Most players who
pay the League registration dues will get drafted,
so you've got a great chance of playing. In
subsequent years some players move up to a more
competitive division after showing their skills, or
polishing their skills after many years of
inactivity. With different age/skill Divisions, we
have room for most all ages and most all levels of
talent. If you do not get drafted, we will promptly
refund your money.
Players may sign up as a
free agent and sub for
teams in need of players during the season. There
is a $20 playing fee when called to play and will
to credit card on file unless other arrangements are
made prior to start of game. Players may be
assigned to teams up to June 30 at a prorated league
What if you get drafted by a team and refuse to
Simply put, you don't get to play and you don't get
a refund. The NWIBL wants to ensure parity, which
is the reason for the NWIBL Draft. Before the
actual Draft, you need to decide if you really have
desire and money to play. Certainly not after! To
be fair to the team drafting you, you should be
available to play in at least 75% of the games. If
you refuse to report after being drafted, you will
not be able to play
in the NWIBL for two (2) years. And there will be
no refund of your registration dues. If you “drop
out” on the team that drafted you, that team loses
a valuable draft pick and will be without a player
for a full season.
Thus, the severe penalty.
Do you need to be in shape?
Like Manny Ramirez once said, “I’m not an athlete,
I’m a baseball player.” So there is hope for all of
us. At this level, the player who is in good
condition can often times out perform a more
What if you have not played for awhile?
Welcome to the crowd. Almost everyone now playing
in the NWIBL had not played for a number of years.
If you played some high school baseball, you
probably won’t have any trouble competing.
are some good players in the League who were
outstanding athletes in other sports, but never
played baseball during their youth. Give it a
whirl; there is no cost to try out.
Play part time be a
and sub for teams in need of players during the
season and play in the fall season.
What about equipment?
Besides purchasing your uniform, there’s your
glove, cleats (metal or plastic) and other personal
gear that you must have. Most teams will have bats
to use, but these usually belong to individual
players. You are
encouraged to have your own wood bat and batting
helmet. A helmet that fits can be purchased for
$15-40 from a baseball catalog or a sporting goods
store. Wood Bats and Wood Composite -3 are the only
allowed........are mandatory. No bat may have a differential of greater than –3
and must be BESR certified (Length can’t be more
than 3 ounces more than the weight in ounces).
corked bats will be removed from play and the
player suspended for 3 games.
For the Tryouts, you are strongly encouraged to
bring your own bat and helmet. Generally, each
catcher has his own equipment. Don’t forget to mark
your equipment in case it gets misplaced.
Where are the games played?
As the premier adult league in the area, we are
privileged to play on the best fields available in
the greater Portland area. These fields are located
at Sckavone Stadium, Walker Field and Clark
College The league will play approximately 100
games this season. We continually strive to improve
the overall field quality in our game inventory
through feedback from teams and by working with the
and communities who provide the venues.
When are the games?
Generally, teams will average two (2) games per
week over the regular season with fewer games in
May and June and more games in July and August.
Weekday games on unlit fields usually begin at 6:00
pm at lighted fields. Games will last seven
innings; a few will end earlier due to darkness or
field-specific time limits.
Is there a minimum playing time rule?
The NWIBL does have a 2 hour 30 minute rule with no
inning starting after the 2 hour 15 minute spot.
Many teams have policies of playing every player
who shows up for the game both offensively and in
We'll have rainouts, no doubt. The League Rainout
503 823 3020. Every effort is made to post
rainout information at least 2 hours before the
scheduled first pitch. Obviously, at times this is
patient. Remember, you're not the only one playing
on any given day. Some Saturdays or Sundays we'll
be playing games league-wide, so there are a
lot of field conditions to monitor. The rainout
can be called 24 hours a day. Some days it will be
updated numerous times. An effort will be made to
contact the manager of a team whose game is rained
out, but at times this can't be done. Every player
encouraged to call the Rainout Line several times
throughout the day.
What is the role of the Manager?
The manager is the key to the overall success of
this League. He is the main link between you and
the League, especially with respect to
communications. He must attend all monthly NWIBL
General Meetings, handle
all administration and managerial functions. The
manager may appoint an on-the-field manager, but in
the eyes of the League the manager is the boss of
his team. Click up at top in the menu on manager to
more about the manager’s role. However, the game
strategy and decision making responsibilities on
game day are those of the Field Manager, not the
At the end of each season, every manager’s
performance may be reviewed by the League. It takes
a majority vote of the team’s players to "fire" a
manager, and they must have a qualified replacement
ousted manager. This may be done at any time.
Once on a team, can I change teams?
No, not within your division, unless a suitable
trade can be worked out. You can request to be
traded at any time as long as both Managers agree
and the League approves it. If you are unhappy at
end of a season, you may go back into the Draft the
following year by trying out again and, if you are
selected, you can join another team within that
division. Once you are on a team’s roster, you are
no longer a
free agent within that division. For more
information, please read the Player’s Rights
What umpires are used in the NWIBL?
The best available. The same professional umpires
are used by the local high schools and colleges.
Like the players, they make mistakes, but
experience has proven that overall they make fewer
mental and physical) than the players.
How does the NWIBL deal with discipline?
The best approach is not to find out. We are very
severe to those who choose to not obey our rules.
For example, a player was suspended for 7 games
(with no pro rated refund) for spitting sunflower
seeds on an
artificial turf field, which is against the rules.
Several players have been given lifetime NWIBL bans
for misconduct. If the rules say you can't do
something, don't do it. Because we are all adults,
every player is
expected to conduct him or herself beyond reproach.
The excellent reputation of our League allows us to
play on the best fields available. The NWIBL has
established itself as being more than just a "beer
league", so there are enormous penalties (and
possible expulsion from the League) for any bad
conduct on or near the playing fields. Ask for a
set of rules if you have any questions. Your
manager has a
copy. They are on the website as well. When
administering any punishment, the League will
assume that you were fully aware of these rules
before any such violation occurred. It’s not
possible to register online
without agreeing to the Rules of Conduct
When does the season begin and end?
It generally runs from early-April to the end of
August. NWIBL Divisional Playoffs run for several
weeks in August. Previous attempts to start our
season earlier were met with too many rainouts and
a lack of playing
fields which are occupied by youth teams.
How about Holidays during the NWIBL season?
There normally are no regular season games
scheduled on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day
weekends. It is up to the team to request to play
on a holiday weekend before the game schedule is
Some NWIBL teams choose to play in tournaments over
the Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th and Labor Day
What Division's can you play in?
It depends on your age. Whatever your age, you can
always “play down” into a lower age bracket,
assuming you are good enough. Unless you are an
exceptional player, we encourage you to stay in
your own age
category. On the registration form you may indicate
whether you hope to play in the most competitive
division regardless of age or that you prefer to
play with players your own age.
2009 teams are open to all ages .
Again, your calendar age applies in order to be
eligible to play. In other words, if your birthday
is on December 31st, whatever your age is at that
time qualifies you to play in the appropriate
Division / age bracket
during that preceding summer season. For example,
if a player doesn’t become age 28 until December
31, 2009, he is still eligible to play in the (28
and over) Division during the 2009 season (as well
as in any
of the 18+ Divisions). There is no age restriction
for female players. They can “play up” despite the
fact that they may be younger than the required age
Can you play in two (2) Divisions?
You can do this, however, you must pay two (2)
registration dues, with a discount applied to your
2nd team. The dues for your 2nd team are
approximately up to the manager you play for on the
second team You must indicate which Division will be your
priority team in the event there is a game conflict
in the schedule. This enables the managers on both
teams to know your intentions in advance.
What about Medical Insurance?
Each player is personally responsible for any
medical expenses as a result of an injury while
playing in the NWIBL. While the League has a
liability policy, it does provide medical
insurance for players. (secondary to your own
Whom should you contact if you have any further
Our website address is
. Questions should be only directed to Duane
Wangenheim the head of NWIBL 503 208 2009
The NWIBL telephone has a voice mail system which
will have important information and updates on the
Tryouts, Draft and other issues. The League
telephone number is
If and when you are drafted by a team, your main
contact will be your Manager.
All tryout sessions are FREE. Under no
circumstances will a player be allowed on the field
prior to filling out and signing a Registration
Form. For this, there are no exceptions. Our
Insurance requires it.
Thank you for interest and/or participation in the
NWIBL. We hope to see you at the tryouts!
Please review the NWIBL Terms and Conditions:
2008 NWIBL Player Registration
The following Northwest Independent Baseball League
(hereinafter referred to as the “League” or
“NWIBL”) Refund Policy must be acknowledged and
accepted in order to proceed to the Registration
forms. If a
player does not wish to accept the League Refund
Policy, the registration process will stop and the
player will not be able to play in the NWIBL.
NWIBL Player Dues Refund Policy
Once a player has paid his annual dues to become a
member of the NWIBL,
the League will not refund dues to players who
refuse to play for the team they are drafted by or
returning to. In these cases, the league will make
efforts to arrange a trade with another team, but
cannot guarantee that such a trade will be
completed. managers are required to fill out their
a minimum of 15 full dues paying players to cover
the cost of playing a full season of baseball. As
stated on the registration form, any player
refusing to report or play will be banned from the
league for two years
and no refund of dues will be made.
However, if a player is forced to leave a team due
to season-ending injury prior to the team
completing half the regular season schedule (but in
no instance after the 20th of July) a player may
submit a request for
a pro-rated refund of their membership dues which
will be calculated based on the number of games
remaining in the season for the team or teams in
question AT THE TIME THE REQUEST IS SUBMITTED TO
THE LEAGUE TREASURER.
If a player breaks a bone in the second game of the
season but waits until the 10th game of the season
to submit a refund request, the refund will be
based on the 10 games left to play, not the 18
games left at
the time of the injury. The refund will be based on
a flat rate of $20 plus $10.00 per game not played
from the date the refund is requested. All other
remaining dues paid are non-refundable. This
includes $50 of
the original registration dues, as well as any
other extra dues or late registration charges.
PLEASE NOTE: TEAMS MUST MAINTAIN 15 PAID PLAYERS
FOR ANY REFUND TO BE ISSUED. Teams will be required
to add players to fill out the roster to 15 prior
to a refund being issued to an injured or
NWIBL Player Conduct & Maintenance Rules
The following is a compilation of all field rules.
To be on the safe side, please apply ALL of these
guidelines to EVERY field. Those who fail to
observe these rules will face consequences.
Our number one rule in the League is simple and
carries over from year to year: All field
supervisors, groundskeepers, etc. must be treated
with maximum respect. Acquiring quality fields to
play on takes an
enormous amount of time and effort each year.
However, we can be barred from a field for a single
player’s actions. If your actions cause the League
to lose games at a field, be prepared to face
action. The same respect for field personnel must
also be given to all umpires as well as to your
opponents and teammates.
Managers: Do not play ineligible players (unpaid,
un-signed), ever... no exception. This is one rule
where there will be extreme sanctions levied, as
the consequences could put the League in serious
You must have submitted a player application prior
to a player playing
in ay league practice or official game. Required by
WOOD BATS and Wood Composite ONLY (BBCOR.50) No bats greater
than a -3 differential penalties
enforced for use of illegal bats. NO CORKED BATS
Do not use profane language, alcohol, controlled
substances or tobacco.
Do not smoking anywhere on or near the playing field.
Do not urinate on the fields use the restrooms.
No fighting, threatening, obscene or indecent
Stay on the warning tracks/pathways when possible,
and ALWAYS when on deck (not on grass!!).
Do not take batting practice on the field before or
in between games of doubleheaders.
Do not (intentionally) throw or hit balls into the
fence. USE OF WIFFLE BALLS OK
Do not play pepper in front of the dugouts
Do not jump over fences to gain access to fields if
gates are locked. Stadiums are for league games
Warm-up, throw, and stretch in the outfield and not
in the infield or in front of the dugouts.
Do not stand or play catch on the foul lines during
No animals on the field or in dugouts.
Non-roster persons (i.e. children, fans) are NOT
permitted in the dugout or on the playing field.
Do not park illegally to avoid a towing or parking
Pick up all trash, litter, bottles, etc. after each
game, even if it's not yours.
No glass allowed on the field or in dugouts.
If the umpires call the game (rain), do not
practice on the field.
Most fields will provide field preparations and
maintenance. However, you should still leave the
field in the same condition in which you found it.
Feel free to ask maintenance personnel if you can
help. If you are
responsible for field maintenance (we aren't at
most fields), make sure it gets done. Both teams
will pitch in, the home team will be held
"responsible." Complimenting our field providers
and workers when
appropriate is strongly encouraged. On the few
fields where we are required to help with
maintenance, please observe the following:
Rake dirt out of and away from the grass and do not
place tarps on the grass...dirt only.
Fill in any holes on the mound and/or batters boxes
before putting on tarps.
Put away all equipment (including bases if needed)
and lock storage areas.
Lock up field, if applicable.
Contact Duane Wangenheim
(503-208-2009)) with any
questions or concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org
For Registration problems or changes, please
contact Duane Wangenheim (503-208-2009) with any
questions or concerns. email@example.com
if you need to make a change to your registration