Baseball and softball to be included on School Games menu

Fri 16 Sep 2011

Baseball and softball are to be included on menu of the government's School Games programme from January 2012 onward, and their inclusion is a major achievement by BaseballSoftballUK.

2012 School GamesIt means that our sports can be chosen at a local level to be part of a major government initiative for school sport, with resources available to ensure that baseball or softball competition in schools is successful.

The School Games programme is designed as "a celebration of competitive sport" that will involve all young people in Years 3 to 13, regardless of ability or background. Government and Lottery funding will give thousands of young people the opportunity to take part in competitive sport through the programme, creating a legacy from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The School Games are regarded as the linchpin of the government's policy for school sport.

Competitive levels

The School Games is made up of four levels of competition:

The four levels of School Games competition

Each level will feature funding support for a package of events that will to provide more opportunities for pupils to compete in a dynamic programme of regular intra-school and inter-school competitions.

These competitions will lead to the best performing school teams featuring at county or city level Festivals of Sport, with the most talented young sports people having the chance to represent their schools in a high-profile national event – the first of which will be held in and around the Olympic Park in 2012.

New organisers

A new network of School Games Organisers are currently being appointed in 450 areas in England to ensure that the School Games are well planned and delivered, particularly at Level 2.

BSUK development staff will be working hard over the coming months to ensure appropriate and engaging baseball and softball formats are developed for inclusion in the first three levels of competition. Schools will then be able to use government resources to support young people participating in our our sports.

As the choice of sports taken up at the first three levels of competition will be made at a local level, anyone involved with schools in their local community should encourage the inclusion of our sports wherever possible.


The School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, the Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust.

More than £100 million of Lottery and government funding is being injected into the School Games programme nationally over the next three years.

For further information on the School Games please visit the following websites:

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neil Hall 10:38

I hasve checked out the links Ie. Yourschoolgames and none of the links within the website under Sports name Baseball or Softball ??


Junqing Zhao 11:42

I’d just like to know, is there anything will happen in Gloucestershire


Chris Rawlings 13:26

Hi Junqing,

In most cases for competitions within schools (Intra) and competitions between schools (Inter) this will depend and rely on the individual schools and the staff within them deciding to offer opportunities in softball or baseball.

At level 3 of the School Games, a county level event, an organising committee will be charged with overseeing the planning and delivery of the games. It is up to this committee to decide which sports they want to include in the event. Whatever happens, schools should qualify for the county level events through competitions between schools at level 2.

Best wishes

National Development Manager
BaseballSoftball UK


Giovanni Ciotti 01:12

It will be vital to jump on this as soon as possible as the momentum for sports funding will likely slow down significantly once the 2012 Olympics are over in August.

If we can get into as many schools as possible this spring and plant some seeds, it will be baseball and softball’s best chance at being a part of the curriculum throughout the country. A tipping point may need to be reached as early as the first year for it to become a reality, however.

Perhaps some regional organisation and enlisting this fall will get baseball/softball/t-ball into as many schools as possible this spring. I’m here to help in the East Midlands and perhaps there are many others from baseball-playing backgrounds that could plug in as coaches in other areas throughout England. 

To infinity.. and beyond! smile

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