East Midlands Softball League

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.  Our league season runs from April until September.  Most games are played on a Thursday evening at our 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 13 teams in the league, and in 2017 we have set up a new 3 division structure, whereby the 1st and 3rd division teams play the teams in their own division twice, and also play each of the teams in the second division once (this means second divisions play every team - including their own division - just once). 

At the end of the first half of the season (end of June) teams will be promoted if they win their division, or relegated if they finish last, and then teams will play the second half of the season in the same format as the first half with the newly composed divisions.  

We hold two tournaments a year, the first being the Nottingham Firstball in April.  This is a one-day warm-up tournament open to all EMSL 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 (the first Monday in September) but is now played in July to fit in with tournament schedules in the UK.  

The Labor Day tournament is now a 2-day tournament based in Leicester, with 7 fully fenced pitches offering one of the best tournament experiences on the circuit for up to 28 teams.

We are always looking to develop the league as well as our players, and we 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 with development in those areas should we identify any interest.

Email:  emslsoftball@gmail.com
Web:  www.playsoftball.co.uk
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/EastMidlandsSoftballLeague
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/em_softball