Softball Ireland are pleased to announce the provisional calendar for the 2021 season. You can use the interactive calendar below to view the dates for Softball Ireland, Softball Leinster, Softball Ulster and European Championships. Please note that although tournaments are being scheduled for 2021, these are subject to COVID-19 restrictions and may not go ahead given the restrictions in place at the time.
Softball Ireland note the announcement from the Irish government today that all sporting activity in the Republic of Ireland can resume from 29 June, the format of which is at the discretion of the National Governing Body. The Softball Ireland Medical Committee will meet in the coming days to assess today’s government decision and provide further recommendations to the Board about the possible acceleration of the Return to Play Date.
Softball Ireland wish to remind teams and players of the following:
– The suspension of all formal team/club organised Softball activites (incliuding training) on the island of Ireland remains in place until July 20, 2020. This must be strictly adhered to.
– The Softball Ireland insurance policy (and in particular the Public Liability part of the policy) remains suspended until July 20, 2020. Should any player or small group of players participate in any Softball activities prior to July 20, 2020they do so at their own risk and are fully liable for any injuries / damage to other participants, third party bystanders or prorperty.
Please do not hesitate to contact Colum Lavery should you have any questions on the matter.
Softball Ireland are fortunate to have two doctors on the Board, representing North and South of the border respectively, as our medical committee. Following the most recent public health advice from the HSE and the NI Executive, they have presented initial return to play timelines to the Board. Following receipt of feedback from the regions, the Board have approved these as our national framework. The committee will now consider detailed return to play protocols (including playing rules), while the Board works with the regions on challenges such as insurance costs, field availability and competition structure.
1. Seek to reactivate Softball Ireland insurance as of 20th July 2020.
2. Teams may train from 20th July 2020 provided insurance is in place, no more than two teams are present at the diamond and the Softball Ireland return to play protocols are adhered to.
3. Games may commence from 1st August 2020 provided insurance is in place, no more than two teams are present at a diamond and the Softball Ireland return to play protocols are adhered to.
4. No tournaments will be sanctioned in 2020, including BWC, IOST, SINCC, and club/national tournaments at home or abroad.
5. Team captains must submit electronically a list of attendees at training or games, within 24 hours, in line with HSE contact tracing requirements, for 6-week retention.
6. SI will make a final decision on Softball Ulster activity after the NI Executive publishes timelines for their recently published roadmap.
This position is subject to change as further information is made available to the public by the HSE and NI Executive. Final decisions on when games will be played, competition structures and fees will be set by Softball Ireland and the regions, subject to this framework and the SI Return to Play Protocols (TBA) being adhered to. The Softball Ireland Return to Play Protocols will be issued no later than the 30th of June 2020. Any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Softball Europe have confirmed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions that all European Championships and Cups for 2020 are now cancelled.
APRIL 2, 2020 – IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Softball Ireland have received confirmation this morning that due to the ongoing global crisis caused by the COVID-19 vires the WBSC Europe Softball Division has decided amend it’s 2020 tournament schedule.
WBSC Europe Softball Division has confirmend the following:
- European softball international events for 2020 under Softball Europe have been cancelled except for;
- European Championships which act as qualifiers for World Cups 2021- the events have now been postponed to September.
What does this mean for softball Ireland?? Softball Ireland National teams and clubs were entered in three competitions in 2020 and update on the status of these tournaments is below:
- Women’s European Championship postponed to September 20 – 26, 2020
- Men’s Slowpitch European Championship *CANCELLED*
- European CO-ED Super Cup (Dodder) *CANCELLED*
The Fastpitch Ireland Board, Softball Ireland Board and Medical Committee will review Ireland’s participation in the Women’s European Championship once venue’s have been confirmed. Any decision on Ireland’s participation in the event will be athelete driven with consideration been given to the health & safety of the players and whether it is felt the athletes will have adequate time and opportunity to prepare and condition for the tournament.
The full statement from the WBSC Europe Softball Division is available HERE
Softball Ireland have published the provisional 2020 tournament calendar on its website.
The calender currently outlines the 2020 Softball Ireland, Softball Leinster and Softball Ulster calendar of events. Any clubs wishing to host a tournament during 2020 will shortly receive a link with an application form for tournament approval.
The calender will be updated throughout the season as additional club tournaments are announced and the Softball Leinster dates are confirmed.
Softball Ireland have confirmed the National Team Entries for 2020 Season
Men’s Slowpitch National Team
The second Men’s Slowpith European Championships is scheduled to be held in 2020. To date, no host or date for the tournament has been confirmed and Softball Ireland have requested a meeting with the ESF at the 2020 congress to discuss its concerns that there is a possibility there will be no European Club or International Softball tournaments in Europe in the 2020 season.
Ireland have entered the Men’s National Team in the tournament and the full list of entered teams for the tournament can be seen here.
16 Teams Confirmed for Slowpitch Super Cup
Softball Europe have confirmed that 16 Clubs in total have entered the COED European Slowpitch Super Cup for 2020. The tournament is due to be held in August 2020, however at this juncture in time no Federation has put itself forward as a potential host.
It is hoped that more details on the tournament will be provided at the Softball Europe congress in February 2020 so that Dodder Dynamoes and Belfast Brawlers, the two clubs representing Ireland at the tournament, can plan well in advance for the tournament.
More details on the tournament and previous winners may be found at europeansoftball.org/cspesc/ including details of Dodders famous win in 2009.
Confirmed Tournament Entries
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BWC 2020 & IOST 2020 Dates Confirmed
The Softball Ireland Board at its meeting on December 11, 2019 confirmed the dates for the 2020 IOST and BWC as follows:
The annual start of season tournament and first major trophy of the year will return to ALSAA in 2020. As ever it will be an opportunity to blow off those cobwebs and get ready for the season ahead.
Date: Saturday April 25, 2020
Venue: ALSAA Sports Grounds
Registration Link: Click Here to Register Your Team
Cost: €100 per team
Following on from the successful 2019 IOST tournament, Elaine Barr and Julie Trundle will again lead the planning and organisation of IOST 2020, promising that the first IOST of the new decade will be the best one ever. The tournament will be again played in the University of Limerick and accommodation links will be available shortly.
Date: Saturday & Sunday August 22/23, 2020
Venue: University of Limerick
Registration Link: Click Here to Register Your Team
Cost: €280 per team
Hi softball legends!
Julie Trundle and I have been working hard on some fun ideas for the social side of this year’s IOST!
We have some exciting plans that we’d like to share with you below:
On Friday night we will be holding a fun quiz night with games. This will start at 9pm in the Sports Bar and we guarantee you’ll meet people that you never have before! We’ll have games like cornhole, beer pong, giant Jenga and lots more!
Throughout Saturday we will have some fun photo frames circulating so teams can take some excellent pics to share on social media!
Saturday night is party time at the Stables! As it’s the 30th anniversary of IOST, we are going to party like it’s 1989! We would love you to dress up (don’t panic though – this is optional) and there will be prizes for the best dressed team, so get those costumes ready! We’ll have glow sticks and 80s tunes (from a brand new DJ) and even a beer pong tournament! There will also be a BBQ at the stables starting at approx 8pm. This will help to keep everyone together! We’ll confirm timings on this closer to the time, but please let your teams know that we’ll be seeing them on Saturday to sell tickets for €10!
Just one thing to be aware of for Saturday night – the Stables now have a policy of no high heels and no open toed shoes – this is to avoid broken toes after a few sociables have been enjoyed! Please make sure your team know this in advance so they can pack the correct footwear!
All weekend, we will be awarding some special IOST survival kits to some lucky people – we’ll keep the contents a surprise for now!!
And the best news? On Sunday we have arranged an ice cream truck to provide free 99s for everyone – yummy! We have requested lovely weather, so this will be very welcome!
See you in Limerick!
Elaine B and Julie T
IOST 2019 will be held on August 3 & 4, 2019 in the University of Limerick.
The 2019 tournament will be held at the newly installed state of the art pitches and teams will have a choice of accommodation across the campus.
Entry for the IOST is now open and teams wishing to enter should complete the form at the following link – IOST ENTRY FORM
Teams will have a choice of two types of accommodation for IOST 2019.
The new pitches are located a couple minutes walk away from the Kilmurry accommodation which are non- ensuite.
Should you wish to stay in the accommodation used in 2018 please choose Cappavilla.
Accommodation for 2019 should be booked using the following link – https://campuslifeweb.ul.ie/LimerickBnB/
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There will be a social programme on the Friday and Saturday night to make the tournament equally enjoyable on and off the diamond.
As ever if there are any questions please email email@example.com
The Schedule for the 2019 Brian Walshe Cup has been confirmed and may be accessed here. The tournament starts at 9.30am on April 27, 2019.
As with previous tournaments, the tournament will be used as a fundraising event for the Slowpitch National Team which is participating at the 2019 European Championships in July 2019.
Captains will receive their Captains pack by email.