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Cotton States Baseball League –
High School Baseball

The Cotton States High School  Leagues provide local players the opportunity to maintain and improve their baseball skills during the off-season in a competitive environment. Founded in 2009, the league has grown to include two (2) seasons and over twenty five (25) teams.

The Cotton States Leagues operate at a single site located conveniently off of US 78 (future I-22) in New Albany, MS on the renovated fields at the BNA Bank Park, the baseball home of the Cotton States Baseball League, the Blue Mountain College Toppers and New Albany High School.

Players typically come from a 150 mile radius and represent schools from all classifications, including private and public institutions. During the July season, games are played on the weekend and on weeknights, other than Wednesday night. During the Fall season, games are only played on Saturdays and Sundays and all attempts to avoid home SEC football games at MSU or Ole Miss are made.

The Cotton States High School and Junior High Leagues will operate under the rules for high school play in Mississippi except that teams will bat a continuous lineup.

Pitchers will not be allowed to pitch more than four innings in a weekend during the Fall season. Teams will consist of 12-14 players, and each will be coached by a paid coach. Coaching staffs include scouts, professional players, former travel coaches, and CSBL collegiate league players. Players will receive a team jersey and cap with their registration. The cost to play in the league in either season is $195 and $350 for both seasons in a calendar year. Teams play a 10-game schedule in both seasons

Umpires utilized in the Cotton States Leagues will be high school certified as a minimum.

The CSHS will feature a collegiate level internet website complete with full league stats, news, schedules, and standings. Players may apply online for entry into the league at http://www.msbfallleague.com/PlayerApplication.aspx

Players will be provided a team jersey, cap, socks, and belt upon payment. Players will be expected to wear either gray or white pants and provide their own mitts/gloves and cleats. High School certified aluminum bats (BBCOR) will be used in the Cotton States Leagues..

Questions may be directed to Mississippi Select Sports at http://www.cottonstatesjuniorleague.com or (662) 539-2440.

League Facts

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

Cotton State Baseball League in New Albany was established in 2009

Web Site
      •Over 200,000 hits per year
      •Landing Page www.msselectbaseball.com

College League www.cottonstatesleague.com

High School League www.msbfallleague.com

Jr. High School League www.cottonstatesjrleague.com

397 Total Games for 2014 Season
      •42 Jr. High Games Summer
      •42 Jr. High Games Fall
      •78 High School Games Summer
      •132 High School Games Fall
      •55 College Games Summer
      •24 High School Softball Summer
      •24 High School Softball Fall

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 ESPN Radio 96.3
      •Gary Darby (former University of Mississippi Radio Personality, and 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 refree
      •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 New Albany High School and former Delta Stateplayer
      •Doug Robbins – former Delta State Player, former Water Valley head baseball       coach
      •Carter Hitt – former University of Southern Mississippi player and Oxfordattorney
      •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 95 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,

Players from over 40 different institutions of higher learning and 30+ high schools

Facebook has over 1000pictures uploaded every season

Twitter ‐ @cottonstates

www.mississippiselectsports.com
Cotton States High School League
603 South Central Avenue
New Albany, MS 38652

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