East Midlands Softball League - Summer Season

Co-Ed Slowpitch League
Season started 01/01/2020

The East Midlands softball league is a small but well-established league with teams based in Nottingham and Leicester. We hold two tournaments a year; the first being Nottingham Firstball in April. This is a one day warm up tournament open to all league teams and guest teams from other leagues. Our second tournament is the 'Labor Day' tournament which traditionally was held on the Sunday prior to America's Labor Day holiday (first Monday in September) but is now often played a week or two later in September to fit in with other tournament schedules in the UK.  In 2010 we moved this one-day tournament to Leicester and opened it up to more teams. This was so successful that 2011 saw this become a two day tournament for 20 teams (split between C & D grade) and in 2012 it got even bigger and better with 24 teams entering. 

Our league season runs from April until September. Most games are played on a Thursday evening at a main venue in Chilwell (west of Nottingham City Centre) where teams can play a game and then meet up to socialise in a local pub down the road. We have 12 teams in the league and the first half of the season sees all teams play each other once. The results from this first phase determine which of the two divisions teams play in for the second half of the season, when they play each other twice. 

We are always looking to develop the league, as well as its players, and aspire to have several more teams in the future through development programmes being run in both Nottingham and Leicester. We are also keen to hear from any current or prospective softballers in other East Midlands areas (Derby, Loughborough, Lincoln etc) and will assist how we can with development in those areas should we identify any interest.