The New York State League was an independent baseball league that played six seasons between 2007 and 2012 in the New York City metro area. Over 500 NYSL players have been signed by professional teams. Players from forty-eight states and eleven countries have competed in the league. The NYSL was the developmental league for the Can-Am League. Its level of play was self-described as being on par with the lowest level of minor league baseball, the complex-based "rookie" leagues (it explicitly compared its format to that of the Gulf Coast League).