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NPF ANNOUNCES 2005 SCHEDULE

(Denver, CO)- NPF is excited to announce the 2005 schedule that will include a 48-game regular season schedule for each of the six NPF teams. The season will launch the first part of June and run through August 21, 2005 with the exception of the Arizona Heat kicking off their season Memorial Day weekend. Regular season play will be followed by the Playoffs and Championships August 27–28, 2005. The six NPF teams include the Akron Racers, Arizona Heat, Chicago Bandits, New England Riptide, NY/NJ Juggernaut, and Texas Thunder. The California Sunbirds will also play a limited schedule in 2005 with plans to fully participate in the league again in 2006.

NPF is excited to be able to include the Australia, Canada, China, Russia and Venezuelan National teams into the schedule. “Bringing in international teams to play NPF teams is the league’s way of promoting both NPF credibility and continuing the development of U.S. Olympic and international players simultaneously,” stated NPF President, Bill Conroy. “It is our hope that the league will build attendance and media coverage through the international team drawing power.”

NPF has also opened the pool of opponents to include potential teams and owners in 2006 and beyond. The nationally recognized Stratford Brakettes already announced their plans to join NPF in 2006. Additional teams include the Phoenix Flames, SoCal Schutt Hurricanes, Peoria Outlaws, Illinois Cougars, St. Louis Saints and the Long Island Angels. “Due to the overwhelming demand for potential owners it made good sense to look at the teams’ viability in the league as well as allow them the opportunity to experience what it’s like to participate and compete at this level,” stated Conroy.

To make the competition even more interesting, all games against the international teams and potential expansion teams will count in the league standings and only the top four NPF teams will go on to compete in the Playoffs.

NPF enters into its third year as the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of professional women’s fastpitch softball. The new alliance with ASA/USA Softball and the International Softball Federation (ISF) has helped tremendously with bringing the international teams into the fold.

Be sure to tune into ESPN this summer, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, as they will air a select number of NPF games in 2005, as well as, Comcast who signed an agreement to televise eight NPF games. “This type of national exposure is exactly what the league and players need to continue to create awareness of this awesome sport and its female athletes,” stated Conroy. Agreements for radio broadcasts and webcasting are in the works.

National and local NPF sponsors include Majestic Athletic, Schutt® Sports, JUGS, Adams USA, Inc., Mizuno, Anderson Bat Company, Louisville Slugger, Akadema, Gatorade, My Sports Warehouse, Softball Junk. Com, Infinity Pro Sports, Pepsi, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, Marriott Hotel, Motion DNA, Fisher Nuts, AMI Graphics, Radio Disney, Softball Today Magazine, Marcus Theatres, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hilton Hotel, Tanel 360, Velocity Sports, Dominick’s Finer Foods (Safeway) Thilman Filippini, See’s Candies, Innovative Sports, Athletique Inc., TCF Bank, United Community Bank, Canandaigua Wine Company, National Baseball Softball Academy, Swingtown, American Hole'n One, Jewel-Osco, Athletic and Therapeutic Institute, Midwest Orthopedics, Wolf-Ritz Camera, Tea Pod, Ed Graham & Associates, Rich Melmon-Lettuce Entertain U, Foresight Consulting, Fuji Steakhouse, Brookfield Zoo and La Finesse Salon.

National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. 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 Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL).

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2005 NPF Regular Season Schedule


Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Spring Training Begins

Thursday, May 26
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat….....................7:30 pm PST

Friday, May 27
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat ........................7:30 pm PST

Saturday, May 28
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat...........................7:30 pm PST
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Patriot Gators* (exhibition)…...7:00 pm EST

Sunday, May 29
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat............................7:30 pm PST

Thursday, June 2
Venezuela @ NY/NJ Juggernaut..............................7:00 pm EST
Akron Racers @ Arizona Heat................................7:30 pm PST
Australia @ Chicago Bandits....................................7:00 pm CST
Texas Thunder vs. Texas All-Stars (exhibition)……......7:00 pm CST

Friday, June 3
Venezuela @ NY/NJ Juggernaut..................................7:00 pm EST
Akron Racers @ Arizona Heat....................................7:30 pm PST
Australia @ Chicago Bandits......................................7:00 pm CST
Texas Thunder vs. Texas All-Stars (exhibition)….....….7:00 pm CST

Saturday, June 4
Venezuela @ NY/NJ Juggernaut..................................5:00 pm EST
Akron Racers @ Arizona Heat......................................7:30 pm PST
Australia @ Chicago Bandits........................................7:00 pm CST
Texas Thunder @ Houston Astros (promotional event).... 3 pm CST

Sunday, June 5
Venezuela @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...................................1:00 pm EST
Akron Racers @ Arizona Heat..........................................7:30 pm PST
Australia @ Chicago Bandits...........................................12:00pm CST
Texas Thunder vs. Texas All-stars (exhibition)…............…..1:00 pm CST
New England Riptide @ Stratford Brakettes (DH)..…....…............TBA

Wednesday, June 8
New England Riptide @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...........................7:00pm EST

Thursday, June 9
Arizona Heat @ Texas Thunder...........................................7:00 pm CST
New England Riptide @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...........................7:00 pm EST
Venezuela @ Chicago Bandits........…………….............…....7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers ……………...............…..7:05 pm EST

Friday, June 10
Arizona Heat @ Texas Thunder...........................................7:00 pm CST
New England Riptide @ NY/NJ Juggernaut..........................7:00 pm EST
Venezuela @ Chicago Bandits..…..…………......................7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers ………..............………..7:05 pm EST

Saturday, June 11
Arizona Heat @ Texas Thunder.....................................7:00 pm CST
New England Riptide @ NY/NJ Juggernaut**................ 7:00 pm EST
Venezuela @ ChicagoBandits……..…………...……....7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers ……………....…..1:05 pm EST

Sunday, June 12
Arizona Heat @ Texas Thunder....................................1:00 pm CST
Venezuela @ Chicago Bandits.…..……………........…...12:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers ……………..…..1:05 pm EST

Thursday, June 16
Russia @ Texas Thunder...........................................7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ New England Riptide...................7:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ Arizona Heat..........................................7:30 pm PST
Stratford Brakettes @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...…………7:00 pm EST
Peoria Outlaws @ Akron Racers...…………………..7:05 pm EST
China @ Chicago Bandits…………………………….7:00 pm CST

Friday, June 17
Russia @ Texas Thunder...........................................7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ New England Riptide....................7:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ Arizona Heat........................................7:30 pm PST
Stratford Brakettes @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...…………7:00 pm EST
Peoria Outlaws @ Akron Racers...…………………..7:05 pm EST
China @ Chicago Bandits…………………………….7:00 pm CST

Saturday, June 18
Russia @ Texas Thunder...........................................7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ New England Riptide......................7:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ Arizona Heat...........................................7:30 pm PST
Stratford Brakettes @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...…………5:00 pm EST
Peoria Outlaws @ Akron Racers...…………………..1:05 pm EST
China @ Chicago Bandits…………………………….7:00 pm CST

Sunday, June 19
Russia @ Texas Thunder.............................................1:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ New England Riptide....................5:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ Arizona Heat..............................................7:30 pm PST
Stratford Brakettes @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...…………1:00 pm EST
Peoria Outlaws @ Akron Racers...…………………..1:05 pm EST
China @ Chicago Bandits..………………………….12:00 pm CST

Thursday, June 23
Venezuela @ Akron Racers............................................7:05 pm EST
Texas Thunder @ New England Riptide............................7:05 pm EST
Chicago Bandits @ Arizona Heat......................................7:30 pm PST
China @ NY/NJ Juggernaut***……….......…………………..7:00 pm EST

Friday, June 24
Venezuela @ Akron Racers...............................................7:05 pm EST
Texas Thunder @ New England Riptide...............................7:05 pm EST
Chicago Bandits @ Arizona Heat.................................7:30pm PST
China @ NY/NJ Juggernaut…………………………..7:00 pm EST

Saturday, June 25
Venezuela @ Akron Racers.................................................1:05 pm EST
Texas Thunder @ New England Riptide................................7:05 pm EST
Chicago Bandits @ Arizona Heat .........................................7:30 pm PST
China @ NY/NJ Juggernaut……….……………….............…...5:00 pm EST

Sunday, June 26
Venezuela @ Akron Racers...........................................1:05 pm EST
Texas Thunder @ New England Riptide...........................5:05 pm EST
Chicago Bandits @ Arizona Heat....................................7:30 pm PST
China @ NY/NJ Juggernaut………………….........………..1:00 pm EST

Monday, June 27
Texas Thunder @ Stratford Brakettes (DH)……….………….TBA

Tuesday, June 28
Texas Thunder @ Stratford Brakettes (DH)……….………….TBA

Wednesday, June 29
Venezuela @ New England Riptide.................................7:05 pm EST

Thursday, June 30
Texas Thunder @ NY/NJ Juggernaut...................7:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers..................7:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ New England Riptide....……………….7:05 pm EST
Stratford Brakettes @ Chicago Bandits....…………..7:00 pm CST

Friday, July 1
Texas Thunder @ NY/NJ Juggernaut.....................7:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers......................7:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ New England Riptide...……………….7:05 pm EST
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat...........................7:30 pm PST
Stratford Brakettes @ Chicago Bandits……………..7:00 pm CST

Saturday, July 2
Texas Thunder @ NY/NJ Juggernaut......................5:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers....................1:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ New England Riptide...……………….7:05 pm EST
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat............................7:30 pm PST
Stratford Brakettes @ Chicago Bandits……………..6:00 pm CST

Sunday, July 3
Texas Thunder @ NY/NJ Juggernaut.......................1:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Akron Racers.......................1:05 pm EST
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat...........................7:30 pm PST
Stratford Brakettes @ Chicago Bandits..…………..12:00 pm CST

Monday, July 4- Fireworks Night
Phoenix Flames @ Arizona Heat........................7:30 pm PST

Wednesday, July 6
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide..............7:05 pm CST

Thursday, July 7
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide………..7:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ Texas Thunder..……………………...7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat………………...7:30 pm PST

Friday, July 8
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide………..7:05 pm EST
Chicago Bandits @ Akron Racers...…………………7:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ Texas Thunder..……………………...7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat………………...7:30 pm PST

Saturday, July 9
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide………..7:05 pm EST
Chicago Bandits @ Akron Racers (DH)……1:05 & 3:05pm EST
Venezuela @ Texas Thunder..……………………...7:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat………………...7:30 pm PST

Sunday, July 10
Chicago Bandits @ Akron Racers...…………………1:05 pm EST
Venezuela @ Texas Thunder………………………...1:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat………………...7:30 pm PST

Monday, July 11
New England Riptide @ Stratford Brakettes (DH)……............….…TBA

Wednesday, July 13
Venezuela @Ny/NJ Juggernaut................................7:00 pm EST

Thursday, July 14
Arizona Heat @ Akron Racers………………………..7:05 pm EST
Phoenix Flames @ Texas Thunder.........................7:00 pm CST
Canada @ Chicago Bandits…………………………..7:00 pm CST
Venezuela @ NY/NJ Juggernaut*..…………………...7:00 pm EST

Friday, July 15
Arizona Heat @ Akron Racers………………………..7:05 pm EST
Phoenix Flames @ Texas Thunder........................7:00 pm CST
Canada @ Chicago Bandits…………………………..7:00 pm CST
Venezuela @ NY/NJ Juggernaut..…………………...7:00 pm EST
Stratford Brakettes @ New England Riptide………..7:05 pm EST

Saturday, July 16
Arizona Heat @ Akron Racers………………………..1:05 pm EST
Phoenix Flames @ Texas Thunder..........................7:00 pm CST
Canada @ Chicago Bandits…………………………..7:00 pm CST
Stratford Brakettes @ New England Riptide………..1:05 pm EST
Stratford Brakettes @ New England Riptide………..7:05 pm EST

Sunday, July 17
Arizona Heat @ Akron Racers………………………..1:05 pm EST
Phoenix Flames @ Texas Thunder..........................1:00 pm CST
Canada @ Chicago Bandits.………………………..12:00 pm CST
Venezuela @ NY/NJ Juggernaut..…………………...1:00 pm EST
Stratford Brakettes @ New England Riptide………..5:05 pm EST

Thursday, July 21
Canada National @ Texas Thunder...........................................7:00 pm CST
Canada Elite @ Akron Racers...........................................7:05 pm EST
St. Louis Saints @ Chicago Bandits............................7:00 pm CST
New England Riptide @ NY/NJJuggernaut.......…………7:00 pm EST

Friday, July 22
Canada National @ Texas Thunder..............................7:00 pm CST
Canada Elite @ Akron Racers.....................................7:05 pm EST
St. Louis Saints @ Chicago Bandits............................7:00 pm CST
New England Riptide @ NY/NJJuggernaut…........…..…7:00 pm EST

Saturday, July 23
Canada National@ Texas Thunder..................................1:00 pm CST
Canada Elite @ Akron Racers......................................1:05 pm EST
St. Louis Saints @ Chicago Bandits..............................7:00 pm CST
New England Riptide @ NY/NJJuggernaut…........………5:00 pm EST

Sunday, July 24
Canada National @ Texas Thunder...............................1:00 pm CST
Canada Elite @ Akron Racers.................................... 1:05 pm EST
St. Louis Saints @ Chicago Bandits............................12:00pm CST
New England Riptide @ NY/NJJuggernaut…….......……1:00 pm EST

Wednesday, July 27
Akron Racers @ New England Riptide........................ 7:05 pm EST
Chicago Bandits @ Stratford Brakettes (DH).............................TBA

Thursday, July 28
Akron Racers @ New England Riptide........................ 7:05 pm EST
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Texas Thunder................. 7:00 pm CST
Chicago Bandits @ NY/NJ Juggernaut.........................7:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat........………………..7:30 pm PST

Friday, July 29
Akron Racers @ New England Riptide........................ 7:05 pm EST
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Texas Thunder................. 7:00 pm CST
Chicago Bandits @ NY/NJ Juggernaut.........................7:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat..………...…………..7:30 pm PST

Saturday, July 30
Akron Racers @ New England Riptide........................ 7:05 pm EST
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Texas Thunder................ 7:00 pm CST
Chicago Bandits @ NY/NJ Juggernaut....................... 5:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat..…….....…………..7:30 pm PST

Sunday, July 31
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Texas Thunder..................1:00 pm CST
Chicago Bandits @ NY/NJ Juggernaut..........................1:00 pm EST
California Sunbirds @ Arizona Heat..…………......……..7:30 pm PST

Monday, August 1
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Stratford Brakettes (DH)...........................TBA

Wednesday, August 3
Long Island Angels @ New England Riptide...................7:05 pm EST

Thursday, August 4
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Chicago Bandits...........................7:00 pm CST
Long Island Angels @ New England Riptide...................7:05 pm EST
Illinois Cougars @ Akron Racers..................................7:05 pm EST
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Arizona Heat…...…...……...7:30 pm PST

Friday, August 5
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Chicago Bandits...........................7:00 pm CST
Long Island Angels @ New England Riptide....................7:05 pm EST
Illinois Cougars @ Akron Racers....................................7:05 pm EST
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Arizona Heat…………..........7:30 pm PST
California Sunbirds @ Texas Thunder……………..........….7:00 pm CST

Saturday, August 6
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Chicago Bandits.............................7:00 pm CST
Long Island Angels @ New England Riptide.....................7:05 pm EST
Illinois Cougars @ Akron Racers.....................................1:05 pm EST
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Arizona Heat…........………...7:30 pm PST
California Sunbirds @ Texas Thunder……..........………….1:00 pm CST
California Sunbirds @ Texas Thunder……..........………….7:00 pm CST

Sunday, August 7
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Chicago Bandits......................…...12:00pm CST
Illinois Cougars @ Akron Racers......................................1:05 pm EST
SoCal Schutt Hurricanes @ Arizona Heat….........………...7:30 pm PST
California Sunbirds @ Texas Thunder……….............….….1:00 pm CST

Thursday, August 11
Texas Thunder @ Arizona Heat.........................................7:30 pm PST
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Akron Racers..................................7:05 pm EST
New England Riptide @ Chicago Bandits...........................7:00 pm CST

Friday, August 12
Texas Thunder @ Arizona Heat.........................................7:30 pm PST
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Akron Racers...................................7:05 pm EST
New England Riptide @ Chicago Bandits..........................7:00 pm CST

Saturday, August 13
Texas Thunder @ Arizona Heat..........................................7:30 pm PST
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Akron Racers..................................1:05 pm EST
New England Riptide @ Chicago Bandits..........................7:00 pm CST

Sunday, August 14
Texas Thunder @ Arizona Heat........................................7:30 pm PST
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ Akron Racers..................................1:05 pm EST
New England Riptide @ Chicago Bandits..........................12:00pm CST

Wednesday, August, 17
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide........................7:05 pm EST

Thursday, August 18
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide........................7:05 pm EST
Akron Racers @ Texas Thunder.......................................7:00 pm CST
Arizona Heat @ Chicago Bandits .....................................7:00 pm CST

Friday, August 19
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide........................7:05 pm EST
Akron Racers @ Texas Thunder.......................................7:00 pm CST
Arizona Heat @ Chicago Bandits .....................................7:00 pm CST

Saturday, August 20
NY/NJ Juggernaut @ New England Riptide........................7:05 pm EST
Akron Racers @ Texas Thunder.......................................7:00 pm CST
Arizona Heat @ Chicago Bandits .....................................7:00 pm CST

Sunday, August 21
Akron Racers @ Texas Thunder.......................................1:00 pm CST
Arizona Heat @ Chicago Bandits......................................12:00pm CST

NPF Postseason
Saturday, August 27
NPF Playoffs (Top 4 finishers)…………………………….……TBA

Sunday, August 28
NPF Championship………………..……………………………..TBA


NY/NJ alternate home field locations:
*Pates Park, Allentown, PA
**Tufter Field, Middletown, NY
***Municipal Fields, Montville, NJ

All games and times are subject to change.