Day: 20 November 2015

2015 Winter Indoor Softball Tournament – November 28 … last remaining spaces

The 2015 WIST, Winter Indoor Softball Tournament, will take place in ALSAA Saturday 28th November in ALSAA, Dublin Airport.

The cost of the tournament will be €120 per team and umpires will be provided but you will still have to score a couple of games. Once all teams have been confirmed the schedule will be sent out in the week of the tournament.

To enter a team please forward your team name and contact details to and arrange to have €60 deposit (or the full amount if you want) transferred to the account detailed below on or before Friday 13th November. If you want to send a cheque let me know

Softball Ireland AGM

Colum Lavery Re-Elected As President of Softball Ireland

The Softball Ireland membership at it Annual General Meeting unanimously agreed to re-appoint Colum Lavery as President of Softball Ireland for a further two year term.

Speaking of his appointment Lavery said ” I am honoured that the membeship have voted to give me a second term as President of Softball Ireland. I look forward to working with Softball Leinster, Softball Ulseter and all our teams to continue growing our sport both domestically and internationally.” Lavery added ” there is much work to be done in the coming years and I am delighted to be joined on the Board by people with the skills and motivation to bring our sport to the next level”

Other Decisions Confirmed By the Softball Ireland AGM are laid out below:

  1. Membership agreed to move Softball Ireland from ASA Rules to ISF Rules with immediate effect
  2. Membership agreed to provide seed funding of a maximum of €500 upon application to assist National Teams
  3. Membership confirmed that SI should continue to be an active and engaged member of the ESF and agreed to subsidies Congress attendance to a maximum of €400 in 2016

Election Results

Executive Members

  • President: Colum Lavery
  • Secretary: Paddy Donnelly
  • Treasurer: Olwen Barrett

Ordinary Members

  • Conor Lennon
  • Erin Brown
  • Elaine Cunningham (Softball Ulster)
  • Jonathan Spielberg (Softball Leinster)

Other Updates from Softball Ireland

  1. SI Regulations will require all teams to have a minimum of three helmets available in the dugout at all times. SI announced that a subsidy of upto €40 will be available to clubs who buy helmets through Softball Ireland
  2. SI announce funding for a 2 day Umpiring Course to be held in early 2016
  3. SI announced a centralised ball deal for all Regions with a sponsor who will be announced shortly
  4. SI have confirmed that all tournaments will need to be approved in advance by Softball Ireland
  5. SI announced that the Womens Fastpitch league will be launched in early May 2016
  6. SI confirmed that IOST will be held in the University of Limerick in August 2016


James O’Farrell Represents Ireland at WBSC CO-ED Slow Pitch World Cup

Ireland may have not traveled to the 2015 WBSC Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup, however we are delighted to be represented on the field by James O’Farrell who was selected as one of the Umpires for the event.

James is well know within Irish and European Umpiring circles and we are delighted that he was selected to the event.

Speaking on his appointment, Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery said “James selection is an appropriate recognition of both his ability as an Umpire and time and effort he has put into developing the Co-Ed aspect of umpiring in Ireland and Europe. Softball Ireland wish James all the best and we have no doubt that he will do us proud.”

Lavery added “Softball Ireland hopes that James appointment shows our members the pathway that can exist for umpires and the opportunities available to them.”

Softball Ireland at is AGM on November 14 announced that it will fund Umpire training courses and will work with Softball Leinster and Softball Ulster to increase the pool of Umpires in Ireland.

The 2015 WBSC Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup takes place from November 19 – 22, 2015.