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PostPosted: 10/23/15 12:12 pm    ::: National Pro Fastpitch softball league expands Reply Reply with quote

http://profastpitch.com/news/?article_id=2441

National Pro Fastpitch expands from five teams to six with a team in Houston. Unfortunate name though Confused


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PostPosted: 10/23/15 9:51 pm    ::: Re: National Pro Fastpitch softball league expands Reply Reply with quote

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http://profastpitch.com/news/?article_id=2441

National Pro Fastpitch expands from five teams to six with a team in Houston. Unfortunate name though Confused


yeah, that name's terrible. I wonder if the league is getting close to some west coast expansion(i.e. Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sacramento, etc.). Glad to see the league growing.



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PostPosted: 10/23/15 11:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah, I would like to see a California team. Hopefully the league will be successful enough to expand to the west coast. As for the name it looks like they were named after the field their playing at, Scrap Yard Sports Complex. Might have been part of the deal to let them play there. But yeah, still really bad.


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PostPosted: 12/02/15 12:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NPF likely to add two teams for 2017 season.

http://profastpitch.com/news/?article_id=2458

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Meanwhile, the league is growing. The Dallas Charge joined prior to the 2015 season. The Scrap Yard Dawgs in The Woodlands, Tex., a Houston suburb, will make their debut in 2016, joining the Charge, the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion (Pittsburgh) and USSSA Florida Pride (Kissimmee/Orlando). At the Winter Meetings, the development of at least two new teams for 2017 will be discussed. In addition, the NPF will determine the location for the 2016 NPF Championship Series, to be followed by an official announcement.


There's really a ton of options for NPF expansion. Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Southern California, the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, New England, New Jersey(again). Nice to see the league finally doing well & looking to grow.



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PostPosted: 12/03/15 4:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

2016 NPF Championship series to be played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Maybe another possible expansion city??

http://profastpitch.com/news/?article_id=2459



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PostPosted: 12/05/15 8:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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2016 NPF Championship series to be played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Maybe another possible expansion city??

http://profastpitch.com/news/?article_id=2459


I'd say doubtful to expand to Alabama. With two in Texas now, I'd expect the next round to be further west, SoCal, Bay Area and the Northwest. The Northeast should be a target as well.


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PostPosted: 04/07/16 9:06 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just as a reminder, in an odd quirk of fate, the draft is on April 14. Yes, the same day as the WNBA Draft. Mock draft from Justin's World is below.

http://just-in-justinsworld.blogspot.com/2016/04/2016-mock-draft.html


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PostPosted: 08/21/16 5:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I wonder where they're looking to expand for 2017? I wouldn't mind a team back in NJ.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20160818/NEWS/160819735



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PostPosted: 08/21/16 5:50 am    ::: NPF Championship Series delayed by rain Reply Reply with quote

series was originally planned to end today. But the first round will actually conclude today with the Finals starting tonight at the earliest. The series are being played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Revised 2016 NPF Championship Series Schedule - Play Resumes tomorrow (Sunday) morning with the following schedule:
11:00 am - Akron Racers vs USSSA Pride- Game 4 (NPFTV)
4:00 pm - Chicago Bandits vs Scrap Yard Dawgs - Game 5 (CBSSN)
7:00 pm - Akron Racers vs USSSA Pride (If Necessary) - Game 6
OR Final Series Game #1 (NPFTV)
MONDAY
7:00pm - Final Series Game #1 or #2
TUESDAY
7:00 pm - Final Series Game #2 or #3
10:00 pm - Final Series Game #3 (If Necessary)



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PostPosted: 01/20/17 10:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

League back down to 5 teams as Pennsylvania folds. I wonder if we'll ever see this league at 8 teams.

http://profastpitch.com/news/news/index.html?article_id=2751



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PostPosted: 05/15/17 9:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NPF adds sixth team for 2017 season. Chinese travel team added to NPF schedule.

http://www.profastpitch.com/news/news/?article_id=2778



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PostPosted: 05/16/17 2:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I never did like it when they added in travel teams or national teams. Granted, it's a way to showcase the league in different cities--if they do that, but I would prefer the league to go after new markets for permanent cities. The league needs more teams to begin to be relevant and/or marketable.


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PostPosted: 05/16/17 2:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

"Scrap Yard Dawgs"? Rolling Eyes



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PostPosted: 05/16/17 10:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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"Scrap Yard Dawgs"? Rolling Eyes


HORRID name. The complex they play at in Conroe is called "The Scrap Yard" so yeah, Houston area club, but with one of the worst names in all of sports.


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PostPosted: 05/17/17 3:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There was talk after last season finished that the NPF was looking at several potential expansion ownership groups to join in 2017. I guess they all vanished to a point where none of them even wanted to take in the Pennsylvania team. I keep hoping they get to 8 teams but they always seem a step or two behind and therefore lack getting any serious coverage.



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PostPosted: 06/04/17 11:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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There was talk after last season finished that the NPF was looking at several potential expansion ownership groups to join in 2017. I guess they all vanished to a point where none of them even wanted to take in the Pennsylvania team. I keep hoping they get to 8 teams but they always seem a step or two behind and therefore lack getting any serious coverage.


Kind of a big fail that the league had to bring in the Beijing Shougang Eagles as a travel team to take the place of Pennsylvania. I keep hoping, as well, that more teams come into the league...that all said, they can no longer be these fly-by-night dumpster fires that only stick around for a year or two. New teams need to be well-funded and on top of it all, EVERY team needs to figure out how to market themselves out of a paper bag, because the league sure as shit isn't helping in that regard.


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PostPosted: 12/31/17 12:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NPF "expands" with Aussie Spirit travel team. Rolling Eyes

http://profastpitch.com/news/news/?article_id=2978

Reports are the Texas Charge have folded. So for 2018, the NPF will have Akron, Chicago, YardDawgs & the Pride plus two international travel teams with the Aussie Spirit & Shoungang Eagles. NPF still seems to be hanging on by a threat.



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PostPosted: 01/02/18 3:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah, it's sad that the league needs two international teams to even come close to non-joke status. Teams in US cities is what is needed. The Charge move to San Marcos was an epic failure. This league is worse than the NWSL is marketing itself and its teams, which I didn't think was possible.


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PostPosted: 01/02/18 6:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The NPF is hanging on by a thread. Most games draw under 1,000 people. Without these two foreign travel teams, the league would be toast. I looked up all the folded & relocated franchises since the NPF came back in 2004. 15 total during their 15 seasons.

[first 7 teams below are one franchise to be relocated 6 times]
1.) Texas Thunder(2004-2006)
2.) Rockford Thunder(2007-2009)
3.) Tennessee Diamonds(2010)
4.) NPF Diamonds(2011) - travel team
5.) Carolina Diamonds(2012)
6.) NY/NJ Comets(2013)
7.) Pennsylvania Rebellion(2014-2016)
8.) NY/NJ Juggernauts(2004-2005)
9.) New England Riptide(2004-2008)
10.) California Sunbirds(2004, 2005 as travel team)
11.) Arizona Heat(2004-2006)
12.) Connecticut Brakettes(2006)
13.) Philadelphia Force(2006-2009)
14.) Washington Glory(2007-2008)
15.) Texas Charge(2015-17)



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PostPosted: 01/30/18 7:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The league is done. Scrap Yard Dawgs & Akron Racers have folded. No way the league can run with just the Pride & Bandits plus two travel teams.

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/22266347/national-pro-fastpitch-loses-reigning-champion-scrap-yard-dawgs-akron-racers-future-doubt



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PostPosted: 01/30/18 11:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
The league is done. Scrap Yard Dawgs & Akron Racers have folded. No way the league can run with just the Pride & Bandits plus two travel teams.

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/22266347/national-pro-fastpitch-loses-reigning-champion-scrap-yard-dawgs-akron-racers-future-doubt


Not really folded, just independent and not affiliated with the NPF.


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PostPosted: 01/31/18 12:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

so the Racers will be turned into a 2nd Chinese travel team due to the owner opting out of Firestone Stadium. So three travel teams plus the Bandits & Pride for 2018. Maybe...

https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/racers/professional-softball-future-of-akron-racers-in-doubt-no-pro-games-to-be-played-at-firestone-stadium-in-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter



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PostPosted: 01/31/18 2:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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so the Racers will be turned into a 2nd Chinese travel team due to the owner opting out of Firestone Stadium. So three travel teams plus the Bandits & Pride for 2018. Maybe...

https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/racers/professional-softball-future-of-akron-racers-in-doubt-no-pro-games-to-be-played-at-firestone-stadium-in-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


Yeah, it looks quite the bit like a dumpster fire.


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PostPosted: 01/31/18 3:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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so the Racers will be turned into a 2nd Chinese travel team due to the owner opting out of Firestone Stadium. So three travel teams plus the Bandits & Pride for 2018. Maybe...

https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/racers/professional-softball-future-of-akron-racers-in-doubt-no-pro-games-to-be-played-at-firestone-stadium-in-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


Yeah, it looks quite the bit like a dumpster fire.


maybe this one will be temp. until the owner can find another stadium. doubtful, but an option. I'd guess and say unless some big pocket owners come in, this will be the last season for the NPF.



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PostPosted: 01/31/18 9:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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so the Racers will be turned into a 2nd Chinese travel team due to the owner opting out of Firestone Stadium. So three travel teams plus the Bandits & Pride for 2018. Maybe...

https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/racers/professional-softball-future-of-akron-racers-in-doubt-no-pro-games-to-be-played-at-firestone-stadium-in-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


Yeah, it looks quite the bit like a dumpster fire.


maybe this one will be temp. until the owner can find another stadium. doubtful, but an option. I'd guess and say unless some big pocket owners come in, this will be the last season for the NPF.


Sad, pathetic, but likely true.


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PostPosted: 02/01/18 12:10 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NPF now trying to save a little face. A few days ago, the Scrap Yard Dawgs said they were leaving because of differences in how they thought the league should be run and how the league wanted to run things. NOW, the league puts out a release saying the LEAGUE terminated the team:

"due to repeated violations of the team’s franchise agreement, including the SYD’s repeated failure to make timely payments to players, vendors and the league. The SYD also repeatedly communicated efforts to start its own league despite the violation of the team’s obligations to the NPF, other team owners and players."

Looks like the league got a little pissy when the Dawgs aired the dirty laundry.

http://www.profastpitch.com/news/news/?article_id=2983


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PostPosted: 02/01/18 6:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And the Akron Racers will change to the Cleveland Comets but still be a travel team?? This league is grasping at straws to survive.



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PostPosted: 02/01/18 7:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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And the Akron Racers will change to the Cleveland Comets but still be a travel team?? This league is grasping at straws to survive.


Death throws. As the league dies, it will do anything and everything to stay alive. It will get sad right before it dies.


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PostPosted: 02/01/18 8:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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And the Akron Racers will change to the Cleveland Comets but still be a travel team?? This league is grasping at straws to survive.


Death throws. As the league dies, it will do anything and everything to stay alive. It will get sad right before it dies.


I'll be interesting to see what the schedule looks like whenever it comes out. The Aussie team will play it's "home" games throughout the midwest. This Cleveland team, who knows?? And the Chinese team from 2017 was simply a travel team with no home games.



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PostPosted: 02/01/18 10:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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toad455 wrote:
And the Akron Racers will change to the Cleveland Comets but still be a travel team?? This league is grasping at straws to survive.


Death throws. As the league dies, it will do anything and everything to stay alive. It will get sad right before it dies.


I'll be interesting to see what the schedule looks like whenever it comes out. The Aussie team will play it's "home" games throughout the midwest. This Cleveland team, who knows?? And the Chinese team from 2017 was simply a travel team with no home games.


The Eagles are based out of Vero Beach, FL. The Aussie Spirit are based in Kansas City, Missouri. As for Cleveland, who knows.


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PostPosted: 03/03/18 5:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The new Cleveland Comets are looking for a home stadium within the Cleveland area.



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PostPosted: 03/13/18 6:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The NPF released it's schedule. Laughable as half the schedule has venues listed as TBA(mostly for the Beijing Eagles). Aussie Spirit are basically a travel team playing in Kansas City, Springfield & St. Joseph, MO; Hutchison & Wichita, KS; Ames, IA & Omaha, NE. Cleveland Comets will play in Parma, Canton & Avon, OH.

http://profastpitch.com/news/news/?article_id=2998



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PostPosted: 04/27/18 8:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The NPF held it's draft on Thursday. But one thing confuses me, if the Aussie Spirit is made up of Australian players and the Beijing Eagles are made up of Chinese players, why were they included in the draft? This league is so odd.



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PostPosted: 04/27/18 10:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm just happy that a player from my Alma Mater got drafted. Pitcher Randi Rupp from the Texas State Bobcats got drafted by Cleveland.

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PostPosted: 05/08/18 10:50 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Beijing Eagles' home games are now listed at Embry-Riddle AERONAUTICAL STADIUM in Daytona Beach, Florida & CASWELL PARK in North Mankato, MN.



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PostPosted: 05/10/18 9:50 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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The Beijing Eagles' home games are now listed at Embry-Riddle AERONAUTICAL STADIUM in Daytona Beach, Florida & CASWELL PARK in North Mankato, MN.


Omg lol I grew up very close to Caswell Park. That’s where the MN State high school tournament is held.


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PostPosted: 05/20/18 9:33 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NPF has started its season a week earlier than originally scheduled. Sort of. For a whole week the Aussie Spirit & Beijing Eaglers will play each other 11 (ELEVEN!!!) times before Chicago, Cleveland and the Pride start. The first six games are at St. Joseph's, MO with the next 5 at Daytona Beach, FL. And despite participating in the NPF draft, the Beijing Eagles' roster has all but on Chinese player on it. Angel Bunner is the only non-Chinese player on their roster. The Aussie Spirit roster appears to be about 50% Australian & 50% American. The Cleveland Comets' roster has 6 Americans on their roster while the rest are Chinese.



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PostPosted: 05/20/18 4:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Doesn't look like the '18 draftees have been signed/place on rosters yet.


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Doesn't look like the '18 draftees have been signed/place on rosters yet.


Another questionable decision by the league. Really curious to see if this is their final season.



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PostPosted: 05/26/18 4:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Cleveland Comets announce signing of pitcher Randi Rupp of Texas State (draftee) to a 2-year contract. Doubt she'll make more than peanuts, but at least she can now say she's a pro ball player. So there's that.


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