The Central Illinois Champions League, founded in May 2017 by friends Joe Rusch and Ben Brown, is focused on providing players a fun and competitive baseball experience after HS.

The CICL Team

Growing baseball in Central Illinois.

Joe Rusch

Founder and League Commisioner
Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Joe's passion is the Central Illinois Champions League. He is dedicated to giving his player's the best experience around as well as growing the sport of baseball in and around Peoria

David Dietrich

VP of League Operations
Although baseball is not David's first love he is very active across men's sports in Peoria. Co-Host of Backchecking, a podcast focusing on Hockey and other adult sports, David brings valuable experience to the table.

The CICL Team

Growing baseball in Central Illinois

Cole Hartley

Special Adviser

Britt Harshbarger

Social Media Lead & Players Representative


"For it being the first year it has been a lot more competitive than I thought. Quality mix of competitive baseball and having fun. Should only improve as the league grows."

Cole Hartley- Huskies Pitcher, 2017