Only once, Italy has not won EMRYT in the history of the competition. Moscovia won in 2015, but in this year’s 8th edition Italy dominated again. 17 teams took part, 6 in the Sport Division and 11 in the Future Division – Kalita (RUS) took gold there.
Nine countries were represented in this years U-13 European Cup. Nine countries showed how serious are they about youth softball development. There were six teams from the Czech Republic, three from Italy, two from Russia, and one from the following countries: Belgium, Croatia, Great Britain, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.
Both teams from Ukraine and Turkey improved their final standings dramatically. Flander’s Academy from Belgium was the first team from their country to this competition. The Czech Republic broke record in the number of participants from one country.
It is great to see this development project / European Cup for U -13 grow. The growing number of participating teams is a great sign. Discussion of the representatives of countries involved and then the following changes in special regulations enabled more countries to use this competition as a tool in their development programs.
Big thank you goes also to the organizers in Collecchio who were able to react when the tournament got bigger, and who have also turned “a tournament” to a great event and experience to all the young athletes and their coaches.
Final standings, results, and stats HERE.