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MSC Review of the Year Part 11. A look back at Hit and Run 3

We have come to the penultimate post for the year and we’ve come to the final games for the club of 2015. RebelsThis year saw the third Maidenhead Softball Club Hit and Run tournament. this annual tournament is aimed at teams and clubs with new and youth softball players, with MSC themselves fielding 8 under 18s in their squad. The tournament comprises 8 teams, playing in two groups of 4. The teams this year came from as far as Solent and Redhill, as well as local teams from the Windsor and Maidenhead League.

While running later in the year than the past, the weather was again friendly and perfect for some late summer softball. After 6 hours of round-robin action, the competition split into Plate and Main Cup competition. Last year’s winners, BA Flyers were matches against Bracknell Scorchers, while last year’s Plate Winners, Vampire Batters were looking to go one better this year, faced Richings Park Hawks.

Two hard fought semi-finals resulted in Vampire Batters Vamps Cup Winnersmeeting BA Flyers in the Cup Final. In the Plate Competition, the London based Piranhas, faced Slough based Lonza, while Maidenhead Rebels faced Solent based Redbridge Raiders for a place in the Plate final. With three of the four teams making their first appearance at Hit and Run, a new team would be guaranteed a final slot, this year that was Piranhas, would ended up facing the Maidenhead Rebels team. Unfortunately for the Rebels, for the second time in three years, they fell at the last with Piranhas taking their first plate award.

The main final, ebbed and flowed and eventually went the way of the Vampire Batters 20-11 for their first Cup win. The whole day was another huge success for the Maidenhead head club, with over 100 people visiting the tournament, enjoying the weather, the facilities and the competition. Planning is now well under way for Hit and Run 4.


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What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Poster_thumb_thumb_thumbMaidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

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MSC Review of the Year Part 10. Diamond Squeezers take 3rd Place at Nottingham

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One of the areas the club has been trying to develop was in the addition of single-sex teams. There had been attempts in previous years to form a female team, but it never taken off beyond a few friendlies. This year, the momentum was there within the female club members and the Ladies team took shape.

So back in September the Maidenhead Softball Club’s Ladies, Diamond Squeezers, travelled up to Nottingham to play in their first  tournament. After 7 hard fought games they came away as Plate trophy winners and a 3rd overall place out of 7 teams.

This was a big step for the ladies, up to now they had only played a one friendly game and a couple of training game. A whole tournament was new and while the teams that had entered the event were known by name, MSC having played against many of them, the standard of the all-female teams was certainly unclear. Fears about how competitive this new team could be being highlighted in the first inning of the first game were the Diamond Squeezers conceded 6 runs and fail to get anyone close to scoring in reply. In the context of the day, that inning turned out to be their worst all day and the game settled down into a more competitive contest, Diamond Squeezers did loose however, 13-4. While they lost the second game of the day 10-4 to the Manchester ladies, the confidence was growing as the players became used to the system.

This growing confidence showed as they won 16-1 against the Pink Panthers with a polished performance, and followed that up with an 8-1 win over Scared Hitless from Leeds. Game five saw one of the best games of the day, while it was a 5-0 loss to Nottingham Sheriffs, it again showed the Diamond Squeezers were very hard to beat defensively, all the runs come in the very first inning.

Needing to win in their final game to progress to a trophy game, the Diamond Squeezers once again got their batting going and bear Pitchslap 10-4. With a 3-3 overall record, this put the Diamond Squeezers in the 3rd/4th Plate game against Scared Hitless.

This final game followed a similar pattern to the earlier meeting in the day, Diamond Squeezers again fielding very well and batting strongly to back it up. While 11-2 looks a wide margin, the game was a lot closer and only for some exceptional plays by Diamond Squeezers, the score would have been closer.

The whole day was a great success both for the ladies and the club and plans are already in place to enter Nottingham again next year, plus adding a trip to the Nationals, entering the annual Let the Girls Play and the MSC’s own all-female event in May 2016.


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What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

MSC Review of the Year Part 9. Royals Win 2015 Diamond Series

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The Maidenhead Royals capped their 2015 Tournament campaign by claiming the C-Grade Diamond Series title. The Diamond Series is played over 3 events, by 24 teams from all over the UK. Points are award for positional finishes over the three events. The Royals campaign began back in May with a very successful first day. Winning all their first round matches, put the Royals into main knock-out competition and an early win on day two over Farnham Park put them in the semi-finals. That game was the only one the Royals lost over the weekend, going out to the Oxford Oddsocks, who would go onto in the competition. A 3rd/4th Play-off win over the Vampire Batters, end the weekend for the Royals as 3rd overall and with a 7-1 record.

The second Diamond tournament didn’t start well for the Royals, losing their opening game to the Lucky Strikes, however they recovered well to win the next 3, but a late defeat on that first Saturday did look to have ended any chance of a top 8 finish. However, the Royals group was very tight and thanks to wins over the teams vying for top spot the Royals went into the Cup competition as group winners. That second Sunday saw the Royals play some of their best softball of the year, starting with an emphatic win over United Nations to semi-final against London based Death Stars. In a dominate display the Royals over powered the Death Stars to face the other unbeaten team, London Flames, in the final. A final that went right to the final inning and final two outs, at 17-17 a solo home run in the bottom of clip_image004the 7th saw the Royals over the line and take a lead in the overall series.

Holding an 11 point league in the series going into Diamond 3, the Royals made a positive start on the Saturday and with a 4-1 record achieved the first objective of the weekend and reaching the last 8. The quarter final that followed was effectively the championship game. London Flames were the only team left in the competition who could win the title over the Royals, so the quarter-final was a winner take all. In no less an epic game, the Royals came out on top to clinch a 3rd semi-final slot and guarantee the series win. A final win over London Raiders meant the weekend ended with a second consecutive final appearance. Although the tournament didn’t end with a second final win, 2nd place was more than enough to go one better than 2011 and give the Royals their first Diamond Series victory.


Missed Parts 1 to 8?


What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

MSC Review of the Year Part 8. Rebels at the 2016 Diamond Series

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As I look back in on the Rebel’s year the one trend I’m searching for is progression. Did they squad get better? Was there a mark improvement in the way they played and the results they achieved. When looking in isolation at the Diamond Series, and this is a series I use as a gauge, I can safely say, there was progression in the right direction.

To develop a club, sometimes you have to make hard choices about teams. 2015 was the year we put a lot more into the Royals at the Diamond Series and entered a development team in the Diamond Series. The difference in the way the squads were selected made it no surprise the two never met through the summer, but at the same time the squads were never divided so one team would fail, the Rebels squad had a lot of very talented players, it was whether they could gel together.

Diamond 1 back in May was the first real test and after the first Saturday, there were some doubts about if this was going to work as they finished bottom of their group. Granted the team was drawn into a group with Raiders Rewind and Retro, United Nations and Oxford Oddsoxs, but they did pull off a fantastic victory over the United Nations to give them something to cheer about. The Rebels Spoon challenge unfortunately didn’t materialize on the Sunday and ended in the first game, and with two more defeats, they unfortunately came bottom of the pile.

Diamond 2 was no kinder on the draw for the Rebels, United Nations were again in their group, plus London Flames who were one of the favorites for the series and the Mob who were runners-up in D1. As with D1, the Rebels again came bottom having won just one game again. Sunday started the same way, with an opening game defeat, but they day was not a complete blow out and the Rebels won a second game to at least place. Small steps are what we look for and 1 win at D1 was followed by 2 at D2, if they could manage to make it 3 wins at D3 they could have a shot at a final.

Diamond 3 and while they were being overshadowed by their sister team, the Royals going for the series, they went in knowing they could win games. Over the season you have to say the Rebels were unlucky with the draw. In the final group, London Flames again, Death Stars and Creamers all had cup competition pedigree, the Zoo were in their group along with RG Blue Sox. The Rebels were consistent over the year, coming in the bottom two of their group, having won one game on the Saturday. Sunday saw the Rebels catch a break, they got a bye in the quarter final stage to give them their first Semi-final appearance against Nottingham Tigers. Following their past trends, the Rebels won the second game and now had a Spoon final to look forward too. The final was rematch with RG Blue Sox, the team they had beaten on the Saturday. Was it possible that not only would they Rebels win a 3rd game but also a final? You have better believe it, the Diamond series ended with a Rebels victory and their highest finish of the year, a not to be laughed at 19th out of 24 for this very much developing team.

Progression is the key word and that is what we saw, 1 win, 2 wins, 3 wins and a Spoon victory. Something to build on and with the Rebels being the primary club team in the C-Grade section of the Diamond Series for 2016, more expectation.

That is all for 2016, for now we can feel proud that this squad, a squad that contained 6 players under 18, many playing the tournament scene for the first time. Well done Rebels a fantastic achievement.


Missed Parts 1 to 7?


What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

MSC Review of the Year Part 7. Rebels win their 1st BA Tournament Cup Final

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One of the marque tournaments of the season is the annual trip down the M4 to Heston to play in the British Airways Tournament. MSC has an indifferent record, over the years, we’ve won a few plates, but never quite made it to the final.

2015 was different.

The Rebels completed a perfect weekend by going 10-0 and picking up their first and the clubs first C-Grade Cup. An achievement that made it two wins in two weeks, after the success at Diamond 2 the previous week.

As we look back from cold December, 10-0 and a Cup win sounds like an easy weekend. Who goes 10-0 these days? Well, there is a lot more to the score line and the more we look back the more this stands out as one of the highlights of the year.

Saturday had most things, including the now expected afternoon monsoon that brings the games to halt for 10 minutes. The day started in reasonable shape, a win on Beachcombers partially settled the team, although Beachcombers did help the Rebels out a lot in that fixture. The next two games looked to be the toughest all day. Death Stars, who the Royals edged in the Diamond 2 semi-final the previous week, and Bristol Creamers, who have inflicted a number of beatings on the Rebels and Royals in the past. The Death Stars were not the same team as 6 days previous and like the Beachcombers aided the Rebels to a surprise victory. The Creamers didn’t disappoint and this game could have gone either way, but gaining in confidence, the Rebels too an early lead and through excellent defence won by 1 single run. Extremely close games were now the pattern that now was to be repeated a few times now. The last game of the day against the Raiders. Looking at the schedule a 2-2 first day was something the Rebels would have taken, 3-1 was also acceptable, but the team had other ideas and went for 4-0. The Raiders put up a fierce fight, the Rebels for the first time all day had to come from behind, but the confidence from the previous wins was now evident and taking it right down to the wire the Rebels came out on top to lead the group on 4-0.

Sunday saw the Rebels beat RP Hawks and Blitz C both by 1 run in a very slow start IMAG0532to the day. It was starting to look like the Rebels were using all the luck up in these close game and with the hosts up next, was the run going to come to a sudden end?

The early morning funk was dispelled with a convincing win over BA, and at 7-0 a cup a first Cup finals was within reach for the Rebels. Standing in their way of were the Vampire Batters. This game, was the BACupTravellingstart of a sequence that could see the Rebels play 3 games back to back. If they were now going to win the event, it was going to be the hard way. The Vampires Batters are a team that enjoy playing MSC teams, but on this occasion the Rebels came out on top and guaranteed a Final place and all but guaranteed finishing top of the pool. With only the Redbacks able to stop the Rebels going unbeaten in the group phase, and with a final place in the bag, you’d have thought that would be a distinct possibility. But the Rebels continued their run and topped the final group standings to set up a final against the RP Hawks. The Final, as the group game, was a tight affair through 5 innings, at this point the Rebels pulled away to secure the Cup 25-7.

An amazing weekend, a real highlight on the MSC Year and set the watermark for all future Rebel performances. As an added bonus, it means the team should appear on the cover page of next year’s BA Tournament pack.

Missed Parts 1 to 6?


What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

MSC Review of the Year Part 6. Royals Rollercoaster League Year.

2015 was certainly a rollercoaster year for the Royals in the league. A season that started with a real bang as the Royals scored 11 runs in their very first at bat against the Farnham Flames. That game ended with the Royals scoring another 11 runs to register a 34-17 win and a very positive start. The shape of the season was brought into context in the next game. A tough away trip to BA Jets is never the Royals favourite away day and this one proved to be one of the worst. A 24-1 defeat would be the worst the Royals would suffer all season and be the poorest they would play.

Next up came RG Blue Sox 1 and for 4 innings the Royals looked to have overcome the previous weeks result as they surged into a 19-8 lead. However, RG produced a thrilling come back and took the game 21-20 in the last inning. This defeat was equally as frustrating as the week before and traveling to RP for week 4 the Royals needed to bounce back quickly. The 28-7 win was to be one of the high points of the season and one of the best overall league performance. This was the perfect way to setup a visit the 2014 Champions. 12 months ago the Royals had held Farnham Phoenix to a 20-20 draw. In 2015 the Phoenix repeated the feat of scoring 20 runs, however the Royals could only manage 5 leaving the Royals on 2-3 going into a crucial game against the Wildcats. The Royals needed a win, even this early in the season, and with the Wildcats having won on their previous three visits, this was not going to be easy and so it turned out. As with the RG game, the Royals raced into a 17-3 lead only to see the Wildcats fight back in the last inning. A very nervous 7th inning saw the Wildcats just fall short and this time the Royals won 21-20.

Going into the halfway point the Royals were on a rollercoaster, great moments followed by terrible ones. The Wildcat game had had all of those, but a win was a real boost. However, this wasn’t to last, the following weeks trip to the Knights was another poor away display, the 18-3 defeat started a run of poor results. The reverse fixture saw the Royals in another 1 run game, this time the Farnham Flames raced into a 9-5 lead and the Royals had fight back, but again lost out 17-16. Unable to field a team against BA, the Royals travelled to RG having lost 3 in a row. This became 4 in a row as they Royals again let another team jump out to a big lead. A 7 run 7th inning put some respectability in the 17-15 score, but little else.

The last month of the season came with the Royals needed wins to avoid a potential relegation battle. This last month proved to be the best of the year, and but for some back luck they almost won all four of the of their games. First up the Royals completed the double over RP, winning 22-7 and easing any fear of relegation. A narrow 11-8 defeat against the Farnham Phoenix was more down to an injury that caused a formation change than anything. The penultimate game of the season saw the Royals travel to their favourite away ground, local rivals the Wildcats. This was another profitable trip down to Bray and the 22-2 win guaranteed Division 1 softball for 2016. The last game saw the Royals save the best for last, the 8-4 win against the Windsor Knights was a solid overall performance and something to remember going into 2016.

IMG_2618The Royals ended 2015 in 5th place, winning 6 and losing 8 games. It could have been so much more, the Royals having had several chances to win more. Too often the Royals only played a few innings out of the 7. At times they were very good, but too often they gave teams a 4 or 5 inning start or fell away from the 5th inning. Not at all like the way the team played in the tournaments and most notably in the Diamond Series. To put in a more serious challenge in 2016, consistency will be the main area to work on

The inconsistency of the year was highlighted in the MVP voting. Whereas the Rebels and Marvlovians were unanimous in their voting the Royals had four candidates across the league and club. Kai Benaim and Dallas Huntley represented the club at the All-Star game, while Julia Barlow, for a 4th time, and Grant Bergman won the Club MVP awards.

Missed Parts 1 to 5?


What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Poster_thumb_thumb_thumbMaidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

MSC Review of the Year Part 5. Marlovians break top four

Marvs2016This was the first year for the Marlovians playing within the Maidenhead club structure. The year had started with them playing as the Marlow Mariners in the indoor league, but moved over soon after to become part of the MSC. A move that by the time August came around had yielded their best season in the Windsor League.

Bolstered by some of last years Maidenhead Rebels and a Royal to prove some more experience, the Marlovians opened the 2015 campaign with an impressive 19-8 win of RP Hawks. The impressive scoring power of the Marlovians would appear time again all year and lead to them being the second highest scorers in the league, only the first placed Rattlesnakes would score more all year. What impressed in the first game was their ability to defend, again only the Rattlesnakes would concede fewer runs all year. Week two and the the BA Flyers became the next team to fall 23-8 as the Marlovians came from 5-2 down. At this point both Rebels and Marlovians were on winning runs but it was the Marlovians who topped the table thanks to their offensive power. As the first month of the season ended a third win in row, 24-9 against RG Blue Sox 2, kept them top and on a high going into a big clash with the Rattlesnakes. June 4th saw the eagerly anticipated table topping clash against the Rattlesnakes, a game that eddied and flowed and didn’t disappoint. It was the Rattlesnakes who came out on top, 18-16, handing the Marlovians their first defeat of the year and knocking them off top spot for the first time. Their second defeat wasn’t long in coming, a 15-14 defeat away at Bracknell Scorchers put the Marlovians below Rebels for the first time this season, with the club derby to come. The first club derby of the year was not quite the game everyone hoped, the Marlovians found their defensive skills and the Rebels had no answer to their batting. The 23-7 result was a fair reflection on the game and put the Marlovians above their fellow club team again, a position they would not loose again.

The return fixtures started badly for the Marlovians, a disappointing away trip to RP saw them loose their 3 game in their last 4 and with defeats already to Rattlesnakes and Bracknell, a title run was starting to slip away. A double header was next on the schedule and two wins against Farnham Firebirds put them back in with a chance of at least a runners-up spot. That chance seemed to be more real as they completed the double over BA Flyers with a 22-18 win at home. The Marlovian season was defined in the final weeks of July, it was a poor month as they went on a 3 game loosing streak, first falling to the RG Blue Sox 2 18-16, then loosing the return games against Rattlesnakes, 33-20 and Bracknell 17-14. That final result, all but sealed any chance the Marlovians had of a top two finish, with just the return derby to come, 3rr place was the best they could hope for.

The return derby was a much closer affair, the Marlovians completed the double over the Rebels, 18-12, and ended their campaign on a high. A week later, the Rebels did them a big favour by beating BA Flyers in a make up game to hand 3rd place to the Marlovians.

All in all this was a fantastic season for the Marv’s, they achieved their highest finish, their most wins in a single season, most runs scored and fewest conceded. There were some outstanding performances, not least from Evan Harvey. Coming over to help from the Rebels, Evan won both the league MVP for the team and the team MVP award. On the female side, Natalie Birch mirrored Evan’s achievement and took both the female awards.

2016 holds great hope that the Marlovians can go at least one better and finish runners up, although the Rebels will probably have a say in that.

Missed Parts 1 to 4?


What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk