The Great Britain Women's Fastpitch Team Programme includes the following teams:

  • GB Senior Women's Team
  • GB Under-22 Women's Team
  • GB Under-18 Women's Team
  • GB Under-15 Women's Team
  • GB Cubs Under-13 Girls' Team

All five teams in this programme are now managed by BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) through a Delegation of Authority from the British Softball Federation, under the Olympic-based World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).

Selection Policy

The British Softball Federation’s Women’s Performance Programme includes all of the Great Britain Women’s Fastpitch Softball teams and has a formal Selection Policy and Criteria for the 2024 competition season.

Download the policy here

Any questions on the selection policy can be directed here.

GB Senior Women's Fastpitch Team

Founded: 1985. The team has played in European Championship competitions since the early 1990s.

Head Coach: Tara Henry
Bench Coach: Patrick Lewis
Hitting Coach: Lincoln Martin
Pitching Coach: Pattie Ruth Taylor
Chief Medical Officer: Dr Dean Chatterjee
Physical Performance Coach: Emmanuel Owolabi
Physiotherapist: To be appointed
Team Manager: To be appointed

Current European Ranking: 5th (despite finishing second, third, and third in the last three European Championships we took part in before and after the pandemic; this is due to the peculiarities of the ranking system).

Ranking at 2018 World Championship: 11th

Ranking at 2019 Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier:  2nd

WBSC World Ranking: 13th

Last Official Competition: The 2023 WBSC World Cup Group Stage tournament played from 11-15 July near Dublin, Ireland.  The GB Women started the tournament with stunning wins over Australia and Chinese Taipei, but ultimately just missed out on qualifying for the WBSC World Cup Finals in 2024.

Next Official Competition:  The GB Women will compete in the 2024 European Women's Championship from 1-6 September in the Netherlands.


GB Under-22 Women's Fastpitch Team

Founded: 2018. The team played in its first European Under-22 Women's Championship in the year it was founded.

Head Coach: Tara Henry
Bench Coach: Patrick Lewis
Hitting Coach: Lincoln Martin
Pitching Coach: Pattie Ruth Taylor
Team Manager: To be appointed

Current European Ranking: 9th

Last Official Competition: The 2022 European Under-22 Women's Championship in Kunovice, Czech Republic, played from 27 June-2 July.  The team just missed out on qualifying for Championship playoffs from the first round-robin phase, then won all of their remaining games to finish ninth.

Next Official Competition:  The 2024 European Under-22 Women's Championship (dates and venue to be announced).


GB Under-18 Women's Fastpitch Team

GB U-18 Women's Team Player Michelle Shaw.

Founded: 1997 (formerly the GB U-19 Women's Fastpitch Team)

Head Coach: Tara Tembey
Assistant Coach: Lilly Travieso
Assistant Coach: Vicky Rio
Team Operations Manager: David Morris
Pitching Coach: Mary-Karen Wheat
Sports Therapist: Jake Solomons
Safeguarding Officer: Alice Hunter

Last Official Competition: The 2023 European Under-18 Women's Championship in Prague, Czechia, where the GB team finished fifth out of 20 teams.  

Next Official Competition: The 2025 European Under-18 Women's Championship, to be played in Navarra, Spain from 21-26 July.
 

GB Under-15 Women's Fastpitch Team

Founded: 2001 (formerly the GB Under-16 Women's Fastpitch Team)

Head Coach: Jodie Rushin
Team Manager: To be appointed
Assistant Coach: Dani Briggs
Assistant Coach: Shannon Plese
Pitching Coach: To be appointed
Sports Therapist: Natasha Furnell

Current European Ranking: TBD

Last Official Competition: The 2022 European Under-15 Women's Championship from 18-23 July 2022 in Enschede in The Netherlands.  Unfortunately, due to administrative errors by the British Softball Federation in registering players, the team was allowed to play all its games in the competition, but results were not officially counted.  Officially, the GB Team was 0-8 for the tournament and finished in ninth place, but their actual record was 3-5, which would have meant a seventh-place finish.

Next Official Competition: The 2024 European Under-15 Women's Championship, to be played from 1-6 July in Prague, Czechia.


GB Cubs Under-13 Girls' Fastpitch Team

Founded: 2004

Head Coach and Team Physio: Jodie Rushin
Team Operations Manager: Julie Spittle
Assistant Coach: Holly Ireland
Assistant Coach: Dani Briggs
Assistant Coach: Amie Hutchison
Pitching Coach: Dawne Edwards

Current European Ranking: 4th (Sport Division)

Last Official Competition:  The 2023 European Massimo Romeo Youth Trophy (EMRYT), formerly the European Minime Championships, held in Collecchio, Italy near Parma, from 9-12 August.  The team finished fourth in the more competitive Sport Division.

Next Official Competition:   The 2024 European Massimo Romeo Youth Trophy in Collecchio, Italy from 14-17 August.
 

Tryout Information

Players based in the UK or overseas who wish to try out for one or more of the teams above should start the process by completing and submitting a Women's Fastpitch Athlete Application Form on this link

For trial and selection enquiries please email gbselections@britishsoftball.org.