“If you could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball.” Cal Ripken.
As the National Governing Body of Baseball, one of our objectives is to promote our sport to all, and it starts with the next generation.
On Sunday, 8th April, the British Baseball Federation is hosting a Mix-n-Match event for youths to experience baseball. The day includes a full day of baseball for all kids. Regardless, whether you are a beginner, skilled, girl or boy, you are welcomed to attend. There is no need to be a part of a team; we will mix you with players matched with your age and skill. Games will be organised all day, and we will provide professional instruction, in between games. Also, there will be coaches from our member's clubs available to assist and organise the kids. Teams will be arranged based on skill and ages.
It's a great day of baseball as there will be youths from all over the UK and coaches to assist. Families are welcome to attend. There are scheduled adult baseball games taking place, on adjacent diamonds also to watch. For example, our top League is the National Baseball League (NBL). Opening Day in the NBL is taking place on the same day, between the Southampton Mustangs v London Mets. You can go over at any time and watch the action of some of the top teams in the country compete.
We will be hosting a Skills Competition for youths, e.g., who runs the fastest around the bases, who can throw the furthest for accuracy and a hitting competition. There will be prizes awarded. So kids give it a chance!
Baseball is an Olympic sport. GB Baseball coaches will be available to answer questions about how to be a part of GB Baseball and the opportunities for kids. Further, coaches will evaluate youth players over at our Skills Competition, who are interested in making our new GB Baseball U12 team.
This year, GB Baseball (a part of the British Baseball Federation) will be sending a record of four teams to the Confederation of European Baseball Tournaments this summer to compete in Europe:
The day's action is all happening on four baseball fields at Farnham Park, Beaconsfield Road, Slough, SL2 3BP. Farnham Park is the national facility for baseball and softball. Situated in between all of the fields at Farnham Park is the Home Plate Kitchen (HPK), where hot food and cold drinks will be on sale all day. There is even a recreational area at HPK to relax, play some table tennis and make new friends. Plenty of free parking.
So, come out and enjoy a great day of baseball lined up by the British Baseball Federation. It’s a great way for the BBF and its members to showcase the great experience and fun, youths can take part in playing baseball. There is no fee to watch and for youths to take part in any of our events.
Schedule (subject to change) among all the fields
Time: 9:00- 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Mid day we will be organising the kids near the NBL game to watch, take a break, get a snack, ask questions to our professional coach and our GB Coaches. Further, prizes and GB Baseball merchandise will be available. We will then resume our afternoon schedule.
How it works
Upon arrival, you will be assisted and directed to what group and field your assigned. Periodically, you will be rotated to fields to take part (optional) in the Skills Competition, professional instruction clinic, and learning more about the GB Baseball experience.
Come and leave at any time. It is a relaxed day of baseball and fun for the entire family.
Please refer to our website www.britishabseball.org and Twitter @britishbaseball, for further updates the closer we get to the 8th April. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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