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Thruway CBL and Rochester CBL Merge to Form Mega League

There is big news for college baseball players across New York State.  The newly formed INTERSTATE COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE is a collaborative effort between owners of the Rochester Collegiate Baseball League and the Thruway Collegiate Baseball League to bring a balanced, and highly competitive college summer league to local players.  The league will feature franchises in Rochester, Syracuse, Amsterdam, and Hudson.  Each franchise will enter 3 teams into the ICBL.  The league will focus on a balanced approach allowing players to stay home while having time to work, intern, take summer classes, and have time off to enjoy the summer.

 

The league will begin 2017 play with 12 teams in 4 divisions:

 
  • Rochester

  • Syracuse

  • Capital District

  • Hudson

 

The format calls for a 30 regular season games plus playoffs:

 
  • 6 games vs. each team in your home division = 12 games

  • 4 games vs. neighboring division  - home and home DH vs each team - (Rochester vs Syracuse) - (Amsterdam vs Hudson)  = 12 games

  • 2 games vs. crossover division - single DH vs each team (Rochester vs Amsterdam played in Syracuse) (Syracuse vs Hudson played in Amsterdam)   =6 games

 

Teams will play 18 games at their home facility and will travel just 6 times the entire season. Under this format, each team will play 8 different teams during the regular season offering plenty of variety.

 

The top two teams from each division will play each other in a quarter final, with the winner advancing to the semi finals (Rochester vs Syracuse) (Amsterdam vs Hudson).  The winners of the semi final games will play each other in a 3 game Championship series.  Up to 5 playoff games are possible.

 

The founding members, and Franchise owners include:

 

Brian Spagnola (Amsterdam and Hudson)  owner of the national power Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game CBL, as well as the founder of the Empire State Prospect Games, and the Thruway Collegiate Baseball League.

 

Dickie Woodridge (Syracuse) former professional player in the Padres organization as well as owner of prestigious Syracuse Sports Zone Travel Teams, the Thruway Collegiate Baseball League, and two indoor Sports Complex’s in East Syracuse and Camillus.

 

Dan Sullivan and Joe Bianchi (Rochester), co-founders of the highly successful Rochester Collegiate Baseball League (2012), as well as the 8 team RCBL Prospects High School August League.

 

David Dittmann (League Development)  Dittmann previously owned the Newport Gulls and helped start the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He was instrumental in the success of both teams. He also owned the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plains League. All three of these teams have led their respective leagues in attendance during Dittmann's tenure. Previously, Dittmann owned an array of minor league team baseball teams, including the New Haven Ravens AA team. Dave brings a wealth of invaluable baseball and business experience.

 

The ICBL is designed for local players, and limits travel so that players have time to work, intern, take summer classes, and enjoy some time off the summer.  Teams typically play 4 games per week, with the majority of games at their home facility. Rochester will play at the highly regarded lighted turf complex at the University of Rochester.  Syracuse will use DeLutis Field in Rome and the beautiful lighted turf complex at Onondaga Community College, Amsterdam area will use historic Shuttleworth Park home to the Amsterdam Mohawks, and Hudson will use Greenport Park.

 

Rosters will be relatively small consisting of approximately 20 full time players.  With only 3 teams per franchise, the competition level will be very strong.

 

All of the founding members are extremely excited to bring this unique experience to local college players.  Our focus is "not too much and not too little". Our goal is league that offers players top competition and variety, while while still recognizing the busy lives of these student-athletes.

 

Typically players with college eligibility, as well as graduating high school seniors are permitted to apply.  Spots are very limited as each franchise city will only sign approximately 60 players.

 

Click the "Contact Us" link at the top of the www.InterstateCBL.com website for the franchise closest to your home residence for more details and to apply.  Players must play for the franchise closest to their home residence unless otherwise released by that franchise.

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