BaseballSoftballUK, the national development agency for baseball and softball, is excited to announce the return of the Farnham Park Girls Softball Series– a four-week after-school fastpitch league at the Farnham Park National Baseball & Softball Complex.
As part of BSUK' goal to promote and oversee fastpitch opportunities, the agency will offer both a four-week Series at Farnham Park and in-school sessions, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Series is designed for girls aged 10-12, or Years 6 & 7 for the in-school sessions.
The Farnham Park Girls Softball Series will focus on in-game scenarios and competing, with skills picked up through ithe n-school sessions. While participation is encouraged, attending the in-school sessions is not a necessity to compete in the Series.
Overseeing the league and in-school sessions will be expert BSUK coaches led by Fastpitch Development Manager and professional player for Olympia Haarlem, Alyson Spinas-Valainis.
The in-school sessions are designed for beginning or casual players looking to develop a basic understanding of fastpitch softball. Acting as a lead-in to the Farnham Park Girls Softball Series, in-school sessions are the perfect introduction to the sport. Through taking part in hitting, defense, baserunning, pitching and catching drills, students will get up and moving and will learn a number of useful skills to employ both on and off the field. The in-school sessions are an hour-long, and an outdoor area is required to maximise the programme experience.
About the Instructor:
Lead instructor Alyson Spinas-Valainis (they/them) is the current Fastpitch Development Manager for BaseballSoftballUK and the British Softball Federation as well as a professional player for Olympia Haarlem in the Netherlands’ Golden League. They are also the pitching coach for the Great Britain Men's National Team and Co-Head Coach in BSUK’s Academy and High-Performance Academy (HPA).
In-School Sessions are available by contacting ASV@bsuk.com.
Farnham Park Girls Softball Series dates:
- Thursday, 24 June, 4:30-6:00 PM
- Thursday, 1 July, 4:30-6:00 PM
- Thursday, 8 July, 4:30-6:00 PM
- Thursday, 15 July, 4:30-6:00 PM
For all the dates above, all playing equipment, insurance cover and water will be provided. Players should bring gloves and their favourite bat if they have one. The remainder of the equipment will be provided. Sessions will be held outdoors regardless of weather, so please dress appropriately. Each session will include a lunch/snack break, and all sessions are subject to BaseballSoftballUK’s Return to Play policies, available here.
If you or your class would be interested in joining either the in-school sessions or the league -- or both -- contact BSUK here.