DENVER, COLO. - The Cincinnati Reds will host National Pro Fastpitch on Wednesday (July 23). The 2003 NPF All-Star Team will sign autographs and participate in pre-game ceremonies prior to the MLB team's 7:10 pm game with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds will also stage a 9 a.m. clinic on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park for 100 girls (ages 8-16). In addition to the NPF All-Stars teaching all levels of softball skills, clinic participants will receive hands-on pitching instruction from pitcher Amy Kyler. A Cleveland State product from Marshallville, Ohio, Kyler pitched two seasons for the Akron Racers in the Women's Pro Softball League.
The NPF Tour moves to Akron this weekend as the traveling All-Star team plays a single game Friday (July 25) followed by a doubleheader Saturday (July 26).
In addition to the three games, the NPF All-Stars will participate in a clinic Friday while appearing the next day at the Fastpitch Expo and a College Recruiting Seminar, presented by The National Scouting Report.
The 2003 NPF All-Star Tour is part of a nation-wide circuit for the collection of top collegiate and professional softball players that will end their 17-city this summer at Houston's Minute Maid Park August 9. The NPF All-Star Tour partners with Major League Baseball clubs in 12 cities, including San Francisco, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Denver, Miami, Atlanta, Phoenix, Chicago, Cincinnati, Boston and Houston. Official league play is scheduled to begin early summer, 2004.
National Pro Fastpitch is the only professional women's fastpitch softball league in the United States. Major League Baseball is the Official Development Partner of NPF. The league is headquartered in Denver, and has been in operation since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL).
"We've assembled a great group of top-notch athletes for our All-Star team and we're excited about the competition we'll meet while on tour. Our partnership with Major League Baseball gives us a great opportunity to bring fastpitch action to baseball and softball fans alike and really show what women can do on the diamond," said Rich Levine, President and CEO of National Pro Fastpitch.
Cincinnati-Akron Activities, 2003 NPF All-Star Tour
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - Cincinnati, Ohio
·9 a.m. - General skills clinic hosted by the Cincinnati Reds at Great
American Ball Park. For more information, telephone 513/765-7100 or download the Clinic Registration Form (be patient, it takes a while to download!).
·6:45 p.m. - Fastpitch Night hosted by the Cincinnati Reds at Great American
Ball Park for pre-game appearances and autographs. Group tickets are available to softball teams purchasing 25 or more tickets. Telephone 513-762-7100 for more information.
·7:10 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers. Group tickets are available to softball teams purchasing 25 or more tickets. Telephone 513/762-7100 for more information.
Friday, July 25, 2003 - Akron, Ohio
·11 a.m. - The NPF All-Stars will conduct a General Skills Clinic for ages 10-18 at Firestone Stadium. The clinic will focus on the proper hitting, pitching and fielding techniques. The $45 fee includes the clinic instruction, a NPF t-shirt, a ball, a private autograph session and a ticket to the evening games at Firestone Stadium. Telephone 330/376-8188 for a clinic registration form.
·5 p.m. - NPF Autograph Session.
·6 p.m. - Ohio Collegiate All-Star Game featuring players from 10 NCAA
Division I Teams.
·8 p.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Ohio College Stars featuring Tracee McCoy
(Akron), Katie Chain (Ohio State), and Lea Dorto (Kent). No individual presale tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at Firestone Stadium on game day only. Discounted group tickets are available by telephoning 330/376-8188. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, seniors $1 off with Buckeye Card, $3 for students' with ID's, and $2 for children.
Saturday, July 26, 2003 Akron, Ohio
·10 a.m. - Fastpitch Expo at Firestone Stadium. The inaugural Expo will feature equipment, uniform and clothing suppliers, recruiting services and professional hitting and pitching instructors. Equipment demonstrations and performance booths will highlight the day-long event.
·11 a.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Stiles Women's Fastpitch League All-Stars.
Tickets are available at the Firestone Stadium ticket office on game day only. Discounted group tickets are available by calling 330/376-8188. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, seniors $1 off w/Buckeye Card, $3 for students' with ID's, and $2 for children. One ticket admits you to all of the events on Saturday.
·1 p.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Ohio College Stars. No individual presale tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at the Firestone Stadium ticket office on game day only. Discounted group tickets are available by calling
330/376-8188. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, seniors $1 off with Buckeye Card, $3 for students' with ID's, and $2 for children.
·3 p.m. - College Recruiting Seminar, presented by The National Scouting
Report. Learn the ins-and-outs of the college recruiting process. The College Recruiting is designed to provide tips on student-athlete resumes and videotapes. A question and answer session will follow to better prepare parents and players for the recruiting process. The seminar is free with the Saturday game ticket.
CONTACT - www.profastpitch.com
·Rich Levine, CEO and President, National Pro Fastpitch, 303/316-7800
·Aaron Moore, NPF On-Site Media Information, 720/318-1205,
·Reed Saunders, NPF On-Site Public Relations, 970/219-0232,
·Jill Clark, NPF On-Site Tour Administration, 320/894-0600,
·Joey Arrietta, Akron event coordinator, 330/376-8188, firstname.lastname@example.org