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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:

info@leicesterbluesox.co.uk

Or visit the Western Park Festival official website.

http://www.westernparkfestival.co.uk/









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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:

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.









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Spring training and tryouts begin Sunday 13 March

EventsPosted by admin Mon, February 15, 2016 18:05:46

Leicester Blue Sox is pleased to confirm that their first open practice and tryouts of 2016 will be held at Western Park on Sunday 13 March.

This will be first opportunity for players to take to the field in preparation for the 2016 season.

Returning and new players will report for practice at Western Park, for what is expected to be one of our biggest ever training events with a total of six age-group sections in attendance.

We are hoping to secure a temporary batting cage structure in time for this event to enhance the quality of our batting practice.

The current schedule of practice for our first session is as follows:

9am coaches arrive, field set-up and briefing

10am-1pm adult and u19 baseball team players

10am-12pm women and girls softball players

11.30am-1pm u15 and u11 baseball players (minimum age 8)

The club is actively looking for new players across all our membership sections. If you would like to get involved, simply email us:

info@leicesterbluesox.co.uk

Spring training is less than one month away!



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Juniors toast success at 2015 awards event

EventsPosted by admin Sun, November 29, 2015 17:54:58
Blue Sox Juniors rounded off a successful fourth season at the National Video Game Arcade in Nottingham.

The venue hosted a variety of video game contests, with centre stage given to a FIFA 16 tournament that reached it's conclusion during the presentation of our awards.

A selection of images are show below, the full album can be view on our Facebook page.


The full list of winners were as follows:

Batting Champion (2Sox) - Charlie Oxley
Super Stealer (u18) - Adam Grogan
Super Stealer (u14)- Aidan O'Shea
Most Improved Player (u18) - Dan Heywood
Most Improved Player (u14) - Aaaron Brittain
Most Promising Player (u11) - Leo Halstead
Silver Slugger (u18) - Alf Dunton
Silver Slugger (u14) - Ewan Moorcroft
Golden Glove (u18) - Max Bennett
Golden Glove (u14) - Heath Dutton
Pitching Champion (u18) - Rory Chandler
Pitching Champion (u14) - Aidan Rivers
Blue Sox Spirit (u18) - Toby Lock
Blue Sox Spirit (u14) - Josh Rollins
Rookie of the Year (u14) - Gabe Kehoe-Long
Dean Coley MVP (u18) - Rory Chandler
Dean Coley MVP (u14) - Aidan O'Shea
"DOPE" Video Game Champion - Max Bennett

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Sign up for Blue Sox Baseball & Softball Boot Camp

EventsPosted by admin Sat, November 28, 2015 15:44:54


REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL EMAIL US FOR DETAILS OF OUR NEXT TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

Get fit, make friends and learn new skills at the Leicester Blue Sox Baseball & Softball Boot Camp starting Sunday 31 January 2016!

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. It is equally appropriate for existing players who wish to train regularly during the pre-season.

The Camp consists of 5 x 2 hour sessions held on selected Sunday afternoons between January and March.

Who are you looking for?

The Camp is suitable for both male and female players, ages 14 to adult.

The club is particularly looking to recruit new players to join our existing 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 £30.

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

When and where are your sessions?

Our five sessions will be held 2pm-4pm on the following Sundays:

Sunday 31 January 2016

Sunday 7 February 2016

Sunday 21 February 2016

Sunday 28 February 2016

Sunday 6 March 2016

All sessions are held at the following venue:

Brockington College Indoor Sports Hall

Blaby Road

Enderby

Leicester

LE19 4AQ

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/3S8YHJr4DN22

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 available on site.

How do I register and pay?

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

REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL EMAIL US FOR DETAILS OF OUR NEXT TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

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

info@leicesterbluesox.co.uk

Or call us 07583 863325

We look forward to seeing you at our first session on Sunday 31 January!











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Parents introduction to coaching clinic Sunday 24 January (2pm-4pm)

EventsPosted by admin Fri, November 20, 2015 13:19:40

Leicester Blue Sox are delighted to announce that the club will be hosting a coaches clinic in the new year, specifically designed for parents.

The clinic will be held on Sunday 24 January 2pm-4pm at West Gate School, Glenfield Road Leicester LE3 6DG and will include both classroom and practical elements.

The course is aimed at parents who have children playing any form of tee-ball, baseball or softball, whether it be at the Blue Sox or any another club in the region.

The clinic will be tutored by Matt Crawshaw and Phil Rudkin, who are both Level 2 Baseball Coaches and have coached junior league baseball at the club for the past four seasons.

The aims of the clinic are as follows:

· Provide a basic understanding of rules and plays

· Empower parents to help support coaching at the club (and in the home setting with their own children)

· Provide an introduction to basic scoring annotations, line-up cards, bench and base-coaching

· Have fun getting involved in practical elements and drills appropriate for their children's age group

The event is free of charge for parents/guardians/family of existing Blue Sox and Little Sox players.

Parents of young players from other clubs would be required to make a small non-member fee contribution of £10.

Places still available!

At the time of writing we have 4 more places available for our parent's clinic.

If you haven't already signed-up for the clinic and want to register your interest, or simply need further information, please email the club via:

juniors@leicesterbluesox.co.uk





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