Italy and Czech Republic Junior National Teams at the Softball Summer Challenge
From August 24 to August 27, an international softball camp will be played in Milan Area, Italy. The event will be starring the Youth National Teams of Italy and the Czech Republic, and the four Italian clubs hosting it: Bollate, Caronno, Legnano, and Saronno.
During the Softball Summer Challenge, the teams will play 25 friendly games and will have the opportunity to wear the national jersey for the first time in 2020. The goal of the tournament is the one to give a chance to play as many games as possible, after the cancellation or postponement of European Championships and World Cups.
On August 4, FIBS - the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation presented the rosters for the U-18 and U-15 Italian National Team.
On August 10 and 11, the Czech Softball Federation held a training camp for the U-15 Czech national team. Soon the 16 names of the Czech players part of the U-15 team during the Italian Summer Challenge will be announced.
Both the Czech and the Italian National Teams should have taken part in the 2020 U-15 Women's European Championship scheduled for July 13 - 18. The event has been canceled and will be played in 2022.
In 2021, the U-18 Women's National Teams of Italy and the Czech Republic will have the possibility to play the U-18 Women’s European Championship (LINK) in Prague, Czech Republic, July 19 – 24. The two teams will also represent Europe in the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup that has been postponed from 2020 to 2021, in Lima, Peru.
/ Elda Ghilardi
Photo courtesy of Andrea Andrian