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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 13, 2018) National Pro Fastpitch announced its 2018 regular season schedule today. The schedule slates each of the five NPF teams for 48 total games each and a season total for the NPF of 120 games over the course of nearly three months.
Although the schedule positions each of the teams with 48 regular season games, competition is staggered this year to allow Beijing and Aussie to participate in the World Championships, held August 2-12 in Tokyo, Japan.
“NPF fans will have a slightly longer season in 2018 in which to follow professional softball action,” commented Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “As we integrate international teams into the NPF, it is important that we are flexible in working around teams and players that are participating in primary global competition, including the Olympics. This schedule accomplishes that and is a testament to the efforts made by all league teams to continue to work together to grow the game of softball.”
The season will open on May 19th, with the Beijing Shougang Eagles visiting the Aussie Spirit. The final game of the 2018 regular season is scheduled for August 12th as the series between USSSA Pride and Chicago Bandits concludes at home for Chicago at The Ballpark at Rosemont.
The five-affiliate NPF teams, in the coming days, will announce schedule specifics individually, along with promotional days and special events. Details of the Championship Series will be released later this week by the league.
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, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.