18 and Older Baseball Players
Team Try Outs
18+ Columbia & 18+ Cascadia Divisions
be on a Summer Team
Team Try Outs Held at
Westmoreland Park 97202
30 and older
18 and older
to try out
Located in S.E. Portland's Westmoreland Park.
Long time home for semi-pro baseball.
St & SE 23rd Ave
Those of you returning to Portland area
after try outs will be given a team
tryout on there return
New Player Team Fee $350 depends on Team
Veterans No Charge to Try Out Team fee is $300
US Military Service &
Veterans Save $50
Competitive Wood Bat Baseball Played with Passion
Portland Adult Baseball & College
Player Payments Spring/Summer/Fall
To be an Eligible
Your hear about baseball on the radio, you
read about it in the newspaper, you see it on TV….Get your
glove and dust off the cleats….Come join the award winning
Northwest Independent Baseball League, we are the fastest
growing 18 and older baseball league in the Portland,
Beaverton, North Marion, Keizer, and Vancouver area
(players come from over 100 local communities and colleges
to play Summer Baseball).
The Northwest Independent Baseball League (NWIBL) offers
you a place to play your game with passion. Each of the
teams average 15 players, plays a 20 game season on
weeknights and weekends, mid May to the end of August.
Choose your division: The Columbia, a very competitive
heads up style of baseball or the Willamette, with
traditional Adult baseball teams that are able to play and
win against any team in the league.
Again this season players will have an opportunity to be
scouted when teams play games Keizer Volcanoes (Giants
A-Ball) Stadium. The NWIBL has a league All-Star Game and
Home Run Derby, Monday Night and Holiday Pickup Baseball
Games. The season climaxes with a grueling 2 week city
wide double elimination City Championship Series.
New for 2016 30
and older Clackamas Division (teams welcome)
Adult players 30 and older
Get paid this summer to Umpire? If your the best then
Umpire Games this summer for the NWIBL 200+
NWIBL needs 3-4 volunteers for Announcer/Score
Keeper for the summer season. Games played at walker
and Sckavone Stadiums....
Can you Volunteer (Possible Internship) call League Office 503 208 2009
Teams Play at the
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium in 2015. Season
starts June 2015
The summer drive to Volcanoes Stadium is so easy.
From Portland, jump on I-5 south, enjoy the sun and
cruse for about 50 minutes and there you are: great
baseball, wonderful shopping within walking
distance, and yes PGE sports fans, actual on site
parking at the stadium.
You get everything from the Volcanoes baseball
stadium and NWIBL baseball experience: an extremely
affordable, family-friendly environment, easy to
reach location, and a history of consistent WINNING
baseball. We all appreciate that the economy has
its challenges here in Oregon, which is all the
reason to come to Sckavone and Walker Stadiums to
watch baseball as admission is still free.
Games played at
Volcanoes Stadium charge fraction of
the price it would be to see the Mariners, Seahawks
or Blazers play, you get a close up, unfiltered
look into the life of semi-professional baseball,
plus true community-centric promotions, great food
and beverages, in a relaxed and welcoming
1.Understand that a tryout is not
a social event. You are there to take someone's
2. Dress like a ball player. Wear baseball pants,
cleats, a hat and tuck in your shirt. You will get
major deductions if you show up in baggy jeans and
the latest skater dude apparel. Wearing your hat
backward or sideways is a major no no.
3. When you arrive, place your equipment away from
everyone else's. Run, preferably, by yourself, to
get warm. Stretch away from everyone else in the
outfield. Coaches will notice that this is a
serious, disciplined, knowledgeable ball player.
Also your equipment is less likely to grow legs.
4. Throw sufficiently to be completely warm. There
may be a lengthy wait while waiting to perform at
your position. Be sure to keep throwing if
necessary to stay loose and warm.
5. Many think that hustling and trying to
aggressively make plays is the way to impress
coaches. Understand that it is early season and
your game is not in midseason form. When it comes
time to show your defensive skills you will be much
better taking it slow and smooth, focusing on
proper mechanics. Get your feet under you and focus
on making an accurate throw. The odds are if you
try too hard, rush it and throw it as hard as you
can, you will boot it and throw it into the stands.
6. When hitting, take a pitch to get a feel for the
timing of the pitch. Be selective and only swing at
pitches that you can expect to hit with a high
degree of success. Here again it is early season so
your stroke is not in midseason form. Don't over
swing but just swing smoothly and try to hit line
drives and hard ground balls.
full team fee payment by May 4th to be
drafted you must pay your team fee
All Spring and Summer Teams in
need of players call or email to be
placed on our league tryout list
Northwest Independent Baseball League Tryout Dates
18, 25, and over 30 and over Player Workout and Draft
See what you need to be ready to
do...and what Managers want to see.
Let me list what positions need what attributes:
Catcher- Needs to be a very loud, aware take charge guy; May be
even the smartest and most baseball-knowledgeable player on
your team. You can't have a slow catcher, he must be agile and
quick. If not, sooner or later it will come back to haunt you.
1st baseman- Also can't be very slow or it will hurt you. He
must be able to cover some ground as more infield errors occur
from bad throws than missed balls!
2nd baseman- Quick hands and quick feet. Doesn't have to be
very big so he needs to be able to make contact at the plate
especially if he is small and doesn't bring too much pop with
Shortstop- The leader of your infield and very quick and
hopefully, fast. If he can't cover the whole left side of the
infield, than he should be a 2nd baseman. Should be very
athletic and maybe your leadoff or #2 hitter.
3rd baseman- Strong arm, doesn't have to be the quickest but
should be able to cover the line because your shortstop will
cover to his left if he can't reach it. The older the player,
the more he is looked at as a power guy.
Left Fielder- Should be able to charge in very well because he
needs to play deeper than most of your outfielders due to so
many right-handed pull hitters. Doesn't need the best arm but
Center Fielder- Good to great arm, should be one of the best
and quickest athletes on your team. If he can't cover much
ground, don't pick him or put him in left or right if he has a
superior arm. He gives the corner outfielders confidence.
Remember. the game is won "Up the Middle"!
Right Fielder- Big arm, needs to make the longest throws on the
field. Again, the older the player, the more he is expected to
hit for power. Doesn't need great speed, covers limited amount
Our Tryouts Consist Of:
Outfielders - Any player who thinks he might be an outfielder
goes to right field. We hit them fly balls and they throw to
3rd base and then home. We measure velocity. We look for
ability to judge fly balls, arm strength and accuracy.
Infielders - Any player who thinks they are a 3B, SS or 2B goes
to the shortstop position. We hit them a series of ground balls
(at them, right, left and slow rollers) and they throw to first
base. Again we measure velocity. We look for ability to field
ground balls, athleticism, arm strength and accuracy.
First Basemen - We do the same for these guys except they are
stationed at first base and throw to third base
Catchers - We put them behind the plate and get a glove to
glove stopwatch time on throws to second base. We look for
timing and accuracy. We put them behind the plate during the
hitting tryouts and pitching tryouts to judge their ability to
Pitchers - We are simply looking for arm motion, especially
players who don't "shortarm" the ball. Obviously accuracy and
velocity are a factor.
Hitters - We watch swing mechanics. We don't care if they touch
the ball or not. Do your swing mechanics show that you have
the ability to be a potential hitter show you can hit to
onsite field hit deep fly balls and when hitting hit the
2015 INFORMATION (1/8/15)
The NWIBL (Northwest Independent Baseball
League) is a organization dedicated to
playing the game of baseball on the best
fields and with the best umpires available to
us. We have been in existence since 2009 and
are comprised of 14-18 teams from the
Portland and Vancouver regions. Teams are made up
of all levels of players including former high
school, college and professional baseball players,
18 years of age
or older. We believe in "giving something back" to
the community and hold Fund raisers during season
($10 for each HR to JDRF and during the All-Star
game dollars for hits and runs for Team in Traning) Our League
is governed by the an Game Management made up from team managers and operated by
the League Director. We also have Committees that
handle Rules, Appeals, Disciplinary issues, and
other issues on an ad hoc basis.
If you are wondering "where do I fit in?"; we
suggest that you check out our schedule and see
some of our games. It COSTS you NOTHING to join our
Free Agent (Pool) list, and by signing up your INFO
will be available to ALL of our managers. Signing
up for the Free Agent (Pool) list online is simple:
just click the
2015 Player Registration Form and fill
out the form. If you get picked up by a team,
great! If not, you will be posted on the Free Agent
page and available to play for any team. (If you do
play there is a $15 charge for Accident insurance).
Monday Night Baseball:
Because of the high number of baseball players that are
not on teams we have established a Monday Night
Open league game (we want everyone who wants to
play to have a chance... fees... there is a $15.00
one time charge for Accident insurance and each
game is $10.00 all you need is your glove.
Player fees: New players First Year pay $350
this helps to defray the cost of advertising to
assist in recruiting new players to the League
which is why your fees will be lower your second
year…and all years that follow. The funds the
League collects by means of asking the new players
to pay more pays for a small percentage of league
costs and for the tryouts.
Player fees existing players: Team managers, on
behalf of the League collect each player's share of
the Team Fee; usually dependent on roster size. The
typical cost per player is roughly $300 for a
team of 14 players for the
season, which includes umpire fees, insurance,
field fees, etc. Free Agent players typically pay a
$15.00 fee...Plus a 1 time insurance fee of $15.00
They are also eligible to play in the Monday Night
League. games will be Played at Westmoreland 3 off
of SE Lambert and SE 23
Season length is 20 games for regular season play.
Playoffs are additional games for teams that
qualify and no additional cost.
Included are the Home Run Derby, All-Star Game,
Playoffs, and Championship Games (for players/teams
Playoffs consist of the teams playing in a bracket
elimination tournament. Both Divisions play Double
Players must play 25% of season league games to be qualified for
Top each Division winning team receive
league Championship Plaques. Top 3 Playoff teams
We also have awards for Offensive Player of the
Year, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year and
Sportsman of the Year.
Players qualify to play tournaments. Check out the
Tournaments page for dates.
Player registration ends July 21, 2010. Players in
the Free Agent pool are still available to play but
not qualified for playoffs unless they have played
in 5 league games for the same team.
OPENING DAYS: Saturday, 5/4/13
No games scheduled for Mothers Day, Memorial Day,
4th of July or Labor Day weekends.
MINIMUM AGE: TO PLAY, YOU MUST HAVE REACHED
AGE 18 BY 9/21/2014 3 weeks before the start
More Questions...Q & A
How old do I have to be to play in the NWIBL?
As long as you turn 18 years of age before
of the current year you are eligible to play in the
How long has the NWIBL been in existence?
The Northwest Independent Baseball League started
in 2009 with 10 teams.
How many teams play in the NWIBL?
The NWIBL is currently comprised of 14-18 teams
from the Portland OR and Vancouver Wa area..
How do I join a team?
There are several ways to join a team. The easiest
way is to know a current player and, if you are
good enough, tryout for their team. If you do not
know any players in the league you can submit your
information via the link titled "2010 New Player
Registration Form" on the top of the home page.
Submitting your information will send an email to
all of the league Director who will contact you to
learn more about your abilities. There is also a
League Draft in which New Players may be added to
teams in need of more players (we try to place
everyone on a team but we do have the right to
place you in the Monday night league if we feel
that you need more practice, we do not want to
place anyone in harms way and want all player to be
able to protect themselves at all times while
playing). Typically 50-70 players are added to
teams each season using through this method.
How often do you play and how long is the season?
Games are usually played on weeknights after 6 PM
and weekends starting at 10AM The 2014 season
begins May 4. The playoffs begin in August. Each
team plays an 20 game regular season schedule
including 3-4 double-headers.
How much does it cost to play?
Players Drafted will pay a League fee of $350.
The returning player fees vary from team to team.
Typically it is between $275-$350 dollars per year,
per player. This fee covers costs like team bats,
uniforms, other equipment, Umpires and certain
league expenses like insurance. Some teams are able
to obtain sponsors to help defray costs, some hold
fundraisers. Some teams play approved extra road
games outside the league. All teams request payment
All Player and Team fees must be paid by April15,
Teams who have not paid the team fees will be held
out at the start of the season...no games until
paid. Games missed will be forfeited.
What do the uniforms look like?
Most teams have uniforms similar to major league
What do I need to play?
All you need is a glove, a pair of spikes/cleats
(metal preferred) (Luke
Jensen in Vancouver is Turf so no metal
cleats allowed), a good attitude, and the desire
to play baseball. We play with wooden bats only so
if you have a favorite bat you need that too. If
you need a bat you may want to considered an
approved composite wood bat...The league is a
dealer for Baum, Brett Brothers, MacDougall, Haag,
and KR3 these bats have a 3-6 month warranty and team managers can get
a good discount for you ...see here
How fast is the pitching?
Most pitchers in the league have fastballs between
70-85 MPH however there are some pitchers that can
top out in the high 80's in the upper division.
Lower division pitchers throw between 60-75 MPH but
every team has at least one pitcher who can bring
What positions are most in demand?
All positions are in demand however good pitchers
and catchers are particularly hard to come by.
What if I want to submit an entire team?
If you are interested in starting your own team or
already have a team and you would like to join the
NWIBL please contact the league by March 15th to
enter your team Duane Wangenheim
League Director 503 208 2009 or Baseball@NWIBL.ORG
Here is the process.....
1. A formal submission must be made in writing to
the NWIBL march 15 of the year that a team would
like to compete. The written submission shall
provide the following information: a) Team Name b)
Team Manager and Contact Information c) Initial
Roster of 15 players must be submitted. Additional
players can be recruited before the season. e)
Background on team and manager i.e. played together
in another league, newly formed team, etc.
2. A Team deposit of $700 must be submitted with
your application. This deposit will be refunded if
the team is not allowed into the league following a
vote by the NWIBL Board.
3. Cost - The estimated team league cost is $4465.
This cost includes insurance, 1 dozen baseballs, 2
Brett bats and catchers gear
and certain league related administration costs
(insurance, website, umpires, baseballs and field usage fees, etc.).
This cost does not include: a) Uniforms. Player Equipment, Practice Baseballs (we will provide
you with discounted options.
4. New managers and players must be familiar with
the NWIBL By-Laws.
5. Once all of criteria are met the managers will
vote for acceptance of new team at the April
meeting where a majority vote will decide.
Where are NWIBL games played?
Games are played at Sckavone and Walker Stadiums
here in SE Portland, T-Hills Beaverton, North
Marion, Luke Jensen in Vancouver, Volcanoes
Stadium, a few games may be played at
local High School or College fields.
What about playoffs?
Playoffs begin in August and consist teams playing
in a bracket elimination tournament. Double
Elimination Format. Players must play 25% of league
regular season games to be eligible to participate
in the playoffs. Season ends the last weekend
before Labor Day
How competitive is the league?
The Columbia Division is HIGHLY COMPETITIVE. The
Division is experienced. Players in the NWIBL have
baseball experience ranging from high
school to a stint in the Major Leagues and every
level in-between. The competition is solid but we
all realize that we need to go to work the
Play Hard, Play to Win, Play for Fun and Be
and have a Team Try Out for 2015 Summer
for 2015 30 and older Clackamas Division
(teams welcome) Adult players 30and older
Competitive Teams Wanted Players Born before
December 31, 1985
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