The various British baseball leagues are preparing for the most exciting part of the season – the postseason playoffs – and this includes the BBF youth leagues.
The Under-17 and Under-14 league teams from the Southern conference will start their postseason with the playoff quarter-finals on Saturday, 31 August.
The British Baseball Federation Southern Youth League Commissioner, Matt Crawshaw, announced that “after reviewing and consulting with a short-list of venues, we are delighted to announce that the 2013 Southern Youth League Playoff Quarter Finals on 31 August will be held at Grovehill Park, Hemel Hempstead.”
Grovehill Ballpark is the home of Herts Baseball Club and over the last few years has hosted the senior and youth league national championships. It is expected to be another festive event with large crowds and traditional baseball food and drinks.
The format of the Under-17 and Under-14 Playoff Quarter Finals is expected to be as follows:
BBF U17 playoffs (home team shown second)
10.30am: 5th seed v 2nd seed (winner progresses to Semi-Finals)
1.00pm: 6th seed v 1st seed (winner progresses to Semi-Finals)
3.30pm: 4th seed v 3rd seed (winner progresses to Semi-Finals)
BBF U14 playoffs (home team shown second)
10.30am (Game 1) 5th seed v 4th seed (winner goes through to game 4, loser goes through to game 3)
10.30am (Game 2) 3rd seed v 2nd seed (winner progresses to Semi-Finals, loser goes through to game 4)
1.00pm (Game 3) Loser of game 1 v 1st seed (winner progresses to Semi-Finals)
1.00pm (Game 4) Winner of game 1 v loser of game 2 (winner progresses to Semi-Finals)
The seeding is expected to be announced by the BBF later this month. The teams which are in the running are:
| UNDER-17 LEAGUE (SOUTH)
|| UNDER-14 LEAGUE (SOUTH)
| Bracknell Tornadoes
Leicester Blue Sox
| FG Redbacks