Tidewater Summer League
The Tidewater Summer League, continuing it’s 70 plus year tradition of providing a great summer baseball experience for players and fans alike, is excited to introduce the Premier Collegiate League, which will feature top collegiate players from around the country, recommended by college coaches and MLB Scouts. Our teams, each with a 20 plus year history of operating successful collegiate summer baseball operations, will anchor the new league, providing the consistency and high quality summer baseball experience collegiate players who are trying to get to the next level are looking for.
The Edenton Steamers, founded in 1997 and the Outer Banks Daredevils, also founded in 1997 and both former members of the Coastal Plain League, have been joined by the Tidewater Drillers, founded in 1986 and the Greenbrier Knights, founded in 1992 and both long time members of the Tidewater Summer League, to create the Premier Collegiate League. Our teams have a combined 104 years of experience running summer baseball teams, and have seen hundreds of their former players drafted into professional baseball, with dozens of them making it to the Major League level.
The 2020 season will see our teams compete in a 42-game regular season, followed by our playoff and championship series. The season will run from May 28th through August 1st and will simulate a professional minor league season, with teams hosting home games in great facilities full of loyal and enthusiastic fans and then traveling to other cities to play their away games.
Players will be staying with host families, which are the backbone of collegiate summer baseball, and first-class transportation to all away games is provided by the teams. Uniforms, equipment and other baseball related gear is also provided by the teams, along with outstanding coaches committed to helping players showcase their talents to professional scouts and other college coaches, while continuing their development both on and off the field. Players will also participate in team community service activities during the season, allowing them the opportunity to give back to their adopted summer communities and enrich both their own lives and the lives of others.
Teams are located within a small geographical area of Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina, greatly reducing travel time for players to and from away games. With our league’s geographical construct, players will spend less time riding on the bus and more time getting in extra work on the field, in the cages, in the pen, more time in the weight room, more time for that online class and most importantly, more time for themselves to enjoy some of their summer while still participating in a top collegiate summer league.
The Tidewater Summer League, a NCAA compliant league, has been organized with a team first approach, and a desire to provide its teams a professionally managed league platform designed to ensure the teams are successful. Teams, in the same manner, are designed and operated to provide their players with everything necessary to enjoy a successful summer baseball experience that approximates a minor league season, in such a manner as not to jeopardize our players NCAA eligibility.
In addition, recognizing and understanding our players are collegiate athlete’s, not professional players, our goal is to strike a good balance between the “grind” of minor league ball and a quality summer. Players will enjoy a summer filled with great baseball, a taste of professional life, and still have time to get in additional training, development, an online class and a chance to enjoy the great towns our teams are located in, .
Players will enjoy a great summer experience playing with and against top collegiate players from around the country; college coaches committed to their players success, exposure and development; experienced collegiate umpires; great venues with large, enthusiastic crowds of loyal fans; short travel times to away games; host families for players; teams committed to ensuring their players have everything they need to be successful on the field, and in the future; and a chance to spend part of their summer in great communities along the Atlantic coast.