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NCAA Conference Rating Guide – For clubs seeking imports

Listed below are the IBC rankings of each baseball conference in NCAA divisions 1,2 and 3 as of January 2016. Each conference is ranked on a scale of 1-10 (ten being the highest possible score) based on the overall talent level of the players in that conference. The scoring system is not biased to any level as some lower division conferences may receive higher scores than that of conferences in higher divisions. Under each conference is the list of notable teams that compete in the conference.

Division I

1. Southeastern Conference (SEC) 10/10

-Louisiana State



-Texas A+M



2. Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)  10/10



-Florida State


-North Carolina


3. Pacific Twelve Conference  (PAC 12)  10/10


-Oregon State

-Southern California (USC)


-Arizona State

4. Big Twelve Conference  10/10

-Texas Christian

-Oklahoma State

-Texas Tech



5. Big West Conference  10/10

-Cal State Fullerton

-UC Santa Barbara

-UC Irvine

-Cal Poly



6. Conference USA   9.5/10


-Florida Atlantic

-Southern Miss

-Middle Tennessee State

-Old Dominion

7. Big Ten Conference  9.5/10







8. Big South Conference  9.5/10



-Coastal Carolina



9. American Athletic Conference (AAC)  10/10


-University of Central Florida (UCF)



-East Carolina


10. Southern Conference (SOCON) 9.5/10




-UNC Greensboro

-Virginia Military Institute


11. Atlantic Sun Conference  9/10

-Florida Gulf Coast


-Kennesaw State




12. Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)  8.5/10

-Missouri State

-Dallas Baptist


-Wichita State

-Illinois State


13. Mountain West Conference 8/10


-San Diego State

-Fresno State

-New Mexico

-Air Force


14.  West Coast Conference (WCC) 8/10

-San Diego


-Loyola Marymount

-Brigham Young

-San Francisco


15. Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA)  8/10


-UNC Wilmington





16. Sun Belt Conference 8/10

-South Alabama


-UL Lafayette

-Georgia Southern

-Texas State


17. Mid American Conference (MAC) 8/10

-Kent State


-Central Michigan

-Ball State



18. Southland Conference 7.5/10

-Southeastern Louisiana State

-Northwestern State

-Nicholls State

-McNeese State

-Central Arkansas


19. Big East Conference 7.5/10

-St. John’s


-Seton Hall




20. Atlantic 10 Conference (A10)  7.5/10

-Saint Louis


-Virginia Commonwealth


-George Washington


21. Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)  7.5/10

-Southeast Missouri State

-Morehead State

-Tennessee Tech

-Jacksonville State



22. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)  7/10







23. Northeast Conference (NEC) 6.5/10



-Sacred Heart

-Fairleigh Dickinson

-Long Island


24. Western Athletic Conference (WAC)  6.5/10

-Grand Canyon


-Cal State Bakersfield

-Sacramento State

-Northern Colorado


25. America East Conference  6.5/10

-Stony Brook



-UMASS Lowell



26. Ivy League  6.5/10







27. The Summit League  6.5/10

-Oral Roberts

-South Dakota State

-Nebraska Omaha

-North Dakota State

-Western Illinois


28. South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) 6/10

-Texas Southern


-Alabama State

-Jackson State

-Alcorn State


29. Patriot League  6/10



-Holy Cross




30. Horizon League  6/10

-Wright State

-Youngstown State





31. Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)  5/10

-Norfolk State

-Delaware State

-Savannah State

-North Carolina A+T

-Bethune Cookman


 32. Division 1 Independents (No Conference Association) 3.5/10

New York Institute of Technology


Division II

1. Sunshine State Conference (SSC)  8.5/10

-Nova Southeastern



-Florida Tech

-St Leo’s


2. Gulf South Conference  8/10

-West Alabama

-Alabama Hunstville

-West Georgia

-Valdosta State

-Delta State


3. California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC)  8/10

-Chico State

-Cal Poly Pomona

-UC San Diego

-Monterey Bay

-Cal State East Bay


4. Peach Belt Conference  8/10

-North Georgia


-UNC Pembroke

-USC Aiken



5. Conference Carolinas  8/10

-Mount Olive




-Belmont Abbey


 6. Heartland Conference  8/10

-St. Edward’s

-St. Mary’s

-Texas Permian Basin

-Oklahoma Christian



7. Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  8/10

-Southern Missouri

-Emporia State

-Central Missouri


-Missouri Western


8. The PacWest Conference  8/10

-Dixie State

-Fresno Pacific

-California Baptist

-Hawaii Pacific

-Azusa Pacific


9. Great American Conference   7.5/10

-Southern Arkansas

-Henderson State


-Arkansas Tech



10. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  7.5/10

-St. Cloud State

-Minnesota State


-Minnesota Deluth

-Wayne State


12. South Atlantic Conference  7.5/10




-Lincoln Memorial



13. Lone Star Conference  7.5/10

-Texas A+M Kingsville

-West Texas A+M

-Tarleton State

-Eastern New Mexico

-Angelo State


14. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  7.5/10


-Seton Hill


-West Chester

-Slippery Rock


15. Great Lakes Valley Conference  7/10



-Southern Indiana

-William Jewel



16. Great Northwest Athletic Conference  7/10

-Montana Billings

-Central Washington

-Northwest Nazarene

-Western Oregon

-Saint Martin’s


17. Northeast 10 Conference   6.5/10

–Southern New Hampshire

-Franklin Peirce





18. Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  6.5/10

-Grand Valley State


-Wayne State

-Ohio Dominican



19. Great Midwest Athletic Conference  6.5/10

-Trevecca Nazarene

-Kentucky Wesleyan

-Alderson Broaddus


-Ohio Valley


20. Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference   6.5/10

-Colorado Mesa

-CSU Pueblo

-Colorado Mines

-MSU Denver

-Colorado Christian


21. Mountain East Conference  6.5/10


-West Va. State

-West Liberty


-West Va. Wesleyan


22. East Coast Conference   6/10


-St. Thomas Aquinas


-LIU Post



23. Central Atlantic Athletic Conference  6/10


-Chestnut Hill





24. Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 5/10

– Stillman College

-Tuskegee University

-Miles College

-Albany State

-Kentucky State


Division III

1. American Southwest Conference   7.5/10

-Texas Tyler

-Concordia (TX)

-Texas Dallas


-Mary Hardin-Baylor


2. Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  7.5/10


-UW-La Crosse

-UW-Stevens Point


-UW Platteville


3. Northwest Conference  7.5/10


-Pacific Lutheran


-Puget Sound

-George Fox


4. Old Dominion Athletic Conference  7.5/10


-Virginia Wesleyan





5. Southern Athletic Association  7.5/10







6. Southern Cal. Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  7.5/10

-Cal Lutheran

-Pomona Pitzer





7. New Jersey Athletic Conference 7/10


-Rutgers Camden



-Montclair State


8. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference  7/10


-Texas Lutheran

-Centenary (LA)




9. Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7/10

-Buena Vista






10. University Athletic Association  6.5/10


-Case Western Reserve


-Washington U.



11. State University of New York Athletic Conference  6.5/10

-SUNY Cortland

-SUNY Oswego

-SUNY Brockport

-SUNY Fredonia

-SUNY Platzburgh


12. Capital Athletic Conference  6.5/10


-Frostburg State

-Mary Washington

-Christopher Newport



13. Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  6.5/10



-St. John’s

-St. Thomas



14.  Ohio Athletic Conference  6/10


-Ohio Northern

-Baldwin Wallace


-John Carroll


15. Little East Conference  6.5/10

-Southern Maine

-Rhode Island College

-UMASS Boston

-UMASS Dartmouth

-Eastern Connecticut


16. USA South Atlantic Conference  6/10







17. Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference  5.5/10







18. Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference  6/10




-Concordia Wisconsin



19. New England Small College Athletic Association  6/10







20. Landmark Conference 5.5/10







21. Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth  5.5/10







22. Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom  5.5/10







23. St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  5.5/10







24. Centennial Conference  5/10

-Johns Hopkins

-Franklin & Marshall





25. Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association  5.5/10







26. College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin  5.5/10

-North Central Illinois


-Illinois Wesleyan




27. Colonial States Athletic Conference  5/10

-Keystone State




-Gwynned Mercy


28. Commonwealth Coast Conference  5/10


-Western New England



-Roger Williams


29. President’s Athletic Conference 5/10

-Thomas More



-Washington and Jefferson



30. North Atlantic Conference  5/10

-Castleton State




-Lyndon State


31. North Coast Athletic Conference  5/10




-Ohio Wesleyan



32. Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference 4.5/10

-Mass Maritime

-Salem State

-Worcester State

-Framingham State

-Westfield State


33. New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference 4.5/10

-Wheaton (Ma)

-Mass. Institute of Technology


-Coast Guard Academy



34. Empire 8 Conference  4.5/10


-St. Johns Fisher





35. Liberty League  4/10







36. Midwest Conference 4/10


-St. Norbert


-Illinois College

-Cornell College


37. Alleghany Mountain Conference 4/10


-Penn State Behrend


-Mt. Aloysius



38. Great Northeast Athletic Conference  4/10

-St. Joseph’s Maine

-Johnson and Wales





39. North Eastern Athletic Conference  3.5/10

-SUNY Poly

-Penn State Abington

-Penn State Berks

-Penn College

-Lancaster Bible


40. New England Collegiate Conference 3.5/10


-Daniel Webter



-Southern Vermont


41. Upper Midwest Athletic Conference  3/10

-St. Scholastica

-Northwestern Minnesota



-Bethany Lutheran


42. Skyline Conference 3/10

-St. Joe’s Long Island

-Old Westbury

-Farmingdale State


-Mount Saint Vincent


43. City University of New York Athletic Conference 2.5/10

-Staten Island




-John Jay


43. Division III Independents  2/10

-Nebraska Wesleyan

-Maranatha Baptist

-Maine Presque Isle


– Written by IBC scouting director Kyle Kennett 

3 Responses to NCAA Conference Rating Guide – For clubs seeking imports

  1. ross2014 June 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    This is good stuff. Any info on NAIA conferences/teams?

  2. burnsy September 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    ross2014 Just saw this message…… we will ad NAIA at some point, however our knowledge of NAIA is not up to snuff and therefore we are looking for an outside source.

  3. Baseballcoach December 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Very similar to div 2 NCAA and low end div 1. Lots of naia schools play d1 and 2 during the year the top teams in naia often bat those teams like LCU back in the day or OCU, Lewis Clark, LSU Shreveport, Faulkner and such

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