Seminole County Snaps Lightning Win Streak with 6-1 Win
Date: Jul 15, 2020
LONGWOOD, Florida – On Monday, June 29th, the Florida Collegiate Summer League will kick off the 2020 summer season! For the first time ever, the FCSL will expand to 10 teams across the league. Returning from last year will be the defending FCSL Champion Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, 2019 Runner-Up DeLand Suns, along with the Sanford River Rats, Orlando Scorpions, Winter Garden Squeeze, and the Leesburg Lightning. Leesburg will be getting a second team as the Leesburg Storm join the league for the first time in 2020. And in a blast from the past, the FCSL welcomes back the Snappers, Loggerheads, and the Mavericks with home games played in Sanford and DeLand.
All 10 teams will be playing their 27 game regular season schedule at three primary hubs for the league this year: Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, Pat Thomas Stadium in Leesburg, and Melching Field at Conrad Park in DeLand. The Sperling Sports Complex in DeLand will also host 15 games throughout the summer.
Each facility will allow up to 50% capacity for fans to attend the games.The decision to allow fans this summer happened after careful consideration. In early June, the Florida League developed a robust COVID-19 plan consisting of policies and procedures for how the league would operate this season. Next, the league worked in coordination with county health departments and city officials to review facility policies and safety measures. In coordination with Seminole County and TrueHealth of Sanford, the league secured COVID-19 testing for all the players and staff upon their arrival to the league. After receiving endorsements from each city, and working in tow with Governor DeSantis’ Phase 2 guidelines for re-opening, the Board of Directors made the exciting decision that fans could attend at 50% capacity. How fans can purchase tickets will be released in the coming days.
“I am really proud of our league, and especially our Board of Directors for the way we have approached the COVID-19 pandemic” said League President Stefano Foggi. “In uncertain times, we worked tirelessly for the possibility of a season, and having fans. It brings me great pleasure to make these announcements today as I understand now more than ever how much our league means to the Central Florida Community and especially our players. But, our work is just beginning. It is extremely important that our players, coaches, staff and fans make good personal decisions to wear masks when around others, practice good hygiene and keep distance from each other so that we can see our season through”.
A few things will be different when arriving to a Florida League ballpark this summer. Fans attending a game will have their temperature checked at the entrance to the facility. If a fan has a temperature above 100.4F, they will not be allowed to attend the game. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all fans attending a game. There will be sections at each stadium closed off to ensure that the proper social distancing guidelines are followed, along with additional availability of hand sanitizing stations. Off the field, players, coaches, and staff are asked to wear face masks and practicing social distancing guidelines.
The regular season will end on August 4th with the 2020 FCSL Playoffs beginning on August 6th and running through August 14th. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the Playoffs, with the fourth and fifth place teams competing in a Play-In Game for the final Playoff spot. The 6 teams who do not make the playoffs will play 3 additional games August 6-8. Both the Semi-Finals and the 2020 Championship Series will be a Best of-3 series. You can find access to the team schedules and rosters below:
For the latest information be sure to follow the Florida League on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the season. We have more exciting announcements lined up for next week so stay tuned!