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.
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 £20Code 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.
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!
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
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
Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/3S8YHJr4DN22
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Game ReportsPosted by admin Tue, September 19, 2017 16:47:17
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
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.
DOUBLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Leicester Blue Sox 9,
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
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!”
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
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
Catcher Rik Martina had a single, a double and
three walks for Leicester while Rob Seward and Andy Davidson each had three
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
Long before the end, it was clear that the Blue Sox
would be at Farnham Park on Sunday.
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
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:
NewsPosted by admin Wed, April 05, 2017 06:42:38
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
happens at the sessions?
teach your child how to:
*Hit the ball
off ‘tee’ or a ‘coaches pitch’
understanding of the basic rules
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.
just as important as the kids – we want you to get involved too and not just
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
super-volunteer help creates an enjoyable and sustainable programme. The more
you put into it, the more your child will LOVE Little Sox!
does it cost?
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.
have great deals on official Little Sox T-shirts, hats, hoodies and baseball
pants, which are re-sold on a pass-through cost basis.
where are your sessions?
are weekly on Sunday afternoons as follows:
ages 4-6 (12.30pm-1.30pm)
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.
session this season will be on Sunday
23 April 2017 and sessions
run weekly (except Fathers Day) until mid-July.
have a short break at the onset of the school summer holidays before returning
mid-August and closing the season in September.
diamond is located at:
Blue Sox Baseball Club
should my child wear?
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
equipment; bats, balls, gloves, helmets/safety equipment is supplied by the
How do I
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):
questions? Simply drop us an email:
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
The schedule of games for each Sunday is as follows:
Leicester - Western Park
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
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
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
12.15-14.15 Northampton Centurions v Birmingham Outlaws
14.30-16.30 Birmingham Outlaws v East Midlands Wolfpack