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dutchtiger

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To all UCS readers!  I feel the Softball world needs more outlets in the world for information.  As a coach with an US Passport I feel a desire to share my Softball experience as I take over one of the top Dutch teams in 2007.  Stay tuned for reports from the Netherlands!
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Indoor Tournament in January.  http://www.indoorcup.com  This tournament is on Jan 12th.  It features 10 European (Holland, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic) teams and 6 teams from North America.
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cool!

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Could you please check that link?  It doesn't seem to work, and I'm interested.

Thanks (Dank je wel),


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Dutchtiger - Are you Monti? If so, congratulations and best wishes for much success in your new coaching position.
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I look froward to following your adventure.



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We wish you all the best from China!

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dutchtiger

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Well after a long trip to Amsterdam I arrived in the town I will be living in.  I am living in the home of one of the board members.  Great home cooked food and great hospitality!

The day after arriving I held my first practice with the girls in a gym due to cold weather.  I watched/observed how they practiced for about an hour and then jumped in and started teaching....  The girls were all excited for me to start barking out orders.  My 1st connection was made after giving some instructions on how to change this players swing by using a negative and positive weight shift as a timing mechanism.  She loaded up led with her lead elbow and drove the ball hard and pretty high up on the wall, she looked at me with that look like the light bulb came on.  This is a player who is a good hitter on the Dutch National team.

Today, Friday evening I went to team's workout facility with 6 of the players for their strength training program.  They have a nice place right next to our field and have a pretty good workout program.  Very impressive for a team at this level. 

In other activities today me and half the team spent a few hours doing some painting of a new apartment for one of our foreign players.....



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Sounds like your having a lot of fun.  What's the normal weather this time of year?  Have you seen any of the fields you'll be using?
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Monti best of luck to you I will keep you updated on the progress of your two girls Wang Lan and Zhou Yin. And look forward to seeing you bring this program along.
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The normal weather this time of year is rain, rain and rain.  Holland is just like Oregon, it is about 40 degrees during the day and rainy.

I have been to our fields, they are pretty good.  I will be going to the field that the Nat Team uses this weekend.  I will be taking 3 of my girls there who are now too old for the Jr Nat Team.  I have 1 player already who is on the Nat Team, she is the CF for the Dutch Team.  She is at Gulf Coast CC now and has signed to go to Maryland next year.  Besides here there are 2 other players playing at CC's in Florida.  I will be looking to send a couple more to the US later this year.



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On Sunday Liz Kelly held her tryouts for the National Team Training Camp.  There were about 31 ladies present.  They went through many drills and were divided into 3 teams for a scimmage session at the end of the full day tyrouts.  It was from 10am-4pm with an hour lunch break in the middle. 

I am preparing for the Indoor Cup which is this coming Fri, Sat and Sunday.  We will see how the team reacts.  I also have begun giving training to 2 of the Baseball Teams here.  I am working 7 days a week but for only 2-3 hours daily.  I will be catching for our Men's Baseball Team which got promotes this year to the Dutch 1st Division.  Should be fun, playing Men's Fastpitch on Fri night, coaching Women's Softball on Sat and Baseball on Sunday.
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Please see final results on http://www.indoorcup.com. This is the chance for the Dutch teams to play each other without the American players.

The Tex Town Tigers Softball Team opened their 2007 pre-season campaign with bringing home a cash prize while outscoring their opponents 29-6. The lady Tigers won 4 games, lost 2 and tied 1 in 3 days at the Indoor Cup in Schiedam. This was a good debut for the new head coach Monti van Brunt. The ladies showed some improvement over last year by learning a new approach to hitting and by making good adjustments during and between games. This shows their ability for great improvement and the chance to challenge for the top spot in Dutch Women’s Softball.

Offensively the ladies kept a better eye on bad pitches by drawing 18 walks, registered 38 hits and a tournament high 29 runs scored. Shortstop Virginie Anneveld brought home the “Best Hitter Award” with 24 at bats and reaching a .591 batting average. Mieke van der Zwaan (3B) was right behind as the next best hitter with over 20 at bats while registering a .444 batting average.

Defensively there were some costly errors, which cause 5 unearned runs, but the young strong pitching of Kirsten Holshoff and Anna-Be Bartels retired 19 batters by strike out. The pitching staff only allowed 1 earned run during the games and issued a low 4 base on balls.

They will be working hard in the next 2 months in preparations of making a very strong showing at the 25th Mastenbroek Tournament April 6-9 at the Cotton field in Enschede. US pitcher Lindsey Meadows (Louisana Tech) is due to arrive in Enschede during the 1st week in March to lead the young ladies in the charge. The off-season addition of Nathalie Timmermans (C) from Oldenzaal will fuel a bigger offensive threat and be a solid defender behind the plate. The younger players from the 2nd team pushing for a roster spot this year are Kirsten Holshoff (P/OF), Marije ten Thij (OF/C) and Sanne Ueffing (P).
In addition the Tigers will have a 2nd half push to the top when Saskia Kosterink (OF) and Meike Witteveen (SS/2B) return from their college studies in the US.

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Monti- You are a great coach and these girls are lucky to have the best that there is out there, and that is you!! Good Luck!!

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The Tex Town Tiger girls are now practicing outdoors, the only team in Holland doing so....  Many of the ladies are working very hard these days.
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Sorry, it has been a while since I have posted some new updates and info on training and preparations.

We are now training outside for all practices.  Last Saturday there were 5 ladies who put the ball beyond a 220ft fence.  It was a 1st time for 4 of them, was a great experience.  The 17 y/o C/3B is swinging the 34/30 Catalyst bat and is driving the ball well over 220ft.  She will be on the Jr. Dutch team along with 7 other ladies from the Tex Town Tigers Team in Enschede.

We will have 5 weeks of Spring Training with 2 a day practices on 4 Saturdays and 4 practice games with other Dutch teams.  To end our preparations for the seasoon we will play in the 25th Mastenbroek Tournament at our own fields in which we hope to compete for the trophy.

I will dress 15 players for home games and take 13 on the road.  After our Summer break and the ISF/ESF tournaments are done we will have our 2 players back which play in Florida JC's back for a run at the Holland Series.

I have 5 pitchers working out now and then will add our US pitcher from Louisiana who will be here on March 8th.

We will have a doubleheader every Saturday and then a night game on 19 Tuesday nights.


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I send my apology to all readers who like to hear about what is happening in the international world of Softball.

We are now in the middle of real serious (by Dutch standards) Spring Training. No other team is training like we are, it explains the level of the National Teams.

Monday-Rest
Tuesday- 1 hour of spcialized running training, 2 hour team practice
Wednesday- Pitcher and Catcher practice
Thursday- 2 hour team practice
Friday- Weight lifting and core exercises
Saturday- Morning 2 hour and Afternoon 2 hour team practice
Sunday- 7 players to Jr. Nat. Team others Hitting work or a practice game with another team.

Word on the street here is that these girls have never been asked to work this hard before.
My main focus has been:
1. Teaching hitters do drive the ball instead of hitting pop-ups or hitting the ball into the ground.
2. Teaching the Chinese discipline
3. Teaching them to think on their own, to get them proactive and to get them to simply play ball on their own without a coach telling them everything.
4. Getting pitchers to actually use their legs and body instead of throwing all arm, all pitchers throw exactly the same with mechanics (cookie cutter).

Just to get the word out to everyone I will have 3 players looking to get to the US for school for the Jan 08 semester.
1. a 17 y/o SS/P that hits from the left side, to play at the D1 level she would need to move to 3B
2. a 17 y/o 2B that bats from the left side also who is 2.9 home to 1B
3. a 17 y/o 3B/C who has great arm strength, good glove work and a power hitter. She is 5'10" and about 170lbs.
4. a SS/2B who is a Freshman at Florida Community College-Jacksonville this year that is looking for a better academic school and better level of Softball.  Batting .430 in FL JC Conference.

All 4 ladies are on the Dutch Jr. Nat. Team which will be playing in the Jr. Worlds this Summer.

Hard for the Dutch teams to get better without many coaches actually teaching something new.... Most coaches are still in the mid 90's with coaching techniques.... Need some help over here.....
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Hi,

You practices 4-5 times a week that's uncommon for European Teams how is the attendance of the trainings ?
What is the difference between your training methods and the  "Dutch methods" ?
You have girl from Germany in your team, how is her performance?

best regards Andy

dutchtiger

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By the standard I would like for practices we are not getting enough.  That German player is doing good, she is the team leader and supports the change I have brought to the program. "Dutch Training" is more laid back and not much discipline... There are not many coaches here that can do much teaching since it is not their priority they all have jobs... So when you bring in an American coach the only focus is on training and improvement. I have seen my fair share of players who are lazy because they have been coached by the same 2 coaches for their entire career..
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We had great training session on Saturday with a 2 hour leg workout on the field in the morning and then 3 hours of Softball training in the afternoon and then on Sunday a  practice game.

The ladies have been focused on peak performance this week getting ready for a big tournament this coming weekend.  We already played 2 exhibition games this week, beating the Caroussel Team from Russia 4-1 and a Dutch 2nd Division team 18-0.  We will play the other team from Russia Moscovia tonight and then open our tournament tomorrow against SK Jourds from Czech Rep.

Will not be showing all the cards in the deck this weekend as we will face the top 3 teams in our league in this tournament.  Still coaching every game to win though.



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Here is an update from Holland.  We are in the middle of the big pre-season Dutch tournament.  The top 5 Dutch teams and visitors from Russia and Czech Rep are here to make up the 10 team field.

My team is in the semi finals tomorrow against a Russian team and are hoping to advance to the finals.  We have hit 4 HR's by 3 different players and are leading the tournament with 34 runs in 4 games....

See this link for some batting averages and game scores....  http://www.textowntigers.nl/new-site/evenementen/toernooien/mastenbroek/2007/nl/Uitslagen.php

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Best of luck in the semifinals to you and TTT.  It was great meeting you yesterday, and I thought the fields looked great!   A very nice, well-run tournament!

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The Terrasvogels Team (Jessica Mendoza's former team) won the tournament today. 

My team lost 5-2 in the finals finishing in 2nd.  I made a decision to start the same pitcher I threw against them on Sat.  She had pitched 5 innings of 1 hit Softball....

She failed to get an out in the 1st inning while giving up 5 runs (earned and unearned), so then I put in my ace and she pitched the entire game shutting them out for the rest of the game.

We batted .329 in 6 games, hit 5 HR's and scored 44 runs and only allowed 18 runs.

This is a very big improvement from 2006 for this ball club when they allowed more runs than they scored....

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I have been thinking about the biggest accomplishment from my team during the past 6 games is that the players are confident now that they can contend to be the best team in Holland.  And this was a team that has not hit a HR in 2 years (the player who hit it is not here on the team at the moment), having 3 different players hit HR's in the games is a big step in the right direction.

We open the season this weekend at home with a doubleheader against the Sparks from Haarlem the defending Champs.......



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Congratulations on your tournament showing and Good luck with your upcoming season, Coach..

Let me know if you want any more pitching and/or hitting clips!!  I've got a good place to post them now so you can easily download them.





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We split a doubleheader today with the defending Dutch champs Haarlem Sparks. They have 5 or 6 players on the National Team and we have 0.....

We gave away a 2-0 lead in the 5th and lost 4-2, best team did not win that one.....

In the 2nd we were losing 4-0 in the bottom of the 7th and scored 5 runs to win it..... It was an amazing finish....

My American pitcher Lindsey Meadows pitched all 14 innings today.....
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Yeah, go Dutchies!  I played for the Sparks Haarlem a few years back!  Heard through the grapevine that Terrasvogels have been playing great ball since bringing over their new coach. Sounds like a great fit! Hope you're having a great time in Holland, i had a blast.  The girls really love new input

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Yeah Sparks are going through some tough times with find the right coaches right now.  They made a coaching change this week right before we played them.  Darwin has done a pretty good job in coaching Terrasvogels in the past year but they do not have many younger players to gain improvement.
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We lost the 1st game 4-2 and 2nd one 2-1 to the Terrasvogels yesterday.  2 Errors in the 1st game gave it away.

The team is hitting .306 which is a very big improvement but leaving too many runners on base.

Terrasvogels are hoping to add Laura Berg and Jessica Mendoxa to their European Cup roster for late August.

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Well after seeing all the stats up to date for my team and the Dutch League, my team is doing some real good things just are getting the W's needed.... They will be coming late in the season when it counts to the most.

--We have left 38 runners on base in the last 4 games.
--3 hitters batting over .400 and another 3 batting over .300
--Our SB total is more than the rest of the league combined.
--We get our 2 Dutch players back from school this next week.

Development is going pretty good with the younger players...

We should be able to win the next 7 games and enter our Summer break (Jr. World's and Olympic Qualifier) with a 11-4 record.
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