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Tidewater Summer League

TIDEWATER COLLEGIATE SUMMER BASEBALL LEAGUE

The Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League (TSL) is a summer baseball league that provides college baseball players the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive, well organized, baseball league during the summer months, and gain valuable playing experience after the college season has ended.

Founded in 1946, we are one of the oldest Baseball Leagues in the Mid-Atlantic region, consistently delivering a great summer baseball experience for 70 years. More than 50 of our former players have went on to play professional baseball,  daredevils_140717_346
and over a dozen of them have played in the Major Leagues, some earning All Star recognition, among other various awards, and one even winning the National League Batting Title.

The Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League is a “wood bat” league, as are most of the major college summer leagues, allowing players the opportunity to experience playing the game like the pros.

College summer leagues have played a role in the careers of many current and former professional baseball players, providing them the opportunity to improve their skills and understanding of the game, while gaining invaluable experience that helped with both their collegiate and professional careers.

The Tidewater Summer League (formerly known as the Norfolk City League) has been fielding baseball teams across the greater Hampton Roads area throughout the decades, providing quality playing opportunities for the baseball players from all over the Mid-Atlantic region and also providing great family entertainment for our area’s baseball fans since 1946.

 

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You can learn more about the Tidewater Summer League here.

 

Sea Monsters vs Daredevils in OBX Rained Out

June 8, 2017 – Kill Devil Hills, NC

Tonight’s scheduled game between the Portsmouth Sea Monsters and the Outer Banks Daredevils has been cancelled due to rain and unplayable field conditions.

The Daredevils are on the road this weekend with games at Norfolk State University’s Marty Miller Field on Friday and Sunday night. Game times are at 7pm both nights.

The Daredevils return home on Monday night, June 12th to take on the Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs. Game time 7pm at our home field located at the First Flight Athletic Complex. 109 Veterans Dr. KDH.

Tuesday night’s OBX game cancelled

June 6, 2017 – Kill Devil Hills, NC

Tonight’s Tidewater Summer League game between the Tidewater Hawks and the Outer Banks Daredevils has been cancelled due to unplayable field conditions.

This game will be made up later in the season as part of a double header, date and time is TBD.

Rain interupts opening day play

June 5, 2017 – Virginia Beach, VA & Kill Devil Hills, NC

Game 2 of today’s TSL/VBCBL opening day schedule was suspended by rain in the top of the 7th inning with the score tied 1 -1.

Games 3 and 4 were cancelled due to rain.

Also, the opening night contest between the Outer Banks Daredevils and the Greenbrier Knights in the OBX has also been rained out.

 

2017 Season Information

For the upcoming 2017 season, the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League will once again be teaming up with the Virginia Beach Collegiate Baseball League, to bring exciting collegiate summer baseball and the boys of summer back to the Tidewater area for another action packed summer of collegiate summer league baseball.

The leagues will combine to field ten (10) teams, and will play a 30 game regular season schedule, including our annual All Star Game, and Post Season League Championship Tournament. The schedule provides for consistent game play, while allowing time for players to practice and continue to develop their skills, providing the opportunity to compete in over 250 innings of quality baseball this summer. See our Schedule page for the complete 2017 schedule.

Games will be played at Marty Miller Field on the campus of Norfolk State University, Marlin Field on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College and TowneBank OBX Park, located at the First Flight Athletic Complex in Kill Devil Hills, NC. See our Fields page for more information.

Players will receive instruction and leadership from our outstanding coaching staff, with decades of experience helping student/athletes get the most out of their summer baseball experience and our players will also receive additional instruction from former Major League and Minor League Players and Coaches. See our Teams page for more information about our teams and coaches.

Housing is available for the upcoming season, with our players having the option of staying in the dorms on the beautiful campus of Virginia Wesleyan College, and enjoying all of the great amenities, including a meal plan and access to the fitness center and other facilities. See our Player Housing page for details and cost.

If you are a collegiate player, trying to improve your game and take it to the next level, get your work in this summer playing against other collegiate players from around the country, while living and playing in Virginia Beach, VA.  See our Player Registration page for more information.

Important Dates

Report Date: June 3rd, 2017

League Work Out: June 4th, 2017

Regular Season Begins: June 5th, 2017

All-Star Game: July 5th, 2017

Regular Season Ends: July 11th, 2017

Post Season Tournament: July 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th, 2017

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(view the full 2017 Schedule here).

Celebrating 71 Years of Baseball

Celebrating 71 Years of Baseball – Tidewater Summer League / Norfolk City League: 1946 – 2017

The Tidewater Summer League traces its origins back to the mid 1940′s. In the midst of WWII, a group of local baseball teams, including some Military teams representing their various branches of the service and military bases in the Tidewater area, begin playing in what became known as the Norfolk City League. The inaugural season of the Norfolk City League is listed at 1946, with the 1946 City League All Star game drawing over 3,000 fans to Norfolk’s Lakewood Park, as reported by the Viriginian.

The league has boasted of many great players and teams throughout the years, and continues to provide the Tidewater area with great baseball summer after summer. Former League Commissioner Bud Metheny led the City League for many years, with the help of great baseball men like Harry Postove, professional scout and long time league executive committee member along with countless others. Joe Hudgins served as commissioner during the 1960’s and in 1980, under the leadership of then commissioner Sully Callahan, the City League merged with the local Thoroughbred baseball program, and was renamed the Tidewater Summer League.

Leading the transition were men like Robert McKinney, Sr., Bill Kline,  Maylen Parker, Bobby McKinney, Ducky Davis and Gary Wright, with the continued guidance and advice of Harry Postove, whose passion for baseball, devotion to the league and countless hours of hard work provided a great platform for the league to be able to continue its mission of providing local athletes the opportunity to play the game of baseball at a high level of competition, while providing the baseball fans of Tidewater a great league to support and enjoy. Gary Wright served as commissioner during the mid 80′s and early 90′s, with the continued help of Harry Postove, Towny Townsend, local scout Bobby McKinney, and many others. Gary Wright helped guide the league and continued its great tradition of quality baseball in the Tidewater area. In 1995, Michael Dooley became the league’s  commissioner, and continues in that position at present.

During Michael Dooley’s tenure as commissioner, with the continued support of Gary Wright, Bobby McKinney, Chuck Slaughter and many others, the league  has continued to focus on providing local collegiate athletes the opportunity to play in a high quality, competitive summer baseball league. In 1998, the league begin allowing only wood bats for use in games, and increased opportunities for collegiate athletes to participate. Over the past 20 plus years, Commissioner Dooley has increased the league’s focus on scouting and recruiting the area’s top prospects, player development, establishing and expanding networks to help connect players and collegiate programs, while working to provide a high quality venue for collegiate and professional scouts to evaluate players. Below you will find a partial list of the names of the many great athletes who played in our league and went on to enjoy a professional career in baseball.

In addition, during this time, the league helped to establish wood bat summer programs for our local high school student/athletes, adding a summer high school varsity wood bat league and a summer high school junior varsity summer league that plays a mid week schedule, and also adding a fall high school varsity wood bat league. Roland Wright (Western Branch HS Head Coach) was instrumental in the establishment and development of the high school divisions, and continues to serve as the commissioner of all three high school divisions.

In all, the TSL combines to field over 40 teams each year, providing over 500 local student/athletes the opportunity to compete in a high quality, local, wood bat league. We are very appreciative of the support we receive from our local colleges, high schools and cities, as well as the support of our local business community. 70 plus years of baseball in the Tidewater area and still going strong, the Tidewater Summer League is looking forward to many more great years of baseball to come.

2017 Player Registration Open

March 24, 2017 – Virginia Beach, VA

2017 Player Registration period remains open for the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League upcoming season, however, all defensive players/hitters positions have been filled*.  Playing opportunities for both starting and relief pitching remain available.

*Please note that prior to the start of every summer season, roster spots open up due to player injuries during spring season or last minute change of summer plans, therefore, the league will maintain a waiting list of reserve players who will be contacted in the event a roster spot for their respective position becomes available. If you are a defensive player/hitter whose plays a position that is currently not available, but would like to be placed on the waiting list to be notified if a roster spot for your position becomes available, please email the league with the requested player registration information located on the player registration page (put “waiting list” in the memo).

Topher Ellis named head coach of Hawks

January 25, 2017 – Virginia Beach, VA

The Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League has named Topher Ellis head coach of the Tidewater Hawks. Coach Ellis is currently the owner/operator of Ellis Sports Performance in Virginia Beach, VA, and his resume includes serving as Asst Coach at the University of Mary Washington, Asst Coach in the TSL with the Lynnhaven Stars, and playing his college baseball at Longwood University.

Coach Ellis brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience along with his high energy and strong work ethic to the Hawks, and will be an asset to both the Hawks players and the league. We are excited to have Coach Ellis join our staff for the upcoming summer season and taking the reins of the Tidewater Hawks. Please join us in welcoming Coach Topher Ellis back to the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League and in wishing him the best during the upcoming season.