NPF College Draft returns to Nashville and ACME for third year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch will hold its annual NPF College Draft for the third consecutive year at the ACME Feed & Seed, located on 1st and Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The event will take place Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. CDT.
The draft, which has taken place since 2013 in Nashville, is a featured event for the league each year.
“We love the light the Draft shines on the future of the NPF and professional softball in general,” NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said. “It is a fun night to celebrate not only the outstanding accomplishments of the college seniors that will be drafted, but the confidence of our teams in the future potential of these women as professional athletes.”
The 2019 Draft will feature five rounds of five selections each round, for a total of 25 picks. The Canadian Wild have elected not to participate in the 2019 Draft due to the fact that their team doubles as the national federation team for Canada, of which members have already been selected through a tryout process held in January 2019. The remaining five teams will draft in the reverse order of their 2018 regular-season finish, with the exception of trades.
The league has held a college draft every year since its inception in 2004, making the 2019 Draft the 16th for the league overall, each with a diverse group of draftees. In terms of No. 1 picks, pitchers dominate the category, being the first name called a total of 10 times. Infielders and outfielders were selected No. 1 twice each, and only one time in the history of the draft was a catcher selected first. Arizona State leads all universities in the category of No. 1 selections, having had three total.
The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences in total number of draftees with 106, followed by the Pac-12 (formerly the Pac-10) with a total of 92. The university program with the highest number of total draftees is Oklahoma with 19. There is a four-way tie for universities with the most picks in a single draft. Arizona (2017), Florida (2016), Oklahoma (2013) and UCLA (2004) have all had four total selections in one draft.
Downtown Nashville has been the home of the Draft for the past six years. From 2013 through 2016, the event took place at the historic Country Music Hall of Fame, and since 2017, the ACME. The ACME location is a popular event space featuring celebrity events for Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Rolling Stone Magazine and many more.
The 2019 NPF College Draft will be a free, livestreamed event. Details of the event, along with ancillary happenings, are forthcoming.
Order for 2019 Draft:
1. Chicago Bandits (trade with Cleveland Comets on 12/13/2018)
2. USSSA Pride (trade with Beijing Eagles on 4/20/2018)
3. USSSA Pride (trade with Aussie Spirit on 4/24/2018)
4. Chicago Bandits
5. USSSA Pride
6. Cleveland Comets
7. Beijing Eagles
8. Aussie Peppers
9. Chicago Bandits
10. USSSA Pride
11. Cleveland Comets
12. Beijing Eagles
13. Aussie Peppers
14. Chicago Bandits
15. Cleveland Comets (trade with USSSA Pride on 5/24/2018)
16. Cleveland Comets
17. Beijing Eagles
18. Aussie Peppers
19. Chicago Bandits
20. USSSA Pride
21. Cleveland Comets
22. Beijing Eagles
23. Aussie Peppers
24. Chicago Bandits
25. USSSA Pride
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.