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Annual General Meetings report

NewsPosted by admin Sun, November 27, 2016 09:25:17

Leicester Blue Sox and the British Baseball Federation (BBF) held each of their AGMs on consecutive weekends this month. These meetings have helped shape the future of the club and our sport as we move forwards into the 2017 season.

Blue Sox AGM - Sunday 20 November

The club has formed a new Operations Committee, with the following positions being elected by our membership.

Chairperson – Matt Crawshaw
Secretary – Kelle-Marie Simmonds
Treasurer – Helen Rollins
Volunteers - Dave Burke
Safeguarding - Nadine Attwell
Officials - Katy Edgington

Our Performance Committee will be co-opted as we get nearer to the traditional pre-season period of February/March.

Matt presented his thoughts on both the financial position of the club in 2016, which remains in good shape as well expectations for the 2017 season that included:

· Creation of second adult team (joint venture with Long Eaton Storm)

· Baseball/Softball Boot Camp for beginners (and those with less than two seasons experience) in February

· Pre-season practice for all other adult regulars will be held separate to the Boot Camp – full details TBA

· New maximum age for Blue Sox Juniors will be 15

· Junior age groups to be re-structured as u7, u10 and u13/u16

· Women/girls softball programme to build on it’s successful new format from last season

· UK Coaches Summit (28 January)

· Youth Baseball Camp during February half term (ages 5-9)

· Little Sox/Juniors day out at batting cages near Wembley (26 March)

BBF AGM - Saturday 26 November

This year’s BBF AGM at the Holiday Inn, Leicester saw Matt formally stepping down from the BBF board, after four years of service as Southern Youth Commissioner.

Over this period he has overseen the transformation towards Little League integration, as well as a large expansion of teams and age-groups in the Southern Region.

Speaking at the AGM he said “In my first year of commissioner, we only had two Youth National Baseball Championships (YNBCs) in the Bronco and Pony age-groups. In my final year this had expanded to seven different YNBCs. It’s been great to see even more youth programmes becoming established this year including Brighton, Kent, London Capitals and Southampton - hopefully even more to come next season!”

Matt was recognised by the new BBF President Gerry Perez during a presentation for outgoing board members.

The two main takeaways from this year’s AGM pertinent to the Blue Sox were:

· No objections from the floor regarding the proposal for a new second team, being run as a joint venture between Leicester Blue Sox and Long Eaton Storm

· Southern Adult League Commissioner Ben Davis to devolve elements of league format planning to key volunteers in our region. This is likely to lead to the resumption of a two-tier Central division format (Double-A and Single-A), with two new teams coming into Single-A; Norwich Iceni and the yet to be named Sox/Storm joint-venture East Midlands team

The first Blue Sox Operations Committee will be held on Sunday 18 December. The club will delay the formal announcement of our 2017 membership package until after this meeting.

In the meantime, stay tuned for further announcements on our Baseball/Softball Boot Camp, Youth Baseball Camp and second adult-team naming competition!

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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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Legends game kick-starts our 10th Anniversary celebrations

Game ReportsPosted by admin Sat, October 15, 2016 18:54:49

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.

Legends game

The club began its festivities at our spiritual home, the Western Park diamond, with a specially-arranged game between our current first-team and a ‘Legends’ ensemble featuring past stars of the Blue Sox as well as current players who have suited up for Leicester over many of our past ten seasons.

Shortly after the game started, storm clouds gathered but the resulting rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of either side that kept going for four innings before the game was eventually called due to the weather. The games' highlight moment was a fantastic home-run from the Legends’ Cory Shackleton – his first-ever in Blue Sox colours.

Our squads on the day were:

Blue Sox first-team (l-r)

Joel Upton

Rory Chandler

Ron Mason

Dave Burke

Damo Holland

Alan Edgington

Justenas Raupenas

Tomas Juskenas

Legends team (l-r)

Denny Walker

Shaun Hill

Cory Shackleton

Scott McMillan

Mark Hurst

James Corrie

Kev Hurst

and club-founder Mark Meredith

The game was also notable for the introduction of two new baseball players that have moved to Leicester from China to study, Toby Xu and Yifan Li.

Both sides played in great spirits, which set the day up nicely for the evening celebrations that followed later in the day.

The club would like to thank all who braved the wet conditions to play, as well as our loyal supporters who have been right behind the Blue Sox all season long, whatever the weather!

All photos by
Julia Upton

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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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Blue Sox bow out on high

Game ReportsPosted by admin Mon, September 05, 2016 17:58:34
Leicester Blue Sox concluded their 10th anniversary season, bowing out at the quarter-final stages of the playoffs against the strongly fancied Daws Hill Spitfires.

The game was played in glorious conditions on Bank Holiday Monday at the Farnham Park National Baseball complex near Slough.

Leicester's manager Alan Edgington banked on his Lithuanian pitching duo of Sigitas Juskenas and Justinas Raupenas, but things didn't go according to plan immediately into the first inning.

Juskenas struggled to find the strike zone and was replaced by Raupenas following a succession of walks and five runs coming across the plate.

The game steadied in the subsequent innings but the damage was already done and it was always going to be difficult for the Blue Sox to get a foothold in the game.

There was a moment of brightness in the third when Dave Burke singled to bring Joel Upton home but that was to be only run scored in a game that concluded with a 12-1 win for the Spitfires.

Daws Hill have been very strong all season and took the BBF Double-A championship the following weekend beating Sheffield Bladerunners 10-0 in the final, which perhaps put the Blue Sox result into perspective.

The club now look forward to celebrating their 10th Anniversary on Saturday 1 October, with a Blue Sox Legends game during the day at Western Park and the 2016 awards event at Goals Soccer Centre during the evening.

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Blue Sox 2016 awards ballot opens

NewsPosted by admin Fri, September 02, 2016 19:48:39


The official countdown to our 2016 awards night and 10th anniversary celebration, has begun. We are now less than a month to go before our big event on Saturday 1 October.

To mark the occasion, the club has announced who has been shortlisted for the various awards that are being to put to a members ballot.

2016 Dean Coley MVP

This prestigious award recognises our first team's most valuable player in our 10th anniversary season. After qualifying for our first-ever post-season in three years, competition for this award is expected to be close.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Dave Burke

Giedrius Janulevicius

Rikson Martina

2016 Dean Coley Fastpitch MVP

Our other sponsored MVP award will be presented to the most valuable player from our women/girls softball programme.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Saskia Davies

Alexis Markham-Hill

Izzy Quy

2016 Blue Sox Spirit Award

Second only to our MVP awards, is the Blue Sox Spirit Award, which recognises the value of an individual who made the most significant non-playing contribution to the Blue Sox this season.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Matt & Kimberley Bennett (adult/junior game day support & base coaching)

Katy Edgington (adult game day support & score keeping)

Ron Mason (grounds keeping expertise)

Steve & Helen Rollins (junior game day support, fundraising, u15/u11/u7 coaching)

Julia & Neil Upton (adult/junior game day support & photography)

Dan Zinnikas (junior game day support & u11/u7 coaching)

2016 Rookie of the Year Award

This title is awarded to a player that has had their first senior year of baseball. The winner will be recognised as the newbie who most impact on the adult baseball field this season.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Martin Andrews

Ron Mason

Chris Mee

James Wallace

2016 Fastpitch Rookie of the Year Awards

In addition, we also recognise the best newcomer to our women/girls softball programme this season.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Megan Footman

Cassie Lock

Gemma Lawrence

Liz Morgan-Danvers

Kerry Ramplin

Nade Townsend

Kim Yates

2016 Coach of the Year

And finally, we recognise our Coach of the Year, which is expectedly to be hotly contested, with a number of new coaches stepping up to serve the club in 2016.

Our shortlisted candidates are:

Dave Burke

Matt Crawshaw

Alan Edgington

Damian Holland

Alexis Markham-Hill

Steve Rollins

Phil Rudkin

Dan Zinnikas

Voting is now open and closes at 8pm on Monday 12 September.


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