[English version below]

Jou mutte wete dat deur alle feranderingen om ôns heen wij geen andere keus hewwe. Ingripe, su kin je dat wel sêge. Deur al dat gesuup en gedonder rond dy kaatserij gaat ônse mooie sport naar de ferdommenis. Wij as Permanente Kommissy binne fan miening dat we de bekende Franeker ‘BALVERKAATSERSDAG’ anders en beter organiseare mutte. Je mutte ôns gewoan siën as vijf Franekers dy ut goëd foar hewwe met ut kaatsen. Ut mut wear un folksfeest wurde. En dink nou nyt dat ut ôns om ut geld gaat. Elkenien kin siën dat ut minder gaat met ut kaatsen, ônse echte Friese sport.

We mutte ut fan de ondergang keare, want anders hè we dêr allegaar fan te leien. We hè meend dat wij de organisasy overnimme mutte fan de kroegbazen, su as dat ok gebeurt is bij ut kòrtebaanskaatsen en de hardraverij met peerden. Foar de winnaars is der un bedrag fan 36 guldens. Geen silveren ballen, geen tabaksdoazen, bestek, sakhorloasys of ander silverspul.
Dêrom organiseart ônse kommissy un butengewoane kaatspartij op sundag 9 july 1854. Der is musyk fan de fanfare én we hewwe dúdeluke veldôfmetingen en faststelde spelregels.

Nòg wel un fraag trouwens: Sú ut kinne dat de kaatsers hur bij jou opgeve?

Jan Bogstra (1854) How a handball match was hijacked

You should know that we have no other choice, due to social change. We must intervene, so to say. Because of the decline of the athletic targets of the kaats sport, from now on we, as Permanent Commission, have deemed it necessary to organise the Franeker balverkaatsersdag, the kaatsen day. (a kind of pelota, or bouncing)

You may see us as five Franeker inhabitants with a desire to promote en conserve the sport. We’re not out to get to your purse! Because, as you might know, ever less people are being attracted to our beloved national folklore. The demise of the tradition is near. You too would harvest sour grapes when that happens.

We have decided to take over the organisation from you and your colleagues, in the way that has been done with short track skating and the horse trotting sport. To the winners we will offer 36 guilders. No more silverwork. No table knives, pocket watches or pipe caps.

Therefore our commission will organise an exceptional kaats party on Sunday 9th of July 1854. With fixed rules and clear field dimensions.

One question remains: would you be of service as registration location for the participants?