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 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.
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.
MANCHESTER BASEBALL CLUB is running indoor training on Sundays from 2.00-4.00 pm at the Platt Lane Complex, Yew Tree Rd, Manchester M14 7UU. All players, including beginners, are welcome. For more information, contact John Eaton.
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.