Softball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK at the moment. GLSML Softball 101 offers a great chance to get involved with a fun and friendly mixed sex sport and community. Our coaches will help you hit home runs, take amazing catches and turn outstanding double plays – and you’ll meet a load of new people while doing it.
“The social side is strong, and everyone is welcomed regardless of experience or skill level.” Alex, Game of Throws
When: Every Monday starting 8 May until mid August.
Where: Regents Park on Pitch 7 – entrance to the park by Gloucester Gate.
Time: 6.30pm until the light fades (usually 8.30pm), and usually followed by a trip to the pub.
Cost: £3 (Equipment provided, but bring your own glove if you own one)
“Easy going atmosphere, no pressure and great people” Lili, 2015.
Slow pitch softball is a social and enjoyable game, and the basics are easy to learn and play. The various positions demand different skills from players, making it great even for people who don’t consider themselves athletes. The rules are very similar to baseball – you get to wear a glove and swing a bat – but because the ball is pitched slowly and underarm it is considered a hitting game, so there is a bit more action out in the field.
“I knew nothing at all about softball. I had seen baseball but thats about it! My girlfriend suggested we play and I loved it!” Neal, Game of Throws
The sessions will give all players the confidence to catch, throw, field and bat while learning the rules of the game. All skills are built into game situations. It’s not like X-factor, no one will be voted off each week!
“I liked the fact that the nights were split in to skills/drills and a game. This allowed the correct techniques to be learnt required for general gameplay, and then implementing them in a match.” Laura, 2016 participant
By the end of the summer you will hopefully be forming a team to enter the Greater London league in the 2018 season.
UPDATE: Location has changed to a slightly different part of Wandsworth Common. New location map.
If you would like to join a team or give softball a go then the GLSML New Players Day is perfect for you!
The aim of the day is to match new players and existing league teams. We will try to make sure you are introduced to teams that match your ability, location as well as the level of competition you’re looking for. There will be a few batting and fielding drills followed by a friendly pickup game to give you a chance to show off your skills.
The atmosphere is always very relaxed and we’re looking for players of all abilities. So if you’ve been playing for years, haven’t played for a long time or never held a bat before there will be something going on for you.
It’s happening at 2pm on Sunday 2 April 2016, at Wandsworth Common (by the cricket fields on Trinity Rd). And it’s absolutely free!
New to the game?
For those who are brand new to softball there will be an introduction to the game. Gloves will be provided upon request. The aim of this is to get people up and running with the basics of softball and give them a taste of why it’s such a great game to play.
After playing ball for a couple of hours we’ll over the road for some hard earned refreshments. We’ll be heading to Le Gothique just around the corner from the field.
Get in touch with our New Players officer (email@example.com) if you have any questions, and bring a friend too – the more the merrier!
When: Sunday 2 April 2017
Where: Wandsworth Common (Trinity Rd/John Archer Way)