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Cotton States Baseball League –
Summer Collegiate Baseball

Founded in 2009, the Cotton States Baseball League – North Division is a pro-style, 10 team collegiate wooden bat league for players with college eligibility.

The CSBL – North operates at a single site located conveniently off of I-22 in New Albany, MS on the renovated Legion Field at the BNA Bank Park. Players typically come from a 150 mile radius which includes Ole Miss, MSU, Delta State, Memphis, Arkansas State, Tennessee Tech, Jackson State, Blue Mountain College, and a number of area junior colleges. Players that do not live within that radius are invited to apply if they have the means to arrange for housing, have relatives living in the area, etc.

The CBSL-North plays a 20-22 game schedule in June and July culminating with a League Championship Series (LCS) in late July. Games are typically played on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings dependent upon the weather. Because of the generous support of our sponsors, the cost has remained at a reasonable price: $600 for position players and $450 for pitchers only. Each player receives two team jerseys and a team cap/belt/socks and the league will promote its players and activities to NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and professional scouts, coaches, and recruiters. The CSBL will abide by all eligibility requirements.

Endorsed by baseball legends Donnie Kessinger and John Cohen, the league employs each of the coaching staffs, recruiting managers with collegiate and professional connections. Past coaches include Curt Fowler who is currently serving as the head coach of Blue Mountain College, John Walker and Doug Robbins who both served at Delta State University, Chris Basil who played at Ole Miss, and Shawn Hairald and Chip Wade, professional scouts, among others.

The league also features a collegiate level website complete with individual statistics, standings, schedules and player information. The CSBL Game of the Week has been featured on local radio stations as well as streamed live over the internet for the various fans across the region and in other states. The league also posts notices via Twitter (@cottonstates) and photographs on Facebook.

As a showcase league for players and others, a number of individuals have taken the opportunity to perform the National Anthem and/or have thrown out the ceremonial first pitch, including Congressman Alan Nunnelee, Paid in Full, KC Johns, and Jordyn Mallory.

League Facts

Cotton States Baseball League was founded in 1903 as a minor league for the MLB
      •Willie Mays
      •Dave "Boo" Ferriss

Cotton State Baseball League - North Division in New Albany was established in 2009.

Web Site
      •Over 200,000 hits per year
      •Landing Page

397 Total Games for 2020 Season
      •30 Jr. High Games Summer
      •42 Jr. High Games Fall
      •97 High School Games Summer
      •132 High School Games Fall
      •105 College Games Summer

26,000 Total Attendance at the CSBL this year

Location BNA Bank Park, New Albany, Mississippi
      •4 full size baseball fields
      •Newly renovated park
      •Epting Eatery Concession Area
      •Upscale private seating in the Cotton Club

Radio Broadcast
      •Cotton States Game of the Week on SuperTalk 101.9                                                                •Gary Darby (former Ole Miss/Memphis Grizzlies Radio Personality)

Meet Some of our Coaches
      •Will Kline – former Ole Miss baseball player and 1st round draft pick in the MLB
      •David Renfroe – Boston Red Sox 1st round draft pick
      •Chris Basil – Head Coach East Union High School and former Ole Miss player
      •Chip Wade – Former MLB player and current Scout for the New York Mets
      •John Pittman – Former Wallace State CC player
      •Stacy Hester – the all‐time wins leader in Ms high school baseball
      •Gary Hickman – President of the Bank of Holly Springs
      •Thomas Walker – Tupelo Fire Chief
      •John Walker – Head Coach of Lafayette High School and former Delta State Statesman.
      •Doug Robbins – former Delta State Player, former Water Valley head baseball coach.
      •Carter Hitt – former University of Southern Mississippi player and Oxford attorney
      •Shawn Hairald – Phillies/Royals scout
      •Jerome Williams – former professional player/coach in the Cubs and Yankees       organizations

Former Players Drafted in Major League Baseball
      •Jet Butler – New York Mets
      •Brandon Woodruff - Texas Rangers
      •Nick Vickerson ‐ Texas Rangers

Over 100 Division I players since 2009
      •Ole Miss, Miss State, Memphis, Arkansas State, Alcorn State, Miss Valley State, Tennessee        Tech, Samford, New Orleans, Loyola, Southern Miss, Jackson State, Missouri, La Tech,                 Middle TN State

Players from over 60 different institutions of higher learning and 40+ high schools

Facebook has over 1000 pictures uploaded every season

Twitter ‐ @cottonstates
Cotton States Baseball League - North Division
302 Marshall Street
New Albany, MS 38652

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