Run out as your favourite MLB team at the inaugural BSUK Slowpitch Cup!

Fri 21 Feb 2020

31 March Update: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the BSUK Slowpitch Cup for May has been suspended. For more information, click here.

The BaseballSoftballUK Slowpitch Cup comes to Farnham Park with a slowpitch softball open invitation tournament celebrating your favourite team!

Participating teams will each represent a baseball team and run out in that team’s colours! Played across two days, teams will be grouped into the American and National Leagues, culminating in ‘World Series’ Finals.

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The format is based on Australia’s Fully Loaded Softball, allowing teams to get more game time with rapid, action packed games and fun rules including loaded bases. This tournament is open to all grades.

DOWNLOAD THE TOURNAMENT RULES HERE

Each player will receive a playing T-shirt of their selected MLB team included within the entry fee. 

In 2015, BSUK ran a similar MLB themed softball tournament which was a real success. Thanks to backing from Major League Baseball themselves, 38 participating teams ditched their standard kits and, for one weekend, were able to play as one of a number of iconic MLB teams, including the San Francisco Giants and last year’s London Series participants, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

The origins of the BSUK Slowpitch Cup date back to 1997, when the first tournament celebrating MLB teams was held in the UK, and it is hoped that the 2020 event will be just as successful. The goal is to make this event a recurring fixture on the British Softball Federation (BSF) national event calendar for years to come.

FAQs

Who’s the tournament aimed at?

The tournament welcomes teams competing at all levels, from recreational to competitive grade.

We plan to divide the competition in to rookie, rec and comp categories, grouping teams based on their level. For example, if you normally play at C grade, then you’ll play against other typical C grade level teams. To support with this process, please state your normal playing level on the entry form.

Please note, exact groups will be dependent on entries.

Six reasons why should you enter?

There are so many reasons and here are just some of them!          

  • The first three teams to register will receive an invitation to an exclusive London Series event! All participating teams will also get the chance to win MLB-related prizes throughout the weekend.
  • You want to mix things up a bit and try something a bit different.
  • Most of the normal ISF slowpitch rules you’re used to playing will apply with just a sprinkling of new ones to mix things up a bit (but not too much), such as:
    • You start every innings with runners on all bases (starting at the bottom of the order and rotating back up the order each innings)
    • It’s quicker! You sprint out and back during changeovers, there’s no warm up pitching or throwing the ball around endlessly. Dilly dallying is for lawn bowls.
    • You have a 1-1 count when coming up to bat. A great way to encourage hitting.
    • Each game will last 45 minutes
    • Take a look at the full rules here if you’re so inclined.
  • It’s a great opportunity to dust off the cobwebs early on in the season.
  • All teams will get the chance to play on the dirt fields and diamonds. Sharing is caring!
  • It’s a long weekend… you could stay at home and do DIY… or play softball!

The first three teams to register will receive an invitation to an exclusive London Series event, so register quickly! All participating teams will also get the chance to win MLB-related prizes throughout the weekend. 

Event Details

Date: TBA

Venue: Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex, Beaconsfield Road, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire SL2 3BP

Event Organiser: Samuel Haslam

Registration/Enquiriestournaments@bsuk.com

Cost: £300 per team

REGISTER HEREhttps://bsuk.wufoo.com/forms/m1wb75qj0jxf1gy/

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