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Massimo Lepri RIP

Fastpitch Ireland are saddened to learn that Massimo Lepri, Softball Ireland Treasurer and Irish Fastpitch League Player has passed away surrounded by his family after a long and valiant battle with illness.

Massimo will be sorely missed by all of us who have had the pleasure to know him.

The thoughts of the Fastpitch Irealnd are with Massimo’s wife Louise and son Sean at this time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

The ‘C Team’ are National Champions

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The ‘C Team’ have been crowned the inaugural Coed Irish Fast Pitch League National Champions following a thrilling final in Corkagh Park, the home of Irish Baseball. The final was the COVID Postponed 2019/2020 Season Final.

The final score tells a different story to how the game played out with eventual runners ups, the A-Team, only down by one after 4 innings.

The game changed in the 5th and 6th with two home runs and a grand slam opening real daylight between the two teams and leaving the A-Team chasing 10 runs going into the bottom of 7, a gap too big to chase down for them.

So there it was, 23 months after the opening of the 2019/2022 season the ‘C Team’ was crowned the inaugural National Champions.

Irish Fast Pitch League Coed National League Finals – Line Ups

The A-TeamThe C Team
Aidan HalpinAlan Fox
Jason WallBrendan Scott
Jens HillebrandCindy Mc Grellis
Kristin GareauMorgan Mc Grellis
Nereida DomenechKerry Keegan
Isabel FallonPriscilla Potel
Carlos RojasJimmy Pita 
Wayne CullenTrevor Peacock
Jason MilneDerek Harnett
Declan Fallon

2019/20 League Final Lineups Announced

On the eve of the 2019/20 Irish Fastpitch League Final, the starting lineups for the final to be played in Corkagh Park at 12 noon on Sunday September 26, 2021 have been announced. Details on the final are available HERE.

Team A – RedTeam C – Black
Aidan HalpinAlan Fox
Jason WallBrendan Scott
Jens HillebrandCindy Mc Grellis
Kristin GareauMorgan Mc Grellis
Nereida DomenechKerry Keegan
Isabel FallonPriscilla Potel
Carlos RojasJimmy Pita 
Wayne CullenTrevor Peacock
Jason MilneDerek Harnett
National Fastpitch League 2019 Teams C & D

League Final – Corkagh Park Clondalkin

Due to field maintenance in Ashbourne, the League Final Day will be moved to the Little League Baseball field in Corkagh Park: (https://www.google.com/maps/@53.3096812,-6.4215536,500m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4)

We would like to thank Baseball Ireland for their continued support of the Fastpitch League and programme.

Team A: Jens, John E, Jonathan H, Tabitha G, Jason W, Kristin G, Erin M, Nereida D, Roisin OC, Cillian M, Fang Fang, Aidan H, Jay S, Mike L, Laura OC

Team C: Sebastian S, Cindy McG, Kerry K, Maeve Og, Eithne W, Andrew C, Gustavo U, Norma M, Michael L, Alan F, Andrea K, Morgan McG, Brendon S

The league final will take place this Sunday from 12-2pm between Teams A & C, who were first and second in the league before Covid delayed the playoffs. Please fill out the link below for Sunday’s availability, so we can assign new or other players as necessary. Be sure to come out and support everyone playing on Sunday.

Can players in advance of Sunday  (existing and new) please complete the linked form to confirm your attendance/non-attendance – https://forms.office.com/r/tc22Lu6cVZ

Fastpitch League Update – Strike Zone

We look forward to welcoming those of you available to attend tonight’s practice session in the StrikeZone from 19:00-21:00. We felt this would be a good opportunity for teams to reunite (remember what team they were on!) and discuss strategy for the final this coming Sunday. It is not necessary to come for the whole time this evening, so if you aren’t free until later, still stop by! If you are a new player who would like to join a team, please come out and join us.  We’ll be available to answer any questions and provide any training support that teams would like.

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Junior Girls Summer Softball Camps a success

The launch of Junior Girls Softball during June and July has proven to be a great success. The objective of the summer camps was to attract girls aged between 10 and 17 to try softball over a number of free camps ran by WNT Head Coach Melanie Cunningham, her WNT Coaching Team and National Team Players. Additionaly, Softball Ireland partnered with Baseball Ireland to create a pathway for girls in their successfuly youth system to transtion into softball if they wished.

These camps would not have happened withough the generous donation of youth gloves, bats and balls by the WBSC which allowed us run the camps for free. We owe the WBSC a big thank you.

Four Camps have been held to date alternating between Marlay Park and Asbourne Baseball Centre with a strong turnout at each session. Following the next session on July 28, which will be held in Baseball Irelands New Strkezone facility, the programme will take a small break in August to facilitate holiday time before starting back in September.

If your daughter is interested in participating in the final session on July 28 or if you would like further in formation, please contact info@fastpitchsoftball.ie

Junior Girls Training Continues in Ashbourne – July 17, 2021

The next open girls softball training session will move to the northside and be hosted on Saturday July 17, 2021 in Ashbourne Baseball Stadium from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

The session in Ashbourne on Saturday will be held in the Baseball venue and we recommend you park in the Ashbourne Community Centre and then it an approximate 5 minute walk to the venue (map below).

The Google map link is as follows: https://goo.gl/maps/24DtyXPDKX1SbCg67

As in the previous sessions, we will have all equipment available on the evening, but of course feel free to bring your own gloves or bats if you prefer.

If you have not attended a session previously but would like to try softball, please email us on info@fastpitchsoftball.ie and we will sign you up!

Junior Girls Training Continues on July 10, 2021

The next open girls softball training session will be hosted on Saturday July 10, 2021 in Marlay Park from 12 noon to 1.30pm.

The session in Marlay Park on Saturday will be held on one of the soccer pitches and we have attached a map on how to find it from the car park on the College Road side of the park.

We recommend that you park in the Marlay Park, College Road Car Park (https://goo.gl/maps/XT7hbbHGSpYKmryV6) and then follow the map to the field.

As in the previous sessions, we will have all equipment available on the evening, but of course feel free to bring your own gloves or bats if you prefer.

If you have not attended a session previously but would like to try softball, please email us on info@fastpitchsoftball.ie and we will sign you up!

National Fastpitch League 2019 Teams C & D

Fastpitch League is Back

“Guess who’s back, Back again, Fastpitch is back, Tell your friends!”

Following the COVID-19 enforced pause in the Fastpitch Ireland League we are delighted to announce that the league will be relaunching in September 2021!

At this point, we are asking you to save the following dates in your diary with further details to follow.

– September 5, 2021 – Open practice Session

– September 12, 2021 – 2019/2020 Season League final games

We will then launch our 2021/2022 season in October 2021 during which we intend to continue running the co-ed league and launching our single sex league also.

Please feel free to share details of the open session and then the exciting details of our new league which will include competitions for naming teams and details about league sponsorship.

Please save September 5, 2021 and September 12, 2021 in your diaries with more details to follow!

Junior Girls Softball Training Sessions – June/July 2021

Following on from the Intro to Softball Day held on May 29th for girls. Fastpitch Ireland have planned out some additional *free* softball training days through the month of July for returning players or players who wish to attend for the first time (no experience necessary) as follows:

Session Dates & Times

  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 (Evening), Marlay Park @6.45pm
  • Saturday July 10, 2021 – Marlay Park @12Noon
  • Saturday July 17, 2021 – Ashbourne Baseball Stadium @3pm
  • Wednesday July 28, 2021 (Evening), Baseball Ireland Strike Zone Facility (Time TBC)

Fastpitch Ireland are conscious of different activity schedules for players (and parents), and we hope everybody can make as many sessions as possible. We will also be looking to hold further weekend only sessions in September/October 2021.

To allow us get an understanding of the numbers attending each session, we would ask that you complete the sign-up link below:
Sign-up link – https://forms.office.com/r/AENZjS4snX

If you have any friends or family who would like to try softball but did not make the intro session, that is not probllem, they are more than welcome to attend any of the above sessions and we wuld as they complete the link above.

Looking forward to seeing the girls back on the softball field!

Coach Licencing – Grassroots Softball

The WBSC launched a new e-learning platform called the ‘WBSC
Academy’ as part of the WBSC’s broader digitalization offering, which includes several online services and tools available to all its members.

The Academy is intended to be a development tool aimed to facilitate Athletes, Coaches, Officials and National Federations to perform efficient self-learning of the various topics related to Softball.

Fastpitch Ireland will be taking a blended learning approach to the Grassroots Softball Educator course, coaches are asked to view the on-line videos, complete an on-line survey and then attend a 90 minute in person coaching session. The on-line element of the course is available in the Fastpitch Ireland Coaching Hub.

Speaking on the lauch of the Grassroots Softball Course, Fastpitch Ireland Director and WNT Head Coach Melanie Cunningham said “Teaching new players of any age the basic fundamentals of softball is the key foundation to players remaining in the sport and to growing the game in Ireland. We are delighed that the WBSC through the WBSC Academy have provided an outstanding e-learning platform for National Federations. The e-learning platform together with Fastptich Ireland in-person sessions will provide the perfect blended approach to ensure that all new players to our sport are introduced properly to Softball.”

Upon finishing the three stages of the course, a certificate of completion will be awarded and the journey to achieving the coaching qualifications will have begun.

Introduction to Softball – Details

We hope everyone is looking forward to the “Introduction to Softball day” this coming Saturday. In advance of the session, we wished to share the following:

Finding the International Baseball Centre

The session is being hosted with the support of our colleagues in Ashbourne Baseball Club and Baseball Ireland at the International Baseball Centre in Ashbourne. We have listed directions to the fields from Dublin below together with a google maps link. As there is no parking at the field, please park at the Ashbourne Community Centre or Ashbourne Community School and walk to the venue (approx. 5 minute walk).

Directions from Dublin

Driving

Take the N2 North from Dublin
Exit at Junction 3 onto R135
Take 2nd Exit at roundabout to stay on R135
At the Ashbourne Community Centre (RHS) turn Right onto Deerpark.
Turn Right at the Ashbourne Community Centre

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/BuLHGFLbtSRTCtsT8

What should I wear?

The players should wear sports clothing they are comfortable in as there will be lots of movement and a little running on the day. Though the weather is forecasted to be sunny and dry, we would recommend bringing rain wear (we will still play in light rain) and a change of clothes just in case. We would also recommend bringing a cap/visor and sunscreen.

Footwear wise, if you have football boots/cleats they may be worn, alternatively a pair of runners will work fine also.

Equipment

All the equipment needed will be provided on the day for players to use. If you have your own glove/bat or helmet and wish to bring it along on the day, please feel free to do so. Gloves and helmets for the session will be distributed at the check-in desk. We would ask that if any of the players are left handed, can you please let us know in advance so can make sure we have the appropriate number of gloves available.

*In accordance with Fastpitch Ireland COVID-19 protocols all equipment provided on the day is either new out of the wrapper or has been sanitised in advance. All equipment will be sanitised after the session.*

Format

Players will be split into smaller groups to work through different skill stations over the course of the session and the day will conclude with a game. Our ethos is to keep everybody moving and engaged over the duration of the session.

Facilities

The International Baseball Centre has plenty of seating for those of you not playing on the day. In addition, Ashbourne Baseball Club run a snack-bar/coffee shop at the venue to help tide you over. Toilet facilities are also available at the venue.

First Aid

First Aid will be available on the day. If a player needs first aid attention, please bring it to the attention of one of the coaches.

COVID-19 Protocols

In accordance with Fastpitch Ireland’s COVID-19 protocols, we would ask that a COVID-19 symptom checker link is completed on Saturday morning before arrival at the venue – this will be sent out on Friday. On arrival, there will be a check-in desk to note who was in attendance in the unlikely event it is required for contact tracing.

Safeguarding

All Fastpitch Ireland coaches have been vetted by the National Vetting Bureau and have completed the mandatory Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 Workshop. A link to the Fastpitch Ireland Safeguarding policy is provided below. The nominated Designated Liaison Person for Fastpitch Ireland is Melanie Cunningham (director@fastpitchsoftball.ie).

We look forward to seeing everybody on Saturday and should you have any questions in advance, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

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