PRESS RELEASE

30th May 2020 BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION (BBF)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

#BBFWomensBaseball

The promotion of Women's baseball becomes a dynamic element of the British Baseball Federation (BBF) the National Governing Body (NGB) of Baseball roadmap to enhance the sport of baseball.

Today, the BBF announces

a) WB-UK Women's Baseball UK as a full member of the British Baseball Federation. In association with WB-UK Women's Baseball UK, the BBF will organise women's baseball leagues, training and other playing opportunities.

b) The formation of a Great Britain Baseball National Women's Team, which will go with our U12, U15, U18, U23 and Seniors' team.

A spokesperson for the board of the British Baseball Federation, said, "To succeed in promoting the sport of baseball, we need a strategic professional approach to develop critical elements of our sport. Promoting women's baseball is a crucial element for the success of our sport evolution at the local and international level. In association with WB-UK Women's Baseball UK, we will extend an equitable framework to women, e.g., playing opportunities, knowledge, and support. With WB-UK Women's Baseball UK being a part of the BBF, it sends a strong message that it adheres to highest and national standards as prescribed by the NGB of our sport. The BBF plans to source private donations and public funding to finance women's baseball opportunities. We are proud to announce we have already secured an individual donation to promote women's baseball.

The spokesperson for the BBF went on to say, "Today, the 30th May the National Women's in Baseball Day, we are glad to announce Mrs Amanda Hocking has been appointed as the manager of the Great Britain Baseball Women's National Team (GB Baseball). Amanda will report to the head of our National Team Programme for all National Team (GB Baseball) matters. Separately, Amanda will work with the BBF Seniors Commissioner to set-up a BBF women's baseball league. Amanda has experience both nationally and internationally in developing women's baseball. So, having her be the BBF representative to expand women's baseball allows us to leverage her dedication, commitment and skills to make women's baseball success."

Amanda Hocking said, "I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Women's Baseball representative for the British Baseball Federation (BBF), and I am looking forward to the challenge in moving women's baseball further ahead in the UK. By incorporating Women's Baseball UK (WB-UK) under the BBF umbrella as the UK's official representative for women's baseball, we can work closely together and provide greater opportunities for the players which have always been my number one priority since forming WB-UK in 2017.

Amanda further went on to say, "For any baseball player, the ultimate achievement is to represent their country, and I welcome the announcement of a Women's National Team. I see the role of the GB National Board as one which ensures that our players are provided with the level of support they need so that both the men's and the women's teams can be equally successful. With the upcoming developments in Women's baseball across Europe in the past 18 months, Great Britain must be featured alongside other countries who are also proudly setting a great example in baseball by investing in Women's National Teams."

The BBF will continue to come out with new strategic initiatives to promote the sport of baseball as part of its objectives to evolve the sport of baseball. More to come.

ABOUT THE BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION (BBF)

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the National Governing Body (NGB) of the sport of baseball. The BBF is the sole administrator and custodian of our Great Britain Baseball National Team Programme (GB Baseball). The BBF is a 100% self-funded NGB. The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is committed to providing equality, fairness and respect for all. Being a part of the BBF is available to all, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race (nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or sexual orientation. For more information, refer to www.britishbaseball.org or e-mail info@britishbaseball.org

NOTE: As a result of government guidelines and COVID-19, the BBF face to face activities are suspended until the 1st July 2020. Subject to change.

GREAT BRITAIN BASEBALL (GB BASEBALL)

Great Britain Baseball National Team Programme is organised and overseen by the British Baseball Federation (BBF) the NGB of the sport of baseball. The Great Britain Baseball Team is known as GB Baseball. With today's historic announcement, the programme extends to six teams, e.g., an all women's team, an U12, U15, U18, U23, and Seniors teams. At the end of 2019, GB Baseball was ranked 31 in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation www.wbsc.org (i.e., up to seven places from the previous year). In 2019, a first for the programme, all five teams (U12, U15, U18, U23 and the Seniors) took part in international competition across Europe. Anyone who holds a British passport or can obtain a British passport has an opportunity to be a part of the programme.

Tryouts dates vary for their respective teams. As a result of COVID-19 tryouts were cancelled in March 2020. Once face-to-face activities resume, the new dates for GB Baseball tryouts will be announced.

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BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION MISSION

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

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