GB Softball trials survive the weather

Mon 22 Jan 2018

Sunday 21 January was the foulest day of the winter so far, with snow, rain, floods and fog – but that didn’t stop both the GB Fastpitch and GB Slowpitch Softball National Team programmes from conducting open trials for the 2018 competition season.

The fact that both programmes were trialling on the same day was a mistake that won’t, with a bit more coordination, be repeated.  The fact that the trials were held about seven miles apart on the West London fringes – GB Slowpitch in Rickmansworth and GB Fastpitch in Uxbridge – was a coincidence.

But between the two trials, this was the start of a process that will culminate in the selection of national teams to represent GB Softball in a World Championship, a World Cup and three European Championships during the summer and autumn of 2018.

GB FASTPITCH TRIAL

The GB Fastpitch trial, held in the Uxbridge College Sports Hall, was to look at UK-based players trialling for the GB Women, GB Under-19 Women and a new GB Under-22 Women’s Team that is being formed this year to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.

The GB Under-16 Girls’ Fastpitch Team does not have an official competition this year, and trials for the GB Men, GB Under-19 Men and GB Under-13 Girls’ Fastpitch Teams will be held during the next few months.

In August this year, the GB Women’s Team will compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, which will be very much a prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The team has also entered a new European Super Six Tournament, to be played by the six top-ranked teams in Europe in the Netherlands in September.

Earlier, in July, both the GB Under-19 and Under-22 Women’s Teams will compete in European Championships in Italy and Slovakia respectively.

Activities

A total of 21 players attended the trial, 20 of them based in the UK and one South African-based player who happened to be in England at the time visiting family.

Overseeing the trial were GB Women’s Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys, GB Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, GB Under-19 Women’s Team Coach Robbie Robison and High Performance Academy Coach Alexis Markham-Hill, with help from GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer and GBMC member Bob Fromer.

Mainly, the three-hour trial consisted of using stopwatches and radar guns to get measurements for a range of performance aspects: baserunning speed (home to first, second to home, home to home), throwing times and velocity (to a target, from shortstop to first and from the outfield to home) and the velocity of balls hit from a tee.  Players who were trialling as catchers had their throwing times from home to second base recorded.

These statistics will all be compared with measurements provided by trialists who are based overseas, who will also be asked to provide video of themselves doing softball and conditioning activities along with game footage and personal statements.

Apart from all the measured activities, players were also observed doing warm-ups and cool-downs, throwing, taking ground balls, and hitting off a tee and with live pitching.

Outcome

The trial was the first part of a three-stage process that will lead to the selection of competition squads for all three teams.

From the players who attended this first trial, a number will be invited back to a Selection Trial, to be held on Saturday 3 February, also at Uxbridge College.

After that, Selection Panels will be formed to look over the results from the two GB-based trials and the information submitted by overseas-based players, due by 28 January.  The Panels will consist of coaches from the relevant teams, plus at least one External Selector, whose main role is to ensure that selections are made fairly and transparently and based on GB Softball’s Selection Policy.

Finally, the Selection Panels will meet to choose competition squads plus reserves, who will be called on if any of the selected players are unable to take up their place.  Selections for the GB Women’s Team will be made first, followed by the Under-19 and Under-22 selections.  All squads will be chosen by the end of February, with players informed and ask to confirm that they will take up the place they have been offered.

The three squads will be announced on the BSF website early in March.

And a few months later, the three teams will set off for tournaments that will all play an important role in determining who might be selected in 2019 for the GB Women’s Team that will compete in the all-important Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

 

GB SLOWPITCH TRIAL

The Great Britain Slowpitch Team held the first of its open trials for 2018 on 21 January at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

The aim was to identify both existing and potential talent from across the country, and the event was well attended despite the efforts of Mother Nature, with players battling rain, sleet, snow and traffic to attend.

There were nearly 25 trialists, ranging in age from 17 to 53, all vying for a spot in the elite GB Slowpitch programme.

Team GB has plans to compete domestically over the summer and participate in the British Softball Federation’s World Series Tournament in September.  It is hoped a return to the WBSC Slowpitch World Cup is on the cards for November, but this event and its format has yet to be confirmed.  The next ESF Co-ed Slowpitch Championship is due to take place in summer 2019.


Showcasing talent

Helping GB Head Coach Stephen Patterson at the trial were Team Manager Kellie Whitaker, Assistant Coach David Lee and John Lehmann, and there was additional support from guest assessor and GB Under-19 Men’s Fastpitch Team Manager Ian Tomlin.  Ian provided some independent adjudication support during the assessment process and initiated some “cross-discipline” working groups.   

Several members of the existing senior squad were also asked to facilitate drills and exercises to support the assessment process.

Stephen Patterson opened the day by telling the trialists that “as well as showcasing your talents, it will be important for you to have fun and enjoy the challenge.”  He then set out the skills the assessors would be looking for, and added that “attitude” was one of them.  Kellie Whitaker told the trialists: “This is your opportunity to shine, so make the most of it.”  

The players were then put through their paces over the course of the formal three-and-a-half hour trial, with abilities in hitting, baserunning and infield and outfield play assessed.  A number of players were then invited to take part in the afternoon training session with the current GB National Team.

Afterwards, Coach Patterson said, “It is important that players that show a desire to play at the highest level get some exposure to higher-quality coaching and the intensity required to make the grade.  I have always prided myself on inclusion and continually look for opportunities to develop new talent whenever possible.  It was a delight to have potential and current players work so well together in a supportive atmosphere during the afternoon.”

Kellie Whitaker said, “Everyone -- players and coaches -- worked hard and the energy was so good throughout the day.” 


More opportunities

The candidates now have a wait of approximately two to three weeks to learn the outcome of their efforts.

Players that missed this trial and still wish to be considered should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Players seeking to trial for the team that will compete in the inaugural European Men’s Slowpoitch Championship in June 2018 should also contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Men’s Team trial will be conducted on Sunday 18 February, also at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

Both GB Slowpitch Teams – Co-ed and Men -- are seeking sponsorship opportunities.  If you or your business is interested in supporting our national team athletes, please contact Kellie Whitaker to express your interest.

Sunday 21 January was the foulest day of the winter so far, with snow, rain, floods and fog – but that didn’t stop both the GB Fastpitch and GB Slowpitch Softball National Team programmes from conducting open trials for the 2018 competition season.

The fact that both programmes were trialling on the same day was a mistake that won’t, with a bit more coordination, be repeated.  The fact that the trials were held about seven miles apart on the West London fringes – GB Slowpitch in Rickmansworth and GB Fastpitch in Uxbridge – was a coincidence.

But between the two trials, for __ different athletes, this was the start of a process that will culminate in the selection of national teams to represent GB Softball in a World Championship, a World Cup and three European Championships during the summer and autumn of 2018.

GB FASTPITCH TRIAL

The GB Fastpitch trial, held in the Uxbridge College Sports Hall, was to look at UK-based players trialling for the GB Women, GB Under-19 Women and a new GB Under-22 Women’s Team that is being formed this year to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.

The GB Under-16 Girls’ Fastpitch Team does not have an official competition this year, and trials for the GB Men, GB Under-19 Men and GB Under-13 Girls’ Fastpitch Teams will be held during the next few months.

In August this year, the GB Women’s Team will compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, which will be very much a prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The team has also entered a new European Super Six Tournament, to be played by the six top-ranked teams in Europe in the Netherlands in September.

Earlier, in July, both the GB Under-19 and Under-22 Women’s Teams will compete in European Championships in Italy and Slovakia respectively.

Activities

A total of 21 players attended the trial, 20 of them based in the UK and one South African-based player who happened to be in England at the time visiting family.

Overseeing the trial were GB Women’s Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys, GB Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, GB Under-19 Women’s Team Coach Robbie Robison and High Performance Academy Coach Alexis Markham-Hill, with help from GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer and GBMC member Bob Fromer.

Mainly, the three-hour trial consisted of using stopwatches and radar guns to get measurements for a range of performance aspects: baserunning speed (home to first, second to home, home to home), throwing times and velocity (to a target, from shortstop to first and from the outfield to home) and the velocity of balls hit from a tee.  Players who were trialling as catchers had their throwing times from home to second base recorded.

These statistics will all be compared with measurements provided by trialists who are based overseas, who will also be asked to provide video of themselves doing softball and conditioning activities along with game footage and personal statements.

Apart from all the measured activities, players were also observed doing warm-ups and cool-downs, throwing, taking ground balls, and hitting off a tee and with live pitching.

Outcome

The trial was the first part of a three-stage process that will lead to the selection of competition squads for all three teams.

From the players who attended this first trial, a number will be invited back to a Selection Trial, to be held on Saturday 3 February, also at Uxbridge College.

After that, Selection Panels will be formed to look over the results from the two GB-based trials and the information submitted by overseas-based players, due by 28 January.  The Panels will consist of coaches from the relevant teams, plus at least one External Selector, whose main role is to ensure that selections are made fairly and transparently and based on GB Softball’s Selection Policy.

Finally, the Selection Panels will meet to choose competition squads plus reserves, who will be called on if any of the selected players are unable to take up their place.  Selections for the GB Women’s Team will be made first, followed by the Under-19 and Under-22 selections.  All squads will be chosen by the end of February, with players informed and ask to confirm that they will take up the place they have been offered.

The three squads will be announced on the BSF website early in March.

And a few months later, the three teams will set off for tournaments that will all play an important role in determining who might be selected in 2019 for the GB Women’s Team that will compete in the all-important Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

 

GB SLOWPITCH TRIAL

The Great Britain Slowpitch Team held the first of its open trials for 2018 on 21 January at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

The aim was to identify both existing and potential talent from across the country, and the event was well attended despite the efforts of Mother Nature, with players battling rain, sleet, snow and traffic to attend.

There were nearly 25 trialists, ranging in age from 17 to 53, all vying for a spot in the elite GB Slowpitch programme.

Team GB has plans to compete domestically over the summer and participate in the British Softball Federation’s World Series Tournament in September.  It is hoped a return to the WBSC Slowpitch World Cup is on the cards for November, but this event and its format has yet to be confirmed.  The next ESF Co-ed Slowpitch Championship is due to take place in summer 2019.


Showcasing talent

Helping GB Head Coach Stephen Patterson at the trial were Team Manager Kellie Whitaker, Assistant Coach David Lee and John Lehmann, and there was additional support from guest assessor and GB Under-19 Men’s Fastpitch Team Manager Ian Tomlin.  Ian provided some independent adjudication support during the assessment process and initiated some “cross-discipline” working groups.   

Several members of the existing senior squad were also asked to facilitate drills and exercises to support the assessment process.

Stephen Patterson opened the day by telling the trialists that “as well as showcasing your talents, it will be important for you to have fun and enjoy the challenge.”  He then set out the skills the assessors would be looking for, and added that “attitude” was one of them.  Kellie Whitaker told the trialists: “This is your opportunity to shine, so make the most of it.”  

The players were then put through their paces over the course of the formal three-and-a-half hour trial, with abilities in hitting, baserunning and infield and outfield play assessed.  A number of players were then invited to take part in the afternoon training session with the current GB National Team.

Afterwards, Coach Patterson said, “It is important that players that show a desire to play at the highest level get some exposure to higher-quality coaching and the intensity required to make the grade.  I have always prided myself on inclusion and continually look for opportunities to develop new talent whenever possible.  It was a delight to have potential and current players work so well together in a supportive atmosphere during the afternoon.”

Kellie Whitaker said, “Everyone -- players and coaches -- worked hard and the energy was so good throughout the day.” 


More opportunities

The candidates now have a wait of approximately two to three weeks to learn the outcome of their efforts.

Players that missed this trial and still wish to be considered should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Players seeking to trial for the team that will compete in the inaugural European Men’s Slowpoitch Championship in June 2018 should also contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Men’s Team trial will be conducted on Sunday 18 February, also at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

Both GB Slowpitch Teams – Co-ed and Men -- are seeking sponsorship opportunities.  If you or your business is interested in supporting our national team athletes, please contact Kellie Whitaker to express your interest.

Sunday 21 January was the foulest day of the winter so far, with snow, rain, floods and fog – but that didn’t stop both the GB Fastpitch and GB Slowpitch Softball National Team programmes from conducting open trials for the 2018 competition season.

The fact that both programmes were trialling on the same day was a mistake that won’t, with a bit more coordination, be repeated.  The fact that the trials were held about seven miles apart on the West London fringes – GB Slowpitch in Rickmansworth and GB Fastpitch in Uxbridge – was a coincidence.

But between the two trials, for __ different athletes, this was the start of a process that will culminate in the selection of national teams to represent GB Softball in a World Championship, a World Cup and three European Championships during the summer and autumn of 2018.

GB FASTPITCH TRIAL

The GB Fastpitch trial, held in the Uxbridge College Sports Hall, was to look at UK-based players trialling for the GB Women, GB Under-19 Women and a new GB Under-22 Women’s Team that is being formed this year to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.

The GB Under-16 Girls’ Fastpitch Team does not have an official competition this year, and trials for the GB Men, GB Under-19 Men and GB Under-13 Girls’ Fastpitch Teams will be held during the next few months.

In August this year, the GB Women’s Team will compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, which will be very much a prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The team has also entered a new European Super Six Tournament, to be played by the six top-ranked teams in Europe in the Netherlands in September.

Earlier, in July, both the GB Under-19 and Under-22 Women’s Teams will compete in European Championships in Italy and Slovakia respectively.

Activities

A total of 21 players attended the trial, 20 of them based in the UK and one South African-based player who happened to be in England at the time visiting family.

Overseeing the trial were GB Women’s Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys, GB Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, GB Under-19 Women’s Team Coach Robbie Robison and High Performance Academy Coach Alexis Markham-Hill, with help from GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer and GBMC member Bob Fromer.

Mainly, the three-hour trial consisted of using stopwatches and radar guns to get measurements for a range of performance aspects: baserunning speed (home to first, second to home, home to home), throwing times and velocity (to a target, from shortstop to first and from the outfield to home) and the velocity of balls hit from a tee.  Players who were trialling as catchers had their throwing times from home to second base recorded.

These statistics will all be compared with measurements provided by trialists who are based overseas, who will also be asked to provide video of themselves doing softball and conditioning activities along with game footage and personal statements.

Apart from all the measured activities, players were also observed doing warm-ups and cool-downs, throwing, taking ground balls, and hitting off a tee and with live pitching.

Outcome

The trial was the first part of a three-stage process that will lead to the selection of competition squads for all three teams.

From the players who attended this first trial, a number will be invited back to a Selection Trial, to be held on Saturday 3 February, also at Uxbridge College.

After that, Selection Panels will be formed to look over the results from the two GB-based trials and the information submitted by overseas-based players, due by 28 January.  The Panels will consist of coaches from the relevant teams, plus at least one External Selector, whose main role is to ensure that selections are made fairly and transparently and based on GB Softball’s Selection Policy.

Finally, the Selection Panels will meet to choose competition squads plus reserves, who will be called on if any of the selected players are unable to take up their place.  Selections for the GB Women’s Team will be made first, followed by the Under-19 and Under-22 selections.  All squads will be chosen by the end of February, with players informed and ask to confirm that they will take up the place they have been offered.

The three squads will be announced on the BSF website early in March.

And a few months later, the three teams will set off for tournaments that will all play an important role in determining who might be selected in 2019 for the GB Women’s Team that will compete in the all-important Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

 

GB SLOWPITCH TRIAL

The Great Britain Slowpitch Team held the first of its open trials for 2018 on 21 January at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

The aim was to identify both existing and potential talent from across the country, and the event was well attended despite the efforts of Mother Nature, with players battling rain, sleet, snow and traffic to attend.

There were nearly 25 trialists, ranging in age from 17 to 53, all vying for a spot in the elite GB Slowpitch programme.

Team GB has plans to compete domestically over the summer and participate in the British Softball Federation’s World Series Tournament in September.  It is hoped a return to the WBSC Slowpitch World Cup is on the cards for November, but this event and its format has yet to be confirmed.  The next ESF Co-ed Slowpitch Championship is due to take place in summer 2019.


Showcasing talent

Helping GB Head Coach Stephen Patterson at the trial were Team Manager Kellie Whitaker, Assistant Coach David Lee and John Lehmann, and there was additional support from guest assessor and GB Under-19 Men’s Fastpitch Team Manager Ian Tomlin.  Ian provided some independent adjudication support during the assessment process and initiated some “cross-discipline” working groups.   

Several members of the existing senior squad were also asked to facilitate drills and exercises to support the assessment process.

Stephen Patterson opened the day by telling the trialists that “as well as showcasing your talents, it will be important for you to have fun and enjoy the challenge.”  He then set out the skills the assessors would be looking for, and added that “attitude” was one of them.  Kellie Whitaker told the trialists: “This is your opportunity to shine, so make the most of it.”  

The players were then put through their paces over the course of the formal three-and-a-half hour trial, with abilities in hitting, baserunning and infield and outfield play assessed.  A number of players were then invited to take part in the afternoon training session with the current GB National Team.

Afterwards, Coach Patterson said, “It is important that players that show a desire to play at the highest level get some exposure to higher-quality coaching and the intensity required to make the grade.  I have always prided myself on inclusion and continually look for opportunities to develop new talent whenever possible.  It was a delight to have potential and current players work so well together in a supportive atmosphere during the afternoon.”

Kellie Whitaker said, “Everyone -- players and coaches -- worked hard and the energy was so good throughout the day.” 


More opportunities

The candidates now have a wait of approximately two to three weeks to learn the outcome of their efforts.

Players that missed this trial and still wish to be considered should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Players seeking to trial for the team that will compete in the inaugural European Men’s Slowpoitch Championship in June 2018 should also contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Men’s Team trial will be conducted on Sunday 18 February, also at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

Both GB Slowpitch Teams – Co-ed and Men -- are seeking sponsorship opportunities.  If you or your business is interested in supporting our national team athletes, please contact Kellie Whitaker to express your interest.

Sunday 21 January was the foulest day of the winter so far, with snow, rain, floods and fog – but that didn’t stop both the GB Fastpitch and GB Slowpitch Softball National Team programmes from conducting open trials for the 2018 competition season.

The fact that both programmes were trialling on the same day was a mistake that won’t, with a bit more coordination, be repeated.  The fact that the trials were held about seven miles apart on the West London fringes – GB Slowpitch in Rickmansworth and GB Fastpitch in Uxbridge – was a coincidence.

But between the two trials, for __ different athletes, this was the start of a process that will culminate in the selection of national teams to represent GB Softball in a World Championship, a World Cup and three European Championships during the summer and autumn of 2018.

GB FASTPITCH TRIAL

The GB Fastpitch trial, held in the Uxbridge College Sports Hall, was to look at UK-based players trialling for the GB Women, GB Under-19 Women and a new GB Under-22 Women’s Team that is being formed this year to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.

The GB Under-16 Girls’ Fastpitch Team does not have an official competition this year, and trials for the GB Men, GB Under-19 Men and GB Under-13 Girls’ Fastpitch Teams will be held during the next few months.

In August this year, the GB Women’s Team will compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, which will be very much a prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The team has also entered a new European Super Six Tournament, to be played by the six top-ranked teams in Europe in the Netherlands in September.

Earlier, in July, both the GB Under-19 and Under-22 Women’s Teams will compete in European Championships in Italy and Slovakia respectively.

Activities

A total of 21 players attended the trial, 20 of them based in the UK and one South African-based player who happened to be in England at the time visiting family.

Overseeing the trial were GB Women’s Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys, GB Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, GB Under-19 Women’s Team Coach Robbie Robison and High Performance Academy Coach Alexis Markham-Hill, with help from GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer and GBMC member Bob Fromer.

Mainly, the three-hour trial consisted of using stopwatches and radar guns to get measurements for a range of performance aspects: baserunning speed (home to first, second to home, home to home), throwing times and velocity (to a target, from shortstop to first and from the outfield to home) and the velocity of balls hit from a tee.  Players who were trialling as catchers had their throwing times from home to second base recorded.

These statistics will all be compared with measurements provided by trialists who are based overseas, who will also be asked to provide video of themselves doing softball and conditioning activities along with game footage and personal statements.

Apart from all the measured activities, players were also observed doing warm-ups and cool-downs, throwing, taking ground balls, and hitting off a tee and with live pitching.

Outcome

The trial was the first part of a three-stage process that will lead to the selection of competition squads for all three teams.

From the players who attended this first trial, a number will be invited back to a Selection Trial, to be held on Saturday 3 February, also at Uxbridge College.

After that, Selection Panels will be formed to look over the results from the two GB-based trials and the information submitted by overseas-based players, due by 28 January.  The Panels will consist of coaches from the relevant teams, plus at least one External Selector, whose main role is to ensure that selections are made fairly and transparently and based on GB Softball’s Selection Policy.

Finally, the Selection Panels will meet to choose competition squads plus reserves, who will be called on if any of the selected players are unable to take up their place.  Selections for the GB Women’s Team will be made first, followed by the Under-19 and Under-22 selections.  All squads will be chosen by the end of February, with players informed and ask to confirm that they will take up the place they have been offered.

The three squads will be announced on the BSF website early in March.

And a few months later, the three teams will set off for tournaments that will all play an important role in determining who might be selected in 2019 for the GB Women’s Team that will compete in the all-important Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

 

GB SLOWPITCH TRIAL

The Great Britain Slowpitch Team held the first of its open trials for 2018 on 21 January at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

The aim was to identify both existing and potential talent from across the country, and the event was well attended despite the efforts of Mother Nature, with players battling rain, sleet, snow and traffic to attend.

There were nearly 25 trialists, ranging in age from 17 to 53, all vying for a spot in the elite GB Slowpitch programme.

Team GB has plans to compete domestically over the summer and participate in the British Softball Federation’s World Series Tournament in September.  It is hoped a return to the WBSC Slowpitch World Cup is on the cards for November, but this event and its format has yet to be confirmed.  The next ESF Co-ed Slowpitch Championship is due to take place in summer 2019.


Showcasing talent

Helping GB Head Coach Stephen Patterson at the trial were Team Manager Kellie Whitaker, Assistant Coach David Lee and John Lehmann, and there was additional support from guest assessor and GB Under-19 Men’s Fastpitch Team Manager Ian Tomlin.  Ian provided some independent adjudication support during the assessment process and initiated some “cross-discipline” working groups.   

Several members of the existing senior squad were also asked to facilitate drills and exercises to support the assessment process.

Stephen Patterson opened the day by telling the trialists that “as well as showcasing your talents, it will be important for you to have fun and enjoy the challenge.”  He then set out the skills the assessors would be looking for, and added that “attitude” was one of them.  Kellie Whitaker told the trialists: “This is your opportunity to shine, so make the most of it.”  

The players were then put through their paces over the course of the formal three-and-a-half hour trial, with abilities in hitting, baserunning and infield and outfield play assessed.  A number of players were then invited to take part in the afternoon training session with the current GB National Team.

Afterwards, Coach Patterson said, “It is important that players that show a desire to play at the highest level get some exposure to higher-quality coaching and the intensity required to make the grade.  I have always prided myself on inclusion and continually look for opportunities to develop new talent whenever possible.  It was a delight to have potential and current players work so well together in a supportive atmosphere during the afternoon.”

Kellie Whitaker said, “Everyone -- players and coaches -- worked hard and the energy was so good throughout the day.” 


More opportunities

The candidates now have a wait of approximately two to three weeks to learn the outcome of their efforts.

Players that missed this trial and still wish to be considered should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Players seeking to trial for the team that will compete in the inaugural European Men’s Slowpoitch Championship in June 2018 should also contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Men’s Team trial will be conducted on Sunday 18 February, also at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

Both GB Slowpitch Teams – Co-ed and Men -- are seeking sponsorship opportunities.  If you or your business is interested in supporting our national team athletes, please contact Kellie Whitaker to express your interest.

Sunday 21 January was the foulest day of the winter so far, with snow, rain, floods and fog – but that didn’t stop both the GB Fastpitch and GB Slowpitch Softball National Team programmes from conducting open trials for the 2018 competition season.

The fact that both programmes were trialling on the same day was a mistake that won’t, with a bit more coordination, be repeated.  The fact that the trials were held about seven miles apart on the West London fringes – GB Slowpitch in Rickmansworth and GB Fastpitch in Uxbridge – was a coincidence.

But between the two trials, for __ different athletes, this was the start of a process that will culminate in the selection of national teams to represent GB Softball in a World Championship, a World Cup and three European Championships during the summer and autumn of 2018.

GB FASTPITCH TRIAL

The GB Fastpitch trial, held in the Uxbridge College Sports Hall, was to look at UK-based players trialling for the GB Women, GB Under-19 Women and a new GB Under-22 Women’s Team that is being formed this year to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.

The GB Under-16 Girls’ Fastpitch Team does not have an official competition this year, and trials for the GB Men, GB Under-19 Men and GB Under-13 Girls’ Fastpitch Teams will be held during the next few months.

In August this year, the GB Women’s Team will compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, which will be very much a prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The team has also entered a new European Super Six Tournament, to be played by the six top-ranked teams in Europe in the Netherlands in September.

Earlier, in July, both the GB Under-19 and Under-22 Women’s Teams will compete in European Championships in Italy and Slovakia respectively.

Activities

A total of 21 players attended the trial, 20 of them based in the UK and one South African-based player who happened to be in England at the time visiting family.

Overseeing the trial were GB Women’s Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys, GB Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, GB Under-19 Women’s Team Coach Robbie Robison and High Performance Academy Coach Alexis Markham-Hill, with help from GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer and GBMC member Bob Fromer.

Mainly, the three-hour trial consisted of using stopwatches and radar guns to get measurements for a range of performance aspects: baserunning speed (home to first, second to home, home to home), throwing times and velocity (to a target, from shortstop to first and from the outfield to home) and the velocity of balls hit from a tee.  Players who were trialling as catchers had their throwing times from home to second base recorded.

These statistics will all be compared with measurements provided by trialists who are based overseas, who will also be asked to provide video of themselves doing softball and conditioning activities along with game footage and personal statements.

Apart from all the measured activities, players were also observed doing warm-ups and cool-downs, throwing, taking ground balls, and hitting off a tee and with live pitching.

Outcome

The trial was the first part of a three-stage process that will lead to the selection of competition squads for all three teams.

From the players who attended this first trial, a number will be invited back to a Selection Trial, to be held on Saturday 3 February, also at Uxbridge College.

After that, Selection Panels will be formed to look over the results from the two GB-based trials and the information submitted by overseas-based players, due by 28 January.  The Panels will consist of coaches from the relevant teams, plus at least one External Selector, whose main role is to ensure that selections are made fairly and transparently and based on GB Softball’s Selection Policy.

Finally, the Selection Panels will meet to choose competition squads plus reserves, who will be called on if any of the selected players are unable to take up their place.  Selections for the GB Women’s Team will be made first, followed by the Under-19 and Under-22 selections.  All squads will be chosen by the end of February, with players informed and ask to confirm that they will take up the place they have been offered.

The three squads will be announced on the BSF website early in March.

And a few months later, the three teams will set off for tournaments that will all play an important role in determining who might be selected in 2019 for the GB Women’s Team that will compete in the all-important Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

 

GB SLOWPITCH TRIAL

The Great Britain Slowpitch Team held the first of its open trials for 2018 on 21 January at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

The aim was to identify both existing and potential talent from across the country, and the event was well attended despite the efforts of Mother Nature, with players battling rain, sleet, snow and traffic to attend.

There were nearly 25 trialists, ranging in age from 17 to 53, all vying for a spot in the elite GB Slowpitch programme.

Team GB has plans to compete domestically over the summer and participate in the British Softball Federation’s World Series Tournament in September.  It is hoped a return to the WBSC Slowpitch World Cup is on the cards for November, but this event and its format has yet to be confirmed.  The next ESF Co-ed Slowpitch Championship is due to take place in summer 2019.


Showcasing talent

Helping GB Head Coach Stephen Patterson at the trial were Team Manager Kellie Whitaker, Assistant Coach David Lee and John Lehmann, and there was additional support from guest assessor and GB Under-19 Men’s Fastpitch Team Manager Ian Tomlin.  Ian provided some independent adjudication support during the assessment process and initiated some “cross-discipline” working groups.   

Several members of the existing senior squad were also asked to facilitate drills and exercises to support the assessment process.

Stephen Patterson opened the day by telling the trialists that “as well as showcasing your talents, it will be important for you to have fun and enjoy the challenge.”  He then set out the skills the assessors would be looking for, and added that “attitude” was one of them.  Kellie Whitaker told the trialists: “This is your opportunity to shine, so make the most of it.”  

The players were then put through their paces over the course of the formal three-and-a-half hour trial, with abilities in hitting, baserunning and infield and outfield play assessed.  A number of players were then invited to take part in the afternoon training session with the current GB National Team.

Afterwards, Coach Patterson said, “It is important that players that show a desire to play at the highest level get some exposure to higher-quality coaching and the intensity required to make the grade.  I have always prided myself on inclusion and continually look for opportunities to develop new talent whenever possible.  It was a delight to have potential and current players work so well together in a supportive atmosphere during the afternoon.”

Kellie Whitaker said, “Everyone -- players and coaches -- worked hard and the energy was so good throughout the day.” 


More opportunities

The candidates now have a wait of approximately two to three weeks to learn the outcome of their efforts.

Players that missed this trial and still wish to be considered should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Players seeking to trial for the team that will compete in the inaugural European Men’s Slowpoitch Championship in June 2018 should also contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Men’s Team trial will be conducted on Sunday 18 February, also at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

Both GB Slowpitch Teams – Co-ed and Men -- are seeking sponsorship opportunities.  If you or your business is interested in supporting our national team athletes, please contact Kellie Whitaker to express your interest.

Sunday 21 January was the foulest day of the winter so far, with snow, rain, floods and fog – but that didn’t stop both the GB Fastpitch and GB Slowpitch Softball National Team programmes from conducting open trials for the 2018 competition season.

The fact that both programmes were trialling on the same day was a mistake that won’t, with a bit more coordination, be repeated.  The fact that the trials were held about seven miles apart on the West London fringes – GB Slowpitch in Rickmansworth and GB Fastpitch in Uxbridge – was a coincidence.

But between the two trials, for __ different athletes, this was the start of a process that will culminate in the selection of national teams to represent GB Softball in a World Championship, a World Cup and three European Championships during the summer and autumn of 2018.

GB FASTPITCH TRIAL

The GB Fastpitch trial, held in the Uxbridge College Sports Hall, was to look at UK-based players trialling for the GB Women, GB Under-19 Women and a new GB Under-22 Women’s Team that is being formed this year to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.

The GB Under-16 Girls’ Fastpitch Team does not have an official competition this year, and trials for the GB Men, GB Under-19 Men and GB Under-13 Girls’ Fastpitch Teams will be held during the next few months.

In August this year, the GB Women’s Team will compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, which will be very much a prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The team has also entered a new European Super Six Tournament, to be played by the six top-ranked teams in Europe in the Netherlands in September.

Earlier, in July, both the GB Under-19 and Under-22 Women’s Teams will compete in European Championships in Italy and Slovakia respectively.

Activities

A total of 21 players attended the trial, 20 of them based in the UK and one South African-based player who happened to be in England at the time visiting family.

Overseeing the trial were GB Women’s Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys, GB Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, GB Under-19 Women’s Team Coach Robbie Robison and High Performance Academy Coach Alexis Markham-Hill, with help from GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer and GBMC member Bob Fromer.

Mainly, the three-hour trial consisted of using stopwatches and radar guns to get measurements for a range of performance aspects: baserunning speed (home to first, second to home, home to home), throwing times and velocity (to a target, from shortstop to first and from the outfield to home) and the velocity of balls hit from a tee.  Players who were trialling as catchers had their throwing times from home to second base recorded.

These statistics will all be compared with measurements provided by trialists who are based overseas, who will also be asked to provide video of themselves doing softball and conditioning activities along with game footage and personal statements.

Apart from all the measured activities, players were also observed doing warm-ups and cool-downs, throwing, taking ground balls, and hitting off a tee and with live pitching.

Outcome

The trial was the first part of a three-stage process that will lead to the selection of competition squads for all three teams.

From the players who attended this first trial, a number will be invited back to a Selection Trial, to be held on Saturday 3 February, also at Uxbridge College.

After that, Selection Panels will be formed to look over the results from the two GB-based trials and the information submitted by overseas-based players, due by 28 January.  The Panels will consist of coaches from the relevant teams, plus at least one External Selector, whose main role is to ensure that selections are made fairly and transparently and based on GB Softball’s Selection Policy.

Finally, the Selection Panels will meet to choose competition squads plus reserves, who will be called on if any of the selected players are unable to take up their place.  Selections for the GB Women’s Team will be made first, followed by the Under-19 and Under-22 selections.  All squads will be chosen by the end of February, with players informed and ask to confirm that they will take up the place they have been offered.

The three squads will be announced on the BSF website early in March.

And a few months later, the three teams will set off for tournaments that will all play an important role in determining who might be selected in 2019 for the GB Women’s Team that will compete in the all-important Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

 

GB SLOWPITCH TRIAL

The Great Britain Slowpitch Team held the first of its open trials for 2018 on 21 January at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

The aim was to identify both existing and potential talent from across the country, and the event was well attended despite the efforts of Mother Nature, with players battling rain, sleet, snow and traffic to attend.

There were nearly 25 trialists, ranging in age from 17 to 53, all vying for a spot in the elite GB Slowpitch programme.

Team GB has plans to compete domestically over the summer and participate in the British Softball Federation’s World Series Tournament in September.  It is hoped a return to the WBSC Slowpitch World Cup is on the cards for November, but this event and its format has yet to be confirmed.  The next ESF Co-ed Slowpitch Championship is due to take place in summer 2019.


Showcasing talent

Helping GB Head Coach Stephen Patterson at the trial were Team Manager Kellie Whitaker, Assistant Coach David Lee and John Lehmann, and there was additional support from guest assessor and GB Under-19 Men’s Fastpitch Team Manager Ian Tomlin.  Ian provided some independent adjudication support during the assessment process and initiated some “cross-discipline” working groups.   

Several members of the existing senior squad were also asked to facilitate drills and exercises to support the assessment process.

Stephen Patterson opened the day by telling the trialists that “as well as showcasing your talents, it will be important for you to have fun and enjoy the challenge.”  He then set out the skills the assessors would be looking for, and added that “attitude” was one of them.  Kellie Whitaker told the trialists: “This is your opportunity to shine, so make the most of it.”  

The players were then put through their paces over the course of the formal three-and-a-half hour trial, with abilities in hitting, baserunning and infield and outfield play assessed.  A number of players were then invited to take part in the afternoon training session with the current GB National Team.

Afterwards, Coach Patterson said, “It is important that players that show a desire to play at the highest level get some exposure to higher-quality coaching and the intensity required to make the grade.  I have always prided myself on inclusion and continually look for opportunities to develop new talent whenever possible.  It was a delight to have potential and current players work so well together in a supportive atmosphere during the afternoon.”

Kellie Whitaker said, “Everyone -- players and coaches -- worked hard and the energy was so good throughout the day.” 


More opportunities

The candidates now have a wait of approximately two to three weeks to learn the outcome of their efforts.

Players that missed this trial and still wish to be considered should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Players seeking to trial for the team that will compete in the inaugural European Men’s Slowpoitch Championship in June 2018 should also contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Men’s Team trial will be conducted on Sunday 18 February, also at the Nuffield Sports Centre in Rickmansworth.

Both GB Slowpitch Teams – Co-ed and Men -- are seeking sponsorship opportunities.  If you or your business is interested in supporting our national team athletes, please contact Kellie Whitaker to express your interest.

Sunday 21 January was the foulest day of the winter so far, with snow, rain, floods and fog – but that didn’t stop both the GB Fastpitch and GB Slowpitch Softball National Team programmes from conducting open trials for the 2018 competition season.

The fact that both programmes were trialling on the same day was a mistake that won’t, with a bit more coordination, be repeated.  The fact that the trials were held about seven miles apart on the West London fringes – GB Slowpitch in Rickmansworth and GB Fastpitch in Uxbridge – was a coincidence.

But between the two trials, for __ different athletes, this was the start of a process that will culminate in the selection of national teams to represent GB Softball in a World Championship, a World Cup and three European Championships during the summer and autumn of 2018.

GB FASTPITCH TRIAL

The GB Fastpitch trial, held in the Uxbridge College Sports Hall, was to look at UK-based players trialling for the GB Women, GB Under-19 Women and a new GB Under-22 Women’s Team that is being formed this year to help players bridge the gap between junior and senior levels of play.

The GB Under-16 Girls’ Fastpitch Team does not have an official competition this year, and trials for the GB Men, GB Under-19 Men and GB Under-13 Girls’ Fastpitch Teams will be held during the next few months.

In August this year, the GB Women’s Team will compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, which will be very much a prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The team has also entered a new European Super Six Tournament, to be played by the six top-ranked teams in Europe in the Netherlands in September.

Earlier, in July, both the GB Under-19 and Under-22 Women’s Teams will compete in European Championships in Italy and Slovakia respectively.

Activities

A total of 21 players attended the trial, 20 of them based in the UK and one South African-based player who happened to be in England at the time visiting family.

Overseeing the trial were GB Women’s Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys, GB Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, GB Under-19 Women’s Team Coach Robbie Robison and High Performance Academy Coach Alexis Markham-Hill, with help from GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer and GBMC member Bob Fromer.

Mainly, the three-hour trial consisted of using stopwatches and radar guns to get measurements for a range of performance aspects: baserunning speed (home to first, second to home, home to home), throwing times and velocity (to a target, from shortstop to first and from the outfield to home) and the velocity of balls hit from a tee.  Players who were trialling as catchers had their throwing times from home to second base recorded.

These statistics will all be compared with measurements provided by trialists who are based overseas, who will also be asked to provide video of themselves doing softball and conditioning activities along with game footage and personal statements.

Apart from all the measured activities, players were also observed doing warm-ups and cool-downs, throwing, taking ground balls, and hitting off a tee and with live pitching.

Outcome

The trial was the first part of a three-stage process that will lead to the selection of competition squads for all three teams.

From the players who attended this first trial, a number will be invited back to a Selection Trial, to

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Dana Mullen 15:46

I would be interested in helping to sponsor one of your prospective National team ladies.
Thank you,\
Dana Brian Mullen
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