Collegiate summer baseball

Collegiate summer baseball leagues are amateur baseball leagues in the United States and Canada featuring players who have attended at least one year of college and have at least one year of athletic eligibility remaining. Generally, they operate from early June to early August. In contrast to college baseball, which allow aluminum or other composite baseball bats, players in these leagues use only wooden bats, hence the common nickname of these leagues as "wood-bat leagues". Collegiate summer leagues allow college baseball players the ability to compete using professional rules and equipment, giving them experience and allowing professional scouts the opportunity to observe players under such conditions.

A Cape Cod Baseball League night game at Doran Park in Bourne, Massachusetts

To find a collegiate summer team, players work with their college coaches and prospective teams' general managers. They report to summer leagues after completing their spring collegiate season with their NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA, and NWAC teams. Some players arrive late due to their college team's postseason play, which sometimes runs into early June. In some cases, players are drafted during the collegiate summer season. These draftees can remain with their collegiate summer team until they sign a professional contract. During the season, players are housed by volunteer host families and bussed to and from road games.[1]

The leagues vary greatly in their attendances, quality of play, and ability to attract scouts. The Alaska Baseball League (ABL) and the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) are considered the two premier collegiate summer leagues.[2][3]

Active leagues

This list is organized by federation.

National Alliance of College Summer Baseball

  • Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League – Eastern Pennsylvania; Northern New Jersey; Staten Island, New York
  • Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League – Washington–Baltimore metropolitan area
  • California Collegiate League
  • Cape Cod Baseball League – Cape Cod area of Massachusetts
  • Florida Collegiate Summer League – Orlando area
  • Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League – Mostly in Ohio, also with teams in Michigan, Indiana, and the Canadian province of Ontario
  • Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League – The Hamptons (Eastern Long Island, New York)
  • New England Collegiate Baseball League – New England
  • New York Collegiate Baseball League – Central and western New York state
  • Southern Collegiate Baseball League – Charlotte metropolitan area (North and South Carolina)
  • Sunbelt Baseball League – Atlanta metropolitan area
  • Valley Baseball League – Shenandoah Valley and nearby areas (Virginia)


National Amateur Baseball Federation

  • Florida Collegiate Summer League
  • Great Lakes Bay Baseball Association[5]
  • Great Lakes United Baseball League[5]
  • Metropolitan Collegiate Summer Baseball League of Illinois[6]
  • New York Collegiate Baseball League
  • Northern League
  • St. Louis Metro Collegiate Instructional Baseball League
  • Tri-State Collegiate League[7]

National Baseball Congress

  • Alaska Baseball League[8]
  • CenTex Collegiate League[9]
  • Coastal Collegiate League[10]
  • Houston Collegiate Summer League[11]
  • Ohio Valley League[12]
  • Pacific International League[13]
  • Rocky Mountain Baseball League[14]
  • Sunflower Collegiate League[15]
  • Western Baseball Association[16]

Minor League Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline

Other (unaffiliated) leagues

  • All-American Amateur Baseball Association - Pennsylvania
  • Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League [17]
  • Atlantic Baseball Confederation - New Jersey
  • Ban Johnson Amateur Baseball League
  • Bay Area Collegiate League[18]
  • Beach Collegiate Summer Baseball League
  • Blue Chip Collegiate Baseball League (Formerly known as the LICBL)
  • Cascade Collegiate League[19]
  • Centennial State League - Northern Colorado[20]
  • Coastal Plain League
  • Collegiate Baseball League Europe
  • Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League
  • Corn Belt Baseball League
  • Cotton States Baseball League[21]
  • Futures Collegiate Baseball League
  • Golden State Collegiate Baseball League[22]
  • Greater Northeast Collegiate Baseball League (GNCBL)
  • Honor the Game College Wood Bat League
  • Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League
  • Independence League Baseball
  • Interstate Collegiate Baseball League[23]
  • Kansas Collegiate League[24]
  • Maryland Collegiate Baseball League[25]
  • Mid-Plains League
  • Mile High Collegiate Baseball League
  • MLB Draft League – starting play in 2021
  • M.I.N.K. Collegiate Baseball League[26]
  • New Jersey Amateur Baseball League
  • Northwoods League
  • Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League
  • Old North State League[27]
  • Pacific Coast Collegiate League [28]
  • Palm Springs Collegiate League[29]
  • Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
  • Piedmont Collegiate Baseball League
  • Play Ball Collegiate League
  • Prospect League
  • Rockingham County Baseball League
  • Southern California Collegiate Baseball League
  • Sunset Baseball League[30]
  • Texas Collegiate League
  • Tidewater Summer League
  • West Coast League[31]
  • Western Canadian Baseball League
  • Wild Wild West League[32]

Defunct leagues

  • Basin League
  • Big States League
  • Central Illinois Collegiate League
  • Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League
  • Eastern Collegiate Baseball League
  • Expedition League
  • Far West League
  • Great West League
  • Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League
  • Horizon Air Summer Series
  • Jayhawk Collegiate League
  • KIT Summer Collegiate Baseball League
  • Lewis & Clark Baseball League
  • Mountain Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League
  • Mountain West Summer Collegiate Baseball[33]
  • Northern League (1936–1941, 1946–1950, 1952; mainly in New York and Vermont)
  • Pacific West Baseball League
  • Puget Sound Collegiate League
  • Saskatchewan Major Baseball League
  • Sierra Baseball League
  • Thorobred Collegiate Baseball League

See also

  • Scenic West Athletic Conference, a junior-college league that uses wooden bats in conference play during the standard college baseball season


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