ABOUT SOFTBALL EUROPE
Softball Europe (SE), previously known as European Softball Federation (ESF), is a non-profit sports organization that connects and represents all European National Softball Federations on a European-wide level. Softball Europe itself is a member of the WBSC Softball Division (International Softball Federation)
The European Softball Federation was established in Rome, Italy in 1976 by the representatives of six European National Baseball and Softball Federations (Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain), with the objectives of promoting and developing softball in Europe. More from the ESF history, including past competitions results is available here.
Today, there are 33 affiliated National Federations: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
Softball Europe is recognized as the regional governing body for fastpitch and slowpitch softball for the whole of Europe in all age and gender categories. The two main interests of the ESF are competitions and development.
Softball Europe organizes two types of official softball competitions: European Championships, where national teams compete for the title of European Champion in different gender and age categories; and European Cups, where the best clubs from each country send their national champion (or another club team) to fight for the title of the best European softball club in different gender, grades and age categories.
Softball Europe organizes European Championships and
Cups in cooperation with European clubs and National Federations.
European Fastpitch Championships for Women, Men, Junior (U-19) Women and Junior (U-19) Men are held every two years in between the years when World Championships for these groups are scheduled. European Fastpitch Championships for U-22 Women and Cadette (U-16) Girls are also held every two years, as is a European Championship for Co-ed Slowpitch National Teams.
A wide range of Cup tournaments tend to be held on an annual basis.
These competitions could not be run without the
work of Softball Europe technical committees, umpires, scorers, officials and other
volunteers, who take care of the many different organisational and technical aspects
that are needed.
Softball Europe is also concerned to ensure that all of its competitions are carried out according to rules and in the best interests of players and coaches, under the overall control of the Softball Europe Technical and Competitions Committee.
The job of the Softball Europe Development Commission is to communicate with National Federations inside and outside Europe and to encourage the spread and growth of softball through supporting clubs, Federations, coaches, projects and ideas.
With help from the top world softball countries, Softball Europe brings clinics, coaches and also equipment to wherever in Europe it might be needed.
Although fastpitch softball remains the dominant format in Europe and worldwide, the Softball Europe Development Commission also focuses on slowpitch as an easier and more approachable version of softball and, for children, on the simplest version on softball, called Beeball, where no gloves are needed.
Other commissions that carry out Softball Europe responsibilities are the Marketing Commission, the very important Financial Commission and ESCA - The European Softball Coaches Association.
Currently, the top Softball Europe officials are:
First Vice President
Eddy Van Straelen
The full Executive Board consists of five more members.
For more information about the European Softball Federation contact:
Elda Ghilardi, Softball Europe Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ami Baran, Softball Europe Secretary General at email@example.com