Bandits’ Ocasio inks OPAL deal with HitTrax
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aleshia Ocasio and HitTrax have agreed to an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) activation that will pair the two for the 2019 season.
The OPAL program was launched by the league in December and designed specifically to subsidize player salaries with at least 90% of the revenue paid directly to the athletes themselves. The OPAL program clears the way for individuals and companies to directly support the efforts of players to continue their professional careers.
Ocasio, the No. 10 overall draft selection by the Bandits in 2018, performed well in her inaugural season as a rookie, racking up the Rawlings Rookie of the Week in Week 5 of the 2018 schedule and following that with the Vaultz® Lock it Up Player of the Game just a week later on June 25. Ocasio is a familiar face to softball fans coming out of the nationally recognized University of Florida softball program as a decorated two-time All-American, where the versatile pitcher/utility player helped the Gators capture the Women’s College World Series title in 2015. That same year, she helped the Puerto Rican National Team win a bronze medal at the Pan American Games.
“I am excited about this partnership with HitTrax and their technology that brings all facets of softball to a new level,” said Ocasio. “The metrics and visuals that HitTrax provides will give me an edge in my training as I prepare for upcoming seasons with both the Chicago Bandits and the Puerto Rican National Team. I also know HitTrax will be an asset to my coaching and training of youth and college players, regardless of what position they play.”
HitTrax is the world leader in enhanced training and simulation in the softball and baseball industries. By providing instantaneous feedback, key performance metrics and in-depth analysis tools, HitTrax enables a one-of-a-kind experience that fosters player engagement and a meaningful connection with instruction.
“We are thrilled to welcome Aleshia to our team as a HitTrax Athlete and our partner in the OPAL program,” said HitTrax Director of Softball Operations Elena Bowman. “Aleshia is a terrific role model, ambassador and competitor who impacts the game as a player and as a coach. We are excited about all the work we can accomplish with Aleshia on board, and we look forward to supporting her in the upcoming NPF season!”
The Chicago Bandits will open their season June 6 in Rosemont against the Cleveland Comets. Their 47-game regular-season schedule will also culminate in Rosemont when the Bandits wrap up Aug. 11 against the USSSA Pride. Tickets are currently on sale for all Chicago home games at chicagobandits.com.
ABOUT NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.