Canadian Wild presented by VisitSI
Q: What is the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois?
A: The Canadian Wild is the newest team in the NPF (National Professional Fast Pitch)
Q: What is the NPF?
A: 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.f
Q: Will the Wild have tryouts?
A: The Wild will be made up of players of Canada’s Women’s Softball team and selected by Softball Canada.
Q: Who is Softball Canada?
A: The Canadian Amateur Softball Association, commonly known as Softball Canada, is a not-for-profit National Sport Organization (NSO) based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 1965. It is recognized and financially supported by the Government of Canada as the National Governing Body for the sport of softball. Softball Canada is administered by an eight-member Board of Directors elected by the country's 12 Provincial and Territorial Associations and is supported by eight staff members working in the National Office.
Q: Why does Softball Canada want to play in the NPF?
A: In August of 2016 the International Olympic Committee announced that Softball and Baseball will return to the Olympics held in Tokyo in 2020. Softball Canada knew that it was important to compete in the NPF in order to prepare their team for the 2020 Olympics. Playing in the NPF will give them the opportunity to play against some of the best softball players in the world.
Q: How did they select Rent One Park and the Miners Organization?
A: The Miners were approached in August of 2018 by the NPF about the potential of this partnership. The NPF was familiar with Rent One Park and the Miners from working with the organization in 2010 and 2011 when ROP hosted an NPF series. Softball Canada selected ROP from 2 other potential sites in the United States.
Q: What is SIU’s involvement with the Wild?
A: SIU has partnered with Softball Canada to rent housing for the players to stay in during the season. They have also extended the use of their softball field, training facilities and recreation center.
Q: How long will ROP have the Wild?
A: The parties involved have agreed to a two-year contract.