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ESF Newsletter - Special Issue, July 2015

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EDITORIAL


Dejan Jesic;
Vice President for Media,

 

Dear Softball Friends,
 
It is time for sport!  Our sport -- softball.  So, during the next two months, a great many of our #players will be on the dirt, in the dugout, in the box waiting for "that pitch”.  So many different tournaments are ahead of us and I, on behalf of the @ESF, would like to tell you few things.
I am from #Serbia and I witnessed the birth of our #game in my country.  I am not the founder of @SerbianSoftball, but, in the early days, the biggest challenge was how to find people interested in the sport.
The main method was to open a contact list. We did this during a time when the internet wasn't affordable for everybody in my country and talking on #mobile phones with people across #Europe with unbelievable prices was "mission impossible".  Now, almost a decade and half later, we can communicate in so many ways!  Even through glasses or watches!
 
Evolution ... it's happening.  And I'm so glad that as a member of @EuropeanSoftball we can participate in as many tournaments as we want.  How? Very #easy. Today, 80% of people have smart phones, lap-tops, tablets and #WiFi connections and can talk or share the information in real time.  Share!  That is one of the most used words in this world.
 
#Sharing information or photos puts us in the middle of the action.  Due to our #love, #passion and #devotion to #softball, that's what counts.
 
When I was elected to the position of Vice President in the @ESF, my first and primary goal was to establish good connections and the fastest way to "share" information between our member countries.  After almost two and half years, we have succeeded.
 
Our databases have been rebuilt, our europeansoftball.org website has been redesigned and our social media accounts are "in the air".
 
Talking about social media....  “Social” is, maybe, the wrong word, but right now I won’t elaborate on this issue, because I'd like to remind you that the growth of our game depends on SHAREs, LIKEs, FOLLOWING and similar words.
 
Of course, this is a secondary way of developing, but nobody can say that he or she is not interested to see/hear/learn what is going on in Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Malta, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ireland, Ukraine.  This summer the @ESF will organize 10 male and female #tournaments.  Do you know how many players will take part?  Of course you don't know.  Neither do we, but if you SHARE #info with us....  That's what we are looking for!
 
Share all your materials with us and everybody will be able to see what is going on in #Nuoro, #Ostrava, #Dupnitsa or....  Via official websites and our addresses we will spread (SHARE) your posts, in real time, so we can be connected #24/7 and through different streams we can nearly feel the games and the #emotions.  Don't be selfish!  Share everything with us and make the softball community in #Europe larger.
 
Thanks for reading this, and you can find me on djesic@europeansoftball.org.  I'm ready to serve you.  Also, we can and we will SHARE your news on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Don't hesitate to ask us any softball-related question and all our @European Softball Federation crew and myself will try to get the #answer ASAP.

Dejan Jesic, ESF Vice President for Media
GENERAL MEDIA INFORMATION
Accreditations: To arrange an accreditation for yourself as a photographer, journalist or other media staff, please contact the organiser of the event you want to attend. More information here.
 
Updates about each event will always be available on the official media channels of the event as well as on the ESF Facebook and Twitter accounts.
 
summary of each event will be available on the ESF website.
 
If there is video streaming at the event, it will always be accessible through the home page of the ESF website in the “Competitions Corner“. 
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
European Championship Cadet Girls

Category:  Under-16 Girls
Date:  June 29-July 4
Location: Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy
Contact info:  sport@nuorosoftball.com
Website:  http://www.fibs.it/it-it/campionati-softball.aspx
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/nuoro/schedule.php
Streaming: July 4 on https://www.youtube.com/embed/LNgZAEXWl9I
Participating teams:  Belgium, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain.
European Championship Junior Men 
 
Category:  Under-19 Men
Date:  July 13-18
Location:  Most, Czech Republic
Contact info:  kasal.p@seznam.cz
Website:  http://euro2015.softball.cz/en/
Streaming: July 17-18 on http://www.playo.tv/event/9-Mistrovstvi-Evropy-junioru-1622.aspx
Clinic: There will be a pitching camp during the Champinship.
On Tuesday, July 14th, from 19:30 at the main field (right after the Czech Republic – Israel game) 
We will be offering other days too depending on the number of pitchers.
Participating teams: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, Israel, Poland.
European Championship Women

Category:  Women
Date:  July 19-25
Location:  Rosmalen, Netherlands
Contact info:  echw2015@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.echw2015.nl/ 
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/rosmalen/schedule.php
Streaming:  July 24-25 on http://www.playo.tv/event/19-Mistrovstvi-Evropy-zen-1708.aspx
Clinic: Michele Smith will lead a clinic during the final two days of the Championship. (See the invitation below)
Friday 24th – 1st session; 13:30-15:00, 2nd session 15:30-17:00
Saturday 25th – 1st session 09:30-11:00, 2nd session 11:30-13:00
Participating teams: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.
European Championship Co-ed Slowpitch

Category:  Adult co-ed slowpitch
Date:  July 28-August 1
Location:  Dupnitsa, Bulgaria
Contact info:  office@softball.bg
Website:  http://www.softballevents.com/
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/dupnitsa/schedule.php
Streaming:  None
Clinic: 
The ESF is working on bringing in Brett Helmer from team USA to lead clinics on strategy, pitching and hitting. 
Participating teams:  Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Lithuania.
EUROPEAN CUPS
European Super Cup Junior Women

Category:  Under-19 Women
Date:  July 8-11
Location:  Ostrava, Czech Republic
Contact info:  vedeni@arrows.cz
Website:  http://arrows.cz/index.php/en/escjw2015en/news
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/ostrava/schedule.php
Streaming:  None
Participating teams:  Academy (BEL), Arena (SRB), Arrows Ostrava (CZE), Blue Angels (NED), Joudrs (CZE), Poland (POL), Slovakia (SVK).
European Massimo Romeo Youth Trophy

Category:  Under-13 Girls
Date:  August 12-15
Location:  Collecchio, Italy
Contact info:  posta@collecchio-bs.it
Website:  www.collecchio-bs.it (in Italian)
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/collecchio/schedule.php
Streaming:  None
Clinic:
Pitching clinic planned, subject to confirmation.
Participating teams:  Akademiks (BUL), Czech Stars (CZE), Gepardy Žory (POL), Italy 1 (ITA), Italy 2 (ITA), Joudrs Praha (CZE), London Cubs (GBR), Moscomsport (RUS), Moscovia Marino (RUS), SC Moscovia (RUS).
European Premiere Cup Women

Category:  Women
Date:  August 17-22
Location:  Eagles Prague, Czech Republic
Contact info:  eagles@eagles.cz
Website:  http://praguesoftballsummer.com/en/
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/prague2/schedule.php
Streaming: August 21-22 on http://www.playo.tv/event/XXXVIII-European-Premiere-Cup-Women-2015-1619.aspx
Participating teams:  Busolengo (ITA), Carrousel (RUS), Eagles (CZE), Hoboken (BEL), La Loggia (ITA), Luzern (SUI), Sӧder (SWE), Sparks (NED), Vermins (GER).
European Cup Winners Cup Women 

Category:  Women
Date:  August 17-22
Location: Joudrs Prague, Czech Republic
Contact info:  joudrs@seznam.cz
Website:  http://praguesoftballsummer.com/en/
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/prague/schedule.php
Streaming: August 21-22 on http://www.playo.tv/event/XXIV-European-Cup-Winners-Cup-Women-2015-1620.aspx
More streamingAugust 17-22 (Field A only) on http://joudrs.cz/o-klubu/online-webkamera/
Participating teams:  Akademiks (BUL), Antorcha (ESP), Arena (SRB), BCF Paris (FRA), Flyers (SUI), Forli (ITA), Hørsholm Barracudas (DEN), Joudrs (CZE), London Angels (GBR), Neunkirchen (GER), Pee Wees (AUT), Royal Greys (BEL), Terrasvogles (NED).
European Cup Women

Category:  Women
Date:  August 18-22
Location:  Dupnitsa, Bulgaria
Contact info:  office@softball.bg
Website:  http://www.softballevents.com/
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/dupnitsa2/schedule.php
StreamingNone
Participating teams: Babes (BUL), Les Comanches (FRA), Princ (CRO), Sant Boi (ESP), Stenløse (DEN), Warsaw Diamonds (POL).
European Super Cup Men

Category:  Men
Date:  August 24-29
Location:  Radotín Prague, Tempo Prague, Czech Republic
Contact info:  fefi1234@yahoo.com
Website:  http://praguesoftballsummer.com/en/
Schedule and scoring:  http://competition.europeansoftball.org/2015/prague3/schedule.php
Streaming: August 27-29 on http://www.playo.tv/event/ESF-Super-Cup-muzu-2015-1621.aspx
Clinic: Two clinics lead by world top coaches from New Zealand. (See the invitation below) 
August 23 - players clinic at 17:00
August 25 - coaches clinic (discusion) at 20:30
Participating teams: Amager (DEN), Black Sox Jrs (NZL), Brasschaat (BEL), Cavigal (FRA), Chicaboos (BEL), Chomutov (CZE), Czech Rep Under-23 (CZE), Giants (CRO), Havlickuv Brod (CZE), Hoofdoorp (NED), Hørsholm (DEN), HSV Adegeest (NED), Junior Alpina (ITA), Magos Tenerife (ESP), MRKI Medvedi (CRO), Nieuwegein (NED), Panthers (FRA), Pro Roma (ITA), Quick (NED), Radotinsky SK (CZE), Spectrum (CZE), Stenløse (DEN), Tempo (CZE).
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Newsletter created by Helena Novotna, ESF Communications Director, hnovotna@europeansoftball.org