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BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION
Kent Buccaneers Baseball Club were formed in the summer of 2017 after finding their home in the leafy village of Hadlow. After playing a few friendlies the club decided they would enter a team to join the league. After bombarding social media platforms they managed to accrue a motley crew of 35 players of all abilities & nationalities. The decision was made to enter not 1 but 2 teams, one team in Single-A, the other team in Double-A.
The club have a very strong backbone in the off field team, securing 10k of funding from Sport England, this, after working tirelessly to bring the playing surface of the new diamond up to a pretty good standard. The 10k of funding has been allocated to allow construction of a high quality backstop along with fencing along 1st & 3rd foul lines. There is also talk of dugouts being in the pipeline, so, watch this space.
The Bucs are fully inclusive & play their games at their new, purpose built facility, which also has clubhouse, full kitchen & rest rooms.
The club are actively recruiting to create a 3rd team for the 2019 season.
Address: Williams Field, Hadlow, Kent. TN11 0HQ
South Coast Pirates Baseball Club are based in Hastings and are entering the Leagues for the first time in 2019. They are actively seeking positions all through the club, players, coaches, volunteers and sponsors.
Address: Ark William Parker, Parkstone Road, Hastings. TN34 2NT
BRITISH BASEBALL LEAGUE
Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club are the oldest existing baseball club in Britain having been founded way back in 1946 by legendary British Baseball Hall of Famer Norman Wells along with some of his fellow ex-servicemen. The Trojans may have a rich history but refuse to live solely in the past, remaining successful to this day having recently completed a successful defence of their British Baseball League Championship to add to the vast haul of trophies in their cabinet. These days the Trojans have two adult teams but hope to begin a youth programme in the coming years.
Address: Norman Wells Ballpark, Bootle Stadium, Maguire Ave, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 9PQ
After a huge surge in participation in baseball in Sheffield, the Bruins decided to branch out & start their own team. The Bruins entered the BBL North as a new team, in the Single-A division. The roster has an average age of 24, but are more than welcoming to any age.
Finishing the regular season with an 18-4 record, the Bruins mustered an 183+ run difference as well as throwing 3 no-hitters. Having secured a spot in the Single-A final they found themselves 7-1 behind in the bottom of the 9th. A late rally saw the Bruins walk it off 8-7. Having now been promoted, the club look to go above & beyond & push for their next title.
The club are proud to be co-ed, boasting 3 female players on the roster and are actively trying to recruit more.
Address: Thorpe Green Park, Waterthorpe, S20 7JB
Facebook: Sheffield Bruins Baseball Club
Greystones Mariners Baseball Club is a community-based baseball programme serving youths aged 5to 17 as well as amateur adult players in the 1st & 2nd division.
At the end of 2009 the club had about 100 members. Affiliated with Baseball Ireland, the National Governing Body for Baseball, the Mariners is a voluntary organisation & recognised tax-exempt sports club in the Republic of Ireland. Founded in 1991, the Mariners are the oldest baseball club in Ireland.
Address: Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Dublin 18. Ireland.
Ashbourne Baseball Club (Ashbourne Giants) started out as a little league club, part of Baseball Ireland, in 2009 and added an adult team in 2014 in the B division of the Irish Baseball League. After winning the B division in 2017, the club added a team in the A division of the Irish Baseball League. Further growth has led to the creation of a second B team, the Ashbourne Stags in 2019.
The club plays its home games at the International Baseball Centre, Ireland’s only International Standard diamond. The field hosted a European Baseball Championship Tournament in 2018.
The club’s philosophy is growth through player development. Many members of the clubs adult teams started as little leaguers with the club.
International Baseball Centre, Ashbourne, Co Meath, Ireland
Edinburgh Giants Baseball Club were established in 2011 as the third team in the Edinburgh Baseball Club. Named to commemorate the late great Bobby Thompson. In 2018, we saw the most competitive season to date in Scotland; The Giants finished 3rd in the league championship & were runners up in the inaugural post season in Scotland- The Caledonia Classic.
The team is known for its camaraderie & spirit as well as its orange & black branding. The hashtags #WeAreEdinburgh & #WeAreGiants are more than just hashtags, but are a symbol of the belief that the team have in each other & their growing fanbase.
Address: Warriston Recreational Playing Fields, 17 Warriston Cres, Edinburgh, EH3 5LB
SOUTH WEST BASEBALL
Claycutters Baseball Club were formed in 2016 in St Austell. After a successful first season in the SWBL the Claycutters persued to be the only Cornish team to ever participate within League Baseball. Claycutters have continued to grow and have recently changed their name from St Austell Claycutters to the Claycutters Baseball Club as they have moved to their new diamond which is based in the city of Truro for the 2019 season and beyond.
Address: Penair School, St. Clements Hill, Truro. TR1 1TN
Plymouth Mariners have been involved in Baseball for over 25 years, predominantly with youth & have had 13 youth players represent GB in both Europe & USA. With numbers tailing off in 2011 the club decided to help set up the South West Baseball League which is growing very quickly. The club have qualified BSUK levels 1 & 2 coaches as well as qualified umpires. They have a purpose built diamond which features both dugouts & changing facilities.
Notably, the Mariners won the South West Baseball League Championship 3 years in a row, 2012, 2013 & 2014.
The Mariners welcome all new players to the club where full training is given & all playing equipment is supplied.
Address: Wilson Field, Knollys Terrace Lane, Plymouth, PL3 4HE
Newton Brewers Baseball Club were formed in 2015, and entered the SWBL in 2016. The Brewers are a team that combines all levels of experience and all ages, with an ethos of playing the game the right way and respecting the game as well as their opponents, while also having fun. With an increasingly strong roster and highly experienced coaches, the future is looking good for the Brewers after a lean couple of years. Training is held in Newton Abbot where they are based, and their home ground is at Stover School, just on the outskirts of the town.
Home Field ; Stover School, Newton Abbot TQ12 6QG
Facebook ; @NewtonBrewersBaseball
Email ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Weston Jets Baseball Club were formed in 2017 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, by local baseball enthusiast Kev Robson. The Jets entered the SWBL in 2018, the team comprised almost entirely of baseball rookies & had a rough debut year. Fortunately morale never faltered & the Jets trained hard over the off season. 2019 has seen the team vastly improved, picking up more wins whilst growing in confidence & experience all the time. With the club continuing to attract new members & supporters, the future looks very bright.
Worcester Baseball Club was set up in the summer of 2018. They will be entering the newly created West Midlands Baseball League (WMBL) with their team, Worcester Sorcerers. It has been a really successful first 9 months for the club, with 18 players currently signed up to play in the 2019 season. Nearly all the players are complete rookies and love the sport. The home diamond is located behind New Road cricket ground in Worcester and boasts a stunning backdrop view from home plate.
Social Media Links:
Facebook – facebook.com/worcesterbaseballclub
Instagram – @worcesterbaseball
Twitter – @WorcsSorcerers