National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits Sign Fico to Bolster Pitching Staff
ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 15, 2018) — The Chicago Bandits have come to terms with right-handed pitcher Rachele Fico on a one-year contract, team officials announced Thursday.
Fico, entering her sixth season at the professional level, spent her first five years with the Akron Racers. The LSU product has logged 316.2 career innings in the circle, amassing 26 wins and six saves.
“Rachele is a talented pitcher with a history of success in the NPF,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “We’re looking forward to her continued success in Chicago.”
During her final season with the Racers, Fico made 17 appearances, including 10 starts, and recorded a career-best 3.22 ERA. She tossed three complete games and struck out a team-high 53 batters over the course of the campaign.
Fico also added relief efforts in both of Akron’s games against the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2017 NPF Championship Series, tossing three innings and fanning three.
Initially drafted with the first overall selection in the 2013 Draft, Fico was a two-time NFCA All-American during her time at LSU. The two-time USA Softball Player of the Year finalist made a career-high 23 appearances during her rookie season. She built off her impressive first season by winning 11 games as a second-year pro.
A native of Oxford, Connecticut, Fico also serves as an assistant softball coach at Georgia.
In a corresponding move, the Bandits released right-handed pitcher Sierra Hyland.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004 provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
Marshalltown Community College Softball Camp- Iowa- Jan. 28, 2018
The MCC Softball Program is offering a unique opportunity for softball players to improve their skills. Participants will work with MCC softball coaches and players to personalize an off-season workout that includes techniques and drills used by the NJCAA Division I MCC Tigers.
Camp is on Sunday, Jan. 28. Skills Session 1: (5 yr-10 yr) Noon-2 pm; Pitching Session (All Ages) 2:15-3:15 pm; and Skills Session 2: (11 yr-16 yr) 3:30-5:30 pm.
Cost is $40 for skills sessions and $20 for the pitching session.
Work with the MCC Softball Coaching staff to build an off-season plan to become a better player. You will develop an individualized plan for: Strength and Conditioning, Speed and Agility, Hitting, Fielding, Catching and Pitching. Use this plan to have an effective off-season of tangible improvement! See improvement from session to session and add new drills to continue seeing progress.
Long Beach State Softball To Hold Showcase Clinic On Saturday, December 16
Nov. 25, 2017
Long Beach, Calif.
Long Beach State softball has announced that the program will be holding an additional showcase clinic to be held on Saturday, December 16.
Long Beach State Head Coach Kim Sowder and the Long Beach State softball program will add an additional showcase clinic following three which were held over the summer. Space in each showcase camp is limited to 52 participants, and is open to any and all high school and community college players interested in pursuing softball at the Division I level.
Training and instruction at the showcase camps will follow the same methods and facilities used by the successful Long Beach State program, and will offer both skill and game evaluation.
The showcase will comprise of two sessions running back to back from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A morning or an afternoon session will be assigned to each participant.
Camps are staffed by Long Beach State Softball coaches. They pride themselves in playing the game the right way. It is this philosophy and tradition that has led Long Beach State to be one of the top college softball programs in the country.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Either AM or PM session will be assigned.
For more information on any of the camps, please contact Associate Head Coach Panita Thanatharn at (562) 985-2100 or via email at email@example.com.
26th Annual Ronald McDonald Tournament- 2018
For over 25 years, the softball community has looked forward to the Ronald McDonald tournament in Houston, Texas as an opportunity to get college coach exposure and give back to charity. This is one of Triple Crown’s finest fall events, long ago becoming a mandatory stop for college coaches from all levels looking to recruit quality athletes.
In addition, this event benefits the Ronald McDonald House (Houston), an organization that helps families with seriously ill children stay close together during difficult times by providing a “home away from home” while their child receives the treatment they need. In 2017, we donated $26,000 and plan to top this amount in 2018. The event assists the charity by donating $100.00 per team, along with 10% of vendor revenue and T-shirt sales.
The 2018 Ronald McDonald format for 14U, 16U and 18U consists of six showcase games played on standout facilities in greater Houston. All showcase games begin on Saturday, October 20th. There will also be practice games offered Friday, where teams will have the option of 1-2 games for $100 each (umpires included). There will also be three Power Pool groups per 16U and 18U at the Scrap Yard. These will be chosen by TCS National Club Rankings.
The following weekend will host the 10u and 12u teams in Woodlands, Texas. The 4-game guarantee begins Saturday, October 27th.
For more details and to register, visit https://www.tcronaldmcdonald.com/.
Hurricane Harvey Softball Families Needing Help
There is an immediate need of help for families in South Texas and the surrounding areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. A lot of families have lost everything, including some of our softball families. Help support our softball community with a donation. We have included additional info on the organizations affected, with links if you would like to donate or help. Thank you.
Impact Gold Organization has begun a concerted effort to help our Impact Gold family in Houston and surrounding areas through their time of need in dealing with the flooding of Hurricane Harvey.
We would ask our friends in the softball community to help in anyway possible. If you would like to donate any items (blankets, towels, toiletries, clothing items, socks, Target GC, HEB GC, Walmart GC or Food GC please send them to:
Impact Gold Organization
11601 Shadow Creek Parkway #528
Pearland, TX 77584
Anything you can send for this cause will be greatly appreciated. Our organization will work to get anything sent to those affected.
Thank you for any help you are able to offer, and thank you for the continued thoughts and well-wishes for our families and the city of Houston.
Here is the link to donate to our relief fund: (all funds go directly to families)
Jazz Jackson Vesely
Program Director, Impact Gold Organization
The HTX Firecrackers have 4 families that were flooded out of their homes from Hurricane Harvey.
Please help in getting these families back to normal as soon as possible. They are still assessing the damage and I have asked for a list of what they need in the next few days/weeks to get back on track.
Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated! #fchtx #Firecrackers #playwithhonor #texasstrong
The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the Gulf Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
2017 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series Tickets on Sale
Nashville, TN (June 23, 2017) –Tickets for the 2017 NPF Championship Series presented by Marucci are on sale now through the NPF website at http://championship.profastpitch.com. The Series will be held at Tiger Park on the campus of Louisiana State University (LSU). Dates for the 2017 NPF Championship Series are August 17-20.
Ticket purchase options range from single session General Admission to Series Pass with Hospitality. Pricing ranges from $7.50 single session general admission daily pass to $210 four-day premium level hospitality pass. Discounts are available for senior citizens, active duty military and students. Group discounts are also available for groups or teams of 10+. Children under age 3 are admitted free of charge.
In addition to the group discounts, corporate ticket and hospitality packages are available as well as charitable ticket giving options.
All competition tickets are available online and will also be available at the Tiger Park ticket office beginning August 15th. Tickets for competition may be purchased on the day of the event.
An add-on feature for the Championship Series is the annual NPF Awards Banquet and Reception presented by Visit Baton Rouge. Fans of the NPF get to mix and mingle with their favorite players. The Championship Banquet includes a catered meal along with the league awards presentation. The individual price for the banquet is $60 with an added pre-banquet reception option of $15. Banquet tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.
The Championship Series ticket packages are listed below:
NPF AWARDS BANQUET presented by Visit Baton Rouge
Banquet Only — $60.00
VIP Reception and Banquet — $75.00
***Must be purchased in advance.
NPF Championship Series Presented by Marucci
PREMIUM LEVEL TICKETS – Reserved Chair Back Seating (Sections 103,104,105)
Championship 4-Day Package (Thurs – Sun) — $90
Championship Weekend Package (Fri – Sun)—$69
Daily Tickets—(Thurs – Fri) – $25.00
Daily Tickets – (Sun – Mon) – $12.50
RESERVED SEATING TICKETS – Reserved Bleacher Back Seating (Sections 102,106)
Championship 4-Day Package (Thurs – Sun)—$74
Championship Weekend Package (Fri – Sun)—$57
Daily Tickets—$25 per day (Thurs – Fri) – $21.00
Daily Tickets – $12.50 per day (Sun – Mon) – $10.50
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS – Bleacher Seating (Sections 101,107) & Tiger Park Terrace
Championship 4-Day Package (Thurs – Sun) — $50
Championship Weekend Package (Fri – Sun)—$37.50
Daily Tickets—(Thurs – Fri) – $15.00
Daily Tickets – (Sun – Mon) – $7.50
Hospitality Package (per day) – $30.00 per day per person
The Championship Series competition schedule is as follows:
Thursday – August 17 – Session 1 – Best 2 of 3
5:00 pm CT – Semifinal Game #1
8:00 pm CT – Semifinal Game #2
Friday – August 18 – Session 2
5:00 pm CT – Semifinal Game #3
8:00 pm CT- Semifinal Game #4
Saturday – August 19 – Session 3
10:00 am CT Semifinal Game #5 – If Necessary
1:00 pm CT Semifinal Game #6 – If Necessary
Saturday – August 19 – Session 4 – Best 2 of 3
7:00 pm CT – NPF Championship Series – Final Series – Game #1 – Best 2 of 3
Sunday – August 20 – Session 5
1:00 pm CT – NPF Championship Series – Final Series – Game #2
Sunday – August 20 – Session 6
4:00 pm CT – NPF Championship Series – Final Series – Game #3– If Necessary
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
So Cal All Star roster named for exhibition matchup against USA and Mexico
“Getting this opportunity to work with USA Softball, Tony Rico, Marty Tyson and along with these great kids that have put so much time into their careers is special,” said Mike Stith, who will be leading the So Cal All-Stars. “For me as a coach to get to be a small part of the development of our National Team Program is an incredible honor as we begin the process to prepare for Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Getting to coach against some of the greatest talent in the world is quite an opportunity as much as it is a tough challenge against Team USA and Mexico but it will be a great night that I’m truly looking forward to.”
Irvine, California- June 13-15, 2017
June 13, 5 pm (PT), Mexico vs So Cal Travel All-Stars
June 13, 5 pm (PT), USA Women’s National Team vs So Cal Travel All-Stars
June 14, 4 pm (PT), Player Camp
June 15, 7 pm (PT), USA Women’s National Team vs Mexico
So Cal All-Star Roster
Brooke Vestal – P – 2018 – Firecrackers – Rico
Grace Lyons – INF – 2018 – Firecrackers – Rico
Aliyah Flores – INF – 2017 – Firecrackers – Rico
Riley Wester – OF – 2017 – Firecrackers – Rico
Macy Simmons – C – 2018 – Firecrackers – Rico
Jenna Kean – OF – 2017 – Firecrackers – Rico
Megan Faraimo – P – 2018 – Corona Angels – Tyson
Kinsley Washington – MI/OF – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson
Camryn Ybarra – 3B – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson
Mariah Mazon – P – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson
Linnsie Elam – C – 2017 – Corona Angels – Tyson
Livy Schiele – OF – 2017 – OC Batbusters – Stith
Lauren Gutierrez – 1B – 2017 – OC Batbusters – Stith
Jocelyn Alo – 1B/C – 2017 – OC Batbusters – Stith
Tera McGowan – C/OF – 2018 – OC Batbusters – Stith
Vanessa Foreman – P – 2018 – OC Batbusters – Stith
In addition to the three exhibition games, members of the USA Softball WNT and coaching staff will also conduct a players camp on June 14 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. PT. Led by Team USA Head Coach Ken Eriksen, attendees will have the opportunity to get hands on training and instruction from the best softball players in the world. Limited space is available, with the camp open to players age 8-18. Tickets for the exhibition games and players camp, along with a detailed schedule of events, are now available for purchase through USASoftball.com.
Fans at home can follow along all summer long with the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.
2017 Division I Women’s College Softball World Series-Televised Schdules
May 30, 2017- The stage is set for the 2017 Division I Women’s College Softball World Series in Oklahoma City. The top 16 college teams battled fiercely through the Super Regionals last week to ultimately decide who would play in this week’s World Series. Upsets and highly competitive match-ups played out to record broadcast audiences across the country.
The Super Regionals saw elimination of a few crowd favorites including Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona, Utah and Florida State. A couple of gritty and determined underdogs, No. 15 Baylor and No. 9 Texas A&M, played very well to punch their ticket to the big show. A total of 8 teams will compete including No. 1 Florida, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 5 UCLA, No. 13 LSU, No. 3 Oregon, No. 6 Washington, No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 15 Baylor.
Double elimination in bracket play, then best of 3 championship series.
Games start June 1, 2017, USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, OGE Energy Field, Oklahoma City. Tickets on sale here.
Check back here during the tournament for updated game schedules.
|Thu, June 1||12 p.m.||#1 Florida vs
#9 Texas A&M
|Thu, June 1||2:30 p.m.||#5 UCLA vs
|Fri, June 2||7 p.m.||Florida vs
|Sat, June 3||12 p.m.||UCLA vs Texas A&M
|Sat, June 3||7 p.m.||Washington vs Winner of Saturday, June 3, 12 pm game
|Sun, June 4||1 p.m.||Florida vs Winner of June 3, 7 pm game. If Florida wins, advances to WCWS Championship game.
|Sun, June 4||7 p.m.||If Necessary game
|Thu, June 1||7 p.m.||#3 Oregon vs
|Thu, June 1||8:30 p.m.||#10 Oklahoma vs
|Fri, June 2||9:30 p.m.||Washington
|Sat, June 3||2:30 p.m.||Oregon vs Baylor
|Sat, June 3||9:30 p.m.||LSU vs Winner of Saturday, June 3, 2:30 pm game
|Sun, June 4||3:30 p.m.||Oklahoma vs Winner of June 3, 9:30 pm game. If Oklahoma wins, advances to WCWS Championship game.
|Sun, June 4||9:30 p.m.||If Necessary game
College World Series Finals- Best of three series
Game 1- Monday, June 5- 7 p.m.ET- ESPN
Game 2- Tuesday, June 6- 8 p.m. ET- ESPN
Game 3- If Necessary- Wednesday, June 7- 8 p.m. ET- ESPN
2017 NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN Televises All Eight Super Regionals
- Eight Best-of-Three Series From Campus Sites; Winners Advance to Women’s College World Series
- Top 16 Seeds Advance; Top 8 Host Super Regionals
- Jessica Mendoza Returns, Joins Michele Smith and Beth Mowins in Los Angeles; Amanda Scarborough and Eric Collins in Gainesville
ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship continues with exclusive telecasts of the Super Regionals beginning Thursday, May 25, and continuing through Sunday, May 28, with up to 24 games from eight campus sites. The eight, best-of-three series will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with the victorious teams advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The top eight seeds advanced from the Regional round to host a Super Regional, highlighted by No. 1 seed Florida, which will host No. 16 Alabama (Gainesville Super Regional). There are four west coast Super Regionals sites: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor (Tucson), No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky (Eugene), No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah (Seattle) and No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (Los Angeles). Rounding out the sites: No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU (Tallahassee), No. 7 Auburn vs. defending national champion and No. 10 seed Oklahoma (Auburn) and No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M (Knoxville). A complete bracket is available here.
- Comprehensive Recaps:Graham Hays will provide daily recaps and analysis from the Regionals, Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
- Behind the Scenes Coverage:From playlists to blogs, espnW will provide a unique look into the players’ lives off the field.
- The espnW Player of the Year:The 2017 espnW Player of the Year will be revealed on the road to Oklahoma City.
- Schedules and Results:All the scores and schedules can be found here.
2017 NCAA Division I College Softball Super Regional Television Schedule- May 25-28
Please Note: Networks are likely to change throughout the weekend. For the latest information, please check espnW’s schedule and results page. The higher seed in each Super Regional has home/away choice in a decisive, if necessary, Game 3.
Gainesville Super Regional
|Thu, May 25||7 p.m.||No. 16 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough
|Fri, May 26||7 p.m.||No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Alabama||ESPN|
|Sat, May 27||5 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPN|
Los Angeles Super Regional
|Thu, May 25||9 p.m.||No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 5 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
|Fri, May 26||9 p.m.||No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Sat, May 27||7 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPN|
Auburn Super Regional
|Fri, May 26||4 p.m.||No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
|Sat, May 27||1 p.m.||No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Oklahoma||ESPN|
|Sun, May 28||1 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPN|
Tallahassee Super Regional
|Fri, May 26||5 p.m.||No. 13 LSU at No. 4 Florida State
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
|Sat, May 27||3 p.m.||No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU||ESPN|
|Sun, May 28||1 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPNU|
Knoxville Super Regional
|Fri, May 26||6 p.m.||No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 8 Tennessee
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
|Sat, May 27||5 p.m.||No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M||ESPN2|
|Sun, May 28||3 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPN|
Eugene Super Regional
|Fri, May 26||7 p.m.||No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Oregon
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
|Sat, May 27||7 p.m.||No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky||ESPN2|
|Sun, May 28||3 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPNU|
Tucson Super Regional
|Fri, May 26||9 p.m.||No. 15 Baylor at No. 2 Arizona
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
|ESPN or ESPN2|
|Sat, May 27||9 p.m.||No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor||ESPN|
|Sun, May 28||7 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPN2|
Seattle Super Regional
|Fri, May 26||11 p.m.||No. 11 Utah at No. 6 Washington
Courtney Lyle, Leigh Dakich
|Sat, May 27||9 p.m.||No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah||ESPN2|
|Sun, May 28||10 p.m.||Game 3: If Necessary||ESPN2|
Networks and schedule are subject to change