NPF launches Official Developmental Partnership Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch launched the NPF Developmental Partnership Program (DPP), as announced by the Nashville-based league office Tuesday morning.

The program is designed to connect youth level participants, trainers, leagues, teams and communities with the professional level of the sport of softball, and specifically, the professional athletes themselves.

Partners will join the program through any of three different categories: Park Partner, Performance Partner or Playing Partner, each of which provides an official status designation along with a broad list of membership perks, includes game passes, player VIP events, access to special discounts through NPF Official Partners and Suppliers and official league licensee status.

“At the league level, we are always looking for ways to connect tomorrow’s generation of professionals with our players of today, and this program can go a long way in accomplishing that on a number of levels,” NPF commissioner, Cheri Kempf said. “In addition to making the player-player connection, this program will also prioritize the relationship between our Developmental Partners and our committed and loyal sponsors and suppliers. That direct connection, for our supporters on both sides of the equation, is a league priority.”

The DPP membership is $250 annually and can be engaged by playing or training facilities, academies, associations, individual or organizational teams or leagues. For more information or to register as a developmental partner of NPF, visit or contact the league office at

National Pro Fastpitch enters its 16th season of competition in 2019 and recently announced the addition of the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois as an affiliate team beginning with the 2019 season.


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 Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2019 season. 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.

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