Author: Chairperson

Softball Ulster Returns to Training

Today (Monday 12th April 2021) all Northern Ireland based softball teams can resume training, up to and including 15 players and coaches. Softball Ulster have worked in conjunction with Softball Ireland to update the Return to Play Protocol for 2021, which all teams are expected to follow in full during this time.

To keep members and their families safe from COVID-19, Softball Ulster require all teams to:

  • Follow local Government advice regarding COVID-19 exposure and contact tracing
  • Follow the Softball Ireland Return to Play Protocol
  • Limit the number of individuals at training sessions to 15 maximum as per current local Government restrictions
  • Ensure all players complete a symptom assessment prior to all training sessions
  • Have a nominated COVID-19 Officer who will collect contact tracing data for all training sessions

At the present time the NI Executive nor Softball Ireland have provided indicative dates for when games, tournaments and open days can resume. Softball Ulster will update its members when guidance is updated to permit these activities. It is important to note that insurance coverage from Softball Ireland only extends to training sessions at this time – no other activities are covered.

For more information you can contact Softball Ulster at secretary@softballulster.com or Softball Ireland on covid@softball.ie.

Return to Play Toolkit

Softball Ulster is pleased to announce that following updated Government guidance, softball training sessions can resume in the Northern Ireland counties from Monday 12th April 2021. In a letter from Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery, Ulster’s return to training has been approved by the SI Medical Committee and the Return to Play Protocol has been updated for the 2021 season.

Softball Ireland, in conjunction with the Softball Ireland Medical Committee, have produced the following documents to assist teams in preparing for the upcoming season:

For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19, members and teams are directed to the Softball Ireland COVID-19 Hub (which is co-managed by Softball Ulster Chairperson and Softball Ireland Medical Committee member, Andrew Craven).

If you have any queries regarding Ulster’s return to play in 2021, direct them to secretary@softballulster.com or covid@softball.ie and someone will get back to you ASAP.

Happy Birthday Softball Ulster

This week, on the 31st March 2021, Softball Ulster celebrated our 13th birthday. Established in 2008, SU has now grown to become the second largest regional association of softball on the island of Ireland. Current Softball Ireland President Colum Lavery signed Softball Ulster into being during his previous role as SI Secretary – you can view the original letter below.

The original Chairperson of SU was Carrie Trundle, who worked hard pre-2008 to earn recognition for the Ulster teams and bring SU into being.

In 2008 the SU League only featured three teams: the Smokin’ Aces, Aviators and Brawlers. In 2021 the SU League has expanded to feature six teams, which still includes two of the original three: the Smokin’ Aces, Brawlers, Sliders, Cubs, Angels and Bucs. At its largest, the SU League included a total of eight teams. Notable teams over the years include: the Aviators, Jets, Braves, Elks and Mariners.

If you want more information on the history of Softball Ulster, or the sport of softball in general, why not follow the links in the menu bar above.

Letter Confirming the Recognition of Softball Ulster
Letter Confirming the Recognition of Softball Ulster

Softball Ulster International Women's Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

First celebrated in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a chance to celebrate and acknowledge women who’ve made history and champion those making changes to encourage future generations. 

Co-ed slowpitch softball is already quite a diverse and inclusive sport with its 5 men: 5 women format, which reflects modern-day gender integration in schools, workplaces, and other places, but for me this sport is by far the best when it comes to including women. It’s time to celebrate that and its female players.

So throughout March, as part of Women’s History Month and #IWD2021, we’ll be featuring female softballers on social media, who’ve made their mark, stepped up to the plate, got involved, and demonstrate our diversity and inclusion to others within our sport.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, as from challenge comes change, so let’s not rest on our laurels.  

Instead, let’s inspire other women to play. Let’s motivate ourselves to get involved as players, coaches, managers, captains, umpires, scorers, tournament organisers and more. Let’s reach out to more women from underrepresented communities. Let’s celebrate our achievements on and off the diamond. 

Let’s challenge ourselves and others. Let’s create change. Let’s play ball!

Softball Ulster International Women's Day 2021
Softball Ulster International Women’s Day 2021