The British Softball Federation wishes to appoint a Safeguarding Liaison Officer (SLO) to play an essential role in fulfilling the BSF’s commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The SLO will oversee the implementation of the Joint Safeguarding Policy on behalf of the BSF and will work directly with BaseballSoftballUK’s Lead Welfare Officer.
Concussion in sport has been much in the news lately following a number of incidents in the recent football World Cup, and the British Softball Federation thinks that more awareness of the issue in softball and baseball would be a good thing – particularly where youth players are concerned.
The British Softball Federation Executive is looking to develop guidance for individuals, teams and leagues regarding players playing softball when pregnant, and the Executive is keen to speak to doctors and other medical professionals in the softball community.
One post remains unfilled on the BSF Executive—that of Welfare Officer. This is a key role and the Executive is looking for suitable candidates to come forward.
After several months of consultation and refinement, the BSF Executive has now published minimum requirements that must be met in order for young people aged under 18 to play, coach or umpire in adult softball teams, whether slowpitch or fastpitch. A vote at the BSF AGM in February has made these requirements mandatory rather than voluntary guidelines.
The East Midlands Softball League has become the first slowpitch league in the UK to vote that all players must wear helmets when batting or baserunning. This policy will come into effect for the 2013 season.
The US military-based BBK (BeBe’s Kidz) Slowpitch Softball Club in Germany, which sends a team to our Softball World Series every year, has issued a European-wide challenge to softball teams to raise money for children’s charities of their choice, and the BSF is putting its support behind the project.