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GREAT BRITAIN: NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE AND COMPETITORS

GREAT BRITAIN: NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE AND COMPETITORS

By British Baseball Federation

The British Baseball Federation has confirmed the teams who will compete in the 2011 National Baseball Championships (NBC) on 10-11 September in Hemel Hempstead.

The British Baseball Federation has confirmed the dates and venue of the 2011 National Baseball Championships (NBC), where the National League, AAA, AA and Single-A season titles will be awarded.

The NBC will be held on the weekend of 10-11 September at Grovehill Playing Fields in Hemel Hempstead, home to the Herts Baseball Club. However, it will be the Great Britain Baseball programme that is hosting the event in a bid to raise funds for the national teams. Herts has generously donated the use of their two purpose-built baseball diamonds, which makes a significant contribution to Team GB’s fundraising efforts over the NBC weekend. Grovehill Playing Fields was the site of the 2010 Championships.

Also supporting the British Baseball Federation with preparations for the NBC is BaseballSoftballUK, the national development agency for both sports.

FINALS SCHEDULE

On Saturday 10 September, the National Baseball League (NBL) and AAA will stage 9-inning semifinal games in a single-elimination format to determine which two teams shall advance to the final.

The next day — Sunday 11 September — they will be joined by the top two teams from the AA and Single-A divisions, and all four leagues will play their championship showdowns.

The NBL final will take place at 15:00 GMT on Diamond One. The Single-A final will begin earlier in the day on the adjacent field at 09:30, followed by the AAA final at 12:30 and the AA final at 15:30.

NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

National Baseball League (NBL)

Sat 10 Sept 11:00 Diamond 1 Game 1 Southampton Mustangs @ Lakenheath Diamondbacks 9 innings
Sat 10 Sept 15:00 Diamond 1 Game 2 Southern Nationals @ Richmond Flames 9 innings
Sun 11 Sept 15:00 Diamond 1 Final Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner 9 innings

 

AAA

Sat 10 Sept 11:00 Diamond 2 Game 1 Essex Redbacks @ Liverpool Trojans 9 innings
Sat 10 Sept 15:00 Diamond 2 Game 2 Halton Jaguars* @ Bristol Badgers 9 innings
Sun 11 Sept 12:30 Diamond 2 Final Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner 9 innings

 

 * Halton Jaguars have withdrawn from the NBC, and the BBF will announce the final AAA competitor in the coming days.

 

AA

Sun 11 Sept 15:30 Diamond 2 Final Bolton Robots of Doom @ Latin Boys 9 innings

 

A

Sun 11 Sept 09:30 Diamond 2 Final Birmingham Maple Leafs @ Cambridge Royals 9 innings

SHOWCASE EVENT

Spectators from all across Britain are expected to attend the National Baseball Championships, and there is no charge for admission to any of the games.

Professional caterers will be barbecuing burgers, hot dogs and more on both days with all proceeds going directly to Great Britain Baseball. There will be a mobile bar on site with cold draught beer on tap, and Team GB will sell ice-cold sports drinks courtesy of their official drinks sponsor, Gatorade.

Also attending is GB Baseball travel partner Virgin Atlantic, who are in discussions with the BBF to offer a special airfare scheme to the British public in support of the national baseball team.

FUNDRAISING FOR TEAM GB

Team GB will be selling a selection of merchandise and equipment to help raise money for next year’s international competitions, such as the European Championships and the World Baseball Classic qualifiers.

On sale will be a range of brand-new maple bats from official team sponsors X Bat and Mattingly, as well as XProTeX and Cutters batting gloves, EvoShield protective wear for batters, Phiten titanium bracelets and necklaces, Mattingly equipment bags, Big League Chew bubble gum and official Great Britain Baseball team wear such as t-shirts and baseball caps.

Supporters will be able to purchase equipment and apparel by cash, cheque or credit and debit card payments.

In addition to merchandise, the national teams programme will also conduct a raffle with exciting prizes. Team GB would be grateful for additional contributions to the raffle from the British baseball community; please contact General Manager Jason Greenberg if you have raffle prizes to donate.

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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