ABOUT US

TIDEWATER SUMMER LEAGUE

The Tidewater Summer League is a “wood bat” collegiate summer baseball league. Founded in 1946, the TSL has provided local baseball players and fans with exciting summer league baseball for over 75 years. We remain focused on player development and providing young collegiate athletes an outstanding summer baseball experience and the opportunity to spend your summer in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA.

The countdown until the TSL’s 2022 Opening Day has already begun, and preparations are underway to ensure another great summer of collegiate baseball for our Tidewater area players and fans.

Vincent Bashara, Greenbrier Knights (Old Dominion Univ)

College coaches widely agree that summer baseball has become the third leg of the collegiate season, and it’s value can not be overstated. James Madison University Head Coach Marlin Ikenberry sums it up best when speaking about his players participation in summer league baseball the previous summer,

“I am proud of our guys with the work they put in over the summer,” said head coach Marlin Ikenberry. “It’s part of the process. We break our seasons up into three’s: fall, spring, and the summers. The summer is a crucial part in the process in becoming a complete baseball player.”

Hunter Perdue, Greenbrier Knights (Florida State Univ/10th Rd Pick 2021 MLB Draft – Florida Marlins)

The Tidewater Summer League is looking forward to another great season of collegiate, wood bat, summer league baseball and providing our players with the opportunity to gain valuable playing experience after their collegiate season has ended.

The 2022 season will run from June 2, 2022 through August 6, 2022, and will include our regular season games, exhibition games, our annual All Star game and our annual post season Postove Cup Championship Tournament.

We have combined the schedules of our local Tidewater Summer League teams with teams from the Premier Collegiate League, giving us six clubs competing for the 2022 Championship, the Virginia Beach Sea Dogs, Norfolk Redbirds, Suffolk Voyagers. Greenbrier Knights, Edenton Steamers and Tarboro River Bandits.

Hunter Gregory, Outer Banks Daredevils (Old Dominion Univ/8th Rd Pick 2021 MLB Draft – Toronto Blue Jays)

In addition to our championship season, and in partnership with the Piedmont Collegiate Baseball League (Richmond, VA), Tidewater Summer League teams will be playing eight (8) inter-league games with PCBL teams, the Sluggers, Barnstormers, Tigers and Patriots.

As part of this partnership, the 2nd Annual All Star Game between the Tidewater Summer League and the Piedmont Collegiate Baseball League will be held July 23rd. Location is to be announced. We will also be scheduling a game between the Tidewater Summer League Champion and the Piedmont Collegiate Baseball League Champion at the end of our respective seasons.

Justin Taylor, Outer Banks Daredevils (Texas A&M Corpus Christi)

Our Premier Collegiate League teams will also be playing exhibition games with teams from the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League, Clayton Clovers, Wake Forest Fungo and Carolina Pirates and also independent teams from the western part of North Carolina, the Catawba Valley Stars and the Boone Bigfoots.

With a competitive and diverse schedule, great facilities, experience coaches with decades of experience and a development program designed by former professional players, the Tidewater Summer League offers an outstanding opportunity for collegiate players to continue to develop their skills and gain valuable playing experience after their collegiate season has ended.

Hunter Gregory, Outer Banks Daredevils (Old Dominion Univ/8th Rd Pick 2021 MLB Draft – Toronto Blue Jays)

The league’s scheduling format allows players the opportunity to get in a great summer baseball season, while allowing time for players to work and also participate in other strength and conditioning, speed and agility, hitting, throwing and/or velocity training programs during their summer break.

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

2019 TSL All Star Game, Photo Credit: Richard L. Miller Photography

If you are a current collegiate player, incoming freshmen, or graduating, college bound, high school senior, looking to get on the field and gain valuable playing experience playing against other collegiate players this summer, please consider joining us. 

Players interested in joining one of our teams for the 2022 season should visit our Player Info page for details about the upcoming season, the league, player eligibility, teams, cost and the registration process.

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Collegiate Summer Wood Bat Baseball League – est. 1946