FIRST BRITISH BASEBALL WOMEN'S LEAGUE ANNOUNCED
The BBF is dedicated to Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness (DEI). According to the latest government Census, women and girls made up 51% of the population of England and Wales, and men and boys made up 49%. Most ethnic groups had roughly the same male and female populations. Women offer us an assortment of skills and value in our sport. Diversity and inclusion are separate terms and have different objectives. By creating the environment, common purpose, culture and opportunities for women to be included in our sport, e.g., in their League and opportunities, the BBF expect to motivate women to participate in our sport and know their involvement and opportunities will be equal and inclusive. In association with WB-UK Women's Baseball UK, the BBF look forward to raising awareness, recruitment and participants in its Women's League and Great Britain Women's National Team.
The new Women's League Club and team registration started on the 1st of December 2020 ,through the BBF website. The BBF announced the League would run from April to August, with a 24 game schedule (single and double-headers) is proposed, followed by the playoffs. The culmination is the BBF National Women's Baseball Championship. Games will be played on Saturday, so all women can also play (optional) in Sunday in the Seniors Baseball League. Contingent how many teams register and form what region; the aim will be schedule games in regional areas throughout the regular season to minimise travel. The public will be able to follow the action all year, through the British Baseball Federation website. Awards at the end of the season, e.g., League Most Valuable Player (MVP), top women's coach, and team champion. The BBF also plan to organise offseason remote training through webinars (with ex MLB players and internationally recognised coaches). Also, the BBF plan is to make use of its membership with the WBSC and tools, to supplement support for its Women's League.
BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION SECURES NEW BASEBALL EQUIPMENT FOR ITS WOMEN'S LEAGUE
In 2020, The British Baseball Federation secured new baseball equipment (batting Tees, helments, baseballs, gloves, catchers gear, elbow guards, etc) for its new Women's League. The new equipment is essential component of making the BBF Women's League safe and easier to develop.
Dr. Kat D. Williams - President, International Women's Baseball Center
“We at the International Women's Baseball Center so proud of the work done by the British Baseball Federation. Few organisations around the world have been as dedicated or as successful as the BBF at providing opportunities for women to play baseball. Women deserve an equal opportunity to play, coach, umpire or be part of baseball. Some might argue it isn't that important, after all, it's only one sport. Women have access to other sports. To us, baseball is not just any sport. It is THE sport and simply put everyone should have the chance to play it. The BBF is making sure British women get that opportunity, and the IWBC could not be prouder of the example they set.”
ABOUT: IWBC, education is the cornerstone of our mission to protect, preserve, and promote all aspects of women's baseball, both on and off the field.
NEW BBF WBSC SCORING APP ANNOUNCED
The British Baseball Federation announced the introduction of a new baseball scoring application My Ball Club and statistics website (coming soon) which includes a complete player, team and league management system. The WBSC sponsored scorekeeping management application (app) My Ball Club offers users the ability to quickly and intuitively score baseball games. In 2021, the My Ball Club app will be made available to the BBF baseball leagues, at no extra cost. The app offers each member club and teams the ability to enter, capture, edit and share game scores for baseball leagues and special events for youth, women and seniors.
BBF Officials Commissioner Gabor Erdos says: "British baseball has a catch-up to do in the field of scoring. The introduction of My Ball Club app and MyWBSC features are significant steps in the right direction. The My Ball Club app is an intuitive tool that will allow scorers (beginners and skilled) to keep track of the game. Fans afar can check and follow the BBF games (youth and adult) online pitch by pitch. Box scores will be available on the website as the game finishes. League tables, team-level statistics, individual batting, pitching and defensive leaderboards are also part of the scorekeeping solution. The My Ball Club app will link to the WBSC global digital platform seen by millions, whereby player's statistics will be individually distinguishable, recorded, archived, accessible, and provide exposure to worldwide fans, media, talent scouts and college coaches. Further, our national team players can assess their progress through the years of international baseball competition."
LONDON ARCHERS RECOGNISED AT THE 2020 CEB CONVENTION
BBF youth member club, the London Archers, receive recognition at the CEB Europe Convention from Pony Baseball. The London Archers winners of the European PONY Tournament in 2019, went on to play in the 68th Pony League World Series in Washington, Pennsylvania, the PONY Baseball home. A first for a British baseball youth team.
BLAKE TAYLOR NAMED TO UMPIRE AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IN THE USA
Blake Taylor is a long-standing umpire in Great Britain, in both youth and seniors baseball. His experience, skill, and enthusiasm define a great official and in recognition was selected to umpire at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA. Unfortunately, the mentioned was cancelled in 2020. However, Blake will carry over his invitation to officiate in Williamsport in 2021.
The BBF secured youth grants for select socio-economic eligible players in the BBF. The above will go towards new equipment and other costs to alleviate the expenses of playing our sport.
ELITE BASEBALL TV
BBF provided a free licence to Elite Baseball Training TV to its member clubs. Elite provides a comprehensive library of videos on demand, which offer professional instruction from Major League Baseball instructors or ex-players on several elements: pitching, hitting, defence, strategy, drills and more.
BBF SUPPORTING ITS MEMBERS
The BBF offer several ways to support its members. For example, the East London Baseball Club (three-time National Champions) needed assistance developing their website. The BBF organised, developed and implemented the graphics, and design of www.eastlondonbaseball.com at no cost. Moreover, considering the Spanish speaking community's the club recruits in, the BBF provided the first-ever multi-lingual member baseball club website to the Latin Boys. The above at no cost. The BBF is working for its members.
BBF DIGITAL REACH EXPANDS
In 2020, the BBF Youtube Channel extended its reach to showcase Brtish baseball's best by pushing its feed across the world. For example, the BBF YouTube Baseball channel (with recorded baseball games) was averaging 774 views per quarter. Viewers subscribed were from the UK, Europe, Asia, and America. Further, the BBF videos and game recordings were picked up by international feeds to promote British baseball worldwide. The BBF channel is expected to return in 2021, subject to change and in consideration of COVID-19 guidelines.