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Registration is open for 2019/2020 Team UK u10s Academy

Updated: Oct 22, 2019



The Team UK u10s coach-pitch programme has announced full details of its upcoming Baseball Academy for 6-9 year olds starting in October 2019.


After successfully launching the Academy during the last off-season, plans are in place to expand the programme, with a greater number of indoor sessions to keep our little sluggers active during the Autumn and Winter.


You can register your child now via the following link:


http://bit.ly/teamukacademy


Date and times of Academy


Sunday 27th October 2019 Sunday 24th November 2019 Sunday 12th January 2019  Sunday 9th February 2019 (designated Super Cup squad trials date) Sunday 23rd February 2019


All Academy sessions are 10.30am-2.30pm


Eligibility 


The Academy is open to boys and girls who already have some reasonable experience of playing baseball. Players need to be aged 6-9 on 31st December 2019 and UK resident. 


Cost of Academy


All academy players who register before the first Academy session, will be provided an Academy t-shirt and baseball cap.


There are two options for how you can pay for membership of the Academy:


Option 1: pre-paid annual membership £80 (Early bird offer reduces this fee to £70, if registration is submitted before Monday 30th September)


Option 2: monthly payment plan £20 per month, collected during the months of October, November, December, January and February


All payments are collected by direct debit 

Venue


All sessions will be held at:


The Radcliffe School

Aylesbury St

W, Wolverton

Milton Keynes

MK12 5BT


Super Cup 2020



As part of our development pathway, we will be providing the opportunity to try out for the Team UK u10s travel team, who again will be participating in the IBD Super Cup tournament in Prague, which is being held 6th-8th June 2020.


Further details about this overseas tournament opportunity will be released in the coming weeks and months.


Team UK u10s to administer Coach Pitch regular season


In addition to our plans to expand our Academy, the Team UK u10s programme will be stepping up to administer a schedule of ‘regular season’ coach pitch games during April and May.


A draft schedule has already been drawn up and we will be engaging with youth programmes across the country during the upcoming off-season to begin the registration process.


Team UK u10s to administer National coach pitch tournaments


Plans are also in place for Team UK u10s to administer two National coach pitch tournaments from 2020. We will be effectively taking over the running of the Coach Pitch divisions from the UK Little League and BBF YNBC tournaments, which are traditionally held in June and September.


Team UK u10s will administer the rules, schedules and the overall running of the tournaments. In view of our international connections, we also have the opportunity to attract overseas coach pitch teams to the June tournament.


Team UK u10s General Manager Matt Crawshaw, explains the thinking behind these new initiatives



“In 2017, following the creation of the Team UK u10s programme, a five year strategy was established to help expand the reach of this baseball format and age group across the UK.


Our vision was three-fold:


· To double participation of 6-9 year olds in organised club baseball by the year 2022

· Build a programme not just a team, so that this age group can not only grow but enjoy a long-term sustainable future

· Create a pipeline of talented British players who can make the step up to the Great Britain u12 programme


We have got off to a great start and want to continue to build on the following success stories:


· Team UK u10s win the IBD Yellow Cup in their first entry into the Super Cup in 2017

· Team UK u10s moved up two divisions to win the IBD Blue Cup in 2018

· Great Britain u12 programme was re-established in 2018, after being dormant for almost a generation

· Team UK u10s Academy launched in 2019

· Team UK u10s participate in their third consecutive final at Super Cup 2019, finishing Yellow Cup runners-up to China

· Great Britain u12 programme selects one third of its 2019 roster from Team UK Alumni


We hope you can join us during this off-season’s Team UK u10s Academy and help us develop the future of British Baseball now!”

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