News (Events and Tournaments)
University College London claimed its first-ever university baseball title with a 1-0 win over Loughborough in the final of BSUK’s Spring National University Baseball Championship on 19 March at Farnham Park. A week later, Loughborough University stormed back to win their fifth straight National University Softball Championship (NUSC) with a walk-off 9-8 win over Midlands rivals Nottingham.
Since the launch of the Manchester Indoor Softball League in 2014, the original three-team league has boomed to 15 teams for the winter 2017 season. Interest in this adapted version of the outdoor game has grown five-fold in just three years, and is gaining popularity week on week.
This weekend, the annual BSUK Awards will be presented from 6:00-8:00 pm at Birmingham City University, immediately following the BSUK Coach Summit. The Awards have been expanded this year to include a Volunteer of the Year and Umpire of the Year in an effort to recognise the wider workforce who impact our sports.
The schedule of clinics, workshops and sessions for the BSUK Coach Summit 2017 has now been released – and the final deadline for buying tickets to this unique and valuable coaching event has been extended through Sunday, 22 January.
This report is designed to highlight where university baseball currently stands in terms of participation and structure at the end of 2016, and to outline plans for the future.
Twelve softball teams came to Farnham Park on Saturday 15 October to contest the autumn edition of the 2016 National University Softball Championships. After eight hours of fierce competition, Loughborough University Thunder claimed their fourth straight national title.
BaseballSoftball UK is now accepting applications from aspiring young coaches and umpires, and from athletes who attend BSUK’s High Performance Academy, who want to be part of the second-ever baseball and softball cohort to attend the annual Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp.
BSUK is running its next Time to Listen safeguarding course on Monday 17 October in Northampton from 5.45-8.45 pm at Northamptonshire Sport, John Dryden House, 8-10 The Lakes, Northampton NN4 7YD.
Conner Brown, an 18-year-old Great Britain Baseball catcher, recently spent three weeks at the Armin Wolf Arena in Regensburg, Germany receiving instruction from, among others, Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and World Series winner Steve Finley as part of Major League Baseball’s annual Elite Camp.
The third annual Insurance Institute of Manchester (IIM) Tournament got off to a wet start —and middle, and finish – on Friday 19 August at Parrs Wood School in Didsbury, with continuous downpours throughout day. However, this didn’t dampen the spirit of the occasion, with players from nine insurance corporations embracing the weather and enjoying the day in true Manchester style, with raindrops dripping from their company baseball caps and umbrellas.