Sport Hampshire & IoW

Baseball and Softball

Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a 90-foot diamond. Players on the batting team take turns hitting against the pitcher of the fielding team, which tries to stop them from scoring runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways.

Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 players. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand. The game is played in a series of 7 innings (lasting approx. 1-2 hours).

Softball is the most popular participant sport in the United States, as it is estimated that 40 million Americans will play at least one game of softball during a year. It is played by men and women both recreationally and competitively.Softball is played, at some level, in over a hundred countries around the world. To sum it all up, slow pitch softball is more of a social sport than a deadly serious one.

Play Softball & Baseball

  • The Solent Softball League - A fun, and welcoming summer softball league always looking for new members. to find out more please visit the Solent Softball League website.

  • Southampton Mustangs Baseball Club - The Southampton Mustangs are looking to recruit players of all experience levels to join their club. To find out more visit Southampton Mustangs Baseball Club.

  • University of Portsmouth - the UPSU Shafters Softball Club is the University's team. They have been playing for over 4 years now and always looking for new playing members. To find out more and sign up to play, visit the UPSU website.

More Information

'Pitch In' - Baseball Softball UK's volunteering programme 'Pitch In' is an initiative to encourage more people to step up to the plate and get involved volunteering the sport. There are a wide range of ways people can get involved and you don't have to be an experienced player or coach to pitch in and make a huge difference to the growing sports of baseball and softball! To find out how you can pitch in visit the Baseball Softball UK website.

Baseball Softball UK are always looking to welcome more coaches into the sports. There are a range of courses delivered throughout the year. To find out more visit the Baseball Softball UK website.



John Irving
National Development Manager

Patrick Knock
Regional Development Manager

Stanley Doney
Regional Coach