Softball - International Competition - Europe

Europe

Softball is played in almost every country in Europe, mainly fast pitch. Every two years is held an European fast pitch championship with the best eighteen nationals teams. Italy and Netherlands are the best nations,and both have an almost professional championship where play athletes from USA,Australia and China.

Softball is the most popular participant sport in the United States, as it is estimated that 40 million Americans will play at least one game of softball during a year. It is played by men and women both recreationally and competitively.

Softball is played, at some level, in over a hundred countries around the world. The International Softball Federation has 113 member countries, (excluding dependent territories).

In many US cities, adult softball teams are organized by bars and clubs, hence the popular term "beer-league softball". The teams can be men's, women's or co-ed, and skill levels can range from novice to elite, with league composition reflecting that. These leagues are almost exclusively slow-pitch.

Competitive fastpitch softball for girls is growing increasingly popular. All over the USA, there are thousands of teams that compete year-round at tournaments. During most of these tournaments the biggest goal is not winning the tournament, but attempting to get as many college coaches as possible to observe (a) particular player or players. Competitive teams are now beginning around eight years old, if not younger. Depending on the team they can travel all over the USA or even out of the country such as to Canada, the summer and fall for many weeks and days at a time.

There are many different sanctioning bodies of softball: USSSA, ASA, ISA, NSA, WSL, and SASL just to name a few. One of the biggest is the Amateur Softball Association, also known as ASA. It is known as the National Governing Body of Softball, was established in 1933 and has over 240,000 teams. The USSSA, founded in 1968 as the United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association, but renamed in 1997 to the United States Specialty Sports Association, is the only association that still has a men's major slowpitch program alive.

Read more about this topic:  Softball, International Competition

Other articles related to "europe":

Europe - Culture
... Main article Culture of Europe The culture of Europe can be described as a series of overlapping cultures cultural mixes exist across the continent ... According to historian Hilaire Belloc, for several centuries the peoples of Europe based their self-identification on the remaining traces of the Roman culture and on concept of Christendom, because many European-wid ...
Foreign Relations Of France - Europe
... has maintained its status as key power in Western Europe because of its size, location, strong economy, membership in European organizations, strong military posture and energetic diplomacy ... that the UK had extensive alliances outside Europe, especially with the United States, and was famously suspicious of its European neighbours ...
Traditional May Day Celebrations - Europe - Sweden
... The first of May is instead celebrated as International Workers' Day. ...
KLM - Cabin - Europe Business Class
... Europe Business Class replaced Europe Select on 27 March 2011 ... It is KLM's new premium product on shorter sectors ...
12th Century - Ongoing Events
... Europe undergoes the Renaissance of the 12th century ... humanism becomes a self-conscious philosophical tendency in Europe ... English begins to develop, and literacy begins to spread outside the Church throughout Europe ...

Famous quotes containing the word europe:

    I’ve come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926)

    No human being can tell what the Russians are going to do next, and I think the Japanese actions will depend much on what Russia decides to do both in Europe and the Far East—especially in Europe.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    In Europe life is histrionic and dramatized, and ... in America, except when it is trying to be European, it is direct and sincere.
    William Dean Howells (1837–1920)