The Best Baseball Colleges In Ohio

By: Ian Koch

Since there are readers not only from USA but also from other countries, I don't take for granted that everybody knows what baseball actually is. According to The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia baseball is "bat-and-ball sport known as the national pastime of the United States. It derives its name from the four bases that form a diamond (the infield) around the pitcher's mound.

Teams consist of nine players who use a leather-covered hard ball, a wooden (in the professional game) or aluminum bat, and padded gloves. Additionally, the batter, catcher, and home-plate umpire wear special protective gear. Teams alternate turns in the field and at bat, the home team batting last. One turn at bat for each team constitutes an inning, and nine innings constitute a game. In the field there are a pitcher, a catcher, four infielders, and three outfielders. The pitcher throws overhand, employing a variety of deliveries (fastball, curve, knuckleball, etc.), from the raised pitcher's mound to home plate, a distance of 60.5 ft (18.4 m). An opposing batter attempts to hit the pitches and safely reach base, while the fielders attempt to put the batter out through various plays. A batter who misses three pitches, or fails to swing at three judged hittable, is out on strikes; but if the pitcher first throws four pitches out of the strike zone, the batter obtains a base on balls, or walks to first base. A run is scored every time a batter becomes a runner and crosses home plate after touching each base in the prescribed order. When the fielding team puts out three batters (or runners), the teams exchange places. If the score is tied at the end of nine innings, play continues into extra innings until one team has scored more runs than the other in an equal number of turns at bat."

While Ohio may not immediately come to mind when you think about baseball it does have a number of colleges and universities that offer outstanding sports college programs focusing in on baseball. Whether you are ramping up for a career in the major leagues or just want to try out for the college team while you pursue your degree, athletic departments are often ranked up there with quality of education when it comes to choosing which higher educational institution to pursue your degree at.

Sports and colleges go together. In any region of the country college athletics usually play a big part in the community. So important has athletics grown in higher education that many students and parents can base decisions on which school to attend based partly on the reputation of their sports program. After all, college game days can rank up there with mid-terms examine in many people's minds in terms of importance.

When deciding which college offers the most robust program it often comes down to reputation of the team or family tradition. It is not uncommon to see 3rd or 4th generations of families attend the same school because of school spirit and pride. In some places your last name can be your ticket to joining just about any team you wish based on past performance by family members.

If you want to obtain more information about which school offers exceptional programs you only have to turn as far as the Internet where you can research statistics, program history and variety of programs offered. Many schools even offer summer introductory programs where you can pick up the bat and give a swing with other members from the school team to experience the program first hand.

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