College softball is softball as played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of higher education, predominantly in the United States. College softball is normally played by women at the Intercollegiate level, whereas college baseball is normally played by men.
As with other intercollegiate sports, most college softball in the United States is played under the auspices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The NCAA writes the rules of play, while each sanctioning body supervises season-ending tournaments. The final rounds of the NCAA tournaments are known as the Women's College World Series (WCWS); one is held on each of the three levels of competition sanctioned by the NCAA. The 2007 Women's College World Series took place in Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City near the site of the National Softball Hall of Fame in June, after the regular season was over.
The first NCAA Women's College World Series was held in 1982, while the first-ever WCWS was held in 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska (sponsored by the Amateur Softball Association and the Division of Girls' and Women's Sports) and annually thereafter. The tournament now starts with 64 teams from 16 different regions that compete in a double elimination round to start off the championship. The sixteen winners then enter a 'super regional', usually held at the higher seed's home ground, for a best-of-3 series. The eight winners then enter a modified double elimination tournament to determine which team is the national champion. Instead of being a 'true' double-elimination tournament, the tournament is split up so there are two brackets, though the losers switch brackets. The winners of each of the brackets move onto a best-of-3 championship. The tournament is largely dominated by Pac-12 Conference teams, who have combined to win 21 of the 27 NCAA Division I championships through 2008, including 10 wins from UCLA (1995 championship vacated) and 8 from University of Arizona.
From 1969–79 and 1982–87, the WCWS was held in Omaha, Nebraska, where the Men's College World Series originated. In 1980–81, it was played in Norman, Oklahoma. In 1988–89, it was held in Sunnyvale, California. The finals have been played at the Amateur Softball Association's Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City since 1990.
Fast-pitch softball became an Olympic discipline starting with the XXVI Olympiad of 1996. However, the International Olympic Committee discontinued both softball and baseball as Olympics sports after the XXVIII Olympiad in 2008.
In 2004 the International Softball Federation (ISF) held the first World University Softball Championship just two months after the 2004 Olympic competition. It was an eight country championship, with Team USA defeating Chinese Taipei for the gold medal. In 2006 the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) held the second World University Softball Championship in Taiwan, and in 2007 softball was added to the World University Games of FISU.
The  National Junior College Athletic Association was founded on May 14, 1938, due to the fact that track teams from two year colleges wanted a chance to compete in the NCAA, they were rejected, thus resulting in the creation of the NJCAA which became open to all sports, although, women's sports were not part of the organization until 1975. Junior college softball programs compete with in the NJCAA or the national junior college athletic association, With in the NJCAA there are divisions I,II,& III just like the NCAA. Amongst the divisions, there are regions and conferences each team gets divided into, At the division I level there are 19 regions, At the division II level there are 18 regions and at the division III level there are only 9 regions, given its the lowest grade of “competition." Every year at the end of the regional championships there is a national tournament as well. The Division I tournament is held in St. George, Utah Division II tournament is held in Clinton, Mississippi Division III tournament is held in Rochester, Minnesota.
Why NJC AA? Junior colleges recruit thousands of elite athletes every year. In fact, many junior colleges are considered “feeder” schools for Division I universities. DI college coaches will turn to trusted junior colleges each year to fill roster spots. For many athletes, junior college or “JUCO” is a great way to knock out some core classes while honing athletic skills before moving on to a four-year university, as well as getting paying time. A softball player recruited into a big time school as a freshman will likely face a lot of adversity to receive a starting spot and playing time. The junior college route allows athletes to secure playing time as freshmen and sophomores.
There are lots of ways for athletes to become recruited although women's sports tend to be neglected. Although Flo Softball, really helps the cause. They are a softball recruiting page devoted to helping athletes get to the next level. Now to bring it back to JUCO level, they have a Junior College hot 100 sophomore list where softball players playing in any divisions I,II or III can get exposure and hopefully get recruited by big time schools. Ideally softball players like to be recruited out of highschool to a bigtime program. But, Jennifer Mckibben is there to help keep athletes motivated. Mckibben is a true Juco product herself. Playing two years at Tallahassee community college and then transferring to Virginia tech.
Boston College Eagles Softball is in the Atlantic Coast Conference and is a Division I program. Their mascot is an American eagle.Brooks Park
Brooks Park is a softball field in Washington, Pennsylvania, United States, used by the Washington & Jefferson Presidents softball team. The field dimensions are 200 feet (61 m) down the lines and 205 feet (62 m) to center field. It also has home and away dugouts and separate bullpens.In 2004, the field was renovated with funding provided by the Robert and Susan Brooks and the Brooks Foundation. The entire field was re-sodded and an outfield wall was added. Off the field, a new scoreboard was installed and a public address system and press box were added.Easton Stadium
Easton Stadium is a college softball stadium on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. It is the home venue of the UCLA Bruins softball team. It is named for James Easton, class of 1959, who has provided significant funding for the stadium.Georgetown Hoyas softball
The Georgetown Hoyas softball team represents Georgetown University in NCAA Division I college softball. The team participates in the Big East Conference. It is currently led by head coach Pat Conlan and assistant coaches Chelsey Broermann, Kelliner Croushore and Kaitlin Calogera. The team plays its home games at Washington Nationals Youth Academy. The team was established in 2006, and played as an independent for three seasons before joining the Big East in 2009.Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium
The Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium is the home field of the Florida Gators softball team of the University of Florida. The stadium is located at the corner of Hull Road and Museum Road, on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.List of college softball coaches with 1,000 wins
This is a list of college softball coaches with 1,000 wins as a collegiate head coach. This list includes games won at the NCAA and NAIA levels. It does not include games won at the junior college level. Coaches with 1,000 wins at the NCAA Division I level are designated with peach shading.Lorene Ramsey
Lorene Ramsey, a pioneer in women's sports, is one of the most successful college coaches of all time. In 1968, Ramsey joined the staff of Illinois Central College, a community college in East Peoria, Illinois. There, before the passing of Title IX, she started the women's athletic program. She coached the softball team for 28 years, compiling an overall record of 840-309 and two NJCAA National Softball Championships. She also coached the women's basketball team for 33 seasons amassing a record of 887-197 while winning four NJCAA Women's Basketball Championships. She has been inducted into 10 halls of fame including the National Softball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. She was a founding officer of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and, as a player, was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 1987.NAIA Softball Championship
The NAIA Softball Championship is the annual tournament to determine the national champions of NAIA collegiate softball in the United States and formerly in Canada. It has been held annually since 1981.The current champions are Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Stars are the most titled program, having collected 10 NAIA championship titles.NCAA Division III Softball Championship
The Division III Women's College World Series (WCWS) is the final portion of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship for college softball teams in Division III.
Softball was one of twelve women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981-82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the AIAW for sole governance of women's collegiate sports. The AIAW continued to conduct its established championship program in the same twelve (and other) sports; however, after a year of dual women's championships, the NCAA conquered the AIAW and usurped its authority and membership.The most successful team in championship history is TCNJ, which has 5 national titles. Virginia Wesleyan are the current champions, who won their second title in 2018.NCAA Division II Softball Championship
The Division II Women's College World Series (WCWS) is the final portion of the NCAA Division II Softball Championship for college softball teams in Division II in the United States.
Softball was one of twelve women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981-82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the AIAW for sole governance of women's collegiate sports. The AIAW continued to conduct its established championship program in the same twelve (and other) sports; however, after a year of dual women's championships, the NCAA conquered the AIAW and usurped its authority and membership.NCAA Division I Softball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Softball Tournament is held annually in May/June and features 64 college softball teams in the United States, culminating in the Women's College World Series (WCWS), which is played in Oklahoma City.Old College Field
Old College Field is an area on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The school broke ground in 1900 to provide a place for the varsity baseball team to play. Today, the area includes facilities for baseball, soccer, and softball. It is located on a floodplain on the inside of a bend in the Red Cedar River. The "New Life for Old College Field" campaign, which began in 2006, was to enhance the sports programs which played on the Field.Patty Gasso
Patricia Marie Gasso (née Froehlich; born May 27, 1962) is an American softball coach. She has been the head softball coach at the University of Oklahoma since 1995. She has led the Oklahoma Sooners softball team to four national championships (2000, 2013, 2016, and 2017), and has compiled a career record of 1,146–322–2 and a winning percentage of .780.Red and Charline McCombs Field
The Red and Charline McCombs Field is the current home of the University of Texas Longhorn Women's Softball team.Opening in 1998 at a cost of $4.5 million, the stadium seats 1,254 and is named after university benefactor Red McCombs and his wife Charline. It features a clay infield and a grass outfield. Texas later added a 4,400-square foot training facility along the left-field line, completed in 2009.Rhoads Stadium
The John and Ann Rhoads Softball Stadium (frequently shortened to Rhoads Stadium) is a college softball stadium located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It serves as the home field of the Alabama Crimson Tide softball team and is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Campus Drive on the northeast corner of campus. The Crimson Tide's all-time record at Rhoads Stadium is 316–50 (.863), and the official capacity of the stadium is 3,940. After they played their first season at Sokol Park and at Bowers Park for both the 1998 and 1999 seasons, the Crimson Tide opened Rhoads Stadium on February 23, 2000, with a 7–1 victory over the UAB Blazers.John L. Rhoads was a graduate of the University of Alabama and a long-time partner at accounting firm Ernst & Ernst. He died in 2001.Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium
Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium is the softball stadium for the University of Arizona. The stadium is on-campus and can seat 2,956 people.Hillenbrand Stadium, as it is more commonly known, was completed in 1993 and is named for the sister of the late William G. Hillenbrand (the Hillenbrand family have been long time Arizona benefactors). With the continued success of the Arizona softball team, which has won eight national championships, thanks to Mike Candrea, remains one of the premier venues in college softball. The Wildcats led the NCAA in attendance from 2000–02, and from 2006-08.Tiger Park
Tiger Park is a softball stadium located on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It serves as the home field of the LSU Lady Tigers softball team and is located on Skip Bertman Drive across from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. The official capacity of the stadium is 2,671 people. Tiger Parks record attendance of 3,242 came on March 25, 2016 in a game versus the University of Florida. The stadium also features an outfield berm, renamed the Tiger Park Terrace in 2016, that can accommodate in excess of 1,200 fans. The stadium opened prior to the 2009 college softball season.In 2010, Tiger Park was rated the fifth-best architecture building by the LSU Faculty Senate Monthly Newsletter."Best seen at night, when its gables and overhang seem to brighten into a shimmering white sails winging through cool ebony skies, the softball stadium shows that LSU can come up with a building that plays to something other than the local taste for plantation imagery and Greco-Roman bric-a-brac. Welling out of a hillock in a way that suggests strong shoulders on the brink of swinging a home run, the softball stadium evidences a modest freshness that brings a smile and popcorn and hot dogs."
In 2013, Tiger Park was honored with the prestigious Field of the Year award by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) for the college and university softball division. Tiger Park hosted the 2015 SEC Softball Tournament and 2015 NCAA Division I Regional.UMass Softball Complex
The UMass Softball Complex softball field located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts. It has served as the home of the University of Massachusetts Minutewoman softball team since the spring of 2000. The field officially opened on April 1, 2000, when UMass posted a 5-2 victory over Princeton. Among the facilities available at the UMass Softball Complex are two batting cages, a bullpen that can accommodate three pitchers, heated dugouts, lockers in the UMass dugout and dugout restrooms. The surface also features a state-of-the-art drainage system which can accommodate six inches of rain per hour.
Each year the complex typically hosts the NCAA National Softball Tournament Amherst Regional.UNI-Dome
UNI-Dome (pronounced "YOU-nih-dome") is a multi-purpose stadium, on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States. It opened in 1976, as the home of the UNI Panthers basketball and football teams. The facility's capacity for football is 16,324. For basketball, its official capacity is 16,324; however, it has seated as many as 22,000 for events such as the 1990 Mid-Continent Conference men’s basketball tournament and the 1997 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships. It has been the home of the Iowa State High School football championships, since 1976 and has hosted junior college football bowl games, wrestling, track and field, softball, concerts and conventions.
Events listed in italics have been discontinued.