Introduction to the Bobcats and Softball
What is softball?
Softball first started in the late 19th century as an indoor version of baseball. It has changed a lot since then - you will have noticed the ball is no longer soft. The Bobcats play a version of softball called slow-pitch ‘co-ed’ (male and female players), which is suitable for all abilities. It is an extremely social sport - team spirit is key. Slow-pitch softball is growing swiftly in the UK - there are 24 teams in Bristol and 30+ teams in Manchester. The teams are graded due to their appropriate skill level from A to D and Recreational. The Bobcats are C/D level. Tournaments of all levels are held outdoor throughout the UK from April to October. Aside from tournaments there are also Leagues, which are held between local or regional teams. These can be competitive, friendly or both!
Who are the umpires?
We have some trained umpires as members, but the league will provide umpires needed for league games. If you are interested in becoming an umpire, please let us know. Umpires usually get paid a nominal fee for each game.
Umpires are often addressed as 'The Blue' due to the colour of the shirts they usually wear!
Is there a softball governing body?
Yes. The BSF (British Softball Federation) is the governing body for the sport within the UK. The Bobcats are a BSF affiliated club which provides them with insurance among other things. Here is the link for their website where you will find all the news and info from the world of UK softball.
In their own words, "BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) is the development agency for baseball and softball in the United Kingdom. Since 2000, BSUK has provided services to the sports' governing bodies with the aim of developing and increasing levels of participation, skill and achievement in UK baseball and softball."
You may have the chance to meet the regional representatives who often attend training sessions to ensure the club is heading in the right direction. Here is a link to their website.
What happens if anyone is injured?
As you know, the softball is not soft. The club and all members are insured through BSF accreditation. During league games, the league is responsible for basic first aid. During practice, the club has a basic first aid kit for use.
Want to know more?
You can download our Welcome Pack which features lots more information about our club, the sport and how to get started with the Bobcats.