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BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the National Governing Body (NGB) of baseball and non-profit. As the NGB of our sport, we govern and administer baseball on a national basis e.g., (but not limited to):

  • Control and regulate the marketplace of our sport;
  • Manage the Great Britain Baseball National Teams (GB Baseball) - six teams;
  • Promote our sport;
  • Manage the rules of baseball e.g., anti-doping, playing rules and more;
  • Oversee the officials of our sport, and
  • Organise and host competitions.

BBF MISSION


To advance and promote baseball opportunities, so participants in our sport can enjoy and expand their reach through our Federation.


BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION

2020 MEMBER REGISTRATION DATA

The BBF has the largest concentration of baseball clubs, players, and teams under one governing entity.

The BBF is committed to collating, verifying, and reporting accurate data. The data presented within this report is for 2020, for registered BBF clubs, players and teams (group), only. The mentioned BBF group adhere to the NGB national and internationally recognised rules, anti-doping, procedures and policies.

The data source comes from BBF clubs, players and teams that registered with the BBF and paid membership and insurance fees. For example, in 2020, the BBF began to request players to register individually. The BBF comprised the verification of the data of the registrations from clubs and players. All efforts were made to ensure NO BBF club players and teams were double-counted. An adult player is considered 18 years or older. The BBF considers a youth player under the age of 18 years.

NOTE: To mitigate bias, (but not limited to) the BBF has excluded from the player's data presented: coaches, managers, officials, practice players only, scorekeepers, Women's Baseball Teams (as BBF postponed the start of their new season to 2021), National Team participants and volunteers. Further for youths, underage kids were not counted as these players were T-Ball or development only; Otherwise our average number per player on a team would have been higher.

33

REGISTERED CLUBS

96

REGISTER TEAMS

(48 adult and 48 youth)

1,185

REGISTERED PLAYERS

(768 adult and 417 youth)

BBF BOARD


The BBF is overseen by seven elected board members who volunteer their professional skills and time to the Federation. The BBF board is made-up of a diverse set of professional backgrounds and skills e.g., governance, management, legal, data analytics, business development, accounting, and etc. Moreover, all of the board members have over 50 years (combined) of international baseball experience.

The BBF board is dedicated to establish, implement, maintain and continually improve the management and governance systems of the NGB. The BBF board promotes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), governance, and innovative baseball opportunities for its sport.


BOARD MEMBERS

  • Gerry Perez
  • Vincent O'Brien
  • Amanda Kettle
  • Jason Pearce
  • Gabor Erdos
  • Dave Kettle
  • Peter Bohn

NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED

The BBF adhere's to internationally recognised standards and business continuity as the leader of our sport. By fostering a culture of accountability, fairness, responsibility and transparency we inspire to earn our stakeholders trust. Being a part of the BBF means member teams and participants are playing in clearly defined rules and standards. Further, the BBF oversees the monitoring, the compliance of rules and enforces rules breaches accordingly. Member clubs and participants receive comprehensive insurance coverage to partipate in our sport. Thus leaving our members to focus on playing, and leaving the oversight of the leagues, schedules, organisation of the National Championships and compliance of the rules to the BBF.

The BBF is recognised as the NGB of our sport by Sport England, Little League, MLB, Pony Baseball, CEB Europe and WBSC.


2020 DECLARATION & CERTIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP

"This is to declare and certify that the British Baseball Federation is current registered Affiliated-Member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation for the year 2020, and it is the only governing body recognised for Baseball in the United Kingdom. We also take advantage of this communication to confirm that the World Baseball Softball Confederation is currently in compliance with the 2015 Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency."

World Baseball Softball Confederation is the world governing body for the sports of baseball and softball.


DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION (DEI)

In light of social and political events, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) requires all of us to pause and reflect. The BBF considers a DEI culture and framework as an essential part of its sport. For example, the BBF is committed to accepting anyone in its sport, regardless of background, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, gender and ethnic background. It is the vision of the BBF that everyone should be valued, accepted, respected and encouraged to participate in our sport fully. BBF and 2020 DEI insights: - The first woman assigned to umpire a BBF National Baseball Tournament. - Financial grants for youths in socially economic challenged situations, to assist them to participate in our sport. - First Women’s Baseball League announced. - First Great Britain Baseball National Women’s Team announced. - The BBF development of the first-ever multi-lingual website, for a member club. - Over 30 multicultural backgrounds make-up the BBF member participants. And more. The BBF strategy is to collaborate with the baseball community to cultivate a culture of belonging.

BBF Open Baseball Tournament