National Pro Fastpitch Awards Professional Women’s Softball Team to Western Pennsylvania
Washington, Pa., November 19, 2013 – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), the premier showcase of the world’s most talented women softball players, has chosen CONSOL Energy Park as its newest home. The NPF, whose current and former stars include Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Keilani Ricketts, chose the tri-state region to host its newest team, the Rebellion, because of the venue, the area’s well-established and growing softball tradition, and the tri-state region’s rich sports history.
“There are 797 high schools in Pennsylvania with girls’ softball teams and 2,500 member youth teams registered in the area,” said Francine W. Williams, the Rebellion’s managing partner. “When you add college teams and youth organizations, western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio comprise the third largest concentration of women’s softball players in the country – behind only California and Texas. This thriving community of local fastpitch players and fans at the youth, high school and college levels will now be able to experience the game at its highest level of play.”
The Rebellion will play 48 games during the 2014 regular season, including 24 home games at CONSOL Energy Park, some of which will be televised. The Rebellion will work to fill its roster with top talent between now and May 2014, the start of training camp, and the team will participate in the annual college draft slated for April. The regular season runs from early June to mid-August, followed by the NPF Championship Series.
“Western Pennsylvania is legendary for its sports and its ever-growing fan base, so we’re thrilled for it to be the latest setting for fast-paced NPF action,” said Cheri Kempf, league commissioner. “NPF offers family-friendly entertainment and showcases the world’s top talent in fastpitch softball, making CONSOL Energy Park a perfect fit for our newest home venue.”
“As you know, CONSOL Energy Park has been the home of the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things for the past 12 years. We couldn’t take on this new team without the enthusiastic support of our Wild Things family of sponsors and supporters who, as usual, jumped in to support the community,” added Williams. “We’re encouraged with the response to date and look forward to the Rebellion taking the field in 2014. Stay tuned for all of the developments that will be announced in the upcoming months. Join the Rebellion!”
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The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Joining the gritty, fast-paced league in 2014, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For tickets, please visit rebellionprosoftball.com.