The Waco BlueCats and the Southwest League of Professional Baseball (SWL) will be hosting a professional baseball combine (open tryout) in Waco, Texas on November 4 and November 5, 2017. Unlike many other independent league or independent team tryouts, this will be a “combine” with several representatives from all over professional baseball in attendance to...
Update On The League
We remain committed to the successful launch of the Southwest League of Professional Baseball (www.swlbaseball.com). We have spent the last six (6) months trying to close the funding gap between our municipal partners and the cost to build new multi-purpose venues. It has taken longer than anticipated but it has not slowed the enthusiasm for the league. We remain steadfast with our goal. As new information becomes available, we will provide periodic updates. Thanks to everyone for your continued encouragement, energy and patience.
March 18, 2019
It has come to our attention that there is an organization with a very similar name to the Southwest League of Professional Baseball called the Southwest Professional Baseball League which is sometimes called the SWPBL. The SWPBL apparently held a tryout in Yuma, AZ last week. Many are confusing this league with the SWL. We do not currently NOR have ever at any time any kind of relationship with this league.
The Waco BlueCats and the Southwest League of Professional Baseball (SWL) will be hosting a league-wide independent professional baseball tryout in Plano Texas on November 3 and 4, 2018. In attendance will be SWL coaching staff and league officials to evaluate players:
The tryout will be held in at Prestonwood Christian Academy, 6801 West Park Blvd in Plano, Texas. Check in will start on Saturday November 3rd at 8:00 am. The tryout will be from 9:00am-4:00pm. There will be several cuts made throughout the day with a handful of prospects being asked to participate in simulated games on November 4th from 3:00pm-6:00pm.
There will be a $100 online registration fee if you register before the tryout, and a $175 fee if you register on the day of the tryout.
Click the button above (or click this link) to discover more about the tryout/combine, attendance fees, and all of the other relevant information.
Southwest League Pushes Back Inaugural Opener to 2019
League will open with a minimum of six cities
Dallas, TX – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball is moving back the opening of the inaugural professional baseball season one year to April, 2019. The league had previously announced that it would begin play in April, 2018 with six member cities.
“There were two factors that brought us to this decision”, stated league founder and owner Mark Schuster. “First, it is important that we have the remaining members in our league complete before we ask our current city partners to invest in a public/private partnership. “Second, we wanted to be certain that each stadium was 100% completed by opening day. Given the current landscape in Texas with respect to construction growth it did not give us the complete confidence that we would open the professional baseball season without the stadiums being completed. The bottom line is that we have said from day one that we were going to do this the right way”, stated Schuster.
“When I came aboard as President, Mark stressed to me that we were going to do this right. We were not going to make the same mistakes that other up-start leagues have made”, stated Tom Hill. “That was one of the critical selling points made to me early in the process”.
“We have a very strong lineup for our 2019 inaugural league members but those agreements have taken longer to memorialize than expected”, stated Schuster. “The remaining league members are all located in the Southwestern United States in markets that are currently underserved for professional independent minor league baseball”. These members will be announced in the coming months”, stated Schuster. “The response from the Waco and Royse City markets has been tremendous with season ticket reservations in both cities exceeding expectations. Current season ticket holders will maintain their place in seat selection and will continue to keep preferred status for concerts and events once the stadium opens.
The new Royse City team will play in the Ballpark at Royse City, a new $12MM stadium located just on Interstate 30 westbound in a development entitled Anderson Crossing. The stadium will also feature seating capacity for baseball of 4,000. The Royse City Griffins field manager will be announced in early August, 2017.
The new Waco team will play in The Ballpark at Bellmead, a new $12MM stadium located just off Interstate 35 near Loop 340 in Bellmead, TX. The stadium will feature seating capacity for baseball of 4,000.
The Southwest League (www.swlbaseball.com) will play a 112 game schedule with 56 home games and 56 games on the road.
Caps And Merchandise
First Pitch In The Spring Of 2018
If you would to see renderings for what the new Waco BlueCats stadium in Bellmead, Texas will look like then you are welcome to see the images on this page. Contact us if you would like more information about tickets or to use the stadium for your future events. Thank you for being a fan...
Thank you to WacoTrib.com for their recent article about the City of Bellmead and the funding for the ballpark. Here is a link to that article: Go here
Waco BlueCats Uniform And Cap Examples When the Waco BlueCats name was officially announced on November 30, 2016 the team also shared examples of what the uniform and cap combinations will be for the 2018 SWL season. Included below are examples of the home uniform, road uniform, and Sunday uniform. If you are interested in...
Southwest League Pushes Back Inaugural Opener to 2019 League will open with a minimum of six cities Dallas, TX – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball is moving back the opening of the inaugural professional baseball season one year to April, 2019. The league had previously announced that it would begin play in April,...
Last week the SWL announced that Joplin, Missouri has joined the league. A “name the team” contest and information about Joe Becker Stadium can be found at this link: http://www.joplinprobaseball.com/
Thank you to WacoTrib.com for the article featuring Stan Hough and the family tie between the Houston Colt .45s and the BlueCats. Here is a link to the article: http://www.wacotrib.com/sports/from-houston-colt-s-to-waco-bluecats-naming-baseball-teams/article_6961e80a-e044-59a9-9c64-02b36502ae19.html
Contact: Mark Schuster FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel: (843) 367-3832 September 12, 2017 Email: [email protected] Website: www.wacobluecats.com Bare Arms Brewery Partners with BlueCats on Team Branded Craft Beer Waco, TX –Baseball and Beer. They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly and so it seems so does Bluecats Baseball and Bare...
Kari Rumfield is the new V.P. of Sales and Marketing for the Waco BlueCats. Here is an article from WacoTrib.com about her joining the team. Kari has worked in the independent professional baseball industry with the San Angelo Colts, Joliet Jackhammers, River City Rascals and the Florence Freedom. She also served as the Assistant General...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 30, 2016 Waco BlueCats Announced Team Moniker Chosen from Over 1,800 Submissions Waco, TX – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball has announced that the new Waco professional team will be called the Waco “BlueCats”. The name “BlueCats” received a majority of the votes from over 1,800 submissions. The...