The Grace Dieuettes were created in 2019 from a group of cricket mums. Whilst we were watching our children train in their winter nets, we thought it would be a great idea if we could have a go ourselves.
The solution was joining the Cricket Softball league and now, the Grace Dieuettes Softball Cricket team meet every Monday night for training.
The softball cricket game is set on an U11 sized pitch, everyone gets the chance to bowl, bat and field and no one is ever out! Played with plastic bats and a soft ball there's never any need to wear whites or padded protection.
We have up to 30 ladies now signed up and attending regularly. So please come down to learn new skills, have a laugh and make new friends.
New members are always welcome to the team, just pop down to the training for a warm welcome and an hour (ish) of drills, games and skills. You can register interest through the website or on our facebook page @gracedieuettes
All shapes, ages, sizes, experience, fitness levels welcome. The idea is to start to develop skills and learn - The only essential ask is that you are able to have a laugh!
There are Softball festivals around the country that we can go to in order to compete and see how we go against other teams. The league is a friendly one. Like minded ladies who have missed team sports and want to get some fresh air and exercise.
These are around and about the county and all of the ladies playing want to have a go at something new. We play to win, but enjoy it even if we lose!
We encourage family participation, especially as active supporters in the festivals, picnic and watch the play. Sunday afternoons sorted for the summer!
As we practice on a Monday, we also have bank holiday fun days where the family can come along, participate or just watch and have a drink and chill in the beautiful Grace Dieu Cricket grounds. (behind the Bulls Head in Thringstone)
We have an outdoor training season that runs from April to September (weather permitting) and are considering an indoor training session once a week over the winter months to keep us active for next season. (Covid permitting)
There is also a winter league that we can compete in - unfortunately this season was written off by Covid but we intend to join again when allowed.
We have a flexible weekly attendance, all of us with very busy lives, but the team training always gives us a great and positive end to a Monday!
Coaches: Ash and Andy, support our development and teach us some of the skills that support us to improve.
We are always grateful too when the members of the Men's First Team drop in to offer some advice when they can.
Click on this link to find out more about the sport and the festivals: Softball Cricket - All About it!
Who can play: Any girl older than 14 (no upper age limit)
When do we train: Monday nights - Come alone or bring a friend - all welcome #thisgirlcan
What can we play: Softball friendly, Softball league, super8's friendly, hardball 11 friendly