Orange Team begins final preparations on Friday
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, all coaches and clubs concerned were also informed.
The roster was then officially announced by the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) via a press release.
The Dutch roster is compiled of experienced players, who have been active in the Dutch big league and the National Team for several years.
Eight players have been selected who play for Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem.
Dutch reigning champion Hotel Ambassador Haarlem Terrasvogels has four players in the National Team, as has FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem.
One player comes from Alcmaria Victrix.
Four players had to be cut from the preliminary roster.
They all will remain on the National Team 'overall' roster and were named 'alternate'.
Besides that, they will remain with the team during the World Championship as 'non-roster players'.
They also remain available for future selection-moments.
During the World Championship, Head Coach Craig Montvidas will be assisted by Karen Marr (Pitching Coach), Tracy Bunge and Berend Mannessen.
The supporting staff will include Physical Therapists Ingrid Holstege and Lisette Hagen, Team Manager Paul Boonstra, Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar and Video Analyst Elmy van Tok.
Peter and Joanne Schuler will act as Liaison Officers for the Dutch Team during the event.
In the upcoming days, the Netherlands Softball Team will play its final series of games to prepare for the World Championship.
This '11 City World Championship Promo Tour' opens next Friday, August 1 at 7 PM at the site of Giants in Hengelo.
There, the Orange squad meets a German All Star Team.
Go here for the complete schedule
The Dutch Team opens the World Championship on Friday, August 15 against the USA.
The roster for the World Championship looks as follows: