12 December the first symposium ‘Dutch Baseball Science’ took place at the National baseball training centre in Amsterdam. At this afternoon students that are performing their internship or scientific research on baseball and softball were invited to give a short presentation for the coaches of the Dutch national (youth) teams and the team Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Erik van der Graaff, the Embedded Scientist (data scientist) of the Dutch baseball association welcomed all (30+) attendees to the science centre and explain the short, but powerful session that was about to take place with 10 presentation in just over an hour.



After the presentation all coaches and trainers were invited to attend the training of the National training centre (26 young baseball players between 16-19 years of age) were the discussion and explanations continues and the interns could show their work and the way it is implemented into the training.



The students will be very happy to explain more about their work, therefore, below, the short presentation are able to download in a pdf format. Feel free to get in touch, we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate.
On of our international students from Japan, Takahiro Kawagu, data scientist of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, also attended our session, here a picture of him with our National team manager Evert Jan ‘t Hoen.






Eva Voortman, MSc, Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

Pelvis and thorax timing in fast-pitch softball pitching.

Timing of Pelvis and Thorax


Taeke van Kuijk, Bewegingstechnologie, Haagse Hoogeschool, Den Haag.

Rapsodo in the baseball training.

Rapsodo in training

Smart Zone, product development.



Jorrian Kneppers, BSc, Aerodynamics, Delft University of Technology, Delft.

Aerodynamics of the baseball.



Pia Bartraij, BA, Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Visual strategies for baseball batters.

Visual Strategy


Erik-Jan Meijer, Sportkunde, Fontys Hoogeschool, Eindhoven.

Sprinttests during training.