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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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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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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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Blue Sox committee update

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.

Operations committee

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.


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 £20

Code 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.

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Sign-up for the 2018 Blue Sox Baseball Boot Camp

NewsPosted by admin Fri, December 01, 2017 11:43:07

Get fit, make friends and learn new skills at the Leicester Blue Sox Baseball Boot Camp starting on Sunday 4 February 2018!

Register now:

What is the Baseball Boot Camp?

The Boot Camp is a new programme suitable for beginners who are interested in giving the sport of baseball a try.

The Camp consists of 3 x 2 hour sessions held on selected Sunday afternoons in February 2018.

Who are you looking for?

The Camp is suitable for both male and female players, ages 15 to adult. We are especially looking for beginners (although existing players with less than two season’s experience are also welcome).

We want to recruit new players to join our growing number of adult baseball teams.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Boot Camp is £30.

In return for that, you will be eligible to attend all three of our sessions we have scheduled and you will also be provided with your very own 2018 Leicester Blue Sox Boot Camp t-shirt at your first session to keep!

When and where are your sessions?

Our three sessions will be held 2.30pm-4.30pm on the following Sundays:

Sunday 4 February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018

Sunday 18 February 2018

All sessions are held at the following venue:

Brockington College Indoor Sports Hall

Blaby Road



LE19 4AQ

Google map:

What do I need to bring?

All equipment is provided, you simply need 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!

Changing facilities are also available on site.

How do I register and pay?

Registration is simple!

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

There are a number of payment options available including electronic banking, cheque by post and PayPal.

Full details are on the registration form.

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 at our first session on Sunday 4 February!

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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




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):

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):

Any questions? Simply drop us an email:

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Blue Sox and Storm to join forces for new second team in 2017

NewsPosted by admin Sun, December 04, 2016 13:39:34


Leicester Blue Sox and Long Eaton Storm have announced a new partnership that is aimed to get more players active in the adult British Baseball Federation (BBF) league next season.

Based on last season’s participation, each club has about enough players to field one and half teams - but not enough to register a second team in their own right.

Having discussed these common challenges for several months, the clubs have agreed to join forces in 2017 and field a combined second team, which we expect to enter in to the BBF Single-A Division.

The new team as yet doesn’t have a name and is this is where we need YOUR help!

We will be running a competition during December to help decide a team name and logo for the new team.

Mike Hayward of Long Eaton has already put together some ideas to help stimulate interest as well as further suggestions.



The new team will be named ‘East Midlands (insert moniker’), it’s the moniker that we need you help in deciding!

To join in the fun of naming the team, please complete and submit the team name entry link. You can either think of name that would suit one of the existing logos, or even a completely new name that Mike will be happy to design a logo for.

This part of the competition will run until Friday 16 December 2016. After this date, we will draw up a short list of the best suggestions for the members of Blue Sox and Storm to vote on. Each team name in this short list will be credited to the individual who first suggested it (we assume Mike will want to take credit for 'Beards'!!!)

We will then run the second stage of the contest until the end of December and then announce the winning team name, logo and individual credit in early January. The person credited with the original suggestion will win a supply of brand new official BBF Baden baseballs!

So get your thinking / baseball caps on (!) There is no limit to amount of suggestions an individual can make, so you’ll need to be quick to ensure you are first to gain the individual credit in the second stage of the contest!


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