Nashville, TN-January 9, 2014- National Pro Fastpitch announced today the 2014 College Draft will take place on March 31 in Nashville. For the second year in a row, the NPF College Draft will be held at the Ford Theatre located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Legendary superstar Cat Osterman of the USSSA Pride will be on hand to mingle with fans and watch the Draft unfold in person.
“Spring is an anticipation time of year for the NPF and that all starts with draft night, ” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “The NPF Draft has become an event that college players and their respective coaches and teams look forward to, along with our own NPF teams and fans.”
The NPF College Draft in 2014 is again presented by BOWNET. “BOWNET is a company that understands the importance of softball at the professional level and is committed to helping spread the excitement of NPF,” said Commissioner Kempf. “We are proud of our continued relationship with BOWNET and for their commitment to the NPF College Draft.”
The NPF College Draft by BOWNET will feature 5 rounds of 4 selections for a total of 20 overall draftees in the 2014 rookie class. Drafting an athlete gives an NPF affiliate team the rights to that athlete for two full seasons. Since 2010, the #1 draft pick has come out of the Southeastern Conference. Last year’s first choice overall went to the Akron Racers who selected Rachel Fico. Fico was the second consecutive number 1 selection for LSU with Brittany Mack as the number 1 pick for the USSSA Pride in 2012.
The newest team to the NPF, the Pennsylvania Rebellion, will make the first overall selection in 2014. With their entrance into the league, the Rebellion inherit the roster and draft position of the NY/NJ Comets, a team that was unable to secure a consistent venue for the 2014 season. The continuing order will be based on team finishes from the 2013 regular season competition. Exceptions and changes in the order can occur with trade agreements.
The first, third, and fifth rounds will retain the order of last year’s regular season finish from last to first, Pennsylvania Rebellion, Akron Racers, USSSA Pride, and Chicago Bandits. The second and fourth rounds will reverse the draft order, making the selections go from Chicago to Pennsylvania in order.
Broadcast plans for the 2014 Draft are not yet finalized and are expected to be announced soon. Fans will also be able to follow along with the event through league and teams Facebook and Twitter sites. The 2014 Draft order currently is positioned as follows:
1. Pennsylvania Rebellion
2. USSSA Pride (April 2013 Trade – Akron Racers)
3. USSSA Pride
4. Chicago Bandits
5. Chicago Bandits
6. USSSA Pride
7. Akron Racers
8. Pennsylvania Rebellion
9. Pennsylvania Rebellion
10. Akron Racers
11. USSSA Pride
12. Chicago Bandits
13. Chicago Bandits
14. USSSA Pride
15. Akron Racers
16. Pennsylvania Rebellion
17. Pennsylvania Rebellion
18. Akron Racers
19. USSSA Pride
20. Chicago Bandits
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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