PIL Franchise Expansion

*Revised October 2019

The following points represent the restrictions and criteria for consideration to join the Pacific International League (PIL).

-To be admitted to the PIL, an expansion team agrees to play the first season on a probationary status meaning that the team will play a limited / modified league schedule and will not have voting rights until granted full membership.  A limited / modified league schedule means that each league member agrees to play a minimum of two (2) games against the expansion franchise.  Based upon scheduling availability member teams are encouraged to play additional games.

-A simple majority vote of members’ organizations following a team’s probationary season shall grant a team full admission to the league.

-The new team must adhere to all existing PIL rules / regulations and to all discipline policy regarding ejections, suspensions, alcohol / tobacco rules and supplemental discipline.  This includes the following (but is not limited to):

  • All player contracts and liability waivers must be submitted prior to participation
  • Final roster must be submitted in full in accordance to the yearly date as established by the league
  • Team representation at all league meetings and/or conference calls
  • Prompt yearly payment of member dues per regular PIL policy.
  • Full participation in the league’s stat program and other public initiatives.

-The new team also agrees to adhere to all National Baseball Congress rules and regulations.

-The new team will not be permitted to use any players that were rostered or played with an existing PIL team the previous season unless released by the former team.

-The new team will not be permitted to play its home games in the park of an existing team unless that existing team gives its written consent.

-The team, once granted full membership, will make best efforts to schedule games against all teams in the league on a yearly basis and team agrees to travel to each member’s ballpark.    Existing teams also agree to travel to all franchise locations on a yearly basis.

-The new team must use PIL approved / supplied baseballs.  Teams will be supplied with 11 dozen baseballs as it currently stands but this number is subject to change based upon number of teams within the league.

-In advance of final voting, if requested by the Board of Directors expansion teams must provide an anticipated working budget, projected source of players and ballpark contract prior to being formally admitted to the league.  The league will provide documentation to ballpark booking agent if needed to provide proof that the team is being considered for participation in the league.

-The new team will be required to pay all league fees in advance for the first season.  This includes one-time PIL Bond and the annual league fee.  All funds are non-refundable should the team chose not to participate in the league.   Annual league fee amount is  subject to fluctuation as voted upon by the league’s Board Of Directors. Full payment is required at the time of accepting the terms of this agreement at which time league members will be able to begin the scheduling process with your ball club.

For additional information, please e-mail the PIL, at info@pacificinternationalleague.com.