When the 2022 college softball season gets underway, there will be a new tournament on the schedule in February.
The Northern Lights/Southern Nights Invitational will make its debut on the weekend of February 11-13 in Leesburg, Florida. The inaugural tournament field will feature teams from three of the “Power Five” conferences, including the SEC and ACC.
“Women’s college softball is considered a spring sport, but the season begins in deep winter, creating a disadvantage for northern teams,” stated a press release announcing the event. “To be considered for the event, teams must be either top-25 programs or other top-RPI teams who have legitimate aspirations to make the post-season NCAA tournament. In 2022, the eight-team field will include three teams who lost in last year’s super-regional finals, and three other participants of the 2021 tournament, creating a strong field from top to bottom.”
The full field for the tournament’s first year includes Missouri, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Liberty, Eastern Kentucky, and UConn.
In the Circle podcast was the first to break the news of this tournament. Northern Lights/Southern Nights is an event created by Mark Allister. The tournament director is Skeeter Gentile. The event will be run by Alison Strange, host and manager of The Spring Games.