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.
Guildford: Open indoor baseball training sessions will be held on Suday mornings from 11.00 am-1.00 pm until the end of March at Christ's College, Larch Ave, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1JY. For more information, email Michael Burdett on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guildford: A Baseball/Softball Easter Holidays FISH programme for children will be held on Thursday 10 April at Kings College, Southway, Guildford, Surrey GU2 8DU. For more information, email Michael Burdett on: email@example.com.
Tonbridge: Tonbridge Baseball Club is running open training sessions every Sunday from 15:15-17:00 pm on the astroturf at Tonbridge School until the middle of April. Location: http://goo.gl/maps/nd9iA. For more information, contact David Mote on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liverpool: The Liverpool Trojans will be running open indoor training sessions on Sundays during the pre-season period starting at noon at Bootle Stadium, Maguire Avenue, Bootle, Merseyside L20 9PQ. For more information or team enquiries, email: email@example.com.
Northamptonshire: The new Northants Centurions Baseball Club is holding an "Introduction to Baseball" session for new players on 19 March. Go to www.pitchero.com/clubs/northantsbaseballclub for more information.
Bolton: Bolton Baseball Club will be holding open indoor training sessions on an all-weather pitch on Sundays during the pre-season period from 12.00-2.00 pm at Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6LB. For more information or team enquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manchester: Manchester Baseball Club will be running open indoor training sessions on Sundays during the pre-season period from 3.00-5.00 pm in the larger outside Dome at the Platt Lane Complex, Yew Tree Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 7UU. For more information or team enquiries, email: SeniorSec@manchesterbaseballclub.co.uk.
Oldham: Oldham Baseball Club will be running open indoor training sessions on Wednesday evenings during the pre-season period from 8.00-9.00 pm at the Royton & Crompton School, Blackshaw Lane, Oldham OL2 6NT. For more information or team enquiries, email: email@example.com.
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 every Thursday from 6.30-7.30 pm at Ellis Guilford School. All are welcome. For more information, go to: www.nottsbaseball.com/Rebels/adult-baseball/.
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.
South London: The South London Pirates Baseball Club will train indoors at the world-famous Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Ledrington Road, London SE19 2BB from 12.00 to 2.00 pm on the following Sundays in 2014: 19 January, 2 February, 9 February, 16 February, 23 February, 2 March and 9 March. The cost for each session will be £8 per player, with discounted rates available for students. New players of all skill levels will be welcomed from across the London area as well as returning veterans. Anyone interested should contact the club through its website (www.southlondonpirates.co.uk) or by email: email@example.com.