National Softball League

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National Softball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 NSL 1 season
2017 NSL 2 season
Sport Softball
Founder Roger Grooms & Matthew Slorach
Inaugural season 2009
Divisions NSL1, NSL2
Venue(s) Farnham Park
Most recent
champion(s)
Pioneers (2nd title)
Most titles H2O (4)
Official website http://www.eurosoftball.org

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.[1] 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.

Results[edit]

The winners and runners-up from each season of NSL play:

Year NSL 1 NSL 2
Winner Runner-up Winner Runner-up
2016 Pioneers H2O Manchester Dodgers Blitz
2015 Chromies Slammers N/A
2014 Pioneers Blue Steel
2013 H2O Pioneers
2012 H2O Pioneers
2011 H2O Chromies
2010 H2O Chromies
2009 Chromies Baker Tomkins

Current Format[edit]

The two divisions for the 2017 season contain the following teams:[1][2]

# NSL 1 NSL 2
1 Bristol NSL  Bristol Bees
2 Blue Steel Blitz
3 Chromies Maidenhead Royals
4 H2O KK's
5 Leeds Terriers Manchester Mavericks
6 Legends Misfits
7 LNZ Naturals
8 Manchester Dodgers Nino Privados
9 Manchester Greensox Manchester Outlaws
10 Manchester Thunder Portsmouth Dodgers
11 Pioneers SPAM
12 Windsor Knights Warriors

Inaugural 2009 Season Standings[edit]

The original 2009 teams and standings were:

NSL 2009 league standings[3]
Team points RunsA
Chromies 43 141
Baker Tomkins 41 153
H20 38 113
Pioneers 38 159
Slammers 35 138
Dragons 34 138
Munster 29 151
Los Amos de la Noche 29 214
Niners 25 173
Windsor Knights 22 201
Manchester Marvels 22 214
Coyotes 15 261
Nottingham Arrows 14 250
Solent Mariners 14 299

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "British Softball Federation Leagues - NSL 1". bsf.spawtz.com. Retrieved 2017-05-01. 
  2. ^ "British Softball Federation Leagues - NSL 2". bsf.spawtz.com. Retrieved 2017-05-01. 
  3. ^ "National Softball League". Retrieved 2009-10-09. 

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