Sad news. The organization of the Battle At The Castle (BATC for short) baseball and softball tournament has announced to cease the activities of the highly touted youth baseball tournament after seven editions.
For seven years, this tournament was played at the facility of Oosterhout Twins. What started as a U12 tournament, quickly turned out into a tournament for more age groups. Eventually, 168 of Europe’s best players participated in the annual tournament with age groups U12, U15, and U18.
The tourney was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 but players and fans were looking forward to the 2021 edition. But with yesterday’s announcement, their hopes blew up in their faces.
According to the statement of BATC, the decision to stop organizing the tournament lies in the fact that baseball and softball in Europe is struggling. As a result the organization will focus on developing the game in the Oosterhout area. Resources will be used for “strengthening youth baseball and softball in the Oosterhout area, including recruiting and developing new youth players while upgrading facilities and creating new events.”
The person who organized this great event all on his own, stated that the tournament was a short term success for Twins. The sale of food and drinks brought in quite some cash. But in the long run, the tournament wasn’t really a success. The BATC did not bring any new (youth) members. The person who organized the event, wants to focus on obtaining new youth members. And he can only focus on the latter if he can find some time. The only way to do that is to cancel the BATC.
Even though the reason for the cancellation of the tournament is quite understandable, it is a shame that a great event like this ceases to exist.
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