ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Collegiate Summer Wooden-Bat Baseball Leagues

Updated on September 26, 2018
TeriSilver profile image

Teri Silver is a journalist, commercial copywriter, editor, broadcast anchor, and Public Relations Specialist.

Different kinds of wooden baseball bats are used in NCAA sanctioned summer leagues.
Different kinds of wooden baseball bats are used in NCAA sanctioned summer leagues.

"Crack" Vs. "Ping!"

You’re sitting in the grandstand, watching a college baseball game. The batter, the kid they call “Big John,” sets his stance at the plate and stares down the pitcher. The ball is thrown, the batter swings and …. “ping!” He connects with the ball, sending it deep to the outfield and over the fence. The crowd goes wild; you move your head slightly, glancing at the baseball talent scout who is sitting behind home plate and feverishly writing something in a notebook. Clearly, the baseball scout is impressed with the batter. But how far would that baseball have traveled if it had been hit with a wooden bat? Would the angle be different? How about the velocity? These are important questions because aluminum baseball bats are not used in Major League Baseball.

College players can participate in summer leagues that are geared to teach, among other things, professional baseball-hopefuls how to hit that little white ball with the old-fashioned wooden bat.

Why Aluminum Baseball Bats Are Used

First introduced in 1970, aluminum bats are sturdier, durable and less expensive than most wooden bats. Thus, community “little leagues,” local school districts and most colleges and university baseball teams use aluminum bats instead of those made out of wood. While arguments remain on both sides of the coin as to whether aluminum bats are better than wooden ones for top hitting performance, safety issues and longevity, the cost of both types is an important consideration.

Hey College Kids, Do You Have Dreams of Playing Professional Baseball?

You do? OK, great, get started. If you have only played baseball using aluminum bats, you must learn to hit and practice with wood. Hitters -- you can adjust and perfect your swing. Pitchers -- you will learn the differences in hurling the ball toward a hitter who is swinging a wooden bat instead of an aluminum one. But one important reason to learn how to play baseball with wooden bats -- and join an NCAA-sanctioned team -- is that these leagues are sponsored in part by Major League Baseball. Talent scouts are likely to be at select collegiate summer games. The MLB and its minor-league affiliates use wooden bats.

Summer Collegiate Wooden-Bat Baseball Leagues

Summer Collegiate Wooden-Bat Baseball Leagues are amateur organizations that operate from June to early August. Baseball players must be of amateur status as defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA,) be enrolled at an NCAA school and have at least one year of athletic eligibility. In addition to the NCAA, Major League Baseball offers its financial support to summer collegiate wooden-bat baseball leagues throughout the country.

Most Summer Collegiate Wooden-Bat Baseball teams have community support in the way of “host families” that will house the players throughout the summer league season. Jobs may be available for those who ask for them. Sponsors help to provide equipment and transportation.

Play Ball!

College baseball players, get noticed! Here are a few leagues to check out (some may not be NCAA-sanctioned). Ask your college baseball coach how to join a wooden-bat summer baseball team and advice on which league may be best for you.

NCAA Rules

Summer wooden-bat leagues that are sanctioned by the NCAA adhere to the rules of the organization, so that players can retain their eligibility. Rules include how player uniforms are to be worn, the conditions of the playing field and equipment such as mitts, balls and bats.

NCAA Baseball rules: Section 12a. Wood Bat

“The bat must be a smooth, rounded stick not more than 2¾ inches in diameter at its thickest part nor more than 42 inches in length. There must be a direct line from the center of the knob to the center of the large end. Any material to improve the grip may be used for a distance not to exceed 18 inches from the end of the handle. It is mandatory that all bats have an identification mark 18 inches from the end of the handle. An indentation in the end of the bat up to 1 inch in depth is permitted (cupped bats). All bats other than one-piece solid wood must be certified in accordance with the NCAA certification program.”

NCAA rules are updated periodically, and are available to coaches, players and umpires.

Now Is the Time ...

To make your plans for baseball after the college season is over. Summer will be here before you know it!

© 2014 Teri Silver

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)