Summer Ball for Junior College Guys in California

In California, summer is when baseball thrives the most for guys who are still in high school or younger.  There is no school, the weather is nice and you have all the time in the world to play as much as you can.

For high school graduates, the story can be a little different.  While D1 guys usually can find a place to play, they usually have to travel across the country.  The best summer ball leagues are located across the Midwest and on the East Coast.  While there are a couple decent California leagues, there’s not nearly enough considering the amount of players to come out of there.  While finding a team isn’t a problem for players at the D1 level, some guys decide not to play summer ball because they don’t want to travel or can’t afford to travel.  (While traveling can be expensive, it’s a lot of fun.  In the summer of 2016, I drove from Maryland to California)

Junior college guys have the most trouble finding a place to play.  Many teams don’t want to take junior college guys just because they play at a junior college.  When a guy comes to bat, summer ball teams love to announce the school they come from and junior colleges don’t have the same appeal as D1’s.

I think a special league should be made for junior college guys.  A place where D1 scouts can come to find players to play at their school for a year or two.  When a college coach gets a JuCo guy he knows he is going to get someone who won’t be nervous to play like a freshman normally would.  He will get a mature player ready to take a role for the next year.

The opportunity for someone to turn this into a reality is there.  All it takes is good  coordination and a good network of people who want to be a part of it.  With some good venues (which there are plenty of in California) and good advertisements, these teams could turn over good revenue and be beneficial to the players and the communities.

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