The introduction of softball in Botswana was in the early 70’s due to the presence of the American Peace Corps (volunteers) working at different secondary schools. With the enormous experience and assistance in the development of the sport, the sport grew rapidly among secondary schools leading to the formation of an inter-league under BISA.
Even after the discontinuity of the volunteers’ activities, many secondary graduates continued to play the sport for the purposes of recreation, fitness and competition. These made the sport more popular and by the mid-1970s, an independent Association was established to co-ordinate the activities of the sport outside the schools. As a result, the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) was formed in 1977.
The BSA has made and continues to make impressive inroads into the development of softball in the country. In the 28 years of its existence, the BSA competed in all regional competitions at senior national team level. The BSA also managed to compete in the World Softball Championships under the auspices of the International Softball Federation (ISF). The men’s team started competing in 1984 whilst the women’s team started in 1994.
Currently, there are 37 teams, 16 of which are women’s teams, participating in our National League, and other competitions. The teams are from various places in the country namely: Jwaneng, Maun, Sua-Pan, Selebi-Phikwe, Orapa, Palapye, Lobatse, Gaborone, Mochudi, Gabane, Maun and Molepolole. Based on these figures, there are about 1000 senior active softball players across the country at any given playing season in the senior BSA organized competitions.
Other than active players, there are many people, particularly in cities and town centers, who follow this sport and indeed watch softball games as one of their recreational activities, and based on these, it has shown that softball is fast becoming an alternative form of entertainment in the country. BSA has both men and women’s senior national teams and has competed at the World Championships. Softball is now a medal sport at the Olympics and the All Africa Games for women since 1996 and 2003 respectively.
Today the Association is an affiliate of the Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC), Supreme Council for Sports in Africa Zone VI Confederation, African Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA), International Softball Federation (ISF), Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC).