While the Herts U11 and U14 players were competing at the youth baseball event in Richmond, a dozen of the club’s adult and U17 league players travelled to the nearby city of St Albans in Hertfordshire to promote the game of baseball in the community.
St Albans City and District Council had invited Herts Baseball Club as well as 16 other sports to take part in this event which included the opening of a new beach volleyball venue at Verulamium Park in St Albans made with 4000 tonnes of sand taken directly from the 2012 London Olympics venue at Horse Guards Parade.
The Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Annie Brewster, opened the new venue and the sports activities began. The Park started to fill up and by early afternoon Herts Baseball had attracted many members of the public who showed interest to give baseball a go. They had a chance to try all aspects of the game – batting, throwing, catching, fielding and more. The majority of them were boys and girls some as young as 3 years of age, but there were also some older teenagers and a large number of mums who wanted to play, which was great to see. Herts Baseball Club certainly has the ability to offer baseball or softball to male and female players of all ages.
As crowds stated to gather around the baseball area and soon there were enough members f the public to start a game. It began with 6 or 7 players per team, and quickly rose to 15+ players per team, so at that point it became difficult to give everyone the full baseball game experience, but all those involved received promotional materials and details of how to get involved on a more regular basis with the Herts youth and adult league teams.