The European Softball Federation (ESF) has announced that a softball camp for players and coaches will take place in The Netherlands this October. The first camp of its kind in Europe, the four-days of instructions will include a combination of on-field and classroom training.
Open only to women ages 13-20, the camp will include instruction, evaluation, transportation and meals. The cost is 360€/participant. Despite having men's professional softball leagues in Europe, as well as women who play well past their 20s, the camp age range indicates this is really an opportunity for European Federations with Olympic dreams to improve their odds come 2019.
Every player will receive an evaluation of their softball skills and camp participants will leave with a diploma and swag bag. The camp will be coordinated by Craig Montvidas who is the former head coach in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) and of the Dutch national team. Similar to many of the MLB Academies throughout Europe, classroom instruction topics may include: 'How to help players get scholarships to college' and 'Choosing the proper equipment'. Players will also play scrimmages throughout camp.
Coaches wishing to attend will shadow the staff during the camp and serve as assistants to the guest speakers during lectures. Their cost to attend is 260€/participant. All teams registering a coach + 5 players will receive a group registration rate of 30€/participant off their fee.
All meals and a twin room are included in the cost of the camp. Transportation to the camp is not included but camp organizers are happy to help coordinate transportation between the airport or train station and the field. During camp events all transportation will be provided.
Physical therapists will be on-hand to assist with rehab and injury concerns but all participants are responsible for their own health insurance.
There will be four camps offered throughout the month to accommodate the fall holiday schedule. Each will include four days and three nights of instruction.
Camp #1: Sunday, October 15th - Wednesday, October 18th
Camp #2: Thursday, October 19th - Sunday, October 22nd
Camp #3: Sunday, October 22nd - Wednesday October 25th
Camp #4: Thursday, October 26th - Sunday, October 29th
Register your interest in attending today.