Welcome to the Hursley Hurricanes Softball Team

We're a friendly slowpitch softball team based in Hursley, a small village between Southampton and Winchester.  We play in the C-grade co-ed Solent Softball League but welcome new players at any time.

What is Slowpitch Softball?

It's a game like rounders or baseball.  A team comprises 10 players, 5 male and 5 female.  Teams take it in turns to field and bat.  The ball is pitched to the batter in an underarm motion and the batter tries to hit it and then run round the bases.  The fielders try to get the batter and any other runners in the field out.  Once three batters are out the teams switch around fielding and batting.

Games and Training

We train and play our league home games at IBM Hursley.  League games are played outdoors from April to September, either at Hursley or mostly at Baffin's Park in Portsmouth.  League games are at 6.30pm on Wednesday nights, or on Sundays at 11am or 1pm usually.  Seven-inning league games usually last about 60-90 minutes.

We train on Wednesdays from 6pm to about 8 or 8.30pm, depending on when it starts to get dark!  At 6pm we meet at the IBM Hursley Clubhouse and then walk down to the softball diamond.  Afterwards you're welcome to return to the clubhouse for drinks and a meal.  The clubhouse has showers and toilets.

During the winter there are no league games but we train indoors on Sundays from 11am to 1pm in the hall at the IBM Hursley Clubhouse.  We use softer balls when we train indoors!  Some people enjoy lunch and drinks in the clubhouse bar afterwards.

What do I need to bring?

Loose clothing and trainers, or shoes with cleats to reduce slipping on grass.  We provide bats, balls and gloves.  If you enjoy it you'll probably want to buy your own glove and bat after a while.

How much does it cost?

A year's membership will set you back just £36.  After that training is free and league games are £2 a shot.  If you want to play league games regularly you should buy your own Hurricanes top and hat.  Occasionally we take part in weekend tournaments around the south of England and they typically cost around £15-20 to enter per person.

Want to find out more?

Email the team committee.

Map showing the location of our softball diamond

See here for directions to the car park at the IBM Hursley Clubhouse.