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Dutch Teams highlight opening new site Houten Dragons
In the weekend of Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, baseball- and softball-club Houten Dragons officially moved to its new playing site, named 'De Meerpaal'. On Sunday, the three Dutch National Softball Teams were in Houten to give clinics to youth players of the club. The presence of the Dutch Teams, who also played a game, was the highlight of the opening weekend. Next year, all three national softball-teams will practice and play at the new site in Houten, which then becomes the outdoor facility of the Orange squad.
Recap & Photos of Sunday's activities (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's activiteiten zondag (Ned.)

Follow the Junior White Team in Ostrava
The Dutch Junior White Team is currently in Ostrava (Czech Republic), where it is defending its European title during the European Cadets Championship. The event opened on Monday, August 5 and will be concluded on Saturday, August 10 with the final.

Follow the activities of the White-squad in Ostrava!
Recaps & Photos of EC Cadets (in Dutch only)

Dutch Team meets the press
On Monday-afternoon, July 15, the players and staff-members of the Dutch National Softball Team had a meeting with the press at the Head Office of the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) in Nieuwegein. During the meeting, KNBSB Director Hans Meijer explained the situation regarding the financial funding by the Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF). Head Coach Craig Montvidas looked back to the successful European Championship, but also looked ahead to 2014 when the World Championship will be held on home soil.
Recap & Photos of press-meeting (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's persbijeenkomst (Ned.)

Dutch Team returns home safely
The Dutch National Softball Team returned home safely on Sunday, July 14, one day after capturing its third consecutive European Championship-title. At Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, players and staff-members were welcomed by family and friends, as well as the press. But also by Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar, who traveled ahead by car. On Monday-afternoon, the team has press-meeting scheduled at the KNBSB Head Office in Nieuwegein.
Recap & Photos of Day 11 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 11 (Ned.)

THREE-PEAT!!! DUTCH CAPTURE EUROPEAN TITLE AGAIN!!!
The Dutch National Softball Team again is the best and strongest in Europe! On Saturday, July 13, the Orange squad shutout Italy 3-0 behind the strong pitching of Lindsey Meadows, who went the distance and was supported with a solid defense. Offensively, only three basehits were registered, but that was enough for the victory. A lead-off triple by Saskia Kosterink, followed by an error led to the first run in the second at bat. Two walks, plus a grounder by Merel Oosterveld and an error produced two more runs in the fourth. And so, the Dutch Team captured its third title in a row and ninth in history. Dinet Oosting, who played in her first European Championship with the National Team, was named Most Valuable Player.
Recap & Photos of Day 10 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 10 (Ned.)

Dutch Team again in EC-final!
The Dutch National Sofball Team once again reached the final of the European Championship, as the Orange squad outscored Italy 7-3 in the semi-final on Friday-evening, July 12. Later in the evening, host Czech Republic won 8-3 vs. Russia, which therefore was eliminated for a medal. Italy now will face the Czech Republic on Saturday-morning in the Bronze Medal-game, with the winner advancing to the final and the loser winning the bronze medal. The final on Saturday-afternoon will begin at 4:30 PM.
Recap & Photos of Day 9 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 9 (Ned.)

Dutch Team reaches semi-final unbeaten
The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday, July 11 remained unbeaten and clinched the semi-final of the European Championship in the Czech Republic. In the morning, the Orange squad shutout Austria 9-0, then also held Russia scoreless later in the day, winning 7-0 thanks to an impressive offensive show. Today, Dinet Oosting and Nathalie Timmermans both homered. Dutch pitching threw a No-Hitter against Austria, while Lindsey Meadows threw an one-hitter vs. Russia. On Friday, July 12, the Dutch Team meets Italy in the semi-final, starting at 4:30 PM.
Recap & Photos of Day 8 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 8 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens Second Round with huge win
On Wednesday, July 10, the Dutch National Softball Team opened the Second Round with another big shutout, winning 19-0 vs. Sweden. Today's game lasted one hour and 27 minutes and the Dutch Team batted for one hour and four minutes of them. Twelve basehits were registered, including three by Virginie Anneveld and homeruns by Nathalie Timmermans and Lindsey Meadows. On Thursday, the Dutch Team plays two games. In the morning, the Orange meets Austria, then faces Russia later in the day.
Recap & Photos of Day 7 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 7 (Ned.)

Dutch Team closes First Round with third shutout
The Dutch National Softball Team completed the Preliminary Round of the European Championship in Prague on Tueday, July 9 with a 17-0 shutout-victory against Slovakia. The team collected 14 basehits, including three by Dinet Oosting. On Tuesday-evening, it already had become clear that the Dutch Team would finish in first place in its pool. That means that the Orange squad will open the Second Round (which is the qualifier for the Play-Offs) on Wednesday-afternoon against Sweden, starting at 3:30 PM.
Recap & Photos of Day 6 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 6 (Ned.)

Dutch Team adds shutout vs. Croatia
The Dutch National Softball Team on Monday, July 8 added another shutout in its second game of the European Championship in Prague. Today, the Dutch won 10-0 against Croatia to clinch a spot in the Qualification Round for the Play-Offs. In Today's game, the Dutch Team collected six basehits, including an inside-the-park-homerun by Nathalie Gosewehr. Marisèla de Wind today played in her first official international game for the Dutch squad. On Tuesday, the Orange closes the Preliminary Round against Slovakia, starting at 13:30 PM.
Recap & Photos of Day 5 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 5 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens EC with shutout-win
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the European Championship in Prague on Sunday, July 7 with a 10-0 shutout-victory against Spain. The Dutch Team collected six basehits, including a homerun by Karin Tuk. The Spanish pitching added six walks. Dutch pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru each gave up one basehit in the two innings they pitched in this 3½ inning game. On Monday, the Dutch Team meets Croatia, starting at 12:30 PM.
Recap & Photos of Day 4 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 4 (Ned.)

Team enjoys day off; EC opens with Technical Meeting
The Dutch National Softball Team had Saturday off and so players and staffmembers went to the historic center of Prague to do some sightseeing. Or shopping. Or both. Everyone enjoyed their day off, but in the evening, it was back to business for the four staffmembers, who attended the Technical Meeting at the main playing site. With that, the European Championship officially opened. The first games are played on Sunday with the Dutch Team meeting Spain, starting at 12:30 PM.
Recap & Photos of Day 3 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 3 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in Prague
Early Friday-morning, the Dutch National Softball Team arrived safely in Prague, where the European Championship opens on Sunday. During their first day in the Czech capital, the players and staff had lunch, a team-meeting and dinner. In the evening, a practice session was held to get accustomed to the playing conditions, like the weather and the field. The Dutch Team opens the Championship on Sunday, July 7 against Spain, starting at 12:30 PM.
Recap & Photos of Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 2 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens European Champion on Sunday
The Dutch National Softball Team and reigning European champion opens the 2013 European Championship on Sunday, July 7 in the Czech capital Prague against Spain. Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar traveled to Prague on Thursday, bringing with them the uniforms and several items of equipment for the team, as well as the Physical Therapist. While driving through Germany, the weather was heavily overcast with rainy periods. But when arrived in Prague, the weather improved and it is currently a clear, blue sky with 27 degrees Celsius. The team flies to Prague on Friday.
Recap & Photos of Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's Dag 1 (Ned.)

Follow the activities of the Juniors in Canada
The Dutch Junior Team on Saturday played an exhibition game against the Czech Republic as final preparation for the World Junior Championship in Brampton, Canada. The Juniors open the event on Monday, July 1 against Mexico.
Follow all activities of the Juniors (in Dutch only)

Juniors visit Niagara Falls
On their first full day in Brampton, the Dutch Junior Red Team on Friday, June 28, visited the world famous Niagara Falls. From their hotel in Brampton, the team made an one-and-a-half-hour busride to the city of Niagara Falls, where the wellknown falls are located on the border between Canada and the United States of America. It was an impressive experience. On Saturday, it is back to business for the team, as an exhibition game is scheduled as part of the preparations for the World championship, which opens on Monday.
Visit to Niagara Falls (in Dutch only)

Roster for European Championship announced
Dutch National Softball Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas has announced his roster of 17 players for the upcoming European Championship, which will be held July 7-13 in the Czech capital of Prague. All players were personally informed by Montvidas on Wednesday-evening, June 26. Later in the evening, all coaches and clubs concerned were also informed. The roster was then officially announced on Thursday, June 27. The Dutch Team will play two final exhibition games on Sunday, June 30 to conclude its Holland Tour. At Sportpark Toolenburg, the site of Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp, a double-header will be played against Team AIST from the USA, starting at 1 PM.
More on the roster-announcement (Eng.) | Meer over de selectie-bekendmaking (Ned.)

Dutch Juniors on their way to Canada
On Wednesday, June 27, the Dutch Junior Red Team left Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to travel to Canada for the World Junior Championship, which opens on Monday, July 1 in Brampton. The Orange Team is playing in Pool B and opens the event on Monday-morning against Mexico. In the afternoon, Australia will be the opponent. The event closed on Sunday, July 7. All games can be followed through a live videosteam, as well as a live play-by-play. But of course, all activities of the team during the Juniors Worlds will also be followed via this site.
More on the World Junior Championship

Double-header Dutch Team vs. Germany cancelled
The double-header between the National Softball Team of the Netherlands and Germany, scheduled to be played on Sunday, June 23, in Enschede, unfortunately had to be cancelled, due to weather conditions. On Saturday, June 22, three of the four regular season double-headers, all scheduled in the Haarlem-region, rained out. The games initially were postponed to start later on the day, but as it kept raining, the fields became unplayable. As a result, the three double-headers were cancelled and were re-scheduled for Sunday, June 23. That means that all (but one) players of the Dutch Team had to play with their clubteam on Sunday.

Dutch Team meets German National Team & American Travel Team
The Dutch National Softball Team has four games left on the Holland Tour-schedule, before traveling to Prague, where it will defend its European title in July.
On Sunday, June 23, the Dutch Team meets the national team of Germany in a double-header, which will begin at 2 PM at the site of Tex Town Tigers in Enschede.
A week later, on Sunday, June 30, the Orange squad concludes this years Holland Tour with a double-header against Team AIST, an American Travel Team. These games will be played at the site of Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp, starting at 1 PM.
The Dutch Team travels to the Czech capital of Prague on July 5, where the European Championship opens on July 7. The roster for the EC will be announced shortly.

Dutch Team coaches and plays in Veendam
The Holland Tour 2013 continued on Wednesday, June 5, with a game between the Dutch National Softball Team and the Dutch National Junior Team. After having traveled to Moergestel in the southern province of Noord-Brabant a week ago, both teams today traveled up north to the province of Groningen to play in Veendam. Besides facing each other for the fourth time this year, the players also coached teams that participated in a School Softball Tournament. The event was organized by the Foundation SoftbalDino and Baseball and Softballclub The Blokes in Veendam. The National Team won the game 10-3.
Recap & photos (Eng.) | Verslag & foto's (Ned.)

Recap Moergestel TV added
The item produced by Moergestel TV with higlights of the game the Dutch National Team played against the Brabant Bandits on Wednesday, May 29, has been added to the game recap of that day. Including in the item are interviews with Dutch Junior-player Wies Ligtvoet and coaches Craig Montvidas (Dutch Team) and Jeroen van de Wiel (Brabants Bandits), as well as highlights of the game.
Recap & photos (Eng.) | Verslag & foto's (Ned.)

Dutch Team to give clinic and play in Veendam
On Wednesday, June 5, the players of the Dutch National Softball Team will give a clinic to students and coach teams during a school-event in the city of Veendam in the northern province of Groningen. In the afternoon, starting at 2 PM, the Dutch Team will play a game against the Dutch Junior Softball Team. The game will be played at the site of The Blokes, also in Veendam.

Dutch Team has successful day in Moergestel
The Dutch National Softball Team on Wednesday, May 29, had an enjoying day in the southern province Noord-Brabant. The team was the guest of Roef! in Moergestel, which organized a Softball Happening on its field for the benefit of the Dutch Junior Softball Team. In the afternoon, the Dutch Team had a music-session and a toilet bowl race, then completed the day with a game against the Brabant Bandits. The Orange squad won the game 7-1.
Recap & photos (Eng.) | Verslag & foto's (Ned.)

Softball and Baseball on Olympic shortlist for 2020!
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Wednesday, May 29, in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) that softball and baseball have been named to the shortlist of three sports, which will be recommended for possible inclusion as an additional sport on the Olympic Programma of the 2020 Olympic Games. The decision was made during a meeting of the Executive Board of the IOC after a secret ballot, which was held after a 30-minute presentation by the International Federations of eight different sports and evaluation by the Olympic Programme Committee. Softball and baseball were represented by executives, including co-presidents Riccardo Fraccari (baseball) and Don Porter (softball), of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), which is the name of the governing body for softball and baseball after the International BAseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF) joined forces last year, leading to a merger earlier this year. Also named to the shortlist were wrestling and squash. During the IOC Session in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on September 7-10 this year, a voting will take place which sport to become the 28th for the 2020 Olympic Games. Candidate cities for the 2020 Olympic Games are Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain) and Tokyo (Japan). In a statement by the WBSC, it was noted that 'The work of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has been thus rewarded. Co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter had a first, unanimous thought for "The millions of baseball and softball players in the world". Fraccari added: "I wish to thank all of the professional organizations. They really supported us". Porter used the game's language to express his feelings: "We are in the 7th inning now".'

Dutch Team plays benefit game on Softball Happening on May 29
On Wednesday, May 29, the Dutch National Softball Team continues its Holland Tour with a game against the Brabant Bandits, a team compiled from players of Roef!, Gryphons and Twins. The game concludes a Softball Happening at the site of Roef! in Moergestel, which focus primarily on the Dutch Junior Team, the reigning European champion. Towards the end of June, the Junior-squad will participate in the World Championship in Canada, but unfortunately, the Netherlands Olympic Committee cannot support the financial means. The players of the Juniors and their parents are now organizing several actions to bring together 21.000 Euros to participate in the global event. Roef! supports the actions and organizes a Softball Happening on its site on May 29, starting at 5 PM, including a practice session of the Junior Team, a pitching clinic by National Team Pitching Coach Karen Marr, a game of the Dutch National Team and a photo-shoot.

Dutch Team splits Holland Tour double-header with Juniors
On a cloudy and in the end chilly day, the Dutch National Softball Team played a double-header against the Dutch National Junior Team on Sunday, May 19 in De Bilt on the second day of the sixth Holland Tour. The two reigning European champions split the double-header. The National Team won the opener with a 15-0, but then the Juniors won the next game, 6-1. In the opener, Dinet Oosting hit three doubles and Virginie Anneveld went 4-for-5, while Karin Tuk homered in Game 2.
Recap & photos (Eng.) | Verslag & foto's (Ned.)

Three players added to preliminary roster
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has added three players to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team, as of May 18. Pitcher Leonella Elizabeth and infielders Shareday Christina and Nikki Harte will join the team for practice sessions on Wednesday, May 22. The three will also be with the team during exhibition games and other activities in the coming weeks. Leonella Elizabeth and Shareday Christina recently made their debut in the Dutch big league, playing for reigning champion Alcmaria Victrix. Nikki Harte made her big league-debut in 2006, playing for Centrals, the team to which she returned this season after having played two years for UVV.

Holland Tour-opener shortened by rain
On Wednesday, May 8, the opening game of this years Holland Tour was interrupted twice by rain, then stopped definitively with two outs in the top of the fourth inning. At that moment, the Dutch National Softball Team was leading 6-0 against the Dutch Junior Red Team. The Orange squad collected six basehits, including four doubles, hit by Dinet Oosting (2), Merel Oosterveld and rookie Rachel van Veen. Virginie Anneveld and Nathalie Gosewehr accounted for the other two hits, while Lizzie Clarijs and Manoa Weijgertse singled for the Juniors. The game was halted in the top of the fourth inning and ended with a nice rainbow.
Recap & photos (Eng.) | Verslag & foto's (Ned.)

Dutch Team meets Dutch Juniors
The Dutch National Softball Team will play an exhibition game on Wednesday-evening May 8 against the Junior Red Team. The game will be played at the site of Amsterdam Pirates and starts at 7 PM.
The Junior White Team also gets into action on Wednesday-evening and will play at the site of Houten Dragons. That game will start around 6:30 PM.

This weekend National Team Showcase
On Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24, the third National Softball Team Showcase takes place in Hall 1 of Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Also on Saturday, the third tournament for handicapped people (G-ball) is held in Hall 2. During the first two editions of the Showcase, games were played by the Dutch National Team and the two National Youth Teams. This time, all players participate in several instructional clinics, focussing on hitting, running, throwing, defense, communication and more. Both on Saturday and Sunday, practices start at 10 AM and are concluded at 6 PM. The Showcase is open for everyone interested in seeing the Dutch National Teams at work.

Team Blue wins first game in Tulip League
Friday, February 22 was the day after. The day after participation in the NPF was canceled. But despite that, the team was back on the (indoor)field and while very disappointed, the players acted professionally and did their job in the sixth indoor game of the Tulip League Season in Amsterdam. Today's game, which lasted eight innings, ended in an 1-0 win for Team Blue, which registered its first win. The lone run was scored in the third inning on a double by Sophie Bugter.
The complete recap and photos will be added soon.

Dutch participation in NPF canceled
On Thursday, February 21, the Dutch Federation (KNBSB) announced that the participation of the Dutch National Softball Team this season in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) was canceled. Two days earlier, the schedule for the NPF was announced, but the dates (August 22-25) for its Play-Offs (with participation of four of the five teams) conflict with the dates of the European Cup-tournaments (August 19-25). The 15 players, who were named last week to play in the NPF, were to be back in time to participate with their clubteam in these tournaments. After several talks from Tuesday through Thursday between the Dutch Federation, Head Coach Craig Montvidas and NPF-executives, it finally had to be reported on Thursday, that the participation (for this year) was canceled.

Another tie in the Tulip League
On Friday, February 15, the fifth game was played in the Tulip League Indoor Season. Today's game between Team Orange and Team Blue ended in a 3-3 tie, the same score as in the opener on January 11. Team Orange held the lead twice, but Team Blue tied the score both times. Team Orange opened the score in the first at bat, then saw Team Blue come alongside in the next at bat. In the third inning, Team Orange re-took the lead by scoring twice on five basehits, but Team Blue then scored two runs in the sixth inning to make it a 3-3 tie.
The complete recap and photos will be added soon.

Roster Dutch Team named for NPF
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has named the 15 players, who will participated with the Dutch National Softball Team in this years National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Eight players were named as alternate, while two players are not eligible due to NCAA-regulations. The NPF-roster was released officially on Thursday, February 14. In the weekend before, in Amsterdam, the Dutch Federation (KNBSB) held a meeting with the big league-clubs concerning the participation in the NPF. A meeting to discuss the format of this years big league competition is scheduled.
More on the Dutch NPF-roster (Eng.) | Meer over het Oranje NPF-roster (Ned.)

Coverage Future Stars Tournament
Coverage of the 2-day Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament has been added to the site. Five teams, compiled from players of the two Dutch Junior Teams participated in the annual event with Team Purple becoming the champion. The 13 games were highlighted again by good hitting, several nice defensive plays, fine pitching, baserunning and other performances. Recaps and Box Scores of all 13 games, illustrated by more than 300 photos, have now been added.
Coverage Future Stars Tournament (in Dutch only) | Coverage Future Stars Tournament (Ned.)

Dutch National Team to play in NPF this season
The Dutch National Softball Team joins the National Pro Fastpitch and wil be part of the highest reachable professional softball-league in the world this season. From May through August, 15 Dutch players will be part of the league, playing as a team and be based in Peoria (Illinois). On Wednesday, February 6, at the Head Office of the Dutch Federation (KNBSB) in Nieuwegein, the option to play in the NPF was discussed with the players, who unanimously decided to go forward with the plan. Today, on Saturday, February 9, on Day 1 of the annual Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam, the KNBSB discussed the participation in the NPF with the clubs and then announced tha participation of the Dutch squad in the NPF.
More on the NPF-participation (Eng.) | Meer over de NPF-deelname (Ned.)

This weekend: Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Tournament
On Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, the fourth edition of the Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Softball Tournament is scheduled. In the Amsterdam-based Sporthallen Zuid, 13 games will be played. Five teams are participating in the event and are compiled from the players who are currently on the preliminary rosters of the Dutch Junior Red and White Teams.

On Saturday, the schedule starts at 9:30 AM, on Sunday, the first game is scheduled to begin at 10 AM.

Fourth Tulip League-game in the books
On Friday, February 8, the fourth game was played in this years Tulip League Indoor Season in Amsterdam. Today, Team Orange won 6-4 in an attractive match-up. Team Blue was outhit 10-5, but nevertheless took a 4-0 lead in the first at bat. Team Orange tied the score with a 4-run rally in the second inning, highlighted by back-to-back doubles by Dinet Oosting and Chantal Versluis. A double by Virginie Anneveld in the fifth inning and back-to-back doubles by Karin Tuk and Nathalie Gosewehr in the seventh at bat then contributed to two more runs for Team Orange to win the game.
The complete recap and photos will be added soon.

Shutout-win for Team Orange in Tulip League
Team Orange registered its second win in the Tulip League Indoor Season, registering a 5-0 shutout against Team Blue on Friday, February 1 in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Team Orange outhit Team Blue 9-3. Leading 2-0, the highlight of the game came in the fourth inning when Virginie Anneveld hit a 3-run homerun to make it 5-0. The game also saw some fine defensive plays.
Recap of today's activities (Eng.) | Verslag van de activiteiten van vandaag (Ned.)

Situations instead of playing
On Friday, January 25, the third day of the Tulip League Indoor Season, no game was played. Instead, the players (and umpires) participated in several defensive situations. The first part of the practice session focused on bunt-defense, the second part on hitting with runners on base. The Tulip League Season in Amsterdam resumes on Friday, February 1.
Recap of today's activities (Eng.) | Verslag van de activiteiten van vandaag (Ned.)

Two homeruns in second indoor-game Dutch Team
The Dutch National Softball Team played its second intersquad indoor game in the Tulip League on Friday, January 18 in Amsterdam. In today's game, Team Orange won 4-2 vs. Team Blue. A homerun was hit by each team. Nathalie Gosewehr led off the first inning for Orange with a homerun to give the team an early lead. In the third at bat, Lindsey Meadows lined a homerun for Blue to tie the score. While it appeared that this game also would end in a tie, two errors followed in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs to give Orange a 4-2 win.
Recap of the second game (Eng.) | Verslag van de tweede wedstrijd (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens Tulip League 2013
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the 2013 Tulip League Indoor Season on Friday, January 11 with its first intersquad indoor game, two days after starting their 3-days-a-week practice schedule on Wednesday. At their indoor facility in Amsterdam, the opening game of the season ended in a 3-3 tie. With this, the 2013 softball-season is underway and the road to Prague has started. The opening game saw several nice plays and was very attractive.
Recap of the first game (Eng.) | Verslag van de eerste wedstrijd (Ned.)

Dutch National Team runs for Right To Play
On Sunday, January 13, the players of the Dutch National Softball Team are participating in the PWM Egmond Half Marathon and will run a quarter marathon in the city of Egmond aan Zee. The marathon is a project of Right To Play, which has several projects throughout the world enabling children to participate in sports. The participants are requested to be sponsored by friends, family, colleagues, etc. with an expected minimum total of 120 Euro. The goal for this event is to support at least 100 children with sports and games. The Dutch National Softball Team is ambassador of Right To Play since 2009 and with the participation of the players, the squad supports this marathon.
Donations to the participating players can be done through their personal page for this marathon and will be accepted by Alvarum, which is easy and safe.
Go here for the listing of the participating players and their personal page

Kimberly Jones withdraws from preliminary roster
On January 8, Kimberly Jones announced that she would step down for this year from the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team, as it is unable to combine her study with the practice schedule of the national squad. In 2012, Kimberly closed her career in the Dutch Junior Red Team with a European title, then was one of four players of this squad to be added to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Team. In 2013, Kimberly will focus on her study and her season with Alcmaria Victrix, with whom she won the Dutch championship last year.

Saskia doubles in All Star Game
Saskia Kosterink doubled and flied out on January 6 in the inaugural Softball Australia All Star Game in Blacktown. With the All Star Team, she won the game 7-0 against the Chairman's XV. In the game, Saskia missed a homerun by only a foot to settle for a double. Also playing the game was her American teammate from Western Australia, Brittany Rumfelt. On the photo left, Saskia poses with Italian player Ilaria Pino, who also plays in Australia. In the days leading up to the All Star-event, Saskia hit a walk-off, RBI-single for Western Australia in a 5-4 win against Victoria Titans to reach the final of the Edebone Weber Shield. In the final, Saskia hit 2-for-3, but the team lost 2-1 to Queensland Heat.

Saskia Kosterink elected in Australian All Star Game
Dutch National Team-player Saskia Kosterink has been elected to participate in the inaugural Softball Australia All Star Game. The announcement was made on December 20. Saskia is playing in her first season down under, playing for Western Australia Flames. In the All Star Team, Saskia will be joined by Italian player Ilaria Pino and Australian National Team-players like Aimee Murch, Jocelyn McCallum, Stacey Porter and Melinda Weaver. The All Star Game will be played on January 6.

Nathalie Gosewehr MVP, Dagmar Bloeming Best Pitcher
On December 8, in Rotterdam, the annual awards were handed out to the best players of the regular big league season. All awards went to National Team-players. Nathalie Gosewehr (who led the league in runs scored and on base percentage) was named Most Valuable Player, while Dagmar Bloeming, who was 16-0, won the award for Best Pitcher. Virginie Anneveld got the trophy for Best Hitter, finishing the season with a .470 batting average. For the third season in a row and fourth time in five years, Chantal Versluis stole the most bases, while Karin Tuk was honored for hitting the most homeruns. Her nine fourbaggers set a new single-season record. Nathalie Timmermans won the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy for best international player under 23 for the second year in a row.
Dutch National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas won his second consecutive Coach of the Year, which he had to share this time with Gonny Farley, who led Alcmaria Victrix to its first national chanmpionship title. Berend Mannessen, who joined the technical staff of the Dutch National Teams in 2012, won the Nol Houtkamp Award for his contributions to player development through the years. Dutch Junior Red-players Ilona Andringa, Kimberly Jones and Noëmie Brandjes also won awards. Ilona was named Best Junior Pitcher and won the Riet Vermaat Trophy, while the other two were awarded the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy for Best Junior Player.

Fabienne van Uden, Solange Starrenburg withdraw from squad
Outfielders Fabienne van Uden and Solange Starrenburg in October announced that they have withdrawn from the Dutch National Softball Team. The two players belonged for the group of 31 players on the preliminary roster of the squad, who were invited to attend practices, starting in November. Solange was a member of the Dutch Team since December 2008 and played in 39 official international games for the Orange. Fabienne joined the team in October 2009 and since then played in 19 official games for the National Team. Both will remain active in the Dutch big league, playing for Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels and Gryphons respectively.

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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 in 1943. Since then, Dutch softball evolved into a well organized sport and the Netherlands became one of the leading countries in Europe.

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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