BSUK Tournament to take a sabbatical in 2011

Tue 15 Mar 2011

BSUK Marketing, Communications and Events Manager Jason Greenberg writes:


For the last two years, BaseballSoftballUK has run a London-based weekend slowpitch competition for B-grade and C-grade co-ed slowpitch teams called the BSUK Tournament. 

In 2009, the BSUK Tournament welcomed 32 teams and was given an award as "Tournament of the Year"  at the BSF AGM. In 2010, the event was run in conjunction with the GB Slowpitch Open as a fundraiser for the GB Slowpitch Team, who raised more than £3,000 towards their European Championship trip fund. In post-mortem surveys, the BSUK Tournament has been rated as highly successful by 95% of respondents.

Time Out

In 2011, however, the BSUK Tournament will be put on hold as new avenues of event provision for the softball community are explored. While BSUK is proud of how its flagship event has been received by participating teams, it was never our intention to run or manage the competition indefinitely. Rather, our goal is to fashion new opportunities for baseball and softball competition events, as well as to provide support to existing events in all parts of the country.

This summer, our focus will shift back to these development objectives. We will expand our event support to tournament organisers in providing equipment, planning and logistical support. It is our desire that every British baseball and softball competition will strive each year to be bigger, better and more professionally conducted.

The best time to engage BSUK for event support is months beforehand, and we will begin the dialogue by reaching out to facilitators in the weeks to come.


BSUK Events

BSUK will still organise London Softball Federation events this year, including the LSF First Ball and Regional Championships, but with a view to eventually  incorporating these key capital city events into the remit of the Greater London Softball Mixed League (GLSML).

We will also redouble our efforts to support events not currently on offer by other organisers, such as single-sex slowpitch softball, indoor softball in London, the Softball World Series, the BSUK Youth Panel’s Under-25 Tournament and a new nation-themed event for the British baseball community in late 2011.

Moreover, BSUK will continue to provide support for flagship Federation events such as softball and baseball National Championships. We recognise that these are key public opportunities to promote both sports, and as such are nicely aligned with our organisational mandate as a national development agency.


Temporary Absence

None of this means that our popular BSUK Tournament is gone for good. We will look to re-launch this major event in 2012 with a new theme and a new development-oriented purpose.

The structure, regional venue and focus of the tournament will be determined by BSUK -- or, perhaps, by the wider baseball and softball community.

We would like to invite your ideas on how to leverage this flagship event for the benefit of our sports, and we are especially looking for ideas with a clear purpose, whether this is to invigorate a "young" region, provide "D-grade" or "rookie-level" opportunities, or generate new audiences, increased participation or improved sporting satisfaction.

If you have a good idea of how best to re-develop the BSUK Tournament, please get in touch with me through the Contacts Page on the BSUK website.

Our strategy will be decided in mid-to-late 2011, and we are looking forward to considering new venues, new partners and new concepts for our national event provision.


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