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FAQ's

Draftees, or those interested in being drafted, may also want to reference
NCAA RULE:  12.2 INVOLVEMENT WITH PROFESSIONAL TEAMS, for more information.
 


The Season

How long is the NPF season? 
The NPF Spring Training Camp for all teams begins in mid-to-late May. League play begins in early June and ends in mid August, followed by the NPF Championship Series.

How many teams are in NPF? 
Four Teams will compete in 2014; Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion, USSSA Florida Pride.  The schedule will include a 48-game regular season for each of the four NPF Teams.
 

The Game

How long is the NPF game? 
Each game is 7 innings and lasts between 2 and 2 1/2 hours approximately. Each team has a 50 game regular season schedule.

Are single games or doubleheaders played? 
Typically single games are scheduled. Occasionally, the Teams will play double-headers.

What days of the week are NPF games played? 
NPF games are played everyday of the week. Team “off days” will vary.

Are the rules in an NPF game different than college or amateur games?
In general, rules are the same. For instance, the pitchers distance is 43’ and bases are at 60’. However, there are some differences that are documented in the NPF Game Rule Revisions.
 

THE PLAYERS

How do the teams acquire their players?
Team Players are acquired through various channels including annual College Draft, free agency, trades, and expansion drafts. Each year, the NPF holds a player draft of college seniors. Drafted players can be signed to contracts after their college eligibility is exhausted. Individual teams may also host regional tryouts during the late winter and early spring months of each season to fill available roster spots.  Players who are not currently under contract and have not been drafted are considered FREE AGENTS and may contact individual Teams directly about securing available roster spots.  Go to TEAMS for appropriate contact info.  FREE AGENTS are encouraged to provide a full list of accomplishments and stats for consideration.  

Should a player request to be placed on the draft list?
No. Just by being a college senior, a player is eligible to be drafted. However, only the top percent of elite senior players will be drafted. NCAA athletes should be aware that according to NCAA Bylaw 12.2.4.2 "Draft List",  after initial full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual loses amateur status in a particular sport when the individual asks to be placed on the draft list or supplemental draft list of a professional league in that sport, even though: (Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)

Draftees, or those interested in being drafted, may also want to reference
NCAA RULE:  12.2 INVOLVEMENT WITH PROFESSIONAL TEAMS, for more information.

If a player is drafted, does it automatically mean she loses her NCAA or NAIA eligibility?
No. An athlete's eligibility is not lost if she is drafted by NPF.

If a player is drafted, does it mean she is automatically signed to a contract?
No. Once the drafted athlete’s college eligibility is exhausted, the drafted player may be signed to an NPF contract or asked to tryout for the Team prior to signing a contract. Team and Player must mutually agree on contract terms.

Does playing fastpitch professionally affect a college student's scholarship?
YES, NCAA students are affected! This is one of the reasons that NPF will not draft college underclassmen. Should an NCAA student-athlete sign a professional contract, she immediately loses her college playing eligibility and financial aid. 

Can a player who will be a fifth year senior receiving institutional financial aid still be eligible for aid if she has signed a professional contract?
No

How much will a contracted player be paid?
Average NPF player salary is approximately $5,000-$6,000 for the playing season of June, July and August.

Are Housing costs covered for Players? 
Yes, each Team provides housing for all players during the NPF season.
 

Team Staff

How many people work full-time for each NPF Team? 
Each Team has a full-time management staff that works year-round and includes a General Manager and such positions as Sales and Marketing Manager, Media Relations Manager and Community Relations Manager. During the season, each Team also employs seasonal staff for game-day operations and a host of interns.

I am an undergraduate college athlete and would like to intern with NPF or one of its Teams. Would this work jeopardize my college athletic eligibility? 
No. Working for a professional sports organization does not jeopardize a player's college eligibility. College athletic eligibility is only affected by playing for a professional sports organization. Teams and the League Office employ interns throughout the year. If you are interested in an internship, check the job opportunity section for current openings.


Spectators & Media

How many spectators does NPF plan to attract to its games?
Each NPF team expects to average 1,500-2,500 fans per game. NPF provides family-fun, affordable entertainment with ticket prices starting at $5.

How can I watch NPF on television or streaming? 
The NPF has had a regular presence on television since 2011. Beginning in 2014, CBS Sports Network has hosted 17-25 games per season including the Championship Series. 

In 2016, NPF launched NPFTV, an exclusive digital platform that carries every non-televised game (over 135 in 2016). NPFTV is a subscription based product. For more info or to subscribe for the upcoming season and/or special events go to profastpitch.com/npf-tv/.
 



For individual team information, email links are provided as follows:
Akron Racers
Chicago Bandits
PA Rebellion
Scrap Yard Dawgs
Texas Charge
USSSA Pride

To sign up for the NFP Internship program, click here

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