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[edit] History

Formally known as the CIBA, the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association was initiated in Montreal on August 24, 1994 with four founding teams: McGill University, Durham College, the University of Guelph and McMaster University. The first two CIBA championships were hosted in Montreal with McGill winning in 1994 and Laval, from Quebec City, winning the next year.

As there were other regional baseball leagues going on at the same time in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, they other leagues joined the CIBA in 1996, which expanded to four conferences (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario East and Ontario West), featuring 21 teams competing in a 16 game schedule with playoffs.

For the 2014, the assciation changed its name to the Candian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA). Today baseball is played at the varsity level with nearly 30 teams competing. The CCBA runs three conferences spread over 4 provinces. The league is student-organized and includes teams from Canadian universities and colleges.

[edit] Current Status

Western Canada has a spring ball program, while Eastern Canada has an autumn ball program (running from September to October). Teams in the winter/spring program play from February to April.

The CIBA has tried to bring both programs together, but weather and economic difficulties have proved difficult to overcome.

[edit] Conferences

Teams in the Atlantic Conference are from schools in Halifax, Sydney, Fredericton, Moncton and Antigonish.

Teams in the Northern Conference include three from Montreal, two from Ottawa and one from Trois-Rivieres.

Teams in the Ontario Conference come from Kingston, Toronto, Oshawa and Windsor.

[edit] Championship series

The teams from all three conferences also are ranked at the National Level, against all other teams in the CIBA. The championship is played in a series consisting of two pools, with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs, where the first palce team plays the fourth place, and the second and third place teams meet in the semi-finals. One pool consists of the champions from each of the Atlantic, Northern and Ontario conferences, the other pool consits of the host team, and two wildcard teams.

[edit] Champions


Sources: CIBA website, [1] University of Ottawa Gee-Gees website [2] McMaster University website [3] McGill University website [4] Baseball Canada [5]

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