NCAA D1 Softball Championship and Road to the WCWS

    64 teams will take part in the NCAA D1 Softball Championships this year. 32 conferences were awarded automatic qualifications, and the remaining 32 spots were at-large selections. The top 16 teams were nationally seeded. Oklahoma comes into the championship seeded number one, as they were awarded after winning the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) last year, and maintained that spot all season so far. They currently have a 49-2 win to loss record this season, though they just went down to Oklahoma State, who won the Big 12 championship against them in their latest game. 

   Regionals start and will be held May 20-22 on 16 campus sites, where a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be held. The 16 winning teams will advance to the super regionals. The super regionals will take place May 26-29 on eight campus sites, where two teams will compete in a best-of-three format. The winners from those super regionals will advance to the WCWS from June 2-9/10 (9th and potentially 10th if another game is needed). The WCWS will take place at the OGE Energy Field at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City.

   Coverage for the games for the 16 regional sites on one of the ESPN networks, which was announced during the softball selection show. ESPN will televise every game of the Super Regionals, for the 16th consecutive year (notwithstanding 2020, since 2007). This will also mark the 23rd year that ESPN will televise every game during the WCWS. Softball fans around the world will be watching as all eyes are on these 64 teams.