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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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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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Fastpitch softball pitching coaching CPD course in Leicester Sunday 5 February 2017

EventsPosted by admin Sun, December 04, 2016 15:01:56

BaseballSoftballUK have organised a fastpitch softball pitching coach CPD course that will be held at New College, Leicester on Sunday 5 February from 10am-1pm.

Fastpitch softball coaches from around the country are hereby invited to attend this much-needed course where they will gain an understanding of the drills, teaching methods and rationale that the Great Britain National Softball programme used when developing fastpitch softball pitchers.

Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to take your fastpitch coaching to the next level! Places are limited and can be booked via the following link (course price is £35).

https://www.participant.co.uk/sportstructures/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=184755

A full breakdown of the course content can be found below:

Introduction

This course has been developed specifically for fastpitch softball coaches looking for an introduction to developing pitchers, using the same techniques and methodology as Great Britain Softball.

Who is it suitable for?

Coaches who wish to get an understanding of the drills, teaching methods and rationale Great Britain Softball uses when developing fastpitch softball pitchers.

Coaches who want to share knowledge in a practical environment.

Softball coaches who wish to become specialist fastpitch pitching coaches.

Parents who wish to learn more technical information on how they can help their child develop as a fastpitch softball pitcher.

What are the pre-requisites?

Learners must be a minimum of 16 years old.

It is advised that very inexperienced coaches should take either 'The Activator Award' or 'Drills for Beginner Coaches - CPD Clinic'.

Coaches working towards their 'Coach Award - Level 2' must take either this course or one of the other pitching CPD clinics in order complete their award.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Explain the basic mechanics of the fastpitch pitching delivery.

Teach a four-seam fastball and change-up.

Identify and correct common mistakes in the pitching delivery.

Utilise drills to develop arm strength.

Support players with basic pre- and post-throwing arm care to reduce the risk of injury.

Why do this course?

The course will give you practical ideas on how to work with and improve the pitchers you coach.

The course will give you a basic understanding of what Great Britain Softball looks for and implements when developing fastpitch softball pitchers.

Through this course, you will learn how to improve your players’ arm strength while reducing the risk of injury.



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2016 Awards Night round-up

EventsPosted by admin Sun, October 16, 2016 20:10:56

Leicester Blue Sox celebrated their 10th Anniversary in style on Saturday 1 October with day and night events toasting a decade of success at the club.

10th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Night

Following our commemorative legends game at Western Park earlier in the day, all roads led to Goals Soccer Centre for our BIG evening celebration.

Our night started with a fun kids disco for our Little Sox u11 players. In addition to the usual party games, our little sluggers were presented with certificates and medals of achievement for the 2016 season as well as some crazy inflatable baseball toys!


With over 100 members of the Blue Sox Nation in attendance, our premium buffet was opened ahead of our junior and adult team presentations.

Our junior awards followed, with team coaches Matt Crawhaw (u15) and Phil Rudkin (u19) presenting trophies to the star players of their respective teams.

This year’s winners were:

Under 15

Rookie of the Year – Josh Young

Super Stealer – Aidan O’Shea

Golden Glove – Arran Brittain

Silver Slugger – Josh Young

Pitching Champion – Leon Attwell

Most Valuable Player – Arran Brittain



Under 19

Super Stealer – Max Oxley

Golden Glove – Alf Dunton

Silver Slugger – Max Bennett

Pitching Champion – Joel Upton

Most Valuable Player – Rory Chandler


Matt continued with the presentations, this time to the women/girls softball programme. Our winners on the night were:

Women/girls softball programme

Rookies of the Year – Liz Morgan-Danvers & Nade Townsend

Golden Glove – Alexis Markham-Hill

Silver Slugger – Jade Cerff

Pitching Champion – Izzy Quy

Dean Coley Most Valuable Player – Alexis Markham-Hill (presented by Shaun Hill)


First team manager Alan Edgington then took the stage to present the adult baseball team awards. This season’s winners were:

First team

Good Eye – Rik Martina

Most Runs – Rik Martina

Silver Slugger – Giedrius Janulevicius

RBI Champion – Giedrius Janulevicius

Batting Champion – Rik Martina

Rookie of the Year – Chris Mee

Super Stealer – Rik Martina

Golden Glove – Tomas Juskenas

Pitching Champion – Justenas Raupenas

Dean Coley Most Valuable Player – Rik Martina (presented by Shaun Hill)


Shaun remained on stage for the start of our club awards, presenting

Coach of the Year – Matt Crawshaw

This allowed Shaun to tag team back to Matt, for the anchor leg of the evening presenting the following special categories:

Best Attendance – Dan Heywood & Sophie Heywood

Chairman’s Award – Alan Edgington


Blue Sox Spirit Award – Helen Rollins & Steve Rollins

Junior Player of the Decade – Alf Dunton


Adult Player of the Decade – Dave Burke


Life Member – Damian Holland


Hall of Fame Induction – Phil Rudkin


Junior Team of the Decade – 2015 season


Adult Teams of the Decade – 2009, 2010 & 2012 seasons


The club would like to extend thanks who helped make our evening truly a special occasion.

Disco & PA – Tom Westwood, Hyper Sounds Entertainment

Hot Buffet – Decadent Catering

Venue – All the staff at Goals Soccer Centre and Laura Campbell-Adams

Little Sox Party Boxes and Blue Sox 10th Anniversary Cakes – Vicky Crawshaw

Early arrivals who helped with set-up: Kelle-Marie Simmonds, Laura Campbell-Adams, Alan Edgington, Katy Edgington and Vicky Crawshaw

Here’s to the next 10 years Blue Sox Nation!








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2016 Annual General Meeting & Indoor Softball Event

EventsPosted by admin Sat, October 15, 2016 10:43:38


Leicester Blue Sox has announced its 2016 Annual General Meeting and indoor softball event which will be held on Sunday 20 November at Brockington College, Enderby.

Full details of the event are as follows:

Venue:

Brockington Collge

Blaby Road

Enderby

Leicester

LE19 4AQ

Google map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Brockington+College/@52.5846458,-1.2021074,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x48775d93f157d193:0x56b7785b38782f19

The College is conveniently situated around a 5 mins drive from Junction 21 of the M1

Times:

12.30pm-2.15pm

Leicester Blue Sox Annual General Meeting

(in lecture theatre)

Note: members under the age of 18 cannot vote themselves, but their parents can represent them at the AGM and cast votes on their behalf.

2.30pm-3.30pm

“Blue Sox Family afternoon” - Saints v Dragons indoor softball

(in indoor sports hall)

The games will be suitable for all players/members and their family age 11+.

RSVP:

You can RSVP to this event via the following Facebook Event Page.

AGM elections

As per last year’s AGM the club will elect it’s Operations Committee, which the following positions standing down ahead of this year’s election:

Chairperson

Secretary

Treasurer

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Officials Co-ordinator

Events Officer

Media Officer

Safeguarding Officer

Junior Player Liaison

Note: Performance Committee roles, i.e. Team Coaches and General Managers will be appointed near to our pre-season in the new year.

If you wish to be considered for election to any of the above roles, please can you email the club via the following email address volunteer@leicesterbluesox.co.uk

Any motions or constitutional amendments need to be received by Thursday 10 November, please send such requests to info@leicesterbelusox.co.uk

We hope that as many members as possible can attend this year’s AGM so that you can have your say on how the club can best serve its members next season, as well as enjoy some indoor softball fun to round off the day!







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10th Anniversary evening celebration and awards night

EventsPosted by admin Sat, September 24, 2016 09:09:39

It's almost time for the biggest Blue Sox party in our club's history!

Leicester Blue Sox will be celebrating it's 10th Anniversary on Saturday 1 October, in addition to our previously announced Legends Game, we will also be holding an evening function to toast the success of the club over the past decade as well as present our traditional end of season award to our adult and junior members.

The event is being held in the function room/bar at Goals Soccer Centre, Wakerley Road, Leicester LE5 4WJ.

Here is a run-down of what we have planned for the evening.

6.30pm - Little Sox guests arrive for u11's party, including disco/party games, each guest will receive a snack box full of goodies plus medal presentation at end for all players

8.00pm - All other guests to arrive by this time - 10th Anniversary hot buffet opens

8.30pm till 10.00pm - Awards presentation (under 15s, under 19s, women/girls fastpitch and adult baseball)

10.00pm-midnight - Disco until finish

Buffet is provided by Decadent Catering and disco/PA supplied by Hyper Sounds Entertainment.

Please note the event is ticket-only.

Unfortunately, we do not have anymore under 11's tickets available.

A small number of adult/11+ tickets are still available (price £10), they can be reserved and paid for at the door by emailing the club.

info@leicesterbluesox.co.uk

Looking forward to closing out our 10th Anniversary season in style!




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