01/23/2017 10:00 PM -
Nashville, TN (January 23, 2017) - National Pro Fastpitch held its annual Winter Meetings January 18-20 in Nashville. Representatives from all teams, including owners and General Managers, were on hand to discuss and plan for the upcoming 2017 season.
Each year, the Winter Meetings yield policy changes, rule approvals and adjustments, and the upcoming season schedule, among other things. Highlighting this year’s results are an increase in the team salary cap and an increase in the maximum players allowed on a roster.
In addition, some ground breaking rule adjustments will be implemented into league play in 2017, specifically in the area of pitching. First off, pitching regulations will align much more with WBSC pitching rules, as opposed to the history of echoing NCAA outlines. Further, the penalty for an illegal pitch, will be reduced from “a ball on the batter and advancement of one base to all baserunners”, to simply, “one ball on the batter and no baserunner advancement”.
Growing emphasis will be placed on further regulation and monitoring of allowable bats for NPF competition. Bats supplied to NPF players will be limited to NPF partner suppliers who completely understand the bat performance parameters and who stand behind their manufacturing and distribution process in maintaining bats that conform to the legal allowances of the league.
“Our Winter Meetings are a time for us to come together and make the league better from season to season”, commented league Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “I am proud of our group of team owners and GM’s in continuing to make changes that not only fit the elite level of competition housed in NPF, but lead the way in making the game better overall for players, fans and teams.”
Also included on the Winter Meetings agenda is the upcoming season schedule, which was completed and released on Friday. The 2017 schedule includes 120 total regular season games, kicking off June 1 and completing August 13.
Although 2017 Draft and Championship Series dates were discussed, no official release has been made on either of those events to date.
Below is a summary outcome of NPF Winter Meetings 2017.
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National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season was televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage included the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet in April, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series.
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