The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the national governing body of baseball within the United Kingdom. As the NGB we draw up the rules that govern the actions, conduct and ensure they are followed by the members and participants in our sport (baseball). Our Federation is made up of registered club members. Annually we hold an annual general meeting (AGM) for registred club representatives, whereby our clubs discuss and vote on resolutions, appointments and our budget.
In addition, (but not limited to) we organise and govern adult and youth leagues, schedules, competitions, officials, tournaments, we have an association and co-operate with world bodies, keep statistics and records, oversee our national team programme (GB Baseball); source club insurance, we set policies, act in supervisory matters, etc. We are an all volunteer organisation and receive no public funding.
The BBF is a 50% controlling member of BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) along with the British Softball Federation (BSF). BSUK is our joint development agency for the sport of baseball and softball. BSUK receives public funding from Sport England.
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The BBF adult (or senior) leagues are split by ability and geographical location into several divisions. There are four tiers of competitive play, ranging from (the top level of skill and competiton):
From the 2014 season, BBF organised youth leagues and tournaments became more closely aligned with Little League International, which is a global non-profit organisation that has standardised how youth baseball is structured in the majority of baseball-playing countries around the world.
The District Administrator for Little League in the UK is BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK). BSUK is in charge of organising, setting fees and eligibility for Little League in the UK. For any club team wanting to be eligible to any Little League tournament or competition it is required to register and pay a fee to the BBF (as the national governing body of baseball in the UK) according to Little League rules.
Leagues are usually organised locally or regionally into the following divisional age-groups
Senior League Baseball Division (under 17)
Junior League Baseball Division (under 15)
Little League Baseball (Major Division) (under 13)
Minor League Baseball Division (under 12)
Regular season games are organised to be played between March and June, with the UK Little League Qualifier Tournament scheduled in June at Farnham Park. This Little League Qualifiers will determine which teams (from fully registered clubs in the BBF) will represent Great Britain in the European Little League Qualifiers being held in June and July in europe. Successful teams would ultimately progress to the Little League World Series tournaments held at various locations in the United States in August.
When the school holidays are over, each youth baseball club or organisation will have the opportunity to qualify and compete in the BBF Youth National Baseball Champions in September, to determine the most successful youth baseball team in the under 17, under 14 and under 12 age categories.
The BBF Youth National Baseball Championships (YNBC) are held in September at Farnham Park (our national baseball and softball complex).
Additionally, the BBF supports the Play Ball programme run by BaseballSoftballUK, which introduces children aged 8-12 to bat and ball games, usually through their schools or a local league scheme.
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The BBF oversees the Great Britain Baseball (GB Baseball) programme, which includes our National Team for european and world competition. Team GB has recently participated in World Baseball Classic Qualifier, the European Championships and the IBAS Baseball World Cup (2009). Team GB currently holds a ranking of 29tht in the world (according the WBSC).
In 2016, baseball has been reinstated as a Olympic Sport. The BBFs aim is to have GB Baseball qualify, so it can send their National Team to represent Britain in the games.
There are also national teams at the youth level. The GB Juniors (U-19) and GB Cadets (U-16) also compete in European and world competition.