February 17, 2017 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Chicago Bandits
Rosemont, Ill. - The Chicago Bandits announced today that eight of Australia's best female softball players will have the opportunity to play professionally for the Rosemont-based team during the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) season. The agreement is the result of a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding between Softball Australia and NPF. The eight Australian Bandits will be announced at a later date.
"The Village of Rosemont and the Chicago Bandits are thrilled to have an opportunity to work with Softball Australia in an effort to continue to elevate the sport of women's softball," said Chicago Bandits General Manager Toni Calmeyn. "We are looking forward to a great season!"
"This partnership between Softball Australia and National Pro Fastpitch will ensure that some of our athletes have a chance to participate together as part of a team in the NPF- one of the best competitions in the world," said Softball Australia CEO Chet Gray.
National Pro Fastpitch is a five-team league with a season that runs from June through August in the United States. The league features active US former Olympians, NCAA National Champions and Women's College World Series' MVPs along with NCAA Softball's most decorated athletes both nationally and through individual conference affiliations.
"It is a conscious strategy of the league to integrate more international players and continue to have a positive effect on the global development of the game of softball," said Cheri Kempf, NPF Commissioner. "The ability to include Australian players in the NPF's 2017 season on a much larger scale is a win for our sport."