The inaugral Irish National Fastpitch League launched on November 10, 2019 in the national indoor arena in Sports Campus Ireland. The League, which is run under the control of Fastpitch Ireland is co-ed in its inaugural year with a minimum of five (5) Women per team and will run from November 2019 to March 2020.
The League is ran over four 1/2 day tournaments with players allocated to teams in advance of the first game of the season. All games are played on a full size indoor artificial turf diamond using indoor rubber softballs.
Fastpitch Ireland provide bats, helmets, catchers gears and balls with gloves available for those new to the sport. The cost of participating in the league is €20 for the first league day (which includes a jersey) and €10 per league day after that, alternatively a player can pay a discounted €45 at the first league day.
In addition to the league games, Fastptich Ireland host Softball Skills Coaching on league days for players seeking to work on the basics or improve their skills.
At the end of the league season, it is hoped to select an “All Star” team to participate in the part of the GBFL, which is a three weekend tournament in the UK. There will be some criteria around the selection of this team.