Leisure & Culture Trusts

Are you looking to introduce something new in your programme? Do you want to broaden your current sports offer and engage with a new market, using an activity that will appeal to a wide variety of potential customers? If so, then our Hit the Pitch programme is for you. Hit the Pitch offers softball for leisure and culture trusts in an easy and engaging way, allowing you to add a new and fun sport to your programme and making you stand out from your competitors.

Softball is growing in popularity across the country and is perfectly suited to leisure centre activity - it's played by mixed teams of men and women and appeals both to the competitive and those who aren't very sporty. BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) has put together a package of events tailored to the needs of a leisure facility. Whether you want to run a day, set up a team or run a league at your leisure facility, we have a support package for you. Why not join the growing list of leisure facilities looking to broaden their sports offer through softball?

The Packages

PICK-UP GAME

Provides a taster day of activity to test the market.

Ideal For:

  • Trying a new activity
  • Meeting new people
  • Family event
  • Fun event

Delivery Ideas:

  • Members' Day
  • Open Day

Includes:

  • Pitch hire (if required)
  • Playing field/s marked out
  • Playing Guide resource
  • Activator to make the session an enjoyable and engaging experience

Sample Format:

  • 10.00 am: Introduction to game, explanation of rules and how to use equipment
  • 11.00 am: First game(s)
  • 12.00 pm: Second game(s)
  • 1.00 pm: Wrap-up and close

Equipment

  • All the equipment you need

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ENTER A TEAM IN AN EXISTING LEAGUE OR COMPETITION

A leisure centre team entering an existing local league or forming a club at the centre.

Ideal For:

  • Fun social activity 
  • Meeting new people 
  • Friendly competition 
  • Broadening the sporting offer 
  • Exercise/health 
  • Pay-and-Play opportunity 
  • Establishing a new club at the centre 

Delivery Ideas:

  • Members' team in a local league
  • Staff team in a local league
  • Formation of a new club/activity at the centre

Includes:

  • As Day Package PLUS:
  • Online Team Organisers' Pack
  • Connections to local leagues
  • Briefing sheets for reception
  • Promotional materials

Sample Format:

  • 6.00 pm: Arrival, warm-up, throwing and batting practice
  • 7.00 pm: Game time
  • 8.30 pm: Wrap-up and close

Equipment

  • Discounted equipment available and access to BSUK payment scheme

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CENTRE-BASED LEAGUE

Establish a softball league at your centre.

Ideal For:

  • Fun social activity 
  • Friendly competition 
  • Meeting new people 
  • Exercise/health 
  • Trying a new sport - broadening the sporting offer 

Delivery Ideas:

  • Local businesses league 
  • Friendship groups league 
  • Staff versus members league 
  • Cross-centre (within contract) league 

Includes:

  • As Team Package PLUS:
  • Online League Organisers' Pack
  • League schedules
  • Playing equipment
  • Finals Day support from BSUK staff
  • League and team administration functionality

Sample Format:

  • Weeks 1-2 - Skills training and fun games
  • Weeks 3-6 - Games followed by refreshments and social
  • Weeks 7-8 - Semifinals and finals followed by social

Equipment

  • Discounted equipment available and access to BSUK payment scheme

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what's in the organiser pack?

  • Whatever your experience in softball, Hit the Pitch is a great way to pick up your skills, get fit, and have fun without the pressure of committing to team training nights and match fixtures. People coming along have got little to lose - and a lot of fitness and fun to gain!

    Holly Sutcliffe, Sports Development Manager, Places for People Leisure

  • I heard about Hit the Pitch softball at my local leisure centre through a banner in the car park. Since trying it I have really enjoyed the social aspect of meeting new people and now have a new set of friends. It is affordable, and welcoming to all, which is what appealed to me in the first place.

    Anthony Henessey, age 27, Hit the Pitch participant

 

Now that you have decided to join the softball revolution, we thought you might need some tips and advice on how to go about getting your team together!

As an organiser, your will have access to a range of materails in order to raise awareness of the opportunity to play. BSUK can provide editable posters allowing you to add in your logo, details of the playing programme and relevant contact details for your organisation. There will be access to videos to show what softball is and the benefits that are associated when playing, as well as other template materials and features!