Nashville, TN -- National Pro Fastpitch released its 2017 season schedule today. The schedule was assembled during the League's annual winter meetings that took place in Nashville this week. The five affiliate team administrative staffs of the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Pride, all took part.
The teams of the NPF will play a combined 115 game regular season which breaks down to a 48 game schedule per team. The 2017 season will begin on June 1, with a three game series slated at The Ballpark at Rosemont featuring the Akron Racers at host, Chicago Bandits. The remaining three teams of Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Pride will open the following weekend beginning June 8.
The regular season will conclude on August 13 followed by the NPF Championship Series. Series location and exact dates have not yet been announced.
The NPF winter meetings serve a variety of functions in addition to scheduling, including policy and rule discussions, overall league evaluations and goals moving forward. For more information and particular team schedule breakdowns, visit individual team websites.
Click here to see the full 2017 NPF schedule.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, is the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. The Akron Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thurs., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season.National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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