Official Schedules for 2017 ESF Competitions
Promotion of softball and baseball in Europe through a special competition
There were 6 teams from Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia. In total 12 games were played on two fields in Zagreb.
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I report to you that Julio O. Hellburg passed away
The World Baseball Softball Confederation has decided to take action on the occasion of April 6, the “International Day of Sport for Development and Peace".
TCs and UICs meeting summary
Jan Hora from the Czech Republic umpired at the Australian Championship
For the fourth year in a row, Euroleague will be played in Central Europe
It's not a story of politics or religion...it's a story of players who want to participate in this awesome event!
Implementation of the Erasmus+ Sports
As determined at the TC Meeting, Rome, March 2017
Determined at the TC Meeting, Rome, March 2017
Leksand won their third consecutive Indoor Softball Championship
WBSC SD Men’s Fastpitch Development Commission creates a plan throughl 2021
Licensing of ESF Umpires will take place in Prague, May 24-29
Umpiring at an Indoor tournament by Bridget Cameron and Jana McCaskill
Volunteers (age 18-30) wanted for a year - everything payed!
Videos and articles covering ESF Congress
26 teams were divided into 8 pools
14 teams were divided into 4 pools
General election to the European Softball Federation (ESF) Executive Council took place on February 4th, at the ESF Congress in Belgrade, Serbia.
Election for President, a Secretary General, a Treasurer and six Vice Presidents will take place in Serbia, this weekend.
Get your ESF Umpire license to umpire any ESF slowpitch tournaments
The story of Dominika Měšťanová
The story of Martina Lackner
The story of Pauline Prade
The French Baseball & Softball Federation is happy to announce the birth of the France International Softball Fastpitch Tournament.
Eva Voortman is starting a new blog project: „European softball life from the inside out“ and the ESF has become the official partner.
Last News of 2017
The ESF wishing Happy Holidays
What will the 2016 season be remembered for? And what major changes will the 2017 season bring?
Get your ESF Umpire license
The General Assembly 2016 elected the board of the Swiss Baseball and Softball Federation for the coming two years.
Through workshops, lecturers from both countries want to achieve enhancement of sports skills and teamwork, capability of breaking prejudices, and respect for others and their opinions.
During this time Kostis Liarommatis has been working diligently in trying to revive the softball programs throughout Greece and try to regain the independence of the federation.
Softball Club from Malta developing softball using Erasmus+ Sport
Sport Fair - an annual presentation of 90 sports that are played in Serbia - was held on November 25 - 28.
Today, the first day of December, marked the first day for Andrea Marcon as the FIBS president. Two of the FIBS Vice Presidents were also announced today - Fabrizio De Robbio and Vincenzo Mignola.
This year, 8 teams from five countries participated in the Euroleague. A total of 64 games were hosted by four countries.
As a part of the process where the ESF is trying to become more media-friendly and more audience-friendly, a change of the denomination of the ESF competitions has been approved.
Our five-member jury together with our Facebook audience decided who would take home the main prize of 200 euros.
The ESF executive council approved establishment of a new European Championship in fastpitch softball for men’s youth category - for under-16-years-old boys.
This time, the theme is "the most attractive moment of the game" and it really depends on each photographer which moment should he or she pick as the very top.
Players of West fire team from Rivno city won the Championship of Ukraine and defended their title from the last year
Two of the most experienced ESF Technical Commissioners have been appointed to these new positions.
Softball season in the Czech Republic is over, National Champions were determined.
But this year is not only about the women’s championship for Sweden. There’s so much more going on…
The main motive for the visit was a learning experience in the fields of softball promotion, marketing, public relations and administration.
We are looking for a person that has a great passion for softball and wants to develop players towards their future as high performance athletes.
In 2016, three European Championships were held: the Men’s European Championship, the Under-22 Women’s European Championship and Junior Women’s European Championship. Final standings from these Championships have changed the European Softball Rankings slightly in the women’s category and noticeably in the men’s category.
A sucesfull method for introducing baseball and softball to kids
The National Championships in Great Britain for all adult categories in 2016 were as follows
It's time to share some nice pictures with the softball world!
Therwil Flyers – Swiss Softball Champions 2016
This final game has set a standard that all of us hope will be the beginning for even more high level play in the ISA Leagues.
The small city of Indjija, club Alligators, hosted a softball tournament for under 15 players. It was great to watch these young athletes, girls and boys, enjoy the game of softball.
ESF Newsletter September 2016 was released.
The 8th edition of the European Super Cup Co-ed Slowpitch (ESCCS) took place in Wiener Neustadt in Austria
European Super Cup (ESCM) is the men’s fastpitch top competition in Europe.
Live video broadcasting by Playo.tv will be available on the final two days (Friday and Saturday, September 2-3) for free.
During the first three days, the competitors played their round robin games. Results of these games determined the round robin standings from which the teams were divided into two brackets: Super Cup bracket and ESF bracket.
Sparks Haarlem won the European Premiere Cup 2016
Live video broadcasting by Playo.tv will be available on the final three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday 18 - 20 August) for free.
National Team of Great Britain has not won a single official European Championship in fastpitch softball or baseball until this success.
European Championship Junior Women will be broadcast for free by Playo.tv
Softball will be played in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020
11 European teams competed at the World Championship. The Netherlands seized the historical best result by placing fourth.
The first part of the tournament is over, all teams finished their round robins on Sunday. Top two teams from each round-robin pool advanced to the Championship Round, while the remaining teams were moved to the Placement Bracket.
A container with used softball equipment from the US was brought to Bulgaria and the equipment was redistributed to those who needed it the most.
Czech Republic is the European Champion, Denmark gets silver, Belgium bronze
The top three teams from these pools had advanced to pool C: DEN, CZE, GBR, BEL, ISR, NED. Each of these teams needed to play against the three teams that were not in their original pool, to determine the top four and enter the page system from there.
As the weather forecast predicted, the fifth day of the Men's European Championship rained out.
Six games were scheduled for Wednesday. These were the last round robin games.
After the first „mercy rule rules“ day, a day of tight games began.
Six games were scheduled for the first day of the Championship, all of the games ended prematurely on mercy rule.
The Netherlands dominated the whole tournament and remained undefeated. Team Russia was the only one, who could challenge them. On thy other side, there were also team that have just started their softball program a few years ago and they show their passion for this game.
The Under 22 Women’s European Championship is getting into its final day. After last games of round robin, the semifinal games took place.
Six out of eight teams know their final round robin position at the Under 22 Women’s European Championship.
The Under-22 Women’s World Championship is half way through and the leading positions are still under control of both favorites – the Netherlands and Russia.
Two national teams from Europe are participating at the XI World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma: the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
They didn’t come to Pardubice this year only to compete for medals, Dusan Borbely also believes they will contribute to recovery of softball in his country.
Final two days of the EChU22W will be live video streamed for free by the Playo.tv company
Only two teams remain unbeaten at the Under-22 Women’s World Championship.
Opening day: The Dutch were amazing, Poland unfortunate. Five games finished early
More than 120 players – a total of twelve teams - came to the city of Indjija to take part in a softball-promotional event. This was, by far, the highest number of participants in the Serbian softball history.
This fastpitch tournament is played in a mixed category -- it’s boys and girls together. The event will be held in Chichester, West Sussex, UK, on the weekend of 20 - 22 August.
The third annual Baltic Open, held in Skövde, Sweden on the weekend of 17-19 June, featured female and male fastpitch competition and was contested by seven national teams, including, for the first time, the Lithuanian Men’s Team.
Clinic sessions in Sweden were another step on the journey of growing softball through the kid-friendly game of BeeBall
In cooperation with the European Softball Federation, Little League is inviting all softball coaches to attend free clinics in July.
On June 17-19 the 3rd edition of the ESF-sanctioned regional tournament Baltic Open will be decided in Skövde, Sweden
June 13th is the Wolrd Softball Day
Is your Federation interested to join the BeeBall Family with a special BeeBall Clinic?
Baseball, softball among new, youth-based sports package advancing to a final vote at IOC Session in August
On May 3, the first Softball Against Cancer (SAC) Day was organized at the Hoofddorp Pioniers Stadium in the Netherlands.
On May 19, the second edition of the ESF Newsletter was released.
May 14-16 was the Whitsunday weekend in the Netherlands, and that’s traditionally when the three-day Zeister Slot Tournament, the oldest men’s fastpitch competition in Europe, is hosted by HSVPhoenix in the town of Zeist.
The European Softball Federation is introducing European Softball Rankings for women’s and men’s fastpitch and also for slowpitch!
Possibly the only European international tournaments for U-13 and U-16 boys, two competitions were played simultaneously with a total of 16 teams participating.
The ESF Euroleague is a fastpitch softball competition played at a cross-border regional level. The aim is to build a workable framework for international club competition in Europe.
On the weekend of April 29-May 1, the ninth Forever Fastpitch tournament was held in Zagreb, Croatia.
The minimum number of participating teams (four) was not fullfilled, therefore the tournament will not be organized this season.
This year’s GBFL has been organised less around established teams and more around players, with the aim of creating new teams that can be competitive with each other.
Following the 2015 Photofest, we’re starting a video contest this year! We’re looking for the most popular, effective and unique softball drills!
On April 16 and 17, the first round of the 2016 Softball Euroleague took place in Slovakia, hosted by Apollo Bratislava and Trnava Panthers.
ESF Secretary General, Ami Baran, was invited by FIFA and the International Centre for Sports Studies to their reflection session on football development.
April in Greece marks the beginning of softball activities for our men’s and women’s teams, and two warm-up tournaments to help players prepare for the 2016 season have been held this month.
The European Softball Federation has brought in new regulations ensuring better access to sporting events for journalists. Dependent on the organiser’s resources, these will include:
The European Softball Federation and the German Baseball and Softball Federation (DBV) have launched a joint initiative to prepare the German National Team for the Men’s European Championship.
The 11th Junior Men’s World Championship will be held in Midland, Michigan, USA, from July 24-30.
Softball Against Cancer is a project that combines love for our sport with the power to help others, and on May 3, the first Softball Against Cancer (SAC) Day will be organized at the Hoofddorp Pioneers Stadium in the Netherlands.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation today launched the first-ever world rankings for softball, across both men's and women's disciplines.
On the weekend of 6th and 7th May, Prague will host the second edition of the Joudrs International Cup tournament. It is a unique international event for U13 and U16 boys
The 15th WBSC Women’s Fastpitch World Championships will be held in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, from July 15-24, and with the competition being held as an open tournament for the first time since 1994, 10 European teams are preparing to take part.
The best moments of the 2015 season
The annual General Congress of both the European Softball Federation (ESF) and the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) took place on the second weekend of February in Hoofddorp, Netherlands.
This article sums up development reports as they were presented at 2016 ESF Congress.
During 2016 ESF Congress TC meetings came up with a number of news and changes.
Update on Slowpitch in Europe
Softball Coaches Clinic at DBV Convention 2016 in Paderborn (January 30 to 31)
The first international fastpitch softball cup on the island of Gran Canaria will be held in March 11th - 13th.
Thanks to four outstanding players, European softball also has its representatives in the Championship “down under”.
ESF Photo Calendar for print out
ESF Newsletter and National Champions Summary
Jan Esselman, president of the Confederation of European Baseball, joined the ESF Board members to announce the CEB representatives for the commissions.
National Federations and Clubs should start sending their applications for the 2016 season tournaments
ESF Executive Board members meet four times a year for a meeting. The fall meeting is always scheduled for the post-season period, so that the Board can take a look back at the finished season, all the reports, as well as the financial matters.
The fourth WBSC Slowpitch World Cup came to a premature end on Sunday 22 November in Plant City, Florida, as rain wiped out the final game and probably deprived Germany of the title.
The 4th WBSC Co-ed Slowpitch World Cup tournament, pitting four European countries against four from the Americas
Kiev city and regional Baseball and Softball federation announces beginning of baseball and softball fields construction
Champions from Israel in women's and men's categories as well as the Cup winner.
Giants and Princ - Champions from Croatia
Stuttgart Select hosted the 2015 Kürbis Cup at Husky Field
Swiss season overview
Legendary Lubomír “Robocop” Vrbenský Inducted into ISF Hall of Fame
Completely new Facebook project took place in 2015, the so called Photofest had been planned since 2014 and finally became reality.
The Czech Softball Association was granted the right to organize the 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship
October Newsletter released - filled with post-season information
Joudrs Praha are celebrating after they swept the defending champions Eagles. In men’s Extraliga, Spectrum managed to defend their title a won the Czech trophy for the fourth time in the past five years, beating the Beavers in four games.
BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK), the development agency for the two sports in Great Britain, is seeking to recruit a full-time Fastpitch Softball Development Officer, initially on a one-year contract beginning in March 2016.
Congratulations to Warsaw Diamonds, who became the national champion of Poland.
8th International Indoor Baseball and Softball Tournament
national championship was played for three rounds. At the end, team Arena was the one with the highest scores after the best performances and became the Serbian Champion.
First weekend of September, Vienna. The best four teams after a season filled with games came to Wiener Freudenau to fight for the title of the Austrian champion.
After a three-year long pause, Skövde Saints seized the national championship again.
On the weekend of 19th and 20th September, the Final Four tournaments of the Czech Softball Association Cup were held at the Copacabana Ballpark in Prague’s district of Černý Most.
ESF is announcing 2 new competitions
News from Lithuania Softballl Federation
Twenty-four teams will play in the amateur Softball “15th Torneo del Porco”
Team Enjoy FVG would like to invite you to Azzano X (PN), Italy to the 1st Open Italiano Men’s fastpitch tournament
Summary of the European Super Cup Men
Summary of the first phase of the ESCM
Summary of the three European Cups held in Prague and Dupnitsa
European Cups are being broadcasted live from Prague
Update on situation with EPCW, ECWCW and ECW
Summary of the EMRYT
European Cups are held in PRague, Czech Republic this year
Summary of the European Championship Co-ed Slowpitch
Michele Smith visited European Championship in Rosmalen and held a clinic there.
Summary of the first half of the Festival of Youth
Interview with Jakub Kopřiva ECHW broadcast's commentator
Summary of the second day of the European Championship Co-ed Slowpitch
Summary of the first day of the European Championship Co-ed Slowpitch
Summary of the European Championship Women
Summary of the fifth day of the European Championship Women
Summary of the fourth day of the European Championship Women
Summary of the third day of the European Championship Women
Summary of the second day of the European Championship Women
Summary of the first day of the European Championship Women
Summary of the fifth day of the European Championship Junior Men
Summary of the Final day of the European Championship Junior Men
Summary of the fourth day of the European Championship Junior Men
Summary of the third day of the European Championship Junior Men
For the first time in European softball history, Super Cup Junior Women was held. Staff from Arrows Ostrava, Czech Republic organized the first edition of this tournament.
Summary of the first day of the European Championship Junior Men
Summary of the second day - European Championship Junior Men
Live video streaming from EChJM will be provided by the PLAYO.TV company
Summary of the European Championship Cadet Girls
The International Softball Federation (now known as the WBSC Softball Division) has announced that the 4th Co-ed Slowpitch World Cup will be played in Plant City, Florida, from 19-22 November 2015.
Stuttgart Select is hosting a season-ending 18U women's international softball fastpitch tournament, the 2015 Kürbis Cup, in Stuttgart, Germany on 24-25 October 2015
All important information about ESF events are in this document.
Summary of the third day of the European Championship Cadet Girls
Summary of the
Summary of the fourth day of the European Championship Cadet Girls
Summary of the second day of the European Championship Cadet Girls
European Championship Cadet Girls (U16) in Nuoro, Italy, started with three scheduled games today.
Slovenia became the Slowpitch Champion of the Balkan region.
Little League organizes a coaches clinic in Kutno, Poland with no expenses for the participants.
Accreditations for the ESF competitions are available through the organizers
3rd edition of Torneo della Repubblica was held in Caronno, Italy. Four national teams got to meet there.
Sweden became the winner of the regional Baltic Championship.
Interview with the head coach of the team Czech Republic about the upcoming World Championship.
Interview with the head coach of the team Netherlands about the upcoming World Championship.
Interview with the head coach of the team GB about the upcoming World Championship.
Interview with the head coach of the team Denmark about the upcoming World Championship.
European regions came up with their own championships
May 13th – 17th, softball lovers from Denmark and another 12 from Croatia arrived in Joudrs Prague, Czech Republic for a softball camp and a tournament.
The last open round of the photo contest has begun.
Men's and women's national teams from Indonesia came to Czech Republic for a part of their softball preparation.
The 2015 edition of the Torneo della Repubblica is going to be one of the leading European softball events of the entire season, because of the importance of the participating teams, in view of the preparation of the Softball European Championship.
Jersey Softball Association hosted a spectacular tournament from May 2nd to May 3rd, welcoming teams from the UK for 2 days of competitive softball.
Dinet Oosting in cooperation with softball club Roef! invites all players and coaches to a clinic.
Teams from Austria, Hungary and Slovakia will compete in the 25th edition of the Danube Cup
Stuttgart Select hosted the 2nd Annual European-American Friendship Cup at Husky Field
Photo contest opens its third round - theme: Softball tatoos and accessories
"Spring Awakening" a sports picnic was held in Kiev
Softball club "Nika" also took part in the program Kiev Baseball School (KBS) and invites all girls in Kiev schools to meet with the game of softball.
Balkan Baseball, Softball and Co-ed slowpitch Championship (Triple Ball Balkan Championship) was organized in Sofia, Bulgaria from 23 to 26 of April, 2015 with the support of World Baseball Softball Confederation as a regional event of a completely new format for our sports.
Lithuaninan Softball Federation presents their news
Countries from the southeastern Europe will meet this week for a new format tournament - Baseball, Fastpitch and Slowpitch in 5 days!
WBSC released a report that covers worldwide softball activities in the first quarter of 2015.
Four nations - Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia cooperate to create an interesting fastpitch tournament project.
The Prague Eagles complex in Prague, Czech Republic will be hosting the 2015 PONY European Championships. Pony League baseball (14U), Colt League baseball (16U) and Colt League softball (16U) champions will be crowned after an action packed weekend of baseball and girls fast pitch softball starting April 14.
ESF 2015 Photofest enters round two
Nice, France is hosting European Masters Games in October 1st to 11th.
ESF Newsletter 2015 - second edition
Invitation to Little League qualifier tournament
SK Joudrs Praha would like to continue with their new tradition of U17 tournament in Prague at the end of summer holidays.
MKS ,, Szóstka’’ Brzeg and Zespół Szkół nr 1 z Oddziałami Sportowymi would like to invite, your softball teams to participate in the V. Edition of International Softball Tournament Jacek – Cup 2015
2nd Annual KMC Invitational to be held at the beginning of July, in Ramstein, Germany.
Due to withdrawal of some teams, pools for European Championships had to be restructured.
Two international tournaments will be held in Moergestel called the "Roef! Pre season tournament.
Dutch Golden League club Olympia Haarlem has won the Women’s Fastpitch Indoor Softball Tournament, which was played last weekend in Hamburg, Germany. They defeated the German Women’s National Team 3-0 in the final.
On March 1st, Softball Federation of Serbia held its first meeting with coach Lawrence Allen from New Zealand.
Last Saturday, 28th February 2015, the Austrian Baseball Federation elected a new board.
Germany adds Andre Prins to Coaching Staff for Women’s National Team
Musco Lighting is was a sponsor of the ESF Congress in Dublin
Dublin hosted the ESF Congress 2015 in Ferbuary. This is a summary of the most important moments of the Congress
ESF is starting a new project - ESF 2015 Photofest
When the 3rd edition of the Official Swedish Softball Indoor Championships were played at the Conventum Arena in Örebro, Leksand was the strongest team and took home the Indoor Championship after beating Söder, 7-2. Skövde took bronze after beating Enköping, 7-3 in the final.
Drawing procedure took place at the ESF congress in Dublin February 7th 2015
Invitation: The Italian Baseball Federation National Umpires Committee has organized the XI edition of the Umpire Convention
The Italian Baseball Federation National Umpires Committee has organized the XI edition of the Umpire Convention
Newly established official ESF tournament ESCJW will be held in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Teams may enter until February 28th.
FESTIVAL OF YOUTH! ESF in cooperation with Collecchio organizers presents exciting news for the 4th EMRYT
ESF in cooperation with Collecchio organizers presents exciting news for the 4th EMRYT Applications are open for this year’s youth tournament: EMRYT - FESTIVAL OF YOUTH! Save the date – 12th – 15th August 2015. We expect a significant number of competing teams as many exciting innovations have been made for this event.
First team to win the European Championship in 15 years is national team of the Czech Republic, who showed quality going through the whole tournament unbeaten. They faced Denmark three times in the tournament and gone out victorious in each of these occasions.
First team to win the European Championship in 15 years is national team of the Czech Republic, who showed quality going through the whole tournament unbeaten. They faced Denmark three times in the tournament and gone out victorious in each of these occasions.
The first team to win the European Championship at home in 15 years is the national team of the Czech Republic, who were dominant, going through the whole tournament unbeaten. They faced Denmark three times in the tournament and were victorious on each occasion.
There were three games on the second-to-last day of the European Championship. Belgium beat Croatia in the consolation round, the Netherlands beat Great Britain on an inside-the-park walk-off home run by Emeron Lourens to clinch a medal and a spot in next year´s World Championship, and the Czech Republic beat Denmark to earn a place in Saturday´s final.
Full day of softball in Havlickuv Brod as the group stage finished. Five games determined the final standings after group stage. Great Britain will play Netherlands for spot in the World Championhsips and medal from the tournament. Denmark and the Czech Republic will play first semifinal game.
On the second day of the European Men´s Softball Championship, the host Czechs won both games they played by big margins, including a surprising 10-0 shutout against the Netherlands. Great Britain´s Kyle Linton pitched a no-hitter against Belgium, then the Brits lost a close one against Denmark. Also, Israel got its first win of the tournament.
Men’s European Championship left Pardubice for good and offered four more games in Havlickuv Brod on Wednesday. At first there was a tie-break win for Belgium over Israel, then a similar end of a game between GB and Netherlands, second win for Belgium relying on Cnops on board and finally home team against Denmark.
First day of the Men’s European Championship offered some interesting games. The favorites managed to win all of their games without any bigger troubles, except for Denmark in the morning who had lots of work with Israel. However, in the end the Danish won 5:3.
Softball Ireland are delighted to announce that they will host the 2015 ESF Congress in Dublin February 6-8 2015
Serbian coaches and players attended at the clinic in Beograd at sport complex Lokomotiva. which was under supervision of ESF.
On Sunday 15th of June, the new website for Men‘s European championship in Softball has been launched. It will offer all details about the tournament itself in both languages – Czech and English. „We want to offer all fans who won’t be able to come in person a complete information service including text and stream coverages from all 27 games,“ chiefeditor Pavel Hrdina promises.
ESF Umpire Basic Clinic was held in Prague on May 21 – 25. In total 13 new potential umpires from in total 9 countries came to Prague to make ESF licence.
In this issue:
A fabulous camp, six days of softball and beach in a fantastic village by the sea, plus a day of matches with ten camp-teams.
2013 TUSCANY SERIES ARE STARTING !!
Dear coaches, we are glad to announce that the registration for the 26th European Coach Clinic started.
The Program, Invitation letter by organizers and Hotel booking form for Congress have been published at the Congress event
All PROPOSALS OF CHANGES TO THE STATUTES, MOTIONS AND OTHER MATTERS have to be received by the Secretary General by Monday 5th NOVEMBER 2012 AT THE LATEST