Photo credit: University of Florida Athletics ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits drafted University of Florida right-handed pitcher Kelly Barnhill with the first overall selection in the 2019 NPF Draft on Monday night in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the second year in a row the Bandits bolstered their pitching staff with the No. 1 pick. A…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch renewed Rawlings as an Official Equipment Supplier and exclusive helmet supplier of the league for the 2019 season. The partnership positions Rawlings helmets on all players for competition and practice. In addition, Rawlings is a supplier in the categories of bats, gloves, batting gloves, protective gear, equipment and travel…

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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,…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series will return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois, for a second consecutive season, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon. The 2019 Championship Series is scheduled for Aug. 15-19. The league’s hallmark event will enter its second season with a best-of-five Championship Series format, which features…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chicago Bandits pitcher Paige Lowary became the first NPF player to agree to an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) partnership, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon after the left-hander signed with BreakThrew Fastpitch for the duration of the 2019 season. National Pro Fastpitch launched the OPAL program in December. It is designed to subsidize player salaries…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced the launch of a new advertising program Wednesday afternoon, which will be focused on unique ad locations provided on the individual players themselves. The On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) program is effective immediately. Apparel items making their debut during the 2019 season. Ad apparel items where sponsorship logos can…

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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…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), in conjunction with Softball Canada, Rent One Park and presenting sponsor visitSI, announced the addition of the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois to the league Tuesday. The Wild become the sixth affiliate NPF team set to compete in the 2019 season. “Obviously, this is a tremendous addition to…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch is set to launch a new partnership that will be instrumental in gathering data to assist the league in better understanding of its fanbase. The relationship pairs the league with professors and consultants — Dr. Ceyda Mumcu from the University of New Haven and Dr. Nancy Lough of the University…

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