2013 National Pro Fastpitch season
|2013 NPF Season|
|League||National Pro Fastpitch|
|Duration||June 5, 2013 – August 18, 2013|
|Number of teams||4|
|2013 NPF Draft|
|Top draft pick||
Rachele Fico P |
|Picked by||Akron Racers|
|Ringor Cup |
The 2013 National Pro Fastpitch season is the tenth season of professional softball under the name National Pro Fastpitch for the only professional women's softball league in the United States. From 1997 to 2002, NPF operated under the names Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). Each year, the playoff teams battle for the Cowles Cup.
Milestones and events
The Carolina Diamonds ceased operations after the 2012 season. NPF announced that an expansion team named the NY/NJ Comets would begin play in the 2013 season, with the Comets awarded the contracts of the Diamonds' players.
The creation of a policy and criteria, to award the Cowles Cup, in the event of inclement weather. That policy states a reserve day to play the Championships and also a tiered process for naming a champion if the Series cannot be finished. That policy is as follows:
- If no games have been played in the Final Series best of three - Championship is awarded to the highest seed
- If one game has been played in the Final Series best of three - Championship is awarded to the winner of game 1
- If two games have been played in the Final Series and each team has a loss - Championship is awarded to the team with the best win/loss head to head between the two competing teams during regular season league play. If that record is even, the Championship is awarded to the highest seed.
Other rule changes:
- Voted in favor of eliminating the international tie breaker in regular season play. (The tie breaker does not currently exist for Championship play either, so this move will essentially remove the tie breaker usage from NPF competition completely.)
- More clearly defined the Franchise Player Tag, making it permanent for the year it is designated. Once FPT is assigned to a player, it is exhausted for that particular year and cannot be changed or transferred. In the case of a trade, the FPT remains exhausted and cannot be reassigned to any other player(s).
- Voted in favor of changing the Draft order beginning in the 2014 Draft: Draft order will remain based on regular season finish of the previous year, but will alternate every other round from last place to first place in the opening round to first place to last place in the second round, and so on.
- Voted in favor of defining the penalty for passing a draft pick. The penalty for “passing” beginning in the 2013 Draft, will be loss of the offending team’s first draft selection in the subsequent year.
- Voted to increase Team rights to drafted players. Rights to players will extend from the current policy to an additional year. Formerly, a Team held the rights to a drafted player until September 1 following the Draft. The new policy gives the team the right to a drafted player until a year from September 1 following the draft in which the player was chosen. Additionally, following that period, any team that picks up the drafted player, must compensate the drafting team an amount of $3,000.
Teams, cities and stadiums
|Akron Racers||Akron, Ohio||Firestone Stadium|
|Chicago Bandits||Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago Area)||Ballpark at Rosemont|
|NY/NJ Comets||Bridgewater, NJ||Various|
|USSSA Florida Pride||Kissimmee, Florida||Osceola County Stadium|
The 2013 NPF College Draft was held in Nashville, Tennessee on April 1 at 8:00 pm EST in Ford Theatre located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Akron Racers selected pitcher Rachele Fico of LSU as the first overall pick.
- Ayumi Karino became the first Japanese player in NPF history when she signed a contract with Akron Racers.
Teams are seeded by the final standings. The third- and fourth-seeded teams play each other, with the winner advancing. The second seeded team plays the winner of game one. The top seed plays a best-of-three series against the winner of game two.
|Game 1||Game 2||Best-of-3 Championship Series|
|2||USSSA Pride||2||2||USSSA Pride||2||5||2|
|4||NY/NJ Comets||2||3||Akron Racers||1|
|2013 NPF Championship Semifinals - Game One|
Akron Racers eliminate NY/NJ Comets
|August 22||Akron Racers 4, NY/NJ Comets 2||Rosemont, Illinois|
|2013 NPF Championship Semifinals - Game Two|
USSSA Pride eliminate Akron Racers
|August 23||USSSA Pride 2, Akron Racers 1||Rosemont, Illinois|
|2013 NPF Championship Series|
USSSA Pride defeat Chicago Bandits 2–1
|1||August 23||Chicago Bandits 3, USSSA Pride 2 ||1–0||Rosemont, Illinois|
|2||August 24||Chicago Bandits 0, USSSA Pride 5||1–1||Rosemont, Illinois|
|3||August 24||Chicago Bandits 1, USSSA Pride 2||1–2||Rosemont, Illinois|
|Player of the Year Award||Megan Wiggins||Chicago Bandits||.433 BA, led league with 11 HR, .780 SLG, .532 OBP, and 1.312 OPS|
|Pitcher of the Year||Cat Osterman||USSSA Pride||234 K, 1.06 ERA, 17-4|
|Rookie of the Year||Andi Williamson||Chicago Bandits||1.67 ERA, 9 wins|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Ashley Charters||USSSA Pride||Zero errors, 58 put-outs and 61 assists|
|Offensive Player of the Year (tie)||Megan Wiggins||Chicago Bandits|
|Gionna DiSalvatore||USSSA Pride|
|Home Run Award||Megan Wiggins||Chicago Bandits||11 HR|
|Diamond Spike Award[note 1]||Caitlin Lowe||USSSA Pride||16 SB|
|Coaching Staff of the Year||Chicago Bandits -- Mike Steurwald (HEAD COACH) and Jimmy Kolatis (ASSISTANT COACH)|
|Jennie Finch Award[note 2]||Vicky Galindo||Chicago Bandits|
- The Diamond Spike Award is given to the player with the most stolen bases
- The Jennie Finch award is given to the player who best exemplifies the character and qualities of its famous namesake, and who is considered to positively impact the game both on and off the field.
|2013 All-NPF Team|
|Pitcher||Cat Osterman||USSSA Pride|
|Pitcher||Monica Abbott||Chicago Bandits|
|Pitcher||Michelle Gascoigne||Chicago Bandits|
|Pitcher||Andi Williamson||Chicago Bandits|
|Catcher||Kaylyn Castillo||Akron Racers|
|1st Base||Gionna DiSalvatore||USSSA Pride|
|2nd Base||Ashley Charters||USSSA Pride|
|3rd Base||Andrea Duran||USSSA Pride|
|Shortstop (tie)||Natasha Watley||USSSA Pride|
|Tammy Williams||Chicago Bandits|
|Outfield||Megan Wiggins||Chicago Bandits|
|Outfield||Caitlin Lowe||Chicago Bandits|
|Outfield||Kelly Kretschman||USSSA Pride|
|At-Large||Charlotte Morgan||Akron Racers|
|At-Large||Vicky Galindo||Chicago Bandits|
|At-Large||Kimi Pohlman||Chicago Bandits|
|At-Large||Kristen Butler||Chicago Bandits|
|At-Large||Sarah Pauly||USSSA Pride|
|At-Large||Olivia Galati||NY/NJ Comets|
|NPF Championship Series MVP|
|Cat Osterman||USSSA Pride||2nd Championship Series MVP for Osterman|
- List of professional sports leagues
- List of professional sports teams in the United States and Canada
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