The British Baseball Federation has confirmed the venue for this year’s National Youth Baseball Championships. It will be the Cartmel Valley Baseball Club, which is located in the Lake District.
After the end of the Herts Little League season in August the focus will turn to this event, which is the British equivalent of the Little League World Series.
Herts Baseball Club will look to reward the most dedicated, hard working and talented Little Leaguers by selecting them to represent Herst Baseball Club at this prestigious National event. The decision, which players will be selected, will be a very difficult one for the coaches to make. With three weeks still to be played in the Herts Little League every player still has the opportunity to earn the honour of playing for the Herts Little League All-Star Team.
But before the Herts players start to make their travel arrangements they will have to overcome a tough opponent in a one-off Wild Card playoff game. The opponents are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be either the Horsham or the Plymouth Little League All-Star teams. This deciding game is scheduled for Saturday, 6 September. The Wild Card playoff venue is yet to be confirmed and the hope is that Herts will win home field advantage which will mean that the team can count on its many loyal supporters.
Herts Baseball Club’s AAA adult league team, the Herts Falcons, is on course to reach the AAA Adult British National Championships, which is also scheduled to take place over the weekend of 6-7 September. Herts Baseball Club wants to ensure that these two events do not clash and have submitted an official request to the British Baseball Federation with the hope that a clash can be avoided.
The following is the official press release issued by the British Baseball Federation with more details about the eagerly awaited National Youth Baseball Championships – Final 4.
OFFICIAL BBF PRESS RELEASE
Cartmel Valley to host National Youth Baseball Championships this September
Cartmel Valley Baseball Club will be the hosts for the British Baseball Federation's National Youth Baseball Championships on September 13-14. The top four teams from each of the Pony and Bronco age category leagues will play out to be crowned National Champions in their age group.
The Cartmel club can offer a stunning setting for this year's finals. It is an idyllic South Cumbria village with the baseball diamonds on the local secondary school field and many pubs and restaurants within walking distance, not to mention the famous ‘Sticky toffee pudding’ shop.
The club has arranged the option of accommodation/breakfast with the YMCA Lakeside on the shore of Lake Windermere with rooms, cabins and ready-erected tents for visiting teams to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Lake District. It should make for a memorable weekend away for both the players and their parents.
Spectators are welcome and parking is free. Food and drink will be available on the field.
The first-placed teams from the North and South divisions of the Pony (Under-16) and Bronco (Under-13) leagues will qualifying automatically for the National Championships.
There will be playoffs on the weekend of Sept 6 for the remaining places between the second-placed North and South teams and teams from the Plymouth, Horsham, and Herts leagues (venue to be confirmed).
Related links: www.britishbaseball.org