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Baseball

Club President: Daniel St Thomas Smith- daniel.smith@durham.ac.uk
Club Captain and Head Coach: Rebecca Lim- rebecca.lim@durham.ac.uk
du.baseball@durham.ac.uk
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DU Baseball is the new sport on the block, but got off to a quick start with a fourth-place showing for the first team at the 2016 Spring National University Baseball Championship (NUBC), losing only one game over the two days and outscoring opponents 46-21. With around 75 active members, Durham fielded two baseball teams in 2015-16 and is considering a third for 2016-17.

Baseball is one of the fastest-growing university sports in Britain, with well over 1,000 registered members and more than 30 universities expected to compete in 2016-17. DU Baseball will play in the 2016 Autumn NUBC and then join the new Northern Conference of the National University Baseball League in the spring of 2017. The NUBL is rapidly growing and working to become BUCS-affiliated. We intend to become the top baseball-playing university in Britain within the next three years, but will also focus on developing new players who will continue to play for fun after university.

If you have played baseball competitively, no matter the level, you should slot in immediately on our first or second team, even if it has been a few years. We boast three former Team Great Britain U18 players, plus several who have played for clubs in the UK and USA. We also have a fair mixture of women’s players, and our second team coach is a former GB Softball U18 player. Many of our first team and most of our second team have learned the sport since arriving at Durham, so if you are interested, find us at the Team Durham Fair in October for information on trials.

We practice twice a week during the warmer months and once per week on astro during the winter, plus daily sessions to work on throwing and conditioning. Our travel is less than most university teams since we play in a conference with teams mostly in Yorkshire and the northwest, so you will be able to find time to balance it with your studies and social life. We intend to also start an annual tour to Spain or France, with the potential to branch further afield as we grow. Join us to experience the fun of the world’s second-most popular sport on and off the field.