National Pro Fastpitch has announced the formation and addition of a 6th team to the league, as the Scrap Yard Dawgs, based in Houston, Texas, will join the NPF for the 2016 season.
Rumors have long swirled that a Houston-based team would join the league either for 2016 or 2017, and with this announcement, it has proved to be the former.
The team will play home games and be headquartered at The Scrap Yard Sports Complex in the Woodlands, Texas. Connie May is the Director of Operations at Scrap Yard Sports and is the mother of former Texas A&M and Team USA catcher Meagan May.
The 2016 season will be the second in a row where an NPF expansion franchise has played it's inaugural year, following the 2015 season which saw the debut of the Dallas Charge. In their first season, the Charge reached the postseason as the #4 league seed.
Scrap Yard Sports was in the news just a few months back after former longtime Oklahoma assistant coach Tripp MacKay left the Sooners to join the SYS staff as Director of Player Development. Thought to be a solid candidate for head coaching jobs at the collegiate level before leaving Norman, he could be an easily-selected in-house candidate for the Dawgs' head coaching position.
Kevin Shelton, the general manager of the Charge in their inaugural season, takes the reins now with the Houston team, aiming to enjoy the same initial success. Former Arkansas player & coach and Troy assistant coach Whitney Cloer has been hired as the Dawgs' assistant general manager.
There is no information as-yet available on how this will impact free agency or the 2016 NPF draft order. We will continue to follow this story and will bring you the very latest.