The baseball landscape around New England is a bit of a mixed bag this fall with some Division 1 programs participating in something resembling a typical fall season while other programs are on hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic and increase in COVID numbers.
Some of the 19 Division 1 schools in New England are hosting fall workouts in some capacity, including three of the most prominent programs in UConn, Northeastern and Boston College. Schools that are not playing baseball this fall include UMass, UMass Lowell, Northeast Conference schools like CCSU and Sacred Heart, the Patriot League's Holy Cross, as well as Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown. The UMass campuses have opened practices for high-revenue sports like football, ice hockey and basketball. Spring sports like baseball, softball and track and field are still limited to Zoom meetings and streaming workouts.
Ivy League schools are restricted from having any competitions this fall; however, they are allowed to practice provided the coaches and players follow strict protocols. Fall sports championships at the Division 2 and Division 3 levels have been cancelled, and most spring sports programs are waiting until the second semester to resume play.
With that in mind, some local scouts and coaches are hosting showcase events for players this weekend. Here is what's on tap.