Top March Matchups To Watch At THE Spring Games

Some of the top DII, DIII, JUCO, and NAIA softball teams in the country are converging on THE Spring Games in Clermont, Florida, to sharpen their skills before they enter conference play.

The monthlong showcase, which is streaming LIVE on FloSoftball, sees more than 1,500 games take place between hundreds of teams.

Here are some of the top matchups to watch in March.

THE Spring Games Schedule

DII

#9 Minnesota State University Mankato vs. #14 Southern Indiana

When: March 7, 9 AM EST on Legends Way 3

#14 Overall / #1 Atlantic Region West Chester vs. #6 Midwest Region Grand Valley State University

When: March 10, 2 PM EST on Hancock Park 1

#3 Atlantic Region Kutztown vs. #7 Central Region Augustana University

When: March 13, 2 PM EST on Legends Way 5

#6 Atlantic Region Bloomsburg vs. #3 Midwest Region Wayne State University

When: March 16, 9 AM EST on Legends Way 5

DIII

#6 East Region Stockton vs. #4 Central Region Transylvania University 

When: March 16, 4:30 PM on Legends Way 3

#3 New England Region Babson vs. #6 Central Region Hope

When: March 20, 11:30 AM EST on Legends Way 2

#1 Great Lakes Region Wisconsin Whitewater vs. #7 New England Region Tufts

When: March 22,  2 PM EST on Legends Way 5

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300 College Softball Teams Are Ready To Play Ball

The Augustana College Women’s softball team is competing against other teams at the Spring Games

From February through April, more than 300 college softball teams come to Clermont to kickstart their season.

The Spring Games were founded in 2008 by Dr. Dot Richardson, who earned Olympic gold as part of the USA’s women’s softball team. The games are now under the direction of Richardson’s niece, Alison Strange, president of PFX Athletics.The games are hosted by PFX Athletics at the Legends Way Ballfields at the National Training Center in Clermont.

Strange estimates that the Spring Games will bring more than $11 million in revenue to the Clermont area.

Clermont City Council Member Diane Travis throws the ceremonial first pitch to the Augustana College catcher at the Spring Games.

Clermont City Council Member Diane Travis threw the first ceremonial pitch Friday to kick off the beginning of the 2018 Spring Games. She welcomed the teams from Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. and Oakland Community College,  Bloomfield Hills, Mich., wishing both good luck.

Travis understands the dedication required for the college athletes. She is one of the top female athletes in the world for her age group, having won a gold medal in the USA Duathlon and a silver medal in the World Duathlon Championship. Her nephew, Sam Travis, plays first base for the Boston Red Sox.

The Spring Games are open to the public and also are streamed live. Go to www.pfxathletics.com for details about the games and viewing online.

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FloSports Announces Multi-Year Partnership With PFX Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas — FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced an exclusive partnership with PFX Athletics to air THE Spring Games, the World’s largest college softball event. The multi-year agreement enables FloSports to broadcast the event on FloSoftball.com.

Since 2008, thousands of fans have attended the THE Spring Games to watch hundreds of teams compete in the world’s largest college softball event. This year, THE Spring Games will include more than 1,500 games and 300 teams from DII, DIII, JUCO, NAIA, and the junior college level, including multi-time national champion Tufts University.

“THE Spring Games are some of the most anticipated games in college softball and spotlight the best student-athletes and teams in the sport,” said Phil Wendler, FloSports SVP Global Rights Acquisition and Subscription. “Our partnership with PFX Athletics gives fans unparalleled, daily, and in-depth access to the largest softball event of the year. We’re looking forward to working with (PFX Athletics President and Executive Director) Alison Strange and her team to continue to grow this unprecedented and amazing event.”

Strange said: “The partnership with THE Spring Games and FloSoftball was a logical next step for PFX. Our ability to produce the event with the help of Suffragette Softball coupled with the marketing arm and content-oriented approach of FloSoftball just makes sense. We are a sport that understands the phrase ‘together we are better’ and this is a perfect example of that concept in action in business.”

Live coverage of THE Spring Games begins on Feb. 22, 2018, with Lake-Sumter State facing South Florida State at 4:30 PM ET on FloSoftball.com.

To access live and on-demand coverage of THE Spring Games, visit FloSoftball.com and become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the games across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku or Apple TV 4.

For more information, visit www.FloSports.tv.

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College softball teams flock to area for The Spring Games

LEESBURG — There were more hoodies and jackets than shorts and T-shirts, and coffee and hot chocolate were in bigger demand than any beverage with ice on Thursday morning at the Sleepy Hollow Recreation Complex.

The wind cut through the bleachers around the six softball fields being used for the annual event known as The Spring Games taking place at Leesburg’s Sleepy Hollow. Games are also being played at Clermont’s Legends Way and Hancock Park, and Minneola’s Athletic Complex.

But despite the frigid conditions, especially for the 8 a.m. games Thursday morning when the temperature barely topped the 40-degree mark, there wasn’t much grumbling going on.

For the teams taking part in The Spring Games, the cold weather was nothing new, even if it was what they were hoping to escape when they made the trip south.

“I’ll take 55 and sunshine over 35 and snow,” said Bethel University coach Penny Foote, who brought her team down to Florida from St. Paul, Minnesota. “We don’t get to practice much outside so we truly feel this is spring training for us.”

The Spring Games is a massive college softball event that started in Lake County on Feb. 24 and runs through March 31. Games at Sleepy Hollow run through Saturday with all games after that taking place at either Legends Way or Hancock Park.

The Spring Games were founded in 2008 by U.S. Olympian Dr. Dot Richardson, who organized the nonprofit PFX Athletics that takes on the huge task of organizing and running the games.

Considering more than 1,600 games will be played in the event this year, it’s no small feat. At the Sleepy Hollow complex alone, a total of 36 games were played on Thursday.

“We started in 2008 with 67 schools and last year we had 363 teams,” said PFX Athletics Vice President Bob Borak. “The teams average 10 games each over seven days. I believe it is the largest collegiate event in the world. Our big focus is on customer service.”

This year’s event features teams from 30 states including from as far away as Oregon and Washington. Different teams cycle through the area throughout The Spring Games, getting a chance to play at a time when their home fields are often covered in snow.

“We’ve been coming down for years and it’s really grown a lot,” said Amherst (Massachusetts) College coach Jessica Johnson. “This is a third of our schedule. Back home we just got a foot and a half of snow and I don’t know what it will be like when we get home.”

Many of the teams rent houses or condos and use the week in Florida to bond while also getting in their first games of the season.

“We’re renting three houses in Orange Tree in Clermont and that really helps with the team dynamic,” Johnson said. “If we were staying at a hotel it would just be a couple of players to a room. But now we have eight or nine together in a house.”

For some players, there has even been time for family. Several groups of parents and grandparents accompanied the teams south, also looking for a little warmth during their stay in Central Florida.

Teams usually play what amounts to a double-header, although the opponents change for each game. That leaves much of the day free either before or after games.

“For us it’s been vacation after we get back to the hotel every afternoon,” said Joelene Geysen, whose daughter, Kamryn, is a catcher for Western Connecticut State. “We’ve been enjoying the pool and the weather. It’s a little cool today, but where we come from we’re used to that.”

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The 2015 Spring Games

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“The 2015 Spring Games” written by Gary Leland.

I am in Clermont, Florida sitting on the runway waiting for my flight to take me back to Dallas, Texas.

I have spent the last week at The Spring Games hosted by PFX Athletics, and I thought I would share my thoughts about the event.

The Spring Games are a great event. Spread out over three weeks with over 300 teams, this is the largest and probably the best college softball event in the world.

You are probably thinking how does anyone handle a three week college tournament with over three hundred teams? Well I never said it was a tournament. The Spring Games are more like spring training. D2, and D3 teams get an opportunity to play and get prepared for the season. It is a ton of softball for sure.

The majority of the teams in this event are from the northern part of the country. They leave their softball fields that are covered with ice, and snow to come to Florida where it is in the mid 80s everyday.

If you ask any player what they like best about the Spring Games they will say “the fields are clear of snow”, Ask the coaches what they like, and you will hear the same thing. Yes just being able to play outside is good enough for many of these teams.

Thanks to Alison Strange and all of the PFX Staff this is a great event. I would actually have to say this is one of the best softball events I have ever been to, and I have been to a lot of them.

Alison and her staff not only run a great event, but they work with local businesses in Clermont to make your stay exciting 24-7.

The even helped Sarah Jones, a local performer put together a play about softball.This was probably the first theatre performance about softball ever written. It even had a song written by two time Olympian Dot Richardson. I loved the show, and would recommend seeing it to everyone.

With so many teams playing so many game you would expect to have problems. During my week visit I never saw any problems at all.

One thing I was impressed with was the way the City of Clermont supports the Spring Games. I interviewed the Mayor, the City Manager and other city officials. They all agreed that the Spring Games bring so much impact to the City Of Clermont that it deserves their backing.

I would recommend every college softball program contact Alison Strange today, and put the Spring Games on your list of events for next spring.

For more information on this great event go to http://www.pfxathletics.com, and maybe I will see you there next year.

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Softball Spring Games welcomes record 300 teams

By News 13 Florida
February 25, 2015
Thousands of college students are starting to descend on Central Florida for Spring Break. But they aren’t all headed to the beach. Clermont’s Spring Games expects to welcome 13,000 students and their families this year for a growing softball tournament.

This week saw the first pitch of the 2015 Spring Games at Legends Way Fields. During the next month a record 300 teams will take part in 1500 games.

Now in its eighth year, the games have grown to what organizers call the biggest softball event in the world, fielding teams from as far as South Dakota.

“I believe it’s our location, the proximity to the theme parks and the housing that we can provide, not only hotels here, but a lot of them stay in resort areas,” PFX Athletics Scheduling Manager Bob Borak said.

“The weather is much better here than it is in Rock Island, Illinois. It’s about 4 degrees there and we have 15 inches of snow,” Augustana College Senior Center Fielder Chelsea Lavin said.

Lavin has made the trip to Clermont each year, visiting theme parks and local restaurants.

“The economic impact we bring to Lake County with the teams, we’ve been over $10 million here the last few years. I assume we are going to be around $12 million for these five weeks,” Borak said.

“Clermont itself is such a nice town and its close to Orlando and there is so much more for people to do other than play softball,” Lavin said.

Each team is scheduled for 10 games at four sites around town.

Not only are the Spring Games growing, but the competition is getting stronger. This years event will feature seven of the nation’s top 25 teams in Division II and III.

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