The regular season is coming to a close for the 2017 College Softball season, but there is still a chance for teams to make the NCAA Softball Tournament with a win in the Conference Tournament. Below are the tournaments for all conferences in NCAA Division 1 Softball.
Four conferences do not have a postseason tournament and instead will award their automatic bid to the regular-season champion. Those four conferences are the Big West, Mountain West, Pac-12, and West Coast. The Big 12 opted to bring back their conference tournament after a six-year hiatus.
The regular-season champion is included below for each conference because there are several cases where the top seed in the conference is hosting the tournament. In all, there are 32 automatic bids handed out while another 32 at-large bids will be determined by the Softball Selection Committee.
|American East||Binghamton*||Albany||May 10 - 13||Binghamton|
|American||Tulsa||Tulsa||May 11 - 13||East Carolina|
|ACC||Florida State||Florida State||May 11 - 13||North Carolina|
|Atlantic 10||Fordham||Fordham||May 10 - 13||George Mason|
|Atlantic Sun||USC Upstate||USC Upstate||May 10 - 13||Lipscomb|
|Big 12||Oklahoma||Oklahoma||May 12 - 13||Neutral Site|
|Big East||St. John's||DePaul||May 12 - 13||DePaul|
|Big Sky||Weber State*||Montana||May 11 - 13||Weber State|
|Big South||Liberty||Longwood||May 10 - 13||Longwood|
|Big Ten||Minnesota||Minnesota||May 11 - 13||Michigan|
|Big West||Cal State Fullerton||No Post|
|Colonial||James Madison*||James Madison||May 10 - 12||James Madison|
|May 10 - 13||Southern Miss|
|Horizon||Illinois-Chicago*||Illinois-Chicago||May 10 - 13||UIC|
|Princeton||May 6 - 7||Princeton|
|Mid-American||Central Michigan||Kent State||May 10 - 13||Akron|
|Metro Atlantic||Iona*||Fairfield||May 10 - 13||Iona|
|Florida A&M||May 11 - 13||Bethune-Cookman|
|Missouri Valley||Northern Iowa||Southern|
|May 11 - 13||Illinois State|
|Mountain West||San Jose State||No Post|
|Northeast||Saint Francis*||Saint Francis||May 11 - 13||Saint Francis|
|May 10 - 13||Neutral Site|
|Patriot||Lehigh*||Lehigh||May 11 - 13||Lehigh|
|SEC||Florida||Ole Miss||May 10 - 13||Tennessee|
|May 10 - 13||Chattanooga|
|Southland||McNeese||McNeese||May 10 - 12||Central Arkansas|
|May 10 - 13||Alabama State|
|May 10 - 13||North Dakota State|
|Sun Belt||Louisiana||Louisiana||May 10 - 13||Troy|
|May 11 - 13||New Mexico State|
|West Coast||BYU||No Post|
* Denotes Highest Seed Hosts Conference Tournament
One conference tournament that has already been decided was the Ivy League. Princeton defeated Harvard to win their second straight Ivy League Championship Series.
As the conference tournament champions are crowned, the table above will be filled out. The conference tournaments listed above will help determine the field for the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament. We will find out which teams made the tournament on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 10 PM Eastern Time on ESPN2 with the Selection Show.
The 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament will begin on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 16 campus sites with the Regional round. The Regional round is contested in a double-elimination format with each Regional having four teams. The 16 teams who win their Regional will move on to the Super Regional where they will compete in a best-of-three series to be held between May 25 and May 28.
The 8 winners of the Super Regional round will move on to the 2017 Women’s College World Series to be played in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma starting on Thursday, June 1. The Championship Series will begin Monday, June 5 with a best-of-three format to determine the winner of the 2017 Women’s College World Series.