Following the 2015 Photofest, we’re starting a video contest this year!

We’re looking for the most popular, effective and unique softball drills!

Between now and May 30, you can send us a video of your favorite defensive drill and have it checked by a panel of top European softball coaches, including Craig Montvidas, currently coaching in the National Pro Fastpitch League in the United States.  The author of the video judged to be the best by our panel will win a yearly membership to the European Softball Coaches Association (ESCA) as well as free entry to an ESCA clinic.

All videos will be uploaded to the ESF Facebook page, where everyone can see the competing drills. ESCA lecturers among the jury, may mark some of the videos as “ESCA approved”.  These videos will be uploaded to ESF’s YouTube channel for use by other coaches.

General conditions:

·       Each participant may submit up to three videos, showing the execution of a defensive practice drill.

·       Maximum length is 30 seconds per video.

·       An English explanation/description of the drill must be included – either within the video, or enclosed in written form (maximum of 1000 characters). This description should contain the main objective of the drill, other   useful information may be included (e.g. recommendations for execution, common mistakes).

·       Videos must be sent to:

·       All videos and written material must be received before 20:00 GMT on May 30, 2016.


·       The winner will get a free pass to an ESF coach/player clinic, a one-year European Softball Coaches Association membership, a certificate of recognition and a full set of ESF merchandise.

·       The runner-up will get a one-year European Softball Coaches Association membership, a certificate of recognition and a set of ESF merchandise.

·       Third place will receive a certificate of recognition and a set of ESF merchandise.


·       Andre PRINS – chairman of the jury, one of the most experienced international coaches, recently active with the national teams of Germany, Russia, Belgium and Czech Republic

·       Vojtech ALBRECHT – staff member of Czech national teams in both youth and adult categories, famous for his scouting abilities; ESCA lecturer

·       Francesca FABRETTO – head coach of Austrian national team, 1986 Italian league’s golden-glove outfielder, former assistant coach of Italian youth national teams

·       Mattias GRIMSTOFT – founder of Skövde Saints, coach for over 20 years, involved with Swedish national team since 2009; ESCA lecturer

·       Craig MONTVIDAS – currently coaching in National Pro Fastpitch, led the Dutch women’s national team to three consecutive European Championship titles; ESCA Coaches Development manager

·       James O’FARRELL – ESF slowpitch umpire in chief with more than 10 years of experience in coaching, an ISF qualified slowpitch umpire

Copyright notice

All videos submitted to the contest may be used by the ESF, and/or authorized by the ESF, for use by third parties for purposes connected with the promotion of the game of softball, preparation of printed/electronic presentations, advertisements etc.  By submitting the video, the author states that s/he is the sole copyright owner of the submitted material, and acknowledges that s/he understands and agrees with the abovementioned copyright rules.

Click here to see the complete rules and conditions of all ESF contests planned for 2016.

More info about European Softball Coaches Association will be released later during the 2016 season. Pre-registrations at

-Helena Novotná-