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
Who is it suitable for?
who wish to get an understanding of the drills, teaching methods and
rationale Great Britain Softball uses when developing fastpitch softball
who want to share knowledge in a practical environment.
coaches who wish to become specialist fastpitch pitching coaches.
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?
must be a minimum of 16 years old.
is advised that very inexperienced coaches should take either 'The
Activator Award' or 'Drills for Beginner Coaches - CPD Clinic'.
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.
By the end of the course, learners will be able
the basic mechanics of the fastpitch pitching delivery.
a four-seam fastball and change-up.
and correct common mistakes in the pitching delivery.
drills to develop arm strength.
players with basic pre- and post-throwing arm care to reduce the risk of
Why do this course?
course will give you practical ideas on how to work with and improve the
pitchers you coach.
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
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.
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
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
This year’s winners were:
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
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:
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:
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,
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
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!
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
Google map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Brockington+Collegeemail@example.com,-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
(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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Any motions or constitutional amendments
need to be received by Thursday 10 November, please send such requests to email@example.com
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to closing out our 10th Anniversary season in style!
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
With less than two weeks to go, our Legends game will be the perfect opportunity to sign-off our 10th Anniversary season!
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
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.
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
All funds raised will be donated to our selected cause for 2016, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
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!
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.
details please email the club:
Or visit the Western Park Festival official website.
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 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
Batting cage and pitching machines for players
Fundraising initiatives on the day, ie raffle
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
Want to get involved? Please respond to our advance Teamer notification going out soon!
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:https://www.facebook.com/events/1676842552569283/
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.