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Little Sox registration day - Sunday 17 February 2019

EventsPosted by admin Sat, February 09, 2019 14:10:31

The ever-popular Leicester Little Sox baseball programme is gearing up for expansion during the 2019 season and to help our season get off to a flying start, we are holding a Registration Day for new and returning players on Sunday 17 February 2019 at Brockington College, Leicester.

Little Sox will be fielding teams in the following age groups in 2019

We are actively recruiting new players in all of our age groups!

Under 13 player pitch

For ages 10-12 / school years 5, 6, 7 - we will also consider players younger than 10 who have demonstrated experience in player pitch baseball

Under 10 coach pitch

For ages 6-9 / school years 2, 3, 4 - we will also consider players younger than 6 who have demonstrated experience in coach pitch baseball

Under 6 tee ball

For ages 3-5 / school years nursery, reception/foundation, 1

Details of our registration day

You can pop in and complete your registration paperwork anytime between 10am and 12pm on Sunday 17th February 2019

Brockington College, Blaby Rd, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4AQ

Map link:

Little Sox FAQS

What do I need to bring to the Registration Day?

*Passport or birth certificate for your child
*Bank details to set up direct debit on Go Cardless

How much are your fees?

*U13 player pitch - £40 for the season (taken in 4 monthly instalments of £10)
*U10 coach pitch / U6 tee ball - £20 for the season (taken in 4 monthly instalments of £5)
*Little Sox game jersey £20
*Little Sox cap £10

When does your season start?

*U13's get started on Sunday 24th March
*U10's/U6's begin on Sunday 28th April

Any other questions?

Email us via or phone 07583 863325 for more info

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Matt Crawshaw stepping down as Blue Sox Club Chair at end of season

NewsPosted by admin Fri, September 14, 2018 09:19:02

Leicester Blue Sox can announce that Matt Crawshaw will be stepping down as club chair at the end of this season.

After devoting 10 full seasons to the club Matt explained the time had come for newer, younger leaders to emerge and take the club forward over the next decade.

His resignation does not affect his existing commitments to the club’s Little Sox and Team UK programmes.

The club will be holding its AGM on Sunday 11 November, Matt said “it is time to usher in a new era at the club, in particular we have been very successful in attracting a lot of new faces to our adult team this year, it feels like a good opportunity to leverage off this new energy and build a new leadership around it.”

Leicester Blue Sox’s final action of 2018 at Western Park will be an end of season friendly double-header against Northants Centurions this Sunday.

On the same day, our u11 Little Sox coach pitch team will be at Farnham Park for the 2018 Youth National Baseball Championships.

The following Saturday will see all three of our junior teams u8, u11 and u15 participating at the Herts Futures Tournament.

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Double Success for Leicester Little Sox players

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 did.

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 bright!”

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Blue Sox young stars are heading to Prague!

NewsPosted by admin Tue, May 08, 2018 20:14:23

Four Leicestershire youngsters are travelling to Prague later this month to play at an international baseball tournament.

Wyatt Bryson, 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.

The team 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.

Crawshaw, Rai 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.

This year 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 days' play.

Matt 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 tournament!”

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

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Blue Sox field renovations day - this Saturday 10 March 10am-2pm

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!

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Free Midlands Umpire Clinic - Saturday 24 March (Northampton)

EventsPosted by admin Tue, March 06, 2018 18:16:51

The 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.


Beginners or 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 rules applicable.



· Sat 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

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Leicester Blue Sox adult team broken bat policy

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

Most 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 shoulder.

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.

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Leicester Blue Sox adult baseball 2018

NewsPosted by admin Sat, January 13, 2018 13:24:55

Welcome to another exciting season of baseball at Western Park!

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.

Indoor pre-season 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

Blaby Road



LE19 4AQ

Google map:

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.

Overall the 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 the regions.


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 desktop.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Blue Sox for pre-season 2018!

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