ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits announced today, two Series Events for the 2020 National Pro Fastpitch season. The league announced the outline for the brand new format of multi-team events in late August and Chicago’s announcement of two premier June events are the first of their kind.
The new multi-team format will include a minimum of three teams per Series Event. Series Events will fall under identifying titles such as Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, and so on, that will indicate the number of teams participating in each event.
Both of these Bandits hosting announcements are Series 4 events. Both events will be hosted at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, the first from June 11-14, and the second, from June 25-28, 2020. As Series 4 events, three other teams are eligible to sign up to compete against each other, and the reigning NPF Regular Season Champions.
“The Bandits are honored to host events like this, especially with what it means for growing the game,” Chicago Bandits General Manager Toni Calmeyn said. “Making games easier to access and easier to be a part of only helps grow the amazing atmosphere we’ve built.”
Event hosts will have until December 1, 2019 to list Events and particular ancillary activities and incentives that accompany each. Following December 1, hosts will decide which teams will make up the respective Series Events, and the overall NPF schedule for the 2020 season, along with a complete broadcast coverage schedule, will be released in January.
Throughout the fall, additional Series Events will be announced and added to the slate of overall competitive events from which NPF teams will have to assemble their particular season schedules.
“We have heard nothing but positive feedback from all facets of the softball, business and broadcast world regarding this scheduling format adjustment,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “It is fitting to have the league’s oldest affiliate team be the first to announce Series Events that will usher us into this exciting new phase of league competition.”
Along with the multi-team competition design and flexible scheduling model, ownership outlines have also become more flexible, making league participation available in many different business structures. Team owners are not required to host home events and conversely, hosting opportunities are no longer heavily slanted toward team owners, opening up event hosting to venues throughout the world.
In addition to those improvements, standings will be based on an overall point system, rather than traditional head to head competition only.
The league completed its 16th season in 2019 and enjoyed participation by athletes representing six separate national teams, half of which have already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan, those being, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
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 Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.