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HISTORY OF THE FUTURES LEAGUE


 

Each franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) is made up of elite collegiate athletes competing in a minor league style format.  Each franchise provides high quality, affordable entertainment, in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. 

The FCBL is summer collegiate baseball at its best! After only two seasons of play the FCBL is already regarded as one of the most talented and competitive leagues in the country.  

The league began its initial year of operations in 2011.  The founders of the league are the FCBL ownership groups from both the Brockton Rox (Can-Am League) and the Lowell Spinners (Single A affiliate Boston Red Sox).The first year the league included teams playing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.  

The 2011 season brought immediate credibility and success both on the field and at the gates.  The Nashua Silver Knights took home the inaugural FCBL Cup, by sweeping The Torrington Titans 2-0 in a best of three series.

In 2012, the Futures League welcomed five expansion franchises; the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Pittsfield Suns, Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide, North Shore Navigators, and the Brockton Rox.  The Goldklang Group will operate the newest expansion franchise to be located at historic Wahconah Park located in Pittsfield, Mass.  The group owns & operates four other minor league baseball teams throughout the country (Charleston RiverDogs, Fort Myers Miracles, Hudson Valley Renegades, & St. Paul Saints).

The Futures League's 10th team, the Worcester Bravehearts (formerly the Worcester Tornadoes), will be playing at the College of the Holy Cross for the 2014 season

The league will play a 56 game (28 home & 28 away), nine-week schedule concluding in early August. The League Championship is determined by a playoff immediately after the season ends. Each year our top players will be scouted and selected in the MLB Draft.

Any student who wishes to play in our League must be:

•               Currently enrolled in a NCAA or NAIA sanctioned college or university

•               Be in good academic standing,

•               Have completed one year of athletic eligibility and

•               Have at least one year of eligibility remaining.

FCBL bylaws mandate each team have a minimum 26-man roster, with at least 13 of those 26 players selected from a New England-based college or be a resident of New England (or a combination of the two options). The league strongly suggests that student athletes have their college coach and/or a MLB scout recommend them to our General Managers.