The top programs in New England as a collegiate athlete for summer baseball is the Cape Cod League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League. If you want quality ball with the best shot of being drafted, these are the leagues you want to be in.

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Cape Cod Baseball League

Founded 1885
Affiliation: NCAA & NACSB
Games in regular season: 4
Teams: 10
President: Judy Walden Scarafile

Bourne Braves
Brewster Whitecaps
Chatham Anglers
Cotuit Kettleers
Falmouth Commodores
Harwich Mariners
Hyannis Harbor Hawks
Orleans Firebirds
Wareham Gatemen
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

The Cape Cod Baseball League prides itself on being the oldest, most successful amateur baseball league in the nation. With roots dating back to 1885, the Cape League has helped foster the careers of thousands of top baseball players, from such stars as Hall of Famer, Mickey Cochrane to Jason Varitek. During the 2005 MLB season, 198 CCBL alumni played in the majors or were on injured reserve. Some 300 ballplayers from colleges and universities across the country are recruited each year to play on the 10 teams of the Cape league. They are hosted by local families, who often enjoy following the career of a young player who ate breakfast at their house for the summer and then made it into the major leagues.

The Cape League season runs from mid-June to mid-August. Each team plays a 44-game schedule. An all-star game is held in mid- to late July, and playoffs are held around the second week of August. The league is also notable for its continuing use of wooden bats. Because it draws top-tier college players, the level of play is often considered the equivalent of high-A Minor League Baseball.

The CCBL Hall of Fame is being housed at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. The Cape Cod Baseball League is one of eight leagues in the National Alliance of Summer Baseball. The 2003 documentary Touching the Game chronicled the story of the players of the Cape Cod League.

To play in the Cape League, potential players must have NCAA eligibility remaining at the start of each Cape League season. This typically applies to freshmen, sophomore and junior class players from 4-year affiliated institutions, with limited exceptions. High school players, college seniors and college players with no NCAA eligibility remaining are ineligible. The Cape League itself does not recruit players. Player recruitment is left solely to each individual franchise, facilitated through each team's manager.

Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)
Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)
Founded 2011
Affiliation: none
Games in regular season: 44
Teams: 4 to 6 teams
President: Chris Hall
Martha's Vineyard Sharks
Nashua Silver Knights
Seacoast Mavericks
Torrington Titans
Waschusett Dirt Dawgs
  The Futures League will feature as many as six teams in its inaugural season. All players in the league will be on college baseball rosters during the spring 2011 season. Futures League rules mandate at least 12 players from New England or New England-based schools on each team’s roster. Clubs use wood bats and will play a 44-game regular-season schedule.
New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL)

Founded 1993
Affiliation: NCAA
Games in regular season: 42
Teams: 12 teams in 6 states
President: Kevin MacIlvane

Bristol Collegiate
Danbury Westerners
Holyoke Blue Sox
Keene Swamp Bats
Laconia Muskrats
Lowell All-Americans
New Bedford Bay Sox
Newport Gulls
North Adams Steeple Cats
North Shore Navigators
Sanford Mariners
Vermont Mountaineers

The New England Collegiate Baseball League is summer collegiate baseball at its best! It is one of the most talented and competitive leagues in the country.

Founded in 1993, the NECBL began its direction under George Foster, former Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets All-Star and Major League home run leader and Emmy Award-winning television producer/director Joseph Consentino. Play started in 1994 and today the NECBL has become a strong twelve team league that plays in all six New England states and recruits players attending U.S colleges from New England, the other forty-four States and foreign countries.

The League starts its summer season in early June and plays an eight week 42 game per team schedule. The League Championship is determined by a playoff in early August. Each year our top players are scouted and selected in the MLB Draft.

Any student who wishes to play in the League must be currently enrolled in a NCAA sanctioned College or University, be in good academic standing, have completed one year of athletic eligibility and have at least one year of eligibility remaining. The league strongly suggests that student athletes have their College coach and/or a MLB scout recommend them to any or all of our General Managers.