The Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) is Canada’s most recognized summer collegiate baseball league.
A season in the WCBL is a short one, running from the end of May until the middle of August. Our players will be moving from their universities and colleges throughout Canada and the United States to become a Sylvan Lake Gull. Each of our players are committed to their dreams of becoming professional baseball players, and completing their academic goals. Our roster will be disciplined, polite, and hardworking young men.
The predecessors to the WCBL date back to 1948, but it has been referred to as the WCBL since 2000. The WCBL boasts a long-standing tradition of creating a showcase for top Canadian professional and college prospects while at the same time offering American college players the opportunity to hone their skills in front of enthusiastic baseball fans in towns and cities throughout the Prairies.
The WCBL is a wood bat league in the tradition of such outstanding American collegiate circuits as the Cape Cod League, the New England Collegiate League, the Coastal Plains League, the Northwoods League and in the nearby Pacific Northwest, the Pacific International League and the newly formed, West Coast Collegiate League.
There have been two constants over the decades that the WCBL and its predecessor leagues have been in operation: first, the quality of the baseball which professional scouts have consistently compared to the Single A professional level, and second, the quality of the summer experience for players.
The tradition of showcasing top college prospects from both sides of the border has continued with several former WCBL players being drafted by Major League Baseball every year. And quality players require quality coaching. WCBL franchises are committed to providing coaches that can assist players to be the best that they can be.
In addition to offering a consistently high level of competition and coaching, the WCBL has always offered its players a first class summer experience. The summer months in Western Canada feature warm weather with long hours of sunshine. The western boundary of the WCBL is a short drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and the spectacular mountain resort towns of Banff, Waterton and Lake Louise. Fly fishing streams abound in close proximity to our Saskatchewan and Alberta franchises. On top of all that as former WCBL alumni will tell you: players have not experienced hospitality until they have spent a summer playing baseball in Western Canada.
So there you have it, the Western Canadian Baseball League, Canada’s premier summer collegiate league: quality competition, quality coaching and a quality summer experience.