2020 NPF Season
LeagueNational Pro Fastpitch
Sportsoftball
Number of teams5
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The 2020 National Pro Fastpitch season was to be the 17th season of professional softball under the name National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for the only professional women's softball league in the United States. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the season was cancelled.

Summary

The 2020 season was expected to feature 5 teams with a new schedule format.[1] The California Commotion joined as an expansion side,[2][3] while the Beijing Eagles and USSSA Pride departed the league.[4][5] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 16, the league postponed and later cancelled the 2020 NPF Draft and postponed the start of the season.[6] On March 31, the Aussie Peppers opted out of participating in the season due to the pandemic.[7] On April 13, the Canadian Wild became the second team to opt out of the season.[8] On May 15, the NPF officially cancelled the season.[9]

Planned teams

Team City Stadium
Aussie Peppers North Mankato, Minnesota Caswell Park Softball Complex
California Commotion Not announced
Canadian Wild Marion, Illinois Rent One Park
Chicago Bandits Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago area) Rosemont Stadium
Cleveland Comets Traveling team

References

  1. ^ "National Pro Fastpitch Announces New Schedule Format for 2020". National Pro Fastpitch. August 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Lombardo, Kayla (November 14, 2019). "What The Addition Of The California Commotion Means For NPF". Softball America.
  3. ^ "Commotion Leads National Pro Fastpitch Expansion to West Coast". National Pro Fastpitch. November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Grossman, Hillard; Berman, Dave (September 16, 2019). "Viera-based USSSA Pride depart from pro softball league". Florida Today.
  5. ^ Martorano, Dion (May 26, 2020). "Chicago Bandits Look Forward to 2021 After 2020 Canceled". Journal & Topics.
  6. ^ "National Pro Fastpitch Update". National Pro Fastpitch. March 16, 2020.
  7. ^ "COVID-19 Complications Sideline Aussie Peppers for 2020 NPF season". National Pro Fastpitch. March 31, 2020.
  8. ^ "Canadian Wild Becomes Latest NPF to sit out 2020". National Pro Fastpitch. April 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "National Pro Fastpitch Cancels 2020 Season due to COVID-19". National Pro Fastpitch. May 15, 2020.