FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 2017 FCSAA State Softball Tournament bracket was released on Monday morning (April 17). The Suncoast Conference Champion Florida SouthWestern State College softball team will take on Tallahassee Community College on Friday, April 28 (11 a.m.) to open State Tournament play. The Bucs, depending on the outcome of their matchup with TCC, will then play the winner/loser of the Palm Beach State and Daytona State matchup at 4 p.m. on April 28.
The NJCAA District 8/FCSAA State Softball Tournament is a 16-team, double elimination tournament that begins Friday, April 28 and continues through Sunday, April 30. The two teams remaining at the end of the tournament will advance to the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship at the Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah (May 17-20, 2017).
The Purple and Aqua are 25-4 this season against the state tournament field, with a doubleheader matchup scheduled with Seminole State College of Florida scheduled for the end of the regular season (April 21).
Friday, April 28
- Game 1 - Florida SouthWestern vs. Tallahassee, 11 am
- Game 2 - Palm Beach State vs. Daytona State, 11 am
- Game 3 - Hillsborough vs. Chipola, 11 am
- Game 4 - Miami Dade vs. Central Florida, 11 am
- Game 5 - State College of Florida vs. Gulf Coast State, 1:30 pm
- Game 6 - Indian River State vs. Santa Fe, 1:30 pm
- Game 7 - St. Petersburg vs. Northwest Florida State, 1:30 pm
- Game 8 - Eastern Florida State vs. Seminole State, 1:30 pm
- Game 9 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 pm
- Game 10 - Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 4 pm
- Game 11 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 pm
- Game 12 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 4 pm
- Game 13 - Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 6:30 pm
- Game 14 - Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 6:30 pm
- Game 15 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6:30 pm
- Game 16 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 29
- Game 17 - Game 9 winner vs. Game 16 loser, 10 am
- Game 18 - Game 10 winner vs. Game 15 loser, 10 am
- Game 19 - Game 13 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 10 am
- Game 20 - Game 14 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 10 am
- Game 21 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 12 pm
- Game 22 - Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 12 pm
- Game 23 - Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner, 2 pm
- Game 24 - Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner, 2 pm
- Game 25 - Game 23 winner vs. Game 21 loser, 5 pm
- Game 26 - Game 24 winner vs. Game 22 loser, 5 pm
- Game 27 - Game 21 winner vs. Game 22 winner, 7 pm (winner advances to NJCAA Division I Softball Championship)
Sunday, May 1
- Game 28 - Game 25 winner vs. Game 26 winner, 10 am
- Game 29 - Game 28 winner vs. Game 27 loser, 12 pm (winner advances to NJCAA Division I Softball Championship)
- Game 30 - Game 29 winner vs. Game 27 winner, 2 pm (FCSAA State Championship Game)
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The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball), with Volleyball coming in the fall of 2017.
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers will be the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams will compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8, THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE & THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.
The women’s basketball program is Southern Conference with Broward College, Eastern Florida State College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College.
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.