The Northwoods League (NWL) is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. 

Entering its 30th season in 2023, the NWL 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, 300 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 (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS).


The Northwoods League is continually developing NEW systems and TECHNOLOGIES designed to maintain and build the best relationships possible with fans. This includes:

  • NWL Mobile App & Website
  • Ticketing System/CRM
  • Sports Betting (where legal)
  • Non-Fungible Token (NFT)
  • (4) HD Camera Video System Broadcast FREE and on ESPN+
  • Trackman 3D Doppler Radar System


  • 1 Million Fans. In 2014, the NWL became the first and only summer collegiate league to draw over 1 million fans.
  • The Streak. From 2014 to 2019, the NWL averaged over 1 million fans at games.
  • Pandemic Season. The NWL drew the most fans in sports in 2020 and houses the first team to officially play baseball with fans in the stands during the pandemic, the Bismarck Larks.


“For me, it was a time where I really got to break out and shine.”
– 3-Time Cy Young Winner Max Scherzer.

“I credit a lot of my success to one of my pitching coaches I had in the Northwoods League. Without him doing a lot of those things for me I definitely wouldn’t be here [in MLB] today.”
– Dan Jennings, P, Tampa Bay Rays.

“It was one of the funnest experiences of my life.”
– Chris Sale, P, Boston Red Sox