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Little Sox for boys & girls ages 4-9

NewsPosted by admin Wed, April 05, 2017 06:42:38

What is Little Sox?

Little Sox is a baseball and softball development programme for boys and girls aged 4-9. Our sessions are split into two age-groups Tee Ball (ages 4-6) and Coach Pitch (ages 7-9).

What happens at the sessions?

We will teach your child how to:

*Hit the ball off ‘tee’ or a ‘coaches pitch’

*Run the bases

*Catching and throwing

*Gain an understanding of the basic rules

*Play minimally competitive development games

At the end of each session, the kids huddle together for a big ‘Blue Sox high five’ and coaches hand out sweets and MLB baseball cards to keep. Our main focus is on having fun, making friends and being a good team-mate.

What about the parents?

Parents are just as important as the kids – we want you to get involved too and not just watch!

We would like you to play an active role in Little Sox; assisting the coaches (or becoming a coach), encouraging the players, helping tidying up equipment and when we have our special event days, helping running our hot dog stand, fundraising and generally help create a warm and family friendly atmosphere at the ballpark!

Being a super-volunteer help creates an enjoyable and sustainable programme. The more you put into it, the more your child will LOVE Little Sox!

How much does it cost?

Your first Little Sox session is free and we then have a membership scheme of £20 per player (for the season) that helps meets the running costs of the programme. The cost can be spread in two monthly £10 instalments.

We also have great deals on official Little Sox T-shirts, hats, hoodies and baseball pants, which are re-sold on a pass-through cost basis.

When and where are your sessions?

Our sessions are weekly on Sunday afternoons as follows:

Tee Ball ages 4-6 (12.30pm-1.30pm)

Coach Pitch ages 7-9 (1.30pm-2.30pm)

If you are uncertain which age group is suitable for your child then please get in touch. We are happy to play kids up or down age groups, when considering size, ability and circle of friends.

Our first session this season will be on Sunday 23 April 2017 and sessions run weekly (except Fathers Day) until mid-July.

We then have a short break at the onset of the school summer holidays before returning mid-August and closing the season in September.

Our T-Ball diamond is located at:

Leicester Blue Sox Baseball Club

Western Park

Park View




What should my child wear?

Comfortable clothing is fine and trainers. If the pitch is on the soggy side, you may want to consider investing in a pair of basic football boots. Be prepared to get muddy!

All other equipment; bats, balls, gloves, helmets/safety equipment is supplied by the club.

How do I register?

Please complete the following parental consent form and bring to your first session (only applies to new players):

In addition, players want to register now as members should complete the following online form (this applies to new and existing players wanted to sign up for the whole season):

Any questions? Simply drop us an email:

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Midland Spring League – pre-season baseball in April!

EventsPosted by admin Tue, April 04, 2017 13:49:22

The 2017 baseball pre-season gets underway this month in our region, courtesy of the Midlands Spring League (MSL)

Planned by the new BBF Central sub-committee, the MSL will organise a schedule of games over three consecutive Sundays, starting on 9th April.

The schedule of games for each Sunday is as follows:

Leicester - Western Park

9th April

10.00-12.00 Leicester Blue Sox v Birmingham Bandits
12.15-14.15 Milton Keynes Bucks v Stourbridge Titans
14.30-16.30 East Midlands Wolfpack v Northampton Centurions

16th April

10.00-12.00 Milton Keynes Bucks v Leicester Blue Sox
12.15-14.15 Birmingham Bandits v Long Eaton Storm
14.30-16.30 Leicester Blue Sox v Stourbridge Titans

23rd April

10.00-12.00 Leicester Blue Sox v Long Eaton Storm
12.15-14.15 Long Eaton Storm v Stourbridge Titans
14.30-16.30 Milton Keynes Bucks v Birmingham Bandits

Birmingham - Marston Green

23rd April

12.15-14.15 Northampton Centurions v Birmingham Outlaws
14.30-16.30 Birmingham Outlaws v East Midlands Wolfpack

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Sign-up for Youth Baseball Camp 2017 (ages 5-9)

EventsPosted by admin Mon, December 05, 2016 18:24:42


Boys and girls aged 5 to 9 will be having great fun, learning new skills and making friends at the Leicester Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp 2017! Our camp is being held during the February half-term week between Monday 13 February and Friday 17 February 2017.

What is the Youth Baseball Camp?

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

The Camp consists of five sessions during the half-term week between 9.30am-2.30pm. You can book your child onto the camp for 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days.

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 5 to 9. Whether they are complete beginners or have some existing experience in baseball, softball or tee-ball.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Youth Baseball Camp is as follows:

1 day (£20)
2 days (£30)
3 days (£40)
4 days (£50)
5 days (£60)

Included within the price, your child will also be provided with their very own 2017 Leicester Blue Sox Youth Baseball Camp t-shirt at their first session to keep.

When and where are your sessions?

Our five sessions will be held 9.30am-2.30pm on the following days:

Monday 13 February 2017
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Wednesday 15 February 2017
Thursday 16 February 2017
Friday 17 February 2017

All sessions are held at the following venue:

West Gate School Indoor Sports Hall
Glenfield Road

Google map:

What do I need to bring?

All equipment is provided, your child simply needs 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!

There will be a set lunch break each day, between 12pm-12.30pm. Please ensure your child brings a packed lunch and enough still drinks for the day (i.e. water, squash or fruit juice but not fizzy drinks).

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


There are a number of payment options available including electronic banking, cheque by post and PayPal. Full details are on the registration form.

Don’t miss out!

Please note due to the size of hall, places will be limited. Registration will be closing on Friday 20 January to allow for the fulfillment of our t-shirt order. Registration could actually close sooner than this if the camp is fully subscribed beforehand.

Frequently asked questions

My child is over the age of 9, what pre-season training is happening for that age group?

We will resume outdoor practice for our u13/u16 age-groups earlier than previous seasons. We expect them to be held on selected Saturdays or Sundays from mid-March.

We also are arranging a trip to the baseball batting cages near Wembley on Sunday 26 March.

Finally, if your child is age 14 or older in 2017, they are eligible to attend our Baseball & Softball Boot Camp being held on selected Sundays during February 2017.

If you do have any queries about which sessions are appropriate for your child please email us:

What about Little Sox sessions, when do they start outdoor?

Little Sox opening day is Sunday 23 April, we will be running three age groups on Sunday afternoons during the spring and summer. Under 7’s/tee-ball 12.30pm-1.30pm, Under 10’s/coach-pitch 1.30pm-2.30pm and Under 13’s/player-pitch 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Do you have an online calendar showing all known dates for 2017?

Yes - you can keep updated here throughout the season, once we start adding known dates.

Any further questions?

If you need any further information please feel free to email the club

Or call us 07583 863325

We look forward to seeing you during our February half-term Youth Baseball Camp!

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Blue Sox Juniors & Little Sox trip to Wembley

EventsPosted by admin Sun, December 04, 2016 16:19:16

To celebrate the start of the 2017 youth baseball season, Leicester Blue Sox are organising a joint Juniors & Little Sox club trip to Wembley on Sunday 26 March 2017.

The day has been planned as follows:

Morning - Trip to the Baseball batting cages at Northwick Park (near Wembley)

Playgolf London is home to the UK’s first automatic American-style baseball and softball batting cages. The venue boasts authentic USA style pitching machines set up for all levels of player.

  • Slow Pitch Softball: suitable for ages 6+
  • Fast Pitch Softball: grown-ups, 3 speeds
  • 3-speed Baseball: small balls, harder to hit

No need to bring anything down, equipment (helmet and baseball bat) is provided with our booking.

Afternoon - England vs Lithuania at Wembley Stadium

With Christmas now just around the corner, the FA are pleased to let everyone know that they’ll be running a special offer on tickets for England v Lithuania – the Three Lions’ first home match of 2017.

If you book before 12 December, as well as receiving your tickets in time for Christmas Day, you will also receive the following special gifts with each order:

• One voucher to collect a free match day programme on the day of the game
• One exclusive England Christmas card from the Senior Men’s England team

Tickets are now on general release and are £20 adult and £10 child in the family enclosure.

Link to purchase tickets here (you can enrol as an FA member for free)

Once the club knows how many members have booked tickets for the England game, we will then arrange a club booking for baseball batting cages for those who are interested and then divide the cost between those attending.

Note: if you only want to do one of the activities that's fine, once we know final numbers we will arrange a location for a pre-match lunch with interested members to toast the beginning of the 2017 season.

If you have any queries about this upcoming event please email us:

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Fastpitch softball pitching coaching CPD course in Leicester Sunday 5 February 2017

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 Softball.

Who is it suitable for?

Coaches who wish to get an understanding of the drills, teaching methods and rationale Great Britain Softball uses when developing fastpitch softball pitchers.

Coaches who want to share knowledge in a practical environment.

Softball coaches who wish to become specialist fastpitch pitching coaches.

Parents 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?

Learners must be a minimum of 16 years old.

It is advised that very inexperienced coaches should take either 'The Activator Award' or 'Drills for Beginner Coaches - CPD Clinic'.

Coaches 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.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Explain the basic mechanics of the fastpitch pitching delivery.

Teach a four-seam fastball and change-up.

Identify and correct common mistakes in the pitching delivery.

Utilise drills to develop arm strength.

Support players with basic pre- and post-throwing arm care to reduce the risk of injury.

Why do this course?

The course will give you practical ideas on how to work with and improve the pitchers you coach.

The 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 injury.

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Blue Sox and Storm to join forces for new second team in 2017

NewsPosted by admin Sun, December 04, 2016 13:39:34


Leicester Blue Sox and Long Eaton Storm have announced a new partnership that is aimed to get more players active in the adult British Baseball Federation (BBF) league next season.

Based on last season’s participation, each club has about enough players to field one and half teams - but not enough to register a second team in their own right.

Having discussed these common challenges for several months, the clubs have agreed to join forces in 2017 and field a combined second team, which we expect to enter in to the BBF Single-A Division.

The new team as yet doesn’t have a name and is this is where we need YOUR help!

We will be running a competition during December to help decide a team name and logo for the new team.

Mike Hayward of Long Eaton has already put together some ideas to help stimulate interest as well as further suggestions.



The new team will be named ‘East Midlands (insert moniker’), it’s the moniker that we need you help in deciding!

To join in the fun of naming the team, please complete and submit the team name entry link. You can either think of name that would suit one of the existing logos, or even a completely new name that Mike will be happy to design a logo for.

This part of the competition will run until Friday 16 December 2016. After this date, we will draw up a short list of the best suggestions for the members of Blue Sox and Storm to vote on. Each team name in this short list will be credited to the individual who first suggested it (we assume Mike will want to take credit for 'Beards'!!!)

We will then run the second stage of the contest until the end of December and then announce the winning team name, logo and individual credit in early January. The person credited with the original suggestion will win a supply of brand new official BBF Baden baseballs!

So get your thinking / baseball caps on (!) There is no limit to amount of suggestions an individual can make, so you’ll need to be quick to ensure you are first to gain the individual credit in the second stage of the contest!


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Sign-up for 2017 Blue Sox Baseball & Softball Boot Camp

NewsPosted by admin Tue, November 29, 2016 11:14:40

Get fit, make friends and learn new skills at the Leicester Blue Sox Baseball & Softball Boot Camp starting on Sunday 5 February 2017!

Register now:

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.

The Camp consists of 3 x 2 hour sessions held on selected Sunday afternoons in February 2017.

Who are you looking for?

The Camp is suitable for both male and female players, ages 14 to adult. We are especially looking for beginners (although existing players with less than two season’s experience are also welcome).

We want to recruit new players to join our growing number 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 £25.

In return for that, you will be eligible to attend all three of our sessions we have scheduled and you will also be provided with your very own 2017 Leicester Blue Sox Boot Camp t-shirt at your first session!

When and where are your sessions?

Our three sessions will be held 2.30pm-4.30pm on the following Sundays:

Sunday 5 February 2017

Sunday 19 February 2017

Sunday 26 February 2017

All sessions are held at the following venue:

Brockington College Indoor Sports Hall

Blaby Road



LE19 4AQ

Google map:

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 also available on site.

How do I register and pay?

Registration is simple!

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

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

Or call us 07583 863325

We look forward to seeing you at our first session on Sunday 5 February!

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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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