Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League
The Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League is a Summer Collegiate Baseball League based in Baltimore, MD which operates teams throughout Maryland and Washington, DC. Named in honor of Cal Ripken Sr., the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League seeks to provide a venue for college players who wish to develop their skills to enter the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft to play baseball in an environment of increased competition. All CRSCBL athletes are unpaid in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility. Each team is operated in a similar manner to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing nightly before fans in a stadium. The Cal Ripken Sr. League is very focused on building long lasting and cooperative relationships with the communities that house their teams. Each year Cal Ripken Sr. teams raise thousands of dollars (upwards of $50,000 per team) to promote and develop youth baseball and softball programs in their respective cities.
The Bethesda Big Train are the flagship franchise of the league.