Rain wins again!

Unfortunately The Jets doubleheader against the Bristol Brunels was cancelled last Sunday due to the heavy rain.

The poor weather so far this season has led to the cancellation of many games around the SWWBL League including 3 of our own games.

The SWWBL committee has looked at various options to make sure the league fixtures are fulfilled and has decided to extend the season deeper into august by putting back the Championship Game and also by unfortunately cancelling the rookies Future Cup game. We will put up the new revised fixture list as soon as it is confirmed.

Doubleheader Defeats

The Jets travelled to Somerdale in Bristol for a 2 game doubleheader against a strong Bristol Bats side on Sunday.

After a couple of quick outs in the first inning of game 1, Tamandaré Roy Gillett making his Weston debut smashed a fantastic triple base shot to deep right field driving home Weston’s first run of the day.

buy gabapentin 300 mg uk Roy Gillett hit a tremendous triple!

Bristol came back very strongly however scoring 5 runs in both of their first innings to take a commanding lead and their pitching from Tyron Porter proved to be far to strong for Weston to overcome as the Jets found getting any hits very difficult to come by, only managing 5 all game although the whole team battled well in difficult blustery conditions and there were promising debuts from some new Jets players, http://humanesmarts.org/product-tag/play/privacy-policy Roy Gillett in particular and also http://lksquaredphoto.com/going-christmas-crazy/ Jamie Lawrence who batted very well and also took a couple of great catches.

Left Fielder Jamie Lawrence

The final score in Game 1 was Bristol Bats 14 Weston Jets 4.

The second game of the day followed a very similar theme to the first, with Weston again struggling to find their offensive rhythm against another strong Bristol pitcher, only managing 4 hits all game while in turn giving up 14 hits to their opponents. .

Game 2 saw another Jets debut, Areiel Wolanow replacing Nick Hodder at first base. While right fielder Paul Reardon batted patiently and had a 100% record of getting on base while veterans Dan Kirby-James and Darren Hines both put in useful shifts on both sides of the ball but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Jets from going down to another defeat this time by the score of 17 runs to 5.

Areiel Wolanow on 1st

Centre Fielder Dan Kirby-James said after the game; “We’re not too disheartened, we were playing a strong Bats side and both of their starting pitchers were very good. Aaron Moore pitched a complete game for the first time today and did well on the mound. He didn’t give up too many walks and just needs the confidence to add some more velocity to his pitches. Cosmin (Bilciurescu) and Russell (Carpenter) had great games in the field but need to improve their batting to help out on offence. Jamie Lawrence played 2 full games in left field and did very well especially fielding difficult ground balls, he just needs to work on his judgment to catch more fly (high) balls. Roy Gillett earned himself the MVP award on his debut with an awesome triple and he also took an amazing catch over his shoulder which was moving all over the place in the wind…unfortunately he then forgot the game was still live at that point and was late making the throw which allowed Bristol to score, but that’s all part of the learning process”.

Aaron Moore at the plate

Nick Hodder added; “ Whilst it was disappointing not to continue the winning ways of the past 2 games, it’s tough games like this that really help the team develop and we will head into the next game full of confidence”.

Aaron Moore and Nick Hodder relaxing between games

Next up for the Jets is a home match against another Bristol side when League newcomers Bristol Brunels take on Weston on the 4th July at Robson Field. First pitch will be at 12 noon.

Jets Move Into Second Place After Bears Split

Nick Hodder on defensive duties

After the long road trip to Newquay to play the Cornish Claycutters last weekend which resulted in a win and a draw for the Jets, this weekend saw league newcomers Bournemouth Bears travel to Weston to take on the Jets at their home ground Robson Field.

Although new to the South West Baseball League, Bournemouth have a long history and a strong side and they quickly raced into a commanding 4-1 lead after just 3 innings in Game 1 of the scheduled doubleheader.

Garry Webb tagging out a Bournemouth runner

The Jets however roared back into contention in the bottom of the 4th inning when shortstop Dan Kirby-James hit a terrific triple to deep left field which drove in 3 Weston runs. A great defensive double play by the Jets in the final inning retired the Bears without them adding to their lead and Weston smelled blood. Last week’s home run king Nick Hodder almost repeated the feat again, his deep blast falling just short of the fence for a double. Garry Webb then hit a single to drive Hodder home and this was followed by some patient batting at the plate notably from rookie third baseman Russell Carpenter which resulted in 4 more Weston runs and a final score line of Jets 10 Bears 9.

James Mortimer at the plate

Sadly Weston couldn’t find a repeat of the winning formula in game 2 despite some fine pitching from James Carter making his debut on the mound. Aaron Moore was also extremely unlucky, hitting some fine shots but unfortunately being caught every time. Dan Kirby-James said afterwards “ Aaron was particularly unlucky today. One catch that got him out was the finest catch I’ve witnessed at this level”. 

Yolanda Berry got a fantastic unassisted double play but the Jets ultimately tired in the blazing heat and Bournemouth took the win in Game 2 by 10 runs to 5.

Darren Hines and James Carter shelter from the heat between innings

Kirby-James commented, “I was very pleased with how patient our batting was. Russell (Carpenter) in particular put into practice what he had learnt from training and recognised what his strike zone was and played effectively earning himself quite a few walks. The comeback by our guys in the 4th inning of Game 1 was especially pleasing and galvanised the team and our morale. Our base running was on point all day but unfortunately their catcher was very good and had a great throw and was very effective with his pick off attempts”.

The results leave the Jets second in their division having won 2 and lost 2 games.

The team have a weekend off next week before an away game against the Bristol Bats on June 27th.

Weston Make A Winning Start to 2021

After the complete loss of the 2020 season due to the pandemic and a further delay of two weekends due to the weather, competitive baseball finally resumed when the Weston Jets made the long road trip to Newquay to play the Cornish Claycutters in a two game double-header.

It looked a very daunting task for an inexperienced Jets side facing off away from home against one of the very best teams in the south west, in fact Weston were without their top five hitters from the last season and five players in the starting line-up were making their Weston debuts.

Yolanda Berry made history by becoming the first woman to play a competitive league game, starting at second base for Weston.

Yolanda Berry and Areiel Wolanow

The Jets however started strongly in Game one left fielder Aaron Moore and captain Nick Hodder both driving in runs to give Weston a narrow 4-3 lead after one inning, helped by an outstanding catch at the centre field fence by James Mortimer and some fine defensive plays by shortstop Cosmin Bilciurescu.

Cornwall came back strongly as expected, and by the mid game point led by three runs.

A well hit ball from Hodder fell agonisingly short of the fence and unfortunately no runs were scored.

Hodder was to have his moment with his next at-bat however, when he launched a ball deep over the left field fence for the Jet’s first home run of the new season.

Nick Hodder blasts his first ever Home Run!!

Ultimately though the Claycutter’s defence proved the difference.

Two good double plays saw the visitors edge game one by the final score of 10 runs to eight.

Winning Pitcher Lee Sargent

Game two saw Aaron Moore start as pitcher for the Jets for the first time and he was understandably shaky in his first appearance giving up eight hits and walking six batters.

Cornwall were also struggling on the mound however and after two innings the score was tied at 10 runs apiece.

Veteran Lee Sargent took over pitching duties for the Jets and assisted by some great defence, the Jets were again hanging on and trailing by just two runs as the game entered it’s later stages.

It was Cornwall’s pitcher whose nerve broke first, giving up six walks which were capitalised upon by some aggressive Weston base-running which included a steal of home plate by Darren Hines, and Sargent closed the game out helped by a brilliant diving stop at first base by Hodder to earn a great first win of the new season by 16 runs to 14.

Afterwards Nick Hodder said: “It was a huge achievement for me personally to finally hit a home run especially after going so close in my previous at-bat.

“The team played brilliantly as a unit, James (Mortimer) took a great catch and Cosmin (Bilciurescu) made some fantastic stops. Given that for some of the players it was their first competitive game ever.

“I was delighted to earn the MVP award but it really was a great whole team effort”.

Introducing Our New Name and Logo

The South West Baseball League (SWBL) have officially changed it’s name to become the South West & Wales Baseball League (SWWBL).

The decision was made to more clearly reflect the locations of the teams in our league which of course includes Cardiff Merlins, (currently the only Welsh team competing in British adult leagues).

In addition it was thought important to highlight the league’s partnership with RBI Wales.

The new logo is based on the familiar shape of a baseball field and incorporates the diamond of our old logo. The centre of the logo features an interlocked S and W with the extra W shown by a line within it.

In addition to the new logo, Black Dog Collective have created alternative logos and a wordmark for us.

BASEBALL IS BACK!!!!!

After losing the whole of the 2020 Season to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Baseball finally at long last is just around the corner!

The BBF have just released the following :

24 March 2021

British Baseball Federation (BBF) return to baseball play guidelines 

According to the government, “This COVID-19 Response sets out how the Government will continue to protect and support people across the UK and provides a roadmap out of the current lockdown in England,” according to the statement. Four steps are outlined in the roadmap for easing restrictions. Before moving on to the next step, the government will review the data to determine the previous step’s effect.

Sport (baseball) and physical activity are extremely important in our lives; but, in order to meet broader public health goals, certain activities and environments have been restricted in order to limit social contact and decrease transmission.

Where the rules mention ‘organised’ sport, this means sport which is formally organised by a qualified instructor, club, national governing body (BBF), company or charity and follows sport-specific guidance. If the sport is not organised by one of these groups (for example, some friends playing catch) or the sport’s NGB (BBF) guidance is not being followed (for example, a baseball club ignoring the BBF’s safety measures), this is considered to be informal or self-organised sport.

Taking part in organised sport sometimes means that other restrictions such as legal gathering limits don’t apply when taking part. This is because the organising body has considered the risks and set out ways to mitigate them so people can participate safely. Informal or self-organised sport is not covered by any exemptions.

The UK government has released guidelines for the safe return to play. Below is a summary and guidelines subject to change. 

8 March: 

  • All children and students can return to schools and universities, for example, to receive face-to-face education. It is up to the individual schools to determine how physical education will be implemented. All sports facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are currently closed and cannot be used for exercise or recreation. People should exercise and relax in their immediate surroundings (for example, in the village, town, or part of the city where they live), rather than travelling to do so. However, with a few exceptions, such as the support bubble, everyone can stay at home. 

29 March: 

  • People will not be required to stay at home, and will be permitted to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people, or as a group of two households, for exercise or recreation.
  • A group made up of two households can include more than six people, but only where all members of the group are from the same two households (or support/childcare bubbles, where eligible).
  • Social distancing must be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble. 
  • Outdoor baseball for adults and children is permitted in larger numbers (greater than six), provided it is formally organised (for example, by a national governing body “BBF”  or a qualified instructor/coach) and follows government and BBF COVID-secure guidance.
  • Organised sport (baseball) and supervised children’s sport and physical activity can take place outdoors in any number, but people should maintain the rules on social contact before and after sporting activity. This applies to organised outdoor (individual and team) sports (baseball), organised sports participation events and outdoor licensed physical activity. 
  • Participants should adhere to social distancing when not actively participating (e.g. during breaks in play, or when awaiting substitutions). 
  • Social interaction before and after playing baseball should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to six people or two households. 
  • Baseball training and game-play should be organised to reduce the level of contact so far as reasonably possible and take steps to minimise risk. 
  • Where baseball activities are not formally organised, it can only take place within the rules on social contact above – in groups of up to six people, or two households. 
  • Outdoor sport facilities can reopen, and can be used for sport, physical activity and exercise.
  • Changing rooms should not be used, except by people with disabilities, although toilet facilities can be accessed.
  • Spectators are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility. This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults  should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble.
  • Always check that it is safe to travel before you set out to take part in baseball activities. You should minimise travel wherever possible, but you can travel to exercise and take part in informal and organised baseball activities, where necessary. You should not stay away from home overnight for baseball and physical activity. 
  • Baseball game officials, medics, scorers and coaches should observe the relevant guidance in the same way as participants. Where legal gathering limits apply, people participating in a volunteering capacity (such as umpires, scorekeepers, medics and coaches) are exempt and therefore not included in the number of participants. However they must remain socially distanced from players where possible during play. 
  • Toilets use will be limited e.g., they must be sanitised accordingly after each use. 
  • Clubs should also update their Key COVID-19 contact and participants with the BBF and update their clubs medical emergency action plan.

No earlier than 12 April (five weeks after Step 1):

  • Formal (club/coach supervised) organised outdoor baseball activities can occur for youths and adults.
  • Outdoor unorganised activity (non-club/non-coached) can take place in groups of six.
  • Outdoor competition can take place (club/coach supervised). 
  • Indoor leisure facilities open for use individually or within household groups.
  • Indoor group training allowed for u18s and disabled people.
  • Spectators allowed, subject to government guidelines. 
  • Changing rooms can reopen. However, under strict COVID-19 hygiene guidelines. 
  • Outdoor food and drink allows following the rule of six or two households. 
  • Participants travel to and from events should be minimised. 

No earlier than 17th May (five weeks after Step 2):

  • Formal, organised outdoor baseball activities that are Covid-secure can take place for both youth and adults.
  • Outdoor competition can take place.
  • Accommodation/hotels are open, allowing for two-day events, and larger-scale events are permitted with spectators.
  • Indoor leisure facilities open for use individually or within household groups.
  • Indoor organised group training for youths and adults.
  • No travel restrictions.

No earlier than 21st June (five weeks after Step 3): 

  • No legal limits on social contact.
  • Club and competition can return to normal.
  • Individual activity can return to normal.

IMPORTANT: 

  • Every club or organisation needs to have an assigned COVID-19 Key Contact responsible for conducting a risk assessment. Following our safety guidelines and sign off, the event is Covid-secure. 
  • A Key Covid contact needs to register with the BBF. 

When planning a baseball activity, you should ensure that:

  • All participants and attendees (including players, officials, organisers, scorers, volunteers and spectators) are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and the need to self-assess before attending every baseball activity.
  • Any participant or other attendee reporting symptoms does not attend and is directed to follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
  • Participants are aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in baseball activity, based on the national governing body’s (BBF) guidance and risk assessment.
  • Participants are strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the baseball setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.
  • Participants continue to adhere to legal gathering limits before and after baseball activities, act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
  • Participants are aware that they are choosing to take part in the modified version of the game, including any relevant COVID-19 measures, and should comply with these measures as a condition of participation.

THE ABOVE IS INCOMPLETE, AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. UPDATES WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE. 

We (BBF) have taken reasonable steps to ensure that the website and all information provided on or through it is accurate. However, the BBF assumes no responsibility for information contained on this website and disclaims all liability in respect of such information.

We shall not be held liable for any losses you suffer, including any indirect or consequential loss, including but not limited to loss of business or profits or any other financial loss arising out of or in any way connected with the use of this site.

The BBF Board are not responsible for the content of any sites directly or indirectly linked to or linked from any pages on this website. 

Bournemouth Bears join the SWBL

On Wednesday 24th March the SWBL Committee released the following statement:

“We are delighted to announce that the new Bournemouth Bears Single A team has joined the league ready for the coming season and we look forward to working with them to make 2021 baseball a success in the region.

This takes the total number of teams to eight with the league winners taking part in the BBF national playoffs in September.

Bournemouth Bears A
Bristol Bats
Bristol Brunels
Bristol Buccaneers
Cardiff Merlins
Cornish Claycutters
Taunton Muskets
Weston Jets

The Bournemouth Bears are the reigning British Baseball AA Champions while their senior AAA won the National Championship by defeating Bristol Badgers in 2019.

WBL

The Four teams that left the South West Baseball League (SWBL) following it’s decision to affiliate with the British Baseball Federation (BBF), the National Governing Body for Baseball in the UK have launched their own new independent league.

The new Westcountry Baseball League is to launch in 2021 with teams from across Somerset and Devon

The new league committee announced:

“The continued growth of baseball in the South West has been boosted with the launch of the Westcountry Baseball League.
The new, independent league is aiming to open its season in May, COVID-19 restrictions permitting, with the Exeter Spitfires, Newton Brewers, Plymouth Mariners and Yeovil Whirlwinds all announcing they will all be participating.
It is anticipated that further teams will be joining the inaugural season in the very near future.
In a joint statement, the four founding clubs said: “We are delighted to be able to be part of the WBL and to encourage even more men and women to get involved in this sport across the region.
“The South West has seen some of the fastest growth in baseball participation in the UK thanks to the welcoming and competitive environment we have created. We will be proud to see the Westcountry Baseball League continue this tradition through the involvement of both highly experienced clubs, alongside teams and players who are new to the sport.
“The WBL has also registered its interest in signing up to the Baseball Softball UK charter as it looks to be part of a progressive national framework for development, as well as being part of the British Baseball Council.
“After a tremendously difficult year due to a pandemic unprecedented for many generations, we are all looking forward to the safe return of baseball in 2021.”

Weston Jets Chairman Kev Robson added, “ It is very sad to see the Brewers, Mariners, Whirlwinds and Spitfires leave the SWBL. We wish the new Westcounty Baseball League and all the players and officials from those clubs all our best wishes for future success and hope that we can meet them again on a baseball diamond again very soon”.

The Times They are A Changing

SOUTH WEST BASEBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES POSITIVE CHANGES FOR 2021

The South West Baseball League (SWBL) has announced a series of changes aimed at further developing the game in the region and across the UK.

Seven teams, the Bristol Bats, Bristol Buccaneers, Bristol Brunels, Cardiff Merlins, Cornish Claycutters, Weston Jets and Taunton Muskets, will affiliate to the British Baseball Federation (BBF), the game’s national governing body.

These teams will compete for a place in the Single A national playoffs, scheduled in September, for the first time.

They will join the region’s AAA teams, Bristol Badgers, BC Vetra, SW Rebeldes and Bournemouth Bears in the national championships, establishing the region as the largest baseball community outside London.

“We want to reflect the growing participation in this great sport in the region and give all the players at whatever level the chance to take on the best from across the UK,” said Dan McKimm, the league’s Commissioner. “The committee is determined to work to improve the quality of play in the south west working with clubs to develop players, coaches, baseball fields, umpires and recruitment.”

“We believe that the UK baseball community needs to come together and we think that a new approach where regions work closely with the governing body to develop the game is the way forward,” added Rhodri Theaker, the league’s development officer. “We are looking forward to working with the BBF and BSUK to develop baseball in the south west and Wales.”

Plymouth Mariners, Newton Brewers and Yeovil Whirlwinds have resigned from the SWBL. The Exeter Spitfires will remain an independent club but have said they will join once they feel the club is more secure. The league wishes them well and hopes they will rejoin in the future.

The Weston Jets unanimously voted to affiliate with the BBF following an Emergergency General Meeting. “We look forward to the new season and the new competition and the new opportunities being part of the BBF should bring”, said Weston Jets Chairman Kev Robson.

The British Baseball Federation (BBF), the National Governing Body of baseball, announced it will be adding, seven teams, for the South West Baseball League (previously unaffiliated to the BBF): the Bristol Bats, Bristol Buccaneers, Bristol Brunels, Cardiff Merlins, Cornish Claycutters, Weston Jets and Taunton Muskets, which will affiliate in 2021. The teams come from five clubs (including Bristol Baseball Club).

From 2019 to 2020, BBF club membership increased by 10%. Now, in 2021, with todays SWBL announcement, BBF club membership has increased by a further 12% (33 registered clubs + four new SWBL clubs = 37 member clubs), with more clubs informing us [BBF] they may be coming in before April.

The BBF president, Gerry Perez, said, “It is with great appreciation and gratitude we accept these new club members and participants from the SWBL into the BBF”. He went on to say, “We believe this decision validates all of the hard work undertaken by the board of the BBF in the last year to provide the best possible experience for our member clubs. Membership numbers continue to rise, and our financial stability remains strong. Moreover, we truly hope that this announcement is the first step to greater unity in the British baseball community”.

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) leagues and other events will become active this spring, when the COVID government lockdown eases.

2020 Recap

As everyone knows 2020 was a year to forget. The SWBL season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic so the Club had an almost baseball free year. The Jets were going to enter the BBF supported tournament in between lockdowns but unfortunately doubts over player numbers prevented our entry.

We did however manage to get a play a few friendly games. We had double headers against both the Cardiff Merlins and the Newton Brewers. In both match-ups the result was one game won and one game lost.

We also played one game against a Taunton Muskets development team which in which we came out on top. Nick Hodder pitched for the first time in a while and did very well, and we were also able to tryout two new pitchers; James Carter and Aaron Moore, both of whom played excellently, while one or two other new members also played their first games.

Rookie James Carter

Danielle Oz also made history by being hopefully the first of many female players to pull on a Jets jersey for the first time.

Rookie Danielle Oz

Three Jets players; Dan Kirby-James, Nick Hodder and Rich Hall also took part in the Bristol Charity Tournament at Keynesham in memory of our Bristol friend Greg Roscow to help raise money for Mental Health UK in his memory, and were on the winning team. Dan even claimed he hit an inside the park home run in the final! Dan and Nick also played in the Essex Tournament where they lost both their group games before narrowly beating the UK’s first all female team.

Nicola Hodder and Danielle Kirby-James!!
The Bristol Charity Tournament
Danielle Kirby-James!!