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EventsPosted by admin Sun, October 29, 2017 08:24:04

With the Leicester Blue Sox AGM fast approaching (November 12th, 1pm-4pm at Brockington College, Enderby, Leicester) the club is seeking passionate and motivated volunteers to join the management committee. If you have skills and experience that you feel could help the club (I.e. project management, marketing, media and digital content, coaching) we would especially like to hear from you.

About the Committee
The committee works to develop and maintain the interests of the club through the administering of initiatives and various other projects. The committee meets either in person or online every 2-3 months to discuss club matters and guide the future direction of the club. Being on the committee requires a small time commitment of around 1 hour per week.

At the upcoming AGM appointments will be made to the following roles: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Welfare Officer, Volunteer Coordinator, Officials Coordinator, Media and Marketing Officer, and Events Coordinator. If you would like to register your interest in any of the roles outlined above, would like more information about any of the roles, or feel that you could help the club in any other way, please email Volunteer Coordinator, Dave Burke at volunteer@leicesterbluesox.co.uk.



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Blue Sox crowned 2017 Double-A National Champions

Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, September 19, 2017 16:47:17


SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

Three excellent and dramatic finals were played today at Farnham Park as National Champions for 2017 were crowned in the British Baseball Federation’s Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A divisions.

The first game to get under way, at 11.00 am on a cool and cloudy morning, was the Double-A final between the Leicester Blue Sox and Tonbridge, both teams that had won the Single-A National Championship in recent seasons. This turned out to be a tense and well-pitched game that was in doubt until Leicester scored four runs in a bizarre top of the ninth inning to turn a 5-4 lead into a much more comfortable 9-4 advantage. It’s not often that one player can be said to win a baseball game single-handed, but in this case the evidence was pretty clear. Read the report below to find out why the MVP award could only have gone to Leicester’s Rikson Martina.

DOUBLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Leicester Blue Sox 9, Tonbridge 4

This final was in doubt until Leicester pulled away in what became a nightmare top of the ninth inning for Tonbridge, but in truth, this game was the Rikson Martina show.

The mercurial Leicester star, who was a live-wire catcher in Saturday’s semi-final win over the Latin Boys, took the mound in this game and threw the full nine innings and 139 pitches, giving up only three hits and five walks while striking out five. Tonbridge had baserunners in seven of the nine innings, but Martina used his curve ball to good effect and got 13 infield ground outs.

“I didn’t want to go more than 140 pitches,” Martina said after the game. “And I beat it by one!”

But that was only half of Martina’s contribution; the rest came with the bat.

Martina had four hits in five trips to the plate, including a triple, a double and three RBIs, plus two stolen bases and two runs scored.

If Tonbridge never see Rikson Martina again, it will probably be too soon.

Neither side scored during the first three innings, and to begin with, it was Tonbridge starter Cristian Secareanu who held down the Blue Sox. But Secareanu had pitched the full game during Tonbridge’s semi-final win on Saturday, and he left the mound with one out in the Leicester third inning, replaced by Sorin Puiu.

Puiu finished off the third inning without difficulty, but ran into trouble in the top of the fourth as Leicester opened the scoring with three runs. Rikson Martina’s triple was the big blow, but three Tonbridge errors helped the Blue Sox cause.

Leicester stretched the lead to 4-0 with a run in the top of the fifth inning. Rob Seward singled, stole second, and came in, inedvitably, on Rikson Martina’s double.

But in the bottom of the fifth the Tonbridge offense finally got going and cut the deficit to 4-3 on singles by Matt Styles and Laurence Hodgkins plus two Leicester errors.

Over the next three eventful innings, each team had plenty of chances but could only add one run each, and so Leicester held a slender 5-4 lead when they came to bat in the top of the ninth inning, knowing that Tonbridge would have the final turn at the plate.

But everything that could go wrong for Tonbridge did so in a long and painful half-inning. Leicester had three hits, and none of them left the infield. Sorin Puiu committed a balk that sparked a long argument that got Tonbridge Manager Amanda Murphy ejected. There was also a hit-by-pitch and a throwing error by Puiu when he had a Leicester runner dead to rights between second and third. The result of all this mayhem was four big runs for Leicester that took the wind out of the Tonbridge sails.

A tiring – and no wonder – Rikson Martina walked pinch-hitter Gen Edwards to open the bottom of the ninth inning, and Ben Carter followed with a single. But Leicester’s good fortune continued. Laurence Hodgkins hit a soft liner to Giedrius Janulevicius at third, and even though Janulevicius threw the ball into right field trying to double off Gen Edwards, Leicester got the out anyway when the ball was returned because Edwards had never tagged up.

When Martin Barker hit a one-hopper back to Martina, Rikson held the ball for a second in silent celebration, then fired to first to end the game and cue the real celebrations, with Leicester players forming a mass on the mound.

“We definitely played to our strengths,” Leicester Manager Alan Edington said afterwards, “and micro-managing the players today gave them the freedom to do this. Cool heads prevailed – at least most of the time! And Rikson Martina telling me he wanted to pitch the whole game made things easier – I just had to let him do it!”

SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Semi-final games in the BBF’s Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A National Championships started at 9.30 this morning and finished in the cold, dark and damp, well after 7.00 pm. But we now know who will play the finals on Sunday.

Six semi-finals were played on the two baseball diamonds at Farnham Park today in weather which was mostly cold and cloudy, but with a few fleeting glimpses of the sun and one short but vicious rain and hailstorm -- weather more suited to March than mid-September.

Leicester Blue Sox 17, Latin Boys 3 (7 innings)

The Latin Boys probably came into this game as favourites, and at the end of three innings they only trailed 3-2.

The threat of a big inning by Leicester in the top of the third was averted when the Latin Boys brought in Yefri Aguilar to replace starter Alex Lopez with one out and the bases loaded, and Aguilar struck out Scott McMillan and Chris Mee to end the threat.

But that was really the end of the road for the Latin Boys, as Leicester scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning and steadily pulled away for a mercy rule win after seven innings, scoring three more in the top of the fifth, two in the sixth and a final three in the seventh.

Catcher Rik Martina had a single, a double and three walks for Leicester while Rob Seward and Andy Davidson each had three hits.

But the main reason for Leicester’s unexpectedly easy win was pitcher Justinas Raupenas, who pitched the full seven innings, struck out 13 Latin Boys and gave up only four hits and four walks. The Latin Boys had at least one baserunner in every inning but the sixth, but Raupenas came up with big pitches when he needed them, ending five of the seven innings on strikeouts.

Long before the end, it was clear that the Blue Sox would be at Farnham Park on Sunday.






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Sox top Storm to advance to 2017 NBCs

Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, September 05, 2017 20:00:41


The stage was set for the BBF Double-A quarter-final between Leicester Blue Sox and Long Eaton Storm on Sunday just gone. The magnitude and importance was felt across both squads leading up to first pitch, with signs of rain sure to fall.

A solid start to the game was made by the Sox, with Long Eaton falling behind by four runs coming up to the mid-way point of the game. Justas Raupenas was in control of the game at this stage but could the Storm battle back?

In the latter stages of the game, the pressure was starting to tell and nerves were beginning to mount in the Leicester dugout as Long Eaton clawed their way back into the game.

With the rain now in full flow, Blue Sox went into the bottom of the last inning holding onto a 9-5 lead.

Two more runs crossed the plate but Martin Andrews turned the screw on Long Eaton with a vital outfield catch for the second out of the inning and Raupenas held his nerve to strike out the last batter to secure 9-7 win for the Light Blues.

The Sox march onto Farnham Park on the weekend of the 16/17 September for the 2017 Double-A National Baseball Championships. First up on the Saturday is a semi-final encounter against the top seed from the south. Based on current standings that could mean the East London Latin Boys although they need to overcome their own quarter-final playoff this weekend.

With the final set for the Sunday 17 September, Leicester are theoretically two wins away from securing their third National Championship in eight seasons and they will relish going into these finals as underdogs.

Still a lot of baseball to go!

Photo: Julia Upton @JulesU13
Report: Rob Seward



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Big dreams for Little Sox!

EventsPosted by admin Sun, May 28, 2017 20:30:37

Four Leicester youngsters are travelling to Prague this half term week to play at an international baseball tournament.

Reuben Crawshaw, Ben Fox, Arnav Rai and Megan Rollins from the Leicester Blue Sox have been selected for the inaugural United Kingdom under-10s team, along with 10 other players from around the country.

The team flies out to the Czech Republic on Thursday 1 June, with three days of baseball action between Friday 2 June and Sunday 4 June.

It is the first time a UK national team has been formed in this age group. In addition to the top teams from the Czech Republic they will be joining teams from countries such as Austria, Belarus, China, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia and Spain.

Team UK has been drawn in Group C, alongside the Belarus national team and four Czech Republic teams. In order to progress further in the tournament they will need to finish in the top two places in their group after the first couple of days' play.

Matt Crawshaw, Junior Teams Manager at Leicester Blue Sox said “what a fantastic opportunity for four of our talented youngsters. They have been training for this tournament since February including national team practice in London on the bank holidays. It will be a proud moment seeing our Team UK players putting on a national team jersey for the first time!”

Team UK’s first game is against Klasik Frydek-Mistek from the Czech Republic at 10am (UK time) on Friday 2 June.

You can follow their progress in the European SuperCup via the official tournament website:

https://supercup.baseball.cz/en/supercup/





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Little Sox for boys & girls ages 4-9

NewsPosted by admin Wed, April 05, 2017 06:42:38


What is Little Sox?

Little Sox is a baseball and softball development programme for boys and girls aged 4-9. Our sessions are split into two age-groups Tee Ball (ages 4-6) and Coach Pitch (ages 7-9).

What happens at the sessions?

We will teach your child how to:

*Hit the ball off ‘tee’ or a ‘coaches pitch’

*Run the bases

*Catching and throwing

*Gain an understanding of the basic rules

*Play minimally competitive development games

At the end of each session, the kids huddle together for a big ‘Blue Sox high five’ and coaches hand out sweets and MLB baseball cards to keep. Our main focus is on having fun, making friends and being a good team-mate.


What about the parents?

Parents are just as important as the kids – we want you to get involved too and not just watch!

We would like you to play an active role in Little Sox; assisting the coaches (or becoming a coach), encouraging the players, helping tidying up equipment and when we have our special event days, helping running our hot dog stand, fundraising and generally help create a warm and family friendly atmosphere at the ballpark!

Being a super-volunteer help creates an enjoyable and sustainable programme. The more you put into it, the more your child will LOVE Little Sox!

How much does it cost?

Your first Little Sox session is free and we then have a membership scheme of £20 per player (for the season) that helps meets the running costs of the programme. The cost can be spread in two monthly £10 instalments.

We also have great deals on official Little Sox T-shirts, hats, hoodies and baseball pants, which are re-sold on a pass-through cost basis.


When and where are your sessions?

Our sessions are weekly on Sunday afternoons as follows:

Tee Ball ages 4-6 (12.30pm-1.30pm)

Coach Pitch ages 7-9 (1.30pm-2.30pm)

If you are uncertain which age group is suitable for your child then please get in touch. We are happy to play kids up or down age groups, when considering size, ability and circle of friends.

Our first session this season will be on Sunday 23 April 2017 and sessions run weekly (except Fathers Day) until mid-July.

We then have a short break at the onset of the school summer holidays before returning mid-August and closing the season in September.

Our T-Ball diamond is located at:

Leicester Blue Sox Baseball Club

Western Park

Park View

Leicester

LE3 6SJ

Directions: http://www.leicesterbluesox.co.uk/html/location.html

What should my child wear?

Comfortable clothing is fine and trainers. If the pitch is on the soggy side, you may want to consider investing in a pair of basic football boots. Be prepared to get muddy!

All other equipment; bats, balls, gloves, helmets/safety equipment is supplied by the club.

How do I register?

Please complete the following parental consent form and bring to your first session (only applies to new players):

http://www.leicesterbluesox.co.uk/juniors/html/Blue%20Sox_Parent_Permission_Form.pdf

In addition, players want to register now as members should complete the following online form (this applies to new and existing players wanted to sign up for the whole season):

https://leicesterbluesox.wufoo.co.uk/forms/leicester-blue-sox-2017-member-registration/

Any questions? Simply drop us an email:

juniors@leicesterbluesox.co.uk











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Midland Spring League – pre-season baseball in April!

EventsPosted by admin Tue, April 04, 2017 13:49:22


The 2017 baseball pre-season gets underway this month in our region, courtesy of the Midlands Spring League (MSL)

Planned by the new BBF Central sub-committee, the MSL will organise a schedule of games over three consecutive Sundays, starting on 9th April.

The schedule of games for each Sunday is as follows:

Leicester - Western Park

9th April

10.00-12.00 Leicester Blue Sox v Birmingham Bandits
12.15-14.15 Milton Keynes Bucks v Stourbridge Titans
14.30-16.30 East Midlands Wolfpack v Northampton Centurions

16th April

10.00-12.00 Milton Keynes Bucks v Leicester Blue Sox
12.15-14.15 Birmingham Bandits v Long Eaton Storm
14.30-16.30 Leicester Blue Sox v Stourbridge Titans

23rd April

10.00-12.00 Leicester Blue Sox v Long Eaton Storm
12.15-14.15 Long Eaton Storm v Stourbridge Titans
14.30-16.30 Milton Keynes Bucks v Birmingham Bandits

Birmingham - Marston Green

23rd April

12.15-14.15 Northampton Centurions v Birmingham Outlaws
14.30-16.30 Birmingham Outlaws v East Midlands Wolfpack




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Sign-up for Youth Baseball Camp 2017 (ages 5-9)

EventsPosted by admin Mon, December 05, 2016 18:24:42


REGISTER/PAY FOR YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP VIA THIS LINK

Boys and girls aged 5 to 9 will be having great fun, learning new skills and making friends at the Leicester Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp 2017! Our camp is being held during the February half-term week between Monday 13 February and Friday 17 February 2017.

What is the Youth Baseball Camp?

The Youth Baseball Camp is a pre-season half-term activity suitable for children who would like to give the sport of baseball a try and also for existing Little Sox members who wish to improve their skills.

The Camp consists of five sessions during the half-term week between 9.30am-2.30pm. You can book your child onto the camp for 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days.

Our lead coaches are DBS-checked and child welfare trained. In addition, Leicester Blue Sox are a Club Mark accredited club by Sport England, in recognition of the quality of our junior programme.

Who are you looking for?

The Camp is suitable for both boys and girls, ages 5 to 9. Whether they are complete beginners or have some existing experience in baseball, softball or tee-ball.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Youth Baseball Camp is as follows:

1 day (£20)
2 days (£30)
3 days (£40)
4 days (£50)
5 days (£60)

Included within the price, your child will also be provided with their very own 2017 Leicester Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp t-shirt at their first session to keep.

When and where are your sessions?

Our five sessions will be held 9.30am-2.30pm on the following days:

Monday 13 February 2017
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Wednesday 15 February 2017
Thursday 16 February 2017
Friday 17 February 2017

All sessions are held at the following venue:

West Gate School Indoor Sports Hall
Glenfield Road
Leicester
LE3 6DG

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/m8sndu6EF1u


What do I need to bring?

All equipment is provided, your child simply needs to attend wearing appropriate comfortable indoor clothing (ie t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms/joggers/shorts and indoor trainers).

Bring a bottle of water for hydration and plenty of enthusiasm!

There will be a set lunch break each day, between 12pm-12.30pm. Please ensure your child brings a packed lunch and enough still drinks for the day (i.e. water, squash or fruit juice but not fizzy drinks).

Changing facilities and toilets are available on site.

How do I register and pay?

Registration is simple! All you need to do is complete the following online registration form

REGISTER/PAY FOR YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP VIA THIS LINK

There are a number of payment options available including electronic banking, cheque by post and PayPal. Full details are on the registration form.

Don’t miss out!

Please note due to the size of hall, places will be limited. Registration will be closing on Friday 20 January to allow for the fulfillment of our t-shirt order. Registration could actually close sooner than this if the camp is fully subscribed beforehand.

Frequently asked questions

My child is over the age of 9, what pre-season training is happening for that age group?

We will resume outdoor practice for our u13/u16 age-groups earlier than previous seasons. We expect them to be held on selected Saturdays or Sundays from mid-March.

We also are arranging a trip to the baseball batting cages near Wembley on Sunday 26 March.

Finally, if your child is age 14 or older in 2017, they are eligible to attend our Baseball & Softball Boot Camp being held on selected Sundays during February 2017.

If you do have any queries about which sessions are appropriate for your child please email us: juniors@leicesterbluesox.co.uk

What about Little Sox sessions, when do they start outdoor?

Little Sox opening day is Sunday 23 April, we will be running three age groups on Sunday afternoons during the spring and summer. Under 7’s/tee-ball 12.30pm-1.30pm, Under 10’s/coach-pitch 1.30pm-2.30pm and Under 13’s/player-pitch 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Do you have an online calendar showing all known dates for 2017?

Yes - you can keep updated here throughout the season, once we start adding known dates.

http://www.leicesterbluesox.co.uk/html/calendar.html

Any further questions?

If you need any further information please feel free to email the club

juniors@leicesterbluesox.co.uk

Or call us 07583 863325

We look forward to seeing you during our February half-term Youth Baseball Camp!







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Blue Sox Juniors & Little Sox trip to Wembley

EventsPosted by admin Sun, December 04, 2016 16:19:16


To celebrate the start of the 2017 youth baseball season, Leicester Blue Sox are organising a joint Juniors & Little Sox club trip to Wembley on Sunday 26 March 2017.

The day has been planned as follows:

Morning - Trip to the Baseball batting cages at Northwick Park (near Wembley)


Playgolf London is home to the UK’s first automatic American-style baseball and softball batting cages. The venue boasts authentic USA style pitching machines set up for all levels of player.

  • Slow Pitch Softball: suitable for ages 6+
  • Fast Pitch Softball: grown-ups, 3 speeds
  • 3-speed Baseball: small balls, harder to hit

No need to bring anything down, equipment (helmet and baseball bat) is provided with our booking.


Afternoon - England vs Lithuania at Wembley Stadium


With Christmas now just around the corner, the FA are pleased to let everyone know that they’ll be running a special offer on tickets for England v Lithuania – the Three Lions’ first home match of 2017.

If you book before 12 December, as well as receiving your tickets in time for Christmas Day, you will also receive the following special gifts with each order:

• One voucher to collect a free match day programme on the day of the game
• One exclusive England Christmas card from the Senior Men’s England team

Tickets are now on general release and are £20 adult and £10 child in the family enclosure.

Link to purchase tickets here (you can enrol as an FA member for free)

https://ticketingcontent.thefa.com//England%20v%20Lithuania

Once the club knows how many members have booked tickets for the England game, we will then arrange a club booking for baseball batting cages for those who are interested and then divide the cost between those attending.

Note: if you only want to do one of the activities that's fine, once we know final numbers we will arrange a location for a pre-match lunch with interested members to toast the beginning of the 2017 season.

If you have any queries about this upcoming event please email us:

juniors@leicesterbluesox.co.uk





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