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1 Stars are the limit Softball Presented by Charles Williams Hosted by Almere, Tournament Motto Toys for Kids Windmill Classic 25,26,27 July 2014 Slow Pitch Softball Tournament Almere, Netherlands Tournament address and POC: B.S.C. Almere, 90 Estafettelaan EG Almere Charles Williams,

2 Venue: Men's Slow Pitch, Ladies slow pitch and Mixed Slow Pitch.. ASA Rules will be enforced. Coaches meeting saturday morning 07:30am Start: 18:00pm Friday 25, Games Resume Sat. 26, 8:00 Sunday 08:00am 27 July 1.) Entrance fee will be 150 euros, payable to, Gabriele Williams-Schottmeier, Sparkasse Rheine, Stadt Sparkasse Rheine IBAN: DE SWIFT:WELADED1RHN Account number: BLZ: ) Men's Slow Pitch will play in one pool 3.) Ladies Slow Pitch will play in another pool 4.) Each Group will play a round robin play on Saturday and a double elimination on Sunday.(Local teams will start Friday evening). 5.) Camping is available, if needed hotel info is also available. 6.) Saturday evening there will be a players party. 7.) Friday and Saturday evening a Buffet will be offered for those who are interested at a min: fee,all weekend hot/cold beverages will be available the entire day sat. and sun. 8) Each player donates a toy 5euro min. 10euro max. Please no used toys or stuffed animals. 9) Toys will be donated to a local Charity for underprivileged kids, from families that cant offer their children anything. 3

3 Official Invite I would like to invite your team to the Windmill Classic International Slow Pitch Tournament, the venue includes, Mens Slow Pitch, Ladies Slow Pitch, Mixed Slow Pitch. Tournament layout will be 28 teams, on 7 fields. Date July 25,26, , with the Support of Almere 90, and together with the KNSSB. I would like to help the KNSSB to promote Slow Pitch Softball in the Netherlands. After having three successful Slow Pitch events in the last 3 years at the Giants club in Hengelo, with teams attending from Ireland, Austria, Switzerland and US teams affiliated with the Armed Services throughout Germany. I with the help of the KNSSB would like to expand the Dutch understanding of competitive Slow Pitch Softball, not just making it another tournament stop but to be a competitive contender when it comes to playing slow pitch in Europe. 1st games starts on Friday evening at 18:00pm for local teams arriving Friday. Saturdays games will start at 08:00am, coaches meeting at 07:30am. All teams that enter will be guaranteed 8 games in the course of the Tournament. Saturdays venue will be a round Robin and a triple elimination on Sunday. Entry Fee will be 150 euros. Camping is readily available directly at the fields, teams participating from other countries, can fly into Schiphol, the Airport is 26miles/42km away, a shuttle transfer is offered, 8 passengers 200 Euros from Airport and return. If you need info about Hotels in the area, please feel free to contact me and I will supply you with all the info you need, Tournament organizer Charles Williams, cell phone: Slow pitch will be played using ASA rules, all bats are legal except the Ultra II, these bats will not be allowed in this tournament. Balls used will be, Thrump Rocks, 375 compression,.44 I would like to invite your team to the Windmill Classic International Slow Pitch Tournament, the venue includes, Men's Slow Pitch, Ladies Slow Pitch, Mixed Slow Pitch. Tournament layout will be 28 teams, on 7 fields. Date July 25,26, , with the Support of Almere 90, and together with the KNBSB. I would like to help to promote Slow Pitch Softball in the Netherlands. After having three successful Slow Pitch events in the last 3 years at the Giants club in Hengelo, with teams attending from Ireland, Austria, Switzerland and US teams affiliated with the Armed Services throughout Germany. I would like to expand the Dutch understanding of competitive Slow Pitch Softball, not just making it another tournament stop, but to have teams be competitive contenders when it comes to playing slow pitch in the Netherlands and in Europe. The 1st games starts on Friday evening at 18:00pm for local teams arriving Friday. Saturdays games will start at 08:00am, coaches meeting at 07:30am. All teams that enter will be guaranteed 8 games in the course of the Tournament. Saturdays venue will be a round Robin and a triple elimination on Sunday. Entry Fee will be 150 euros. Camping is readily available directly at the fields, teams participating from other countries, can fly into Schiphol, the Airport is 26miles/42km away, a shuttle transfer is offered, 8 passengers 200 Euros from Airport and return. Tournament organizers Charles Williams: and or Steve Morgan will be there for any needs you have during the weekend and will try everything in our power to make your stay as comfortable as possible, so if you need anything let us know and we will do our best to get it taken care of. Slow pitch will be played using ASA rules, all bats are legal except the Ultra II, these bats will not be allowed in this tournament. Balls used will be, Thrump Rocks, 375 compression,.44 2

4 Hotel Information The list of hotels is in order of distance of the Club from nearest too far. 1 van der Valk Hotel Almere. 2 Bastion hotel Almere mere mere 3 Apollo Hotel Almere en-US/the-netherlands/almere-en-US/apollo- hotel-almere-city-centre-en-US/ en-US/the-netherlands/almere-en-US/apollo- hotel-almere-city-centre-en-US/ 4

5 Toys For Kids Hello World Softballers For every Tournament there is a theme and our theme for this Tournament is, Toys for Kids I would like to ask everyone that attends this event to donate some toys for the needy cause. In the last few years with a lot of success, at three different tournaments we collected and donated for needy organization, kindergarten, birthday box( in the Netherlands an organization that helps poverty stricken families that are unable to buy toys for their kids, they are able to come in and receive toys for their children on their birthdays, and cancer wards etc. I find it touching to give back something to those in need, especially the kids and see the smiles on their faces when gifts are given. So I ask everyone attending, playing or even passing buy, please help us make this a donation that the kids will never forget and show the world that Softballers have a heart for Children. So I kindly ask you to donate a toy with a min. of 5 Euros and a max. of 10 Euros. It can be a big toy for the entire amount or many smaller toys for the max amount, either way you decide, please dig deep and let us collect for this good cause. I will inform everyone at the Tournament, which organization these toys go to and will make sure they are present to except the toys at the awards ceremony. Thank you very. Charles Williams and Steve Morgan 5

6 1) Tennis shoes or rubber- cleats must be worn. Metal cleats are allowed,(illegal for slow pitch). 2) GAME TIME IS FORFEIT TIME! Teams must be ready to play within 5 minutes of scheduled time with a minimum of 8 players. Penalty: Forfeit. Two females are required on the field at all times. 3) 7 innings will constitute an official game 50 minutes, slow pitch, 1 hour fast pitch. unless time limit, darkness, rain or run rule prevails. 5 innings (4 1/2 if the home team is ahead). No new innings after 45 mins, fast pitch will complete games. 4) Mercy Rule in effect. Slow pitch: A team leading by 20+ runs after 4innings (3 1/2 innings if home team is ahead) or any complete dinning thereafter will be declared the winner and the game complete. Fast pitch 15 after 3innings, 12 after 4innings and 10 after 5 innings 5) Slow pitch, A team may place a maximum of 10 plus one in the batting order (EH when using an EH then he or she must complete the game). There are no restrictions concerning field substitution but, the batting order must remain the same. Fast pitch 9 players.( this is a warm up tournament so subs will be allowed at teams choice but must be announced to other team. 6)Slow pitch: If a team begins with only 9 players they may add players at the bottom of the batting order up until all players in the line-up have batted once. Fast Pitch 8 players same rule is in effect as above. 7) Whenever a team is playing with only nine players, an out will be taken when the 10th position in the batting order appears. Same applies for fast pitch with 8 players. 8) Courtesy runners will be allowed for injured players. All courtesy runners must be the last player to have made an out. 9) The pitch, delivered with an underhand motion 5ft Min-10 ft. Max 10) The 12-inch ASA size ball will be used for all batters in all games. 11) DISTANCES FOR PITCHING MOUND AND BASES – The Pitching mound will be 50' away from home plate. The bases will distance 65 feet 6

7 RULES CONTINUED 12) JUDGEMENT Calls- An umpire's judgment should not be contested. Failure to adhere to an umpire's judgment may warrant ejection. No appeals. The umpire's decisions are final. Only rule interpretations may be protested immediately following the issue in question. 13) NOTE: A pitcher will be allowed to announce, at any time, his/her intention to walk a batter upon which the batter will be automatically awarded a walk. 14) OBSTRUCTION - If a defensive player illegally hinders a batter or base runner then the base runner will be awarded an extra base. A fake tag to induce the runner to slide is considered obstruction and the runner will be awarded an extra base. 15) INFIELD FLY RULE - A batter is called out on an easily caught pop fly to any defensive player near or in the infield when there are runners on first and second or the bases are loaded and there are less than two outs. The batter is called out and all base runners advance at their own risk once the fly ball has been touched. When such a hit is made the umpire should immediately call "infield fly the batter is out". When in doubt the umpire should call "infield fly, the batter is out if fair", or "infield fly, if fair". 16) The batter has 10 seconds to enter the batter's box. If the batter does not enter the box, the umpire shall call a strike on the batter. 17) OUTSIDE THE BASELINES. A runner is out if she runs more than three feet outside the baseline to avoid a tag. 18) TURNS AT FIRST BASE - A runner may over-run first base, turn in either direction, and return to base w/o liability to be put out. However, an obviously aggressive move toward second forfeits the privilege. 19) A coin toss shall determine which team shall be first at bat. The winner of the toss has the choice. 20) HR limited to 6 per inning. After 6 HR every ball hit over the fence will be regarded as an out. Fast pitch unlimited HR. 21) No profanity from players fans etc. on field! Woman and children are present. 22) Blood rule. Blood must be stopped23) Two females must be on the field at all times. 23) All teams will supply one umpires to support and make it fair for everyone, all teams must keep a score book to determine MVP at the end of the tournament. 7

8 Slow Pitch Softball, Bring your A Game 8 Help us establish Slow Pitch in the Netherlands, with your support and willingness to try something new, we can make slow Pitch grow to the great game it is. Slow Pitch is not just a game, its Life. Come grow with this new form of softball. So step up to the plate, and dont forget to bring youre A Game. Slow Pitch Softball for young and old.

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