Maybe you've seen Major League Baseball in America played on television, with those big stadiums, colourful uniforms, pitchers throwing the ball over 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.
The 2015 baseball season has now ended, so the emphasis over the winter will be on recruiting and training. Many clubs will run open training sessions over the closed season where new players will be welcome, and these are listed below.
We will add to this list as we get more information, so re-visit this page from time to time.
The following clubs or organisations are running open recruitment and/or training sessions during the winter where new players will be welcome in the lead-up to the 2016 season.
BOLTON ROBOTS OF DOOM BASEBALL CLUB will hold indoor sessions at Smithills Sports Centre, Smithills Dean Rd, Bolton, BL1 6JS from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on the following Sundays: November 15 and 22 and December 6 and 20. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/Official.Robots.Of.Doom, http://www.boltonbaseball.org or https://twitter.com/BoltonBaseball.
MANCHESTER BASEBALL CLUB is running indoor sessions for adult and youth players during November at the Platt Lane Dome, Platt Lane Complex, Yew Tree Rd, Manchester, M14 7UU. Adults will train from 3.00-4.00 pm on Sundays 15 and 22 November, while Juniors will train from 4.00-5.00 pm on those same dates. For more information, email email@example.com or see https://www.facebook.com/manchesterbaseball, http://www.manchesterbaseballclub.co.uk, https://twitter.com/mbcbaseball or https://twitter.com/mancbaseball.
HALTON JAGUARS BASEBALL CLUB will run outdoor training over the winter on Sundays from 12.00-2.00 pm at John Mills Ball Park, Murdishaw Avenue, WA7 6HP Runcorn, and indoor training on Thursdays from 8.30-9.30 pm at Sandy Moor School, Wharford Lane, Sandymoor, Cheshire WA7 1QU. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://www.haltonbaseballclub.org.uk or https://twitter.com/haltonbaseball.
UNIVERSITY BASEBALL SESSIONS
Leeds Beckett (outdoor) – Mondays from 7.00-9.00 pm at 3G pitch, Headingley Campus, LS16 5LF. For more, information, use Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/794369087302042/?fref=ts) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/LBU_Baseball).
Leeds Beckett (indoor) – Thursdays from 5.00-6.00 pm at Blue Sports Hall, Headingley Campus, LS16 5LF. For more, information, use Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/794369087302042/?fref=ts) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/LBU_Baseball).
University of Leeds – Sundays from 11.00 am-1.00 pm at Blue AstroTurf Pitch, Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus, LS6 3HF. For more information, use Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BaseballLeeds) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/BaseballLeeds).
KENT MARINERS BASEBALL CLUB is looking for players of all abilities to join them for the 2016 season playing in the BBF's Single-A South Division. Anyone interested in attending can sign up through the club Facebook page or contact the club through its website: www.kentmariners.co.uk.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE BASEBALL CLUB will hold open indoor baseball training sessions every Tuesday evening (during term time) from 7.00-9.00 pm in the main Sports Hall at Woodham Academy, Washington Crescent, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham DL5 4AX. All players, including beginners, are welcome. For further details contact Mike Holton on: email@example.com.
HORSHAM JUNIOR BASEBALL CLUB is always ready to welcome boys and girls aged 5-16 at all levels of ability. For more information about our fun training sessions and games, please email the club's membership secretary, Hazel Dean or call on 07519 847 295.
More listings coming soon.