by Rob Tetro
The Syracuse Shock Minor League Football Team of the Empire Football League will be playing its home games at The Fulton Athletic Complex this summer.
The Shock will make its Fulton debut when the season kicks off Saturday against second ranked South Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. There is a general admission fee.
Syracuse Shock President and Head Coach Ken Anderson hopes to bring Fulton a different but fun summertime experience.
“We hope that the fans see a high level of football and enjoy doing something a little different on a Saturday night,” he said. “We hope to bring a fast and hard hitting team to the field.”
In minor league football, there is not a player draft nor can players be traded. Teams are put together by local athletes who simply have a strong passion for the game. However, if a player wants to play on a particular team, they must sign a one-year contact with that team.
Once the yearly contact is signed, a player is not allowed to play for another team in the league until the player is released. However, players are allowed to move to a team outside of the league without needing an official release.
At the end of the season, minor league football has a playoff scenario. The top six teams in the league standings move on to the playoffs. The teams who advance to the playoffs are seeded based upon their record with the top two seeds earning a first round bye.
During the first round, the third-seeded team plays the sixth-seeded team while the fourth-seeded team takes on the fifth-seeded team.
During the second round of the playoffs, the number-one seed takes on the highest remaining seed while the second seed plays the second highest remaining seed.
The league championship is decided during the third week of the playoffs when the winners of the previous weeks games’ play each other with the highest remaining seed earning home field advantage.
Once the playoffs have concluded, many teams are invited to play in post-season tournaments, which could set up a chance to play for a national championship.