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Leicester Blue Sox adult baseball 2018

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

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.


Brockington College Indoor Sports Hall

Blaby Road



LE19 4AQ

Google map:

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.


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.


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

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.

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

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

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


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



Google map:

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:


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

Or call us 07583 863325

We look forward to seeing you during our 2018 Youth Baseball Camp!

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Blue Sox committee update

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

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.


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.

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Sign-up for the 2018 Blue Sox Baseball Boot Camp

NewsPosted by admin Fri, December 01, 2017 11:43:07

Get fit, make friends and learn new skills at the Leicester Blue Sox Baseball Boot Camp starting on Sunday 4 February 2018!

Register now:

What is the Baseball Boot Camp?

The Boot Camp is a new programme suitable for beginners who are interested in giving the sport of baseball a try.

The Camp consists of 3 x 2 hour sessions held on selected Sunday afternoons in February 2018.

Who are you looking for?

The Camp is suitable for both male and female players, ages 15 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 of adult baseball teams.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Boot Camp is £30.

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 2018 Leicester Blue Sox Boot Camp t-shirt at your first session to keep!

When and where are your sessions?

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

Sunday 4 February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018

Sunday 18 February 2018

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 4 February!

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Blue Sox Nation Needs You!

EventsPosted by admin Sun, October 29, 2017 08:24:04

With the Leicester Blue Sox AGM fast approaching (November 12th, 1pm-4pm at Brockington College, Enderby, Leicester) the club is seeking passionate and motivated volunteers to join the management committee. If you have skills and experience that you feel could help the club (I.e. project management, marketing, media and digital content, coaching) we would especially like to hear from you.

About the Committee
The committee works to develop and maintain the interests of the club through the administering of initiatives and various other projects. The committee meets either in person or online every 2-3 months to discuss club matters and guide the future direction of the club. Being on the committee requires a small time commitment of around 1 hour per week.

At the upcoming AGM appointments will be made to the following roles: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Welfare Officer, Volunteer Coordinator, Officials Coordinator, Media and Marketing Officer, and Events Coordinator. If you would like to register your interest in any of the roles outlined above, would like more information about any of the roles, or feel that you could help the club in any other way, please email Volunteer Coordinator, Dave Burke at

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Blue Sox crowned 2017 Double-A National Champions

Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, September 19, 2017 16:47:17


Three excellent and dramatic finals were played today at Farnham Park as National Champions for 2017 were crowned in the British Baseball Federation’s Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A divisions.

The first game to get under way, at 11.00 am on a cool and cloudy morning, was the Double-A final between the Leicester Blue Sox and Tonbridge, both teams that had won the Single-A National Championship in recent seasons. This turned out to be a tense and well-pitched game that was in doubt until Leicester scored four runs in a bizarre top of the ninth inning to turn a 5-4 lead into a much more comfortable 9-4 advantage. It’s not often that one player can be said to win a baseball game single-handed, but in this case the evidence was pretty clear. Read the report below to find out why the MVP award could only have gone to Leicester’s Rikson Martina.


Leicester Blue Sox 9, Tonbridge 4

This final was in doubt until Leicester pulled away in what became a nightmare top of the ninth inning for Tonbridge, but in truth, this game was the Rikson Martina show.

The mercurial Leicester star, who was a live-wire catcher in Saturday’s semi-final win over the Latin Boys, took the mound in this game and threw the full nine innings and 139 pitches, giving up only three hits and five walks while striking out five. Tonbridge had baserunners in seven of the nine innings, but Martina used his curve ball to good effect and got 13 infield ground outs.

“I didn’t want to go more than 140 pitches,” Martina said after the game. “And I beat it by one!”

But that was only half of Martina’s contribution; the rest came with the bat.

Martina had four hits in five trips to the plate, including a triple, a double and three RBIs, plus two stolen bases and two runs scored.

If Tonbridge never see Rikson Martina again, it will probably be too soon.

Neither side scored during the first three innings, and to begin with, it was Tonbridge starter Cristian Secareanu who held down the Blue Sox. But Secareanu had pitched the full game during Tonbridge’s semi-final win on Saturday, and he left the mound with one out in the Leicester third inning, replaced by Sorin Puiu.

Puiu finished off the third inning without difficulty, but ran into trouble in the top of the fourth as Leicester opened the scoring with three runs. Rikson Martina’s triple was the big blow, but three Tonbridge errors helped the Blue Sox cause.

Leicester stretched the lead to 4-0 with a run in the top of the fifth inning. Rob Seward singled, stole second, and came in, inedvitably, on Rikson Martina’s double.

But in the bottom of the fifth the Tonbridge offense finally got going and cut the deficit to 4-3 on singles by Matt Styles and Laurence Hodgkins plus two Leicester errors.

Over the next three eventful innings, each team had plenty of chances but could only add one run each, and so Leicester held a slender 5-4 lead when they came to bat in the top of the ninth inning, knowing that Tonbridge would have the final turn at the plate.

But everything that could go wrong for Tonbridge did so in a long and painful half-inning. Leicester had three hits, and none of them left the infield. Sorin Puiu committed a balk that sparked a long argument that got Tonbridge Manager Amanda Murphy ejected. There was also a hit-by-pitch and a throwing error by Puiu when he had a Leicester runner dead to rights between second and third. The result of all this mayhem was four big runs for Leicester that took the wind out of the Tonbridge sails.

A tiring – and no wonder – Rikson Martina walked pinch-hitter Gen Edwards to open the bottom of the ninth inning, and Ben Carter followed with a single. But Leicester’s good fortune continued. Laurence Hodgkins hit a soft liner to Giedrius Janulevicius at third, and even though Janulevicius threw the ball into right field trying to double off Gen Edwards, Leicester got the out anyway when the ball was returned because Edwards had never tagged up.

When Martin Barker hit a one-hopper back to Martina, Rikson held the ball for a second in silent celebration, then fired to first to end the game and cue the real celebrations, with Leicester players forming a mass on the mound.

“We definitely played to our strengths,” Leicester Manager Alan Edington said afterwards, “and micro-managing the players today gave them the freedom to do this. Cool heads prevailed – at least most of the time! And Rikson Martina telling me he wanted to pitch the whole game made things easier – I just had to let him do it!”


Semi-final games in the BBF’s Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A National Championships started at 9.30 this morning and finished in the cold, dark and damp, well after 7.00 pm. But we now know who will play the finals on Sunday.

Six semi-finals were played on the two baseball diamonds at Farnham Park today in weather which was mostly cold and cloudy, but with a few fleeting glimpses of the sun and one short but vicious rain and hailstorm -- weather more suited to March than mid-September.

Leicester Blue Sox 17, Latin Boys 3 (7 innings)

The Latin Boys probably came into this game as favourites, and at the end of three innings they only trailed 3-2.

The threat of a big inning by Leicester in the top of the third was averted when the Latin Boys brought in Yefri Aguilar to replace starter Alex Lopez with one out and the bases loaded, and Aguilar struck out Scott McMillan and Chris Mee to end the threat.

But that was really the end of the road for the Latin Boys, as Leicester scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning and steadily pulled away for a mercy rule win after seven innings, scoring three more in the top of the fifth, two in the sixth and a final three in the seventh.

Catcher Rik Martina had a single, a double and three walks for Leicester while Rob Seward and Andy Davidson each had three hits.

But the main reason for Leicester’s unexpectedly easy win was pitcher Justinas Raupenas, who pitched the full seven innings, struck out 13 Latin Boys and gave up only four hits and four walks. The Latin Boys had at least one baserunner in every inning but the sixth, but Raupenas came up with big pitches when he needed them, ending five of the seven innings on strikeouts.

Long before the end, it was clear that the Blue Sox would be at Farnham Park on Sunday.

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Sox top Storm to advance to 2017 NBCs

Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, September 05, 2017 20:00:41

The stage was set for the BBF Double-A quarter-final between Leicester Blue Sox and Long Eaton Storm on Sunday just gone. The magnitude and importance was felt across both squads leading up to first pitch, with signs of rain sure to fall.

A solid start to the game was made by the Sox, with Long Eaton falling behind by four runs coming up to the mid-way point of the game. Justas Raupenas was in control of the game at this stage but could the Storm battle back?

In the latter stages of the game, the pressure was starting to tell and nerves were beginning to mount in the Leicester dugout as Long Eaton clawed their way back into the game.

With the rain now in full flow, Blue Sox went into the bottom of the last inning holding onto a 9-5 lead.

Two more runs crossed the plate but Martin Andrews turned the screw on Long Eaton with a vital outfield catch for the second out of the inning and Raupenas held his nerve to strike out the last batter to secure 9-7 win for the Light Blues.

The Sox march onto Farnham Park on the weekend of the 16/17 September for the 2017 Double-A National Baseball Championships. First up on the Saturday is a semi-final encounter against the top seed from the south. Based on current standings that could mean the East London Latin Boys although they need to overcome their own quarter-final playoff this weekend.

With the final set for the Sunday 17 September, Leicester are theoretically two wins away from securing their third National Championship in eight seasons and they will relish going into these finals as underdogs.

Still a lot of baseball to go!

Photo: Julia Upton @JulesU13
Report: Rob Seward

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Big dreams for Little Sox!

EventsPosted by admin Sun, May 28, 2017 20:30:37

Four Leicester youngsters are travelling to Prague this half term week to play at an international baseball tournament.

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

The team flies out to the Czech Republic on Thursday 1 June, with three days of baseball action between Friday 2 June and Sunday 4 June.

It is the first time a UK national team has been formed in this age group. In addition to the top teams from the Czech Republic they will be joining teams from countries such as Austria, Belarus, China, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia and Spain.

Team UK has been drawn in Group C, alongside the Belarus national team and four Czech Republic 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, Junior Teams Manager at Leicester Blue Sox said “what a fantastic opportunity for four of our talented youngsters. They have been training for this tournament since February including national team practice in London on the bank holidays. It will be a proud moment seeing our Team UK players putting on a national team jersey for the first time!”

Team UK’s first game is against Klasik Frydek-Mistek from the Czech Republic at 10am (UK time) on Friday 2 June.

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

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