Blue Sox News

Double Success for Leicester Little Sox playersGame Reports

Posted by admin Tue, June 19, 2018 07:46:28

Blog imageThe Leicester Blue Sox junior baseball programme is looking in good health following both national and international success this month.

Last weekend, the Leicester ‘Little Sox’ u11 team became the UK Coach Pitch Champions for the first time in their four-year history. The tournament held at the Farnham Park National Baseball Centre near Slough featured three other strong teams from London, Brighton and Hemel Hempstead. The round-robin tournament meant that the eventual champions would need to win all three of their games on the day and that is exactly what the Little Sox did.

It wasn’t plain sailing in the first game against London Sports, as Leicester quickly found themselves 5-0 behind and their tournament ambitions on the rocks.

However an amazing comeback appeared to be on the cards at the top of the third inning when Shannon Browne got things started with the team’s first RBI of the game; three more runs then crossed the plate to make it a one run ball game. In the bottom of the third, Little Sox shortstop Connor Young achieved the incredible feat of getting three London players out in one-move - an unassisted ‘triple play’ to huge cheers from the supporters.

Four more runs came across the plate for Leicester in the top of the final inning, including a home run for Elijah Webster, this gave Little Sox a 8-5 lead to hold onto in the bottom of the final frame.

London Sports battled to the very last, scoring a consolation run with bases loaded but it wasn’t enough to stop the Leicester revival. Little Sox finished the first game 8-6 with their tails up. The momentum created then carried them forward through for the rest of the tournament.

Leicester’s bats didn’t stay silent for long against Brighton Fireballs in game 2. The Little Sox took an early 3-0 lead and remained ahead, thanks to superior hitting by all the team and strong infield defence from pitcher fielder Wyatt Bryson and first baseman Arnav Rai, who combined to get 12 of the game's 15 outs over 5 innings. Leicester rode out 12-3 winners knowing that they were just one win away from becoming National Champions.

Game 3 against Herts All-Stars was similar with Little Sox hitting well up and down the entire batting order. Bryson, Rai and Young again were superb in the infield limiting the impact of Herts strong batting. Leicester took the game 11-3 and with that became deserved Champions.

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Earlier this month, Bryson, Rai and their Little Sox team mates Reuben Crawshaw and Megan Rollins achieved even more success playing for the United Kingdom u10 team at the European SuperCup tournament in Prague. Team UK won another trophy, this time the third-tier Blue Cup championship after defeating strong Czech outfit Olympia Blansko 8-5 in their final. In the individual skills contest Rai won the silver medal in the throwing discipline.

Matt Crawshaw who coaches both the Little Sox and manages the Team UK programme said “It has been an amazing month of baseball for our talented young players here in Leicester. Team UK put in a much-improved performance at the SuperCup, which continues to move us up the European rankings. Then a first-ever National title for the Little Sox has been the icing on the cake. The future for baseball in our city looks incredibly bright!”





Blue Sox young stars are heading to Prague!News

Posted by admin Tue, May 08, 2018 20:14:23

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Four Leicestershire youngsters are travelling to Prague later this month to play at an international baseball tournament.

Wyatt Bryson, Reuben Crawshaw, Arnav Rai and Megan Rollins from the Leicester Blue Sox have been selected for the United Kingdom under-10s team, along with 7 other players from around the country.

The team flies out to the Czech Republic during the half term week at the end of May, with three days of baseball action between Friday 1 June and Sunday 3 June.

Crawshaw, Rai and Rollins featured in Team UK’s debut appearance at the European Super Cup last year. The team finished with a respectable mid-table ranking overall and also came home with the Yellow Cup trophy after beating Lithuania in a consolation final.

This year Team UK have been drawn in Group A alongside last year’s coach-pitch final winners San Boi of Barcelona, Vienna Wanderers plus three as yet unnamed domestic Czech 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, Chair at Leicester Blue Sox said “we are thrilled to have another quartet of Blue Sox youngsters selected to play for their national team. The players have recently returned from Team UK’s May Day practice in London, which went extremely well. We have one more practice over the Spring Bank Holiday before we fly out to Prague. Last year was a fantastic experience for all involved, we hope to do even better in our second appearance at the tournament!”

You can follow their progress in the European SuperCup via the official tournament website:

https://supercup.baseball.cz/en/supercup/





Blue Sox field renovations day - this Saturday 10 March 10am-2pmEvents

Posted by admin Tue, March 06, 2018 18:26:07

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"The Big Dig" is back!!


This Saturday 10 March will see the first Blue Sox action of the season at Western Park when club will be swapping bats, balls and helmets for spades, rakes and wheelbarrows!

Our annual field renovations event provides the opportunity for all sections of the club to come together for the good of the game and put the sparkle back into our diamond ahead of pre-season.

Adult players, older juniors, and parents are all encouraged to get their hands dirty, with big pile of brick dust and bags of loam on deck, to help us refurbish to cut out areas and mounds

The action starts at 10am and is expected to run until around 2pm (or just after). If both the weather and turnout is good, the Blue Sox nation is sure to make light work of it!

RSVP for field renovations care of this Facebook event invite, stating what tools you can bring (wheelbarrows are especially needed!)

Providing we can get this work done, then adult training resumes the next day Sunday 11 March 10am-1pm at Western Park.

Also our Youth Baseball Camp starts the following weekend on Sunday 18 March 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Both adult training and Youth Baseball Camp are depending on these groundworks being completed, so please can you 'pitch in' this Saturday!

Let's go Blue Sox!




Free Midlands Umpire Clinic - Saturday 24 March (Northampton)Events

Posted by admin Tue, March 06, 2018 18:16:51

Blog imageThe BBF are hosting a baseball umpire clinic in Northampton on Saturday 24 March 2018 featuring veteran umpire Darrin Muller as the lead instructor. The clinic is designed to offer insights into umpiring and rule interpretations The clinics are FREE to BBF members.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Beginners or experienced umpires (as it is a great way to update your knowledge and skills). Coaches and players are welcomed, so you can get a better understanding of the rules applicable.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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DATE | TIME | VENUE

· Sat 24th March | 11- 3 PM | Northants Baseball Club - 201 St Crispin Dr. Upton, Northampton NN5 4UL

Note: Please bring a pen and notebook. The venues are indoor. The clinics (venue, date and times) are subject to change. Spaces are limited, so register now. We will organise more clinics upon request from our members



Leicester Blue Sox adult team broken bat policyNews

Posted by admin Sat, February 24, 2018 16:07:11

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All players both new and returning are ask to familiarise themselves with the club’s broken bat policy as per below.

1. Club metal bats are provided at training, if you do not own your own bat, we recommend that you use these bats to minimise breakages and replacement costs

2. Club wooden bats are provided for regulation games, if you do not own your own bat, you are able to use these bats, however, if you are responsible for breaking a club wooden bat in any situation (game, training, warm-up etc.), then you are immediately liable for replacing the bat at the current full replacement cost

3. We do not recommend that you borrow a team mates bat, however, if you end up being responsible for breaking a team mates wooden bat in any situation (game, training, warm-up), then you are immediately liable for replacing the bat at the current full replacement cost

Most wood bat breakage issues can be resolved by properly orienting the logo (or trademark) so as to place the edge grain parallel to the flight of the baseball at the point of contact. This is the position that yields the lowest breakage and the highest hitting power.

To cut down on breakage, hold the bat in front of you with the logo up (or facing you). Then rotate the logo towards your lead shoulder (shoulder closest to the pitcher). The more you hit off your back foot, the more you should rotate the bat toward the lead shoulder.

The maximum angle should be 45 degrees. You may want to place a mark on the bat once you get the ideal alignment. This should put your bat in the proper hitting position with the edge grain aligned perfectly to hit the ball. This proper alignment not only will decrease breakage dramatically, but will also increase hitting power due to the restriction of the flexion of the bat.



Leicester Blue Sox adult baseball 2018News

Posted by admin Sat, January 13, 2018 13:24:55

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Welcome to another exciting season of baseball at Western Park!

The below player briefing should help you prepare for our upcoming pre-season events and hopefully answer any questions you have about membership and training.

Indoor pre-season training

The club has decided to open up it's upcoming Boot Camp sessions to all Blue Sox players both existing and those new to the club in 2018.

Our main focus in these indoor sessions will be pitching and catching as well as batting practice, including the use of a full speed pitching machine.

The dates of the sessions are as follows (all 2.30pm-4.30pm):

Sunday 4 February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018

Sunday 18 February 2018

There will be a small fee of £5 per player at each session to help cover the cost of hall hire.

Anyone who has paid deposits in anticipation of this year’s Boot Camp will get free entry to these sessions and the balance will be credited towards their 2018 membership fee.

Venue

Brockington College Indoor Sports Hall

Blaby Road

Enderby

Leicester

LE19 4AQ

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


Outdoor pre-season training

Following the completion of our indoor sessions, we then expect to move onto the 3G surface at Brockington College on Sunday 25 February and Sunday 4 March (times to be confirmed).

We then have our annual field renovations date scheduled at Western Park on Saturday 10 March.

Providing the weather is fine and we complete our expected field work, outdoor training will then move to Western Park from Sunday 11 March for the rest of the pre-season.

Baseball team and league

The club will only be registering one adult baseball team into the British Baseball Federation league in 2018.

Last year we ran a second team East Midlands Wolfpack which was joint venture with our friends at the Long Eaton Storm baseball club. However, both clubs have lost a number of players from their first team during the off-season and we will need to promote players from the Wolfpack to their respective club’s first team in 2018.

Overall the Wolfpack project has been a great success, as it has got many adult beginners game time last season and provided them with a pathway towards first team baseball.

We may resurrect the Wolfpack in future seasons, where we identify a surplus of new players across the regions.

Membership

You can pay your membership all in one go (discounted annual membership) or pay in instalments.

The amount of annual membership is £120 and needs to be paid by 13 April 2018. If this payment has not been made in full by that date, your membership will be assumed to be 'pay as you go'.

The 'pay as you go' deposit is £30 which needs to be paid by 30 April 2018. Thereafter your remaining payments are £25 by 31 May 2018, £25 by 29 June 2018, £25 by 31 July 2018 and your final £25 by 31 August 2018.

We would prefer that you pay your membership by online banking in the club account.

Registration

All adult players who wish to be considered for our team need to register online via this form:

https://leicesterbluesox.wufoo.co.uk/forms/leicester-blue-sox-2018-adult-member-registration/

In addition, all players needs to sign up for the BAND app, which is used for training, game and event notifications.

Open this invite link below on your iPhone, Android, or desktop.

https://band.us/n/aea9v9xb1f14f

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Blue Sox for pre-season 2018!











Sign-up for Youth Baseball Camp 2018 (ages 8-14)Events

Posted by admin Mon, December 11, 2017 11:57:57

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REGISTER/PAY FOR YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP VIA THIS LINK

Boys and girls aged 8 to 14 will be having great fun, learning new skills and making friends at the Leicester Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp 2018!

Our camp is being held on the following Sunday’s 1.30pm-3.30pm

· Sunday 18 March 2018

· Sunday 25 March 2018

· Sunday 1 April 2018

· Sunday 8 April 2018

What is the Youth Baseball Camp?

The Youth Baseball Camp is a pre-season activity suitable for children who would like to give the sport of baseball a try and also for existing club members who wish to improve their skills.

The Camp consists of four sessions on consecutive Sunday afternoons in March and April.

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 8 to 14. Whether they are complete beginners or have some existing experience in baseball, softball or tee-ball.

The above age group covers children who are in school Years 3 to Year 10 in the 2017/18 academic year.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Youth Baseball Camp is £20.

Included within the price, your child will also be provided with their very own 2018 Leicester Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp t-shirt at their first session to keep.

Where are your sessions?

Our four sessions will be held outdoors at our Western Park baseball facility:

Leicester Blue Sox

Park View

Leicester

LE3 6SJ

Google map: http://www.leicesterbluesox.co.uk/html/location.html

What do I need to bring?

All equipment is provided, your child simply needs to attend wearing appropriate comfortable outdoor clothing.

Bring a bottle of water for hydration and plenty of enthusiasm!

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.

Closing date for registration in order to fulfil t-shirt order is Thursday 15 February 2018

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 2018 Youth Baseball Camp!







Blue Sox committee updateNews

Posted by admin Sat, December 09, 2017 20:54:17

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Leicester Blue Sox held their annual general meeting Sunday 12 November and this was followed by the new committee's first meeting on Sunday 3 December.

The main areas to update our membership about following these meetings, are as follows.

Operations committee


Our operations committee was re-elected at the AGM.

Matt Crawshaw (Chair)
Helen Rollins (Treasurer)
Kelle-Marie Simmonds (Secretary)
Nadine Attwell (Safeguarding Officer)
Dave Burke (Volunteer Co-ordinator)

Performance committee changes

Our performance committee normally gets finalised before pre-season, but there have already been some changes made.

Firstly, we welcome Ron Mason as our new adult first team manager. Congratulations to Ron on this appointment, we are sure you will make the role a great success.

We also welcome Blue Sox veteran Brett Melville back to the club's committee. He is looking to assist with adult coaching on our usual Wednesday evening slot next season.

Last season's skipper Alan Edgington will continue as an adult team player, but will also support the Little Sox u8 coaching.

Steve Rollins will lead the coaching for the Blue Sox Juniors u15 programme. There will no longer be training on Thursday evenings for this age group and from next season, all training will be on Sunday afternoons 1.30pm-3.30pm. All regular season games for the u15's will be on occasional Saturday's as we will be enrolling the team into the BBF Youth Super League.

Matt Crawshaw will continue to coach both the Little Sox u8 and u11 programmes. The tee-ball programme will continue on Sundays at the usual 12.30pm slot.

The scale of our u11 programme will expanding. Core training will continue on Sunday's at 1.30pm, but there will also been an extra hour of advanced training which will follow at 2.30pm. The u11's will also be joining the BBF Youth Super League, with regular season games on occasional Saturday's. Those u11 players who are selected for this travel team, will be expected to regularly attend both the core and advanced training sessions on Sunday's.

Finances

At our committee meeting, Matt ran through the club's financial position which remains pretty stable despite a drop in income due to lack of sponsors and the collapse of our softball programme.

Membership fees for the 2018 season will be as follows:

Adult baseball £130 (£10 discount if paid in full by end of March)
Juniors u15 £60
Little Sox u11 £40 (increased due to rising costs of programme)
Little Sox u8 £20

Code of Conduct

The club will be publishing an updated code of conduct early in the new year.

In addition to this, there will be supplementary charters for youth coaches, youth players and parents.

Due to changes in BaseballSoftballUK safeguarding requirements, there will be a need for parent permission forms/registration to be completed in hard copy every season. We can no longer roll forward from a previous season. The new forms will incorporate the new codes of conduct and charters.

Adult registration can continue online and is expected to open by 15 January 2018.

Broken Bat Policy

Stay tuned for a club announcement in relation to the use of wooden bats in the adult programme. There have been far too many instances of broken bats in recent seasons and we will be introducing a broken bat policy that gives clear guidance on liability if you happen to break a club or teammates' wooden bat.

The full announcement should follow this month.