Summit County hosts brand-new Mountain West Summer Collegiate Wood Bat Baseball League
Host a player
For its inaugural season, the brand-new Mountain West Summer Collegiate Wood Bat league is looking for local families to host players during the six-week season. Interested families can contact the league’s housing director Beth Dickson at 303-565-0354. For information on the league, teams and schedules, see the official website at www.mtwestsummercollegebaseball.com.
College baseball is coming to the High Country.
For the first time ever, baseball players from across the country will converge on six Colorado mountain towns for the inaugural season of the Mountain West Summer Collegiate Wood Bat Baseball League.
The team rosters are filled with players who either currently play at the college level or will report to a college-level team in the fall. To welcome the first season in style, league officials chose a slew of communities in the central Rocky Mountains including Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Gypsum, Vail and Summit County.
The season runs for six weeks, beginning with the season openers on June 9. Teams will play three doubleheaders each week, usually split between Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Summit County team, dubbed Summit Extreme Black Diamonds, is coached by former University of Maryland ace Brady Kirkpatrick. Games are free to the public and hosted at local fields. When the season begins, check the online schedule for game times and locations.
The league is designed as a developmental league for young players, with coaches from college programs throughout the country heading up each team.
League organizers also want to integrate players and teams into the communities where they play.
“We are looking for these incoming players to become a part of the community, with the teams offering clinics for local youngsters, inviting kids to the games and workouts, and encouraging local players to pursue dreams of playing beyond high school and at the next level,” league commissioner Joseph LeFebre said. “In order to accomplish these goals, our greatest need at the moment is to identify and enlist host families for the college players.”
Every player on the Extreme Black Diamonds is coming from beyond Summit County, with the majority of players coming from outside Colorado. With their summers dedicated to baseball instead of the daily work grind, players are now reaching out to local families for a room and a bed.
College summer leagues throughout the country use the host family model. Officials hope that anyone with a love of amateur sports will step up to the plate, so to speak, to host one or two players. This community support can guarantee the league’s success far into the future.
“We are hoping to place players with families who have young children currently playing baseball in local leagues in each of these communities,” LeFebre said. “We expect these college players to be significant role models and mentors to the younger players in each of the markets.”
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