The Guildford Baseball & Softball Club Junior sessions will run from Saturday 22nd April, and will be held every Saturday morning, at Christ’s College in Guildford, on the back field by the dry ski slope. They will continue weekly until Saturday 5th August.
All sessions are mixed (boys and girls), and at the youngest levels, we use safety balls for all or some of the activities, so as not to put off newcomers to the sport.
The following are the standard age groups that we follow:
Teeball (U-9) – (school years 2, 3, 4)
Minors (U-11) – (school years 4, 5, 6)
Majors (U-13) – (school years 6, 7, 8)
Juniors (U-15) – (school years 8, 9, 10)
In 2017 we will be playing in the BBF Youth Super League, which is aimed at getting more regular game play between clubs running junior baseball programmes.
Due to numbers and the range of ages we will combine the Majors and Juniors groups into a single team for the 2017 season. We will also play some of the 8 yr olds in the Minors team
Outside of the regularly scheduled games, we will run intra-squad training sessions on a Thursday evening (5:45 to 7:00 pm), and also on any Saturday morning, whenever teams do not have games scheduled.
The Teeball group will play a mix of teeball and coach pitch, whilst the Minors will introduce player pitch, alongside coach pitch. The Majors and Juniors will always be player pitch
We have decided this year, not to run Junior sessions for this age group. This was based on the fact that there were very few other teams to play games against, and just training all the time, was not really what the children wanted.
So we have decided to introduce a new developmental team in the BBF adult league (Gold Cats), which will largely comprise those juniors ready to start making the move up to senior ball, along with players new to the game.
We have found that 16 year olds have no trouble making this jump, and that the majority of 15 yr olds can also cope with the move. The big advantage is that it provide regular weekly games every Sunday. Again, we do not force anyone to move up, and can still cater for those 15 yr olds who wish to stay with the junior section for another year.
All sessions are run by BBF qualified coaches, who will be DBS checked, and we will always have at least one First Aider present at each session
Children are welcome to play in whatever they are comfortable wearing.
When we play games against other clubs, we will provide a playing jersey. Caps can be purchased from the club for £15 and plain white baseball pants can be obtained also through us, or any supplier for somewhere in the region of £25. We would recommend getting a pair of baseball pants, as they are more comfortable and more robust, for sliding in.
There is no need to bring any equipment, as the club provide all that is needed. That said, the children are more than welcome to bring their own, and indeed most tend to buy at least their own glove. We are happy to advise on planned purchases, and can often get club discounts from suppliers
We do recommend that children come with the following:
- Drink – especially in warm weather
- Cap / Sun cream – for protection from the sun
- Footwear – suitable for outdoors on grass. Usually dry, and thus trainers will suffice, although early in the season it may be soft enough to take a stud, if they wish to wear other sports boots.
- Tracksuit trousers – There is some sliding and it is usually more comfortable in longer trousers. We will advise in advance if we are having a sliding specific drill that day
If you have children that are interested in the sports of baseball or softball, or are just looking for something to do on a Saturday morning, then just come along. We can accommodate anyone who turns up on the day, although we will ask all parents to stay at least for the first couple of sessions, whilst the children settle in. If you would like further details, then please feel free to contact the club