(Skövde – Oosterhout)- Svenska Baseboll och Softboll Förbundet (SBSF) and Collegiate Baseball League Europe (CBLE) are pleased to announce that they entered into a partnership whereby CBLE offers a maximum of 8 Swedish prospective players and 2 coaches a guaranteed spot on one of its team rosters.
SBSF President Johnny Stormats agreed on Coach Klarberg’s proposal and this summer Swedish participants will join the Vienna Emperors, Praha Dragons and Amsterdam Bombers in the EAST DIVISION.
Johnny Stormats, President SBSF, Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation ” As the President of the Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation , it is gratifying that we have been given the opportunity to sign a contract with CBLE and thus give our young promising players the chance to develop at a higher level than what we can currently offer . If we add that we also have the opportunity to send two coaches every year, the agreement is a huge step towards a more continuous investment in the development of players at the beginning of their young careers.
SBSF hope for a long-term cooperation with CBLE and look forward to a thriving cooperation . “
Tony Klarberg, Manager Sweden Baseball and Softball Academy (CBLE Coach for Falcons 2012-2014, Emperors 2015) “I am happy to say SBSF have signed an agreement with CBLE that gives young baseball players in Sweden an amazing opportunity for development. The agreement with CBLE is a huge step towards a more long term solution for both players and coaches’ development in Sweden. The way the league is set up it helps getting lots of playing opportunity as well as coaching opportunity in a short time period, without taking away opportunities in our own national league.
CBLE adds games at a higher level for the right age group, the players that are between the U18 and men’s/senior team. I am honored to be able to be part of the new agreement and also being part of CBLE since its start in 2012. I am excited to see what this can bring to CBLE as well as Swedish Baseball in the near future.”
Swedish players and coach Tony Klarberg have been part of CBLE since the very first start in 2012. Tony Klarberg runs the Swedish baseball academy and proposed the SBSF to enter into a partnership with CBLE to help Swedish prospects to play more games against good competition during the summer. “Tony became a friend of me and my family, as he stayed at our house when CBLE played in Oosterhout. His relaxed attitude, passion for baseball and his ability to see the world from different perspectives, makes him a valuable and very nice person to have around” said Jan Maarten Kops, Founder of CBLE.
Unfortunatly Tony Klarberg is not able to join our CBLE this summer since he has obligations elsewhere but we look forward to have him back in 2017.
###Collegiate Baseball League Europe (CBLE) is a wood bat summer league based in Oosterhout the Netherlands. The league currently consists of six teams divided over 2 Divisions:
West Division: London Cavaliers, La Rochelle Admirals & Sant Boi Falcons of Barcelona
East Division: Vienna Emperors, Praha Dragons & Amsterdam Bombers. Players apply individually on our website and typically play their regular season at college teams in the US or play for club teams in elite leagues across Europe. Like other Summer Collegiate Baseball leagues,Collegiate Baseball League Europe is dedicated and designed to provided high level competition for 18-23 year old players that wish to continue on into professional baseball. Collegiate Baseball League Europe operates in a similar manner to a Minor League team: playing daily in stadiums before fans, using wood bats and minor league specification equipment, and experiencing road trips between games. Like all other summer collegiate players, they are unpaid and live with host families or other accommodations in the same manner as Single A and Independent League players. While serving as a crucial player development league, Collegiate Baseball League Europe provides new opportunities for young players from around the world to play Summer Collegiate Baseball in the “Old World”