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Once the spring season was officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the dust began to settle on the Division I Council’s decisions about eligibility, aid and roster limits, eyes at the college level turned to summer ball as the next domino that could potentially fall.
The timing of summer ball, with most leagues typically looking to get started in late May or early June, makes the decisions about what to do with summer seasons complicated and difficult.
Many leagues have already delayed their opening day, but like the spring college season and unlike MLB, they don’t have the luxury of time and being able to manipulate the schedule to maximize the number of games played. With school, whether on campus or virtually, set to start back up as it always does, there is a firm window during which summer ball can be played.
Leagues that have teams in multiple states have additional complications to deal with. For example, the Northwoods League has teams in Wisconsin, a state that has a “safer at home” order until May 26, which made the league’s scheduled date for opening day untenable.
As some states begin to reopen and others extend orders to keep citizens home, leagues could have to make decisions between beginning a season without certain teams and canceling the season altogether.
In some leagues, such as the California Collegiate League, the MINK League and the West Coast League, that splintering has already started to happen, with some teams choosing not to compete, and others, like Bellingham in the WCL, being forced not to compete because they play in a public ballpark that cannot hold games until the end of August, per local order.
The following tracker will keep you up to date on all summer league delays and cancellations as announcements are made.
|Alaska Baseball League||Canceled|
|Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League||Play to begin June 25|
|Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League||Play to begin July 1|
|Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|California Collegiate League||Canceled|
|Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|Cape Cod Baseball League||Canceled|
|Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League||Exhibition games to begin June 6, regular season to begin June 27|
|Coastal Plain League||Teams in Holly Springs, N.C., Asheboro, N.C., Florence, S.C. and Colonial Heights, Va. will not play, rest of league to begin July 1|
|College Summer League at Grand Park||Play underway|
|Corn Belt Summer Collegiate Baseball League||Play to begin June 18|
|Cotton States Baseball League||Play underway|
|Expedition League||Play to begin June 26|
|Florida Collegiate Summer League||Play to begin June 29|
|Futures Collegiate Baseball League||Delayed indefinitely|
|Golden State Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League||Canceled|
|Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|Honor the Game Wood Bat League||Play underway|
|Kansas Collegiate League||Canceled|
|Kernels Collegiate League||Play to begin July 1|
|Maryland Collegiate Baseball League||Play to begin July 6|
|Midwest Collegiate League||Play to begin July 4|
|Mile High Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|MINK Summer Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|New England Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|New York Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|Northwoods League||Play underway in pod taking place in Bismarck, N.D. The Wisconsin-Illinois pod and Michigan pod will begin play later this summer|
|Pacific International League||Play to begin week of June 23|
|Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League||Canceled|
|Piedmont Collegiate League||Play to begin June 20|
|Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League||Season underway|
|San Diego League||Play underway|
|Southern Collegiate Baseball League||Play underway|
|South Florida Collegiate Baseball League||Play underway|
|Sun Belt Collegiate Baseball League||Play to begin June 26|
|SunBelt Baseball League||Play to begin June 29|
|Sunflower Collegiate League||Play underway|
|Texas Collegiate League||Play to begin July 3|
|West Coast League||Canceled|
|Western Baseball Association||Play to begin July 1|