GB Minime (Under-13) Girls’ Fastpitch Team (also known as the London Cubs)
Founded in 2004
Team Manager: Julie Spittle
Head Coach: Beth Perkins
Assistant Coaches: Jodie Rushin, Nadya Pavlova
Current European Ranking: 7th
Last Official Competition: The Massimo Romeo Youth Trophy (formerly the European Minime Championships), held in Collecchio, Italy near Parma, in August 2016, where the team won two games, competed in most others and finished in seventh place.
Next Official Competition: The Massimo Romeo Youth Trophy in Collechio, Italy in 2017.
Tryout Information - 9-13 years of age: Squad trials will be held in the spring of 2017. Players do not need any previous fastpitch or even softball experience to attend trials, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. To attend trials or practices, contact Head Coach Beth Perkins.
Leagues for Under-13 players
London Sports provides playing opportunities for girls and boys from 5-15 years of age in both softball and baseball. GB coaches will assess players for the 2015 GB Minime European travel team. Games are played at Wormwood Scrubs, Artillery Way, off Du Cane Road, Wormwood Scrubs, London W12 OAE. For more information, see www.londonsports.com or follow on twitter: @london_sports.
The Great Britain Fastpitch League for girls and boys aged 9-14 is supported by the GB coaches as this is where players can get game experience before travel. All are welcome to join the league and no prior experience is necessary. Games are played at Farnham Park, Beaconsfield Road, Farnham Royal, Slough SL2 3BP and Richings Park Sports Club, Wellesley Road, Richings Park, Iver, Bucks SL0 9BN.
BSUK's Academy Softball allows players to continue to play and train over the winter and into the spring, ensuring they are prepared for the 2016 season. The Academy is open to all players aged 10 to 25, and there are National sessions held at Milton Keynes and Regional sessions in London. For dates and venues, check The Academy section of BSUK's website (see link below).
Cost and Structure
Registering for Academy Softball costs £75 for a Full/National Membership, which entitles athletes to attend all national and regional practices. Alternatively, athletes can register as Regional Members for just £55, which permits them to attend only the regional Academy sessions.
Athletes will receive an Academy T-shirt and cap or visor with their registration, along with an Athlete Handbook. Additional apparel (hoodies, batting gloves, dri-fit performance tops) can be purchased at the time of registration.
To register for National and/or Regional Academy Baseball or Academy Softball sessions, please go to the Academy Registration Page on the BSUK website.
Farnham Park Playing Fields
Slough, SL2 3BP
Woughton-On-The-Green Sports Pavilion
Off Newport Rd
Milton Keynes, MK6 3EA
For more information, visit The Academy section of BSUK's website.
An inspiring video talk on how one member of the GB Under-13 Team discovered softball can be seen here: http://youtu.be/40S4DQGmvrQ.
For more information about the GB Under-13 programme please contact Beth Perkins.