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Dutch Team opens 11-City-Tour with big win
The Netherlands National Softball Team opened the 11-City-World-Championship-Promo-Tour tonight (Friday, August 1) with a big 19-1 victory against Germany. The game was played at the site of Giants in Hengelo, where the hosting club did an outstanding job in organizing the opening game. The game was visited by some 250 spectators. The Dutch Team collected 17 basehits, including three by Areke Spel and Nathalie Gosewehr. Dutch pitchers Ginger de Weert and Dagmar Bloeming threw a combined No-Hitter.

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Still possible to register for Pitching Masterclass of Michele Smith
During the upcoming ISF Women's World Championship in Haarlem, two-time Olympic champion Michele Smith will conduct an unique Pitching Masterclass on August 23. This will happen in the indoor facility at the Nol Houtkamp Sportcomplex, the site of the World Championship. Coaches and pitchers can attend this unique moment to not only meet one of the best Team USA pitchers in history, but also learn more about pitching. Registration is still open.
More on the Masterclass (Eng.) | Meer over de Masterclass (Ned.)

Dutch Team Roster for World Championship announced
After having a meeting with his coaching staff, Dutch National Softball Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas has announced his roster of 17 players for the upcoming 14th ISF Women's World Championship, which will be held August 15-24 at the Nol Houtkamp Sportcomplex in Haarlem (Netherlands). It will mark the first time in history that the World Championship is organized in Europe.
All players were personally informed by Montvidas on Wednesday-evening, July 30. Later in the evening, the roster was officially announced via a press release.
The Dutch Team opens the Championship on August 15 against Team USA. Next Friday, August 1, the Orange Team opens its final series of games to prepare for the World Championship. This '11 City World Championship Promo Tour' begins at 7 PM at the site of Giants in Hengelo. There, the Orange squad meets a German All Star Team.
More on the roster-announcement (Eng.) | Meer over de selectie-bekendmaking (Ned.)

Dutch Team returns home and honors victims Malaysia-flight
The Netherlands Softball Team returned home safely on Wednesday, July 23 to complete its second American Tour of the year. In Illinois, the Orange squad played 21 games. The team now will start another series of games on Friday, August 1, which will be the final preparations for the World Championship. At Schiphol International Airport, Team-captains Rebecca Soumeru and Saskia Kosterink and Head Coach Craig Montvidas laid down flowers in memory of the victims of the terrible disaster with flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines.
Recap of Day 23 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 23 (Ned.)

Sightseeing-trip to Chicago ends Illinois-Tour
The Netherlands Softball Team closed the trip to Illinois on Monday with a sighseeing-tour to Chicago. The team starts its journey back home to the Netherlands on Tuesday. After returning, players and staff-members have a few days off to rest and recover. On Friday, August 1, the 11 City Tour begins in Hengelo, the last series of games to prepare for the World Championship in Haarlem.
Recap of Day 21 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 21 (Ned.)

Dutch Team closes with two victories
The Netherlands Softball Team ended the trip the Chicago-area on Sunday, July 20 with two victories. First, there was a comfortbable 5-0 win vs. Indiana Zephyrs hightlighted by homeruns by Nathalie Timmermans and Virginie Anneveld. Later, the game against Chill Gold followed, which was won 5-3. In this game, it was Areke Spel who homered. On Monday, the team has the day off in Chicago and then the squad will start the journey home.
Recap of Day 20 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 20 (Ned.)

Dutch Team ends up short
The Netherlands Softball Team played one game on Saturday, July 19. The team again met the Beverly Bandits, who were beaten the day before. Today, the Orange squad, which saw Areke Spel homer, ended up empty-handed, 4-2. Before the game, there was a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the disaster with the Malaysia Airlines-flight above Ukraine. On Sunday, the team closes the Illinois-trip with two games.
Recap of Day 19 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 19 (Ned.)

Double victory for Dutch Team
The Netherlands Softball Team recovered fine on Friday, July 18, after the second loss against Chicago Bandits. Today, the team played a double-header against two different teams and won both games. First, a 6-3 victory against Beverly Bandits which included a homerun by Karin Tuk. Later in the day, a 4-3 win followed vs. Illinois Chill Gold and this time, Nathalie Timmermans and Dinet Oosting connected for a homerun.
Recap of Day 18 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 18 (Ned.)

Dutch Team empty-handed again vs. Bandits
On Thursday, July 17, the Netherlands Softball Team played its second game against the professional team Chicago Bandits during its Illinois-trip. Just as a week ago, the Orange squad was unable to produce offensively and didn't score. The Netherlands Team hit only two basehits and lost 7-0. The team plays two more games on Friday.
Recap of Day 17 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 17 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins vs. Indiana Slammers
After the victory against the professional baseball-team on Monday-evening, the Netherlands Softball Team returned to the field on Wednesday, July 16. This time, the second meeting with the Indiana Slammers was scheduled. The Orange squad played convincingly, collected eleven basehits and won 4-0. Three pitchers gave up only six hits to the Slammers.
Recap of Day 16 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 16 (Ned.)

Dutch Team defeats professional baseball-team!
The Netherlands Softball Team played a very special game during its Illinois-trip on Monday, July 14. The team didn't face another softball-team, it played against a professional baseball-team, Joliet Slammers. This team plays in the Frontier League, one of the professional Independent Leagues. The Orange squad played a very good game, held the professional baseball-players scoreless and won 4-0.
Recap of Day 14 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 14 (Ned.)

Two wins for Dutch Team
After a resting period of one-and-a-half-day, the Netherlands Softball Team was back on the field on Sunday, July 13. The team had a double-header schedule against the U23-team of the BNGSA Angels. BNGSA stands for Bloomington-Normal Girls Softball Association. The Orange squad had another good day with the bat and won 8-4 and 11-3. Monday will be a busy day with a transfer to Joliet and a game against the local professional baseball-team in the evening.
Recap of Day 13 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 13 (Ned.)

Dutch Team has moments off
After having played 11 games in only six days, the Netherlands Softball Team had free moments on Friday and Saturday. There was a practice scheduled, but on other moments, everyone had time to relax and rest. The team returns to the field on Sunday to play a double-header.
Recap of Days 11 & 12 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 11 & 12 (Ned.)

Two big wins for Dutch Team
The Netherlands Softball Team was back on the field again on Thursday, July 10, Day 10 of the Illinois-trip, to play another double-header. The Orange squad won twice with a convincing score: 18-0 and 6-0. Offensively, the team had a productive day, including homeruns by Saskia Kosterink, Areke Spel and Nathalie Timmermans. Jessie van Aalst, Nathalie Gosewehr and Anne Blaauwgeers each contributed with three hits in the opener, in which 17 hits were registered. In the second game, Eva Voortman collected three bunt-singles.
Recap of Day 10 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 10 (Ned.)

Dutch Team splits with Bloomington Hearts
On Wedneday, July 9, Day 9 of the Illinois Tour, the Netherlands Softball Team transfered from Schaumburg to Bloomington. In the evening, a double-header was scheduled against Bloomington Lady Hearts. In the first game, the Orange squad erased an 1-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth inning, hightlighted by a 2-run homerun by Virginie Anneveld (3-for-4). However, Bloomington answered with four runs of its own and went on to win 5-4. The Dutch Team outhit Bloomington 11-6.
In Game 2, the Orange collected 13 basehits, allowed only won and won convincingly with a 14-0 score. Marisèla de Wind went 3-for-3, including a triple, scored three runs and also had three runs batted in. Jessie van Aalst accounted for the first runs with a 2-run homerun.
Recap of Day 9 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 9 (Ned.)

Dutch Team shutout by Chicago Bandits
On Day 8 of the Illinois-trip, Tuesday, July 8, a game was scheduled against Chicago Bandits, one of the teams from the professional National Pro Fastpitch. The Dutch offense was unable produce tonight and got only five basehits. All six pitchers threw for the Orange squad. The Bandits were more productive, batted two homeruns, held the Orange scoreless and won 9-0. Despite the loss, this was a very useful game!
Recap of Day 8 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 8 (Ned.)

Come-from-behind victory for Dutch Team
The Netherlands Softball Team played its sixth game of the Illinois-trip on Monday-evening, July 7. In the beautiful stadion of the Chicago Bandits in Rosement, the opponent was Indiana Slammers, which took an early 5-0 lead in the first inning. But the Orange Team showed character, came back strongly and registered a come-from-behind 6-5 victory in this 9-inning game. Nathalie Timmermans homered for the Orange squad. In the morning, some of the players assisted during the Bandits Youth Softbal Camp.
Recap of Day 7 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 7 (Ned.)

Win & Loss for Dutch Team
On Sunday, July 6, the sixth day of the Illinois-trip, the second day of the 10th annual John Radtke Memorial Women's Fastpitch Classic in Elgin was scheduled. By winning the third game on Saturday-evening, the Netherlands Softball Team avoided playing a game at 8 AM on Sunday-morning. The Orange squad opened today in Elgin against Wisconsin Lightning, which was defeated again. Jessie van Aalst, Dinet Oosting and Chantal Versluis homered. That set up a new confrontation with Hooters later in the day, but this time, the Dutch Team lost 2-1.
Recap of Day 6 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 6 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins three games on first day of tournament
The Netherlands Softball Team opened its series of games during their Illinois-trip on Saturday, July 5 with three games on the first day of the John Radtke Memorial Classic. The Orange squad won vs. Wisconsin Lightning, Pekin Lettes and Hooters, scored a total of 25 runs and collected 32 basehits, including eight homeruns, hit by Britt Vonk (2), Karin Tuk (2), Anne Blaauwgeers, Merel Oosterveld, Virginie Anneveld and Nathalie Timmermans. The players and staff also were able to follow the conclusion of the nailbiting soccer-game of the Dutch Soccer Team vs. Costa Rica at the World Cup in Brazil.
Recap of Day 5 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 5 (Ned.)

Dutch Team celebrates 'Fourth of July'
On Friday, July 4, the players and staff of the Netherlands Softball Team traveled to Chicago for 'The Fourth of July', the national holiday in the USA to celebrate Independence Day. The team had a walk through the city, enjoyed dinner, followed World Cup Soccer and then watched the big fireworks in the evening. Everyone was back in their room at 11:30 PM. On Saturday, the Orange squad will play its first three games of the trip at a tournament in Elgin.
Recap of Day 4 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 4 (Ned.)

First practice in the books
On Thursday, July 3, the Netherlands Softball Team conducted its first practice at beautiful site of the Chicago Bandits. It was an indoor-practice, but one at a very special facility: the biggest indoor-hall in the USA with two complete softball-field, complete with stands and batting cages. And airconditioned.
In the evening, the team attended the NPF-game between the Chicago Bandits and Akron Rebels. The team has the day off on Friday, but then plays its first game on Saturday.
Recap of Day 3 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 3 (Ned.)

Meeting, uniforms, exploring
The players and staff of the Netherlands Softball Team had a long team-meeting to start Day 2 of the American Tour in Illinois on Wednesday, July 2. During the meeting, the team looked ahead to the coming period, but also the new uniforms were briefly shown. Also, the area around the hotel was explored today. The team returns to the field on Thursday, when a practice session is scheduled at the site of the Chicago Bandits.
Recap of Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 2 (Ned.)

Chicago's Daily Herald writes about Dutch Team
On the day, the Netherlands National Softball Team arrived in Illinois, there was an article in the Daily Herald. The largest daily newspaper in suburban Chicago focused on the participation of the Orange squad coming weekend in the 10th annual John Radtke Memorial Women's Fastpitch Classic in Elgin.
Read the article here (Eng.) | Lees hier het artikel (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in Illinois
The Netherlands National Softball Team traveled to the State of Illinois on Tuesday, July 1 for their second American Tour of the year. In March, the Orange squad traveled to Florida, where 20 games were played. In Illinois, the team has 22 games scheduled in 18 days, including a game against a Minor League Baseball Team.
The tour in the Chicago-area is part of the preparations of the team for the upcoming ISF World Championship in Haarlem (Netherlands) in August.
Recap of Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag van Dag 1 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins twice vs. US College-squad
The Netherlands National Softball Team played two exhibition games against an American College All Star Team on Friday, June 27 at Haarlem. The games were played on the Nol Houtkamp Sportcomplex, which will be the site of the upcoming ISF World Championship in August. The Orange squad registered a 17-0 shutout in the opener against the Stars, then won the second game 9-2 against the Stripes. Jessie van Aalst homered twice in the second game.
The two games were the last activities for the team before leaving for the USA. The team travels to Illinois on Tuesday for its second American Tour of the year.
Recap of the today's activities (Eng.) | Verslag van de activiteiten van vandaag (Ned.)

Players and Sandd enjoy clinic and barbecue
The players of the Netherlands National Softball Team conducted a clinic for the personnel of Sandd on Monday, June 16, at the site of Robur '58 in Apeldoon. In February, Sandd became the main sponsor of the Orange squad, which is on its way to the World Championship in August in Haarlem (Netherlands). Before the clinic began, the players of the Dutch team explained the fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting. Hereafter, the players gave a brief demonstration about pitching, hitting and fielding. The clinic ended with an intersquad game between the personnel of Sandd. A barbeque closed the succesful day.
Recap of the today's activities (Eng.) | Verslag van de activiteiten van vandaag (Ned.)

Players participate in Olympic Moves
The players and coaches of the Netherlands National Softball Team today (Friday, June 13) participated in the Olympic Moves, which is the biggest school sports tournament in the Netherlands. This took place at the Nol Houtkamp Sportcomplex in Haarlem, the site of the World Championship, which wil be held August 15-24.
The players of the Netherlands Team gave clinics and instructions, but also acted as coaches of the several teams. Twelve teams participated in the softball-event, which were girl teams of secondary eduation schools.
Today's activities coincided with the celebration of World Softball Day, which will be held annually on June 13.
Recap of the today's activities (Eng.) | Verslag van de activiteiten van vandaag (Ned.)

Dutch Team closes Summer Tour vs. New Zealand
The Netherlands National Softball Team will close the World Championship Summer Tour, or 'Eleven Cities Tour', with a game against the national team of New Zealand. The game will be played on August 13 at the site of Rooswijk in the city of Velsen. The game is the tenth and final in the Tour, which opens on August 1. The Tour serves as the final preparations for the ISF Women's World Championship in Haarlem (Netherlands). Two days after completion of the Tour, the Orange squad opens the World Championship against the USA on August 15.
Complete schedule (Eng.) | Compleet programma (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens World Championship vs. USA
The Netherlands Softball Team will open the 14th ISF Women's World Championship on August 15 against Team USA, which two years ago lost the championship-final vs. Japan in Canada. The game begins at 8 PM following the Opening Ceremonies. Today (Friday, April 18), the International Softball Federation announced the alignments of the two groups for the World Championship. The Orange squad also will meet Chinese Taipei, Italy, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Great Britain and Botswana in the preliminary round of the global event.
More on the group alignments (Eng.) | Meer over de groepsindelingen (Ned.)

Team visits Head Office of sponsor Sandd
On Friday, April 11, the players, coaches and staff-members of the Netherlands National Softball Team visited the Head Office of Sandd, the main sponsor of the Orange squad, in Apeldoorn. The team was split in three groups, who were shown around in the big facilities of the business postal delivery service company. The team was also addressed by Haico Meijerink, CEO of Sandd, and had a meet-and-greet with employees.
Recap of the today's activities (Eng.) | Verslag van de activiteiten van vandaag (Ned.)

Sponsors meet; World Championship poster revealed
On Saturday, April 5, several sponsors of the upcoming ISF World Championship met in the clubhouse of the Nol Houtkamp Sports Complex in Haarlem (Netherlands), where the event will be staged Augustu 15-24. Also today, the official World Championship-poster was revealed. Netherlands National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas addressed the attendees, co-captain Saskia Kosterink revealed the poster.
Recap of the today's activities (Eng.) | Verslag van de activiteiten van vandaag (Ned.)

Dutch Team returns home safely
The Netherlands National Softball Team returned home safely on Tuesday, March 25, ending their first trip of the year to the USA. In July, the team travels to Illinois for its second trip as part of the preparations for the upcoming World Championship in August in Haarlem (Netherlands). The team arrived ahead of time on Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport after a flight from London.
Recap of the 24th & 25th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 24e & 25e dag (Ned.)

Orange closes trip with two shutout-wins
The Netherlands National Softball Team played its final two games of this years Florida-trip today (Sunday, March 23). The Orange squad opened the double-header with an 8-0 shutout-victory, then added a 6-0 win in Game 2. The opponent was Team FLA Softball, which is a team that plays in the Travel Ball League. Three Dutch pitchers threw a combined No-Hitter in the second game. The team added four more homeruns, including two by Saskia Kosterink.
The Dutch Team starts the journey home on Monday and is expected to arrive back home Tuesday-afternoon.
Recap of the 23rd day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 23e dag (Ned.)

A Day at the Races
Today (Saturday, March 22), the Netherlands National Softball Team has its final day off during its Florida-trip. Part of the team went shopping, while some of the team-members went to the races and so they had a day at the races.
The team will play its last two games on Sunday, meeting Team Florida in St. Petersburg in a double-header that begins at 11 AM local time (4 PM Dutch time). And then its time to start packing to begin the journey home on Monday.
Recap of the 22nd day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 22e dag (Ned.)

Schedule Summer Tour completed
The schedule for the World Championship Summer Tour has been completed, as all dates and now filled in and confirmed. Starting on August 1, the Netherlands National Softball Team will stage an 11-city Tour around the country, which will carry that name (11 City Tour). During the Tour, the team meets American College-teams, but also the National Teams from Germany and Japan. Games will be played in 10 different cities, with the eleventh being Haarlem, th site of the World Championship. The Tour is part of 'Be Part of the Challenge', the promotional activities on the Road to Haarlem.
See the complete schedule here (Eng.) | Ga hierheen voor het complete schema (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins double-header vs. Polk State
Today (Friday, March 21), the Netherlands National Softball Team opened its double-header against Polk State College in Winter Haven with a comfortable 10-2 victory. With this, the Orange squad ended Polk's 12-game winning streak. The Dutch Team also won Game Two, this time with a 7-3 score. The team collected 25 basehits, including six by Dinet Oosting, four by Marisèla de Wind and a homerun by Saskia Kosterink.
The Dutch Team has the day off on Saturday, then concludes the series of games with a double-header on Sunday.
Recap of the 21st day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 21e dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team conducts practice and has day off
The Netherlands National Softball Team began the day early on Thursday (March 20), as it conducted a practice session that started at 8 AM. It was the lone activity for the Orange squad today, which was used as a day to rest.
The team returns to the playing field on Friday for a double-header against Polk State College, which will be played at Winter Haven. The first game begins at 5 PM local time (10 PM Dutch time).
Recap of the 20th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 20e dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team splits double-header on Day 19
Today (Wednesday, March 19), the Netherlands National Softball Team split its double-header, which was played at the site of Saint Leo University in Saint Leo. There, the Orange didn't face Saint Leo in two games, but opened the double-header against Purdue University, then met Saint Leo in Game 2.
In the opener, the Dutch Team initially led twice, then trailed and tied a 6-5 deficit, but ended up with an 8-6 loss, which was only the second during the Florida-trip. In the next game, the Orange was more productive, took charge of the game early and went on to win 6-3 vs. Saint Leo.
The Dutch Team added two more homeruns today, which were hit by Nathalie Timmermans (Game 1) and Karin Tuk (Game 2).
Recap of the 19th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 19e dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins vs. Rutgers
The Netherlands National Softball Team returned to the field tonight (Tuesday, March 18) for its next game during this years Florida-trip. On a day with much better weather conditions than the day before, the team met Rutgers University and won 6-2. Tonight, Nathalie Timmermans and Saskia Kostink both homered to bring the total during this trip to 20. Pitchers Femke van Dusschoten and Lindsey Meadows struckout 12 batters combined.
The Dutch Team gets back into action on Wednesday. Then, a double-header is scheduled against Saint Leo University at nearby Saint Leo with the first game starting at 1:00 PM (6:00 PM Dutch time).
Recap of the 18th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 18e dag (Ned.)

Games Dutch Team cancelled!
After a delay and a change in schedule due to weather conditions, the Netherlands National Softball Team initially started its first game today (Monday, March 17) against Marist College. After this game, the Orange squad was to meet the University of Central Florida in the evening. Earlier, UCF won 11-0 vs. Marist.
Against Marist, the Dutch took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a 3-run homerun by Lindsey Meadows. However, after two complete innings, it started to rain again and the weather predictions were unfavorable for the remainder of the day. And so, the game was stopped definitively, while the second game was cancelled.
The Dutch Team will play its next game on Tuesday and then meets Rutgers University.
Recap of the 17th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 17e dag (Ned.)

Monday's games on hold
The two scheduled games for the Netherlands National Softball Team to be played today (Monday, April 17) are currently on hold. The team traveled to Orlando, but at the moment is indoors at the facilities of the University of Central Florida. Severe rain and thunderstorms are active north of Orlando, where it also rains at the moment. As of now, the schedule was adjusted for today. First, Marist College will play against UCF instead of between the two Dutch games. After completion of that game, the Orange squad will play a double-header. Weather permitting.
In nearby Kissimmee, the MLB Spring Training-game between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves was halted after five innings due to rain, while two other games in the Clearwater-area were cancelled.

Orange wins Sunday double-header
The Netherlands National Softball Team was back on the field on Sunday (March 16) to play a double-header and won both games. In the morning, the team started the match-up against Baylor University and won the opener with a 5-1 score. Next, the Orange squad met Central Connecticut State University in the second game and went on to win 9-2. With these victories, the Dutch registered their 10th and 11th win of the Florida-trip. In today's double-header Nathalie Gosewehr, Marisèla de Wind and Saskia Kosterink homered to set a National Team-record.
The team will play another double-header on Monday, meeting Marist College and the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Recap of the 16th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 16e dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team suffers first loss
The Netherlands National Softball Team suffered its first loss of their Florida-trip on Saturday-evening, March 15, as opponent University of South Florida came from behind to win 3-2 in the last inning. The Orange squad took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a single by Jessie van Aalst, then left three runners in scoring position in the next four innings. The Bulls got one run back in the sixth, but left the bases loaded, then scored twice with no outs in the home of the seventh inning to won 3-2. Nathalie Gosewehr hit three of the six Dutch basehits
The Dutch Team plays a double-header on Sunday, meeting Baylor University and Central Connecticut State University.
Recap of the 15th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 15e dag (Ned.)

Dutch nips Pennsylvania to add victory
After two days of non-playing, the Netherlands National Softball Team returned to the playing field early Friday-morning (March 14). The Orange squad nipped the team of the University of Pennsylvania with a 3-2 score to keep the winning streak intact and extend it to nine games. The difference in the game was a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Meadows when the Dutch broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning to win the game.
The team will play its next game on Saturday in the late afternoon against the University of South Florida. The squad has now played 10 games and has 12 remaining on their schedule.
Recap of the 14th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 14e dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team visit MLB-game
On Thursday, March 13, the Netherlands National Softball Team had the day off on Day 13 of the Florida-trip and attended the Major League Spring Training-game of the Philadelphia Phillies against a split-squad team of the New York Yankees.
The Dutch Team returns to the field on Friday-morning and then meets the University of Pennsylvania, starting at 10 AM local time (3 PM Dutch time). Friday will be the first of six busy days for the Orange, as the team has nine games scheduled.
Recap of the 13th day (Eng.) | Verslag van de 13e dag (Ned.)

More dates confirmed for World Championship Summer Tour
The schedule for the World Championship Summer Tour is almost complete, as two more dates were filled in and confirmed. Starting on August 1, the Netherlands National Softball Team will stage an 11-city Tour around the country, which will carry that name (11 City Tour). During the Tour, the team meets American College-teams, but also the National Teams from Germany and Japan. Games will be played in 10 different cities, with the eleventh being Haarlem, th site of the World Championship. The Tour is part of 'Be Part of the Challenge', the promotional activities on the Road to Haarlem.
See the schedule here (Eng.) | Ga hierheen voor het schema (Ned.)

Wednesday's double-header rains out
Today (Wednesday, March 12), rain disrupted the series of games of the Netherlands National Softball Team, as its scheduled double-header was cancelled. The Orange squad was to have met the University of Maine, starting at 5:00 PM local (10 PM Dutch time) in the first match-up. This was to be followed by the game against Bryant University, starting at 7:15 PM local time (00:15 AM Dutch time). But due to thunderstorms in the area, both games were scrubbed.
The Orange squad has no games scheduled for Thursday, then returns to the field on Friday-morning for a single game. The team then meets the University of Pennsylvania, starting at 10 AM local time (3 PM Dutch time).
Recap of the twelfth day (Eng.) | Verslag van de twaalfde dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team registers small victory
After scoring at least 10 runs in the last five games, the Netherlands National Softball Team today (Tuesday, March 11) won by a smaller margin. The Orange won 3-1 vs. the University of Utah, breaking a 1-1 tie in the second inning on a single by Chantal Versluis, who was 3-for-3. The Dutch added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Nathalie Timmermans hit her third homerun in three days. Starter Ginger de Weert held Utah to only one hit in four innings, then Lindsey Meadows completed the game.
The Dutch Team continues its series of games on Wednesday with a double-header in Clearwater. The Orange first meets the University of Maine, starting at 5:00 PM local (10 PM Dutch time), then plays vs. Bryant University, starting at 7:15 PM local time (00:15 AM Dutch time).
Recap of the eleventh day (Eng.) | Verslag van de elfde dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team outscores Florida Tech in double-header
The Netherlands National Softball Team continued its series of games in Florida on Monday, March 10 with a double-header against Florida Tech. The games were played in Melbourne on the east coast of Florida and so, the team made a 3-hour ride to get there from Clearwater.
In the opener, the Dutch Team won 12-2 and collected 16 basehits and was led by Jessie van Aalst, who was 4-for-5 with two doubles, scored four runs and had two runs batted in. Areke Spel contributed with a 3-run homerun. The Dutch pitching was dominant with Dagmar Bloeming striking out nine batters in four innings, then Femke van Dusschoten adding three more in the remainder of the game.
In Game 2, the Dutch won 10-2 in five innings, thanks to a productive first and second inning in which eight runs were scored. In this game, the team again hit four homeruns, which came off the bats of Nathalie Timmermans, Chantal Versluis, Jessie van Aalst and Dinet Oosting.
The team will play a single game on Tuesday, meeting the University of Utah, starting at 11 AM local time (4 PM Dutch time).
Recap of the tenth day (Eng.) | Verslag van de tiende dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team overpowers Cleveland State
The Netherlands National Softball Team on Sunday, March 9 won with a big 16-8 score against the team of Cleveland State University. It was another productive game for the Orange squad offensively, as it collected 13 basehits, including homeruns by Merel Oosterveld, Saskia Kosterink (grand slam), Karin Tuk and Nathalie Timmermans, who was 4-for-4, scored three runs and had three RBI's.
The second game scheduled for today was to be played against Province College, but was cancelled at their request.
The Dutch Team will play a double-header on Monday vs. Florida Tech, starting at 1 PM local time (7 PM Dutch time).
Recap of the ninth day (Eng.) | Verslag van de negende dag (Ned.)

Clinic, dolphins and beach
The players and staff of the Netherlands Softball Team got a break in the action today (Saturday, March 8), but will return to the field in Sunday. The team then will the first of two games of the seven scheduled for the upcoming four days.
Today, the team was split into three groups. One conducted a clinic for youth players, the second one made a dolphin tour and the third visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. But some also went to the beach to enjoy the off-day.
On Sunday, the team plays two games, meeting Cleveland State University and Providence College.
Recap of the eighth day (Eng.) | Verslag van de achtste dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins big on Friday
After having the day off on Thursday, the Netherlands National Softball Team returned to the field today (Friday, March 7) to play a double-header against the team of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. The Orange squad won the opener 10-1 in five innings, then recorded a huge 19-2 victory in Game 2.
The Dutch Team collected 27 basehits, including four homeruns. Britt Vonk, who joined the team in the morning, homered twice, including a grand slam. Areke Spel and Merel Oosterveld accounted for the other two homeruns.
The Dutch Team will play its next two games on Sunday.
Recap of the seventh day (Eng.) | Verslag van de zevende dag (Ned.)

A day without activities for Dutch Team
Due to the weather conditions, the Netherlands National Softball Team had no activities today (Thursday, March 6), besides having a joint dinner. The team had no games scheduled for today, but it was planned to attend the Major League Spring Training-game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees at Bright House Field in Clearwater. However, due to rain, the start of the game was postponed. It was decided not to go to the stadium, as the new starting time was too late for the team, which had a dinner-appointment later in the afternoon.
The team returns to the field on Friday for a double-header against Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. The first game starts at 11 AM local time ((5 PM Dutch time).
Recap of the sixth day (Eng.) | Verslag van de zesde dag (Ned.)

Oranje squad wins twice on Wednesday
The Netherlands National Softball Team on Wednesday, March 5, trailed 5-0 after two innings against the team of Saint John's University, but then started to come back from the third inning on to win 9-6. Karin Tuk belted a 3-run homerun in the third inning to put the Orange back on track, then the score was tied in the fourth at bat. The Dutch then turned the game around in its favor by scoring twice in both the sixth and seventh inning en route to the victory.
The game was the first of two scheduled for today. Next, the team of Head Coach Craig Montvidas met the University of Toledo in an evening-game and won won 4-1.
The next games will be played on Friday.
Recap of the fifth day (Eng.) | Verslag van de vijfde dag (Ned.)

Award for Bungalowpark 'De Krim'
On Tuesday, March 4, it was reported that Bungalowpark 'De Krim' on the island of Texel was named the best bungalowpark on the Frisian Islands (Netherlands). The Dutch National Softball Team stayed at the Bungalowpark four times since November. Since then, the squad was on the island for four days in November, December, January and February as part of the preparations for this years World Championship in Haarlem.
The players and staff of the Netherlands Team congratulate 'De Krim' with this well-deserved award.
More on the award (Eng.) | Meer over de prijs (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens 25-game series with scoreless tie
The Netherlands National Softball Team opened its series of 25 games (two games were added to the schedule) in 20 days in Florida (USA) on Tuesday, March 4 with a scoreless tie. For the Dutch Team, this was its first outdoor-game of the year. At Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex in Clearwater, the first opponent were the Lions, the team of Loyola Marymount University from Los Angeles. The game remained scoreless and as it was decided not to play a tie-break, the game ended with a 0-0 score. The Orange squad will play two games on Wednesday.
Recap of the fourth day (Eng.) | Verslag van de vierde dag (Ned.)

First outdoor practice in the books
The Netherlands National Softball Team conducted its first outdoor practice session of the season in Monday, March 3. After a day of travel and a day of resting, the players returned to the field on Day 3 of the first trip of the year to the USA. As it was the first outdoor-activity after a long indoor-period, players had to accustom to the field conditions. But it was a clear and warm day with temperatures around 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit).
Recap of the third day (Eng.) | Verslag van de derde dag (Ned.)

A day to acclimatize, rest and shop
On Sunday, March 2, the first full day in Clearwater, the players and staff-members of the Netherlands National Softball used their time to rest from the long travel-day and to acclimatize. In Clearwater, it was a nice day with temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit). And so, it was a relaxing day to prepare for the first practice session, which is scheduled for Monday. The first game will be played on Tuesday.
Recap of the second day (Eng.) | Verslag van de tweede dag (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in Florida
The Netherlands National Softball Team flew to Tampa in Florida (USA) on Saturday, March 1 to start a 25-day trip. In Florida, the team will play 23 games in 20 days with the first game scheduled for coming Tuesday in Clearwater. The team ensembled early on Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the Britsh Airways-flight to London in England. From there, the team flew to Tampa, where it arrived after a flight which lasted exactly ten hours. The trip is the first of two this year to the USA as part of the preparations for the World Championship in August in Haarlem (Netherlands). The second trip is scheduled for July and will bring the squad to Illinois.
Recap of the first day (Eng.) | Verslag van de eerste dag (Ned.)

SANDD MAIN SPONSOR NETHERLANDS SOFTBALL TEAM!
Sandd, the business postal delivery service of the Netherlands, is the new main sponsor of the Netherlands National Women's Softball Team. Sandd announced the news to the National Team players on Sunday, February 23 during the game against the Netherlands National Baseball Team in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. The game was played during the annual National Team Showcase, which also includes workshops and clinics for youth players by players from the National Softball and Baseball Teams. Today, Monday, February 23, the news was officially announced by the KNBSB.
Head Coach Craig Montvidas: ,,Finding such a great sponsor was listed high on my To Do List for 2014. This feels as a recognition for the hard work and the accomplishments of the last years and provides us with an extra impulse to set a great result during the World Championship!'' Thiemo van Spellen, Commercial Director of Sandd: ,,We see a lot of similarities. Passion, guts and perseverance is also part of our DNA.''
More on the announcement (Eng.) | Meer over de bekendmaking (Ned.)

Dutch baseball-players go on their knees for softball-players during Showcase
The fourth annual edition of the National Team Showcase in Amsterdam again was very successful today, Sunday, February 23. In the morning-hours, there were two clinics, attended by some 130 youth-players and conducted by players from the National Softball and Baseball Teams. In the afternoon, the Netherlands National Softball played a intersquad demonstration game, which was followed by a match-up in which the players of both National Teams were divided into two teams.
But there was much more today. There was great news today. And there were emotions today. And the players of the Netherlands Baseball Team went on their knees today for the players of the Netherlands Softball Team. The reason for all this will be officially announced on Monday-morning.
A complete recap with photos of the Showcase will be added soon.

Team Amsterdam wins World Championship Promo Tour
Team Amsterdam won the 6-teams, 24-games, 4-tournaments, World Championship Softball Promo Tour on Saturday, February 22 by beating Team Haarlem in the all-deciding final in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam on the final day of the event. With an 1-0 lead, Amsterdam gave up three runs in the top of the sixth at bat, but as the inning wasn't completed, it didn't count, according to tournament-rules. And so, 1-0 became the final score after five complete innings, leaving favorite Haarlem empty-handed. Team Haarlem won the first four games in a row and finished in first place after the preliminary round. Haarlem itself reached the final in another win-turned-loss match-up in the bronze medal-game. In a scoreless game against Team South, Haarlem gave up a run in the not-completed 5th inning and became the winner of the game by stranding most runners on third base.
A complete recap with photos will be added in the upcoming days.

Softball-magazine Dino! launched
Softball-magazine Dino! was officially launched on Saturday, February 22. During the interval of the final day of the World Championship Softball Promo Tour, the first edition was handed symbolic to Craig Montvidas. The Netherlands Softball Team Head Coach received the magazine from Cobus Oosting, the chairman of Softbaldino, which publishes the magazine twice a year. Cobus Oosting and his daughter and National Team-player Dinet Oosting form the editorial staff. Besides their own contributions, the first issue also has stories written by Ruud van Zetten and Netherlands Team Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar. The nice 24-page, full-colour magazine was handed out free to all attending the games today in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Through this magazine and its website (www.softbaldino.nl), Softbaldino wants to promote the sport of softball and increase interests from sponsors in order to generate more funding for the program of the National Softball Teams.

Dutch Softball Team meets Dutch Baseball Team
The Netherlands National Softball Team will play an indoor-game agaist the Netherlands Baseball Team this Sunday, February 23 in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. The game will be the hightlight of the annual National Team Showcase, which is held for the fourth consecutive year by the National Softball Team. For the second time, workshops and clinics for youth players and coaches will be held by players of both the National Softball and Baseball Teams. In 2012, both teams also joined forces during the Showcase and then played its first game against each other. Back then, the Softball Team lost by only one run, 4-3, in a 7-inning game. The introductions for Sunday's game will start at 2 PM, then the 'play ball' will sound around 2:30 PM.

Coming Saturday is final round of World Championship Promo Tour
Coming Saturday, February 22, Sporthallen Zuid will be the site for the Final Round of the World Championship Promo Tour. This event, with the participation of six teams, began in November with monthly tournaments at different locations. Team Haarlem won the preliminary round and opened the Play-Offs on January 25 with a victory. Three teams will begin next Saturday's Final Round with one loss, meaning they will be eliminated when they suffer another loss. The first game on Saturday begins at 11 AM.
Who will be crowned as the champion of the World Championship Promo Tour? See it yourself in Amsterdam on Saturday!

World Championship Summer Tour getting shape
The World Championship Promo Tour ends coming Saturday, February 22 with the final round, but the World Championship Summer Tour is getting shape. Starting on August 1, the Netherlands National Softball Team will stage an 11-city Tour around the country. During the Tour, the team meets American College-teams, but also the National Teams from Germany and Japan. Games will be played in 10 different cities, with the eleventh being Haarlem, where the Orange squad will play its opening game of the World Championship on August 15.
The Tour is part of Be Part of the Challenge, the promotional activities on the Road to Haarlem.
More on the Tour (Eng.) | Meer over de Tour (Ned.)

Valentine's Day surprise for National Team players
The players of the Netherlands National Softball Team got a big surprise on Friday, February 14, which of course is Valentine's Day. Today, the team had a Valentine Tournament scheduled in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. The players of the National Team were divided into three teams and were joined by current and former players from the National Junior Team. Chantal Versluis accounted for two highlights by hitting two homeruns. After completion of the tournament, the team had dinner together. Initially, the players were told that after dinner two play-off games were to be played in the evening. But instead, when the players returned to the hall after dinner, they received a surprise, as their families had moved into the stands. The day ended with a game by and against the family-members.
Recap of today (Eng.) | Verslag van vandaag (Ned.)

Team White wins 5th Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Tournament
Team White outscored Team Blue 13-6 in the all-deciding final of the 5th Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament on Sunday, February 9. The team, which was led by coach Nathalie Franssen, collected nine basehits, including two doubles by Gabi Obia, who later was crowned as the Batting Champion of the annual event. Lisa Hop, who was the winning pitcher in the final, was named Best Pitcher of the tournament, while Wies Ligtvoet (also from Team White) was named Most Valuable Player. Denice van Dijk (Team Blue) was named Most Outstanding Player. The awards were handed out by players of the Netherlands National Softball Team. The players of the National Team assisted this weekend in all kind of activities, including hanging banners of sponsors in the hall, handling the souvenir shop and being assistant coach.
Today, five homeruns were hit, including the tournament's first-ever grand slam, which was hit by Manoa Weijgertse (Team White). Dominique Sprengers (Team Pink) became the first player to hit two homeruns on one day (she now has three in her Future-career). Machteld Rector (Team Green) and Uchenna Jong Loy (Team Blue) accounted for the other two today, bringing the total this tournament to a record of seven.
On the photo left the four winners of the individual awards: Denice, Lisa, Gabi and Wies.
On the photo below homerun-hitters Machteld, Uchenna, Brenda, Manoa, Dominique and Denice.

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Team White leads after first day of Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Tournament
Team White won twice and played one tie on the first day of the 5th Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament on Saturday, February 8. The team is followed in the ranking by Team Pink, Team Green and Team Blue. The last two teams share third place, but the ranking is based on their head-to-head result. The annual event, in which the players of the national youth teams participate, is held again in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam.
Two highlights of the day were homeruns. The first came in the opening game between Team Pink and Team White when Brenda Beers (Team Pink) led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo-homerun. The second was hit by Denice van Dijk (Team Blue) in the third inning (also solo) of the third game vs. Team Pink. It were the sixth and seventh homerun in the history of the Future Stars Tournament. Day 2 will be played on Sunday, February 9.

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This weekend 5th Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament
On Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9, 13 games are scheduled to be played in the fifth edition of the annual Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Tournament. Again, Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam is the site for the tournament. The players of the two Dutch Junior Teams are divided over four teams, who will compete on Saturday and Sunday. After 12 games, the thirteenth game will be the all-deciding final.

All games can be followed live through a play-by-play.

Dutch Team completes final trip to Texel
The Netherlands Softball Team completes its fourth and final trip to the island of Texel on Thursday, February 6. Besides having several indoor practice sessions, the highlight came on Wednesday. On that day, the players flew around the island of Texel with two small planes. Later on the day, there was another practice on the schedule.
Photo-recap (Eng.) | Foto-verslag (Ned.)

Successful Sponsor-run in Amsterdam
The players of the Netherlands National Softball Teams and the two National Youth Teams participated in the Be Part of the Challenge Sponsor Run on Sunday, February 2. The event was held at the Bosbaan in capital Amsterdam and was organized by Junior Red-players Lizzie Clarijs and Rhowan Stuart. On a chilly, but beautiful blue-skyed morning more than some 70 players accompanied by a second runner ran for either 5 or 10 kilometers. At the end of the run a nice amount of money could be announced as the result of today's fundraiser.
Recap of the Sponsor-run (Eng.) | Verslag van de Sponsor-loop (Ned.)

First loss Team Haarlem in World Championship Promo Tour
Team Haarlem won twice on Day 1 and on Day 2 of the World Championship Promo Tour, but today (Saturday, January 25) closed the preliminary round with its first loss. Despite that, the team ended in first place. Later in the day, the team opened the Play-Offs with a victory. Today's games were played again in Tilburg. The final round will be played on Saturday, February 22 in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. The day began with clinics for youth players.
This event is set up to promote both the Netherlands Softball Team, as well as the World Championship, which will be held August 15-24 this year in Haarlem (Netherlands).
Recap of the third day of games (Eng.) | Verslag van de derde speeldag (Ned.)

Japanese coaches conduct practice sessions
Japanese coaches Taeko Utsugi and Yoshimi Kobayashi conducted a practice session of the Netherlands National Softball Team on Friday, January 24 at the team's indoor facility in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. It was a day full of activities, as the two coaches gave instructions and advice during several drills. Two days earlier, the two coaches also were at the regular Tulip League-intersquad game of the Orange squad. The players and coaches of the National Team enjoyed the company of the two Japanese coaches very much and thank them for being with the squad these days. On Saturday, January 25, Taeko Utsugi and Yoshimi Kobayashi will be giving a clinic during the World Championship Promo Tour in Tilburg and on Sunday, they will conduct a practice session of the Netherlands National Junior Teams in Amsterdam.
Photo Recap of the practice sessions (Eng.) | Foto-verslag van de trainingen (Ned.)

Japanese coaches visit Dutch Team
Wellknown Japanese coaches Taeko Utsugi and Yoshimi Kobayashi are visiting the Netherlands from Monday, January 20 through Sunday, January 26. The two coaches will attend practice sessions of the Netherlands Softball Team and conduct clinics for the players. They also will have a meeting with representatives of the Organizing Committee of the upcoming ISF World Women's Championship, which will be held August 15-24 in Haarlem (Netherlands). Taeko Utsugi, who also visited the Netherlands in 2009, has a long coaching career of more than 20 years. She was an Assistant Coach of the National Team of Japan during the Olympic Games of 1996 in Atlanta (USA), then led the team as Head Coach on the Olympic Games of 2000 in Sydney (Australia) and 2004 in Athens (Greece), winning respectively the Silver and Bronze Medal. The very experienced Taeko Utsugi also was the Head Coach of Japan during three World Championships and three Asia Games. In 2005, she was elected into the ISF Hall of Fame and currently is one of two Vice-Presidents for Asia in the Board of Directors if the International Softball Federation. Yoshimi Kobayashi coached the team of Hitachi Maxell at the highest level in Japan last season.



Coaching legend Bram van der Werf, former pitching coach, passed away
Dutch Coaching legend Bram van der Werf has passed away on Wednesday, January 8 at the age of 83 years old. Since the early sixties, Van der Werf became the first-ever Dutch coach who specialized in pitching and became the leading pitching coach in Dutch softball and maybe even Europe. Bram van der Werf was the pitching coach of the Netherlands National Softball Team in 1979-1987 and as a member of the coaching staff of the Netherlands Youth Team for 21 years in 1975-1995. Besides that, Van der Werf served as pitching coach of big league-team Terrasvogels for 34 seasons (1966-1999). A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 15.
In Memoriam Bram van der Werf (Eng.) | In Memoriam Bram van der Werf (Ned.)


Team Haarlem remains unbeaten in Promo Tour
After winning the first two games on Day 1 of the World Championship Promo Tour on November 30, Team Haarlem also won both of its games today (December 21) in the second round. With this, Team Haarlem remains the lone unbeaten squad in the 6-team tournament. The event, which will be held in the months of November, December, January and February, is set up to promote both the Netherlands Softball Team, as well as the World Championship, which will be held August 15-24 this year in Haarlem (Netherlands). Today's games were played in the Diekman Hal in Enschede. The day started with a clinic for youthplayers by players of the National Team, followed by a Beeball Tournament. The third round will be played on January 25 in Tilburg.
Recap of the second day of games (Eng.) | Verslag van de tweede speeldag (Ned.)

Second trip to Texel in the books
On Thursday, December 12, the Netherlands National Softball Team completed its second of four trips to the island of Texel. The 4-day trips are part of the preparations for the national squad for the ISF Women's World Championship, which will be held August 15-24 in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The next trip is scheduled for January next year and the series will close with a trip in February. During the trips to Texel, the team stays in De Krim Vakantiepark.

Dinet Oosting wins Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy
Dinet Oosting is this years recipient of the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy, which is handed out annually to the Best National Team player under 23. The award was handed out on Saturday, December 7 in Rotterdam during the Star Awards, where the best players of the regular season were honored. This year, Dinet became a regular in the Netherlands National Team and was named Most Valuable Player of the European Championship in Prague (Czech Republic).
Rebecca Soumeru was named Best Pitcher of the 2013 season, while Ginger de Weert, Lindsey Meadows and Kirsten Scheele were also nominated. Jessie van Aalst, Merel Oosterveld and Solange Starrenburg were nominated for Most Valuable Player, but that award was on by Australian Leigh Godfrey, who also won the Batting Crown. Karin Tuk and Chantal Versluis respectively led again in Homerun and Stolen Bases. Shanna te Vrede was named Best Youth Pitcher (Riet Vermaat Trophy) and Damishah Charles Best Junior Player (Bep van Beijemerwerdt Trophy). Marco Molleman of Dutch champion Hotel Ambassador Haarlem Terrasvogels, which also won te European Cup Winners Cup this year, was named Coach of the Year.

Team Haarlem leads after first round of World Championship Promo Tour
Team Haarlem won both of its games in the first round of the World Championship Promo Tour, which opened on Saturday, November 30 in Tilburg. Team Haarlem is one of six teams participating in this winter's event to promote both the Netherlands Softball Team, as well as the World Championship, which will be held in August of next year in Haarlem (Netherlands). The six teams all represent a different part of the country, namely East, South, Central, Amsterdam, Haarlem and Rotterdam. The players of the Netherlands National Teams have been divided over the six squads. The second round will be played on Saturday, December 21 in Enschede.
Recap of the first day of games (Eng.) | Verslag van de eerste speeldag (Ned.)

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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You probably already have found us on Facebook, but for those of your didn't know, the Netherlands National Softball Team of course is also on Facebook. You can find all kind of announcements, activities and updates on our Facebook-page.
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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.)

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...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.

This site is for you all, we hope you will support us with your enthousiasm by not only attending and enjoying our games, but also stimulate everyone involved to get the best possible results.
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