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 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.
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.
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.
In 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)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)
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.
Softball Leinster Roll of Honour
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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.
Picture Credit:  Marlay Softball Facebook Page (2018) Photo | March 5, 2011 | “IOST 2010” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/Marlaysoftball/photos/a.188525577853451/188525604520115/?type=3&theater [Accessed 8 December 2018]
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)
Dublin Softball League (Seasons): 1982
IBSA Leinster Softball League Division 1 (Seasons): 1994
SI Softball Leinster Premier Division (Seasons): 2020
Picture Credit:  Softball Ireland Facebook Page (2018) Facebook Photo September 16 2018: “ The Dodder Dynamoes are the 2018 SINCC Champions beating the Belfast Brawlers 30-9 in Stannaway Park. “ [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/41861688_785652385113700_5538906248600092672_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_oc=AQlM0cTLYSSjTFEMs9iMgzON0tJG8_62KEevzLgapdDACsTWSoSsj11u1KrgxKC7Mnd_UZOmVy4e1ADhUEdIqbpK&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=f1fa132acde754ad824adf2a660bcb61&oe=5E346E01 [Accessed 14 October 2019]
Leinster Softball League Level 2
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Leinster Softball League Level 2 (Decade / Era Overviews- Final Tables):
Softball Leinster Division 1A (Seasons): 2020
Picture Credit:  Dodder Softball Club Facebook Page (2018) Photo August 29, 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/doddersoftballclub/photos/a.711977459147860/775954499416822/?type=3&theater [Accessed 31 August 2018]
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):
Softball Leinster Division 1B (Seasons): 2020
Picture Credit:  Softball Leinster Facebook (2020) Photo, September 10, 2020 [Internet] Available from : https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/119174002_4306852029386367_8163872426280700766_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=sCjlxZ26SWsAX_ve7MD&_nc_oc=AQlEap4pyDVcTAFjNxkyHS1H-G184RCYLQPGdphOQPWSmlCoyDRObwHkx61DbVkiIfYv-qLoI4oMheiADYlbYmGS&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=f86b91aa315ecb62e5840a65dbff7cbc&oe=5F8721EA [Accessed 30 August 2020][Last Accessed 17 September 2020]
Leinster Softball League Levels 4-7
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Leinster Softball League Level 4
Softball Leinster Division 2 (seasons): 2020
Leinster Softball League Level 5
Leinster Softball League Level 6
Leinster Softball League Male Division
Picture Credit:  Softball Leinster Facebook (2020) Photo, August 24, 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/118524536_4222436274494610_2747628189672713847_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=7hbPFfHaNNwAX8ku3ul&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=6ab7444656188964fa1ef2d8b01b0e52&oe=5F87BC1E [Accessed 17 September 2020]
Leinster Softball Cups
Leinster Softball Association 5:5 Pennant
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.