Thursday October 23rd 2014

About HFT

Herts Baseball Futures Tournament
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Introduction

The Herts Futures Tournament (HFT) has been held every year since 2008 and is now a permanent fixture in the British baseball calendar. It brings together youth teams of all age groups from across the country for a day of baseball at one of the best baseball venues in the United Kingdom.  Grovehill Ballpark is the home of Herts Baseball Club.  The venue frequently hosts BBF postseason and GB Team games. During the Herts Futures Tournament additional diamonds are added to accommodate all the age groups. 

This year the HFT will take place on Saturday, 20 September 2014.

Tournament Format

In addition to inviting Under-17, Under-14 and Under-12 teams, this year we are exploring the option to add an Under-10 division (coach-pitch). 

In previous years the Tournament format included several games in the group stage followed by the finals to decide the winners and the overall standings. 

We are considering possible minor adjustments to the format. These amendments will depend on the number of teams entering and if we make changes to the format, participating teams will be informed in due course.

Teams

Last year was a record year for the HFT with 15 teams entering the competition. The following are some of the teams which have played in the HFT in previous years:

  • Bracknell Tornadoes U17
  • Bracknell Blazers U14
  • Brentwood Bucks U14
  • Essex Atoms U14
  • Essex Atoms U11
  • Forest Glade Redbacks U17
  • Forest Glade Redbacks U14
  • Forest Glade Redbacks U11
  • Herts All Stars U11
  • Herts Cardinals U14
  • Herts Harriers U17
  • Horsham Hornets U17
  • Horsham Athletics U14
  • Horsham A’s U11
  • Horsham Mets U11
  • Horsham Red Sox U11
  • London Mets U17
  • London Mets U14
  • London Mets U11
  • LondonSports U14
  • London Sports U11
  • LYBL Bulldogs U14
  • Northstar Polecats U17
  • Richmond U11
  • SoNo Stars U17
  • Tonbridge Bobcats U14
  • Windsor Bears U14

Schedule

The full Tournament schedule will be published closer to the date of the event. The first games usually start at around 11am and the finals are usually completed by around 5:30pm. 

Venue

All games will be played at Grovehill Ballpark in Hertfordshire. A large number of car park spaces are available at the venue, all of which are free of charge. For more details about Grovehill Ballpark click here.

Concessions

Hot and Cold beverages, Hot Dogs, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and other snacks will be available at the concession stand.  All profits go towards developing baseball facilities at Grovehill Ballpark.