News (New to the sport)
With sun, bunting and a coconut shy, the LGBT Rookie Charity Tournament hosted on Saturday 4 June by BSUK and Pride Sports in Manchester had a real carnival atmosphere.
On the 27th of April, on a typical sunny, rainy, windy day in British springtime at Farnham Park, the University of Loughborough’s A Team won BSUK’s National University Softball Championships, to no one’s great surprise, for the third straight time. But how has this dominance been achieved?
BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) and Rounders England are teaming up to put on a showcase event involving the elite female players from GB Softball and the Rounders England national team,
The 2015-16 League, which has run every Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm at the Lucozade Powerleague Trafford Sportsdome since October 2015 (with a short break for Christmas and new year) has been the most successful to date. With twelve teams competing for the title of League Champions and a Cup competition running alongside the league for the Autumn and Winter season.
Excitement was high for the 7-to-11 year old children in BSUK’s Greater Manchester baseball/softball starter programme on Sunday 28 February as they played their first ever indoor game at the Powerleague Soccerdome in Trafford.
Boys and girls aged 5 to 16 are invited to come along to Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre on Sunday 28 February to take part in a fun baseball training session run by the Horsham Junior Baseball Club, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.
Baseball/softball sessions for schoolchildren in Years 3-6 have been running since October this year in Manchester, and have so far brought 28 new young players into the sports.
University softball has been steadily growing in the North West over the past few years, and on Sunday 29 November, three Manchester-based universities competed in a Tri-Softball Cup, hosted at Parrs Wood Playing Fields in Didsbury.
Over the years, some people have asked why it’s not more evident on the ground that participation in baseball and softball has increased as much as it has. Those who hear that participation in teams has gone from 10,000 players in 2008 to nearly 21,800 today might reasonably question how this feels within the sports.
BSUK ran a first-ever National University Baseball and Softball Conference in Kettering on Sunday 27 September, attended by 15 students from across the country.