Collegiate Baseball League Europe was founded by Jan Maarten Kops in 2012 in Oosterhout the Netherlands.
The inaugural tournament was held in July 2012 with 56 players from 10 different countries. All games were played at “Sportpark de Slotbosse Toren” in Oosterhout, home of the Oosterhout Twins.
In 2014 the league expanded to baseball venues in London (GBR), Barcelona (ESP) and La Rochelle (FRA). As the only collegiate summer league in “the Old World”, CBLE aims to offer players age 18-23 a great summer experience with high-level baseball and a nice piece of Europe at the same time.
On April 17, 2014, CBLE announced an agreement with the Northwoods League to offer their top players the opportunity to play with the Elite College players in the United States. The agreement between the two summer collegiate leagues is a first of its kind.
In September 2014, 10 CBLE alumni represented 5 different countries at the European Baseball Championship in Germany and Czech Republic. The game France vs. Belgium on September 16th featured former CBLE players Owen Ozanich (Falcons 2012) and Ben van Nuffel (Falcons 2013) as the starting pitchers for their country, while Axel Poesmans (Cavaliers 2014) was the starting catcher for Belgium.
Although the plan was to arrange two trips instead of one in the fourth year we had to go back to more or less the same trip as in 2014. Touring with 5 teams.
We had to arrange a double-decker bus for the 90 persons we took along. We skipped England and added Prague. So after leaving our hometown Oosterhout we headed east to the Czech Capital. Then again to Barcelona (Sant Boi), La Rochelle and back to Oosterhout.
At the end of the year we still went back to try arranging two trips for 2016.
One year earlier we didn’t succeed in realising two trips. We kept that idea in our minds and in the fifth year of CBLE existing it looks like we are able to make it happen.
For the West Division we will follow the well known route, starting in London, following our trip in La Rochelle (including the French All Star game) and then Barcelona. Fourteen days later we will be back in Oosterhout for the finals.
The East Division will travel to Vienna, then travellling to Prague and finishing in Amsterdam.
In the final week of July both Divisons (two times three teams) will meet and compete in hometown Oosterhout for the Playoff games and then ending the 2016 version with the Championship Game.