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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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
The Camp consists of 5 x 2 hour sessions held on selected
Sunday afternoons between January and March.
Who are you looking
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
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
Our five sessions will be held 2pm-4pm on the following