2022 National Championships

Planned dates for 2022 BSF National Championships are below, though they remain to be fully confirmed.

Men: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze
Women: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze
25-26 June (venuer TBD)

Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze
6-7 August at Farnham Park
Qualifying teams will be based on league results from the 2021 season.

3-4 September at Farnham Park
These National Championships are for the top eight teams that qualify from league play in National Softball League 1 and National Softball League 2 during the 2022 season. T


BSF Nationals Rules and Regulations

Dispensations for National Championships.  There is a general feeling that requests for dispensations for Co-ed Slowpitch National Championships have got out of hand in recent years, and in 2019 the BSF Executive made some decisions designed to tighten up the system:

  • There will be a deadline for requesting dispensations, two weeks before each tournament, and the only requests that will be considered after that are medical or other emergencies that have arisen between the deadline and the tournament.
  • No team will be granted dispensations for more than three players.
  • If a team can field six men and six women from its own roster, no dispensations will be granted.
  • Replacement players must be from the same level of play or lower.

The BSF’s intention is to apply these rules firmly but fairly to reduce abuses of the system.

Uniform Rules.  The BSF has restated its uniform requirements for teams at National Championships:

  • All players must wear matching tops.
  • Players can wear trousers or shorts, but all must be the same base colour.

NSL and the Nationals

Here is a summary of what teams need to know about how the National Softball League and Softball National Championships will function in 2022 and beyond.

The current NSL structure is 12 teams in NSL1 and NSL2 with eight qualifying for National Championships through league play.  In 2022, the plan is to add an eight-team NSL3 league, which will play on the same dates as NSL1 and NSL2.  NSL3 league results will determine the two teams promoted to NSL2 at the end of the season.

In 2022, for the first time, the BSF plans to move to two-up, two-down between NSL2 and NSL1, a move that would have taken place in 2021 were it not for the pandemic reducing the amount of play available during the season.

In 2022, NSL league play will take place entirely at Farnham Park.  But comments at a recent League Heads Forum suggeted some desire to see NSL competition at more tournaments and locations around the country.  Northern and Scottish teams and players, in particular, would welcome not having to travel to the South East every time to compete in the NSL.  In future, perhaps NSL tournaments can be awarded to leagues through a bidding system, as was the case with National Championships in the past.


Improving the Nationals

The BSF’s aim is to make the Co-ed Slowpitch League and NSL National Championships the pinnacle tournaments each season for the teams that qualify and compete in them. From BSF Executive and League Heads Forum meetings over the past few years, the following ideas for improving and enhancing the Nationals have been put forward:

  • Ensure that scoreboards at Farnham Park are used on all fields.
  • Use a PA system and provide commentary for finals.
  • Schedule longer games during group stages.
  • Use line-up cards for playoff games.
  • Provide live and on-demand web-streaming of final games.
  • Use field umpires for all games.
  • Provide more seating for spectators.
  • Hold a party or social event at the Home Plate clubhouse on Saturday night, perhaps with live music.
  • Provide more activities around the tournament such as a kids’ play area, clinics, an exhibition match etc.
  • Stage a Home Run Derby and other individual contests.
  • Create and sell tournament T-shirts, and invite equipment suppliers to set up stalls on site.

Some of these recommendations have already been carried out, and the BSF will consider which of the other ideas might be practically and financially feasible and will try to implement as many of them as possible over time.


Previous National Champions

Below are previous National Championship winners, and the list shows what a rare feat the Windsor Knights pulled off in 2019.  No one but Pioneers and Chromies had won the A-grade National Championship since 2008, and since 2002, when Pioneers won their first title, the two teams had won 14 out of 18 championships. 

2021 -- Travelling Dodgers
2020 -- No Nationals were played due to the Covid pandemic.
2019 – Windsor Knights
2018 – Pioneers
2017 -- Chromies
2016 -- Pioneers
2015 -- Chromies
2014 – Chromies
2013 – Chromies
2012 – Chromies
2011 – Pioneers
2010 – Pioneers
2009 – Chromies
2008 – Dragons
2007 – Chromies
2006 – Chromies
2005 – Slammers
2004 – Chromies
2003 – Stingrays
2002 – Pioneers
2001 – Baker Tomkins
2000 – Baker Tomkins
1999 – Baker Tomkins
1998 – Baker Tomkins
1997 – Chromies (then known as Superchrome)
1996 – Windsor Dodgers
1995 – Genies
1994 – Slammers
1993 – Isherwood
1992 – Slammers
1991 – Meteors
1990 – Sliders
1989 – Pirates
1988 – London New Zealand
1987 – Pirates

2021 -- Tempest
2020 -- No Nationals were played due to the Covid pandemic.
2019 – Tempest
2018 – Manchester Mavericks
2017 – SPAM

2020 and 2021 --No NSL3 Nationals were played due to the Covid pandemic.
2019 – Spittin’ Camels
2018 – Misfits