• BaseballSoftballUK combines University Conference with Coach Summit

    BaseballSoftballUK has announced that its University Baseball & Conference will run alongside the third annual BSUK Coach Summit on 27 January 2018 in Milton Keynes. The decision to combine the conferences comes after a very strong turnout from university students at the BSUK Coach Summit in January 2017. The University Baseball & Softball Conference will take place from 1.00-5.00 pm on the day.  The conference will be free for students to attend and they will be able to complete t
  • LGBT Panel holds fourth meeting and looks to the future

    BSUK’s LGBT panel held its fourth meeting since its formation last May on Monday 13 November and welcomed two new members, Thomas Haywood and Lu Tolu. At a productive meeting, the group decided to focus during the coming months on solidifying and enhancing awareness of the Panel within the baseball and softball community as well as among the general population, and making softball the go-to sport for the LGBT community around the country. In doing this, the Panel is looking to work with ot
  • BSUK joins forces with ‘This Girl Can’ for university campaign

    By Luke Stott BaseballSoftballUK has partnered with Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign to support ‘This BUCS Girl Can Week’, taking place in British universities from 20-26 November. The campaign aims to increase awareness of and celebrate women’s sport at universities -- a demographic that is often ignored by the mainstream. To mark the occasion, BSUK has created a celebratory video as well as social media share graphics and a Facebook cover photo that university cl
  • University baseball and softball blossoms as the weather turns

    While the rest of the baseball and softball community either goes into hibernation or shifts indoors during the autumn, university baseball and softball has been getting its 2017-18 season underway. Now with 32 clubs and close to 1000 students, the university playing community has exploded in recent years with a mix of talented beginners, veteran international students and experienced domestic players, meaning that the best university clubs easily keep pace with Triple-A baseball and B-grade so
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  • BSUK seeks nominations for third annual Coaching Awards

    BSUK is seeking nominations from the British baseball and softball communities for their annual British baseball and softball coaching awards. The third annual Coaching Awards will once again be presented following the Coach Summit in 2018, providing an opportunity to recognise the hard work and expertise of coaches and volunteers throughout our sports.  The 2018 Coach Summit will take place on Saturday 27 January at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre in Milton Keynes -- for more inform
  • Washington's Max Scherzer, Cleveland's Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards

    Scherzer wins third Cy Young Award and second in National LeagueKluber takes American League honor with 28 of 30 first-place votesMax Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young Award, winning Wednesday for the second straight year in the National League.Scherzer breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Related: Star-Spangled Banner: how the an
  • Games get under way in the North West Junior Baseball/Softball League

    BSUK staff in the North West have been running junior sessions for the past two years, with the aim of developing a local league.  This plan came to fruition on 12 November when the first indoor game of the current school term was played. The combatants were the Didsbury Donuts and the Urmston Ripper Nippers, and the Donuts pulled away to a convincing win after a tight first few innings.Game details Although the game took place indoors at Powerleague Trafford, the rules were kept as close
  • Congratulations Nick Muoio in being selected to manage at University of Miami Baseball Team

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  • Bracknell Infernos Baseball team are recruiting for 2018!

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  • BSUK Club Spotlight: The Maidenhead Softball Club

    By Luke Stott In the latest BSUK Club Spotlight, Maidenhead Softball Club tell us about their history, the volunteers that support the club and their vision for the future of softball in a town just outside London.“What’s in a name?” asks Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.  Shakespeare was on to something.  Names are tricky things to get right: just ask any parent.  But it can be even trickier to name a club because there are just so many things to consider.  A na
  • BSUK Club Spotlight: Maidenhead Softball Club

    By Luke Stott In the latest BSUK Club Spotlight, Maidenhead Softball Club tell us about their history, the volunteers that support the club and their vision for the future of softball in a town just outside London.“What’s in a name?” asks Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.  Shakespeare was on to something.  Names are tricky things to get right: just ask any parent.  But it can be even trickier to name a club because there are just so many things to consider.  A na
  • Star-Spangled Banner: how the anthem became central to the story of American sports

    How did the United States military and a song about the War of 1812 become so inextricably associated with American sports? It didn’t happen overnightThe playing of the Star-Spangled Banner is so familiar and perfunctory a trapping of sporting events in the United States that few Americans even bothered to consider what it means and why it’s a tradition until last year when Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee in protest of police violence and racial inequality. The stakes were redo
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  • How the anthem and military became indelibly bound with sports in America

    How did the United States military and a song about the War of 1812 become so inextricably associated with American sports? It didn’t happen overnightThe playing of the Star-Spangled Banner is so familiar and perfunctory a trapping of sporting events in the United States that few Americans even bothered to consider what it means and why it’s a tradition until last year when Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee in protest of police violence and racial inequality. The stakes were redo
  • Nino Giarratano to be keynote baseball speaker for Coach Summit

    Nino Giarratano, who has had unprecedented success over the past 20 years as Head Coach of the University of San Francisco Dons baseball team, will be the keynote baseball speaker at BSUK’s third annual Coach Summit on 27 January 2018. He will be joined as a keynote speaker by Mark Smith, who is the High Performance Director and Women’s National Team Head Coach for Softball Canada, and who will speak on fastpitch softball.Great success Giarratano has been the West Coast Conference Co
  • BSUK announces new safeguarding requirements

    In light of the many historic child abuse cases coming forward in football over the past year, BSUK (which has delegated responsibility for safeguarding in our sports) has undertaken a thorough review of current procedures and has instigated proposals, with advice from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and support from the BSF and BBF, to reduce the risk of a safeguarding issue damaging the reputation of our sports. These proposals will come into effect immediately, and now is the ideal
  • Radio host apologizes after mocking 'moron' Roy Halladay's plane crash death

    Michael Felger makes jokes about death of former Blue Jays pitcherRadio host also makes light of death of Dale Earnhardt SrThe death of eight-time all-star Roy Halladay in a plane crash at the age of just 40 on Tuesday led to an outpouring of grief. Many of his former team-mates and opponents described the pitcher not just as a great player but also a great friend.That didn’t stop radio host Michael Felger mocking Halladay on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday. A TMZ video sho
  • Boston radio host mocks 'moron' Roy Halladay after death in plane crash at 40

    Michael Felger makes jokes about death of former Blue Jays pitcherRadio host also makes light of death of Dale Earnhardt SrThe death of eight-time All Star Roy Halladay in a plane crash at the age of just 40 on Tuesday caused an outpouring of grief. Many of his former team-mates and opponents described the pitcher not just as a great player but also a great friend.That didn’t stop radio host Michael Felger mocking Halladay on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday. A TMZ video sho
  • Manchester Indoor League reaches midway point in autumn season

    Now in its eighth season, the Manchester Indoor Softball League, with 15 teams, has emerged as one of the most popular leagues in the region, offering players across the North West a chance to play competitively outside the summer months. The league, now roughly at the midway point in its autumn season, is also proving to be a great source of recruitment for Manchester Softball League teams for the outdoor campaign.Venue Since the Manchester Indoor League was established in January 2014, games h
  • Roy Halladay, eight-time All-Star pitcher, killed in plane crash off Florida coast

    Two-time Cy Young winner was piloting small aircraft when he diedForty-year-old played for Blue Jays and Phillies during 15-year careerRoy Halladay, an eight-time All-Star for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies who stood among the finest pitchers of his generation, died on Tuesday after a small aircraft he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40.The Pasco County sheriff’s office responded to a call of a plane crash from a private residenc
  • Why the Astros' World Series may end the era of super-rich baseball players

    Houston built their championship team on talented youngsters and undervalued castoffs. Other teams are now asking if it’s worth investing in superstarsEven before the last out was made, Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend and the Houston Astros poured their champagne a serious question had to be asked in the front offices of nearly every other Major League baseball team.Who needs the big free agent?Related: Astros' Carlos Correa wins World Series, proposes to girlfriend ... gets a yes
  • Houston Astros win World Series after beating LA Dodgers in Game 7 – video report

    The Houston Astros have won the World Series for the first time in franchise history after beating the LA Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday. Houston took a five-run lead in the first two innings and held off LA to seal a 5-1 win. 'I'm so happy to bring a championship back, to a city that desperately needed one,' said MVP George SpringerAstros win their first World Series after Game 7 victory over LA DodgersCarlos Correa wins World Series, proposes to girlfriend ... gets a 'yes'Continue reading...
  • 'We used to have a lot of fans': baseball in a slump amid Venezuela crisis

    Venezuela is Latin America’s baseball powerhouse. Even Chávez used to play. But the economic meltdown is squeezing the country’s national sportJuan Gutiérrez can tell something is wrong with baseball in Venezuela every time his team, the Caracas Lions, takes the field.The Lions have won the championship 20 times since the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League was founded in 1945. But in a city of 2 million, only a handful bother to attend Lions games. Related: Hunger
  • Astros' Carlos Correa wins World Series, proposes to girlfriend ... gets a 'yes'

    Short stop caps Houston’s first title by popping the questionGame report: Astros stroll to victory after thrilling World SeriesAbout 17 seconds after Carlos Correa had won a first title for a city ravaged by floods, the 23-year-old – exemplifying the short attention span that plagues the smartphone generation – searched around for his next project. So he dropped to his knees in front of millions of viewers and asked his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, to marry him.Luckily for h
  • World Series 2017 Game 7: Houston Astros 5-1 Los Angeles Dodgers – as it happened!

    Full report: Astros win their first ever championshipRemembering the greatest Game 7s in World Series historyEmail david.lengel.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @LengelDavid 4.35am GMTYou can read a full report from tonight’s game here: Related: Astros win their first World Series after Game 7 victory over LA Dodgers4.25am GMTCarlos Correa has just proposed to his girlfriend, Miss Texas USA Daniella Rodriguez, capping an amazing run for the all-star shortstop! Congratulations to the coup
  • Astros win their first World Series after Game 7 victory over LA Dodgers

    Houston win title in LA after hitting opponents early and hardAs it happened: David Lengel’s inning-by-inning reportCorrea wins World Series, proposes to girlfriend ... gets a ‘yes’The Houston Astros won their first World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Wednesday night’s seventh game at Dodger Stadium.Astros center fielder George Springer received the Willie Mays Award as the series’ most valuable player. Few would begrudge him his award: Springer
  • World Series 2017 Game 7: Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

    Championship heads to winner-takes-all decider at Dodger StadiumRemembering the greatest Game 7s in World Series historyEmail david.lengel.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @LengelDavid 1.13am GMTEmailSomeone called “Greywolf” writes: 1.11am GMTGeorge Springer, World Series MVP. @LengelDavidI think it should be Houston shill Dave Roberts.1.10am GMTThe crowd stands on a full count - Darvish delivers and Springer hits a line drive into the stands in left-center field!
    It’s a nig
  • World Series of 'juiced balls' and young heroes sets up epic Game 7 decider

    Wednesday’s Game 7 between the Astros and Dodgers has the potential to exceed even 2016’s beguiling combination of rich storylines and see-saw scoringGame 7 (* if necessary).Of course it’s necessary. The greatest sporting events do not come with caveats, and it feels right that a World Series as evenly-matched yet helter-skelter as this one should end with the built-in drama of a title-decider at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Related: The greatest World Series Game 7s of all tim
  • The greatest World Series Game 7s of all time

    This year’s World Series will be decided on Wednesday night, in a winner-takes-all decided between the Astros and Dodgers. Will it top these thrillers? Continue reading...
  • BSUK Club Spotlight: The Chichester Falcons

    By Luke Stott In the latest edition of BSUK Spotlight, the Chichester Falcons tell us how their club was founded in surprising circumstances, their youth movement, and their famous spectators… “I was having an MRI scan on my shoulder and the doctor found out it was caused by overthrowing a softball,” David Morris, chair of the Chichester Falcons Softball Club, tells me. It’s an auspicious start to the club’s origin story. “He said that the x-ray department h
  • World Series 2017 Game 6: Houston Astros 1-3 Los Angeles Dodgers – as it happened

    Full report: Dodgers victory takes series to Game 7 on Wednesday night 4.04am GMTYou can read a full report from tonight’s game here: Related: Bring on Game 7: Dodgers take thrilling World Series to decider after win over Astros3.49am GMTCounting outs? @HunterFelt was right. And so we will see you tomorrow night.And this marks one of the few times I’ve been right this entire series. In any case, this World Series deserves to have a Game 7 so I’m quite glad that we’re goin
  • Bring on Game 7: Dodgers take thrilling World Series to decider after win over Astros

    Joc Pederson’s home run seals 3-1 victory for Los Angeles World Series goes to Game 7 for second year runningAs it happened: Hunter Felt’s inning-by-inning reportThe Los Angeles Dodgers forced a decisive seventh game in the 2017 World Series by rallying for a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night in front of a packed Dodger Stadium.Joc Pederson hit his third World Series home run for the Dodgers, who compiled just five hits. Tony Watson received the win in relief, and
  • World Series 2017 Game 6: Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

    Astros travel to Dodger Stadium one win from first championship Email hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 11.41pm GMTLos Angeles Dodgers starters1. Chris Taylor, CF
    2. Corey Seager, SS
    3. Justin Turner, 3B
    4. Cody Bellinger, 3B
    5. Yasiel Puig, RF
    6. Joc Pederson, LF
    7. Logan Forsythe, 2B
    8. Austin Barnes, C
    9. Rich Hill, P 11.39pm GMTHouston Astros starters1. George Springer, CF
    2. Alex Bregman, 3B
    3. Jose Altuve, 2B
    4. Carlos Correa, SS
    5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
    6. Brian McCann
  • Softball Canada’s Mark Smith to be Coach Summit keynote speaker

    Mark Smith, who is the High Performance Director and Women’s National Team Head Coach for Softball Canada, will be the keynote speaker for fastpitch softball at BSUK’s third annual Coach Summit, to be held on Saturday 27 January 2018 in Milton Keynes. Smith took over the Canadian Women’s National Team programme since 2009, and has led the team to bronze medal finishes at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2016 and to a gold medal at the 2015 Pan-American
  • World Series 2017 Game 5: Los Angeles Dodgers 12-13 Houston Astros – as it happened!

    Full report: Astros take 3-2 series lead after thriller in Houston 5.45am GMTYou know what? We’re going to need tomorrow’s day off after all that. Game 6 is on Tuesday and the Houston Astros can close things out against the Los Angeles Dodgers (not that they will make it easy). Thanks for following along with this long, crazy Game 5 with us at the Guardian, especially everyone who contributed! Ciao! 5.42am GMTThe Houston Astros have taken a 3-2 lead in the World Series! You can read
  • World Series fast turning into classic as Astros beat Dodgers in thrilling slugfest

    Los Angeles blow big leads twice as they lose 13-12 in HoustonAstros are one game from first World Series title after taking 3-2 series leadAs it happened: Read Hunter Felt’s inning-by-inning report of an epicIf the wild, extra-innings slugfest in the second game of this captivating World Series was unhinged, Game 5 was certifiably insane. It was also an instant classic. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ formidable ace, Clayton Kershaw, was cruising yet let slip a four-run lead. The Houston A
  • World Series 2017 Game 5: Los Angeles Dodgers v Houston Astros – live!

    Astros looking to secure advantage in final home game of seriesEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or email @HunterFelt 11.40pm GMTOkay by this point in our coverage it’s obvious that I don’t know where this World Series is going. I do know that it is going back to Los Angeles for a Game 6 after the L.A. Dodgers managed to tie the series up 2-2 with a 5 run nine inning that shocked the Houston Astros.So Game 5 will not be the finale. It should be a great pitching matchup with
  • Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell arrested in Arizona

    Baseball player allegedly pointed a gun at a woman delivering food26-year-old was only MLB player to kneel in national anthem protestThe Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested in Arizona on Saturday night, after a food delivery person alleged he pointed a gun at her.Related: Astros' Gurriel gets five-game ban – next season – for World Series racist gestureContinue reading...
  • World Series 2017 Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 Houston Astros – as it happened

    Astros’ win in Game 3 overshadowed by Gurriel’s racist gestureGame 4 report: Late Astros meltdown helps Dodgers tie World Series 3.57am GMTAnd you can read a full report from Game 4 here: Related: Astros' late meltdown helps Dodgers tie World Series in Game 43.37am GMTEnormous gut check from the Dodgers. Can't understate the gravity of their performance with so much on the line in a tough park @HunterFelt
    I honestly didn’t think the Dodgers had a chance when they gave up that f
  • Astros' late meltdown helps Dodgers tie World Series in Game 4

    Series even at 2-2 heading into Sunday’s Game 5 after Dodgers’ 6-2 victoryAs it happened: Read Hunter Felt’s inning-by-inning reportAstros’ Gurriel gets five-game ban – next season – for racist gestureAfter brilliant performances from both starting pitchers, a ninth-inning meltdown by the Houston Astros bullpen allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to claim a 6-2 win that levels the World Series at two games apiece.With ace Clayton Kershaw set to start here on Sunda
  • World Series 2017 Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers v Houston Astros – live!

    Astros’ win in Game 3 overshadowed by Gurriel’s racist gestureHouston lead series 2-1 after Dodgers won World Series openerEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 1.06am GMTDodgers 0-0 Astros, bottom 3rdEvan Gattis to the plate against Wood. He looks at a strike and then swings and misses at a curve. Not looking incredibly comfortable here. He takes a changeup for a ball and then fouls out to Bellinger at first. 1.02am GMTDodgers 0-0 Astros, top 3rdMorton str
  • Astros' Gurriel gets five-game ban – next season – for World Series racist gesture

    Houston player made ‘slant-eye’ gesture after homering off LA pitcherMLB commissioner: not fair to punish team-mates with immediate banYuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros has been suspended for making a racist gesture at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during game three of the World Series on Friday night. Related: World Series unites Houston as road to hurricane recovery winds onRelated: Baseball no longer a supergiant but it is still the most American of sportsContinue readin
  • World Series 2017 Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers 3-5 Houston Astros – as it happened

    Astros take 2-1 World Series advantage after victory in Houston 5.24am BSTYou can read the full report from tonight’s game here: Related: Astros grab World Series advantage after win over Dodgers in Game 35.17am BSTWell that was the first World Series game ever won in Houston. It wasn’t the game we were expecting, or anyone was expecting, but the Astros will take it. I doubt anybody heading in would have tagged Brad Peacock as the winner in the McCullers vs Darvish pitching matchup.
  • Astros' win in World Series Game 3 overshadowed by Gurriel's racist gesture

    Houston notch first ever World Series home victory, lead 2-1LA Dodgers 3-5 Houston Astros: as it happenedYuli Gurriel appears to make ‘slant eye’ gesture at Yu DarvishYu Darvish came into the contest with one run conceded in each of his previous two postseason starts and a track record of dominance in Houston. On Friday, things went a lot worse – not only did he have a rough time on the mound, he was also the subject to a racist gesture from the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurri
  • Astros grab World Series advantage after win over Dodgers in Game 3

    Houston notch first ever World Series home victory, lead 2-1LA Dodgers 3-5 Houston Astros: as it happenedYuli Gurriel appears to make ‘slant eye’ gesture at Yu DarvishYu Darvish came into the contest with one run conceded in each of his previous two postseason starts and a track record of dominance in Houston. On Friday he was, of course, awful. It’s shaping up to be that kind of World Series.If this lacked the see-saw drama of the Houston Astros’ extra-innings, extraordi
  • World Series unites Houston as road to hurricane recovery winds on

    The Houston Astros’ battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers offers a brief respite for a city grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, two months laterDowntown streets in Houston that, just two months ago, were filled with the displaced and desperate, were packed on Friday night with high-spirited baseball fans as a city on a long road to recovery relished the distraction of a World Series game.While sporting success could never be anything more than light relief to those whose lives
  • World Series 2017 Game 3: Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers – live

    Astros out to capitalize on Game 2 win as series moves to Minute Maid ParkEmail hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt 3.42am BSTHunter will be here soon. In the meantime, read how the Houston Astros fought back against the Los Angeles Dodgers to win Game 2. Related: Astros even World Series with fightback over Dodgers in wildly dramatic Game 2Continue reading...
  • Colin Kaepernick’s dignified protest echoes the spirit of Jackie Robinson | Richard Williams

    The quiet but effective way Kaepernick has created the take a knee movement would resonate with the baseball legend whose brilliance helped combat the terrible racism he encountered in the 1940s and 50sWhen Time magazine conducted a poll in 1947 with the aim of identifying the most popular person in America, Bing Crosby came out on top. Close behind was Jackie Robinson, the baseball player who, earlier in the year, had become the first African American to compete in the major leagues. Not everyo
  • Joe Girardi not returning as New York Yankees manager

    Girardi, 53, says in statement Yankees ‘have decided not to bring me back’Manager departs with a 910-710 record and one World Series title (2009)The New York Yankees have parted ways with Joe Girardi, opting not to bring back their manager after his contract expired this offseason.Girardi announced Thursday that he won’t be returning to the Bronx club after a 10-year stint at the helm, which included a World Series championship in 2009. Related: Astros even World Series with fi
  • Astros even World Series with fightback over Dodgers in wildly dramatic Game 2

    Late power surge lifts Astros to dramatic 11-inning win in Los AngelesDodgers fall to 98-1 including playoffs when leading after eight inningsBoth teams combined to hit eight home runs, a World Series recordWorld Series 2017: Astros rally to beat Dodgers in Game 2 – as it happenedIn a World Series game featuring eight home runs, George Springer’s proved to be the most decisive.
    Springer’s two-run drive in the top of the 11th inning gave the Houston Astros their first World Seri
  • World Series 2017: Astros rally to beat Dodgers in dramatic Game 2 – as it happened

    George Springer’s 11th-inning home lifts Houston to Game 2 winAstros and Dodgers combine for eight home runs in seesaw thriller 5.39am BSTFinal thoughtsA great start by Justin Verlander feels like days ago and, well, it was a day ago in some time zones. But the long ball put the Astros down ... and then it brought them back. What a game of swings, both figurative and literal. 5.37am BSTDevenski battled Puig to a 3-2 count and then got him to swing on a pitch low and away. What a game. The

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