Road To The 2017 NCAA Softball National Championship

(Update: The NCAA, in conjunction with its television partners at ESPN, announced on Wednesday night that the 2017 NCAA Softball Selection Show will now air on ESPN2. The show will be hosted by the Women’s College World Series announce team of Beth Mowins, Michele Smith and Amanda Scarbrough. The field of 64 teams, along with the 16 regional host sites will be unveiled at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 14 in an hour-long selection special. The show has aired on sister network ESPNU the last several years.)

This year’s NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship is the 36th annual and will be the 27th time that Oklahoma City and USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field has hosted the event.

There is currently 291 Division 1 Softball teams in the country of that number 64 get a chance to play in the tournament that leads up to crowning a national champion. Out of those 64 teams, 32 receive an automatic qualification (winning their conference) with the remaining best 32 teams selected on an at-large basis by the Division 1 Softball Committee.

From there the top 16 seeded teams will get to host a regional site.

Once all of the selections and seeding are done then the action gets started with what are called, ‘The Regionals.’
They will take place between May 19-21, 2017. The games will be played on the 16 host teams fields using a four-team, double-elimination tournament format.

The 16 winning teams from The Regionals then advance to the next round known as, ‘Super Regionals.’ This year the
Super Regionals will be held from May 25-28, 2017 on eight campus sites. At each of those sites two teams will play
a best-of-three games tournament format with the winners of the series advancing to to the, NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS).

The Women’s College World Series will be played from June 1-7, 2017. The eight teams who make it there will compete in a double elimination bracket with the final two teams then competing in a best of three format to crown a
national champion.

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