British Baseball Federation

British Baseball Federation


The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the National Governing Body (NGB) of baseball in Great Britain. We receive no public funding to run our organisation (leagues) and are an all-volunteer entity. We promote equality in our sport, ie we accept players from different ages, cultures, nationalities, orientation, religions, and skills. The BBF is the longest-running organised NGB of baseball in Europe. 

We organise and oversee baseball leagues (youth and seniors) and tournaments. There are four Senior Leagues in the BBF, e.g., 

  1. National Baseball League (NBL), which is our top league. 
  2. Triple-A 
  3. Double-A
  4. Single-A

The BBF Seniors Baseball Leagues (amateur) have long been established as the benchmark for British Baseball. The BBF Seniors Leagues include some of the top European baseball club competition in Europe, with the postseason championships (usually August or September), streamed through the BBF YouTube Channel. In 2019, there were over 40 Senior teams made up of four divisions. The most number of active baseball participants (over 1500) for both youth and seniors compete in the BBF. 

Teams participants in our Leagues are made up of member clubs which are registered to the BBF and adhere to our NGB standards and rules. BBF Leagues are reserved for member Clubs only. 

The BBF Senior Leagues compete in the domestic competition each weekend during the season, with the schedule starting in April (for all divisions) and often ends in August, with the National Baseball Championships (NBC's) and Youth National Baseball League Championships (YNBCs) taking place in August and September, for all four divisions. Further, the winners of our top leagues are recognised by the WBSC, CEB Europe etc., as the official winners of their respective division from Great Britain (for both youths and seniors). 

The top two Senior team winners of our NBL go on to play in the CEB Europe Federations Cup or Qualifiers, a European competition organised by CEB, which includes the top teams from Europe. Youth teams registered to the BBF can only take part in official Little League and PONY Baseball competitions. 


The BBF as the NGB of our sport, we are designated to control and regulate the environment of the game of baseball. The following list is not exhaustive and comes under our oversight: 

  • Administer the practice and participation of baseball.
  • Oversee our National Teams (GB Baseball).
  • Influence both members and organisations of which it is a member.
  • Promote baseball.
  • Adhere to UKAD Anti-Doping rules. 
  • Manage the rules and regulations of baseball.
  • Administer officials of baseball.
  • Encourage participation.
  • Manage risk and provide insurance. 
  • Organise and host competitions.

Baseball is a sport which promotes good health, social skills, teamwork, develops physical coordination, is inclusive for beginners and skilled participants of all ages and is fun. PLAY BASEBALL! To learn more about the opportunities to play baseball in any of our 30 member clubs across the country click here. Afterwards, type in your postal code at the top of the search field. The contact details of a club near you appear, so you can contact the club directly.  

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