Proposal would delay start of college baseball season until late March, play College World Series in late July


If you’ve ever sat in temperatures in the 40’s at Banks Field or watched Hawkeye baseball in the snow, a proposal being sent to the NCAA could lead to a more enjoyable game experience in the future.

A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the college baseball season. They say it would trim expenses in the post-coronavirus era, make the game more fan friendly and reduce the risk of injury to players.

Under the 35-page proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July. Bakich said the move would increase revenue.

Currently, the college baseball season begin with games as early as mid-February.

The proposal does not address moving the college softball season back as well.