History of ESF

The European Softball Federation (ESF) was established in ROME (Italy) in 1976 by the representatives of six national Baseball and Softball Federations (Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Spain,) of the European continent, with the objectives of promoting and developing Softball in Europe.

The ESF organized its first Senior Women Championship in 1979 in ROVERETO (ITALY), where 6 countries participated (Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Great Britain).

Throughout the years, the ESF has grown and today there are thirty-three national Federations or Associations in the European continent, and has organized over sixty European Championships and more than one hundred European Cups for Clubs in all gender and age categories.

The ESF has also established many training programs for coaches, players and umpires with hundreds of  international Umpires graduates.

The Federations affiliated to the ESF meet each year during the General Congress and is managed by an Executive Council of nine members, elected by that Congress.

Presidents

2017 - 2022: Gabriel Waage (CZE)
2009 - 2017:
André Van Overbeek (NED)
2003 - 2009:
Mike Jennings (GBR)
1995 - 2003:
Jos Gieskensi (NED)
1994 - 1995:
Enrico Bertirotti (ITA)
1993 - 1994:
Anny Reinenbergh-Heusschen (BEL)
1991 - 1993:
Enrico Bertirotti (ITA)
1985 - 1991:
Theo Vleeshhouwer (NED)
1977 - 1985: Bruno Bene (ITA)

 

President

2017 - 2022    Gabriel Waage (CZE)
2009 - 2017    André Van Overbeek (NED)
2003 - 2009    Mike Jennings (GBR)
1995 - 2003    Jos Gieskens (NED) resigns 2003
1994 - 1995    Enrico Bertirotti (ITA) interim
1993 - 1994    Anny Reinenbergh-Heusschen (BEL) † Apr 17 1994
1991 - 1993    Enrico Bertirotti (ITA) interim
1985 - 1991    Theo Vleeshhouwer (NED) resigns 1991
1977 - 1985    Bruno Benek (ITA)

 

Secretary General

2013 - 2022    Ami Baran (ISR)
2011 - 2013    Francesca Fabretto (ITA)
2010 - 2011    Francesca Fabretto (ITA) interim
1993 - 2010    Patrice Bienfait (FRA) resigns 2010
1985 - 1993    Anny Reinenbergh-Heusschen (BEL) elected President
1977 - 1985    Theo Vleeshhouwer (NED) elected President

 

Treasurer

2007 - 2022    Eddy Van Stralen (BEL)
2004 - 2007    Fredy Steger (SUI) removed 2007
1993 - 2004     Eddy Van Straelen (BEL) resigns 2004

 

First Vice President

2017 - 2022    Youri Alkalay (BUL)
2013 - 2017    Gabriel Waage (CZE) elected President
2009 - 2013    Giovanni Sanna (ITA)
2005 - 2009    Robert Milosavljevic (CRO)
2004 - 2005    Massimo Romeo (ITA)
2003 - 2004    Mr Jacques Reinenbergh (BEL) resigns 2004
2001 - 2003    Kenneth Lindberg (SWE) resigns 2003
1985 - 2001    Enrico Bertirotti (ITA)
1978 - 1985    Anny Reinenbergh-Heusschen (BEL) elected S.General

 

Vice Presidents

2017 - 2022    Daniela Castellani (ITA)
2017 - 2022    Petra Arends (NED)
2017 - 2022    Kristian Pälviä (SWE)
2013 - 2022    Mette Missen-Jakobsen (DEN)
2013 - 2022    John Austin (IRL)
2013 - 2017    Youri Alkalay (BUL) elected First Vice President
2013 - 2017    Gilbert Tobback (BEL)
2013 - 2017    Dejan JESIC (SRB)
2009 - 2013    Ami Baran (ISR) elected Secretary General
2009 - 2013    Viatcheslav Smagin (RUS)
2009 - 2013    Michael Schmidt (AUT)
2005 - 2013    Gabriel Waage (CZE) elected First Vice President
2005 - 2012    María Jesús Vázquez (ESP) resigns February 2012
2005 - 2009    iovanni Sann (ITA) elected First Vice President
2005 - 2009    Ruud Van Zetten (NED)
2004 - 2009    Youri Alkalay (BUL)
2004 - 2005    Dick Bliek (NED)
2004 - 2005    Robert Milosavljevic (CRO) elected First Vice President
2001 - 2005    Libby Moss (GBR)
2001 - 2004    Massimo Romeo (ITA) appointed First Vice President
2001 - 2004    Xenia GERONIKOLA Trapali (GRE) dismissed 2004
1999 - 2003    Guller Eriksen (DEN) resigns 2003
1997 - 2003    Jacques Reinenbergh (BEL) appointed First Vice President
1997 - 1999    Tomas Stöckel (CZE) resigns 1999
1993 - 1997    Pavel Knobloch (CZE)
1993 - 1995    Jos Gieskens (NED) elected President
1990 - 2001    Kenneth Lindberg (SWE) appointed First Vice President
1990 - 1993    Patrice BienfaitT (FRA) elected Secretary General
1986 - 1990    Ricardo Ibañez (ESP)
1980 - 1990    Ake Hedberg (SWE)
1977 - 1980    ??? data not available