From the 2023 season, the Croydon Pirates Baseball Club is offering a dedicated youth programme, including a boys' and girls' team for players aged 8-13*, called the Croydon Parrots, as well as a tee-ball programme for kids aged 5-8*.
(* Exceptions may be made. Contact us with inquiries.)
The programme is designed to teach younger players the fundamentals of the game, to encourage healthy outdoor activity and friendly sportsmanship, and to eventually ready the team to partake in games against other London clubs. The Parrots will also be invited to participate in the relaunched London Tournament in June.
The Club’s General Manager Mark Bonney said:
"Joining the Croydon Parrots is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to start playing baseball or continue their baseball journey in South London. We welcome boys and girls of all levels and look forward to teaching them how to play the game the right way, with respect, appreciation and positive team spirit!"
Trainings take place on Saturday mornings at the Roundshaw Playing Fields in Croydon, from 10am to 12pm, and run from April throughout the summer. They are led by veteran baseball coach Adolfo Yanes, assisted by Luke Stokes and other experienced coaches and parents from the adult teams. At all times the safety of youth players is ensured and all coaches hold active DBS certificates issued by BaseballSoftballUK, the sports’ national development agency.
The youth membership fee is set at just £50 per child for the season, with each additional child from the same family an extra £25, and includes youth team T-shirt.
Youth aged 14+ can qualify for the club’s Baseball for Beginners programme, or if they have some experience, they can try out for the AA-level adult team.
Got a youngster interested in becoming a Parrot? Email the club at croydonpirates [at] gmail [dot] com.