About Oxford SoftballSoftball has been played in Oxford since at least the early 1980's with the Oxford Softball Association (OSA) being founded in 1990 to bring together and organised the various teams and clubs across Oxfordshire. The OSA has had its current structure and organisation since 2005, which consists of between 8 and 10 teams across two divisions, with pre-season friendlies played in April and the main season running from May through to August. The teams are made up of players from all over Oxfordshire and are a mix of abilities, age and experience and the Oxford Softball Association is very supportive of welcoming new players into the league. If you are interested in joining please fill in our new player form.
Oxford Softball Association is affiliated to the British Softball Federation (BSF) which is the national governing body for softball in the United Kingdom.
In addition to playing locally, the OSA regularly sends teams to appear in national tournaments. The OSA also has a growing number of qualified coaches who volunteer to introduce the sport to schools, juniors and workplace teams.
Oxford Softball Association is looking for a new homeWith the impeding closure of Oxford Sports and Social Club grounds (formally the Rover car plant sports facilities), OSA is looking to relocate to a new sport ground, if you can help OSA find suitable premises to host our vibrant league for future seasons, please contact us via the contact forms on this site.
A bit of historyOriginally the game was centred around ex-patriot Americans and Brits who loved the game, and a lively competition and social mixing with the American military families at Upper Heyford was set up at that point mainly fast-pitch softball.
The current league is based on a vibrant publishers league set up in the late 1980's, which at one point consisted of about 12 teams, teams from Blackwells (Beavers 1 & 2),
Pergammon (Panthers & Hammerheads), Elesvier (Skid Marx & Smellysox), Heinemann (Groovy Love Thangs) and Oxford University Press (OUP) took part, it also appears that the Regional Health Authority (Redsox), Wolfson College, John Radcliffe Hospital and Unipart also fielded teams (source Devil's history page). However, with a few exceptions these teams have almost disappeared.
Other teams have come and gone since then including, AIT Aligators, Queenshead Hobgoblins (Eynsham), RManiacs and ETSU to name but a few