SOFTBALL CRICKET FESTIVALS
Holding or attending a softball festival is an ideal way to put into practise all the skills your team have been learning during their training sessions. The festivals are very friendly and non-competitive and are designed to make the first experience of playing a game as welcoming as possible.
Why should I hold or go a softball festival?
First and foremost the point of holding or attending a softball festival is that it is an opportunity to play cricket. They are very social events and clubs will often have a BBQ running and there will be several different teams there that you can meet with. Many clubs organise the day so that all teams play each other and celebrate by nominating team player of the tournament, rather than celebrate a winner. A festival can start with some warm up activities of batting and bowling so that you do not have to go into a game straight away.
Who can come to a softball festival?
Anyone can come to a softball festival, although it is suggested that the participants are aged 13 and over. Teams can come from other cricket clubs, or teams can come that play other sports like netball or rugby and would like to have a go at cricket.
How do I set up my festival?
If your club would like to run a festival, then get in touch with Ann-Marie Presswell, the Women and Girl's Development Officer and she can help you market your festival and give you ideas of how to run it. On the right hand side of the page, there are some documents to help you, as well as links to the ECB marketing page which will give you different media to advertise your festival. Here are some suggestions as to where to you can publicise your festival : local secondary schools; leisure centres; local female sports groups; Facebook and other social media; cricket clubs in your locality; Devon cricket website
What cricket should I expect at a festival?
At a festival, the most important thing is that you have fun and enjoy your cricket. It is also hoped that your cricket will improve as you play the games. The format of the game is 8 aside softball pairs. Each pair will bat for two overs and score as many runs as they can. They will bat for the whole two overs and if they lose a wicket, they lose runs, but continue to bat. Everybody is encouraged to have a go at overarm bowling. Every playing opportunity is a chance to develop and improve skills and the games are umpired by club members who are there to help the game along, as well as encourage and advise the players so they learn as they play.
What next after a festival?
You can attend as many softball festivals as you wish, but at the end of the season if your team would like to take on a regular playing offer for your ladies, you can look to joining the softball cricket league, which is a friendly non-competitive league that play a longer format of the game. If you are interested in doing this for the 2021 season, then please contact Ann-Marie Presswell.
You could also talk to other clubs during the festivals and make fixtures to play against each other during the coming season.
SOFTBALL FESTIVALS IN 2021
In 2021 we ran 3 festivals, reached over 100 women and welcomed 5 new teams to softball cricket. 'Laughing competitiviely' was the way one participant described her enjoyment of the day.
Thanks to Abbotskerswell, Ivybridge and Budleigh Salterton for making the first taste of a festival so positive.
If you really enjoy it, you could find out how to join the league next year - all the details about the league are here.