The ESF fastpitch basic clinic was held in Prague from Wednesday May 24 until Sunday May 28.

Eleven participants from countries all over Europe were present and have been working hard to gain an ESF umpire license. Rule knowledge and mechanics were discussed during lively classroom sessions. On field practice was held on the Radotin softball field.

The most exciting and interesting part of the clinic was the men’s tournament of U13, U16 and U19 at Joudrs on Friday and Saturday where the umpires worked the games. It was a great tournament with excellent softball on all levels. The umpires were all evaluated during these games, a very important part of the testing process. The clinic ended with a written rule test.

Nine umpires successfully passed the clinic and it was a happy moment to present them with their ESF license (see photo).

CZEBarbora SladekovaYES
CZEVojtech MachovskyYES
CZERostislav MilataYES
DENSebastian Hallstein MortensenYES
GBRDarrell PitmanYES
NEDRobin StoevelaarYES
NEDBianca DweelaardYES
ESPIbon Arevalo LafuenteYES
SRBManisa CanakNO
SRBIlija RodicNO
UKRAnzhelika MarakhovskaYES

We want to thank the Czech organizers for a perfect organization, their warm hospitality and for making the Radotin and Joudrs venues available for us to conduct this clinic.

Carolien Stadhouders, Director of Umpires Education
Bert Loggen, ESF umpire instructor