UMES Selected as Host Site for SAM BAT Fall League
High school players to compete in wooden bat league on campus
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - (Aug. 14, 2013) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will play host for the first time this coming semester to a SAM BAT Fall League, a wooden-bat baseball league for local high school players.
Games will be played at Hawks’ Stadium on the UMES campus under the direction of a Canadian company that manufactures and markets professional baseball bats made from maple.
Several Eastern Shore high schools are expected to field full teams in the league, while some teams will be comprised of players drawn from other area schools. Eight weeks of play begins in September with games typically being held on Sundays, weather permitting.
A six-week regular season will be followed by two weeks of playoffs to determine an Eastern Shore league champion. The Princess Anne parks and recreation field will serve as an alternate site.
The fee is $160 per player and includes a SAM BAT similar to the one 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers uses.
"SAM BAT was the first maple bat approved by Major League Baseball” in the late 1990s, said Sam Holman, inventor of the patented maple bat. “It has become the market leader for quality and performance with over 100 professional players using SAM BAT today.”
According to its website, “the SAM BAT Fall League program encourages an environment in which players will continue to develop through practicing the fundamentals of baseball with a particular emphasis on skills development and specifically skills related to hitting with a SAM BAT in a safe and fun atmosphere."
The company marketing the competition says it is “the fastest growing youth development league in North America.”
UMES is among 10 North American locales serving as host sites for leagues, but the university has no role operating or underwriting the competition. Nevertheless, it provides a backdrop for an estimated 150 high school athletes on Delmarva who someday might be interested in pursuing a post-secondary education.
“We’re honored The Original Maple Bat Corp. chose UMES as one of its venues for a structured recreational activity like youth baseball,” university spokesman Bill Robinson said. “The university is confident the athletes, their families, fans and coaches will enjoy their visits to our campus this fall.”
About Sam Bat
The Original Maple Bat Corp. was founded by Sam Holman, inventor of the patented Sam Bat, who introduced the first approved maple wood bat to Major League Baseball. The company is privately owned by Holman and three others, including company president Arlene Anderson. It is located in Carleton Place, Ontario just outside of Ottawa, Canada’s capital.