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Published On: October 10th, 2023

Dickinson team will become the third team from North Dakota in the NWL

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League is thrilled to announce the addition of the Badlands Big Sticks from Dickinson, ND for the 2024 season. This exciting development heralds a new era in the Northwoods League for North Dakota baseball and promises to elevate the League’s competitive landscape while delivering unparalleled entertainment to fans across the region.

The Northwoods League, known for its commitment to player development and high-quality competition, warmly welcomes the Badlands Big Sticks to its ranks. As the newest member of the League, the Big Sticks bring a fresh energy and a strong dedication to excellence, perfectly aligning with the League’s mission to provide a platform for top collegiate talent.

“We are delighted to welcome the Badlands Big Sticks to the Northwoods League,” stated Northwoods League President and Commissioner, Ryan Voz. “Their inclusion further strengthens the League’s reputation for showcasing outstanding baseball talent while fostering a strong connection with local communities.”

The Badlands Big Sticks have been recognized for their commitment to player development and community engagement. Joining the Northwoods League provides an exciting opportunity for the Big Sticks to enhance their competitive edge while continuing to engage their dedicated fan base.

“The Big Sticks have become a staple for Dickinson and the surrounding communities during our short summer window in North Dakota,” said Big Sticks owner Dave Ouellette. “Adding the Bismarck Larks and Minot Hot Tots to our in-state rivalries now will be a huge score for all three of those communities and especially Dickinson. This will give the local fans, host families and businesses more opportunities at Dickinson’s Dakota Community Bank and Trust Ballpark with a longer 36 home game schedule and make some easier road trip travels for them to watch their boys on the road as well. We are very excited to see the additional exposure and national recognition that the NWL brings with the number of teams and the ESPN+ broadcasts that get aired.  We feel like this is a win/win situation for the NWL, North Dakota teams and most specifically the Community of Dickinson and we can’t wait!”

Founded in 1994, the Northwoods League boasts a rich history of producing top-tier talent and offering fans thrilling, family-friendly baseball entertainment. The addition of the Badlands Big Sticks adds another dimension to the League’s reach and impact, further solidifying its position as a premier summer baseball league in the Midwest and Canada.

For more information about the Northwoods League and the Badlands Big Sticks, visit or and follow the League on X at @NWLbaseball and the Big Sticks at @BadLandsBigStix.


The Battle Creek Battle Jacks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set Battle Creek as your favorite team.