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Youth Mix-n-Match 8th April

02/08/2018, 5:15pm GMT
By BBF

 

“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. 

Skills Competition 

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! 

GB Baseball 

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: 

  • European Championships - Juveniles U12  |   Hungary  July -  exact date TBA
  • European Championships Cadets U15 Qualifier | Croatia 16 - 22 July 
  • European Championships Juniors U18 | Italy 9 -15 July 
  • European Championships U23 Qualifier  |  Slovakia 6 - 12 August 

Farnham Park 

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

  • Professional instruction 
  • Organised Mix-n-Match games 
  • Skills competition 
  • GB Baseball coaches on site

13:00 - 17:00 

  • Professional instruction 
  • Organised Mix-n-Match games 

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 info@britishbaseball.org 

GO BEYOND, PLAY BASEBALL! 

It's fun! 
It’s healthy!
It’s inclusive!
It’s played nationally and internationally!
It’s an Olympic sport! 
It’s for you!

 

 

The Team UK coach-pitch baseball programme has announced its provisional squad selection for the 2018 Super Cup to be held on 1-3 June 2018.

Now in its eighth year, the Super Cup tournament is organised by the Czech Institute for Baseball Development (IBD), and will see 24 teams from across Europe playing three days of tournament baseball at the Tempo Titans Complex in Prague.

Team UK entered the competition for the first time last year and finished 17th in the final rankings and also scooped the Yellow Cup trophy in a consolation final against Lithuania.

Following a period of consultation with club coaches and the families of players, the provisional Team UK squad has been selected as follows:

  • Wyatt Bryson (Leicester Blue Sox)
  • Reuben Crawshaw (Leicester Blue Sox)
  • Euan Gulliver (Brighton Baseball)
  • Rupert Heal (Brighton Baseball)
  • Calvin Musil (London Sports)
  • Ethan O’Brien (Brighton Baseball)
  • Arnav Rai (Leicester Blue Sox)
  • Megan Rollins (Leicester Blue Sox)
  • Sam Stevenson (Brighton Baseball)
  • Owen Wong (London Sports)

The provisional Team UK squad will be added to in the coming weeks as the target roster size is in the region of 12-14 players. Final arrangements are in progress to add players from both London Mets and LYBL to the team.  The final squad for the tournament will be confirmed around the middle of February.

Team UK players will get their first opportunity to train together at the upcoming Perfect Game Academy, which is being held on the weekend of 17-18 February in Cobham, Surrey.

Further practices will be organised on each of the three Bank Holiday Mondays in April and May at a venue to be advised.

Players will also be in action at the upcoming BBF Mix and Match tournament in April.

BBF-affiliated club coaches for the tour will be:

·   Matt Crawshaw (Leicester Blue Sox)

·   Jon Gulliver (Brighton Baseball)

·   Steve Rollins (Leicester Blue Sox)

·   Chris Stevenson (Brighton Baseball)

A Just Giving page has been set up to help with the costs of the tour. Donations are now open click here. 

Amanda Kettle, Treasurer for the BBF, said, "we are in a good financial condition. Moreover, we need to consider the efforts and the fun impact the UK Team will have on youths to take part in playing internationally and represent our clubs. After careful consideration the British Baseball Federation (BBF) have decided to donate £600 towards Team UK coach-pitch baseball programme. We ask everyone to support the UK Team and we hope the players have great fun in CZ.' 

NOTE: The above BBF donation comes from off balance sheet donations raised towards such programmes. It will not affect the BBF operating funds or budget. 

At the time of writing, we have raised £570 + £600 (BBF donation above) = £1170, towards our target of £2,000.

Please donate what you can to help ensure our youngest baseball talent has the best possible chance of success at SuperCup 2018.

 

The National Baseball League (NBL) is the marquee league in the British Baseball Federation (BBF). In 2018, it will be a six-team division, with the announcement the Birmingham Bandits, have been accepted to be a part of the NBL for the upcoming season. There was a lot to consider in the expansion of the NBL from a logistical to a development standpoint, for the BBF.  

The inclusion of Birmingham into the NBL highlights the route of the expansion of our sport in the UK's second largest city population of over 3.6 million. The metropolis is one of the youngest cities in Europe with almost 40% of its population being under 15 years of age. Transportation to and from Birmingham highlights the ease to travel to from by train or car for games. It is the home to five universities and over 73,000 students. The perfect young persons mix to attract the next generation of baseball players in our sport. 

James Moran, coach for the Bandits said  ' I'm really pleased that we are going to be stepping up to facing the best teams in the country. We will play tough but in the right spirit and I am confident we will be competitive from the off. We go into the season with the majority of last years roster, but we will also be significantly strengthening between now and the start of the season. Anyone who wants a challenge, and has the desire to be successful in the NBL should give me a call.'

When considering the benefits of expansion in Birmingham, the BBF board tallied the positives and collectively agreed to vote the Bandits in the NBL.  Further, there was careful consideration given to the benefit of expanding the NBL by a club which has attracted a high calibre of players living in the Midlands to further clubs plan to attract more calibre players from afar to compete at the highest level of baseball in the UK. 

Duncan Hoyle, president of the Bandits, said  ' Its a fantastic day for the club to be accepted into the NBL. It has been a real club effort over the last few seasons to get us to a point where we could make an application to join the NBL,  and now we are part of it we will do everything we can to make the expansion a success. The real hard work for us starts immediately - we have a lot of catching up to do with the established NBL teams but its a challenge we are really up for and looking forward to. I would ask everyone to get behind the club in this venture - its been a long time since a club from outside of the south have been part of the NBL, and if we are to be successful at the highest level then it can only be a positive development for British Baseball. I think we have brilliant leadership for the Bandits with James Moran and Dennis Grogan being two of the most respected coaches in the Midlands who are both hungry to step up and succeed in the NBL.'

With any expansion comes risk, but the management of the Birmingham Bandits assured the BBF of its plan to work on meeting targets. The complete list of teams for the 2018 NBL season are as follows: 

  • Birmingham Bandits 
  • Essex Arrows 
  • Herts Falcons 
  • London Mets
  • Southampton Mustangs
  • London Capitals

A spokesperson for the BBF said, "we congratulate the Birmingham Bandits on being a part National Baseball League.  The Birmingham Bandits now have the benefit to build a fan base and participation in our sport within a great city. GO BANDITS!'

Team name: Birmingham Bandits
Team colours: Purple and black. 
Club president: Duncan Hoyle 
Coaches: James Moran and Dennis Grogan 

Logo (view video below): 

Opening Day for the NBL: 8 April 2018

02/05/2018, 9:30pm GMT
By BBF

Baseball returns! 

The British Baseball Federation (The National Governing Body of Baseball) Opening Day is Sunday, 8th April at Farnham Park (Beaconsfield Rd, Slough SL2 3BP). 

The day starts with the returning National Baseball League (NBL) Champions London Mets vs Southampton Mustangs. Both teams will match up in the doubleheader (game one 11:30). A great start to the 2018 BBF season and a preview of the upcoming league play in four divisions of baseball, e.g., NBL, Triple-A, Double-A, and Single-A. 

The NBL is the marquee division in the BBF and is made up of the top teams in the country. Players in the NBL are a tribute to the abundance of great athletes that compete in all the BBF Leagues. 

As both the Mustangs and Mets open the NBL baseball season, you can expect great competition throughout the year from all our teams (adult and youth). 

This season, both the Mustangs and Mets will be showcasing new young players and veterans who have been a part of past championship teams. A testament to both the Mustangs and Mets is their consistent development of players throughout their programmes and the acquisition of players from afar. By maintaining a sustainable development model of active players, both clubs can not only compete at the highest level in the BBF but also in continental Europe, against other top teams. For example, both sides are scheduled to play later this year in the Confederate European Baseball (CEB) Federations Cup Qualifier planned in the summer. That is, with the London Mets in Pool One playing in Bulgaria (12 - 17 June) and Southampton Mustangs playing in Pool Two in Poland (11- 17 June). Good luck to both Southampton and the Mets later this year as they compete against CEBs top baseball clubs. 

Anyone is welcomed to attend opening day at Farnham Park, as the entrance is free. Opening Day will be made up of a series of other events to be announced in separate announcements which will provide something for youth, adult athletes and our fans. 

New Little League Bat Rules now in effect

New Little League Bat Rules

01/25/2018, 8:00pm GMT
By BSUK

New rules governing bats that can be used in Little League baseball and softball play were announced last year and came into effect on 1 January 2018 with the implementation of the new USA Baseball Bat Standard.  

The result is that many Little League-approved baseball and softball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity in 2018.

For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.

Because this change was announced some time ago, manufacturers have had time to produce bats that will be acceptable under the new rules and to circulate them to suppliers – so it should be possible to purchase bats that will be legal in 2018 and beyond before the start of the new season.

Below are the new Little League rules for each sport.


Baseball

 

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League.  It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and colour-tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat/USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard.

All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season.  Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2-5/8 inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo


Teeball:

 

Under the USABat standard, certified Teeball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEEBALLS.  All Teeball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text.  Teeball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Teeball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com).


Minor/Major Divisions:

The bat shall not be more than 33 inches in length, nor more than 2-5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part.  Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.


Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

The bat shall not be more than 34" inches in length, nor more than 2-5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part.  Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.


Senior League:

The bat shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2-5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part.  Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces).

All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark.  The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting colour.

Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite.  This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting colour.


Little League Challenger Division:

The bat shall not be more than 33 inches in length, nor more than 2-5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part.  Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.


Senior League Challenger Division:

The bat shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2-5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part.  Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces).

All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet either 1) the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark which shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting colour; or 2) the USA Bat standard and shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat/USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard.

Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite.  This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting colour.

In all divisions, a non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end.  Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.


NOTE 1: Wiffle ball-type bats are permissible in all Challenger Divisions.

NOTE 2: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.

NOTE 3: Teeball bats maybe used in the Challenger Divisions. Under the USABat standard, certified Teeball bats (26” and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEEBALLS.  All Teeball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text.  Teeball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Teeball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com).

NOTE 4: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time.  Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play.  The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼.  The 2?-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2?.

NOTE 5: An illegal bat must be removed from play.  Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.

NOTE: BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) is the District Administrator for Little League in the UK.