Maybe you've seen Major League Baseball in America played on television, with those big stadiums, colourful uniforms, pitchers throwing the ball at 90 mph and batters hitting it 400 feet!
Well, in Britain, we don't have the big stadiums -- though we do now have our own dedicated baseball centre at Farnham Park near Slough, opened in July 2013 -- and pitchers and batters here are not quite so scary. But we do have baseball clubs all around the country with adult teams (primarily men but women are also welcome) and with youth teams at different age levels. These teams play in leagues that range from social and recreational to very competitive, and most clubs will welcome new players and teach them the game.
There are also Regional and National Academies for youth baseball players, open to anyone aged 10-25 who wants to attend. You can find dates and details in the Events section on the BSUK website or on the Academy Page.
This is now the closed season for outdoor baseball, but many of our clubs run indoor training sessions over the winter, designed in many cases for players who are new to the game and who want to give it a try.
Below are details of open indoor training sessions for baseball taking place over the winter of 2013-14. We will add to this list as we get more information, so re-visit this page from time to time.
Milton Keynes: Indoor baseball sessions will be held on Sundays from 12.30-2.30 pm in November and December 2013 by the Milton Keynes Bucks Baseball Club at the Oakgrove Leisure Centre, Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes MK10 9JQ, and new players are welcome. The first session attended will be free of charge and £5 per session thereafter. For more information, contact Jon Reynolds -- and check with Jon to make sure that the session is taking place on the Sunday you want to attend.
Bracknell: Bracknell Baseball Club will be running an indoor and outdoor (on Astroturf) winter training programme for new players, existing club members and especially for young players, with the aim of creating a satellite youth club. Dates and venues are still to be confirmed, but for more information, please contact Mark Salter.
Nottingham: The Nottingham Rebels Baseball Club is holding open indoor winter training sessions. For more information, including dates, times and venues, contact Shannon Henry.
Brentwood: The Brentwood Baseball Club is holding open indoor winter training session every Sunday morning from 12 January 2014. All ages and levels welcome. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.