Monday, April 27, 2009
Summer College Baseball Primer
College baseball does not end when school gets out, so, when your son goes off to college don't plan on seeing your son for a major part of the summer after the college season is over. There are numerous summer college baseball leagues across North America that your son will get assigned to by his college coach. You should be aware of all of them and start to get to know each and every one right now.
These league are almost all wooden bat leagues that allow college players can continue to play baseball during the summer while college is out of session. They get the chance to hone and improve their skills. Almost all of these leagues have seasons that run from June through August. Following is our of both summer college baseball associations, and summer college baseball leagues.
Summer College Baseball Associations
National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB)
Association consisting of 8 summer college baseball leagues.
National Baseball Congress (NBC)
Association consisting of 21 summer college baseball leagues. The NBC also hosts the
NBC World Series in Wichita in late July/early August for teams from across the association.
Summer Collegiate Baseball Association (SCBA)
Association consisting of 3 summer college baseball leagues.
Summer College Baseball Leagues
Alaska Baseball League (ABL), member of the NBC
The Alaska Baseball League summer collegiate baseball league fielding 6 teams - the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, Anchorage Bucs, Anchorage Glacier Pilots, Fairbanks AIA Fire, Kenai Peninsula Oilers, and the Mat-Su Miners.
Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL), member of the NACSB
The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League is a summer college baseball league fielding 9 teams - the Jersey Pilots, Kutztown Rockies, Lehigh Valley Catz, Long Island Mustangs, Metro NY Cadets, New York Generals, Quakertown Blazers, and the Stamford Robins.
California Collegiate League (CCL), member of the NBC
Founded in 1994, the California Collegiate League is a is a developmental baseball league based in Carpinteria, California. It fields 6 teams - the California Oaks, Clovis Outlaws, Monterey Bay Sox, San Luis Obispo Blues, Santa Barbara Foresters, and the Santa Maria Indians.
Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), member NACSB
Founded in 1885, the Cape Cod Baseball League, is an amateur baseball league based on Cape Cod. It fields 10 teams - the Bourne Braves, Brewster Whitecaps, Chatham Athletics, Cotuit Kettleers, Falmouth Commodores, Harwich Mariners, Hyannis Mets, Orleans Cardinals, Wareham Gatemen, the Y-D Red Sox.
Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL), member of the NACSB
Founded in 1963, the Central Illinois Collegiate League fields 4 teams - the Danville Dans, Dubois Bombers, DuPage Dragons, and the Quincy Gems.
Clark Griffith Baseball League, (CGL), member of the NBC
Founded over 60 years ago, the Clark Griffith Baseball League fields 5 teams - the Bethesda Blue Caps, DC Grays, Fairfax Nationals, McLean Raiders, Vienna Senators, and the Wooden bat college.
Coastal Plain League (CPL), member of the SCBA
Founded over 11 years ago, the Coastal Plain League fields 15 teams - the Asheboro Copperheads, Columbia Blowfish, Edenton Steamers, Fayetteville Swampdogs, Florence Redwolves, Gastonia Grizzlies, Martinsville Mustangs, New Bern River Rats, Outer Banks Daredevils, Peninsula Pilots, Petersburg Generals, Spartanburg Stingers, Thomasville Hitoms, Wilmington Sharks, and the Wilson Tobs.
Dallas Amateur Baseball Association (DABA), member of the NBC
The Dallas Amateur Baseball Association fields 18 teams that play on 5 fields in Dallas and Irving, Texas. The teams are - the Apaches, Gators, Heroes, Mustangs, Orioles, Pirates, Texans, Wranglers, Wildcats, Dogs, Knights, Jaramillo, Blue Sox, Blazers, Dallas Bucs, Blue Devils, and the Truckers.
Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL), member NACSB
Founded in 2003, the Florida Collegiate Summer League is a collegiate wood bat summer baseball league based in Central Florida. FCSL fields 6 teams - the Altamonte Springs Snappers, Leesburg Lightning, Orlando Hammers, Sanford River Rats, Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, and the Winter Springs Cudas.
Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSL), member NACSB
The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League fields 11 teams - the Anderson Servants, Cincinnati Steam, Columbus All-Americans, Delaware Cows, Grand Lake Mariners Grand Lake Mariners, Lake Erie Monarchs, Licking County Settlers, Lima Locos, Southern Ohio Copperheads, Stark County Terriers, and the Xenia Athletes in Action.
Jayhawk Baseball League, Member of the NBC
Founded in 1976, he Jayhawk League is a Summer Collegiate Baseball league. It has 7 teams in Kansas and Missouri - the Derby Twins, El Dorado Broncos, Hays Larks, Liberal Bee Jays, Nevada Griffons, Southwest Slashers, and the Dodge City A\'s.
Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee League (KIT), member of the NBC
Founded in 2004, the Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee League is a collegiate summer wood bat baseball league with 6 teams - the Farmington Firebirds, Fulton Railroaders, Owensboro Oilers, Sikeston Bulls, Tradewater Pirates, and the Union City Greyhounds.
MINK League, member of the NBC
Started in 1910, the M.I.N.K. League is composed of teams from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. The MINK League fields 6 teams - the Beatrice Bruins, Chillicothe Mudcats, Clarinda A's, FCA Gray, Ozark Generals, and the Topeka Golden Giants.
Mountain Collegiate Baseball League
The Mountain Collegiate Baseball League is a summer collegiate baseball league with teams in Colorado and Wyoming. It fields 5 teams - the Cheyenne Grizzlies, Fort Collins Foxes, Greeley Grays, Laramie Colts, and the Parker Xpress.
New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), member of the NBC
The New England Collegiate Baseball League is a baseball league for college players that features wood bats, grass fields and major, and league scouts. It fields 12 teams - the Concord Quarry Dogs, Danbury Westerners, Holyoke Giants, Keene Swamp Bats, Manchester Silkworms, Lowell All-Americans, Newport Gulls, North Adams SteepleCats, Pittsfield Dukes, Sanford Mainers, Torrington Twisters, Vermont Mountaineers, and the Vermont Mountaineers.
New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), member NACSB
The New York Collegiate Baseball League was founded in 1978. It is a a summer wood bat league that fields 14 teams - the Allegany County Nitros, Amsterdam Mohawks, Bennington Bombers, Bolivar A's, Brockport Riverbats, Elmira Pioneers, Geneva Red Wings, Glens Falls Golden Eagles, Hornell Dodgers, Little Falls Miners, Niagara Power, Saratoga Phillies1, Watertown Wizards, and the Webster Yankees.
Northwoods League (NWL), member of the SCBA
The Northwoods League fields 15 teams - the Alexandria Beetles, Battle Creek Bombers, Brainerd Blue Thunder, Duluth Huskies, Eau Claire Express, Green Bay Bullfrogs, La Crosse Loggers, Madison Mallards, Mankato MoonDogs, Rochester Honkers, St. Cloud River Bats, Thunder Bay Border Cats, Waterloo Bucks, and the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
Pacific International League (PIL), member of the NBC
Established in 1992, the Pacific International League is the Northwest's premier competitive wood bat league. It is a developing ground for college players as well as a second chance for professionals. The Pacific International League fields 4 teams in the U.S. and Canada - the B.C. Ballers, Everett Merchants, Skagit Eagles, and the Seattle Studs
Pacific Southwest Baseball League, member of the NBC
The Pacific SouthWest Baseball League has 6 teams in Arizona and Nevada - the Havasu Heat, Garden Of Gears, Casa Grande , Las Vegas Devils, Arizona Clash, and the Prescott Blazers.
River City Victory League (RCVL), member of the NBC
The River City Victory League is based in Wichita, Kansas and fields 6 teams - the Cowboys, Astros, Lil Help, Outlaws, Titans, and the Scorpions.
Sooner Collegiate League
Founded in 2005, the Sooner Collegiate League is a summer college wood bat baseball league based in the Tulsa, OK area. It fields 6 teams - The Tulsa Lookouts, Dirtbags, Rogers State - Claremore, Oklahoma Kubs, Tulsa Diamond Jaxx, and Team Tulsa.
SCC Baseball League, member of the NBC
Started in 2006, the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League (SCC Baseball League) fields 6 teams - the E. LA Dodgers, PS Power, S. Bay Saints, SoCal Bears, SoCal Fire, and the SoCal Glory.
Southern Collegiate Baseball League Home Page (SCBL), member NACSB
The Southern Collegiate Baseball League is a wooden bat league that fields 9 teams - the Asheville Redbirds, Carolina Chaos, Davidson Copperheads, Monroe Channelcats, Morganton Aggies, Spartanburg Crickets, and the Tennessee Tornado.
Sunshine College Baseball League (SCBL)
Founded in 2006, the Sunshine College Baseball League is a competitive collegiate summer league that plays its games in South Florida. The league consists of 4 teams - the Lions, Jaguars, Panthers, and Tigers.
Valley Baseball League (VBL), member NACSB
Founded in 1993, the Valley Baseball League is a wooden bat league that fields 11 teams - the Covington Lumberjacks, Fauquier Gators, Front Royal Cardinals, Harrisonburg Turks, Haymarket Senators, Luray Wranglers, New Market Rebels, Staunton Braves, Waynesboro Generals, Winchester Royals, and the Woodstock River Bandits.
Walter Johnson Baseball League, member of the NBC
Based in Wichita, Kansas, the Walter Johnson Baseball League was established over 30 years ago. It fields 9 teams - the Great Bend Cardinals, Newton Rebels, Park City Rangers, Pratt Drillers, Salina Bluejays, Wichita Blackhawks, Wichita Braves, Wichita Dirtbags, and the Wichita Wheatkings.
Western Baseball Association, member of the NBC
The Western Baseball Association is a wooden bat league based in Southern California. It was founded in 1998 and fields 12 teams - the Inland Empire Rockets , San Diego Black Jacks , San Diego Waves , South Bay Saints , Newport Beach Storm , San Diego Mavericks , So Cal Fire , U.S. Marines , San Diego Barona Stars, San Diego Mustangs, SoCal Tremors, and the U.S. Military All-Stars.
West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL), member of the SCBA
Based in the Pacific Northwest in Wenatchee, WA. The West Coast Collegiate Baseball League fields 8 teams - the Bellingham Bells, Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Kelowna Falcons, Kitsap BlueJackets, Moses Lake Pirates, Spokane RiverHawks, and the Wenatchee AppleSox.
Western Major Baseball League (WMBL)
The Western Major Baseball League is a wood bat league based in Canada. Its history dates back over 50 years. It fields 11 teams - the Lethbridge Bulls, Medicine Hat Mavericks, Melville Millionaires, Moose Jaw Miller Express, Okotoks Dawgs, Regina Red Sox, Saskatoon Yellow Jackets, St. Albert Prospects, Swift Current Indians, Weyburn Beavers, and the Yorkton Cardinals.