Northwest Independent Baseball League
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Premier Adult Baseball for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington

18 and Older Baseball Players Register for
Team Try Outs and Draft

18+ Columbia & 18+ Cascadia Divisions

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Team Try Outs Held at Ball Park #3 Westmoreland Park 97202
March12th 12-3PM 30 and older
3-6Pm 18 and older
NO Cost to try out
Located in S.E. Portland's Westmoreland Park.
Long time home for semi-pro baseball. SE Lambert 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
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What you will need to do for TRY OUTS
NWIBL Season Information Letter
Call 503 208 2009 for more information
Purchase a PowerWood, KR3, Brett, at NWIBL League Discount
(For Discount you must be a Paid NWIBL Team Player)

Use this Player Contract if your ready to pay with Credit or Debit Card to pay
for the 2015 Summer Season


Season Starts Mid May 2015Minimum 20 Games with double elimination playoff series with the Play Offs ending end of August. Are you are a former or current player who has what it takes to compete, get your glove and come join us. We are gearing up for this season! High School, College Players, and EX-Pros stay with your game. Teams need for Catchers and Pitchers. All competitive baseball players welcome! Check with your Manager for team fee.....

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 14-18 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+ Games...send resume  email
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 or email

 Jugar béisbol Registrese ahora para el 2015

¿Es usted un jugador de secundaria o universidad que se graduarán este año con una pasión por el béisbol y el no está listo para despegar los sistemas de fijación y colgar el guante? Bien, entra un palo de madera , poner los sistemas de fijación de nuevo y seguir jugando béisbol próximo verano de 2014 y el otoño en el noroeste del Independiente de Béisbol de la liga. Juega en uno de los 18 equipos el próximo verano . Usted puede seguir jugando de la madera del bate de béisbol competitivo, hacer nuevos amigos, establecer contactos con jugadores de ligas, entrenadores y directivos. Aqui para el verano de 2014 y volver en el juego de pelota. gerentes Player también es necesario para los equipos de expansión  Baseball Mexico Más  Player Contract Bring this form to tryouts to play Spring/Summer Baseball

NWIBL 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 atmosphere.
Player Registration form 2015
1.Understand that a tryout is not a social event. You are there to take someone's job.

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.

7. Make a 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 the bat.

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 couldn't hurt.

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 of ground.

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 receive pitches.

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 ball hard

 
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.

NEW PLAYERS:
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 that qualify).

Playoffs consist of the teams playing in a bracket elimination tournament. Both Divisions play Double Elimination.

Players must play 25% of season league games to be qualified for playoffs.

Top each Division winning team receive league Championship Plaques. Top 3 Playoff teams receive equipment.

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 Tentative

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 of Playoffs

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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 9/21/2014 of the current year you are eligible to play in the NWIBL.

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 up front.

All Player and Team fees must be paid by April15, 2015.

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 baseball teams.

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 woodbats4sale.com

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 it.

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 Willamette  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 next day.

Play Hard, Play to Win, Play for Fun and Be Safe. 503-208-2009  Baseball@nwibl.org  Register and have a Team Try Out for 2015 Summer

 New for 2015 30 and older Clackamas Division (teams welcome) Adult players 30and older
Good Adult Competitive Teams Wanted Players Born before December 31, 1985 sign up now