Honkbal Hoofdklasse

Honkbal Hoofdklasse
Sport Baseball
Founded 1922
No. of teams 8
Country Netherlands
Most recent
Neptunus (14th title)

The Honkbal Hoofdklasse (Dutch for Major League Baseball) is the highest level of professional baseball in the Netherlands. It is an eight-team league that plays a 42-game schedule and is overseen by the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB).

Games are played principally on weekends. The season runs from April to September and is followed by the playoffs among the four best teams, which culminates in the Holland Series. Both of the playoff rounds are best-of-five. The league follows a promotion and relegation system with the Honkbal Overgangsklasse so that the composition of both levels changes from year to year. Many of the official team nicknames contain the name of the club's corporate sponsor.

The two best teams participate in the European Cup.



Hoofdklasse Records[1]
Rank Team Titles First Last
1st Neptunus 16 1981 2016
2nd Haarlem Nicols 12 1965 1989
3rd Blauw-Wit Amsterdam 9 1923 1946
4th Sparta/Feyenoord 9 1963 1974
5th OVVO Amsterdam 6 1949 1955
6th SC Haarlem 5 1929 1941
7th Schoten Haarlem 5 1947 1961
8th Kinheim 5 1978 2012
9th Ajax 4 1924 1948
10th Amsterdam Pirates 4 1987 2011
11th Quick Amsterdam 3 1922 1935
12th EHS Haarlem 3 1954 1962
13th Amstel Tijgers 3 1979 1986
14th HCAW 2 1996 1998
15th VVGA Amsterdam 1 1933
16th HHC Haarlem 1 1936
17th Seagulls Amsterdam 1 1939
18th EDO Haarlem 1 1958
19th ADO 1 1992
20th Pioniers 1 1997
     This team competes in the 2015 Honkbal Hoofdklasse.

2013 season

The 2013 Honkbal Hoofdklasse season began on April 11, 2013. Mampaey The Hawks from Dordrecht competed in the Hoofdklasse for the first time. Sparta/Feyenoord, the relegated team from the 2012 season, was declared bankrupt by the Rotterdam court on November 22, 2012[2] and did not compete in the Overgangsklasse.

Current clubs

L&D Pirates
Curaçao Neptunus
Mampaey The Hawks
Vaessen Pioniers

2015 season[3]

Team City Stadium Ref
DSS Haarlem Pim Mulier Sportpark [4]
Corendon Kinheim Haarlem Pim Mulierstadion [5]
Curaçao Neptunus Rotterdam Neptunus Familiestadion [6]
L&D Amsterdam Amsterdam Sportpark Ookmeer [7]
Mampaey The Hawks Dordrecht Sportpark Krommedijk [8]
HCAW Bussum Sportvallei [9]
UVV Utrecht Sportpark De Paperclip [10]
Vaessen Pioniers Hoofddorp Sportpark Pioniers [11]

Eight teams will participate in the 2015 season. DSS was promoted from the Honkbal Overgangsklasse after defeating Mampaey The Hawks in the relegation series at the end of the 2014 season. Despite losing the relegation series, Mampaey The Hawks were reinstated into the league in February 2015 after AdoLakers withdrew and dissolved.[12] DSS, UVV and Mampaey The Hawks are the only three current clubs to never have won a Holland Series.

See also


  1. List of Dutch champions (Dutch)
  2. http://insolventies.rechtspraak.nl/pdf.ashx?ID=rot.12.821.F.V.01
  3. http://www.knbsb.nl/honkbal/topsport/hoofdklasse/!/2065/competitieprogramma-hoofdklasse-2015
  4. "DSS". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  5. "Corendon Kinheim". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  6. "Curaçao Neptunus". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  7. "L&D Amsterdam". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  8. "Mampey The Hawks". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  9. "HCAW". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  10. "UVV". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  11. "Vaessen Pioniers". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  12. van Zon, Rogier (November 2, 2015). "Mampaey The Hawks vervangt AdoLakers". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.

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