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Old 12-07-2010, 02:19 PM
 
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Is it the second most played after football? Just curious.
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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Second most played or second most popular? It's def not second most popular. That would go to basketball.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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I think it varies in different parts of the country. It's very big in the universities in South Carolina.

University of South Carolina won the College World Series. Clemson, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston and Wofford all have outstanding teams. I'd say it's #2 at those schools -- ahead of basketball but, of course, football is king at South Carolina and Clemson.
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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I think it varies in different parts of the country. It's very big in the universities in South Carolina.

University of South Carolina won the College World Series. Clemson, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston and Wofford all have outstanding teams. I'd say it's #2 at those schools -- ahead of basketball but, of course, football is king at South Carolina and Clemson.
That's one state out of 50 though. I'm sure Hockey is 1 or 2 in Maine.
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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That's one state out of 50 though. I'm sure Hockey is 1 or 2 in Maine.
Oh, I'm sure you are correct. I said I wasn't sure about the rest of the country.
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Old 12-10-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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yeah - kind of a split question

Even in schools where it's really popular - it's not really a big money sport

It's going to be well behind football & basketball nationwide on that level for college

As far as how many play it? - at the collegiate level it's starting to get reduced to a club sport more & more frequently

As far as youth and how often it's played .... it's definitely up there in popularity .... i believe soccer & basketball are the most participated in youth sports in the nation - followed by baseball & football
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Old 12-10-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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In northern states, most colleges and many more high schools have no baseball program at all, because the season is too short from end-of-snow to end-of-school-year.

But in Florida, even 2-year community colleges nearly all have a baseball program, only a few have basketball, and none have football.

In nearly all colleges with baseball, there is almost no student interest in the college team. Our college here has a very good baseball program, they play on a municipal field because the college has none, and I've never seen a single student spectator at the many games I go to. None of the players are on a sports scholarship, they pay their own way.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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One thing that does not help college baseball is if you are a top high school baseball player chances are you're going to get drafted. If you get drafted and the signing bonus is decent a lot of draftees will go pro.

So while some schools still get good high school recruits because they are guaranteed that scholarship/education and it out weighs the signing bonus. You're still losing a lot of talent that otherwise would be playing ball.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:28 PM
 
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In northern states, most colleges and many more high schools have no baseball program at all, because the season is too short from end-of-snow to end-of-school-year.

But in Florida, even 2-year community colleges nearly all have a baseball program, only a few have basketball, and none have football.

In nearly all colleges with baseball, there is almost no student interest in the college team. Our college here has a very good baseball program, they play on a municipal field because the college has none, and I've never seen a single student spectator at the many games I go to. None of the players are on a sports scholarship, they pay their own way.
I live in Michigan and high school and college baseball are still pretty big here.

I have to agree with you college baseball doesn't draw a lot of interest unless the program is one of the more prestigious ones in the nation like Arizona State, USC (That's the Southern California) UCLA, Texas, LSU,University of Miami, or Cal State Fullerton.
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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I live in Michigan and high school and college baseball are still pretty big here.

I have to agree with you college baseball doesn't draw a lot of interest unless the program is one of the more prestigious ones in the nation like Arizona State, USC (That's the Southern California) UCLA, Texas, LSU,University of Miami, or Cal State Fullerton.

Since USC (the South Carolina one) actually won the College World Series this year, I think that ranks as "one of the more prestigious".

USC (the Southern California one) didn't even make it to the quarter-finals
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