Softball 4 Beginners | Tuesday 14th April

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What ISoftball 4 Beginners

Whether your new to the game or want to brush up on your skills, Softball 4 Beginners is here to help everybody.
For five weeks you will learn the rules of the game, as well as the basic skills of batting, catching, throwing and base running. At the end of the course you will be ready to either join a current team or be part of a brand new one.

(click on above image to view images of our Softball 4 Beginners course)

Softball 4 Beginners: Tuesday 19th August 2014

What ISoftball 4 Beginners

Whether your new to the game or want to brush up on your skills, Softball 4 Beginners is here to help everybody.
For six weeks you will learn the rules of the game, as well as the basic skills of batting, catching, throwing and base running. At the end of the course you will be ready to either join a current team or be part of a brand new one.

(click on above image to view images of our Softball 4 Beginners course)

BSF Single Sex Nationals 2014

With this years BSF Single Sex Tournament being held in Birmingham, it only made sense for the Birmingham Softball League to enter in a Male and Female team.

 Consisting of a mix of players, both experienced and brand new, from the Centaurs, Minotaurs and Pink Panthers 2 teams were formed:

Birmingham Barbarians (male) Captained by Neal Robinson, co-captain Dan Langlands, and Birmingham Banshees (female) Captained by Nikki Whittingham, co-captain Kiri Coxon.

Records were broken at this years tournament with 34 teams and eight title winners making it the Federation’s largest-ever Nationals. The weekend had your usual British weather of sunshine on the Saturday followed by rain Sunday morning finishing on a dry Sunday afternoon. Altogether, it was a wonderful weekend of softball attended by teams from all over the UK (plus teams from Ireland and Guernsey), and a clear demonstration that single-sex slowpitch remains a format that British softballers want to play.

click above link to view the BSF’s website

Results Of The Day

Round Robin Standings
With the Birmingham Softball League being a fairly new league we entered ourselves into the recreational group with the standings of the weekend being followed:

Men’s Rec

Barbarians (Birmingham) (6-1)
Knights (London) (5-1-1)
Pulse (East Midlands) (5-2)
Bobcats (Birmingham) (4-2-1)

Pyros (East Midlands) (3-3-1)
Gargoyles (Oxford) (2-4-1)
Shafters (Portsmouth) (1-6)
Double Dunkers (Leeds) (0-7)

Women’s Rec

Chavs (London) (6-1)
Raiders (London) (6-1)
Pink Panthers (East Midlands) (4-3)
Pitch Slap (Manchester) (3-3-1)

Bobcats (Birmingham) (3-3-1)
Sheriffs (East Midlands) (3-4)
Banshees (Birmingham) (2-5)
Batting Divas (Leeds) (0-7)

The Barbarians had a strong lead throughout the weekend winning 4 out of 5 games on day one. To start them off they won 23-5 against the Bobcats followed by a close win against the Pyros 15-14. Their third game resulted in a win of 35-4 against the Double Dunkers with their forth against the Gargoyles resulting in 16-5. Their last game of the day resulted in a lose of 5-16 against Knights. Overall a successful first day leaving them in a good position for day 2, where they won their first game 17-14 to Pulse and their second 13-7 to Shafters. By winning their semi finals games to the Bocats they won Runner up in the Silver Playoffs!

The Banshees had a slow start to the weekend winning 2 games out of their 7 on the second day despite having no experienced Pitcher. Their first game was close with a lose of 7-8 to the Bobcats, followed by a lose of 2-23 against the Sheriffs. Their third game resulted in a lose of 5-13 against Pink Panthers ending on the last game of the day against Raiders with a lose of 2-13. Despite losing throughout the day the Banshees kept up moral and team spirit, making great plays and showing excellent batting skills despite the scores. The second day started on a lose of 1-15 to Chavs but soon turned itself around when they won 4-2 to Pitchslap and then 16-6 to Batting Divas, giving them the opportunity to play in the Bronze Semi Finals. At this point both the Banshees Pitchers had to sit on the side lines due to injuries leaving 2 of the BSL’s experienced players to step up.

Throughout the weekend both teams showed great moral and spirit gaining a lot of experience and knowledge from the weekend. I think it’s safe to say the Single Sex Nationals will be seeing the Barbarians and Banshees again!

For photographs of the Tournament please click the link below:

Meet the Centaurs!

Following on from our Softball 4 Beginners course, a brand new team has been forged with Committee Member Kiri Coxon taking the position of Captain.

As a league we are always on the look out for new players to form new teams.
If your interested in trying a new sport or getting back into Softball feel free to contact us

Softball 4 Beginners: Great Success!

After 6 weeks of fantastic training sessions our Softball 4 Beginners course has ended for now, with the result of creating a potentially great new team for the BSL; Birmingham Centaurs.

BSL Softball 4 Beginners: 8th April 2014

During the 6 weeks course our coach Peter Burgess led each session teaching new skills each week. Batting, Catching, Base Running, Pitching, Infield and Outfield Drills. You name it, we did it!

Softball 4 Beginners April-May 2014

This season we’ve had an amazing turn out with an increase of 42% in participation compared to 2013, with more people enquiring weekly. We are encouraging everyone to come along to our training sessions and give it a go, we are still recruiting to make more teams for the BSL!

For photographs of our 2014 Softball 4 Beginners course please click the link below:

BSL Social: Bowling Night

On Thursday 24th April 2014, The BSL held its first Social of the season at the Bowlplex in Birmingham City Centre. With a great turn out from the Minotaurs, Centaurs and Pink Panthers, we mixed it up and divided into 3 teams; Minohores, 2Kans and OEAH.

Game 1 finished with the Minohores coming in first, followed by 2Kans and then OEAH!! Best overall score was Patrick Campbell from the Minohores!!! 

BSL Bowling Night : March 2014

The Minohores; Dan Langlands, Sophie Pearshouse, Paul Wright and Patrick Campbell kept there lead and were the winning team of the night.
However Katie Page-Smith took the lead and won best overall score as well best score within her team, along with Paul Wright and Karl Ensor.

BSL Bowling Night : March 2014

Overall the night was a big success, for photos of the night follow the link below, and watch out for our next social event coming soon!

Strong Start to Softball 4 Beginners Course…

BSL Softball 4 Beginners: 8th April 2014

The BSL’s 2014 season is inching closer following a successful turn out at the first of our Softball 4 Beginners sessions. With 13 new faces and the support of the BSL’s committee members and league players, an entertaining and lively training session was had by all.

Our Qualified coach Peter Burgess started the evening off guiding all our new comers in the basic skills of catching and throwing. Within 5 minutes it was obvious we had a lot of natural Softball players with great potential.

BSL Softball 4 Beginners: 8th April 2014

BSL Softball 4 Beginners: 8th April 2014

BSL Softball 4 Beginners: 8th April 2014

The evening progressed to cover the rules of base running, leading into a mini game with mixed teams of both new comers and current BSL members. With Pete on hand to instruct individuals on how to hold the bat, where to stand and give tips on how to improve their swing, it was here that we discovered some amazing hitting and outfield catching skills!

The night ended in a social get together at the BSL’s usual drinking spot; The Church Tavern, where both new comers and league members got the chance to mingle and get to know one another.

(click on above image to view images throughout the course)

 

Overall this was an extremely positive start to our Softball 4 Beginners course with more new comers expected to join in the forthcoming weeks.

If your interested in coming along or want more information please email us at;

info@birminghamsoftballleague.co.uk
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Softball 4 Beginners Starts Tomorrow!

It’s Finally Here!

Our 6 weeks Softball 4 Beginners course starts tomorrow! Open to everyone so come along  and join in the fun with your family and friends!

Every Tuesday night starting at 6.30pm
The Pavilion
Moor Lane
B6 7AA

Our Coach Peter Burgess will be covering the rules of the game, as well as the basic skills of batting, catching, throwing and base running.
At the end of the course you will be ready to either join a current team or be part of a brand new team!

The BSL looks forward to seeing you all there!

Softball 4 Beginners – 8th April 2014

What ISoftball 4 Beginners

Whether your new to the game or want to brush up on your skills, Softball 4 Beginners is here to help everybody.
For six weeks you will learn the rules of the game, as well as the basic skills of batting, catching, throwing and base running. At the end of the course you will be ready to either join a current team or be part of a brand new one.

Next Course

Every Tuesday night starting from 8th April 2014

For Information please contact us on:
info@birminghamsoftballleague.co.uk

(click on above image to view images of the nights events)

2013 BSL End Of Year Awards Party

Coming Together:

To celebrate the end of our softball season, we came together at Temple Street Social in Birmingham, to have a few drinks and receive awards for our achievements.

President, Kate Page-Smith proceeced to speak of the years endeavours and hand out awards to various league members:

Firstly, thanks went to the following people/organisations:

*   BCU Pavilion for hosting the league and the BSL tournament this year. They have been absolutely superb and we have really enjoyed their pitches, facilities and hospitality.

*   BSF and BSUK for their continued support and guidance,

*   Peter Burgess and Jarrod Pretorius for coaching the Softball4Beginners Courses,

*    And most importantly, the members of the BSL who have made this all possible.

OTThe Awards:

Birmingham Softball League Winners 2013: 
The Birmingham Minotaurs 

MVP Female:
(Based on umpires selections throughout the season)
Kerrie Manley, Stourbridge Titans 

MVP Male:
(Based on umpires selections throughout the season)
Mike Rodgers, Birmingham Minotaurs 

Captains/Coach/Umpires Award:
Meg Gallahan, Bobcat Roosters
Meg has been both a captain and a coach to her team. She has inspired existing members and recruited new members. She has consistently produced a full team showing good organisational skills and dedication to the league. She has had an enthusiastic approach to the league and has shown interest in advancing the league and developing softball in Birmingham.

Ed Jones, Stourbridge Titans
A special mention was also given to Ed Jones, who created the Titans Softball team and shown great dedication to the team, enabling them to become a great success.

Colin Paine, BASU
Also to Colin Paine, umpire, who has advanced greatly throughout the season and has re‐arranged work shifts and given up his spare time to assist the league.

Team Spirit Award:
The Birmingham Minotaurs 
Both the Stourbridge Titans and the Birmingham Minotaurs have shown great team spirit this season. They have shown spirit on the pitch, they have attended the after‐game dinners, they have organised additional training each week and they have nicknames. However, the Award goes to the Minotaurs who have played with the same team members all season.

Comedy Softball Award:
Luke Millar, Stourbridge Titans
Luke almost knocked out the President of the league in the warm up of the very first BSL game and proceeded to comically (and all accidently) take out members of his team throughout the season.

‘Best of’ Award:
Peter Burgess and Ed Jones, Stourbridge Titans
This year has been filled with Bromances; Jeff Brubaker and Faheem Mughal, Birmingham Minotaurs; Leo Pearn and Paul Griffiths, Softball 4 Beginners; The Frat Pack (Dan Smith, Jon Stonehill, Richard Dumbill); Peter Burgess and Patrick Patrick Campbell, Weekly Training, and many more. However, the Award goes to Peter Burgess and Ed Jones, Stourbridge Titans.

Presidents Award: 
Nikki Whittingham, Birmingham Minotaurs
The President’s award is awarded to a BSL member who is not in a position of responsibility (coach, captain, umpire) and has gone out of their way to help the league. Nikki has assisted the BSL committee throughout the season – she volunteered for the 4 day Corporate Games, she looked after the BSL equipment, she advertised at Birmingham Uni, she recruited members, she volunteered to help with social media (she took photos throughout the season and volunteered to assist with the twitter, facebook and blog accounts) and she worked with the BSL committee to get a new team up and running. The BSL are very thankful for all the work she has done this season.

Best Dressed Award:
Faheem Mughal, Birmingham Minotaurs and Patrick Campbell, Softball 4 Beginners
Both turned up to the awards in stylish suits and pink ties

Lastly, ending the night:
The President Kate Page-Smith wanted to thank  the 2013 BSL committee who had remained dedicated and enthusiastic through some very difficult times.
Thank you
Neal Robinson, Birmingham Minotaurs
Kiri Coxon, Bobcat Tadpoles
Dan Langlands, Birmingham Minotaurs

BSL Awards Party
(click on above image to view images of the nights events)