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 SOFTBALL AT 2011 ALL­AFRICA GAMES International Softball Federation President Don Porter has received word that softball will be included as a demonstration sport at next year’s All­Africa Games. The multi­sport event is scheduled for July 2011 in Maputo, Mozambique. Softball (women’s fast pitch) had been on the programme of the 2003 edition of the event in Nigeria, but not at the last occurrence (2007 in Algiers). Softball is on the programme of more than a dozen multi­sport Games, including the Asian Games, which will take place next month in Guangzhou, China. The men’s final showcased some of the best softball players in Europe. Hørsholm, last year’s runner­up, faced Stenløse, with both having national team players who helped Denmark win the European Championship. Stenløse jumped out to a first inning 2­0 lead, only to see Hørsholm tie the score with a two­run home run in the fourth inning. A couple innings later they would score three more times en route to a 5­2 victory. In addition to taking the title Hørsholm (pictured below) swept the awards [Best Pitcher – Martin Holmberg (2.00 ERA), Best Batter – Julius Veeris (.500 batting average), and MVP – Veeris]. ALREADY PREPARING ISF TO HOST SEMINAR Umpires seeking ISF certification will have the opportunity to gain that distinction later this year in the U.S. An ISF umpire certification seminar has been scheduled for December 28­January 2 at the world headquarters in Plant City, Florida. ISF Director of Umpires Bob Stanton will direct the session, which will run concurrent to the Easton Foundation Youth Softball World Cup (16­and­under girls’ fast pitch) that will be played in Plant City Stadium and the Randy L. Larson Softball Fourplex on the grounds of the ISF headquarters complex. The deadline to register for the umpire seminar is November 8th. See the Clinics/Courses portion of the Umpiring section of www.ISFsoftball.org for more information. DANISH CHAMPIONS CROWNED The 2010 Danish fast pitch softball championships took place recently near Copenhagen. In women’s play the Copenhagen Barracudas successfully defended their title, defeating United, 7­1, in the final game. The winners were led by Pia Jacobsen, who won the best batter (.750 average) and most valuable player honors. The International Softball Federation’s IX Jr. Women’s World Championship (19­and­under) may be more than a year away, but one team is already hard at work getting ready for the competition. The New Zealand Junior White Sox recently spent two­
and­a­half days at the Burnham Army Camp as part of their preparations for the December 6­17, 2011, ISF tournament in Cape Town, South Africa. The Kiwi girls went through heavy lifting, foot races, confidence courses, and competition. Plus they had to keep up with strict time management, cleanliness, and continuous use of teamwork. Learn more about Softball New Zealand at www.softball.org.nz. RARE COLLECTIBLE AVAILABLE ONLINE The ISF has put an Olympic softball collectible up for auction that has never before been available to the public. The item is a hard plastic display that contains one softball game ticket from each of the three Summer Games in the 2000s. These are actual/official tickets – not replicas. A very limited quantity of these displays had been produced exclusively for the ISF. The auction ends Friday morning (October 15) at 11:39 Eastern time. A link to the exact eBay auction page can be found in the article off the ISF website homepage (www.ISFsoftball.org). INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL FEDERATION
1900 So. Park Road, Plant City, Florida 33563 Phone (813) 864­0100 Fax (813) 864­0105 www.ISFsoftball.org • email: info@ISFsoftball.org
Photo by Christina Laub Frank 13 October 2010 
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