National Female Battery Programme

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31 July 2020

Softball NZ are pleased to announce Dave Elder as the Battery Director of the newly developed National Female Battery Programme (NFBP).
Elder’s main role will be to oversee the delivery of the programme and provide the necessary support to Lead Pitching and Catching Coaches.
A former pitcher and current Junior White Sox Pitching Coach, Elder will bring a wealth of experience to the position given his lifetime of involvement in the game. Elder has not only been a servant to New Zealand softball but Australian softball too where his expertise at club, state and national levels have been invaluable. From 2009 to 2013 Elder held the role as Director of Coaching for the Brisbane Softball Academy before returning to his hometown of New Plymouth. Since then Elder has provided ongoing support to numerous clubs, associations and individuals across the breadth of the country.
Elders say’s “It is critical that this programme become the basis of an ongoing opportunity to not only develop a level of international quality pitchers and catchers, but also ensure that once achieved, this will continue to develop on that success this could be the basis of a successful programme for many years to come.”
Softball NZ intend to announce the NFBP Lead Pitching and Catching Coaches early next month along with 21 athletes identified for the programme.


03 May 2020

Softball NZ are pleased to announce the roll out of the National Female Battery Programme (NFBP).

The purpose of the programme is designed to spearhead the identification of talented pitchers and catchers who have the potential to make an impact on future Sky Sport New Zealand White Sox performances on the international stage, and ultimately qualify for the 2028 Olympic Games.


Identified pitchers and catchers will receive support through comprehensive specialist coaching, training camps, sports science, and a strength and conditioning programme.


Further details will follow regarding an upcoming NFBP camp and the naming of identified athletes.


As a result, Softball NZ are now calling for applications for the following positions:

  • NFBP Battery Director
  • NFBP Lead Pitching Coach
  • NFBP Lead Catching Coach.


JD’s can be downloaded from the Softball NZ website,


Application form and CV to be received by 9am Wednesday – 15 July 2020
Applications to be emailed to