Further Education

Think colleges and sixth forms, think students, think friends playing baseball or softball together, having a great time and meeting new people. 

Baseball and softball are fast becoming a part of the college sports landscape and our Hit the Pitch programme will help you expand your current sporting offer. Whether it be students looking to try something new, an intra-mural sports programme for students looking to make new friends and socialise or a chance to enter local softball or baseball college competitions, Hit the Pitch will help you achieve your aims. 

BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) has put together a programme tailored to the needs of students and colleges. There are already over 50 colleges and sixth form institutions with softball or baseball clubs, so why not join them to broaden your sports offer and improve the student experience? Whether you want to run an introductory day, set up a team or run a league at your college, we have a support package designed for you.

The Packages

INTEREST-GENERATING DAY

If you want to offer your students something new and exciting, our Day Package is a great way to test the market and establish the demand for baseball and/or slowpitch softball at your institution.

Ideal For:

  • Fun event (e.g. Sports Day)
  • Meeting new people
  • Raising money for charity
  • Complements the student learning experience

Delivery Ideas:

  • End-of-term/exams party with picnic
  • Charity Fundraiser Day
  • Taster days

Includes:

  • Pitch hire, including provision of bases
  • Playing fields marked out
  • Playing Guide resource
  • Activator to make the session an enjoyable and engaging experience

Sample Format:

  • 10.00 am: Introduction to game, explanation of rules / equipment
  • 11.00 am: First game(s)
  • 12.00 pm: Second game(s)
  • 1.00 pm: Wrap-up and close

Equipment:

  • All the equipment you need

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COLLEGE TEAM IN AN EXISITNG LEAGUE OR COMPETITION

If you have a group of staff or students who are ready to form a new club at your college for baseball and/or slowpitch softball and need some help to do so, then our Team Package is the one for you.

Ideal For:

  • Community engagement
  • Friendly competition
  • Fun social activity
  • Meeting new people
  • Trying a new sport
  • Exercise/health

Delivery Ideas:

  • Developing a club at the college
  • After-class team activity
  • Fun team activity
  • Entering local competitions

Includes:

  • As Day Package PLUS:
  • Online Team Organisers’ Pack
  • Connections to local leagues
  • Entry to local competitions
  • Young Leaders Award Training
  • Lecturer development support
  • Activator training
  • Playing membership for Hit the Pitch

Sample Format:

  • 6.00 pm: Arrival, warm-up, throwing and batting practice
  • 7.00 pm: Game time
  • 8.30 pm: Wrap-up and close

Equipment:

  • Discounted equipment available and access to BSUK payment scheme

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INTRA-MURAL OR INTER-COLLEGE LEAGUE

If you are looking to set up a social league for your tutor groups, then an intra-mural league could be just what you’re looking for. Or you can take on local colleges in your area in an inter-college league.

Ideal For:

  • Fun social events
  • Health/exercise
  • Friendly competition
  • Broadening the student offer
  • Complements learning experience
  • Leadership and skills development

Delivery Ideas:

  • Cross-department league
  • Teachers versus students league
  • Inter-college tournaments
  • Charity fundraising

Includes:

  • As Team Package PLUS:
  • Online League Organisers’ Pack
  • League schedules
  • Finals Day support from BSUK staff
  • League and team administration functionality

Sample Format:

  • Weeks 1-2 – Skills training and fun games
  • Weeks 3-6 – Games followed by refreshments and social
  • Weeks 7-8 – Semifinals and finals followed by social

Equipment:

  • Discounted equipment available and access to BSUK payment scheme

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what's in the organiser pack?

  • The Hit the Pitch programme was very successful on several levels. There were open and clear lines of communication and first-class support from the NGB, including the sourcing of equipment. The students have now formed mixed slowpitch softball teams and will carry the team ethos into the second year of their respective courses.

    Chris Manley, North West Kent College

  • Bucks New University started working with BaseballSoftballUK two years ago and since then, the growth of softball at our university has been fantastic. The Hit the Pitch softball programme has enabled us to set up a society and have new students engaging in the sport.

    Hannah Jeremy, Active Universities Sports Project Activator

 

Now that you have decided to join the softball revolution, we thought you might need some tips and advice on how to go about getting your team together!

As an organiser, your will have access to a range of materails in order to raise awareness of the opportunity to play. BSUK can provide editable posters allowing you to add in your logo, details of the playing programme and relevant contact details for your organisation. There will be access to videos to show what softball is and the benefits that are associated when playing, as well as other template materials and features!