The Girls’s Professional Softball League was lively from 1997-2001. After a number of years of inactivity, it was revived and rebranded in 2004 as Nationwide Professional Fastpitch. The league has six groups: the New England Riptide, the Philadelphia Drive, USSSA Satisfaction, Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits and the Rockford Thunder.
Within the strategy of rebranding and reforming in 2002, NPF teamed up with Main League Baseball as a part of their ongoing efforts to attach with ladies. The MLB signed on as an Official Improvement Accomplice, and with their assist NPF placed on an all-star softball tour in 2003.
2004 was the primary full season for Nationwide Professional Fastpitch. The six groups performed 178 video games. The 2005 season had much less video games, 144, however grew to incorporate worldwide groups from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, China, Russia and Australia.
As with all rising leagues, groups modified cities many instances from inception to immediately. Although the New England Riptide has not outright folded as some groups have, they did sit out the 2009 season because of financial causes.
One attention-grabbing sport the NPF performs is the “Battle of the Bats.” Each Saturday night time house sport, 4 gamers from every staff signify a distinct bat producer for a house run hitting contest between bat firms and gamers. The conclusion of the collection takes place on the NPF championship weekend in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
The Girls’s Professional Softball League was not the primary try at a ladies’s league; there was one different motion within the Nineteen Seventies. The Worldwide Girls’s Skilled Softball Affiliation was based in 1976 and stayed lively till the 80s. There was a lull within the sport till the 1990’s when the Cowles household based the Girls’s Professional Softball League.