Japan, China, Chinese Taipei will represent Asia on World Championship
Japan, China and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) will represent Asia in next years 14th ISF Women's World Championship, which will be held August 15-24 in the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.
The three countries qualified on Thursday (November 28) in the World Championship Asian Qualifying Tournament in Kaohsiung (Taiwan).
The event ended on Friday (November 29) with China winning the final 2-1 vs. Japan, which won the World Championship-title last year in Whitehorse (Canada).
The Philippines, South Korea and Hong Kong also participated.
Japan remained unbeaten in the preliminary round and even didn't gave up a run.
By finishing in first and second place after the preliminary round, Japan and China became the first two teams to qualify for the World Championship.
In the first Play-Off game on Thursday, Japan shutout China 4-0 to reach the final.
In the second Play-Off game, Taiwan eliminated the Philippines by winning 9-2 and became the third team to qualify for the first World Championship to be held in Europe.
On Friday, China won vs. Taiwan to become the second finalist of the tournament.
In the final, China faced Japanese pitching ace Yukiko Ueno and won 2-1.
Last year, Japan won the final of the World Championship in Canada vs. USA 2-1 in 10 innings.
China finished in fifth place, while Taiwan was eliminated in the Play-Offs by the Netherlands, which won 4-3 to advance to the next round.
The field of participants for the World Championship has now raised to 14.
The remaining two will represent Africa, which will be decided later.
Dutch Team prepares on Texel-island
The Netherlands Softball Team on Thursday, November 21, completed its first 4-day trip to the island of Texel.
There, the team conducted clinics for local schools and attended a meeting with the local press.
But the team also was together for four days with their coaching staff.
In December, January and February, the national squad again travels to Texel as part of their preparations for next years World Championship in Haarlem.
During its trips to Texel, the team stays in De Krim Vakantiepark.
More on the first Texel-trip (Eng.) | Meer over de eerste Texel-trip (Ned.)
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World Championship Softball Promo Tour begins on Saturday, November 30
On four Saturdays in November, December, January and February, indoor-softball tournaments will be organized on four different locations in the Netherlands.
The World Championship Softball Promo Tour opens on Saturday, November 30 in Sporthal T-kwadraat in Tilburg, followed by tournaments in the east, north and western parts of the country.
The finales are scheduled to be played on the fourth day.
The goal of the World Championship Softball Promo Tour is not only to promote softball in the Netherlands, but also to gain more members for clubs and generate funds for the Dutch National Softball Teams.
The Promo Tour also wil provide attention to the Netherlands National Team and the World Championship of next year on home soil.
More on the Promo Tour (Eng.) | Meer over de Promo Tour (Ned.)
New season, new stories
As the new (international) season is now underway for the Dutch National Teams, the site is getting several new updates again.
All previous stories, which were listed on this index-page have now been transfered to the archive-pages.
So, please go there when you want to (re-)read older stories of previous seasons.
Also, the current roster for the 2014 season with new head shots have now been uploaded.
And more additions and updates will follow.
Season 2014 kicks off
On Sunday, November 3, the 2014 season officially started for the Dutch National Softball Teams.
On that day, the Junior Red Team became the first to start a series of practice sessions, followed by the Junior White Team and the Dutch National Team.
All practices were held in the indoor-facilities of Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam.
2014 will be an important year for Dutch softball.
The National Team participates and host the ISF Women's World Championship in the city of Haarlem.
The Junior Red squad will defend its European title during the European Championship in the Dutch city of Rosmalen, where it also was held two years ago.
Ticket sales begins for World Championship 2014
On Saturday, November 2, the ticket sales for the ISF Women's World Championship 2014 has started.
The first ticket was handed out to KNBSB-President Bob Bergkamp during the KNBSB Congress in Driebergen.
Tickets can be ordered through the website of the World Championship.
The 14th edition of the Women's World Championship will be held at the Nol Houtkamp Sports Complex in Haarlem, Netherlands, which is the home of big league-club FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem.
It marks the first time that the global event will be held in Europe.
There are several ticket-options, including tickets for a complete day, tickets for the second part of the day (starting at 4 PM) and of course tickets (passe-partouts) for the entire event.
A passe-partout for the entire tournament is only 75 Euros for adults and 55 Euro for youth until 13 years.
A passe-partout for a reserved seat can be obtained for 125 Euros.
A ticket for one day costs € 12,50 or € 8,50 for youth until 13 years.
A ticket for a half-day (from 4 PM on) costs € 8,50 or 6,50 in the youth-category.
The World Championship opens on Friday, August 15 and ends with the final on Sunday, August 24.
Dale McMann succeeds Don Porter as President of ISF
Canadian Dale McMann has been elected as successor of Don Porter (photo) as President of the International Softball Federation during the world softball body's Congress in Cartagena (Colombia) on Friday, October 25.
Porter has led the ISF since 1987, but previously announced his retirement as President after conclusion of the Congress.
Porter has served the ISF for almost 50 years.
In 1993, McMann became Vice-President for North America of the ISF and was involved in planning and decision-making for World Championships and Olympic competitions.
In 2009, he became the Fist Vice-President of the ISF.
More on the ISF-presidency (Eng.) | Meer over het ISF-presidentschap (Ned.)
ISF awards 2016 World Championship to Canada
The International Softball Federation (ISF) has awarded the organization of the 2016 World Championships to Canada.
The announcement was made on Friday, October 25, during the Congress of the ISF in Cartagena (Colombia).
The 15th ISF Women's World Championship of 2016 has been awarded to Surrey, British Columbia (Canada).
This means that the Championship returns again to Canada after four years.
Last year, the Championship was held in Whitehorse, Yukon and was won by Japan.
The next Championship will be held next year (August 15-24) in the city of Haarlem (Netherlands), marking the first time that the event will be held in Europe.
Surrey has a long history of hosting major international softball events.
It is the home of the annual Canada Cup, which was renamed into Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship in 2010.
Bids for the organization of the 12th ISF Junior Women's World Championship for 2017 have yet to be presented to the ISF.
This year, the Championship was held in Brampton (Canada) and won by Japan.
The next Championship takes place August 7-16, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA).
World Championship opens in 300 days in Haarlem
Today, Saturday, October 19, over exactly 300 days, the first pitch will be delivered of the 14th ISF Women's World Championship.
The site for the global event is the Nol Houtkamp Sportpark in Haarlem (Netherlands).
The Netherlands has a long history of successfully organizing internationals events, including European Championships and European Cup Tournaments.
In the past, the bi-annual Haarlem Softball Week was an international highlight.
In 1986 and 2005, the Netherlands hosted the World Championship Baseball and in 2009, one of the preliminary rounds of the World Championship Baseball took place in the Netherlands when the event was organized in eight European countries.
The World Softball Championship 2014 will by far be the most ambitious softball-event ever staged in the Netherlands.
It marks the first time that the World Softball Championship will be organized in Europe.
With that, the Netherlands becomes the first European country to organize both a Baseball World Championship and a Softball World Championship.
The event opens on August 15, 2014, which is 300 days from today.
The final is scheduled for August 24.
In recent years, the Dutch National Softball Team climbed on the world ranking.
It moved from twelfth to eighth place during the World Championship of 2010 in Venezuela, then finished in sixth position on the Championship of 2012 in Canada.
Besides that, in July of this year, the Orange squad captured the European Championship-title for the third time in a row and again did it by remaining unbeaten.
,,It is wonderful that we can organize the World Championship'', states Dutch National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas.
,,It is very important for our sport that we attract the attention of the media.''
In 2014, the Dutch Team hopes to achieve a higher qualification.
Montvidas: ,,I'm not looking forward to scores or standings.
We play day by day, game by game, inning by inning.
When we play with confidence, we are capable of accompish a good result.''
Besides host Netherlands, already qualified for the Championship are Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia and the USA.
National Team Players assist during try-out
The players of the Dutch National Softball Team acted as coaches on Wednesday, September 18, during the annual try-out for youth players, who are eligible to play for the National Junior White Team in 2014.
In Nieuwegein, a large group of 87 players, born in 1998 or 1999, participated in the try-out, which was conducted under the leadership of National Team-coaches Karen Marr and Berend Mannessen.
Other staff-members of the Orange squad also assisted during the try-out.
Recap & Photos of the try-out (in Dutch) | Verslag & Foto's van de try-out (Ned.)
Softball & Baseball not on Olympic Programme
Unfortunately, Softball and Baseball are not returning on the Olympic Programme for the Olympic Games of 2020 and 2024.
On Sunday, September 8, during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the members of the International Olympic Committee voted to reinstate Wrestling.
Squash also was on the shortlist to become an additional sport for the 2020 Games, which were awarded to Tokyo (Japan).
Wrestling is one of the 25 core sports for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
But in the beginning of this year, wrestling wasn't part of the proposal for the core sports for the 2020 Games.
Since then, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) introduced major changes, including new rules and a better sports presentation to attract more spectators and a younger audience.
Wrestling received 49 votes.
Baseball/Softball obtained 24 votes and Squash 22 votes.
After demonstration tournaments in 1984 (Los Angeles) and 1988 (Seoul), baseball became a Gold Medal-sport in 1992 (Barcelona), while softball made its Olympic debut in 1996 (Atlanta).
However, in 2005, it was decided that the two sports were no part of the Olympic Games in 2012 (London).
And so, baseball and softball were last played (for now) during the Olympic Games of 2008 in Beijing.
The Olympic Countdown has begun
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has issued a special edition brochure that summarizes its case for including Baseball and Softball on the Olympic Programme.
This brochure was mailed to every member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as made available online on WBSC’s website.
Baseball and Softball’s future on the Olympic Program will be decided in a vote by the members of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires (Argentina), on 8 September.
Go here for the announcement & the brochure (Eng.) | Ga hierheen voor het bericht & de brochure (Ned.)
...In December 2008, Craig Montvidas was named to lead the Dutch National Women Softball Team the next four years.
Under his leadership, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) entered a new chapter in the rich history of Dutch softball, which started 70 years ago in 1943.
Since then, Dutch softball evolved into a well organized sport and the Netherlands became one of the leading countries in Europe.
2014 will be an important year for Dutch sofball.
The ISF Women's World Championship will be organized for the first time in Europe with Haarlem as playing site.
The Netherlands also will host the European Junior Championships, which will be held again in Rosmalen.
In 2013, the Dutch Team captured the European title for the third time in a row again remained unbeaten.
In 2012, the Dutch Team played a good World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada) and reached the Play-Offs for the second consecutive time.
Besides that, it climbed in the ranking from the eighth to sixth place.
2010 and 2011 were two more thrilling years for everyone involved.
2010 was the year in which the Dutch Softball Team participated in the World Championships in the Venezuelan capital Caracas and reached the play-offs for the first time again in 16 years!
But there also was a disappointment, as the Dutch Junior Team not only was dethroned as European champion, but also failed to qualify for the World Championship 2011.
In 2011, the Dutch Team again captured the European title unbeaten, while the Dutch Juniors White Team captured the European Cadets Championship.
In 2009, the national team recaptured the European title for the first time in 19 years by staying inbeaten during the European Championships in Spain.
It was the closing of a successful international season in which the Dutch Softball Team showed its enthusiasm and also played attractive games during the Holland Tour, Canada Cup and World Cup of Softball.
A season also in which the Dutch Junior Team captured the silver medal on the first World Youth Championships under 17 in the Czech Republic.
It was a season with many highlights, but also a year in which the Dutch Softball Team became an ambassador of Right To Play.
In 2008, the Dutch National Women Softball participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing for the first time since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
It was the crown on a year of hard work.
Unfortunately, the Olympic softball-tournament in Beijing was the last for this moment.
Softball (and baseball) is no part of the Olympic Games in 2012 in London (Great Britain), but the international softball-community is working hard for the reinstatement of the sport on the Olympic Games.
The International Softball Federation (ISF) launched the BackSoftball-campaign in 2007 and in November 2008, twelve international Athlete Ambassadors were named to support the program.
One of the players which were chosen for this unique position is Dutch national team-player Saskia Kosterink.
In 2008, to celebrate the return of the Dutch team to the Olympics, this site was created and launched, enabling everyone to follow the Dutch national team, its players and its games.
The site has proven to be a great success and attracted a lot of visitors.
In 2008 and 2009, the site was only available in the English language, but since the end of 2009, all coverage is been done in both the English and Dutch language.
Furthermore, starting in November 2009, the site expanded with the coverage of the Dutch National Junior Red Team.
In January of 2010, the coverage of the Dutch National Junior White Team was added.
2011 will again be an exciting and intense year for everyone involved, but it also will be another year in which experiences and new impressions will be gained.
A year in which new goals will be set!
A year in which the Dutch National Softball Team will participate in the European Championship in Italy, where it will defend its title.
A year in which the youngest group of the Dutch Juniors will participate in the European Championship in Belgium.
Of course, all previous coverage of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons of the Dutch National Softball Teams (and more) will remain available on this site.
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