2015 NPF College Draft

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  1. 2015 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft

    Nashville, TN - February 17, 2015 - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the 2015 NPF College Draft will take place on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 pm CT in Nashville. For the third year in a row, the NPF College Draft will be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    With the addition of the Dallas Charge, a league expansion team in 2015, the Draft has added a 6th round and four additional bonus selections for Dallas. Dallas will make bonus selections in the fourth and sixth rounds for a total of 10 selections. The additional round and selections will total 34 overall picks in the 2015 Draft.

    Last season?s Ringor Cup and Cowles Cup Champions, the USSSA Pride will lead the Draft, having acquired the #1 and #2 overall picks from the PA Rebellion and the Akron Racers respectively. The Pride also holds the fourth selection, due to their overall finish from 2014, ultimately giving them three of the first four selections. Only the Chicago Bandits and the Dallas Charge will join the Pride in making first round selections.

    PA will make their appearance in the Draft in the first pick of the second round as a result of an early 2015 trade with USSSA. The Rebellion will dominate the second round of selections owning three of the five placements.

    Akron will not debut until the third round with the 12th overall selection. Chicago is the only team with unaltered Draft positions due to trading. Chicago and Dallas are the only two teams with at least one selection in every round. In total, seven trades will currently impact the overall 2015 Draft order. [FONT=&quot][/FONT]

    The 2015 Draft is moving this year from the 250 seat Ford Theatre to the brand new 800 seat CMA Theatre inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The event took place in the Ford Theatre in 2013 and 2014, with the 2014 event enjoying sold out attendance.

    Last year's Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player, Hannah Rogers, will be on hand to watch the Draft unfold. Rogers will be joined by her USSSA teammates, NPF Rookie of the Year, 2014 Honda Award winner, and former University of Tennessee shortstop, Madison Shipman; NPF champion and former WCWS Champion with the UCLA Bruins, GiOnna DiSalvatore; and NPF veteran and 4-time NPF Champion, Megan Willis. Other NPF players are expected to attend and will be announced in the near future.

    Drafting an athlete gives an NPF affiliate team the rights to that athlete for two full seasons. For four consecutive years, 2010 through 2013 the #1 draft pick came out of the Southeastern Conference. That streak was broken last season when the PA Rebellion selected ASU?s Dallas Escobedo as the #1 overall draftee.

    Fans will be able to follow along with the event through league and team?s Facebook and Twitter sites. The event has also been live-streamed since 2010 and an announcement will be forthcoming regarding a live media outlet.

    The 2015 Draft order currently is as follows:

    1. USSSA Pride (Trade with PA Rebellion ? 3/10/14)
    2. USSSA Pride (Trade with Akron Racers - 3/18/2014)
    3. Chicago Bandits
    4. USSSA Pride
    5. Dallas Charge

    6. PA Rebellion (Trade with USSSA Pride ? 1/19/15)
    7. Chicago Bandits
    8. PA Rebellion (Trade with Akron Racers - 1/27/15)
    9. PA Rebellion
    10. Dallas Charge

    11. USSSA Pride (Trade with PA Rebellion ? 1/19/15)
    12. Akron Racers
    13. Chicago Bandits
    14. PA Rebellion (Trade with USSSA Pride ? 1/19/15)
    15. Dallas Charge

    16. Dallas Charge
    17. USSSA Pride
    18. Chicago Bandits
    19. Akron Racers
    20. PA Rebellion
    21. Dallas Charge

    22. PA Rebellion
    23. Akron Racers
    24. Chicago Bandits
    25. PA Rebellion (Trade with USSSA Pride - 1/27/15)
    26. Dallas Charge

    27. Dallas Charge
    28. USSSA Pride
    29. Chicago Bandits
    30. Akron Racers
    31. PA Rebellion
    32. Dallas Charge
    33. Dallas Charge
    34. Dallas Charge

    About National Pro Fastpitch
    National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women[FONT=&quot]?[/FONT]s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women[FONT=&quot]?[/FONT]s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women[FONT=&quot]?[/FONT]s fastpitch softball since 2002.[FONT=&quot][/FONT]

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