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On the 3rd Softball Day of Christmas …

On the third Softball Day of Christmas, Softball Ireland gave Galway Tribes a Softball Development Bag.

Softball Ireland are delighted to confirm the granting a bag of softball development equipment to Galway to allow them continue growing the game in Galway. The Galway Tribes have nurtured and grown the game to two teams in the last number of years in the Galway area and we hope the grant will help the club in running open days or provide equipment to new players. 

In addition to the Wilson team bag, Galway will receive indoor bases, bats, gloves and a surprise.

On the 2nd Softball Day of Christmas …

On the second Softball Day of Christmas, Softball Ireland gave Softball Ulster a Softball Development Bag.

Softball Ireland are delighted to confirm the granting a bag of softball development equipment to Softball Ulster to allow them continue growing the game in the region. We hope the grant will assist Softball Ulster in running open days or providing starter equipment to new teams in Ulster. 

In addition to the Wilson team bag, Softball Ulster will receive indoor bases, bats, gloves and a surprise.

On the 1st Softball Day of Christmas …

On the first Softball Day of Christmas, Softball Ireland gave four sets of indoor bases to the Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament.

Softball Ireland are delighted to announce the granting of four sets of indoor bases to the organizers of the Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament ahead of the January 25, 2020 tournament. We hope the grant will assist in keeping the costs down and assist in the running of this must not miss event by Julie Trundle.

The tournament was resurrected by Julie in November 2018 with great success and we look forward to full tournament on January 25th. Follow Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament for more details – click here

Santa Arrives Early – WBSC Development Grant

Softball Ireland Community to benefit from WBSC Grant

Softball Ireland are delighted to have taken receipt of a development grant in the form of 12 boxes of equipment from the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).

The boxes arrived into Ireland and consist of equipment which will be circulated throughout the Softball Ireland Community to help the continued growth of our sport.

Speaking on receipt of the equipment Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery said “Santa has come early for Softball Ireland and we look forward to providing equipment grants in the coming days once a full stock take of what has been received is completed.”

“I am delighted that following a number of discussions with the WBSC at recent conferences and through the personal relationships I have created with our world governing body that Softball Ireland is benefiting from an estimated US$13,500 (€12,000) of equipment.” added Lavery

Stay tuned to Softball Ireland’s social media over the next week  for the Softball Days of Christmas to see what has been delivered!

 

SPORTFEST 2019 a Success

Softball Proves Popular at SPORTFEST 2019

Softball Ireland’s exhibition at the 2019 Sport Ireland Family SPORTFEST went down a treat with over 500 adults and children and 1 Leo The Lion getting an introduction to the sport.

Softball Ireland created a Softball Village at the Family SPORTFEST demonstrating slowpitch softball and allowing those attending an opportunity to try the different skills of the game including throwing, hitting and pitching. The Softball Village was one of the more popular exhibitors on the day with a constant flow of willing participants trying to hit the target or hit the ball from a Batting Tee.

Speaking on the success of the Softball Village, Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery said:

“The SPORTFEST event for Softball Ireland was an amazing day with non-stop lines of children and adults looking to try out of the sport. We hope that everybody who tried the activities walked way knowing more about our sport and hopefully they will follow it up by getting involved with local clubs.” Lavery added “I was encouraged by the number of PE teachers who were interested in the coed nature of the game and this something we will explore further whilst developing our youth strategy with Baseball Ireland within BSI.”

The exhibition stand manned by Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery together with current and past Softball Ireland national team players and representatives from National Champions Dodder. Softball Ireland would like to thank Caitlyne De Lange, Brian Connolly, Jordan Sylver and Niall Lavery for volunteering their time on the day. 




Carathon 2019

Carathon 2019

Carathon 2019 will be held at Wanderers Rugby Club in aid of the Alzheimer’s association and Enable Ireland on Friday September 6, 2019.

It is one of the most eagerly awaited events on the Softball calendar, Carathon, which is arranged by Kegs Softball Club and has raised over €115,000 in recent years and supported charities such as Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Pieta House, Focus, The Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation, etc.  Every year Carat nominates a different charity to support and for 2019 it’s two, the Alzheimer’s association, and also Enable Ireland. It is anticipated they will benefit to the tune of €15,000 from Friday afternoons softball activities.  

Speaking about the event this Friday, organiser in chief Peter Murnaghan said ” I would like to thank you all for volunteering your time. It is very much appreciated and reminds us about the great things that we can achieve for others with our sport. Carat very much appreciates our help in this too, in fact this couldn’t operate without your help.”

Kegs running of the event has been supported by numerous softball volunteers from the Softball Ireland community and Softball Ireland over the last number of years and once more Softball Ireland and the softball community has stepped up to support.

The event itself is starting at 14:00 pm in Wanderers rugby club on Friday September 6, 2019 with four diamonds running all day until 6:30pm followed by a BBQ. Umpires, Pitchers and team helpers as well as floating helpers to get the teams to the pitches on time and give them some initial advice on playing will be in attendance all day!

If you haven’t had a chance to volunteer but are still interested in doing so, please do note hesitate to contact Peter Murnaghan.

To Peter, all we can say is THANK YOU!


Ireland Development Team Announced for World Series

Ireland Development Squad Announced for World Series

Following on from Ireland’s bronze at the European Championships, an Ireland development squad will once more compete at the 2019 World Series organized by the British Softball Federation.

The tournament consists of 18 team representing the country or region they are from in a weekend of Slowpitch Softball. The team will be led by the National Team assistant head coach Jonathan Spielberg under the watchful eyes of head coach Senan Dormer.

The Slowpitch National Team Management have announced a development roster for theCo-ed World Series to be held in London on September 7/8 as follows:

Women:
Jennifer Ó Buachalla
Allison Marano
Suzanne Hannon
Kayla Martell
Hazel Kilduff
Merilin Neiland
Meabh Hogan
Rachael Rogan

Men:
Ken McCarthy*
Niall Lavery
Paddy Donnelly*
Salvador Rizo*
Wayne Cullen
Kevin McGreevy
Dermot Donnellan
Gary O’Shea*
Jonathan Spielberg*
Timothy Healy

*Capped players

Munster will also compete in the tournament as part of their rotation with the Leinster Craicers.

Please follow our social media channels over the course of the weekend for updates.

Tournament Schedule

TIME

PITCH 1

PITCH 2

PITCH 3

PITCH 4

PITCH 5

PITCH 6

9.00

GROUP A:

Canada v Dutch

GROUP A:

Japan v Masters

GROUP A:

Heath v Ireland

GROUP B:

Waynes v Wales

GROUP B:

Belgium v USA

GROUP B:

England v Africa

10.15

GROUP C:

Munster v Latins

GROUP C:

Scots v Futures

GROUP C:

UCE v Anzacs

GROUP B:

USA v Africa

GROUP B:

Belgium v Wales

GROUP B:

Waynes v England

11.30

GROUP C:

Futures v Anzacs

GROUP C:

Scotland v Latins

GROUP C:

Munster v UCE

GROUP A:

Masters v Ireland

GROUP A:

Japan v Dutch 

GROUP  A:

Canada v Heath

12.45

GROUP B:

Wales v Africa

GROUP B:

England v USA

GROUP B:

Waynes v Belgium

GROUP A:

Dutch v Ireland

GROUP A:

Heath v Masters

GROUP A:

Canada v Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.00

GROUP B:

USA v Waynes

GROUP B:

Africa v Belgium

GROUP B:

Wales v England

GROUP C:

Latins v Anzacs

GROUP C:

UCE v Futures

GROUP C:

Munster v Scots

15.15

GROUP A:

Masters v Canada

GROUP A:

Ireland v Japan

GROUP A:

Dutch v Heath

GROUP C:

Futures v Munster

GROUP C:

Anzacs v Scots

GROUP C:

Latins v UCE

16.30

GROUP A:

Heath v Japan

GROUP A:

Ireland v Canada

GROUP A:

Masters v Dutch

GROUP B:

Engl’d v Belgium

GROUP B:

Africa v Waynes

GROUP B:

USA v Wales

17.45

GROUP C:

UCE v Scotland

GROUP C:

Anzacs v Munster

GROUP C:

Futures v Latins

 

 

 

Softball Ireland & Baseball Ireland Announce Merger

Baseball Softball Ireland Created

Softball Ireland are delighted to confirm that the Board of Softball Ireland have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding with Baseball Ireland as the two federations merge into one national governing body. This important merger is expected to be finalised before the end of the year.

Once the formalities of recognition are completed with our respective international governing bodies, the new Federation, “Baseball Softball Ireland”, will be in a position to apply for recognition by Sport Ireland.

On a practical day to day basis, Softball Ireland and Baseball Ireland will continue to run our respective leagues and tournaments, however the merged body will work to identify strategic areas to develop the sport, particularly in the development of youth programmes.

Should you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact Colum Lavery at president@softball.ie 

Softball Ireland would like to thank the positive contribution of both the Softball Ireland and Baseball Ireland boards in finalising the merger.

We look forward to working with our colleagues from Baseball Ireland to continue to grow our respective games in Ireland.

Softball Ireland announce coaching partnership with BSUK

Softball Ireland are delighted to announce that it has entered into a coaching partnership with BaseballSoftballUK through which Softball Ireland will be able to access and utilise the Coach Education programme developed and delivered by BaseballSoftballUK to create a Softball Ireland Coach Education programme. The programme will be used as the foundation of a partnership that will see the development of Coach Education capability and capacity in Softball Ireland.

BSUK will provide an initial tutor training course for tutors identified and nominated to attend the course by Softball Ireland. This is intended to upskill tutors in Ireland to allow delivery of a Softball Ireland Coaching Education programme utilising BSUK Coach Education Programme content and resources to every club in Ireland.

Speaking on the partnership Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery said “Softball Ireland has identified that one of the key challenges to player retention is that we have no structured coaching programme for beginners and entry level players. Our partnership will allow us create a pathway that enables every Irish softball club to have at a minimum an activator level qualified coach by the end of the 2019 season. This is a very positive step for our sport.”

“It is intended that by the end of 2019, as the programme rolls outs further, that we will have a number of coaches qualified to the highest level that can improve players at all standards across the game. Players are more likely to stay playing if they receive structured coaching.” added Lavery

The initial tutor group will consist of a number of national team coaches and individuals identified by Regional Committees. Softball Ireland will be encouraging the nomination of female coaches.

Following the qualification of the tutors, Softball Ireland will host a number coaches courses to facilitate every team in Ireland qualifying at least one coach. Further details of the coaching programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

Countdown to 2019 – #1

Dodder are 2018 National Champions

Our final moment of 2018 saw Dodder retain the Softball Ireland National Club Championships in September after beating Belfast Softball Club in Dublin. 

Dodder’s win sees the Leinster league continue its dominance over the tournament and Dodder will be one of Softball Ireland’s two representatives at the 2020 European Super Cup.

The full tournament report can be found by clicking here.

The Facebook live feed of the game can be viewed here.

 

Countdown to 2019 – #3

Countdown to 2019 – #3

Ireland Coed Slowpitch Team Finish 8th at World Series 2018

As part of its preparations for the 2019 European Championships, Ireland traveled to London to play in the annual World Series tournament hosted by the BSF.

Ireland just missed out on a top 6 finish losing in the bottom of last to England in the last game of the round robin on the Saturday. 

Ireland ultimately finished the tournament in eight place and the full tournament report can be found by clicking here.

The 2019 European Coed Slowpitch Championships will be held in Budapest from July 15 – 20, 2019 at which Ireland will be hoping to reclaim a medal.

Countdown to 2019 – #4

Countdown to 2019 – #4

Around the Regions

2018 was another busy summer in the Regions with competitive league tournaments through out.

In Leinster, Dodder regained the Premier Division title from TNT followed by their second team Dynamites winning a tightly contested Division 1 and Renegade Titans winning Division 2. Click here for details on Softball Leinster 2018 Season.

In Ulster, Brawlers from the Belfast Softball Club won their third consecutive league title, however, they didn’t have it all their own way with the Belfast Sliders pushing them all the way to the second last game of the season. Click here for details on Brawlers league win.

Congratulations to all the league winners during 2018.