4 Reasons Why Playing College Summer Baseball is Worth It
With school being out for the summer, college players are faced with a plethora of options for how to spend their summer. An internship is a great way to gain valuable work experience in your field of study, as well as pad your resume. Getting a summer job provides you with a way to earn money on your own so you aren’t blowing your mom’s phone up every week begging for cash. And then there’s college summer baseball. There are many positive aspects to playing summer ball that go further than just getting extra at-bats or logging more innings on the mound. Leagues are found all over the United States, giving players the choice of playing locally, or venturing out to new territory. Skill level doesn’t matter all that much either. If you are on a college roster, it is almost certain that you can find a spot of a summer team somewhere. I highly recommend that each college ball player gives summer ball at least one shot, and here are a few reasons why.
- It gives you a chance to travel and explore.
As I mentioned earlier, there are leagues all over the United States, and finding one to play in is not hard at all. With that said, you get the chance to actually experience life in a totally new region. If you chose to go to school close to home, this is your chance to venture out and see what life is like on your own. Or if there is a place that you have always wanted to travel to, such as the Rocky Mountains or the beach, this is your opportunity to get out there and truly experience it, all the while getting the chance to play the great game of baseball.
2. It puts you in front of scouts.
This doesn’t apply to just the Cape Cod League or the Northwoods League (Although those leagues generally attract more scouts), virtually every respectable league will have scouts show up at some point, especially if your league has an All-Star Game. This could very well be your opportunity to get noticed, so why not take it?
3. You will make even more friends and expand your network even more.
Some of my best friends in the world are friends that I played college summer baseball alongside. The late nights in shoddy hotel rooms, days off with nothing to do but explore the town you’re staying in, and long bus trips on the road are perfect opportunities to make new friendships that could last a lifetime.
4. You get a taste of what life in the minor leagues is all about.
Many summer teams are located in small towns where their home games are the main event. I can remember playing in front of crowds as big as 4,000 people, and it definitely creates a minor league baseball atmosphere. Not only that, but the daily grind of playing summer ball is akin to that of minor league ball, but without the pay. It’s certainly an eye opening experience.
With that said, I believe that the four reasons above are reasons that should convince just about any ball player to play college summer baseball at least for one summer. I played summer ball for four seasons, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you do it right and choose the right team in the right league, you are setting yourself up for the summer of a lifetime.