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New thread for Summer College Leagues in 2022.  Whose playing and where?

My son (D3 sophomore next year 3B/1B/DH) is playing in the Dairyland League in Wisconsin.  Most of the league rosters are D3 & JUCO guys with several D2 players as well.   Team meeting and practice tomorrow and then games start next Saturday June 4th.  5 games in the first 6 days.  34 games in 2 months.  I’m looking forward to sitting in the sun and watching some Baseball!

I’d love to hear about where your son is playing and what their experiences are like this summer.  And for those whose kids are done playing, please feel free to share your thoughts and stories about the summer leagues they played in, in the past.

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With all the injuries reported by the hsbbw regulars this year, I wonder how many are actually playing in the summer?

My son is playing very far away, but fortunately there will be livestreams - no idea how good they will be.  I hope to get out to see him live.  Mind you, last year he was a lot closer, and I still went to games only 3 weekends, but I watched almost all the livestreamed games.

Bob, he did see one players this year, from last summer!

Mine is playing in the Kansas collegiate league valley center mud daubers. Son plays for D2 southern nazarene and is c/3b/ss. Not catching this summer college coach wants him to play infield which is definitely fine by me. Is a wood bat summer league. Reports tomorrow. Plays through August 7. Stays with a host family.

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Son played in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (summer of 2016) and loved it!  We went out for 8 days and saw a game every night.  Since we were not from the area, we had fun exploring during the day.  He reported several weeks late due to his college making regionals, but he managed to accomplish this:

https://northwoodsleague.com/l...oggers/20-year-team/

Note:  Not all players love it.  There were a lot of comings-and-goings, injuries, pitch limits, finding out late that you HAVE to go to summer school, homesickness, etc.   This was new to me since a college team has continuity.

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@Consultant posted:

3&2

Summer College Baseball provides a relaxed opportunity to experiment on a player's swing, mental approach to the game and game situations. For a pitcher to work on a control of a third pitch and setting up the hitters.

"Canti"- Japanese word for "constant improvement".

Many players you will see again, take notes.

Bob

Thanks Bob!

My son was behind two 5th year seniors at 3B/1B this spring, and only got 5 at bats as a freshman, so he’s very much looking forward to the game reps this summer.  Position players can never get too many live at bats, it seems!

So far I can say the Dairyland League in Wisconsin has been good.  They do a nice job of having an online presence, streaming games, keeping stats, and the scheduling is reasonable.

The level of competition in this league is better than I thought it’d be.  The JUCO kids and D2 players in the league makes this a slightly higher level of Baseball than the typical D3 games I saw this past Spring (not counting, of course, the Top 20 D3 teams).  Good experience for my son.

My son just graduated from HS last Thursday night. He had game #1 with his Northwoods team Saturday in Rochester, MN. College coach recommended it over Legion for him this summer. It was a unique game #1 as the bus was an hour late to take them from the cities to the game. Got to the ballpark and infield/BP was right away as there was a wedding at 5:00 prior to the 6:30 game. The team he is playing for is the Minnesota Mudpuppies and they only have away games. They were based in Thunder Bay and post pandemic the travel does not work with with all the Vax stuff with Canada so they moved to Twin Cities, do not have a home ballpark and play 1/2 a Northwoods schedule. This is about perfect for him and us as parents. He is living at home, gets a whole summer of lifting at his gym, plays against good competition, and has a decent intro to Collegiate summer ball and college pitchers. Next week we head to the next summer vacation hotspot for the Conde Nast set and Kardashians...Bismarck, ND!!! 4 days in paradise!!!

DM me if any of your favorite players (aka your kid!) are playing Northwoods and will be playing the Mudpuppies.  

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Kid is playing on a local college wood bat league that is "powered by PG", what does that mean? good question. Lots of rising freshman and kids he played with/against from both HS and travel. This league games schedule is work friendly and relatively local great perks for the kid and family. It started over the weekend but he missed the first DH due to the state finals. He played last night in RF had a double and punched out a runner trying to tag to 3rd from 2nd on a fly ball. He did allow one to drop and he totally pooched the scoop. I busted his chops and told him it would look better to lay out and miss than that terrible LL flub he did. His college coach wants him to film his ABs so I am now his videographer. Next game he is behind the dish, he is both excited and nervous given the lengthy lay off.  It may be premature but I think he finally may be over the hump.

2022NWC:

That is a perfect set up. I am not a huge fan of summer college ball for a lot of kids unless they are in a top 5 program and/or looking forward to the draft. In many cases kids are better off working in the gym and their craft in a training environment vs the grind of a full blown summer league. (50ish games) Plus the future employment post college is likely based on internships.

What your son is doing is perfect as he is getting some reps in and can also refresh from the college grind.

Enjoy the summer.

34 games over 2 months in the Dairyland League for my D3 kid seems good.  He’s especially lucky that he gets to live at home, but he’s also been able to work part-time and get lifting/training in as well as individual hitting workouts.  Definitely a busy summer.

He’s going to be a Sophomore in the 2023 season, and like most freshman, especially in the present post-COVID roster logjam environment, he didn’t get much playing time as a freshman (only 5 pinch hit at bats).  So he really needs the live reps.  So far he’s started games at both 3B& 1B (the main positions his college coach wants him ready for in the fall), and he’s scheduled to start at 3B in tomorrow ’s game.

All the teams in the league are within a 30 minutes drive of each other so there aren’t any big road trips or overnight stays.

The Northwoods League is several levels higher up in the Baseball world, but I’ve heard stories of some Northwoods players only getting 10-15 at bats over the course of an entire summer.  At minimum, Dairyland League position players start every other game….like I said he needs the reps

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@Consultant posted:

3&2

Summer College Baseball provides a relaxed opportunity to experiment on a player's swing, mental approach to the game and game situations. For a pitcher to work on a control of a third pitch and setting up the hitters.

"Canti"- Japanese word for "constant improvement".

Many players you will see again, take notes.

Bob

My son is a RS sophomore relief pitcher playing for the Harbourcats in the WCL. His college season was all over the place thanks to a decent primary (cutter) and a below average off speed (slurve). The last two weeks of college he increased the velo on his cutter and dreamed up a new off speed (curve). No kidding, a 12 / 6 curve literally came to him in a dream and he had a feel for it. When the college coach saw him throwing it in catch play he told him it was a keeper and to work on it. He threw it a half dozen times in game the night before last and it is already far better than his slurve.

Hi Roady,

My son is a catcher for Harbourcats just flew in last night. Getting settled in with a trip to field today so he is ready for next home game tomorrow.

This year is going to be a big summer ball change from last year. He played for Rogues and most games were home games. This year looks to be a good portion of the time will be spent on a bus. He is excited to get to it.

Hi Roady,

My son is a catcher for Harbourcats just flew in last night. Getting settled in with a trip to field today so he is ready for next home game tomorrow.

This year is going to be a big summer ball change from last year. He played for Rogues and most games were home games. This year looks to be a good portion of the time will be spent on a bus. He is excited to get to it.

I will PM you. I love the fact that my son will in the same unit as your son. If you get the chance go visit, I was there for a week and loved the place and the people. The fans may be the nicest baseball fans in baseball.

After starting the season 0 for 12, my kid hit a 400 foot bomb over the left center wall for his first HR, and his first hit (!) of the summer.

It’s definitely been a challenge, his first summer college league adjusting to the wood bat and tougher competition.  He’s had some good AB’s (drew a walk, sac RBI, a bomb that went foul by 5 feet, and a gapper that the CF made a great play on) and some not so good AB’s.  Fun to see him making adjustments….

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