Position Vacancy: Director of Academy Baseball and Softball

Mon 14 Jul 2014


BaseballSoftballUK is looking for a dynamic, talented and highly organised individual to serve as the Director for both Academy Baseball and Academy Softball.  Working closely with the National Development Manager, Will Lintern, the role will oversee all logistical and organisational support to the Academy, as well as having responsibility for the core curriculum and practice structures, and providing strategic support to the National Development Manager regarding the Talent Programme and English Talent Pathway.

The position

Title: Academy Director for Baseball and Softball

Reports to: National Development Manager for Talent

Appointed by: BSUK Head of Development, with the National Development Manager

Term: 4 August 2014 - 31 March 2015

Remuneration: Honorarium of £9,000 plus reasonable travel expenses

About the company

BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) is the development agency for baseball and softball in the UK, set up in 2000 as a joint venture by the national governing bodies for the sports, the British Baseball and Softball Federations, to deliver the promotion and development of the two sports.   Our vision is for our sports to be “played in every park.”

We are primarily funded by Sport England. In December 2012, BSUK was awarded a total grant of £3m over four years (April 2013 – March 2017) to aid grassroots development and further increase participation.

Our key areas of work are growing the number of adults and young people playing regularly in teams and improving the sporting experience for those people who participate in our sports. 

The Academies

The Academy Baseball and Softball programmes are designed to help young players turn the off-season into an opportunity to become better, stronger and fitter athletes. They runs monthly national and regional weekend training sessions from October to March each year. The tutorials and practice plans allow young baseball and softball players to improve their hitting, pitching, fielding and baserunning.

Launched in January 2014, the High Performance Academy has been designed so that our very best young athletes in both formats can receive the sport-specific skill development, strength and conditioning work and lifestyle management support needed to prepare them for life and competition as an elite athlete in Great Britain teams.

About the job

The Academy Director will have organisational and logistical responsibility over both the Academy and High Performance Academy (HPA) programmes for baseball and fastpitch softball.


  • Recruitment and development of players to both the Academy and the HPA. Includes helping players to understand where they fit on the English Talent Pathway and what steps they should take to progress along this.
  • Recruitment and development of coaches to both the Academy and the HPA.
  • Ensure the Academy administrators have all the details necessary to enable communications and effective player registration.
  • Ensure facilities are fit for purpose and appropriate, especially any strength facilities required for the HPA.
  • Recruit Academy Head Coaches as needed - All coaching appointments must be signed off by BSUK's Head of Development.
  • Plan and coordinate practices for National, Regional and HPA sessions, in partnership with the Academy Head Coaches.
  • Plan and deliver opening and closing events for the HPA and an Academy Series for both Academy Baseball and Academy Softball.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To plan and implement as appropriate all practices and sessions for Academy Baseball, Academy Softball, and the HPA, for both baseball and fastpitch softball.
  2. To monitor and evaluate players throughout the English Talent Pathway with particular emphasis on those athletes in the High Performance Academy.
  3. To monitor and implement as needed the distance learning programme for the High Performance Academy.
  4. Administration of all aspects of management including staff, players, reporting and documentation.
  5. Support the National Development Manager and have oversight of the budget and financials for the Academy and HPA programmes.

Partnerships and Relationships

  1. Prepare annual operating and testing reports, annual applications for finance and other reports as required by the BSUK Head of Development.
  2. Work collaboratively with schools, colleges, CSPs and other NGBs with regard to recruiting potential athletes.
  3. Work collaboratively with national teams coaches from GB Baseball and GB Softball to ensure a level of consistency across the coaching curriculum and teaching points.


  1. Participate in BSUK's Talent Steering Group as needed.

  2. Contribution to the general running of the Academy and HPA programmes as needed.


How to apply

Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter detailing why they should be considered for the role of Academy Director for Baseball and Softball.

Applications should be sent to:

FAO: Mark Caress
Ariel House
74a Charlotte Street

Alternatively, they can be emailed to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for applications: 4.00pm on 28 July 2014

All applications will be considered on 29 July 2014; if there is any further information we require, it will be requested at this point.

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