Founded in 1992, the Pacific International League (PIL) is considered by many to be the premier Summer Collegiate Baseball league in the Northwest. Sanctioned by the National Baseball Congress (NBC), most PIL players are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility. The PIL is different from many other summer collegiate baseball leagues in that the league also allows former professionals and college graduates to participate.
The league was formed by a core group of franchises from the previous Northwest Amateur Western International League. Formed and federally recognized as a Tax Free Corporation, the PIL has taken great pains to insure that a community orientated philosophy is the guiding objective. Alongside the goal of establishing the “best” amateur league in North America, an equal effort is placed on returning to our communities, and their youth, some of the support that we have received over the years. Current teams place a strong emphasis on the amateur athletes helping young players develop and in the process, realize their individual goals. The players posses a wide variety of experience. Top college athletes find themselves competing with former professional players.
Each team plays twenty (20) league games in addition to an extensive non-league schedule. Teams participate in the prestigious Kamloops International Tournament, the Kelowna Invitation Tournament and the Grand Forks International Tournament combined with inter-league play with the Alaskan Baseball league and the California Collegiate Coast League. This also servers to hone a player’s skills, focus their efforts, and give them the best opportunity to further define their baseball goals.
The league is affiliated and functions under the auspices of the National Baseball Congress, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. The NBC provides the framework within which the amateur leagues function across the country. A national tournament is held yearly in August to determine a championship.
Each team is operated in a similar manner to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing nightly before fans in a stadium. Many of the Pacific International League Teams share the field at some of the most elite collegiate and minor league stadiums in Washington and British Columbia.