Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, June 19, 2018 07:46:28
The Leicester Blue Sox junior baseball programme is looking
in good health following both national and international success this month.
Last weekend, the Leicester ‘Little Sox’ u11 team became the
UK Coach Pitch Champions for the first time in their four-year history. The
tournament held at the Farnham Park National Baseball Centre near Slough
featured three other strong teams from London, Brighton and Hemel Hempstead.
The round-robin tournament meant that the eventual champions would need to win
all three of their games on the day and that is exactly what the Little Sox
It wasn’t plain sailing in the first game against London
Sports, as Leicester quickly found themselves 5-0 behind and their tournament
ambitions on the rocks.
However an amazing comeback appeared to be on the cards at
the top of the third inning when Shannon Browne got things started with the
team’s first RBI of the game; three more runs then crossed the plate to make it
a one run ball game. In the bottom of the third, Little Sox shortstop Connor
Young achieved the incredible feat of getting three London players out in
one-move - an unassisted ‘triple play’ to huge cheers from the supporters.
Four more runs came across the plate for Leicester in the
top of the final inning, including a home run for Elijah Webster, this gave
Little Sox a 8-5 lead to hold onto in the bottom of the final frame.
London Sports battled to the very last, scoring a
consolation run with bases loaded but it wasn’t enough to stop the Leicester
revival. Little Sox finished the first game 8-6 with their tails up. The
momentum created then carried them forward through for the rest of the tournament.
Leicester’s bats didn’t stay silent for long against Brighton
Fireballs in game 2. The Little Sox took an early 3-0 lead and remained ahead,
thanks to superior hitting by all the team and strong infield defence from
pitcher fielder Wyatt Bryson and first baseman Arnav Rai, who combined to get
12 of the game's 15 outs over 5 innings. Leicester rode out 12-3 winners knowing that
they were just one win away from becoming National Champions.
Game 3 against Herts All-Stars was similar with Little Sox
hitting well up and down the entire batting order. Bryson, Rai and Young again
were superb in the infield limiting the impact of Herts strong batting.
Leicester took the game 11-3 and with that became deserved Champions.
Earlier this month, Bryson, Rai and their Little Sox team
mates Reuben Crawshaw and Megan Rollins achieved even more success playing for
the United Kingdom u10 team at the European SuperCup tournament in Prague. Team
UK won another trophy, this time the third-tier Blue Cup championship after
defeating strong Czech outfit Olympia Blansko 8-5 in their final. In the
individual skills contest Rai won the silver medal in the throwing discipline.
Matt Crawshaw who coaches both the Little Sox and manages
the Team UK programme said “It has been an amazing month of baseball for our
talented young players here in Leicester. Team UK put in a much-improved
performance at the SuperCup, which continues to move us up the European
rankings. Then a first-ever National title for the Little Sox has been the
icing on the cake. The future for baseball in our city looks incredibly
NewsPosted by admin Tue, May 08, 2018 20:14:23
Leicestershire youngsters are travelling to Prague later this month to play at
an international baseball tournament.
Reuben Crawshaw, Arnav Rai and Megan Rollins from the Leicester Blue Sox have
been selected for the United Kingdom under-10s team, along with 7 other players
from around the country.
flies out to the Czech Republic during the half term week at the end of May,
with three days of baseball action between Friday 1 June and Sunday 3 June.
and Rollins featured in Team UK’s debut appearance at the European Super Cup last year. The team finished with a respectable mid-table ranking overall and also came
home with the Yellow Cup trophy after beating Lithuania in a consolation final.
Team UK have been drawn in Group A alongside last year’s coach-pitch final
winners San Boi of Barcelona, Vienna Wanderers plus three as yet unnamed
domestic Czech 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
Crawshaw, Chair at Leicester Blue Sox said “we are thrilled to
have another quartet of Blue Sox youngsters selected to play for their national
team. The players have recently returned from Team UK’s May Day practice in
London, which went extremely well. We have one more practice over the Spring
Bank Holiday before we fly out to Prague. Last year was a fantastic experience
for all involved, we hope to do even better in our second appearance at the
follow their progress in the European SuperCup via the official tournament
EventsPosted by admin Tue, March 06, 2018 18:26:07
"The Big Dig" is back!!
This Saturday 10 March will see the first Blue Sox action of the season at Western Park when club will be swapping bats, balls and helmets for spades, rakes and wheelbarrows!
Our annual field renovations event provides the opportunity for all sections of the club to come together for the good of the game and put the sparkle back into our diamond ahead of pre-season.
Adult players, older juniors, and parents are all encouraged to get their hands dirty, with big pile of brick dust and bags of loam on deck, to help us refurbish to cut out areas and mounds
The action starts at 10am and is expected to run until around 2pm (or just after). If both the weather and turnout is good, the Blue Sox nation is sure to make light work of it!
RSVP for field renovations care of this Facebook event invite
, stating what tools you can bring (wheelbarrows are especially needed!)
Providing we can get this work done, then adult training resumes the next day Sunday 11 March 10am-1pm at Western Park.
Also our Youth Baseball Camp starts the following weekend on Sunday 18 March 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Both adult training and Youth Baseball Camp are depending on these groundworks being completed, so please can you 'pitch in' this Saturday!
Let's go Blue Sox!
EventsPosted by admin Tue, March 06, 2018 18:16:51
BBF are hosting a baseball umpire clinic in Northampton on Saturday 24 March
2018 featuring veteran umpire Darrin Muller as the lead instructor. The clinic is designed to offer insights into umpiring and rule interpretations The
clinics are FREE to BBF members.
experienced umpires (as it is a great way to update your knowledge and skills).
Coaches and players are welcomed, so you can get a better understanding of the
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
DATE | TIME |
24th March | 11- 3 PM | Northants Baseball
Club - 201 St Crispin Dr. Upton, Northampton NN5 4UL
Note: Please bring a pen and notebook. The venues are indoor. The
clinics (venue, date and times) are subject to change. Spaces are limited, so
register now. We will organise more clinics upon request from our members
NewsPosted by admin Sat, February 24, 2018 16:07:11
All players both new and returning are ask to familiarise
themselves with the club’s broken bat policy as per below.
1. Club metal bats are provided at training, if you
do not own your own bat, we recommend that you use these bats to minimise
breakages and replacement costs
2. Club wooden bats are provided for regulation
games, if you do not own your own bat, you are able to use these bats, however,
if you are responsible for breaking a club wooden bat in any situation (game,
training, warm-up etc.), then you are immediately liable for replacing the bat
at the current full replacement cost
3. We do not recommend that you borrow a team mates
bat, however, if you end up being responsible for breaking a team mates wooden
bat in any situation (game, training, warm-up), then you are immediately liable
for replacing the bat at the current full replacement cost
wood bat breakage issues can be resolved by properly orienting the logo (or
trademark) so as to place the edge grain parallel to the flight of the baseball
at the point of contact. This is the position that yields the lowest breakage
and the highest hitting power.
To cut down on breakage, hold
the bat in front of you with the logo up (or facing you). Then rotate the logo
towards your lead shoulder (shoulder closest to the pitcher). The more you hit
off your back foot, the more you should rotate the bat toward the lead
The maximum angle should be 45 degrees. You may want to place a mark
on the bat once you get the ideal alignment. This should put your bat in the
proper hitting position with the edge grain aligned perfectly to hit the ball.
This proper alignment not only will decrease breakage dramatically, but will
also increase hitting power due to the restriction of the flexion of the bat.
NewsPosted by admin Sat, January 13, 2018 13:24:55
Welcome to another exciting season of baseball at Western
The below player briefing should help you prepare for our
upcoming pre-season events and hopefully answer any questions you have about
membership and training.
The club has decided to open up it's upcoming Boot Camp sessions to all Blue Sox players both existing and those new to the club in 2018.
Our main focus in these indoor sessions will be
pitching and catching as well as batting practice, including the use of a full
speed pitching machine.
The dates of the sessions are as follows (all 2.30pm-4.30pm):
Sunday 4 February 2018
Sunday 11 February 2018
Sunday 18 February 2018
There will be a small fee of £5 per player at each session
to help cover the cost of hall hire.
Anyone who has paid deposits in
anticipation of this year’s Boot Camp will get free entry to these sessions and
the balance will be credited towards their 2018 membership fee.
Brockington College Indoor Sports Hall
Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/3S8YHJr4DN22
Outdoor pre-season training
Following the completion of our indoor sessions, we then
expect to move onto the 3G surface at Brockington College on Sunday 25 February
and Sunday 4 March (times to be confirmed).
We then have our annual field renovations date scheduled at
Western Park on Saturday 10 March.
Providing the weather is fine and we
complete our expected field work, outdoor training will then move to Western
Park from Sunday 11 March for the rest of the pre-season.
Baseball team and league
The club will only be registering one adult baseball team into the
British Baseball Federation league in 2018.
Last year we ran a second team East
Midlands Wolfpack which was joint venture with our friends at the Long Eaton
Storm baseball club. However, both clubs have lost a number of players from
their first team during the off-season and we will need to promote players from
the Wolfpack to their respective club’s first team in 2018.
Wolfpack project has been a great success, as it has got many adult beginners game time last season and provided them with a pathway towards first team baseball.
We may resurrect the
Wolfpack in future seasons, where we identify a surplus of new players across
You can pay your membership all in one go (discounted annual
membership) or pay in instalments.
The amount of annual membership is £120 and needs to be paid
by 13 April 2018. If this payment has not been made in full by that date, your
membership will be assumed to be 'pay as you go'.
The 'pay as you go' deposit is £30 which needs to be paid by
30 April 2018. Thereafter your remaining payments are £25 by 31 May 2018, £25
by 29 June 2018, £25 by 31 July 2018 and your final £25 by 31 August 2018.
We would prefer that you pay your membership by online
banking in the club account.
All adult players who wish to be considered for our team
need to register online via this form:
In addition, all players needs to sign up for the BAND app,
which is used for training, game and event notifications.
Open this invite link below on your iPhone, Android, or
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Blue Sox for
EventsPosted by admin Mon, December 11, 2017 11:57:57
REGISTER/PAY FOR YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP VIA
Boys and girls aged 8 to 14
will be having great fun, learning new skills and making friends at the
Leicester Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp 2018!
Our camp is being held on the following Sunday’s
Sunday 18 March 2018
Sunday 25 March 2018
Sunday 1 April 2018
Sunday 8 April 2018
What is the Youth Baseball Camp?
The Youth Baseball Camp is a pre-season activity
suitable for children who would like to give the sport of baseball a try and
also for existing club members who wish to improve their skills.
The Camp consists of four sessions on
consecutive Sunday afternoons in March and April.
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
Who are you looking for?
The Camp is suitable for both boys and
girls, ages 8 to 14. Whether they are complete beginners or have
some existing experience in baseball, softball or tee-ball.
The above age group covers children who are in school Years 3 to Year 10 in the 2017/18 academic year.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the Youth Baseball Camp is
Included within the price, your child
will also be provided with their very own 2018 Leicester Blue Sox Youth
Baseball Camp t-shirt at their first session to keep.
Where are your sessions?
Our four sessions will be held outdoors at
our Western Park baseball facility:
Leicester Blue Sox
Google map: http://www.leicesterbluesox.co.uk/html/location.html
What do I need to bring?
All equipment is provided, your child
simply needs to attend wearing appropriate comfortable outdoor clothing.
Bring a bottle of water for hydration
and plenty of enthusiasm!
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.
Closing date for registration in order to fulfil t-shirt order is Thursday 15 February 2018
Any further questions?
If you need any further information
please feel free to email the club
Or call us 07583 863325
We look forward to seeing you during our
2018 Youth Baseball Camp!
NewsPosted by admin Sat, December 09, 2017 20:54:17
Leicester Blue Sox held their annual general meeting Sunday 12 November and this was followed by the new committee's first meeting on Sunday 3 December.
The main areas to update our membership about following these meetings, are as follows.
Our operations committee was re-elected at the AGM.
Matt Crawshaw (Chair)
Helen Rollins (Treasurer)
Kelle-Marie Simmonds (Secretary)
Nadine Attwell (Safeguarding Officer)
Dave Burke (Volunteer Co-ordinator)Performance committee changes
Our performance committee normally gets finalised before pre-season, but there have already been some changes made.
Firstly, we welcome Ron Mason as our new adult first team manager. Congratulations to Ron on this appointment, we are sure you will make the role a great success.
We also welcome Blue Sox veteran Brett Melville back to the club's committee. He is looking to assist with adult coaching on our usual Wednesday evening slot next season.
Last season's skipper Alan Edgington will continue as an adult team player, but will also support the Little Sox u8 coaching.
Steve Rollins will lead the coaching for the Blue Sox Juniors u15 programme. There will no longer be training on Thursday evenings for this age group and from next season, all training will be on Sunday afternoons 1.30pm-3.30pm. All regular season games for the u15's will be on occasional Saturday's as we will be enrolling the team into the BBF Youth Super League.
Matt Crawshaw will continue to coach both the Little Sox u8 and u11 programmes. The tee-ball programme will continue on Sundays at the usual 12.30pm slot.
The scale of our u11 programme will expanding. Core training will continue on Sunday's at 1.30pm, but there will also been an extra hour of advanced training which will follow at 2.30pm. The u11's will also be joining the BBF Youth Super League, with regular season games on occasional Saturday's. Those u11 players who are selected for this travel team, will be expected to regularly attend both the core and advanced training sessions on Sunday's.Finances
At our committee meeting, Matt ran through the club's financial position which remains pretty stable despite a drop in income due to lack of sponsors and the collapse of our softball programme.
Membership fees for the 2018 season will be as follows:
Adult baseball £130 (£10 discount if paid in full by end of March)
Juniors u15 £60
Little Sox u11 £40 (increased due to rising costs of programme)
Little Sox u8 £20Code of Conduct
The club will be publishing an updated code of conduct early in the new year.
In addition to this, there will be supplementary charters for youth coaches, youth players and parents.
Due to changes in BaseballSoftballUK safeguarding requirements, there will be a need for parent permission forms/registration to be completed in hard copy every season. We can no longer roll forward from a previous season. The new forms will incorporate the new codes of conduct and charters.
Adult registration can continue online and is expected to open by 15 January 2018.Broken Bat Policy
Stay tuned for a club announcement in relation to the use of wooden bats in the adult programme. There have been far too many instances of broken bats in recent seasons and we will be introducing a broken bat policy that gives clear guidance on liability if you happen to break a club or teammates' wooden bat.
The full announcement should follow this month.