Provincial Softball

There are four Provinces in Ireland, each of which has or had its own Softball League, beginning with the Leinster Softball League which started in 1989, following on from the Dublin Softball League which played from 1982 to 1989. The Ulster Softball League started in 2009 and is still playing. The Munster Softball League played from 2011-2014, growing out of the Cork-Galway Friendlies, and the Galway Softball League (Connacht) started in 2020, growing out of the Galway Softball Trophy which played in the 2010s.

Softball Leinster

The Leinster Softball League is a Coed Slowpitch Softball League in Leinster Province, Ireland. It is currently at a 5:5 Male:Female Ratio although in its early days it was 9:1 Male:Female. There was a Female Slowpitch League from 1997-2002 which was League for Competitive Females from the top Divisions in the Leinster Softball League.

The most successful clubs over the entire history of the League have been Dodder Dynamoes (the oldest Softball team in Ireland) and Marlay Martyrs (both based in South Dublin suburbs – Marlay in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham (D14) and Dodder Dynamoes originally from Dodder Park, Dartry and now nomadic.

The League is Coed, originally 8:2 Ratio of Men:Women, until it levelled to 5:5 twice – in the late-1990s and in 2017.

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This is a look at the Champions of each of the Levels of the Leinster Softball League with the winning record (W-L-Pts) for each year of the League Champions.

Softball Leinster Roll of Honour

LSL Level 1 1996-2019

Leinster Softball League | Level 1 Champions 1996-2019

Softball Leinster Team Line-Up (Seasons):

2021

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The Female Slowpitch League lasted five years from 1997 to 2002 (one year – 2001 – there was no league). After the League ended in 2002 two Fastpitch Teams were created although there is no evidence of any Fastpitch competitions or teams playing until the Fastpitch Ireland programme was started in 2015.

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Female Slowpitch League

Leinster Softball Association Weekend League 1997-2002

Links to Season Results & Reports

Irish Softball Association | Female Slowpitch League 1997-2002

LSA Female Slowpitch League (Seasons): 2002 1999 1998 1997

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Leinster Softball League History 1982-1989

The League started in 1982 as the Dublin Softball League with 5 teams – teams from the US Embassy Marines,  Japanese Embassy Skinny Rats, the Fat Cats (American Businessmen), the Misfits (American Students, Irish Computer Workers and American Businessmen), and one from the Druid’s Chair, Killiney.

Leinster Softball League Level 1

Dublin Softball League 1982-1985; LSL Division 1 1996-1999; LSL Premier 1 Division 2000-2003; SI Leinster League Premier Division 2004-2011; Softball Leinster Premier Division 2012-2020

Leinster Softball League Level 1 (Standings)

Softball Leinster | Premier Division 2012-2019

Softball Ireland Leinster League Premier Division 2004-2011

Leinster Softball League | Premier 1 Division 2000-2003

Leinster Softball League | Division 1 1996-1999

Dublin Softball League 1982-1985

SI Softball Leinster Premier Division (Seasons):

2021 2020

SI Softball Leinster Premier League (Seasons):2019 2018 2017 

SI Softball Leinster Premier Division (Seasons):   2016 2015 2014

Softball Ireland Leinster League Premier Division (Seasons):   2011 2010 2007 2006

ISA Leinster Softball Association Premier 1 League (Seasons): 2003 2002 2001 2000

Leinster Softball Association 1st Division (seasons): 1998 1999

IBSA Leinster Softball League Division 1 (Seasons): 1994

Dublin Softball League (Seasons): 1982

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Leinster Softball League History 1990-1999

In 1990 the first Irish Softball Association was formed, which in 1992 became the Irish Baseball & Softball Association, adding a Second Division. A third Division was added in 1994, and a Fourth in 1996. In 1997 the Female Slowpitch League for Competitive Females was added.In 1998 the IBSA was renamed the Irish Baseball & Softball Federation.

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Leinster Softball League Level 2

LSL Division 2 1996-1999, LSL Premier 2 Division 2000-2003; SILL Division 1 2004-2011; SL Division 1 2012-2021

Leinster Softball League Level 2 (Decade / Era Overviews- Final Tables):

Leinster Softball League | Division 2 1996-1999

Leinster Softball League | Premier 2 Division 2000-2003

Softball Ireland Leinster League Division 1 2004-2011

Softball Leinster | Division 1 2012-2019

Softball Leinster Division 1 (Seasons): 2021

Softball Leinster Division 1A (Seasons): 2020

Softball Leinster Division 1B (Seasons): 2020

Softball Leinster Division 1 (Seasons):  2019 2018 2017 

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Leinster Softball League History 2000-2004

In 2000 a split occurred between the Baseball & Softball Federations, and The Irish Softball Association took over the running of Softball in Ireland. A fifth Coed Division was added that year and in 2001 a Seventh Level, the Men’s Non-Competitive League was added. 2002 was the last year of the Women’s Slowpitch League.

n 2004 the Irish Softball Association was rebranded Softball Ireland, and the number of divisions dropped to four, which were run directly by Softball Ireland.(Softball Ireland 2004-Present)

Leinster Softball League Level 3

Leinster Softball League Division 3 1996-1999; LSL Senior Division 2000-2003; SILL Division 2 2004-2011; SL Division 2 2012-2020

Leinster Softball League Level 3 (Decade / Era Overviews- Final Tables):

Leinster Softball League | Division 3 1996-1999

Leinster Softball League | Senior Division 2000-2003

Softball Ireland Leinster League Division 2 2004-2011

Softball Leinster | Division 2 2012-2019

Softball Leinster Division 2 (Seasons): 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 

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Leinster Softball History 2012-Present

Softball Leinster was reformed in 2011 for the purposes of running the League from 2012 onwards, with the League dropping to three levels.(Softball Leinster 2011-Present)

Leinster Softball League Levels 4-7

LSL Division 4 1996-1999; LSL Junior Division 2000-2003; LSL Division 3 2004-2011.

Leinster Softball League Level 4

Leinster Softball League Division 4 1996-1999

Leinster Softball League | Junior Division 2000-2003

Softball Ireland Leinster League Division 3 2004-2011

Softball Leinster Division 2 (seasons): 2020

Leinster Softball League Level 5

Leinster Softball League | Minor Division 2000-2001

Softball Ireland Leinster League Division 4 2004-2007

Leinster Softball League Level 6

Leinster Softball Association 6th Division 1997-1998

Leinster Softball League Male Division

Leinster Softball Association Male Division 1997

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Aside from the Leinster Softball League there has also been Leinster Softball Knockout (elimination) Cups, such as the Leinster Championship in the early 1990s and the 5:5 Pennant in the late 1990s. 

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Dodder Dynamoes are the oldest (and original) Softball team in Ireland, dating right back to the 1980s and the Dublin Softball League prior to the founding of the Irish Softball Association.

Leinster Softball Teams

Leinster Softball Association 5:5 Pennant

Dodder Softball Club

Batpak

TNT (‘The New Team’)

Kegs-Chuggers

Temple Bar Hippetys Softball Club

Castleknock Softball Club

Softball Ulster

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The Ulster Softball League started in 2008, after two seasons of the Softball Ulster Summer League. It has grown from 3 teams in 2008 to 11 teams in two Divisions by 2022 including the first teams outside of Belfast (Bangor Buccaneers and Lisburn Hawks).

Ulster Softball League

Softball Ulster Co-Ed Slowpitch Mid-Week League 2008-Present

Softball Ulster Overviews:

Softball Ulster League 2015-Present

Ulster Softball League 2008-2014

Softball Ulster League Division A (Seasons):

Softball Ulster League (Seasons):

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2013

Softball Ulster League Division B (Seasons):

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The Ulster Softball League started in 2008, after two seasons of the Softball Ulster Summer League. It has grown from 3 teams in 2008 to 11 teams in two Divisions by 2022 including the first teams outside of Belfast (Bangor Buccaneers and Lisburn Hawks).

Ulster Softball Teams

Softball Ulster Co-Ed Slowpitch Mid-Week League 2008-Present

Belfast Softball Club (BSC) Teams

BSC Brawlers were founded in 2008

BSC Smokin’ Aces were founded in 2008

BSC Cyclones played their first season in 2022

Belfast Sliders

Belfast Sliders were founded in 2009

Belfast Cubs Club Teams

Belfast Cubs were founded in 2013

Belfast Wolfhounds played their first season in 2022

North Down Softball Club Teams

Bangor Buccaneers were founded in 2014

Bangor Barracudas played their first season in 2022 Phase 2

Belfast Baseball and Softball Club Teams

Belfast Angels were founded in 2015

Lisburn Softball Club Teams

Lisburn Hawks played their first season in 2022

Lisburn Eagles played their first season in 2022 Phase 2

Connacht Munster Softball

Galway Softball is represented by Galway Tribes and Galway Hookers, and there was once a Connacht Softball Association in 2002 which included Longford Triads. In 2021 a new four team Galway Softball League started with teams carrying sponsors names from local businesses. The Galway Softball League replaced the Munster Softball League which ran from 2010 to 2011 including teams from Cork, Limerick, West Clare and Galway. From 2006 to 2009 Cork, Galway and Kerry teams played friendlies amongst themselves and Galway’s two teams the Tribes (named after famous Galway Merchant Families) and the Hookers (named after famous Galway Boats) played friendlies amonst themselves and in Blitzes from approximately 2014 to 2018.

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After the Cork and West Clare Softball teams ceased, Limerick and Galway continued to play in blitzes in Dublin and in the Irish Open Softball Tournament, while the Galway team formed two teams: Tribes and Hookers (named after famous Galway Merchant families and famous Galway boats respectively).

Galway Softball

Connacht Softball Association; Galway Softball.

Galway Softball League

Galway Softball League (Seasons): 2021

Galway Softball Trophys & Cups:

Connacht Softball | Galway Softball Trophy 2014-2018

Connacht Softball | Galway MVP Cup 2017-2018

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Lasting two years the Munster Softball League featured teams from Cork, Limerick, West Clare and Galway.

Softball Munster

Munster Softball League

Softball Munster:

Munster Softball League 2010-2011

Munster Softball League Seasons:

2010 2011

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from 2006 to 2008 Galway and Cork Softball teams played friendly games against each other. These two teams were joined by teams from Kerry in 2009 leading to the first full-fledged League outside Dublin – the Munster Softball League in 2010.

Cork-Galway Softball

Munster Softball League

West Coast Softball Friendlies (Seasons):

West Coast Softball Friendlies 2009

Cork-Galway Softball Friendlies (Seasons):

Cork-Galway Softball Friendlies 2008

Cork-Galway Softball Friendlies 2007

Galway-Cork Softball Friendlies 2006

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Starting in 2001 the first League play outside Dublin featured teams from Bray (Co. Wicklow), Longford, Galway, Cork, and two Business teams.

Inter-County Softball

Inter-County Softball League

Irish Softball Association Inter-County Tournament (Seasons):

Irish Softball Association Inter-County Tournament 2001

Softball Stock Image

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