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Summer Collegiate Baseball

From BR Bullpen

Summer Collegiate Baseball is a form of amateur baseball designed to allow the best players in collegiate baseball to further develop their skills and competition. There are several leagues and teams which operate throughout the country to prepare players who wish to move into professional baseball the opportunity to develop the playing stamina needed for professional baseball, as well as giving them hands-on experience playing competitively with wood bats, as opposed to the aluminum bats used by the NCAA.

In the early 1990s, Major League Baseball created sanctioning bodies and several new leagues so that levels of play and player development in Summer Collegiate Baseball could be regulated. At the creation of these regulatory bodies, Major League Baseball began subsidizing the development of Summer Collegiate Baseball with the intention that athletes who choose to attend college would not fall behind athletes who instead choose to enter rookie leagues right out of high school, or players coming up through the MLB subsidized Central American development leagues.

Many major league players have come through the Summer Collegiate system, and many more are sure to come.

Summer Collegiate Leagues[edit]

Collegiate Baseball Associations[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Will Geoghegan: Summer Baseball Nation: Nine Days in the Wood Bat Leagues, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2020. ISBN 978-1-4962-1399-0