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Do you think baseball is a game of mere talents? True fans who've been watching the game from the start would disagree. The game has its root in rigorous competitions that fuels efforts. These are held in schools and colleges as well. Players currently part of MLB must have played either in the minor league or come from the NCAA baseball teams.
To understand this, you must know the importance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which governs the blooming years of young talents. Unlike Basketball and Football, Baseball has shown records of MiLB-affiliated pitchers making it big to the Major Leagues.
Hence, the NCAA of baseball holds a very sacred place in college baseball. College baseball refers to intercollegiate baseball played in colleges and universities under the NCAA. Still confused about what the NCAA is? Scroll a bit down to understand it a bit more.
National Collegiate Athletic Association and Baseball
Top university baseball matches, just like most intercollegiate athletics, are governed by the NCAA. The NCAA develops the game's regulations, whereas each sanctioning organization takes care of the season-ending finals. The famous finals of the NCAA Division I tournament thus are known as the College World Series (CWS).
Each of the NCAA's three levels of play hosts a championship tournament. In the final round of the Division I tournament, only the "College World Series" branding is used. Before that, you will see preseason games in the Division I playoff, where 64 teams will compete at 16 regional venues, following a double-elimination format.
The 16 champions from these regional sections then go to the Super Regionals. The 16 becomes eight, then four, and lastly, two who compete for the CWS.
If you want to see the crowd bursting with true game spirit, come and witness any of these double elimination games. Book your tickets ASAP for this season and see for yourself.
Watch the Top Teams Compete
In 2001, around 300 Division I teams poured in from different states of the US to compete for the CWS.
Here is a list of the top ten intercollegiate teams playing for the title of College World Series:
- Oregon State
- Virginia Tech
- Texas Tech
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
Each of these states ranks quite high as per the US rankings and has a high number of producing pitchers for the major leagues.
If you are anywhere near their upcoming matches, do pay a visit to watch them in action.