New England Club Baseball Association Adds Rhode Island Schools, Posts Fall Schedule
The New England Club Baseball Association (NECBA) is entering its 21st season of competitive club baseball at local New England Universities and Colleges. The NECBA, according to Commissioner Steve Pinner, “was formed in the fall of 2000 when the University of New Hampshire cancelled their varsity program. Their coach, Pete Michel, kept the team alive as a club, and founded the NECBA with clubs from three other schools: the University of New England, Central Maine Community College, and my alma mater Boston University. The league held its inaugural season in 2001 (with the first game being played on Sunday, September 16 which Major League Baseball was shut down).” Four teams has now blossomed into 14 teams and counting for the New England Club Baseball Association. And the NECBA now boasts two Rhode Island schools with a third in preliminary stages of joining soon.
I introduced myself to Steve last fall when I saw a post from Brown University’s Club baseball team on Twitter. I emailed Steve to learn more about the league and Brown’s team and he wrote me, “The club at Brown University joined us in 2014. In seven seasons with the NECBA, they have compiled a regular season win/loss record of 45-29, and qualified for the playoffs in six out of those seven seasons, advancing to the championship game in 2016, falling to the University of New Hampshire by only one run.” Brown University will be joined in 2022 by Providence College this fall in the Southern Division. And Steve recently emailed me that “there is also a new club forming at Bryant University that is going to be playing some scrimmages in preparation for joining us for the 2023 season.” Here are the Rhode Island teams in the NECBA along with the other participating colleges and universities:
There is a ton of great information on the New England Club Baseball Association website – www.necba.com – that includes more information on the league’s rules, a schedule of games, fields that host NECBA games, and some history of games played. Based on the schedule page, the NECBA opens its 21st season on Saturday September 10th and features Vermont vs. UMass Boston and Yale taking on Brown at Terrence Murray Stadium. Looks like the Providence College club team will take on Brown on September 18th. Check the NECBA website for updated schedules and game times as the season progresses.
Great to meet and chat with Commissioner Steve Pinner of the New England Club Baseball Association (he’s also the Commissioner of New York’s Colonial Club Baseball Association) and to learn more about the league and especially the new Rhode Island entries. I will be posting game updates as they become available and will be heading out to see some NECBA club baseball games this fall as well. Good luck to all the players and schools participating in the 2022 New England Club Baseball Association Fall season!
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