators.
  • University baseball or softball team administrators.
  • Club Safeguarding Officers.
  • Little League Baseball and Softball Committee members, umpires and All-Star Team coaches.
  • People who have volunteered to help run a baseball or softball event over the past two years.

Application process

Applicants will be able to apply for up to two tickets for one London Series game.

Applying for tickets mean that you agree to purchase tickets if successful -- but applying does not guarantee that you will receive tickets.

Tickets are non-transferable and non-upgradeable, may not be re-sold and are non-refundable in the event you can no longer use them.


Have a go!

The Major League Baseball games that will be played in London this summer will be a once-in-a-lifetime event – especially for those already involved in our sports.  The games sold out almost immediately, and we know that many members of the British baseball and softball communities may have been unsuccessful when they applied for tickets.

By making some tickets available to some of the most important people in our sports – our volunteers – BaseballSoftballUK hopes that more community members will have the thrill of attending these games in person.

Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview