Glenwood to host team in collegiate baseball league
College baseball players from across the country will converge this summer on six Colorado communities, including Glenwood Springs, for the inaugural season of the Mountain West Summer Collegiate Wood Bat Baseball League.
Besides Glenwood, communities hosting teams in the new league include Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Eagle Valley (Gypsum), Summit County and Vail. The teams will be made up of players who are either currently playing college ball or will be reporting to a college team in the fall.
The season will run for six weeks starting June 9. Teams will play three doubleheaders each week, generally on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The league is designed as a developmental league for young players, with coaches from college programs throughout the country heading up each team.
Additionally, league organizers are looking to integrate players and teams into the communities for which they’ll be playing. Many of the players on each team will come from other communities or from out of state, and will need host families for the course of the season. This is the model used by college summer leagues throughout the country.
“We are hoping to place players with families who have young children currently playing baseball in local leagues in each of these communities,” said league commissioner Joseph LeFebre. “We expect these college players to be significant role models and mentors to the younger players in each of the markets.
“We are looking for these incoming players to become a part of the community, with the teams offering clinics for local youngsters, inviting kids to the games and workouts, and encouraging local players to pursue dreams of playing beyond high school and at the next level,” said LeFebre. “In order to accomplish these goals, our greatest need at the moment is to identify and enlist host families for the college players.”
Families interested in hosting a player for the summer or wanting additional information may contact Beth Dickson, director of housing at 303-565-0354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the league, call LeFebre at 602-332-7156.
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