Texas Collegiate League

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Texas Collegiate League
TexasCollegiateLeague.png
Texas Collegiate League logo
SportBaseball
Founded2004
PresidentUri Geva
No. of teams6
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Brazos Valley Bombers
Most titlesBrazos Valley Bombers (7)
Official websitewww.texascollegiateleague.com

The Texas Collegiate League (TCL) is a collegiate summer baseball league made up of teams from the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. The league's headquarters are in Coppell, Texas. Uri Geva, owner of the Brazos Valley Bombers, is the league's president.

History[edit]

The TCL played its inaugural season in the summer of 2004 with eight teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and was co-founded by Wayne Poage, former athletic director at Dallas Baptist University, and a company controlled by Gerald W. Haddock, a minority owner and General Counsel of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998.

The TCL would nearly fold in 2007, when seven of the original nine teams (all except the McKinney Marshals and the Coppell Copperheads) allegedly decided to boycott the TCL by collectively terminating their interests in the TCL. TCL ceased operations after the season, filed suit against the seven teams to terminate their franchises, and entered into a written license agreement authorizing the owners of the teams who were not part of the boycott (which included the Brazos Valley Bombers and the East Texas Pump Jacks, two new teams which had joined TCL in 2007) to operate a reorganized TCL beginning in 2008.

The 2008 summer season (the first under the reorganized TCL) set new attendance records for the league with the Brazos Valley Bombers making the top 50 attendance list of all summer collegiate teams.

Teams from the Texas Gulf Coast (Victoria Generals), Louisiana (Acadiana Cane Cutters and Alexandria Aces), and Greater Houston (The Woodlands Strykers) later joined the league. The Aces left TCL after 2012 and the Copperheads ceased operations at that time, while the McKinney Marshals continued to play under the name Texas Marshals.

The Woodlands Strykers, who were managed by the Brazos Valley Bombers, went dormant after one season in 2016.

Eligibility requirements[edit]

All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid so as to maintain their college eligibility.

Season format[edit]

TCL teams are run similar to professional minor league teams, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions as the minor leagues. Games are played six days during the week (Monday is the league-wide off-day), in three series of two games each, and wooden bats and major league specification baseballs are used. Season play occurs from late May through early August in a 60-game, split-season format. Each team will visit every other team three times during the season. The first-half winner and runner-up make the post-season, as do the second-half winner and runner-up; should a team be post-season eligible in both halves, the team with the best overall record not already eligible is selected as a wild card. The first half winner and runner-up are given home-field advantage in the playoffs.[1]

2020 season[edit]

The league's 2020 season, like virtually every other sporting competition nationwide and globally, was postponed indefinitely in mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] Subsequently, the TCL developed a plan to begin the season on June 30 with ten teams. One of the five existing teams, the Baton Rouge Bougarou will not take the field in 2020, although they plan to return in 2021. The Acadian Cane Cutters, Brazos Valley Bombers, Texarkana Twins, and Victoria Generals will be joined by six new teams. There will be two teams based at Hodgetown in Amarillo: the Amarillo Sod Dogs and the Amarillo Sod Squad, both sponsored by the Amarillo Sod Poodles (who are not playing in 2020 because Minor League Baseball has been shut down due to the pandemic.) The remaining four teams will be sponsored by other minor league teams in Texas and Oklahoma: the Frisco RoughRiders, the Round Rock Hairy Men, the San Antonio Chanclas and the Tulsa Drillers. The 10 teams will play a 30-game season followed by two rounds of play-offs. Fans will be allowed in the ballparks, but social distancing and other precautions will be taken.

Current teams[edit]

Team Founded City Stadium Capacity
Acadiana Cane Cutters 2011 Lafayette, Louisiana Fabacher Field 1,400
Amarillo Sod Squad 2020 Amarillo, Texas Hodgetown 6,631
Brazos Valley Bombers 2007 Bryan-College Station, Texas Nutrabolt Stadium 2,121
Baton Rouge Rougarou 2017 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Pete Goldsby Field 1,600
San Antonio Flying Chanclas 2020 San Antonio, Texas Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium 9,200
Victoria Generals 2009 Victoria, Texas Riverside Stadium 4,000

Former teams[edit]

(**) Tomcats played only the 2010 season (***) Teams either moved to the MiLB or were dissolved by MiLB teams following the 2020 season

League champions[edit]

  • 2020 - Brazos Valley Bombers
  • 2019 - Brazos Valley Bombers
  • 2018 – Victoria Generals
  • 2017 – Brazos Valley Bombers
  • 2016 – Brazos Valley Bombers
  • 2015 – Brazos Valley Bombers
  • 2014 – Brazos Valley Bombers
  • 2013 – Brazos Valley Bombers
  • 2012 – East Texas Pump Jacks
  • 2011 – Coppell Copperheads
  • 2010 – Victoria Generals
  • 2009 – Coppell Copperheads
  • 2008 – McKinney Marshals
  • 2007 – Coppell Copperheads
  • 2006 – McKinney Marshals
  • 2005 – Denton Outlaws
  • 2004 – Coppell Copperheads

Notable TCL alumni[edit]

Since the TCL was established, more than 300 TCL players have been drafted by major league teams and no fewer than a dozen have played in the big leagues. Notable TCL alumni include:

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