BSUK Announces 2017-2018 Academy Dates and High Performance Academy Tryout Dates

Fri 25 Aug 2017

BaseballSoftballUK is pleased to announce its Academy dates for both the Baseball Academy programme and Softball Academy programme in addition to its High Performance Academy for the 2017-2018 training season. While the current 2017 season is coming to a close, with both the British Softball National Championships and the British Baseball Championships just around the corner, BSUK’s talent programme is looking ahead to the 2018 season under the leadership of new Academy Director Jason Holowaty.

Holowaty, who succeeded Will Lintern this summer said of the programme: “I look forward to continuing to build a world-class athlete development system for British Baseball and Softball and improving on the great results we’ve seen at the international levels this past summer”.

GB Head Coach Liam Carroll will be returning as the Head Coach for the Academy Baseball programme, and Robbie Robison will helm the Academy Softball Programme.  Both will be joined by fellow coaches within the GB National Teams programmes (Baseball and Softball). 

Dates

This season, the High Performance Academy tryouts will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Farnham Park for both Baseball and Softball, with a rainout date of Sunday 1st October 2017. The Academy season will open with a joint National Practice for both Baseball and Softball at Farnham Park on Saturday 30th September 2017.

The following Academy and HPA dates have been confirmed and BSUK encourages all players, coaches, and clubs to put these dates on their calendars.

BSUK Academy and HPA Schedule 2017/18
Date Location Session
24 Sept 2017

Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex

High Performance Academy Tryouts - Baseball and Softball
30 Sept 2017 Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex National Academy Opening Day - Baseball and Softball

21 Oct 2017

Langley Academy  

Trafford Sports Dome

Regional baseball - South

Regional Baseball - North

29 Oct 2017 TBC: Datchet & Eton Leisure Centre High Performance Academy - Opening Day
4 Nov 2017

Alan Higgs - Coventry

Langley Academy

Trafford Sportsdome

National Softball Academy

Regional Baseball - South

Regional Baseball - North

11 Nov 2017 Langley Academy Regional Softball
12 Nov 2017 Charnwood College Regional Softball - Midlands/North
25 Nov 2017 TBA National Softball Academy
2 Dec 2017

Langley Academy

Trafford Sportsdome

Regional Baseball - South

Regional Baseball - North

9 Dec 2017 Langley Academy Regional Softball - South
10 Dec 2017 Trafford Sportsdome Regional Softball - North/Midlands
20 Jan 2018

Alan Higgs - Coventry

Langley Academy

Trafford Sportsdome

National Softball Academy

Regional Baseball - South

Regional Baseball - North

10 Feb 2018

TBA

Langley Academy

National Baseball Academy

Regional Softball - South

11 Feb 2018 Charnwood College Regional Softball - Midlands/North
17 Feb 2018

TBA

Langley Academy

Trafford Sportsdome

National Softball Academy

Regional Baseball - South

Regional Baseball - North

3 Mar 2018

TBA

Langley Academy

Trafford Sportsdome

National Softball Academy

Regional Baseball - South

Regional Baseball - North

17 Mar 2018 Langley Academy Regional Softball - South
18 Mar 2018 Trafford Sportsdome Regional Softball - North/Midlands

 

Academy Baseball and Softball

The Academy Baseball and Softball programmes will be slightly different from one another for the 2017-2018 season.  This year, the Academy Baseball programme will be more regionally focused, with six regional practices and four national practices.  Academy Softball programming will be much the same as last year, with four regional practices and six national practices. The Academy programme is open to all boys and girls aged 10 to 25 regardless of ability, who wish to improve and maximise their potential. 

Player registration for BSUK Academy programming is now open via the Academy website.

High Performance Academy

BaseballSoftballUK will continue to build upon the success of the High Performance Academy, which is funded by Sport England and to expand upon the holistic athlete-centred development approach. This year’s programme will include mid-week practices as well as National HPA practices on the weekend, and weekly Facebook Live sessions.  Mid-week practices will begin in earnest the week of the 9th October 2017 running through to the end of April 2018. The HPA season will officially open on 29th October, where athletes who successfully trialed for the programme will be guided through a series of workshops outlining the culture and expectations of the programme, goal setting, lifestyle management and physical baseline testing to set benchmarks by which the HPA staff can then assess the athletes development over the training season. The High Performance Academy is open to boys (baseball) and girls (fastpitch softball) aged 13 to 19.  Anyone wishing to be a part of the HPA programme MUST attend tryouts on Sunday 24th September at Farnham Park.

Registration for the HPA tryouts is now open via the Academy website.

More Information

More information about BaseballSoftballUK’s Academy and High Performance Academy Programme can be found on the Academy website. This will be updated further as we approach the start of the Academy season. For further enquiries, please contact Academy Director .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Assistant Director .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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