This year, for the 11th time in a row, the German Youth Softball Championship for players in the U16 age group, i.e. up to 16 years of age. Eligible to play are players born between 2003 and 2006 as well as jumpers according to BuSpO Art. 12.1.01 and .02.
After the championship was only held "unofficially" for the first 9 years and organized by the Karlsruhe Cougars, it was added to the DBV's official event calendar in 2018. We are very happy to be able to host the second Official German Championship. As before, game communities are permitted.
With 11 participating teams or game communities representing 18 clubs, a new record was set this year. The field of participants has grown by 2 teams compared to the previous peak value of 2018. Organizationally, the large field of participants makes it necessary to play on three fields. This has never happened before in Softball Germany.
The following teams take part:
A total of 148 players are on the player lists, which is 26 (!) More than last year. The average age of 14.1 years (as of October 19, 2019) is slightly above the value from the previous year (13.9).
Individually designed merchandising articles can be printed and purchased from Fine Designs during the tournament.
Such a tournament cannot be held without the commitment of many supporting people. Ground crew, catering and scoring need to be organized and umpires are needed to play the game. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance who sacrifices their free time to make progress in the youth softball.
Bernd Denz (Ass. UIC*)
Megan Hylton (UIC*)
*UIC = Umpire in Chief