The 2016 "National Pro Fastpitch Draft" presented by Bownet will take place on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET. The NPF College Draft, the 13th in league history, has become a marquee event for the league, showcasing the current and future stars of an increasingly popular professional sport that is rapidly gaining fans across the country. The 90-minute 1st ever televised draft will feature NPF team representatives selecting college Female seniors to join the ranks of the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion (Washington, Pa./Pittsburgh), Scrap Yard Dawgs (The Woodlands, Tex./Houston) and USSSA Florida Pride (Kissimmee/Orlando).
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National Pro Fastpitch Draft - 2015 National Pro Fastpitch season - Netflix
The 2015 National Pro Fastpitch season is the twelfth season of professional softball under the name National Pro Fastpitch for the only professional women's softball league in the United States. From 1997 to 2002, NPF operated under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). Each year, the playoff teams battle for the Cowles Cup.
National Pro Fastpitch Draft - Rule changes - Netflix
Voted to allow teams brand one sleeve of each and every uniform with a sponsor brand, if desired. Voted that beginning in 2015, only official suppliers will be allowed into the headband category and those will be the only headbands allowed on the field of play. Voted that logo sizing limitations will be distributed to Official Suppliers and must be adhered to on any and all equipment and apparel that makes the NPF playing field (which includes dugouts). Draft order was distributed including the addition of expansion Dallas. Dallas was offered a “Market Choice Selection,” which they later used to acquire Renada Davis. Voted that the first item of the “Tie Breaking Procedure” to determine regular season standings would be deleted. This places “Head to head” as the first determiner in tie breaking. Agreed that a scheduling meeting (for 2016 schedule) would be held at the NFCA Convention in Atlanta in December 2015.
The League Management Committee - consisting of Akron Racers owner Craig Stout, Chicago Bandits general manager Aaron Moore, Dallas Charge general manager Kevin Shelton, Pennsylvania Rebellion owner Stu Williams, and USSSA Pride general manager Don DeDonatis - met in Kissimmee, FL and voted on the following items: Voted unanimously to use, during doubleheaders, a tiebreaker in the 8th inning due to the overall length of playing time that can take place on a double-header day. Motion was made to implement the tie breaker in the 8th inning of a “true” double header, meaning the same two teams playing each other on the same day, regardless of whether the match-up was scheduled in advance or the result of a make-up game. The motion did not include the discussion of using a run-rule after 5 innings. Rejected a motion to use a “run-rule” of 8 runs after 5 innings. Voted to allow individual teams the option to conduct autograph sessions as they choose for the Home Team. (Visiting Team must continue to make all players available for autograph session.) Voted to allow backstops to exceed the current limit of 30' and to continue playing by rules implemented mid-season in 2014. Voted to require umpires to confiscate any and all broken bats that occur during a game and forward them immediately to the League Office. From there, they will be returned to manufacturers and tested to insure they meet regulatory standards. In the event the bat is assessed to be altered, player and team will be assessed appropriate fines. Voted to allow the continuance of no tiebreaker in Championship Series play, (acknowledging that for television or other special circumstances such as play delays, it may be implemented). Voted to raise the per diem for coaches, trainers and players from a $25 per day allowance to a $30 per day allowance ($6 Breakfast, $9 Lunch, $15 Dinner) Voted on sponsorship real estate inside ballpark venues for televised games to be used as follows: From outfield side of dugout around the backstop to outfield side of other dugout belongs to the league if they desire or require to use. This will be for league branding, exclusive category branding and television sponsor branding. From outfield side of dugout down the sidelines and around the outfield fence to the outfield side of the other dugout belongs to the home team if they desire or require to use. Exceptions may be made to the above.
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