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Board of Governors starts process to enhance name, image and likeness opportunities

Board of Governors starts process to enhance name, image and likeness opportunities

Each NCAA division directed to immediately consider modernization of bylaws and policies

In the Association’s continuing efforts to support college athletes, the NCAA’s top governing board voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.

The Board of Governors’ action directs each of the NCAA’s three divisions to immediately consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies for the 21st century, said Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of The Ohio State University.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Drake said. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

Specifically, the board said modernization should occur within the following principles and guidelines:

  • Assure student-athletes are treated similarly to non-athlete students unless a compelling reason exists to differentiate.
  • Maintain the priorities of education and the collegiate experience to provide opportunities for student-athlete success.
  • Ensure rules are transparent, focused and enforceable and facilitate fair and balanced competition.
  • Make clear the distinction between collegiate and professional opportunities.
  • Make clear that compensation for athletics performance or participation is impermissible.
  • Reaffirm that student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university.
  • Enhance principles of diversity, inclusion and gender equity.
  • Protect the recruiting environment and prohibit inducements to select, remain at, or transfer to a specific institution.

The board’s action was based on comprehensive recommendations from the NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group, which includes presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, administrators and student-athletes. The group gathered input over the past several months from numerous stakeholders, including current and former student-athletes, coaches, presidents, faculty and commissioners across all three divisions. The board also directed continued and productive engagement with legislators.

The working group will continue to gather feedback through April on how best to respond to the state and federal legislative environment and to refine its recommendations on the principles and regulatory framework. The board asked each division to create any new rules beginning immediately, but no later than January 2021.

“As a national governing body, the NCAA is uniquely positioned to modify its rules to ensure fairness and a level playing field for student-athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “The board’s action today creates a path to enhance opportunities for student-athletes while ensuring they compete against students and not professionals.”

NCAA Press Release: https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/board-governors-starts-process-enhance-name-image-and-likeness-opportunities

2017 NCAA Division I College Softball Super Regional Schedule

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.

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espnW will have wide-ranging coverage of the entire 2017 NCAA Softball Championship hosted on its softball index.  Highlights include:

  • 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.

 


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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 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 7 p.m. No. 16 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough
ESPN
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 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 9 p.m. No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 5 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
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 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 4 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
ESPN2
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 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 5 p.m. No. 13 LSU at No. 4 Florida State
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
ESPNU
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

 


 

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Knoxville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 8 Tennessee
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
ESPN2
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 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 7 p.m. No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Oregon
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
ESPNU
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 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
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 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 11 p.m. No. 11 Utah at No. 6 Washington
Courtney Lyle, Leigh Dakich
ESPN2
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

 

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2017 NCAA Division One Televised College Softball Schedule

With More Than 600 Games, ESPN’s College Softball Schedule is a Grand Slam

View the 2017 Super Regionals Televised game schedule here…

  • ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN3, and SEC Network + all Carry Games This Season
  • More than 30 TV Games Featuring Ranked Teams Going Head to Head
  • 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 LSU in More Than 100 Games; Nearly Entire Top 25 Featured

Continuing a long-standing commitment to the sport, ESPN offers more than 600 college softball games across its variety of networks this season beginning in February. The industry-leading slate features No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Florida State, and No. 5 LSU in more than 100 games and nearly every team in the preseason top 25. More than 65 games airing on television has a ranked team, including at least 35 games with ranked teams facing one another.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN3, and SEC Network + will all carry games. Highlights include:

  • Best of the Best: Among the plethora of games featuring ranked teams matching up include:
    • No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida (March 11-13)
    • No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida (March 25-27)
    • No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia (April 1-2)
    • No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama (April 8-9)
    • No. 9 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA (April 9)
    • No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona (April 22-23)
    • No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma (April 22-23)
  • National Champion and No. 1 Ranked Sooners: The defending Women’s College World Series champion and preseason No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners air seven times this season. In addition to the before mentioned series with Baylor, the Sooners will be at Texas (April 7-9) and at Oklahoma State (May 3 & 6).
  • No. 2 Auburn Tigers: Last season’s WCWS runner-up and preseason No. 2 Auburn Tigers will be shown more than 30 times this season, including during SEC Network’s opening weekend when the Tigers host No. 5 LSU (March 11-12).
  • SEC Network: Begins its more than 50-game schedule with an “All Softball Weekend” (March 11-12), airing eight games which showcases every SEC conference matchup that weekend. Complete details, including information on the Bases Loaded programming (May 5), can be seen here.
  • Longhorn Network: Features nearly every Texas home game and airs 35 games in total this season. The network’s schedule begins with the Texas Classic (Feb 10-12), which also features No. 14 Minnesota.
  • ACC Network Extra: All 11 ACC schools will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 100 games streaming on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The schedule is highlighted with 40 games featuring a ranked matchup, including No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 22 Notre Dame when they go head to head (March 17-19). ACC Network Extra’s schedule will continuously be updated here as additional games are added.
  • SEC Network +: Streams more than 250 games this season featuring contests from every SEC school, which in addition to Auburn, Florida and LSU, includes No. 7 Alabama, No. 10 Georgia, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 19 Missouri and No. 20 Kentucky.
  • ESPN3: Expected to stream more than 200 games from more than 10 conferences, which is likely to include Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big South, Big West, Horizon League, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Missouri Valley, Southland, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette is expected to be featured. More information on the network’s schedule will be updated here.
  • Conference Championships: The regular season slate concludes with a triple header of conference championship games aired on ESPN (May 13) – American, ACC and SEC. ESPNU and SEC Network will televise the earlier rounds of the SEC Championship while ACC Network Extra will carry the early rounds of the ACC tournament. ESPN3 is also expected to carry a number of conference championships with that schedule announced later.
  • NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN will once again be the home of the postseason beginning with the selection show (May 14 on ESPNU). Regional, Super Regional and Women’s College World Series coverage will follow with complete details announced in the coming months.

 


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2017 NCAA Division One Women’s College Softball Televised Schedule


Date

Time (ET) Game Network
Feb 9 2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Auburn ESPNU**
Feb 10 12:30 p.m. Maryland  vs. No. 14 Minnesota Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. Maryland vs. Colorado State Longhorn Network
  5:30 p.m. Colorado State at Texas Longhorn Network
  8:00 p.m. No. 14 Minnesota  at Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 11 Noon Colorado State vs. Maryland Longhorn Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 14 Minnesota  at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. Maryland at Texas Longhorn Network
  9:30 p.m. Colorado State vs. No. 14 Minnesota   Longhorn Network *
Feb 12 11:00 a.m. No. 14 Minnesota  vs. Maryland Longhorn Network
  1:30 p.m. Colorado State at Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 16 7:00 p.m. Indiana vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 17 11:00 a.m. Indiana vs Louisiana Tech Longhorn Network
  1:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech vs. Texas Longhorn Network
  4:00 p.m. South Carolina vs. Texas Longhorn Network
  10:30 p.m. Indiana vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network *
Feb 18 11:00 a.m. Indiana at Texas Longhorn Network
  11 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Texas Longhorn Network*
Feb 19 1 a.m. Indiana vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network *
  3 a.m. Louisiana Tech vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network*
  Noon Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Longhorn Network
March 1 7 p.m. Texas State at Texas Longhorn Network
March 7 7:30 p.m. Troy at Mississippi State SEC Network
March 8 5:00 P.M. UT San Antonio at Texas Longhorn Network
March 11 11:30 a.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida ESPNU
  1:00 p.m. South Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. Arkansas at No. 7 Alabama SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 2 Auburn   SEC Network
March 12 1:00 p.m. South Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  3:00 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 2 Auburn SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida ESPNU
March 13 7:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
March 17 6:00 p.m.

Southern at Mississippi Valley State

ESPNU
March 18 Noon

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia

SEC Network
March 19 7 p.m.

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia  

SEC Network
March 20 7 p.m.

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia

SEC Network

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March 22 5 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
March 25 6:00 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No.3 Florida ESPN2
March 26 1:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 18 Texas A&M ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida ESPN2
March 27 7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
March 29 7:00 p.m. Oklahoma State at Arkansas SEC Network
April 1 4:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky  at Ole Miss ESPNU
  4:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama at No. 19 Missouri   SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia   ESPN2
April 2 2:00 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  4:30 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia SEC Network

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  2:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Ole Miss SEC Network
  2:00 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
April 3 7:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
April 5 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
April 7 5:30 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
April 8 2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 2 Auburn ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama   SEC Network
April 9 1 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama   ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA  

ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 10 7:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 12 7:00 p.m. No. 4 Florida State at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 13 6:00 p.m. t-No. 24 South Florida at Central Florida ESPNU
April 14 6:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Savannah State at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 15 6:00 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 16 3:00 p.m.

No. 19 Missouri at No. 2 Auburn

ESPN2
  7 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 17 7 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 19 7 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
April 21 5:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
April 22 2:00 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona

ESPN2
  6:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia  at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 23 Noon Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Ole Miss at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
  Noon No. 4 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
  1:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
  2:00 p.m. No. 15 Tennessee at No. 5 LSU SEC Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona   ESPN2
  7 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 24 7:00 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 4 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
April 26 7 p.m. North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
April 29 2:00 p.m. Longwood  at Radford ESPNU
  3:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  8:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri  at No. 5 LSU ESPN2
April 30 1:00 p.m. No. 3 Florida at No. 15 Tennessee ESPN2
  3:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri  at  No. 5 LSU ESPN2
  6:00 p.m. Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network





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May 1 7:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 3 5 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:00 p.m. Southern Miss at Ole Miss SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
May 5 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
May 6 4:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
  6:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 7 Alabama ESPN2
  9:00 p.m. No. 12 Arizona at No. 8 UCLA ESPNU
May 7 Noon No. 5 LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  1:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn  at No. 7 Alabama ESPN2
  2:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor  at Texas LHN
  4:00 p.m. No. 12 Arizona  at No. 8 UCLA ESPN2
May 10 Noon SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
May 11 Noon SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
May 12 3:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
3:00 p.m. PDT Oregon State vs California PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT Washington vs Utah PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT Oregon vs Stanford
PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT UCLA vs Arizona State PAC-12 Network
May 13 Noon American Softball Championship ESPN
  2:00 p.m. ACC Softball Championship ESPN
8:00 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN
Noon PDT Washington vs Utah
PAC-12 Network
Noon PDT Oregon vs Stanford
PAC-12 Network
2:00 p.m. PDT Oregon State vs California PAC-12 Network
2:00 p.m. PDT UCLA vs Arizona State
PAC-12 Network

*Air time later than game time
**Game played in Mexico; Not produced by ESPN

Note: All times are eastern unless noted different and game schedules are subject to change. Check local listings. PDT=Pacific Time

Rankings are per USA Softball (January 31)


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NCAA Division I Softball Recruiting Calendar

NCAA Division I Softball Recruiting Calendar
August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017
(See NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.17.7 for Softball Calendar Formula)


(a) August 1 through November 23, 2016 [except for (1) below]:* Contact Period

(1) November 7-10, 2016: Dead Period

(b) November 24, 2016, through January 1, 2017 [except for (1) below]: Quiet Period

(1) December 7-10, 2016: Dead Period

(c) January 2 through July 31, 2017 [except for (1) and (2) below]: Contact Period

(1) April 10-13, 2017: Dead Period

(2) May 30 through June 8 (noon), 2017:** Dead Period

(d) During high school regional and state championship competition that does not occur during a dead period: Evaluation Period
(e) The following state specific contact/evaluation periods are permissible:

(1) In Hawaii, contacts and evaluations shall be permissible between November 24, 2016, and January 1, 2017 [except for (a) below].

(a) December 7 through December 10, 2016: Dead Period

(2) In those states that play high school softball season in the fall, evaluations shall be permissible during those seasons, except during dead periods.

* Each institution is limited to 50 evaluation days (August 1 through July 31) per NCAA Bylaw 13.02.7.2, which do not include employment of coaches in instructional camps/clinics or the observation of prospective student-athletes participating in high school softball competition.

** Dates are based on the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Dead period remains in effect until noon the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series ends after two games, the dead period ends on June 7 at noon.


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Student Registration
If you want to play NCAA sports at a Division I or II school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org. You should plan to register during your sophomore year of high school. If you have questions about your eligibility or the registration process, call toll free at 877-262-1492. International students should call 011-317-917-6222.


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2016 NCAA Division One Televised College Softball Schedule

More than 600 Games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN3 and SEC Network +

  • Back-to-Back National Champion and No. 1 Florida Gators Featured More than 35 Times
  • ACC, American, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, Missouri Valley,  SEC, Southern, Southland and Sun Belt Conference Championship Games
  • Former College, Olympic and Professionals Among Analysts

Coming off last season’s Women’s College World Series record ratings, ESPN will offer its most comprehensive NCAA Division I Softball schedule in 2016 with more than 600 games carried across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN3, and SEC Network +. The regular season concludes with championship games from the ACC, American, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, Missouri Valley, SEC, Southern and Southland conferences, leading into the NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

ESPNU/ESPN2
ESPNU and ESPN2 will begin their slate featuring the back-to-back National Champion Florida Gators hosting No. 20 Tennessee (March 18) and traveling to No. 6 LSU (March 26). Overall, the schedule will feature 17 ranked teams including 16 appearances from top 10 teams; approximately 90% of the total games feature a ranked team. Additional highlights:

  • Best vs. Best: 19 games will feature a ranked team vs. another ranked team including:
    • 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida (April 2)
    • 13 Oklahoma at No. 20 Tennessee (April 23)
    • 15 UCLA at No. 18 Arizona (April 24)
    • 18 Arizona at No. 8 Oregon (May 1)
    • 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn (May 7)
    • 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (May 7)
  • Championship Games: ACC, American and SEC Championship games will all air on ESPN. ESPNU will air televise the SEC Tournament semifinals and the SWAC Championship game.
  • Home of the Post Season: ESPN will cover the Regionals, Super Regionals and every game of the Women’s College World Series. The selection show will air on May 15 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU. Details to be announced later in the season.

SEC Network and SEC Network +

  • SEC Network begins the television coverage when No. 4 Auburn hosts Georgia State (March 6) and Alabama hosts Stamford (March 8). SEC Network will televise a quadrupleheader March 12 and a tripleheader on March 13 featuring No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina, No. 2 Alabama at No. 6 LSU and No. 1 Florida at No. 4 Auburn both days and Arkansas at No. 20 Tennessee on March 13 as conference play ramps up. Throughout the season SEC Network will air more than 50 games, concluding with the second round of the SEC Tournament on May 13.
  • SEC Network +, the digital home of the SEC Network, will stream more than 250 games this season featuring all 13 teams in the conference, including more than 20 appearances by No. 1 Florida.

SEC Network’s full schedule can be found below and SEC Network’s + schedule can be seen here and is continuously updated at SECNetwork.com

ESPN3
ESPN3, which began its 250+ game slate in February, will stream contests from 12 difference conferences — ACC, Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big South, Big West, Horizon League, Ivy, Metro Atlantic,  Missouri Valley, Southland, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic.  Highlights:

  • ACC Softball: More than 50 ACC games including the quarterfinals and semifinals of the conference tournament.
    • 12 Florida State, whose series with No. 3 Michigan was streamed in February, will be seen more than 10 times this season, including vs. No. 1 Florida (May 4) and vs. conference opponents No. 25 Notre Dame (April 2-3) and Louisville (May 7-8)
    • 25 Notre Dame will also be streamed more than 10 times this season, including the aforementioned series vs. No. 12 Florida State and home series vs. Louisville (April 30 – May 1)
  • Sun Belt’s Ragin’ Cajuns: 5 Louisiana-Lafayette will be carried eight times this season
  • Conference Highlights:
    • Atlantic Sun: More than 25 games from Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Stetson, USC Upstate
    • Big East: More than 10 games from St. John’s
    • Big South: More than 25 games, most originating from Liberty
    • Horizon League: More than 50 games
    • Metro Atlantic: Select Monmouth home games
    • Southland: No. 6 LSU at Southeastern Louisiana (April 13) and the conference championship game
  • Conference Championships: The Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, Missouri Valley, Southern, Southland and Sun Belt Conference Championship games will all be carried on ESPN3. The network will also have early round coverage of the Big South, Horizon League, Sun Belt and the aforementioned ACC, tournaments.

Please note: Not all ESPN3 games are exclusive. Schedules are continuously updated at ESPN3.com

Longhorn Network
Longhorn Network is the home of No. 24 Texas softball, airing 33 Texas home games this season. Non-conference play vs. in-state rivals (UTSA, North Texas, and Texas State) will be televised in March before Longhorn Network airs 10 games vs. Big 12 opponents (t-No. 22 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech) in April and May. The complete Longhorn Network schedule and additional highlights can be found here.

Television Commentators
ESPN/SEC Network softball analysts are accomplished former college, Olympic and professional softball players:

  • Amanda Scarborough
    • College: Texas A&M
    • Honors: Two-time All-American (2005, ’07). Only player in Big 12 history to receive Freshman of the Year and Player of Year in same season (2005), played in two WCWS (2007, ’08)
  • Michele Smith
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two time All-American, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00)  and eight time Japan Pro League MVP
  • Leah Amico
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors: Won three national championships (1993, ’94,  ’97), member of goal medal-winning teams at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Kayla Braud 
    • College: Alabama
    • Honors: Three-time All-American and WCWS Champion with the Crimson Tide
  • Carol Bruggeman
    • College: Iowa
    • Honors:  As a Division I coach at Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville, achieved more than 700 combined wins; All Big-Ten and All-Mideast Region as a player, inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame (1997
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors: National Player of the Year (1996) and Women’s College World Series MVP (’96) Four-time National Champion, winning three as a player (1993, ’94, and ’96) and one as an assistant coach, also with Arizona (1997)
  • Danielle Lawrie
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009), All-American, and played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Cheri Kempf
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion , National MVP and played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992)
  • Leigh Ross
    • College: Toledo
    • Honors: Led the Rockets to the WCWS; holds the MAC record for batting average and hits. Former head coach at Bowling Green and Syracuse

Adam Amin, Trey Bender, Cara Capuano, Tiffany Greene, Jenn Hildreth, Melissa Lee, Beth Mowins, Mark Neely and Pam Ward will call play-by-play throughout the season. Laura Rutledge will be a reporter on a number of telecasts.


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2016 NCAA Division One Women’s College Softball Televised Schedule


Date Time (ET) Game Network
March 18 7 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida ESPNU
March 24 5 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern ESPNU
March 26 Noon No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU ESPN2
9 p.m. No. 24 Texas at t-No. 22 Baylor ESPN2
April 2 Noon No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida ESPNU
10:30 p.m. No. 15 UCLA at No. 8 Oregon ESPNU
April 3 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU
April 8 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Winthrop ESPNU
April 9 Noon No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee ESPNU
5:30 p.m. NC State at No. 12 Florida State ESPNU
6 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 6 LSU ESPN2
7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri ESPNU
April 10 3 p.m. No. 13 Oklahoma at t-No. 22 Baylor ESPN2
4 p.m. NC State at No. 12 Florida State ESPNU
April 16 1 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 11 Georgia ESPN2
3 p.m. No. 24 Texas at No. 13 Oklahoma ESPN2
April 23 2 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn ESPNU
4:30 p.m. No. 13 Oklahoma at No. 20 Tennessee ESPNU
5 p.m. No. 15 UCLA at No. 18 Arizona ESPN2
April 24 3:30 p.m. No. 25 Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
5 p.m. No. 15 UCLA at No. 18 Arizona ESPN2
April 25 7 p.m. No. 25 Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
April 27 6 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
10:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU*
April 28 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 30 7 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
8 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 20 Tennessee ESPN2
May 1 3 p.m. No. 18 Arizona at No. 8 Oregon ESPN2
5 p.m. UCF at USF ESPNU
7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 20 Tennessee ESPNU
May 7 Noon No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama ESPN
1 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn ESPNU
3 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri ESPNU
May 13 3 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
May 14 Noon American Championship ESPN
2 p.m. ACC Championship ESPN
5 p.m. SEC Championship ESPN
May 15 10 a.m. SWAC Softball Championship ESPNU**

*Live on ESPN3 at 8:30 p.m.
**Live on ESPN3 on May 14 at 3 p.m.

All rankings are per USA Softball (March 1)


2016 SEC Network Television Women’s College Softball Schedule

Southeastern Conference softball on national television tripled last year with the launch of SEC Network. The 2016, SEC softball television expansion continues with the addition of “Bases Loaded” and an all-softball SEC Network weekend added to the more than 70 games scheduled across ESPN networks.

SEC Network swings into its 50+ game-schedule this spring exclusively airing Softball games March 12-14. The network will feature eight games from four series for the start of conference play over Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The weekend’s games are highlighted with a matchup of the 2015 NCAA National Champions, Florida, facing the 2015 SEC Champions, Auburn, in a three-game series.

The network closes out the regular-season with another innovation: a softball “Bases Loaded” show on Sunday, May 8, the final day of games prior to the SEC Tournament. SEC Network’s three-hour show will mark the first time the Bases Loaded concept has been used in the softball regular-season.  It will swing through the best moments of up to 14 teams scheduled to face off that day.

After a successful first year, SEC Network will continue to air every First Round and Second Round game in the SEC Softball Championship. The Semifinals will air on ESPNU and the Championship on ESPN. SEC Network’s on-site studio plans for the tournament will be announced closer to the event’s date.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun, March 06 3:30 p.m. Georgia State at Auburn SEC Network
Tue, March 08 8:30 p.m. Samford at Alabama SEC Network
Sat, March 12 1 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
Sat, March 12 3:30 p.m. Arkansas at Tennessee SEC Network
Sat, March 12 6 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
Sat, March 12 8:30 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Sun, March 13 1 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
Sun, March 13 3 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
Sun, March 13 5 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, March 14 7 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Wed, March 16 7 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss SEC Network
Fri, March 18 7 p.m. Tennessee at Florida ESPNU
Sat, March 19 noon Tennessee at Florida SEC Network
Sun, March 20 4 p.m. Tennessee at Florida SEC Network
Sun, March 20 7 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina SEC Network
Mon, March 21 7 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina SEC Network
Wed, March 23 7 p.m. Central Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sat, March 26 noon Florida at LSU ESPN2
Sat, March 26 1 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas SEC Network
Sun, March 27 7 p.m. Missouri at Alabama SEC Network
Mon, March 28 7 p.m. Missouri at Alabama SEC Network
Wed, March 30 7 p.m. UAB at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sat, April 02 noon Alabama at Florida ESPNU
Sat, April 02 6 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sun, April 03 4:30 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sun, April 03 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU
Mon, April 04 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State SEC Network
Wed, April 06 7 p.m. North Carolina at Georgia SEC Network
Sat, April 09 noon Texas A&M at Tennessee ESPNU
Sat, April 09 6 p.m. Kentucky at LSU ESPN2
Sat, April 09 7:30 p.m. Georgia at Missouri ESPNU
Sun, April 10 7 p.m. Kentucky at LSU SEC Network
Mon, April 11 7 p.m. Kentucky at LSU SEC Network
Wed, April 13 7 p.m. Florida State at Florida SEC Network
Sat, April 16 1 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia ESPN2
Sat, April 16 8 p.m. LSU at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, April 17 2 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina SEC Network
Sun, April 17 4:30 p.m. LSU at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, April 17 7 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia SEC Network
Mon, April 18 7 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia SEC Network
Wed, April 20 7 p.m. Oklahoma at Arkansas SEC Network
Sat, April 23 2 p.m. Georgia at Auburn ESPNU
Sat, April 23 6 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama SEC Network
Sat, April 23 8 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sun, April 24 5 p.m. Mississippi State at Florida SEC Network
Sun, April 24 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Mon, April 25 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Wed, April 27 7 p.m. UAB at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sat, April 30 noon Alabama at South Carolina SEC Network
Sat, April 30 2 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sat, April 30 4:30 p.m. Missouri at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sat, April 30 7 p.m. LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
Sat, April 30 8 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPN2
Sun, May 01 4:30 p.m. Missouri at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, May 01 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPNU
Mon, May 02 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee SEC Network
Sat, May 07 noon Georgia at Alabama ESPN2
Sat, May 07 1 p.m. Tennessee at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sat, May 07 1 p.m. Texas A&M at Auburn ESPNU
Sat, May 07 3 p.m. South Carolina at Missouri ESPNU
Sun, May 08 1 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
Wed, May 11 noon SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 11 2:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 11 5 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 11 7:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 noon SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 2:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 5 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 7:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Fri, May 13 3 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Semifinal ESPNU
Fri, May 13 5:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Semifinal ESPNU
Sat, May 14 8 p.m. SEC Softball Championship Game ESPN



*All times are eastern unless noted different and game schedules are subject to change. Check local listings.


 

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2016 SEC Network + (The Digital Home of SEC Women’s College Softball Schedule)

2016 SEC Network + (The Digital Home of SEC Women’s College Softball Schedule)

SEC Network +, the digital home of the SEC Network, will stream more than 250 games this season featuring all 13 teams in the conference, including more than 20 appearances by No. 1 Florida.

Date Time (ET) Game
03/04/2016 3 p.m. UAB at No. 20 Tennessee
03/04/2016 4 p.m. Kennesaw State at South Carolina
03/04/2016 4 p.m. Buffalo at Arkansas
03/04/2016 5 p.m. Penn State at Ole Miss
03/04/2016 5 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at No. 2 Alabama
03/04/2016 5:30 p.m. Green Bay at No. 20 Tennessee
03/04/2016 6:30 p.m. Indiana at No. 4 Auburn
03/04/2016 6:30 p.m. Northern Iowa at Arkansas
03/04/2016 7 p.m. Chattanooga at Mississippi State
03/04/2016 7:30 p.m. Belmont at Ole Miss
03/04/2016 7:30 p.m. North Dakota State at No. 2 Alabama
03/04/2016 9:30 p.m. Northwestern State at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 1:30 p.m. Murray State at No. 4 Auburn
03/05/2016 1:30 p.m. Michigan State at South Carolina
03/05/2016 2 p.m. Longwood at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 2:30 p.m. DePaul at No. 2 Alabama
03/05/2016 4 p.m. Bryant at No. 4 Auburn
03/05/2016 4 p.m. Connecticut at South Carolina
03/05/2016 4:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 5 p.m. UMass at Ole Miss
03/05/2016 5 p.m. North Dakota State at No. 2 Alabama
03/05/2016 7:30 p.m. Penn State at Ole Miss
03/06/2016 12:30 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 1 p.m. Tennessee Tech at No. 6 LSU
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. Belmont at Ole Miss
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. Wright State at Arkansas
03/06/2016 2:30 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at No. 2 Alabama
03/06/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 19 Minnesota at No. 11 Georgia
03/06/2016 3 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 3 p.m. Western Kentucky at Mississippi State
03/08/2016 6 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville at South Carolina
03/08/2016 6 p.m. Boston College at No. 11 Georgia
03/08/2016 7 p.m. Penn State at Mississippi State
03/09/2016 4 p.m. South Dakota at No. 1 Florida
03/09/2016 5 p.m. Tennessee State at No. 4 Auburn
03/09/2016 6 p.m. Indiana at No. 16 Kentucky
03/09/2016 6 p.m. Missouri State at Arkansas
03/09/2016 6:30 p.m. South Dakota at No. 1 Florida
03/09/2016 7 p.m. Youngstown State at Ole Miss
03/09/2016 7:30 p.m. Tennessee State at No. 4 Auburn
03/11/2016 6 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/11/2016 7 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/11/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Ole Miss
03/12/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/12/2016 4 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/12/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Ole Miss
03/13/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/13/2016 1:30 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/15/2016 4 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/15/2016 4 p.m. Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
03/15/2016 7 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/16/2016 4 p.m. Buffalo at South Carolina
03/16/2016 5 p.m. Western Illinois at No. 14 Missouri
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Winthrop at No. 1 Florida
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Kennesaw State at No. 11 Georgia
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Tulsa at Arkansas
03/16/2016 6:30 p.m. Buffalo at South Carolina
03/16/2016 7:30 p.m. Western Illinois at No. 14 Missouri
03/18/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/18/2016 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/18/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/19/2016 3 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/19/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/19/2016 3 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/19/2016 4 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/20/2016 1 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/20/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/20/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/20/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/21/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/22/2016 3 p.m. Northern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
03/22/2016 5:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
03/22/2016 6:30 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Mississippi State
03/22/2016 7 p.m. Alcorn State at No. 2 Alabama
03/22/2016 7 p.m. Nicholls State at No. 6 LSU
03/23/2016 5 p.m. Murray State at No. 16 Kentucky
03/23/2016 6 p.m. Charleston Southern at South Carolina
03/23/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 11 Georgia
03/25/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at Arkansas
03/25/2016 5 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU
03/25/2016 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/25/2016 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/25/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/25/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU
03/26/2016 2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/26/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/26/2016 3 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 2 Alabama
03/26/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/27/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/27/2016 2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/27/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/27/2016 2 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at Arkansas
03/29/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 11 Georgia
03/29/2016 7 p.m. Samford at Ole Miss
03/29/2016 7 p.m. UAB at No. 2 Alabama
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/01/2016 7:30 p.m. Arkansas at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/01/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/02/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/02/2016 3 p.m. Troy at South Carolina
04/02/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/02/2016 3 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/02/2016 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
04/03/2016 1 p.m. Troy at South Carolina
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/03/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/05/2016 6 p.m. UNC-Wilmington at South Carolina
04/05/2016 7 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at No. 2 Alabama
04/06/2016 5:30 p.m. Louisville at No. 16 Kentucky
04/06/2016 7 p.m. Troy at No. 4 Auburn
04/06/2016 7 p.m. Southern Mississippi at No. 6 LSU
04/06/2016 7 p.m. South Alabama at Mississippi State
04/06/2016 7:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/08/2016 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee
04/08/2016 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/08/2016 7 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/08/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/08/2016 7:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/08/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri
04/09/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/09/2016 3 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/09/2016 6 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/09/2016 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/10/2016 1 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri
04/10/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee
04/10/2016 2 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/10/2016 2 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/10/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/10/2016 2:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/13/2016 5 p.m. Wichita State at No. 14 Missouri
04/13/2016 6 p.m. Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss
04/13/2016 6 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
04/13/2016 7:30 p.m. Wichita State at No. 14 Missouri
04/15/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/15/2016 6 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/15/2016 6:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Mississippi State
04/15/2016 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/15/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/16/2016 1 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/16/2016 2 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/16/2016 3 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/16/2016 3:30 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/16/2016 4 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/16/2016 5 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/17/2016 1 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/17/2016 1 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/17/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/17/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/17/2016 2 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/19/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Southern at South Carolina
04/19/2016 7 p.m. Memphis at Ole Miss
04/19/2016 7 p.m. Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State
04/20/2016 5 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 4 Auburn
04/20/2016 6 p.m. South Florida at No. 1 Florida
04/20/2016 6 p.m. Georgia State at No. 11 Georgia
04/20/2016 7 p.m. South Alabama at No. 2 Alabama
04/20/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 4 Auburn
04/22/2016 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 1 Florida
04/22/2016 7 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
04/22/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn
04/22/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 2 Alabama
04/23/2016 1 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 1 Florida
04/23/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 6 LSU
04/23/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 14 Missouri
04/24/2016 2 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
04/24/2016 2 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn
04/24/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 6 LSU
04/24/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 2 Alabama
04/26/2016 6 p.m. Furman at South Carolina
04/26/2016 7 p.m. McNeese State at No. 6 LSU
04/29/2016 6 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
04/29/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
04/29/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Mississippi State
04/29/2016 7 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas
04/29/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/30/2016 12 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
04/30/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
05/01/2016 1 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
05/01/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 9 Texas A&M
05/01/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
05/01/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas
05/06/2016 6 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/06/2016 7 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at Ole Miss
05/06/2016 7 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn
05/06/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama
05/06/2016 7:30 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri
05/07/2016 1 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/08/2016 1 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/08/2016 1 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 16 Kentucky
05/08/2016 1 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri
05/08/2016 2 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at Ole Miss
05/08/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn
05/08/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama

Rankings per USA Today Softball (March 1)



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Longhorn Network: Home of Texas Softball

  • More than 35 Games from Red and Charline McCombs Field
  • Big 12 Play Features No. 16 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech
  • Former Longhorn Megan Willis Returns as Analyst

Longhorn Network will televise more than 35 college softball games from Red and Charline McCombs Field during the 2016 season, including 29 Texas home games.

Texas begins its season on the Longhorn Network when it hosts Arkansas (Feb 11 at 6 p.m. CT), the first of more than 10 Texas games in the month of February. Non-conference play vs. in-state rivals (UTSA, North Texas, and Texas State) will be televised in March before Longhorn Network airs 10 games vs. Big 12 opponents (No. 16 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech) in April and May.

Texas will also be seen twice on ESPN2, when it travels to Baylor (March 26) and Oklahoma (April 16).

As part of the Texas Classic (Feb 11-14) and Texas Invitational (Feb 25-28), Longhorn Network will also air seven games which do not include the Longhorns.

Megan Willis, a 2007 Texas graduate and former Longhorn catcher, will again be the analyst on the telecasts. Willis was a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006) at the school and continues to play the National Pro Fastpitch League, currently with the USSSA Pride.  Alex Loeb and Tyler Denning will rotate calling play-by-play throughout the season.

2016 Longhorn Network Softball Television Schedule

Date Time (CT) Game
Feb 11 6 p.m. Arkansas at Texas*
Feb 12 Noon Arkansas vs. North Dakota State*
3 p.m. UNC vs. North Dakota State*
6 p.m. UNC at Texas*
Feb 13 10 a.m. North Dakota State vs. Arkansas*
1 p.m. UNC at Texas*
3:30 p.m. Arkansas at Texas*
6 p.m. UNC vs. North Dakota State*
Feb 14 9 a.m. Arkansas vs UNC*
Noon North Dakota State at Texas*
Feb 26 9 a.m. Weber vs. Tulsa**
Noon Abilene Christian at Texas**
2:30 p.m. Tulsa at Texas**
Feb 27 10 a.m. Tulsa at Texas**
12:30 p.m. Illinois at Texas**
Feb 28 10 a.m. Weber State at Texas**
3:30 p.m. Tulsa vs. Illinois**^
March 8 4:30 p.m. UTSA at Texas
March 9 6 p.m. North Texas at Texas
March 26 8 p.m. Texas at Baylor***
March 30 6 p.m. Texas State at Texas
April 1 5 p.m. BYU at Texas
April 2 6 p.m. BYU at Texas
8:30 p.m. BYU at Texas
April 5 4:30 p.m. UTEP at Texas
midnight UTEP at Texas^
April 8 6 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas
April 9 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas
April 10 Noon Texas Tech at Texas
April 16 2 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma***
April 22 6 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas
April 23 1 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas
April 24 Noon Oklahoma State at Texas
April 27 6 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas
April 29 4:30 p.m. Kansas at Texas
April 30 1 p.m. Kansas at Texas
May 1 11 a.m. Kansas at Texas
May 14 8 p.m. No. 16 Baylor at Texas

*Texas Classic Event
**Texas Invitational
***on ESPN2
^Taped Delay

About Longhorn Network

ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College.  Longhorn Network (LHN) offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings. The network is also available to subscribers via WatchESPN on smartphones, tablets, computers, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


 

 


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Finding the Best Fit for College

Finding the Best Fit

Deciding which college to attend is a difficult task, and often students discover that the decision they made during high school was not the best for them. In the rare case, a transfer might make sense. But transferring colleges is not a decision to make lightly. For starters, student athletes’ scholarships do not transfer with them. Moreover, depending on the relevant rules and regulations, students who transfer schools may be prevented from playing, at least temporarily. The first principle of transferring schools is: Students should not transfer unless they cannot meet their academic or athletic goals at the current school.

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The Game of Softball

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How did the game of softball start?

The earliest known softball game was played in Chicago, Illinois on Thanksgiving Day, 1887. It took place at the Farragut Boat Club at a gathering to hear the outcome of the Yale University and Harvard University football game. When the score was announced and bets were settled, a Yale alumnus threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter. The other person grabbed a stick and swung at it. George Hancock called out “Play ball!” and the game began, with the boxing glove tightened into a ball, a broom handle serving as a bat. This first contest ended with a score of 41-40. The ball, being soft, was fielded barehanded.

George Hancock is credited as the game’s inventor for his development of ball and an undersized bat in the next week. The Farragut Club soon set rules for the game, which spread quickly to outsiders. Envisioned as a way for baseball players to maintain their skills during the winter, the sport was called “Indoor Baseball”. Under the name of “Indoor-Outdoor”, the game moved outside in the next year, and the first rules were published in 1889.

In 1895 Lewis Rober, Sr. of Minneapolis organized outdoor games as exercise for firefighters; this game was known as kitten ball (after the first team to play it), lemon ball, or diamond ball. Rober’s version of the game used a ball 12 inches (30 cm) in circumference, rather than the 16-inch (41 cm) ball used by the Farragut club, and eventually the Minneapolis ball prevailed, although the dimensions of the Minneapolis diamond were passed over in favor of the dimensions of the Chicago one. Rober may not have been familiar with the Farragut Club rules. Fire Station No. 19 in Minneapolis, Rober’s post from 1896 to 1906, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in part for its association with the sport’s development. The first softball league outside the United States was organized in Toronto in 1897.

The name “softball” dates back to 1926. The name was coined by Walter Hakanson of the YMCA at a meeting of the National Recreation Congress. (In addition to “indoor baseball”, “kitten ball”, and “diamond ball”, names for the game included “mush ball”, and “pumpkin ball”.) The name softball had spread across the United States by 1930. By the 1930s, similar sports with different rules and names were being played all over the United States and Canada. The formation of the Joint Rules Committee on Softball in 1934 standardized the rules and naming throughout the United States.


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