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Softball Ireland Backing (the other) Green

Softball Ireland would like to wish our Media Director Ciara Metcalfe together with the whole Irish Women’s Cricket Team the best of luck in the upcoming ICC Womens World T20 Cup

You can keep track of Ciara and Ireland’s progress at the official tournament site:

Ireland kick off their tournament against New Zealand on March 18, 2016 at 1000 Irish Time


Head Injury Ruling

To:      Softball Leinster / Softball Ulster

From: Softball Ireland

Date:  July 3, 2015

Re:      Softball Ireland Executive Committee Ruling on Player Welfare

The Softball Ireland Executive Committee at an emergency meeting on June 30, 2015 made the following Player Welfare Ruling:

1. Head Injury

Should a player receive a head injury either in training or during a league / tournament game played under the control of Softball Ireland, the player must be removed immediately from the field of play and Softball Ireland recommend that the player is assessed by medical practitioner.

If the removal of the Player results in the team being unable to field a legal team, the Umpire will suspend the game with immediate effect and the game will recommence at a date and time set by the League organiser.

Softball Ireland confirm that should an umpire in his / her judgement decide a Player has received a head injury this may not be appealed or protested. Umpires decision is final.

2. Helmets

Softball Ireland recommend that all teams should have batting helmets available to Players and further recommend that batters and base runners wear helmets.

Softball Ireland wish to confirm that with effect from January 1, 2016, Clubs will be required to have a minimum of five helmets available in their dugout should a Player wish to avail of them.

This ruling has immediate effect.

Softball Ireland Appoint Communications / Social Media Manager

Softball Ireland are delighted to announce the appointment of Ciara J Metcalfe to the position of Communications / Social Media Manager.

Ciara will bring a wealth of experience to the role having undertaken similar positions with Leinster Rugby (Women’s Branch), Cricket Leinster and Pembroke Cricket Club and will have responsibility for developing a Softball Ireland Communications plan and growing the Social Media footprint.

Speaking on the appointment, Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery said “ we are excited to appoint Ciara to the role, she possess the experience and skillsets that we need to improve our communication with our members, sponsors and the general public”. Mr Lavery added that “2015 is a very busy year with the Olympic Decision, Ireland hosting the ESF/CEB Congress, the 2015 European Slowpitch Championships and Irelands first participation in the Women’s Fastpitch European Championships and it is key for us have a strong presence in social media.”

Ciara can be contacted on

Seasons Greetings from Softball Ireland

On behalf of the Softball Ireland Board we would like to wish all our members and friends a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

As you enjoy your Christmas goodies, spare a thought for the Players taking part in the Women’s Fastpitch Trials on December 28.

We look forward to another great year for Softball in Ireland in 2015.

Nollaig Shona,

Softball Ireland Board

Federation of Irish Sport Member

Softball Ireland elected as an Associate Member of the Federation of Irish Sports

Softball Ireland are delighted to announce that at its meeting on June 19, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Federation of Ireland Sports elected Softball Ireland to Associate Membership of the Federation.

Speaking on the election of Softball Ireland to Associate Membership of the Federation of Irish Sports, Colum Lavery, President of Softball Ireland said “Softball Ireland are delighted that the Board of the Federation of Irish Sports has elected our Federation to Associate Membership and it is another vindication that we as a sport are moving in the right direction.

Mr Lavery added “This is an important moment in the development of Softball Ireland as a Federation and though we have a long way to go yet, it will greatly assist in achieving our end goal of Irish Sports Council recognition.”


About The Federation of Irish Sports
The Federation of Irish Sport (the “Federation”) was established in 2002 by the National Governing Bodies of Sport (“NGBs”). The reasons behind the foundation of the Federation included the under representation of the sector given the significant number of Irish people involved with sport, the increased investment in Irish Sport, the new projects coming on stream at a very high rate, the need for advice and consultancy, the increased pressure on NGBs and the need for a “voice for Irish Sport.”

More details can be found