Club Hero Competition – Win €5,000 For Your Club

Locker a new app for sports fans is running a ‘Club Hero’ competition providing clubs with an opportunity to win €5,000.

The Competition which is running until the end of the month and gives clubs at all level of sport a chance to win €5,000 for their club by simply downloading Locker and registering their club.

Locker is a free app that helps centralise premium sports content and put the power in the hands of fans to personalise their world of sport

The Locker app is a must have sports fans
– Centralising content for fans to curate their world of sport
– Club Hero can win you 5k for your club
– App is free to play; download and register your club name to enter
– More entries from members and friends increase your chances to win

Competition ends September 30th

Link to all info can be found here https://getlocker.com/club-hero/

MTU Cork

IOST 2022 Registration

Please use the link below to register your team for the 2022 IOST. This years IOST takes place on the 13th & 14th of August at MTU Cork.

Accommodation is available at €70 per room per night quoting discount code “Softball Ireland” for this rate. Please contact Melbourne Point Student Accommodation on 021 6035500 between 8am-3.30pm. Players and teams are advised to book their accommodation as soon as possible due to extremely high demand in the sector at the moment.

https://forms.gle/G13vs9PDY9aqCQMr7

Details on social events around the IOST will be shared at a later date.

MTU Cork
MTU Cork

Men’s Slowpitch European Championship Preview

The second edition of the Men’s Slowpitch European Championship starts on June 14, 2022 and the Irish team travels with the confidence to challenge for a medal by the time the tournament concludes in Colorno, Italy on Saturday June 18th.

In order to win a medal, Ireland face tough oppositions with Great Britain, the defending Champions, starting as tournament favourites with strong showings expected from Italy the hosts and Germany. Ireland start the tournament as six seeds with an opening game versus the Netherlands at noon on Tuesday 14th and then as part of the opening ceremony game v hosts Italy at 6pm.

Irleand’s progress at the tournament can be followed on all our social media channels with live play by play available at Play by Play

WBSC Confirm Inaugral Slow Pitch Softball World Cup to be held in 2023

The WBSC has confirmed that the inaugural the Slow Pitch Softball World Cup for 2023, following a proposal from a Slow Pitch Working Group of which Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery was a member.

The WBSC have confirmed the inaugral World Cup will be a 12-team tournament, with qualifiers coming from Africa (1), Americas (3), Asia (3), Europe (3), Oceania (1) and 1 Wild Card.

The 2022 Slow Pitch European Championships in July will act as Europes qualification tournament for the World Cup and a medal will be needed to qualify.

The Creation of a World Cup for Slow Pitch is a long time coming and a great step forward for the discipline. The World Cup will finally give an opportunity for Slow Pitch players globally to showcase their talent. We were delighted to support our European colleagues on the Working Group in recommending the Slow Pitch World Cup to the Executive Board.

Colum Lavery, President Softball Ireland

Ireland awarded hosting rights of Women’s Softball World Cup 2023

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Committee have today awarded the co-hosting rights of the flagship WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup to Ireland, Italy and Spain. Ireland together with Italy and Spain will host a group of the World Cup in 2023, with Italy hosting the Finals in 2024.

Other than the Olympic games, the Women’s Softball World Cup is the most prestigious event in World Softball and will be broadcast globally in 2023. Working closely with its bid partners, the World Cup Organising Committee, Fastpitch Ireland and Fingal presented a successful bid to co-host the tournament in Ireland.

The World Cup Group will be held in Fingal on a purpose built venue for the tournament.

“We’re delighted to bring the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup back to Europe, with Ireland, Italy and Spain co-hosting the biggest international softball event in the globe.” “The Women’s Softball World Cup represents the first WBSC World Cup to be played under the innovative Two-Stage format, that gives more flexibility and opportunities for cities, regions and countries to host and participate in WBSC events.”

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari

The hosting of the tournament will be the biggest softball event ever hosted in Ireland, and it is envisoned that it will be the catalyst that puts all disciplines of our sport in the eyes of the nation and begins the re-growth of the sport.

The awarding of the World Cup to Ireland is a testament to the standing of Team Ireland and the Irish Federation in the WBSC. A lot of hard work has been put into developing the bid with Fingal and we are very gateful for Fingals support and vision to join us in the bid.” “This tournament presents a once in a life time opportunity for our Players to play in a World Cup on their home field and for us to create a strong positive legacy for the game in Ireland, promote all disciplines of the game in Ireland and supercharge the growth of women’s and youth softball.”

Melanie Cunningham, Director of Fastpitch Ireland

The exact dates of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Group Stage and Finals are still to be confirmed and will be announced shortly.

For further media information – please contact Colum Lavery – +353 86 770 8576

Men’s Slowpitch National Team Announced

Irish Slowpitch National Team Manager Senan Dormer has announced the Irish roster for the upcoming Men’s Slowpitch Championships to be played in Colorno, Italy from June 14 – July 18, 2022.

The European Championships will be the second edition of the Men’s event. Ireland previously participated in the inaugral event in 2018

The Ireland squad for the tournament see’s 4 uncapped players included in the roster which is an exciting mix of youth and experience.

As with all Ireland squads, these are self funded and we would ask our members to support the fund raising activities of the players.

Softball Ireland enter streaming partnership with Joymo

As part of this season’s strategy, Softball Ireland (SI) are exploring ways to improve the visibility of the sport both here in Ireland and abroad through new streaming services that can bring wider access to games at all events and leagues across Ireland in 2022.

Included as part of our wider growth strategy, SI believes that a strong, quality, and consistent streaming solution is imperative for the sport.  Streaming has become standard for all levels of sport in Ireland and abroad, and with this growth, a number of innovative solutions & tools are more readily available that can be utilised to make it easier to access, but also for teams to fundraise and monetise effectively.

As part of this process, we’ll be testing with live streaming with a handful of teams across the SI leagues.  While this year will be a pilot program for a few teams who have shown interest in testing, the platform and service is available to all teams at all levels if interested.

The objective of the pilot program is to test the technology and see if these types of OTT providers can be a solution long term that all teams, events, and tournaments for Softball can utilise for both awareness but also fundraising.  

Through numerous conversations with streaming providers, SI has identified Joymo as a viable solution to provide the early tools and technology that are easy to use, as well as tick the box on core features and functionality that are important for a successful long term streaming strategy.  

Joymo works with other federation members in Ireland as well as in UK and around Europe for a range of different sports, and are eager to work with Softball Ireland and the teams as we trial and test their services throughout 2022.

You can find out more about Joymo via their website here.

Participating teams have the ability to host all games live that can be accessible on desktop or via their app.  Tools include the ability to have a scoreboard for matches and commentary.  Through the platform, all games will be accessible for participating members via the archive, and includes both subscriptions as well as advertising that gives easy solutions for clubs to offset costs and further raise sponsorship.  

We’ll be looking to host training sessions and further communication around the wider pilot program strategy for the 2022 season in the coming weeks as well.

We look forward to rolling out more communication around this in the coming weeks.  Any questions can be directed to Matt at streaming@softball.ie.

New Slowpitch and Fastpitch Rulebooks available from the WBSC

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has now published updated 2022-2025 Official Rulebooks for slowpitch and fastpitch softball.  

These new Rulebooks, and summaries of major changes made to the previous Rulebooks, can be downloaded from the links below:

2022-2025 Slowpitch Rulebook
https://static.wbsc.org/assets/cms/documents/5e85a934-d622-2bd8-62f9-854264607589.pdf

Summary of changes to the Slowpitch Rulebook
https://static.wbsc.org/assets/cms/documents/c539c225-15d6-57f6-50e9-a38b65aa3978.pdf

2022-2025 Fastpitch Rulebook
https://static.wbsc.org/assets/cms/documents/b5480455-60e2-bfc3-1e2e-3566c2765cc5.pdf

Summary of changes to the Fastpitch Rulebook
https://static.wbsc.org/assets/cms/documents/a00ab077-6716-bc07-06a2-c193e9f2fac1.pdf

COED Slowpitch National Team

Irish Slowpitch National Team Manager Senan Dormer has announced the Irish Roster for the upcoming COED Slowpitch Championships to be played in Ljubljana, Slovenia from July 12 – July 16, 2022.

The European Chamoionships will be the first Slowpitch Championships since 2019 at which Ireland took a bronze medal. This years tournament is also a qualifying event for the inaugraly COED Slowpitch World Cup which will be held in 2023.

The Ireland squad for the tournament see’s 10 uncapped players included in the roster which is an exciting mix of youth and experience.

As with all Ireland squads, these are self funded and we would ask our members to support the fund raising activities of the players.

2022 COED National Team Roster

Softball Ireland Injury Policy Launched

As teams begin to return to training and tournaments and leagues on the horizon, Softball Ireland have today issued the “Softball Ireland Injury Policy”.

The policy has been developed by the Softball Ireland Medical Committee (Dr. Andrew Craven and Dr. Melanie Cunningham).

Softball Ireland (SI) takes the health and safety of its members seriously, especially in the case of head injury or in the event of a player becoming unconscious during a game or training session. This policy has been developed to assist the regional associations, national teams, clubs, and players promote good practice regarding general safety and injury to players, with a specific focus on head injuries.

SI expects all regional associations, national teams, clubs, and players to follow this policy and the guidance contained within it in full.

We would encourage all teams, tournament organisers and Regional Boards to become familiar with the document and implement it as appropriate. 

The “Softball Ireland Injury Policy” is available under the resources section of the Softball Ireland website (www.softball.ie) and throught the following link – http://www.softball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Softball-Ireland-Injury-Policy-2021-v1.0.pdf 

For further information, or clarification on any aspects of this policy, the medical committee can be contacted by emailing: medical@softball.ie.

Brian Walshe Cup 2022 – Registration Open

The 2022 Brian Walshe Cup will be held on Saturday April 23, 2022 in ALSAA, Dublin. The 2022 BWC will be the first tournament hosted by Softball Ireland post COVID restrictions and we are looking forward to returning to normal with a big turnout in 2022!

Team entry cost is €175 with registration closing on Friday 15th April at 5pm. Game Balls will be provided by Softball Ireland on the day.