INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROSPECT LEAGUE

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WHAT WE ARE.  
The Prospect League is a summer collegiate wood bat league.  The purpose of the league is to: (a) Provide family friendly, affordable baseball entertainment in the communities where our teams are located; (b) Provide a summer baseball program for eligible college players to give them experience using a wood bat in a competitive atmosphere; (c) Provide a venue to allow MLB Scouts to watch collegiate prospects using wood bats against live pitching in competition.

PLAYING SCHEDULE. The 2013 Prospect League schedule is 60 games starting on May 28th and ends with the League Championship game three on August 13th.

TOURNAMENT. The playoff format for 2013 includes a Divisional Championship best of three game series between the first and second place finishers in each Division, hosted by the team who wins the Division.  The Divisional Championship series will start on take place on August 6th 7th & 8th, with no travel days.

The League Championship is a best two out of three series.  Games two and three (if necessary) will be hosted by the Division winning the 2013 All-Star game.  Game one will be on August 10th, with games two and three on August 12th and 13th. 

For players to participate in the tournament they must be on the 28 man active roster at the end of the regular season and must have played or pitched in a regular season game within ten (10) days prior to the end of the regular season.

PLAYER PROCUREMENT.  The Prospect League has a program of information gathering and promotion to go along with the coach’s own contacts and word-of-mouth in order to attract the best possible professional prospects. We promote the league nationally, through a network of coaches, players and scouts. promotion through this web site, and recommendations from college coaches. The final decision on players rest with the teams themselves, and should be based upon potential for advancement into professional baseball. Ideally, all players would be recommended by Major League Scouts., No more than four players from any single college or junior college team may play on the same Prospect League team. Players sign a Prospec League Player Contract to confirm their choice of summer leagues and that contract precludes them from playing in any other summer collegiate league.  If you want to play in the Prospect League, go to our CONTACT US link on the navigation bar and click on the Player Information link or scan the QRC code.  Be as complete as possible and when you submit the form, it immediately goes to each Field Manager and Team.

HOUSING. Housing is generally provided through host families unless players are from the community in which their team is located.

PLAYING FIELD. A well maintained college field meets the standards for Prospect League play. Lights are required, as well as concessions, adequate public seating and facilities to bring a true "minor-league" experience to the players and the fans. The field must be available during the playing season to allow for scheduling.  One of the mainstays of the Prospect League is the quality and class of the facilities that the games are played in. 

TRAVEL. Most team travel is by charter bus. Players traveling to and from road games in their own vehicle is prohibited.

UMPIRES. The Prospect League contracts with a professional assignor who schedules Umpires for all league games. The Prospect League plays by MLB professional rules, with some exceptions.  We adhere to all recruiting and eligibility rules of the NCAA as well as numerous other sections of NCAA rules.  

ROSTERS. The typical Prospect League roster is limited to 28 players. No more than four players from any one school (the school attended in the spring immediately preceding the Prospect League season) may play on the same Prospect League team. By NCAA regulation, no NCAA players may play on a team in the summer in which coaches from their school are associated.  A Player must have been enrolled in the spring term prior to the summer season, and must still have college eligibility.

INSURANCE. The Prospect League carries secondary coverage accident and medical insurance on all personnel in the performance of their duties as Prospect League representatives. The player’s primary medical coverage comes from the family, and they must declare that coverage in the Player documents they execute to play in the Prospect League. The Prospect League does not pay deductibles from the player’s own policies.

COMMUNICATIONS. League meetings are scheduled three times per year.  The League office maintains communications through regular news releases, a continuous flow of telephone conversations, conference calls, emails, letters and memos between the league office and league officials.

SUPPORT. Each club has a management structure to take care of the operational aspects of each member club. The leadership is normally a team General Manager with the assistance of team ownership. Staffing varies widely, depending on the size of the market and the scope of the operation.  The field manager and coaching staffs are separate positions. The league requires that an official scorer/game reporter be available at all home games to keep score, transmit information to the newspapers after the game and file a detailed statistics report for each game to the league office and the league's official statistician, Pointstreak.

PUBLIC RELATIONS/INFORMATION. The Prospect League office maintains this web site on a daily basis to communicate game results, standings, statistics and other notes of interest for the benefit of the newspapers, fans and professional scouts that follow our players and teams. The League uses Pointstreak.com as the official statistician for the Prospect League.  Live game situational boards are available for all league games, as well as a wide array of statistics for the serious fan.

COMMUNITY. The Prospect League can help any college and its athletic department achieve community service goals. The Prospect League gives fans a team to watch and support during the summer months when there’s a gap between regular college sports seasons. The Prospect League brings trade to a community—families, friends and scouts come from all over to see their favorites. It also gives the college and community recognition outside the community in other cities and towns, plus the word-of-mouth recognition which comes from student-athletes returning to their own hometowns and campuses to talk of their experiences.

COLLEGE. The Prospect League brings college and community leaders together in a working relationship built around baseball. Where a college facility is used for the Prospect League season, It brings people onto the college campuses to use college facilities during "non-peak" seasons. The Prospect League brings about a greater awareness of the college on other campuses. It can directly aid in recruitment of future students because siblings and friends of the players learn about the college and its community.

BASEBALL PEOPLE. The Prospect League is the highest level of amateur baseball played in the nation. It has been in business since 1963 and has provided professional baseball with more than 800 players—more than 175 of those reaching the majors. For this reason, plus the tradition and strength of the Prospect League, the league receives support from baseball scouts, college baseball coaches and baseball fans. The Prospect League’s new commitment to growth and strength is based upon the interest and skills of college baseball coaches and administrators—people who know talent and know the business of putting a team on the field.