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Softball Ulster Council 2021

Many thanks to all the members who attended the Softball Ulster Annual General Meeting 2020. We would like to congratulate Glenn McKnight on his re-election to the role of Competitions Officer, Adam Grant for his first term on the Council as Media Officer and former Secretary (2015-2019) Andrew Craven who was elected to the role of Chairperson. Glenn, Adam and Andrew will join returning Council members Jocelyn Horton, Vice Chair, and Will Gilpin, Secretary.

Softball Ulster would also like to thank departing Council members Rachel Bourgault, Phil Wallace and Kerry Gottschalk for all their hard work over the past few years, most notably during the 2020 COVID pandemic. Phil served as Media Officer for two years before taking on the role of Chief Umpire in 2018, passing on Media Officer to Kerry at this time. Rachel joined the Council in 2018 as Vice Chair and ascended to Chairperson in 2019 when Jay Slevin concluded her term at the 2019 AGM.

For more information on the new Softball Ulster Council, their roles and responsibilities, and their contact details, please see the full list below.

Brawlers retain SU League title

The Brawlers swept aside all challengers in the compressed league campaign this year to record their 5th consecutive SU League title. Despite finishing the season undefeated they scraped through a few matches with narrow wins over the Cubs and Smokin’ Aces.

The Cubs took 2nd place, holding off a resurgent Aces team who pushed them all the way to the final match

The Sliders will be disappointed with 4th place, although can take some satisfaction in beating the Cubs in their final match.

The Bucs had a difficult season, integrating a lot of new players into the team, but they’ll see the benefits of that next season with the experience they received this year.

Final Standings:

  1. Brawlers
  2. Cubs
  3. Smokin’ Aces
  4. Sliders
  5. Bucs

Return to play!

We are very pleased that team training within Softball Ulster has recommenced (from Saturday 11th July). The Softball Ulster council has met with team captains and agreed a condensed season format to take place over August – September.

Softball Ireland have released a COVID-19 Symptom Screening & Contact Tracing Web App and a Return To Play Protocol to ensure appropriate safety measures are taken to safeguard all participants. All Softball Ireland players will be required to complete the Web App in advance of training/games with effect from July 20, 2020.

Please see further details: http://www.softball.ie/2020/07/19/covid-19-symptom-screening-contact-tracing/

2020 Season Update

With the continued uncertainty around Covid-19, we wanted to provide you with an update on plans for the 2020 Softball Ulster season.

While we are unsure when the league will commence, we are committed that it should still go ahead in one form or another – when the public health situation allows.

As Competitions Officer, I am working with my Council colleagues to model out different league variations that we can implement in the event of a shortened season. The season will only go ahead when both Softball Ireland reinstate training and NI/UK government allow for mass gatherings to resume.

With all this in mind, team registration remains open to 24/4/2020. We will endeavour to keep you up-to-date throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

Regards,

Glenn McKnight – Competitions Officer