The American teams
TFS Europe -
Michael Bastian Coach
Coached by the former Olympic and College Coach Michael Bastian..the TFS Europe team is looking forward to Cup 2024. We are ten American families traveling from the USA to Europe. For several of our players, this is their first international trip. Along with their first trips to Holland and France. We are excited to embrace the cultures of both countries. . And it is our mission to be strong ambassadors from the USA in both life skills and softball skills. We are extremely excited to take part in an official international softball event. We look forward to learning from the European players and coaches. We are excited to share any knowledge and culture to all of The Cup's participants! Softball is the vehicle that is bringing us to Europe for this experience! We look forward to having fun! Making new friends. Competing our best in every game! And most of all.. Learning...Growing and Sharing! HUP Holland! #TFS
USA Destroyers -
Brittany Grannis Coach
The Destroyers are loaded up with players all over the United States. From Michigan, to California, Ohio, Kentucky, the Carolina’s and Florida, these ladies are ready to come together to compete with some of Europe’s finest. With a returning 2016 Cup player, we are hoping that our experience and drive can lead us to not only compete, but learn new skills from each other and the European players. We are most excited for the experience to build new relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime! Coach Brittany is a former stellar collegiate athlete, a 3x Cup player/coach and a premier softball instructor in Florida and is excited to have Coach Justin’s coaching experience to help the Destroyers represent the USA!
USA Glory -
Suzy Willemsen Coach
Coached by one of the best coaches on the eastern seaboard of the USA, Suzy Willemsen...Glory Europe is excited to be a part of this year's Cup event as a first time entry! Most of the players are from Virginia with some tremendous players from New York and Oregon. Here are a few player tidbits from the team. Sophie Kaintoch, from Virginia, She is excited to play softball in Europe. During the winter when she is not playing softball she is lifting and skiing. Her favorite food is Cheez-its. Her plan is to study kinesiology to become a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor. Aiden Murphy from Virginia Other than playing softball, she loves to workout, cook new recipes, and play with her dog Marley. Her favorite subjects in school are math and science. Brooke Simmons is 15 years old and currently a 10 grader. Softball has allowed her to visit many states and now a country. She is a pitcher and a first baseman. She also plays basketball at the varsity level. She loves going with her dad to watch NBA basketball games and NFL football games. Brooke is excited about playing softball in The Netherlands and exploring their culture. Adileen Paasch from Oregon She is a member of the class of 2025. She a highly competitive student-athlete who believes character and actions matter. Loves her family and friends and appreciates everything they do for her. When not playing softball, Adileen enjoys shopping with friends and watching scary movies. She is thankful her mom, Danielle, is able to travel and share this experience with her. Kate Middendorf's number one passion is playing softball. She is class of 2025 and her positions are SS, P, and UT player. Playing college softball at the most competitive level is one of her major goals for the next phase of her life. She is a self-proclaimed Marine Corps brat and softball has been the most consistent thing in her life. She played travel ball and made varsity as a freshman in southern California before her family moved to northern Virginia this past summer. To Kate softball is about performing under pressure, knowing the game, and it has shaped her into the resilient person she is today. She looks forward to performing in The Cup.
The team is pumped to compete on such a grand stage and is so grateful for all the opportunities the greatest sport on earth has provided each player, coach and families to experience during their softball journeys. Let's Go Glory Europe!
USA Avengers -
Coached by Jason Yakey
Coached by Jason Yakey from Illinois, a 2nd year Cup coach....The 2024 Avengers from from Northern Illinois. This year's team consists of 2 college players and 7 high school players. These young ladies are a great mix of speed and power that should be exciting to watch. All members of this team are affiliated with the Midwest Aftershock Travel Softball program.
The team looks forward to competing against some very strong international competition. Interacting with the different teams represented in The Cup is definitely a high point. We are excited about the opportunity to learn about the culture, history and cuisine of the Netherlands and France.
The Avengers would like to wish good luck to all teams and players at The Cup 2024. Go Avengers!
USA Pride - Coached by Michelle Brander (Metiva)
Coached by former American-Dutch - Dutch National team player Michelle Brander (Metiva) ...The entire USA Pride team comes from West Michigan, we are loaded with American-Dutch families. This is our second year representing in The Cup with a couple families making return trips. The USA Pride team are juniors and seniors who play for multiple high schools in WMi and travel teams around the state. We hope to represent the US and West Michigan well on and off the field and compete against any team we play. Playing against such high level international athletes was extremely exciting last year and to give our players the opportunity to do something they may not get the chance to do in the future is an amazing experience. Learning and meeting players from other countries and learning about them and their culture is also something that were a lot of our athletes favorite parts of last year's trip.
USA Chaos -
Coached by Peter Katz
Returning to The Cup for his 7th time, Peter Katz is all about this adventure.
Team Chaos is appropriately named as this group comes from all over the USA from Minnesota to Tennessee to Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia and to make it even more exciting we have a Dutch player and coach joining us in 2024! This team may be a shade on the younger side, but they are pure softball players loaded with talent and enthusiasm and they look forward to this challenge with open arms. They will have some veteran experience and local knowledge to guide them and take them as far as possible. After a Covid hiatus, Coach Pete is excited to return and try to improve upon the fifth place finish in 2020. Good luck to Team Chaos 2024!
USA Impact -
Coached by Dave Meier
Team Impact is made up of 7 players from the United States who reside in 4 different states – Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. The unique roster also has 2 international players from the Netherlands and Italy.
The team is coached by David Meier who is in his 3rd year coaching in the NL Cup. Joining David on his coaching staff is Brooke Meier. Brooke was a Cup player in 2018 and returns for her 2nd year on the TEAM IMPACT staff.Team Impact is looking forward to competing in the NL 2024 Cup against some talented international competition and making lifelong memories.
The girls are excited about the opportunities to meet and play with international players while experiencing and learning about the culture, history and cuisine of The Netherlands and France.
Team Impact would like to wish all teams and players good luck in the NL 2024 CUP tournament.