About Iowa State Club Baseball
The Iowa State Baseball Club is an opportunity for any Iowa State student to play baseball. The club offers two great opportunities for players to continue playing the game of baseball, with both a fall and spring league.
Each fall the ISU Baseball club has an annual fall league. The fall league is for every member of the club and is played as a very fun, yet still competitive league. In the fall, the coaches meet and divide the club's members into teams, and a schedule of games is made. The number of teams varies based on membership, in 2009 there were 6 teams with roughly 12-15 guys on each team. Practice for the fall league starts in early September, with games beginning in mid-September. The schedule usually goes through mid-October depending on weather. After the regular season is played, there is a season ending tournament between all of the teams. Overall the fall league is a very fun and enjoyable experience for players, as it is always solid and competitive baseball.
After the completion of the fall league, coaches meet to select a roster of the best players to play for the spring travel team. The spring roster usually carries around 24 players. The travel league we play in is called the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). The NCBA has over 100 teams across the nation competing in 23 conferences. Each conference winner advances to a regional, where the winners advance to the NCBA World Series (played in Fort Myers, FL in 2010). The Iowa State Baseball team plays in the Mid-America Conference North along with the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, University of South Dakota, and Minnesota State-Mankato. The spring schedule plays between 20-30 games, with both home and road series. Home games for the ISU Baseball club are played at Cap Timm Field. Games against local colleges are also scheduled. The ISU baseball club has experienced much success in the spring seasons, to read more about the team visit the History.
Since 1892 Iowa State University had an NCAA Division-I baseball team. But on April 2nd, 2001, ISU Athletic Director Bruce Van de Velde announced that the Iowa State baseball program would be eliminated due to "budget cuts".
Largely as a result of that decision, the Iowa State Baseball Club was started in the fall of 2001 by Jake Reichling. The club officially registered and received GSB funding in November. The club played its first season in the spring of 2002, with its first 55 members dividing into 4 teams and playing a 6 game schedule with a season-ending tournament. Games were played at various community fields until it was allowed access to Cap Timm, the field formerly used by the NCAA program.
In the fall of 2002, a similar league was played, but with 7 teams due to increased interest. The club's membership had almost doubled in membership during its first year. In the spring of 2002, the club's best 19 players were selected to play on the travel team which would compete in the Central Plains Conference of the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). In its inaugural season in spring 2003, the club won the conference, putting them into a regional against the Western Lakes Conference champion, University of Wisconsin. The Cyclones came up just short after losing the close 3-game series two games to one. The winner of the regional advances the NCBA World Series played in Bradenton, Florida. Iowa State won a back-to-back conference title in 2004 as well, before once again falling short in the Regional.
The 2005 spring team played a difficult schedule and missed the regional for the first time in club history. A tough Nebraska team who went 15-1 stormed through the conference, suffering their only loss of the year to Iowa State. The team finished strong with 9 consecutive victories in 2005 to finish second in the conference.
The 2006 season was plagued by weather form the very beginning. Of the 25 scheduled games, 13 were cancelled due to bad weather conditions, leaving the Cyclones to only play 12 games, finishing with a conference record of 5-6, and an overall record of 5-7.