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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

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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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Sign-up for 2017 Blue Sox Baseball & Softball Boot Camp

NewsPosted by admin Tue, November 29, 2016 11:14:40

Get fit, make friends and learn new skills at the Leicester Blue Sox Baseball & Softball Boot Camp starting on Sunday 5 February 2017!

Register now:

What is the Baseball & Softball Boot Camp?

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

The Camp consists of 3 x 2 hour sessions held on selected Sunday afternoons in February 2017.

Who are you looking for?

The Camp is suitable for both male and female players, ages 14 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 adult and junior baseball teams, as well as our women and girls softball programme.

We will also be forming two new mixed-sex softball teams, which is perfect for recreational players.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Boot Camp is £25.

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 2017 Leicester Blue Sox Boot Camp t-shirt at your first session!

When and where are your sessions?

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

Sunday 5 February 2017

Sunday 19 February 2017

Sunday 26 February 2017

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 5 February!

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Annual General Meetings report

NewsPosted by admin Sun, November 27, 2016 09:25:17

Leicester Blue Sox and the British Baseball Federation (BBF) held each of their AGMs on consecutive weekends this month. These meetings have helped shape the future of the club and our sport as we move forwards into the 2017 season.

Blue Sox AGM - Sunday 20 November

The club has formed a new Operations Committee, with the following positions being elected by our membership.

Chairperson – Matt Crawshaw
Secretary – Kelle-Marie Simmonds
Treasurer – Helen Rollins
Volunteers - Dave Burke
Safeguarding - Nadine Attwell
Officials - Katy Edgington

Our Performance Committee will be co-opted as we get nearer to the traditional pre-season period of February/March.

Matt presented his thoughts on both the financial position of the club in 2016, which remains in good shape as well expectations for the 2017 season that included:

· Creation of second adult team (joint venture with Long Eaton Storm)

· Baseball/Softball Boot Camp for beginners (and those with less than two seasons experience) in February

· Pre-season practice for all other adult regulars will be held separate to the Boot Camp – full details TBA

· New maximum age for Blue Sox Juniors will be 15

· Junior age groups to be re-structured as u7, u10 and u13/u16

· Women/girls softball programme to build on it’s successful new format from last season

· UK Coaches Summit (28 January)

· Youth Baseball Camp during February half term (ages 5-9)

· Little Sox/Juniors day out at batting cages near Wembley (26 March)

BBF AGM - Saturday 26 November

This year’s BBF AGM at the Holiday Inn, Leicester saw Matt formally stepping down from the BBF board, after four years of service as Southern Youth Commissioner.

Over this period he has overseen the transformation towards Little League integration, as well as a large expansion of teams and age-groups in the Southern Region.

Speaking at the AGM he said “In my first year of commissioner, we only had two Youth National Baseball Championships (YNBCs) in the Bronco and Pony age-groups. In my final year this had expanded to seven different YNBCs. It’s been great to see even more youth programmes becoming established this year including Brighton, Kent, London Capitals and Southampton - hopefully even more to come next season!”

Matt was recognised by the new BBF President Gerry Perez during a presentation for outgoing board members.

The two main takeaways from this year’s AGM pertinent to the Blue Sox were:

· No objections from the floor regarding the proposal for a new second team, being run as a joint venture between Leicester Blue Sox and Long Eaton Storm

· Southern Adult League Commissioner Ben Davis to devolve elements of league format planning to key volunteers in our region. This is likely to lead to the resumption of a two-tier Central division format (Double-A and Single-A), with two new teams coming into Single-A; Norwich Iceni and the yet to be named Sox/Storm joint-venture East Midlands team

The first Blue Sox Operations Committee will be held on Sunday 18 December. The club will delay the formal announcement of our 2017 membership package until after this meeting.

In the meantime, stay tuned for further announcements on our Baseball/Softball Boot Camp, Youth Baseball Camp and second adult-team naming competition!

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Blue Sox 2016 awards ballot opens

NewsPosted by admin Fri, September 02, 2016 19:48:39


The official countdown to our 2016 awards night and 10th anniversary celebration, has begun. We are now less than a month to go before our big event on Saturday 1 October.

To mark the occasion, the club has announced who has been shortlisted for the various awards that are being to put to a members ballot.

2016 Dean Coley MVP

This prestigious award recognises our first team's most valuable player in our 10th anniversary season. After qualifying for our first-ever post-season in three years, competition for this award is expected to be close.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Dave Burke

Giedrius Janulevicius

Rikson Martina

2016 Dean Coley Fastpitch MVP

Our other sponsored MVP award will be presented to the most valuable player from our women/girls softball programme.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Saskia Davies

Alexis Markham-Hill

Izzy Quy

2016 Blue Sox Spirit Award

Second only to our MVP awards, is the Blue Sox Spirit Award, which recognises the value of an individual who made the most significant non-playing contribution to the Blue Sox this season.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Matt & Kimberley Bennett (adult/junior game day support & base coaching)

Katy Edgington (adult game day support & score keeping)

Ron Mason (grounds keeping expertise)

Steve & Helen Rollins (junior game day support, fundraising, u15/u11/u7 coaching)

Julia & Neil Upton (adult/junior game day support & photography)

Dan Zinnikas (junior game day support & u11/u7 coaching)

2016 Rookie of the Year Award

This title is awarded to a player that has had their first senior year of baseball. The winner will be recognised as the newbie who most impact on the adult baseball field this season.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Martin Andrews

Ron Mason

Chris Mee

James Wallace

2016 Fastpitch Rookie of the Year Awards

In addition, we also recognise the best newcomer to our women/girls softball programme this season.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Megan Footman

Cassie Lock

Gemma Lawrence

Liz Morgan-Danvers

Kerry Ramplin

Nade Townsend

Kim Yates

2016 Coach of the Year

And finally, we recognise our Coach of the Year, which is expectedly to be hotly contested, with a number of new coaches stepping up to serve the club in 2016.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Dave Burke

Matt Crawshaw

Alan Edgington

Damian Holland

Alexis Markham-Hill

Steve Rollins

Phil Rudkin

Dan Zinnikas

Voting is now open and closes at 8pm on Monday 12 September.


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Blue Sox to face rivals Rebels in first round of playoffs

NewsPosted by admin Tue, August 16, 2016 14:09:22

Leicester Blue Sox have qualified for the end of season playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Tensions were high on the last day of the regular season last Sunday as Leicester knew they needed two wins over their bogey-team Stourbridge Titans to be sure of qualification.

Having lost their previous three encounters against the Titans, Blue Sox manager Alan Edgington knew his players’ needed to be on top of their game.

In the first game, the dependable Lithuanian Justinas Raupenas took to the mound for the Sox and despite a shakey start from his defence in the first inning, any pre-game nerves started to settle down. Raupenas struck-out ten and yielded only two base hits all game.

Leicester’s batting quickly went to work with six runs in the first two innings and three more in the sixth to seal a 9-4 win. Cory Shackleton and Gied Janulevicius did the most damage, driving in three runs apiece.

Without the knowledge that results elsewhere were going their way, the Blue Sox needed to raise themselves once again in game two.

Raupenas continued to pitch before giving way to his countryman Sigitas Juskenas in the third inning; at this stage the score was tied 2-2. After struggling last week, a much improved performance from Juskenas kept the Titans quiet, with only one more run coming across the plate in the fourth inning.

The Blue Sox bats exploded in the fifth inning, when a magnificent seven runs came home to virtually end the contest. The remaining two innings were scoreless, giving Leicester a much-needed 10-3 victory at the conclusion.

The weekend’s results mean Leicester finished third in the BBF Central division, giving them home advantage when they will host fourth-placed Nottingham Rebels this Sunday for a place in the National Quarter-Finals.

A fiercely competitive encounter with their local rivals is expected. Nottingham have the slight edge winning three of their regular season fixtures and Blue Sox just the two. Leicester will be hoping to even this up and then progress further in the playoffs; first pitch at Western Park is midday.

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Blue Sox Junior teams getting ready for the 2016 post-season

NewsPosted by admin Thu, August 11, 2016 21:32:36

With the school holidays drawing to a close at the end of this month, Blue Sox Junior players across all age-groups will be returning to Western Park to start their preparations for our biggest-ever youth baseball post-season.

Under 19’s - class of 2012 set to graduate

Our oldest age-group originally began when our Blue Sox Junior programme was launched in February 2012. Amazingly the involvement of the majority this squad can be traced back to this inaugural year. A real testament to the work of the Blue Sox coaching staff, especially u19 Team Coach Phil Rudkin who has worked with these players for all five seasons of Blue Sox Juniors.

With players moving onto university this year and next, this sadly seems like it will be the last season this team will be competing together on the baseball diamond but they are set to go out with a bang at the upcoming 2016 Youth National Baseball Championships.

Last season they finished a respectable fourth place in the Nationals after qualifying as the BBF Youth North Champions. This year there is no prior qualifier and our under 19’s go straight into the YNBC in what is expected to be a traditional ‘final four’ tournament with teams from London, or possibly a three-team round robin.

Under 15’s - first taste of YNBCs

One of the challenges we faced a couple of years into our Blue Sox Junior programme, was the establishment of a second junior team in the next age group down. The club initially struggled to recruit and retain such players but things started to fall into place by the end of the 2014 season when an under 13 was formed from scratch and entered into the BSUK Play Ball! Championship against Hull Junior Scorpions.

Becoming an under 14 team last season, we attracted more players but once again faced a superior Hull side, this time in the BBF Youth North Qualifier. We also enjoyed a great series of games with Halton Polecats, which yielded our first-ever competitive win.

2015 was closed-out at via our first-ever entry into the Herts Futures Tournament.

This year our Under 15 players have been combined with selected under 11 players to form a 'Midlands Little League' featuring two internal club teams ‘Saints and Dragons’. The initiative has helped address the enduring problem of long distance travel and also increase the number of regular season games played. The furthest our players had to travel this season was Stourbridge in the West Midlands.

With a Little League 'finale' at Western Park scheduled for Saturday 20 August, the under 15’s then follow this up with an appearance in the u16 YNBC Div 2 tournament at Farnham Park two weeks later.

Little Sox under 10s

The growth of the Little Sox programme this season has been nothing short of staggering. With over 60 players signed-up before opening day and the majority of them invading Western Park throughout the spring and summer, we have needed to split the kids into two age-groups (under 11 and under 7).

The majority of the oldest age-group have been playing tee-ball for a couple of years and were introduced to coach-pitch mid-way through last season. The brave step to progress them quickly into machine-pitch baseball has paid dividends with a surprise bronze medal finish at the under 11 UK Little League (Machine Pitch) Championships in June.

Little Sox are back at Farnham Park on Sunday 4 August but will be joined by a larger number of teams, as the machine-pitch format starts to catch on. We are still likely to be one of the youngest teams at this tournament, but our coaches are confident we can once gain hang with the bigger kids!

Herts Futures Tournament – Under 13s and Under 8s

HFT is the traditional end of the junior season, held one week after the YNBCs. It has a more inclusive feel playing shortened games to enable play against as many teams as possible in a single day.

We will be using the opportunity to experiment with different combination of players. Our ‘under 13’ team will comprise players at the youngest end of our under 15 programme, coupled with our most developed Little Sox under 11 players.

Additionally we will be entering an ‘under 8’ team, which will blend our younger Little Sox under 11 kids with emerging talent from our under 7 tee-ball programme.

We can’t wait to see how these teams fair, especially those who have not played competitive baseball before.

Junior Teams Manager Matt Crawshaw summarised “I have to admit I was extremely worried for the future of our programme just two years ago. Phil and I were scratching our heads wondering how we were going to be able to keep the programme going with just one team, getting older by the year. Then all of a sudden, our hardwork of the first couple of years not only started paying dividends, it has multiplied them across a greater number of age-groups than we ever thought imaginable.”

He added “The growth of Little Sox this year has exceeded all expectations and I have been very grateful to Dan Zinnikas and Steve Rollins stepping-up to not only support, but lead our Little Sox coaching effort. It will be a sad moment to see the last-ever under 19s games played next month, it has been a helluva journey with its ups and downs – but we’ve kept going in face of tremendous adversity. Seeing our class of 2012 'graduate' this post-season will be one of the key moments in our 10th Anniversary year. There will be sadness, but it is also exciting we have another three age-groups coming through which secures a bright future for the Junior programme in the years’ to come. Let’s go Blue Sox!"

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Blue Sox remain in playoff mix

NewsPosted by admin Wed, July 20, 2016 20:56:41

Leicester Blue Sox remain in playoff contention after another two fine wins at Western Park at the weekend.

The Sox had the difficult task of taming a tough Milton Keynes Bucks side, who had got the better of Leicester in their previous encounter earlier this season.

Justenas Raupenas started on the mound again for the Blue Sox neutralising the threat from the Bucks, who remained scoreless in the first couple of innings.

In reply, Leicester steamed ahead scoring five runs in the first inning and then another six in the third to build a commanding 11-2 lead.

Sox were rarely troubled by Milton Keynes for the remainder of the game, finishing with a fine 13-5 victory.

Game two was an even better game of baseball as Sigitas Juskensas shut out the Bucks for the entire fixture. A feat made even more impressive as he was pitching with three broken fingers in his glove hand; only allowing two hits and two walks.

Leicester's bats backed up their pitcher once again with five runs in the first four innings, which was enough to hold out for a 5-0 win at the conclusion.

Blue Sox remain second in the BBF Central Division but still have work to do in their remaining fixtures to ensure they secure a place in the end of season playoffs.

After an off-week this Sunday, Leicester travel to Marston Green for a tough test against league leaders Birmingham Bandits, who only picked up their first defeat of the season last weekend. The Sox will be hoping they can deal them their second on Sunday 31 July.

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