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Registration open for 2018!
Serving southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota & northwest Iowa...
The Sioux Amateur Baseball League is an independent participatory wood bat league based around traditional baseball, sportsmanship, playing for the LOVE of the game, and building friendships and a 'baseball family'. In other words, we like to call it "Feel Good Baseball"! You will not find a quality baseball experience like the SABL anywhere in the upper midwest.
In 2011, a man returned to his home town of Sioux Falls after spending six years on Florida's southwest coast. After playing in the Manatee Adult Baseball League, he came home with a rekindled love for baseball and wanted area residents to experience baseball in the old fashioned way it was meant to be played; like his brothers in the MABL played it: Smiles and good times where competitive spirits come together to create lasting friendships through the great game of baseball!
In February of 2012, the Sioux Amateur Baseball League was born. The league's roots were formed when 16 strangers came together that summer, gathered in Valley Springs, SD, on Sunday evenings, and employed a playful style of hardball not seen in these parts. The "sandlot" mentality removed players from reality, even if for just a few hours, and took them back to the good old days when they were young and grabbed a glove and a stick and played simply for fun. Statistics were loosely kept, uniforms were a bit mismatched, and a champion was even crowned, sealing the deal on what would be the first of many seasons in the SABL.
With rather low numbers in it's inaugural season, that man asked that all players have faith, bring a friend along the next year, and they would have a "real division with four teams"! Those players held up their end, and in 2013 four teams took the field!
He quickly realized a growing league meant he needed help, so he implemented a board of Mike Jacobson, Dan Meyer, Dustin Van Hill, and Scott Bruns to assist with league decisions and operations. Bruns served as President and was responsible for securing Augustana's Ronken Field at Karras Park in Sioux Falls! Through Bruns' hard work and the willingness and generosity of Augustana Baseball Coach Tim Huber and the University staff, one of the finest venues in the midwest became home to the SABL, and has served the league well ever since.
Since those early days, the SABL has continued to grow and make a name for itself in the upper Midwest as one of the largest and most unique baseball experiences found in the area. Best of all, there's something for everyone!
The league stresses parity amongst it's teams and how they're built, and enjoys a 14 week summer season. A separate 7 week fall season is also available in the SABL's Dakota Fall League, giving players two options for play. Games are played once each week on Sundays, each game 9 innings. (Or extras if necessary!) We are "weekend warriors", so there are no organized practices.
The 2018 season looks to bring 10 teams out for their summer season, and the SABL's Dakota Fall League will feature 10 teams divided into two classes; one for state amateur caliber players, and another for those less competitive or as some have lovingly referred to as "age impaired"! The summer and fall leagues are independent of each other, so each features the SABL's rather unique team names and mascots such as the Mad Onions, Fighting Tamales, Yeti, Yard Goats and many others!
The idea in the SABL is not necessarily to win games (although scores, standings and stats are kept to give us that big league feel!) Skill is not assessed or judged other than to create parity on our rosters. Come out for fun and friendship and we're good to go! Nobody gets cut, nobody's going pro, and nobody is warming the bench. Whether you were a college athlete or haven't suited up in decades, the SABL truly has something for everyone, and a perspective that true baseball aficionados can appreciate.
In some cases, members of the SABL will join forces to form the league's Over-30 travel team (Toros), or the Over-48 Team (Skeeters), and will travel to another city or state to play a non-league game or tournament. Joining these special event teams is an option for all SABL members who desire some extra games and is a lot of fun outside of our usual league play. It also provides an opportunity to take the field with guys who are otherwise opponents in the SABL! There is nothing better than expanding our baseball family with guys from all over the country. It's a baseball fraternity of sorts, and participation in special events is always encouraged. In 2010, this "baseball fraternity" experience lead to 4 games in 2 days at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago through Scott Greens' Play at the Plate organization! The SABL also takes an annual trip to the Sarasota FL area each February for a cross country series with our Brother League, The Manatee Adult Baseball League!
The Sioux Amateur Baseball League also takes great pride in their volunteer work in the community. Players and their families give of their time during the course of the year, working with a variety of organizations as a way to give back to a community which has given so much to them.
When you join the Sioux Amateur Baseball League, be prepared to have fun, make lasting baseball relationships, and simply enjoy all the elements of this great game!
The veteran players and staff of the SABL look forward to our years or friendship and baseball fellowship!
Mail & Offices:
Sioux Amateur Baseball League
2005 E 52nd St
SF, SD 57103