Erik van der Graaff winner AISS Sport Science Award 2019

On April 12, 2019, it was announced that Erik van der Graaff has won the AISS (Amsterdam Insitute of Sport Sicence) PhD thesis award for his thesis entitled Perfecting Your Pitch: In search of the perfect baseball pitch and its training, which he defended at VU Amsterdam on April 10, 2019.

The jury judged the entries on the quality of research, practical applicability for sport practice and their importance for sport practice and announced Erik van der Graaff's thesis on the “Fastball” project (fast and save throwing in baseball) the winner. The project was a search for the best way to train the baseball throw, and has yielded many insights, useful tips and (inter)national attention.

The jury consisted of:

  • Dr. Cees Vervoorn – Amsterdam U. of Applied Sciences (HvA);
  • Prof. dr. Evert Verhagen – Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc;
  • Prof. dr. Geert Savelsbergh – VU Amsterdam;
  • Charles Urbanus – Topsport Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science (AISS) annually presents the AISS Sport Science Award to students who have conducted the best applied research in the field of Sport and Exercise. With this award, the AISS wants to emphasize the importance of applied research in sport and also support a new generation of sports scientists. This year several PhD and master theses were submitted.


During his PhD project, Eric was supervised by prof.dr. H.E.J. Veeger (VU/TU Delft); prof.dr. P.J. Beek (VU), and dr. M.J.M. Hoozemans (VU). You can download the thesis via UBVU