National Softball League
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|Current season, competition or edition:
2017 NSL 1 season
2017 NSL 2 season
|Founder||Roger Grooms & Matthew Slorach|
|Pioneers (2nd title)|
|Most titles||H2O (4)|
The National Softball League or NSL is a co-ed Slowpitch Softball league created for the 2009 British Softball season (April - September). The league has run every season since then and grew to a 2 division league in 2017. The inaugural season had 14 teams compete in 3 qualifying events, as well as the Premier Nationals (the top sports championship in the UK).
The 2017 season will see 12 teams compete in NSL 1 and 12 teams compete in NSL 2 with promotion and relegation taking place between the divisions for the 2018 season.
The concept of the NSL is to improve the top level of Co-Ed Slowpitch Softball in the UK by exposing more players and teams to top level competition.
The league's founders, Roger Grooms and Matthew Slorach, came up with the idea to link the already existing tournaments into a series, where points were awarded based on the finishing positions of teams at each event. This concept has been expanded upon where the NSL now provides a pre-defined fixture list for the season which makes sure each team plays all of the others in its division in a home & away format.
The winners and runners-up from each season of NSL play:
|Year||NSL 1||NSL 2|
|#||NSL 1||NSL 2|
|1||Bristol NSL||Bristol Bees|
|5||Leeds Terriers||Manchester Mavericks|
|8||Manchester Dodgers||Nino Privados|
|9||Manchester Greensox||Manchester Outlaws|
|10||Manchester Thunder||Portsmouth Dodgers|
Inaugural 2009 Season Standings
The original 2009 teams and standings were:
|Los Amos de la Noche||29||214|
The benefits of the NSL were seen during the 2009 season with 14 teams competing at the 2009 Premier Nationals (up from 7 teams at the 2008 A Nationals, which they replaced), increased interest from sponsors in the sport, and television coverage of the final at the Bristol tournament.
- "National Softball League". Retrieved 2009-10-09.