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Exclusive Interview with Fastpitch Phenom, Angela Tincher: Part 3 – Playing for the NPF

sports_angela-tincher.jpgSoftball pitcher, Angela Tincher, 2008 National Collegiate Player of the Year, third on the NCAA all-time strikeout leader list, and National Professional Faspitch player, was kind enough to take a break from her busy softball schedule to answer questions for Pretty Tough. 

Six months ago, Angela Tincher led Virginia Tech University to a historical no hit, shut out win against Team USA. Today, Tincher shares what it’s like to play professional softball. 

Team: Akron Racers
Location: Akron, Ohio
2008 Record: 19 wins 29 loses
Season: Summer: June – August 

What’s a typical day like for a National Pro Fastpitch Player?
Each week during the season, we play four games in a row. On a typical game day, the games are at night. We usually sleep in during the morning. After we get up, we hang out at the house for a little bit. During the afternoon, we eat a good lunch and try to arrive at the field between three and four. Then, we warm up for three hours before the game. During the season when we’re not playing, we usually have a practice. And some days, we hold pitching and hitting clinics to help out kids. Other days, we make appearances and hang out with fans. 

Where do the players live
The team owns a few townhouses ten minutes from the stadium. Each house holds three teammate/roommates. 

What’s the best thing about being a NPF player?
Being paid to do what we love to do. Being able to keep playing as long as possible. 

What’s the average salary like for a NPF player?
It averages around $3000 to $5000 for rookies.  Each team has a $100,000 salary cap divided up between 20 players. We can also do lessons, camps, and clinics to make extra money. 

What do players do during the off-season?
As soon as the season is over, we can basically do whatever we want. A lot of the players have teaching jobs or college coaching jobs. Some players spend the rest of the year teaching at camps and clinics. And some NPF players earn their graduate degrees or continue college. 

How can a softball player make it to the professional level?
A lot of practice and time. I always enjoyed softball. I still love practices and playing. Luckily, I never got burned out. Even though, I missed a lot of time with my friends when I was off playing, it was all worth it in the end.     

Don’t miss next week’s Part 4: Angela Tincher shares her faves.   

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