The draft which is being hosted by the Akron Racers, will take place February 17th beginning at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST) with the first selection being made by the Washington Glory. Fans will be able to access the draft broadcast at TheSoftballChannel.com, a sponsor of this year’s draft.
The 2009 version of the draft features five rounds and a total of 25 selections, with Akron , Rockford , Philadelphia and Chicago rounding out the first round.
Earlier this month, the league announced that the New England Riptide-one of the NPF’s six founding franchises-has withdrawn from the league and will not compete in the 2009 season, due to economic difficulties. Hate to hear about yet another casuality of the recession.
First round draft picks from last year’s draft included Katie Burkhart, pitcher from Arizona State and Megan Gibson, pitcher from Texas A&M, both of whom were signed by the Philadelphia Force and helped the team earn a Championship Series berth.
Angela Tincher, pitcher from Virginia Tech was drafted by the Akron Racers and was a crucial part of its team arsenal in 2008. Anjelica Selden, pitcher from UCLA was drafted by the New England Riptide, Savannah Brown, catcher from Georgia Tech was drafted by the Rockford Thunder and Taryne Mowatt, pitcher from Arizona was drafted by the Washington Glory.
The Chicago Bandits selected catcher and NPF Rookie of the year Rachel Folden with the first pick of the 2008 draft. Folden proved to be a solid foundation behind the plate as the catcher for the Bandits, but also produced at the plate. Folden finished the ’08 season with 32 RBIs, 11 homeruns, a .311 batting average and a .631 slugging percentage.
While everyone can speculate on which seniors will be drafted in this years draft, it is likely that several players will be chosen from the recently announced USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List.
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until her 2009 season is completed.
The order of picks for each round follows, but this information is subject to change pending any last-minute trades.