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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).

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


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:


Brockington Collge

Blaby Road



LE19 4AQ

Google map:,-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



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.


“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+.


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:




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

Any motions or constitutional amendments need to be received by Thursday 10 November, please send such requests to

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.

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

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10th Anniversary Legends Game - Saturday 1 October

EventsPosted by admin Tue, September 20, 2016 19:03:27

Leicester Blue Sox begin their official 10th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 1 October with a specially-arranged 'Legends Game' that will feature past and present stars of Leicester's longest running baseball team.

Baseball has a rich, yet stop-start history in the county, with the previously longest consecutive stints including the Leicester Green Sox who folded on their 10th birthday in 1964 and the Sileby Vikings who ran from 1996-2004.

Between all of this, the Green Sox re-booted in the late 80's for a couple of years before being succeeded by the Ashby Royals for a few seasons more.

In 2006, the Soar Valley Blue Sox were created by ex-Viking Mark Meredith with support from Shaun Hill, who played for the 1980's Green Sox (plus the Braunstone Dodgers junior team prior to this).

From the very beginning, Mark's vision was to create a stable and sustainable club that would develop over the longer term, with youth baseball very much at the heart of that vision. No longer would we settle for stop-start teams that were pushed from pillar to post, Mark demanded a permanent location including ambitious plans for a backstop drawn up by Shaun.

By the time of our fifth anniversary in 2011, those plans started to gather momentum with funding finally in place for our permanent backstop at Western Park, as well as the launch of junior baseball in 2012.

Fast-forward to 2016 and Leicester Blue Sox is thriving, with a competitive first-team holding two national titles under it's belt (from 2009 and 2012) and a quarter-final placing in the end of season playoffs this season just gone. Our junior section now has four age groups and we continue to grow and develop women/girls softball in the city. Our membership exceeded 100 players for the first time in our history this season and we now look forward to celebrating with many of them when the club holds its' 10th Anniversary day and night events on Saturday 1 October.

Prior to our evening celebration being held at the Goals Soccer Centre Sport Bar, our Legends Game will be played at our Western Park diamond at midday.

Players already confirmed for the event include:

Leicester Blue Sox current squad

Dave Burke
Rory Chandler
Max Bennett
Alan Edgington
Ron Mason
Chris Mee
Scott McMillan
Justas Raupenas
Tomas Juskenas
Sigi Juskenas
Gied Janulevicius
Rik Martina
Cory Shackleton
Joel Upton

Legends squad

Mark Meredith
Tim Davidson
Denny Walker
Shaun Hill
Matt Catton
Tarro Morris
Shannon Henry
Kevin Hurst
James Corrie
Luke Martin

With less than two weeks to go, our Legends game will be the perfect opportunity to sign-off our 10th Anniversary season!

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Leicester Blue Sox at Western Park Festival 2016

EventsPosted by admin Tue, June 28, 2016 19:38:00

After a one-year break, Leicester Blue Sox are returning to the Western Park Festival on Saturday 9 July, as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations.

This large scale family fun-day returns for its fifth year and will showcase some of the city's amazing, local emerging bands and acoustic acts across three stages.

Last year saw approximately 8,000 people throughout the day, all enjoying the music, food and family children's activities, in glorious sunshine.

Leicester Blue Sox's 'batting cage' will be situated at the Festival "Kidzone". The cage will boast a pitching machine, which is sure to be popular with youngsters and those young at heart. £1 will get you a bucket of balls to hit from, plus our first 100 paying visitors will also be given a limited edition Leicester Blue Sox car sticker – once they have gone, they have gone!

All funds raised will be donated to our selected cause for 2016, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Our friendly team of volunteers will be recognizable in our striking light blue 10th anniversary t-shirts. So come along, meet the team, have some fun with Leicester Blue Sox at the Western Park Festival – a great day out for all the family!

Volunteers will arrive at Western Park at 9am for set-up, the batting cage will then be open from around 11am-6pm before the Festival closes at 8pm.

For more details please email the club:

Or visit the Western Park Festival official website.

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Baseball & fastpitch fundraising day - Saturday 28 May

EventsPosted by admin Mon, May 02, 2016 16:03:53

Leicester Blue Sox is delighted to announce another special event for it’s 10th Anniversary season. On Saturday 28 May we will be hosting an exciting menu of both baseball and fastpitch softball games on separate diamonds at Western Park.

In addition, the event will also be a fundraiser, raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. MND awareness rose a few years back, thanks to the viral ‘ice bucket challenge’.

In the United States the condition is commonly referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It is also known also known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease’ named after the Hall of Fame first baseman of the New York Yankees who sadly passed away in 1941 after contracting the illness.

The finer detail of this upcoming event will be confirmed nearer the date. At present this is what we are envisaging on the day.

· Baseball games featuring our Blue Sox u19 team and our ‘2sox’ adult second team

· We are working on adding a third visiting team to the menu, to hopefully make this a three team round-robin

· Fastpitch games featuring players pooled from our women/girls and u15 baseball sections

· We are also extending the invite to fastpitch players across our region, so that we have enough pitching depth to put on two or more games during the day

· Event shelter featuring PA/music and hot dog stand

· Batting cage and pitching machines for players to use

· Home-run derby

· Fundraising initiatives on the day, ie raffle etc.

With no regular season game scheduled for the Sunday 29th May, we want to make the most of the next bank holiday weekend and put on an event that large numbers of members and visitors will enjoy, together with fundraising for a good cause.

Want to get involved? Please respond to our advance Teamer notification going out soon!

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Blue Sox to mark 10th anniversary with series of events

EventsPosted by admin Mon, February 22, 2016 12:35:42

Leicester Blue Sox will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in 2016 with a series of special events throughout the season.

Opening Day - Sunday 17 April

Leicester Blue Sox will open the season at home against the Long Eaton Storm on Sunday 17 April.

On the day, we are hoping to start the season with some razzmatazz at Western Park. Following some recent funding from sponsors, we hope to unveil new vertical banners which will become regular features at games and special events, in addition to new seating for our players.

Additionally, the date marks the start of the season for our littlest sluggers when our Little Sox programme will take to the field for the first time in 2016.

Western Park Festival - Saturday 9 July

After a year away, Leicester Blue Sox will be returning to the Western Park Festival as part of our mid-season 10th Anniversary celebrations.

We are planning an exclusive range of 10th Anniversary give-aways, merchandise and apparel which will be exclusively available at the Western Park Festival.

Full details will be announced in the coming months; in the meantime you can bookmark this event via the below Facebook invite:

Legends Game + 10th Anniversary celebration/2016 awards evening - Saturday 1 October

To round off our 10th Anniversary season, the club is planning a day and night event on Saturday 1 October

The day event will comprise a 'Legends game' featuring a team of star Blue Sox players of the past against the current Leicester Blue Sox first team.

Celebrations will then continue into the evening at the Goals Soccer Centre Sports Lounge, where we will hold a ticket-only reception to mark our 10th Anniversary with all sections of the club, past and present.

The event will also incorporate our 2016 awards, which for the first time in our history will cover all sections at the club on one special night - making it a true Blue Sox Family occasion.

Our committee is working hard behind the scenes planning these events and we will update you with more details as they become confirmed.

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