What is a Typical Season for XUCB like?
The team competes in a fall and spring season each year. The fall season consists of tournaments, scrimmages, and exhibition games. Beginning in 2010, teams will be given the option of playing conference games during their fall seasons. The club uses these fall games typically to get guys playing time. We especially want to see how new players perform in game situations. We are constantly attempting to improve our non-conference schedule and are continually looking for teams to play outside the tri-state area.
The Spring is the "official" season for the team as we compete primarily against our district which consists of Ohio State, Wright State, Edison CC, Eastern Kentucky University, and University of Louisville (Usually 20-25 games between March, April, and early May). The winner of the district gets an automatic trip to the NCBA DII World Series to compete with teams from around the country to crown the NCBA DII Champion. All the games in the Spring count towards the team's NCBA record. For more information on the NCBA go to .
We also participate in the annual NCBA Spring Showcase down in Plant City, Florida over spring break. The trip consists of a couple practices, four games against NCBA teams from all over the country and trips to the beach and an MLB spring training game. The team receives several discounts for food and entertainment and stays at the Mainsail Suites in Tampa, Florida for the week. Non-conference opponents over the past years have included teams such as Rutgers, Ball State, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, UNC-Charlotte, Ohio State, Ohio University, and Northeastern University.
How often do we practice?
Practice varies for the team depending on if we are in season. We practice at varying locations including Xavier University's soccer field (which serves a fielding practice), baseball fields around campus, local batting cages and indoor facilities for pitchers to throw to get ready for the season (we have a mound). During the season we usually have three or four practices a week. During the off-season we keep the pitching sessions and also have one practice per week when the weather permits. The team does optional conditioning throughout the off-season as well and has several organized optional practices throughout the regular season for those who want to get in extra reps.
How do we pay for all this?
The XUCB team receives an annual budget from the club sports council, this covers over half of the team's operating costs. We also participate in various fundraising activities such as working concession stands at Xavier University basketball games and letter campaigns. We do charge annual dues for players but these have never been over $100. Going on the spring break trip costs extra but it has never been more than $225 for a week in Florida. Most of the funds go towards umpires, field acquisition, equipment, etc.
Team Outlook for 2010-2011 Season
For more regarding the club's outlook for the upcoming season, check out the monthly newsletters written by our own entertaining and creative veterans.
The team has had record recruiting classes the last three seasons, setting the 2010-2011 roster at 33 men. Though as a club sport, the team is not allowed to limit its roster through cuts, we make it clear to incoming players that playing time is rewarded based on skill, commitment, and attitude. The NCBA allows only 33 men on a team's active roster, so we do our best to mold the team accordingly. We do, however encourage all who wish to partake in America's greatest past time to join us.
Additional information and questions may be asked at any time by emailing the clubs e-mail account firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, meetings/casual throwing sessions with an officer can be arranged if a student is planning on visiting the Cincinnati area over the summer.
-Xavier Club Baseball Officers and Team Members