As one of the newest BUCS recognised sports, baseball and softball have been growing for the past 13 years. Since starting with just five teams in 2009, BSUK, with the help of a number of vital partners and dedicated students, have grown organised baseball across higher education, culminating with entry into BUCS for the 2021-22 season.  

The baseball competition is played across 5 regional groups – each team playing the other on a home and away basis. The best placed 12 teams will qualify for the Championship Finals, to be played at Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex in March 2022. The softball competition is split over 4 regional divisions, with four central venue events (2 indoor and 2 outdoor) seeing the best placed 12 teams qualify for the Championship Finals, again played over two days at Farnham Park in March 2022.  

e.g., Universities and the higher education system have been high priority for BaseballSoftballUK. In 2009 there were only 5 known university teams and now there are over 35 running baseball and softball teams throughout the UK with 75 teams currently playing…. 

Find a club 

University clubs are listed on BaseballSoftballUK's Team Finder, which can be found here.

Interested in forming a university programme or club? 

BSUK would like to continue supporting growth in the number of university teams so if any university student or staff member is interested in introducing one or both of the sports at their institution then get in touch, we'd love to hear from you! Please email universities@bsuk.com.

Development Charter 

All university baseball and softball societies are eligible to register to the BaseballSoftballUK Development Charter. The charter has some great resources to help support the club as well as meaning that all activities are safeguarding compliant. For further details please visit: 

Development Charter

To date the following university clubs have chartered: 

Charter List 

BUCS

Following nearly a decade of hard work and persistence, baseball and softball were finally added to the BUCS Sports Competition in Autumn 2021. With 25 baseball teams and 17 softball teams entered, it finally meant that our sports were able to take their place alongside well established sports such as Rugby Union, football, hockey and netball. The baseball competition is played across 5 regional groups – each team playing the other on a home and away basis. The best placed 12 teams will qualify for the Championship Finals, to be played at Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex in March 2022. The softball competition is split over 4 regional divisions, with  four central venue events (2 indoor and 2 outdoor) seeing the best placed 12 teams qualify for the Championship Finals, again played over two days at Farnham Park in March 2022. Teams entered listed on the attached spreadsheet.

National University Championships 

Prior to entry to the BUCS Sports Competitions, BaseballSoftballUK staged bi-annual competitions at Farnham Park for university teams to enter. The offer of competition, and the experience of playing at Farnham Park were crucial factors in growing and sustaining university teams. Safe to say the standard of competition has grown significantly since the inaugural event in 2013. Here is the list of winners for both baseball and softball.

Baseball

Month/Year Winner
March 2014

University of East Anglia

October 2014

University of East Anglia

March 2015

Loughborough University

October 2015

Loughborough University

March 2016

Loughborough University

October 2016

Durham University

March 2017

University College London

October 2017 Loughborough University
March 2018

Postponed

June 2018

Durham University

October 2018

Loughborough University

March 2019

Loughborough University

Softball

Month/Year Winner
October 2017

University of Nottingham Arrows

March 20018

University of Nottingham Arrows

October 20018 Tournament Abandoned
March 2019

Loughborough University Thunder

 

As part of the legacy plans from MLB London Series, MLB have been engaging universities to run their MLB60 programme. To date, 16 universities have engaged, receiving support and resources to help grow the footprint and awareness of baseball and softball on campuses across the country.

The universities who have been involved in the programme :

University of Kent

University of Southampton

University of Reading

University of Portsmouth

Loughborough University

University of Nottingham

University of East London

Leeds Beckett University

Durham University

Warwick University

Bournemouth University

Brighton University

Lancaster University

University of the West of England

Northumbria University

Oxford Brookes University

 

For more information on the MLB60 programme click below

MLB60