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Maaike Zijlstra - Pitching Coach (2005-2012)

PositionPitching Coach
Dutch National Team1997 - 2003 (as player)
Games Dutch National Team54 (as player)
Dutch Junior Team Red2005 - 2012 (as Pitching Coach)
Games Dutch Jr Team Red22 (as Pitching Coach)
Dutch Junior Team WhiteOct. 2009 - Oct. 2010 (as Pitching Coach)
Dutch Cadets Team2009 (as Pitching Coach)
Games Dutch Cadets Team8 (as Pitching Coach)


Clubs / Teams as Player
Bloemendaal (Bloemendaal, 1991-1993)
Terrasvogels (Santpoort, 1994-2005)
(Dutch Major League: 1991-2005)

as Coach
Clubteams
Pitching Instructor HCAW youth (Bussum, 2006-2007)
National Teams
PC / FC Netherlands Junior Team Red (2005-current)
PC / FC Netherlands Junior Team White (2010)
PC / FC Netherlands Cadets Team (2009)
(PC = Pitching Coach / FC = Flex Coach)

...Tournaments Participated In...
as Player

with Terrasvogels
European Cup
1994 (Bussum, Neth.), 1996 (Bussolengo, Italy),
1997 (Haarlem, Neth.), 1999 (Bussum, Neth.)
2000 (Macerata, Italy), 2001 (Santpoort, Neth.), 2005 (Macerata, Italy)
CupWinners Cup
1995 (Livorno, Italy), 1998 (Almere, Neth.),
2003 (Valencia, Spain), 2004 (Moscow, Russia)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2003, 2005 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
1993 - European Championships Juniors (Livorno, Italy)
1994 - European Championships Juniors (Leksand, Sweden)
1995 - World Championships Juniors (Normal, Illinois, USA)
Kingdom Games (Aruba)

with Dutch National Softball Team
1997 - Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
1998 - USA-trip (San Diego/Greenville, USA)
Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Fujinomiya, Japan)
1999 - Qantas Tournament (Canberra, Australia)
Challenge Series vs. Australia (several sites, Netherlands)
Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Parma, Italy)
European Championships (Antwerp, Belgium)
2001 - Disney Fastpitch Festival (Orlando, Florida, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
Three Nations Cup (Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
2002 - International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
World Championships (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
2003 - Hillenbrand Invitational Tournament (Tempe, Arizona, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Macerata/Cupramontana, Italy)


as Coach

with Dutch Cadets Softball Team
2009 - PC European Championships Cadets (Alkmaar, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2007 - PC World Championship Juniors (Enschede, Netherlands)
2010 - PC European Championship Juniors (Vienna, Austria) (Red)
2011 - International Indoor Cup (als scout) (Schiedam, Netherlands) (Red)
2012 - International Indoor Cup (Team Red/White) (Schiedam, Neth.) (Red)
AC Future Stars Tournament (Team Blue) (Amsterdam, Netherlands) (Red/White)
PC European Championship Juniors (Rosmalen, Netherlands)
2013 - AC Future Stars Tournament (Team Pink) (Amsterdam, Neth.) (Red/White)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2010 - PC Int. Indoor Cup (Team Blue, Orange, White) (Schiedam, Neth.)
2012 - AC American Tour (Tennessee/Florida, USA)

(PC = Pitching Coach / FC = Flex Coach / AC = Assistant Coach)

...Awards...
1997 - Best Pitcher, European Cup
Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy (Best Dutch International Under 23)
2000 - Best Pitcher, Dutch Major League
2001 - Nomination Best Pitcher, Dutch Major League
2002 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2003 - Best Pitcher, Cup Winners Cup
2004 - Best Pitcher, Dutch Major League
Nomination Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2005 - Nomination Best Pitcher, Dutch Major League
Career
In October 2009, former pitcher Maaike Zijlstra (who celebrates her birthday on April 28) is one of five former national team-players to be named a so-called Flex Coach, the others being Marloes Fellinger, Nathalie Franssen, Sandra Gouverneur and Marjan Smit. Unfortunately, Marloes had to step down shortly hereafter, as she was unable to combine her regular job with coaching. The Flex Coaches, with 'flex' standing for 'flexible', were assigned to several coach-duties for the national youth teams, but also assisted Head Coach Craig Montvidas with the National Softball Team. The Flex Coaches are introduced during a meeting with the 27 players on the preliminary roster of the Dutch Junior Softball Team on November 8.

For Maaike, coaching is not a strange subject, as she already serves as Pitching Coach or Pitching Instructor for the National Youth Softball Teams since 2005, being part of the coaching staffs of Mary-Ann Hatt (who led the Juniors in 2005) and André Prins (who headed the youth teams in 2006-2009). Besides that, she was a Pitching Instructor in 2006 and 2007 for youth softball teams of HCAW in Bussum. In 2007, Maaike was the Pitching Coach of the National Junior Softball Team when it reached the Play-Offs of the World Junior Championships for the first time ever when the event was held in Enschede (The Netherlands). In 2009, Maaike was the Pitching Coach of the National Cadets Softball Team during the European Championships in Alkmaar (The Netherlands). In 2010, she joins the Dutch Junior Team again as Pitching Coach, which then participates in the European Championship in Vienna (Austria). It is a disappointing event, as the team fails to qualify for the 2011 World Championship in South Africa.

Maaike started her softball career in 1984 when she was eight years old. Why did she start playing softball? Maaike: ,,They asked me when I was walking the street, they immediately saw that I was an enormous talent ;)'' Maaike's mother played softball at Bloemendaal and her friend and teammate Greet Valster was the coach of the juvenile team at Bloemendaal, so Maaike started to play there. At Bloemendaal, she reached the main squad and made her big league debut in 1991. After the 1993 season, Maaike decided to change clubs and went to play for Terrasvogels in Santpoort. It was there, that she had the most success in her career and also reached the National Softball Team.

On June 14, 1997, Maaike made her debut in the Dutch National Softball Team when she pitched in relief against New Zealand during the Haarlem Softball Week. Back then, current Head Coach Craig Montvidas was in his first year of his first period of leading the national squad. After completion of this year, Maaike was given the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy for Best Dutch National Team Player Under 23. As a lefthanded pitcher, Maaike went on to participate in 20 different international tournaments or events and retired from the national squad in 2003, having played in 54 official international games.

Maaike, whose idol is Team USA pitcher Lisa Fernandez, gained her first international experiences in 1993 when she was a member of the Dutch National Junior Team, which then participated in the European Championships in Livorno (Italy).

With Terrasvogels, Maaike made her international debut pitching during the European Cup Tournament of 1994 in Bussum (The Netherlands). With Terrasvogels, Maaike participated in eleven different European Cup Tournaments, winning three of them. Maaike, whose sister Jolein also played for Terrasvogels, ended her playing career, in which she threw several No-Hitters, after completion of the 2005 season. In her 14-year big league career, Maaike was named Best Pitcher of the Dutch league twice and also won the award during two European Cup Tournaments. In 2002, Maaike was named Most Valuable Player of the Dutch Major League.

Maaike lists Denzel Washington as her favorite actor and Jennifer Aniston as her favorite actress. Regarding music, Maaike likes soul and pop. She names Jack Johnson, Seal and John Mayer as her favorite male singers and Macy Gray, Adele and Caro Emerald as her favorte female singers. What food is concerned, Maaike likes sushi and she would love to have dinner with Brigitte Kaandorp, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge and Najib Amhali.

2012 --- In the weekend of February 11-12, Maaike is the Assistant Coach of Team Blue, one of the five combination squads of the Dutch Junior Red and White Teams that participates in the 3rd Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam --- At the end of the season, Maaike steps down as Pitching Coach to take a year off.

2011 --- In her second year as Pitching Coach of the Dutch Junior Red Team, Maaike again participates with the squad in the Dutch big league-competition, winning five games.
2010 --- In January, Maaike makes her coaching debut with the National squad in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands), being the Pitching Coach for the three participating Dutch Teams --- In July, Maaike is the Pitching Coach of the Dutch Junior Team which participates in the European Championship in Vienna (Austria) --- There, the team is dethroned and misses qualification for the 2011 World Championship.
2009 --- As its Pitching Coach, Maaike participates with the Dutch National Cadets Softball Team in the European Championships in Alkmaar (The Netherlands) --- In October, Maaike is one of five former National Team-players, who is named a so-called Flex Coach for the Dutch National Softball Teams; the five are introduced on November 8.
2007 --- With Maaike as its Pitching Coach, the Dutch National Junior Softball Team reaches the play-offs of the World Championships for the first time in history.
2005 --- Maaike ends her career with a 14-2 record, 78 strikeouts and a 0.55 ERA, earning her a nomination for Best Pitcher --- This year, Maaike also makes her coaching debut when she is named the Pitching Coach of the Dutch National Junior Softball Team.
2004 --- On July 10, Maaike throws a 7-inning Perfect Game when Terrasvogels beats Birds --- In the regular season, Maaike is 13-4 with 95 strikeouts and a 0.57 ERA and is being named Best Pitcher of the Dutch League for the second time.
2003 --- With Terrasvogels, Maaike wins her second European Cup Winners Cup during the event in Valencia (Spain) and is named Best Pitcher --- In the regular season, she leads the league with five saves.
2002 --- Another fine season for Maaike, who is 13-2, strikes out 109 in 110 2/3 inning, bats .447 with 51 basehits, 24 runs and 12 RBI's, resulting in her being named Most Valuable Player of the Dutch Major League.
2001 --- On July 5, Maaike is with the Dutch National Softball Team when it beats Team USA 2-1 during the Canada Cup Tournament, thanks to a lead-off double in the second inning by Mariska Greve, followed by a homerun by Jolanda Kroesen.
2000 --- Maaike finishes the regular season with an impressive 20-3 record, 0.60 ERA, strikes out 100 batters in 152 2/3 inning and is named Best Pitcher of the league.
1997 --- Maaike makes her debut in the Dutch National Softball Team during the Haarlem Softball Week --- In the regular season, she is 12-3 and strikes out 85 in 111 innings --- After completion of the season, Maaike wins the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy for Best National Team player under 23 --- Earlier in the year, she is named Best Pitcher during the European Cup Tournament in Haarlem (The Netherlands).
1996 --- This year, Terrasvogels captures the European Cup in Bussolengo (Italy).
1995 --- With Terrasvogels, Maaike wins the European Cup Winners Cup in Livorno (Italy).
1994 --- Maaike pitches in her first of eleven European Cup-tournaments with Terrasvogels.
1993 --- Maaike makes her international debut when she participates with the Dutch Junior Softball Team in the European Championships in Italy --- After completion of this season, Maaike decides to play for Terrasvogels.
1991 --- Maaike makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, playing in 13 games for Bloemendaal, including two as a pitcher.

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