The Gosport Gargoyles are a newly created Slow-pitch Softball team.
Slow-pitch softball is similar in appearance to baseball, and follows similar rules and principles. However, since the ball is thrown underarm to the batter, it is makes it easier to succeed at the game’s primary skill of hitting the ball.
Softball is also one of the only sports where men and women play side by side in the same team. In fact, a team must be made up of 5 men and 5 women.
Co-ed slow-pitch softball is a recreational, social and enjoyable game that's easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don't have much experience of team sports.
If you are interested in getting into our wonderful sport, get in touch.
Most players joining softball teams have never played the game before, and most don’t know the rules. The game is very simple to understand, and with our coaching and training sessions, you will pick up the game in no time.
Sports attire is recommended, as are comfortable trainers. Studded boots can be used on some fields, but generally aren’t needed. We are a summer sport, but judge the weather accordingly; chillier days will necessitate jumpers or hoodies, hot summer days require caps and sunglasses (and sun cream).
We provide fielding gloves for all new players joining the team for training and practice. Most, if not all players, eventually buy a personal glove as they get hooked on the sport. We can point you in the right direction if you want to purchase your own, as prices vary wildly, and baseball gloves may not be suitable for larger softballs. As a note to remember, in softball, you wear the fielding glove on the opposite hand to which you throw the ball. Right handed players wear gloves on their left hand and vice versa.
Practice will take place on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. At time of press, the location has yet to be finalised, but will be within the borough of Gosport.
2018 is going to be spent getting players up to speed with the rules of the sport. We are set to enter the Solent Softball League in 2019 and plan to play friendly fixtures against current league teams this year, as well as in tournaments to get game experience. There may be opportunities for players to be "loaned" to teams for single games during the season to allow players to get competitive experience.
The league and governing body each have registration fees as well as compulsory insurance. The team may also have to pay to use a pitch in the area. There will be nominal game-days fees of £2-3 to pay for umpires.
League fees are subsidised for new teams, stepping up in subsequent years to the full amount.
As a guide, league teams generally want £50 for the year to go towards these fees and any team apparel and equipment.
At the moment, we do not have a definite fee to join the Gargoyles, but £50 would be the maximum you can expect to pay for a year’s subscription.
We are a non-profit team and it is not our aim to make money off our players. We plan to make it as cheap as possible whilst still being able to participate in the sport.
Softball is seasonal, so the season starts when the weather starts to get sunnier and the evenings get lighter. The Solent league has most teams play at a single venue in Portsmouth, which only opens on April 1st. Thus, the league season kicks off in April. We are looking to start as soon as possible as we don’t have those restrictions here in Gosport.
Our first training session is scheduled for March 4th. with the venue to be confirmed. Join our Facebook group or get in touch above to be kept informed with any news.