FORT COLLINS, CO – After stepping aside because of COVID-19 concerns for two years, the National Invitational Softball Championships (NISC) is back in business, with selected NCAA Division-I programs taking part in a double-elimination format from May 20-26, with all games taking place at the TC Colorado Field in Fort Collins, CO.
Tournament officials are in contact with dozens of teams and administrators in preparation for the event, which was last held in 2019 and won by UT Arlington. Loyola Marymount won the title in 2018, and the inaugural NISC crown went to Liberty in 2017.
Selection Night for the NISC is May 15, with the 8-12 team field announced after the NCAA Tournament releases its postseason schedule. First pitch of the 2022 NISC is scheduled for Friday, May 20. The final four teams will square off in the championship round, concluding on or before May 26.
Outside of the teams selected for the NCAA Tournament, any squad with an NCAA RPI of 1-100 will be considered for the NISC, regardless of overall record; teams with an RPI above 100 must have an overall record of .500 or better to be considered. The NISC committee will use the NCAA Softball Final RPI, win/loss record, last 10 games played, key injuries or additions, consideration of teams with 30 or more victories and other pertinent information gathered on all considered teams.
The NISC is produced by Triple Crown Sports and is modeled after two other “NIT” events powered by TCS – the Postseason WNIT for D-I women’s college basketball and the Postseason NIVC for D-I women’s college volleyball.
“We’re back on the softball menu and remain very excited to bring top NCAA teams to Colorado for postseason play,” said Dave King, NISC director and founder of Triple Crown Sports. “This is a needed opportunity to showcase the many great D-I programs that accomplish so much in the regular season and deserve to compete past their conference finals. On top of that, we have a venue designed especially for them.”
Track all updates on the 2022 NISC on Twitter (@WomensNISC), Facebook (@WomensNISC) and the event website, www.womensnisc.com
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and college events for 40 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s DI Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “NIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. Triple Crown’s PV College Challenge features 8-10 of the top DI college softball teams in the country each year in Puerto Vallarta, MX. TC fastpitch tournaments (including the 1,000-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes. TCS produces one of the largest youth baseball events in the world with the 650-team Omaha SlumpBuster during the College World Series. The Triple Crown Volleyball NIT has become the top-recruited club volleyball event in the country each February when 550 teams compete in Kansas City, MO.