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European leaders met in Antwerp for 2016 Congress

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img-20160917-wa0002It’s almost traditional that the ERF invites it’s members to the annual meeting in Antwerp, Belgium. This year was no different and the ERF and the European leaders met last weekend again. “We had quite a productive but also certainly also very realistic meeting”, says ERF President Mike Mesecke, “Thanks for Erik Meyer and Niklaas Deboutte for being great hosts.”

The ERF members had to vote on important rules changes that are going into effect on 1st of October:

  • Players must wear eye protection during warm-up as well, a failure to do so results in a technical and thereafter in a disqualification.
  • There will be only two time-out allowed per game now
  • Rest time between second and a possible third game will only be two minutes
  • Only 3 not accepted appeals per game are allowed

One major suggested rule change did not pass: There ist still only one serve in the Open division.

Another major decision at the Congress was to accept the offer from GEARBOX to become the official ball of the ERF’s sanctioned events in Europe. This support and effort is much appreciated by everyone and we hope to build up a strong relationship in the future.

A venue for the 2017 European Championships has not been decided yet but will be anounced by the end of October. The most likely date for this event will be the first week of September.