Mister-Baseball released on January 27th, 2017 an interview of the three candidates for the position of President of CEB.
Please find below the interview of Didier SEMINET.
Mister-Baseball.com: Please introduce yourself to the audience for Mister-Baseball.com?
Didier Seminet: My name is Didier Seminet. I’m the President of the French Baseball & Softball Federation since 2010 and co-founder and President of the Association Francophone de Baseball et Softball since 2014. I’ve been involved in Baseball & Softball for a long time, first as a player then as a leader or various baseball/softball organizations. I am 50 years old, have one daughter and am leading a company specialized in safety coordination.
Mister-Baseball.com: What qualifies you to become President of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)?
Didier Seminet: I think I have the leadership that is needed for the future of European Baseball & Softball. Under my presidency the French Baseball & Softball Federation has thrived, growing from 8,500 to 12,675 players while its budget rose from 850k€ to 1,4M€. I guess the figures speak for themselves.
Mister-Baseball.com: If you’re getting elected, what will be your program for the first year in office?
Didier Seminet: I think that the first step is to work on combining of the Confederation of European Baseball and the European Softball Federation and get to know every National Federation to understand their needs.
Mister-Baseball.com: Internationally with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and in Europe as well with the majority of the federations, baseball and softball will be governed under one umbrella. There have been talks between CEB and the European Softball Federation (ESF) about a merger for some time. Would you be interested in bringing CEB and ESF together? If yes, what would be the advantages and what will be your measurements to make this happen?
Didier Seminet: Of course, that was the first topic I talked about when I launched my blog (www.europeanbaseballsoftball.org) in December 2016. Maybe it seems obvious to me because I come from a combined Federation. Baseball and Softball are like brother and sister, they need to work together. Most of the European Federations are combined, the International Federation is, it’s just the natural order to head towards a joint “European Baseball & Softball Confederation”. You can find more about my opinion here: https://baseballsoftballeurope.com/2016/12/22/why-european-baseball-softball-have-to-combine/
Mister-Baseball.com: The Euro League Baseball (ELB) was established last year to bring professional baseball to Europe. However, it was done without sanctioning of CEB. Will you be talking to the organizers to bring the ELB into CEB? Is a real professional league a possibility?
Didier Seminet: A professional league is a possibility for European Baseball. This is something that needs to be discussed within the new CEB board first but I’m willing to discuss opportunities and options with EBL stakeholders.
Mister-Baseball.com: What will be your steps during your term to increase the number of baseball players in Europe?
Didier Seminet: We need to work on the development of National Federations through a funding programme as well as on growing the interest of fans, media and sponsors through great and marketable events.
Mister-Baseball.com: What would be on your agenda to increase the visibility of European baseball competitions?
Didier Seminet: I think that video recording and broadcasting of our flagships events is a start to increase fan, media and sponsors interest. We need to spend time, energy and resources on promotion which is a key issue of the development of the game in Europe.
Mister-Baseball.com: The CEB offices are currently in Zagreb, Croatia. Will they stay there or do you propose a change?
Didier Seminet: There is no plan to move the office.
Mister-Baseball.com: In the past CEB has asked to submit applications for a full-time executive position. Will you be in favor of hiring employees to run the day to day side of CEB?
Didier Seminet: CEB already has Kristina who is working part-time for the Croatian Baseball Federation and part-time for day-to-day activities of European Baseball. As of now CEB doesn’t have the financial resources to hire a full-time executive position. CEB needs employees but that would not be wise to hire personal if the funding is not secured. Some National Federations – FFBS is one of them – are ready to offer some of their staff to work for CEB. Their work would create an income for CEB (sponsorships, tv rights, development funds, etc.) that would then offer the possibility to hire part-time or full-time jobs.
Mister-Baseball.com: Thank you!