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 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 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
|A2||Bandits & Witches Linz||AUT|
|A8||Sparks Mladé Buky||CZE|
|A15||Tex Town Tigers||NED|
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
Coed Slowpitch European Super Cup
Ireland were represented by TNT and Dodder at the 2018 European Super Cup.
After pool stage of the tournament TNT finished 4th in Group B and progressed to the medal round whilst Dodder just missed out on the top 8 in Group A, finishing 5th and competed in the 9-16 ranking at the tournament.
Unfortunately for the Irish representatives, the tournament was dominated by the British teams with Pioneers taking gold, H2O Silver and London Chromies finishing third. TNT finished best of the two Irish teams with a 6th place finish overall with Dodder finishing 11th.
The next edition of the tournament will be held in 2020.
Softball Ireland are delighted to confirm the following tournament dates for 2017 – details to follow:
|Brian Walshe Cup||8th April|
|SINCC||16th September in Ulster|
|New Slo-pitch Tournament||28th May and 22nd July|