National Pro Fastpitch to sit out 2021 season


Go Buckeyes
I'm wondering how much longer this league will exist. Some of the decisions this league has made are head-scratchers...

The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league will sit out for a second season in a row, as international COVID-19 quarantines and U.S. venue issues lead to the decision.

NPF has a unique structure, with teams working directly with international fastpitch teams. It also serves as a training circuit for Olympic teams, but 2021 was shaping up to be a shortened season anyway because of the one-year delay of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Add to that quarantine requirements imposed on the international teams participating in NPF: Olympic teams of Australia (Aussie Peppers), Canada (Canadian Wild), and Mexico (Cleveland Comets) would be hindered with entrance and exit requirements that would inevitably include practice and training-limiting quarantines, along with general issues of player health and safety.


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With only 4 teams in the league its not going to be around much longer. Japan, China, Australia and Canada national teams play games with NPF that adds games but over all the league seems to be going backwards every year. USSSA Pride 2019 Champions may end up like softballs version of the globetrotters...