Denver, CO -- December 11, 2007 – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league commissioner Cheri Kempf today announced the schedule for the 2008 season for the league’s six affiliate teams.
Each team in the league will play a 48-game regular season schedule. For the first time since the inaugural season in 2004, the teams will play a balanced schedule, meaning that each team will play a home and away series against the other teams in the league. In addition to league play, NPF member teams will once again take on international competition. Chinese Taipei, Venezuela, Canada and the Netherlands will all play at least two series against NPF teams.
The 2008 season will begin on Thursday, May 29 with five of the six teams being in action. The Philadelphia Force will host the Netherlands, while 2007 runner-up Rockford hosts Chicago. The Washington Glory, 2007 regular season Champions and winners of the Cowles Cup Championship Series Trophy, will host the New England Riptide to round out the first weekend of play. The season will last a total of 12 weeks and will conclude the weekend of August 17.
Upon completion of the regular season, the top four teams will earn the right to play in the NPF Championship Series, double-elimination format tournament held in Kimberly, Wis. All games will be played at Kimberly's Sunset Point Park lower diamond and will again be hosted by Cardinal Youth Softball. Two games will be played on Friday, August 22, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24. A third game could possibly be played on Sunday if the team advancing through the loser’s bracket wins the first championship game.
Additional information on each team’s schedule can be found by navigating to their individual websites from www.profastpitch.com.
Major League Baseball is the Official Development Partner of National Pro Fastpitch in the category of women's professional fastpitch softball. The partnership, which began the fall of 2002, is part of Commissioner Selig’s Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.
About National Pro Fastpitch National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). The six member teams are the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, New England Riptide, Philadelphia Force, Rockford Thunder and Washington Glory.