Fastpitch softball demonstration a success at NUSC

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Over 50 university women took a break from competing at the National University Co-ed Slowpitch Softball Championship at Farnham Park on the weekend of 14-15 October to try their hand at hitting fastpitch pitches thrown by GB Softball’s sophisticated pitching machine.

The event was part of an initiative to publicise both the fastpitch format and BSUK’s Academy Softball to university students.

University of Nottingham student Rebekah Kay said, "It was a bit intimidating at first because of how fast the ball was, but it turned out to be really fun and I wish I'd had more time so I could've hit more!"

Her teammate Izzy Rendell also took part. "It was a fun experience,” Izzy reported, “and it was really enjoyable to get the opportunity to try out a sport I wouldn't normally get the chance to do."

Enthusiasm

British University Baseball and Softball (BUBS) Commissioner Luke Stott said:  "BUBS has been working with BSUK to market both fastpitch and the Academy to university students for some time now and I'm pleased that the event at Farnham was so popular.  Our growth in universities will be curtailed if we only market one of our Olympic sports there, we’re missing out on 50% of the population right now and I think today was a huge step forward for fastpitch in universities."

BSUK’S Fastpitch Development Manager Jo Malisani ran the session and was blown away by the enthusiasm of the students.  “It was great to see these athletes stand in the batter's box and give fastpitch a go and within a span of 10 pitches make adjustments to make contact,” Jo said.  “It’s exciting to see and hopefully it will spark interest in them trying fastpitch either at the Academy or as a part of the Great Britain Fastpitch League.”

Academy Softball

The Academy is designed to help players aged 10-25 become better, stronger and fitter athletes.  Covering both baseball and softball, the Academy consists of monthly national and regional weekend sessions from October to March where players can develop their hitting, pitching, fielding and baserunning skills during the off-season, working with high-level coaches.

A National Membership of the Academy (£140) entitles athletes to attend all national and regional practices.  Alternatively, athletes can register as Regional Members for a reduced price (£100 for baseball and £90 for softball) that allows them to attend regional Academy sessions in the North, the Midlands or the South of England.  Payment needs to be made at the time of registration; otherwise, an Academy place will not be confirmed.

For more information and/or to register, go the Academy page on the BSUK website or email academy@bsuk.com.
 

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