The Great Lakes UBL is a summer 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 players to give them experience using a wood bat in a competitive atmosphere; (c) Provide a venue to allow MLB Scouts to watch prospects using wood bats against live pitching in competition.
The 2016 UBL schedule is comprised of weekend games starting in June and ending towards the end of July.
The winner of the UBL will advance to the NABF Collegiate World Series. The League Champion will be determined by the winner of the league playoffs.
The Great Lakes UBL 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 use promotion at the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) convention, 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. No more than four players from any single Division One college (DI) team may play on the same UBL team. Players sign a “Letter of Commitment” to confirm their choice of summer leagues and that letter precludes them from playing in any other summer league.
Housing is take care of by each individual team. The league is not involved in player housing.
A well maintained field meets the standards for UBL play. Lights are not required but are strongly encouraged, 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 UBL is the quality and class of the facilities that the games are played.
All teams must travel. How teams travel is up to each individual team. Some teams charter a bus, use vans or car pool. Players traveling to and from road games in their own vehicle is the norm. The use of alcohol or drugs at any time during road trips is forbidden—even if the players are of legal drinking age. Drinking and driving is against the law, don’t do it!
The UBL contracts with Assignors and Umpires for all league games. With few alterations, the UBL plays MLB American League rules.
The typical UBL League roster is unlimited, but tournament rosters are limited to 24 players. No more than four players from any one Division One (D1) school (the school attended in the spring immediately preceding the UBL season) may play on the same UBL team. By NCAA regulation, no NCAA players may play on a team in the summer in which personnel from their school (baseball coaches or otherwise) are associated. This only applies to a player who has been enrolled in the spring term prior to the summer season, and must still have college eligibility.
The UBL does not carry secondary coverage accident and medical insurance. The player’s primary medical coverage comes from the family, and they must declare that coverage before becoming eligible to play in the Great Lakes UBL. The UBL does not pay deductibles from the player’s own policies. UBL teams may carry their own secondary insurance.
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.
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, call in the scores 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, gamechanger.io.
The GL UBL 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 gamechanger.io/g/greatlakesubl as the official statistician for the UBL. Live game situational boards are available for all league games, as well as a wide array of statistics for the serious fan (at a cost).
The Great Lakes UBL gives fans a team to watch and support during the summer months. The UBL brings trade to a community—families, friends and scouts come from all over to see their favorites. It also gives the players and community recognition outside the community in other cities and towns, plus the word-of-mouth recognition.
The Great Lakes UBL is the highest level of amateur baseball played in the nation. It has been in business since 1963 and has provided professional baseball with numerous professional talent. The UBL’s new commitment to growth and strength is based upon the interest and skills of community coaches and administrators—people who know talent and know the business of putting a team on the field.
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