Sunday April 5th 2020

Play Baseball – Join us

 

Baseball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and, with the increasing coverage of Major League Baseball on British television, Herts Baseball Club is seeing a huge growth in the number of youth and adult members.

 

We are one of the largest baseball clubs in the country and are affiliated with the adult and youth leagues of the British Baseball Federation and Little League Inc. 

 

WE WELCOME EVERYONE

We are running a campaign to promote the game and give everyone the opportunity to play baseball.

 

With teams in every league of the British Baseball Federation, our club welcomes new adult and youth players regardless of previous experience – from complete beginners to elite players.

 

Boys and girls aged between 6 and 18 play in the British youth baseball competitions. Men and women between 14 and 60+ years of age play in the British adult baseball leagues.

 

HEALTH AND FITNESS BENEFITS

Batting and throwing will build upper-body strength and a sprint around the bases, coupled with fielding, strengthens legs and core muscle groups. Playing baseball will burn an average of 272 extra calories per hour without the pain associated with long-distance exertion involved in sports such as football (soccer), cycling etc.

 

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

Our two ballparks are located conveniently for anyone living in Hertfordshire, North West London and the surrounding regions.

 

FACILITIES

We have one of the best baseball ballparks in the country with two purpose-built diamonds which has previously hosted the National Baseball Championships. In 2019 we also opened our second baseball venue – Basing Hill Ballpark in NW London.

 

 

 

BASEBALL FOR ADULTS (14 to 50+)

 

·         The Herts teams start pre-season training in January with sessions mostly on Sundays.

·         In March and April the Herts teams play in the Herts Spring League involving British teams from around the country.  This is the British equivalent of MLB’s Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.

·         The British league season opens in April and league games are played home and away mostly on Sundays until September.

·         Between April and August the club runs midweek evening training sessions for all its members.

·         In July Herts teams enter the International London Tournament for a weekend of baseball involving teams from around the UK, Ireland, France, Holland, Portugal, USA and other parts of the world.

·         After the end of the regular season the top teams qualify and play in the postseason playoffs and National Baseball Championships. This usually takes place in September.

·         In September and October members of the Herts adult league teams are drafted into teams to compete in the Hunlock Series.  The draft is done live on the Herts Baseball TV Channel.

·         Throughout the year there are various social and other events such as Herts Baseball’s International Beer and Food Festival, Awards Night, Bowling Tournament, Annual General Meeting and others. 

BASEBALL FOR BOYS AND GIRLS (6 to 18)

 Our Youth Baseball programme offers a number of packages (you can select more than one).

East of England (EoE) Membership

  • This is a games only package for players aged 8 to 18 who want to maximise their playing time
  • Participants will play in the BBF All Star League
  • Games will be played on Saturdays at both Hemel Hempstead and away venues
  • A great opportunity to play against other teams around the region
  • Automatic inclusion to the extended roster for UKLLQ and YNBC (Important note: only 13 players will be selected for the final roster in these tournaments)
  • Players are not allowed to sign up for both this membership and the ‘Play Ball’ membership
  • Players will be allowed to participate in the ‘Play Ball’ programme free of charge, only if they have a week off from EoE (no exceptions)
  • Package includes an East of England game jersey
  • This programme is managed by Herts and other clubs from the region

Herts Youth Membership

  • This is a training only programme for players aged 6 to 18 to compliment the ‘Play Ball’ and ‘East of England’ playing packages
  • This package offers a great opportunity to improve the kids’ skills throughout the year
  • This is a whole year training programme with a total of 18 sessions
  • It includes 10 midweek training sessions (day TBC), 6 Saturday indoor sessions, and 2 Saturday outdoor sessions
  • Each session is a minimum of 120 minutes
  • Package includes two training jerseys
  • Head coach is Colin Barrett, South African Head Coach U12

PLAY BALL Membership

  • This is a recreational programme for casual players aged 6 to 12
  • All games played in Hemel Hempstead
  • This membership is a great opportunity for players who can’t travel to away venues
  • A minimum of 10 event days per season (April to July) – Entire schedule will be announced at the beginning of the season
  • Sessions are on Saturdays starting at 11am and lasting 90-120 minutes
  • Members will receive an introductory gift – £6 voucher to be used on the Herts New Era 9FORTY adjustable baseball cap
  • Programme Director is John Kjorstad

 

MEMBERSHIP FEES AND UNIFORM

·         The annual membership fee is between £64 and £199 for members of the adult league teams and between £10 and £45 for the different youth baseball packages.

·         Members which join the club partway through the season pay a membership fee reduced on a pro-rata basis. For example, if you join with 25% of the season remaining, your membership fee would be reduced to 25% of the annual membership fee.

·         Team equipment such as bats, batting helmets, catchers’ gear, balls is provided free as part of your membership. For youth team members we also provide fielding gloves.

·         Uniform is not included in the membership fees, unless stated otherwise in the membership package. The different Herts jerseys range from £11 to £45, pants are around £25, baseball caps range between £15 and £20.

·         Many players like to buy their own fielding glove in order to practice throughout the week.  Fielding gloves, uniforms and other products are available to buy at attractive prices from the Herts club shop.

 

HOW TO JOIN

You can join the club at any time of the year. Our club welcomes new players of any age, gender and ability.

 

If you decide to join Herts Baseball Club please complete the online registration form.  

 

TRY BASEBALL BEFORE YOU JOIN

To give those who are new to the game and new to our club a chance to try baseball, the first training session is FREE to attend – no costs and without the need to commit for the season. We also have open days throughout the season, which are also free.

 

HOW TO CONTACT US

If you require more details or to find out when you can come for a training session to give baseball a try, please contact us.