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Clearing Up Some Issues with the Heartland Of America Baseball League

There have recently been some questions surrounding the Heartland Of America Baseball League (HoABL) and the Ozarks Pro Baseball League. I wanted to post this email I received today from Art Wilkinson that will hopefully clear up some of the questions.

Kayla,

Please feel free to re-post this at your election.

There has been a great hue and cry about the division of the Heartland 
of America League and Ozarks Pro Baseball, or as it has been referred 
to, “the Ozark League”.

Players should rest assured that the only goal of every person 
employed by the Heartland of America Baseball League is to promote 
great players with drive, desire and talent, into Affiliated Baseball, 
and ultimately into the Major Leagues. The Heartland of America League 
Managers and Coaches include the over two dozen individuals who have 
played, coached and managed at the Major League Level. This talented 
group of teacher/mentors have hand-picked 210 of the country’s best 
players all under 26 years of age, and are fully prepared to move 
forward in support of assisting these players in realizing their 
dream. Our players come from all four corners of the USA, Canada, 
Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Germany, 
and Australia.

From the moment that we entered the arena of Independent Minor League 
Baseball, we took the position that we would not be a local or even 
regional brand. And, while we ARE “The Heartland of America Baseball 
League,” we are a national, international and global exhibition of The 
Greatest Game that God has ever permitted any man to play.

We would like to thank the scores of Major League Scouts who have 
referred players
directly to our league, as well as those baseball executives who have 
recognized the
excellence of our product and brand…before we have even thrown a 
single pitch. Our very first inter-league trade was made, also before 
a pitch has been thrown, when we sent one of our best 
middle-infielders to the reigning American Association Champion 
Wichita Wingnuts.

I want to assure all players who have been signed by any Manager, 
Coach or Executive of the Heartland of America League that your 
contracts are secure, your participation in our league is secure, and 
with your continued hard work and perseverance, your future will also 
be secure. Likewise any player signed to an Ozarks Pro Baseball 
contract prior to May 23, 2015, can also play in the Heartland of 
America League.

We are all here for one single and undivided purpose. Every league at 
every level seeks to use its best efforts to bring the highest quality 
of baseball to as many as will come out and cheer on their favorite 
team, or player.

Our mission has not changed. The strength of our character remains as 
it always was. And, the men and women of the Heartland of America 
League will never retreat from the daunting task of finding, 
developing and promoting the next generation of Major League Baseball 
Superstars.

Play Ball! We know we will…

With Deepest Respect for All,

Art Wilkinson
Executive VP, Baseball Operations
The Heartland of America League

If you would like to find out more about the Heartland of America Baseball League you can check out their website HERE, or check out the Q&A I did with Art, HERE.

Heartland of America Baseball League Looking For Players – Tryout May 9th

The Heartland of America Baseball League is looking for players to complete their 2015 rosters. The next tryout will be held May 9th in Scottsdale, AZ at Glendale Community College. Registration will start at 8 am with the tryout beginning at 9 am.  The fee is $75 per player, and is being limited to 40-50 players in order to give each player a fair chance to showcase their skills. The league is looking to ideally sign 7-10 players for the season.

The tryout is open to players who are 26 and under and have played college baseball, have been recently released, or for all free agents. The players must have no college eligibility left.  Players are asked to provide their own helmets, bats, and catcher’s gear.

The camp is being ran by managers/coaches Bart Zeller, Dave Hilton, Ed Campaniello, and Danny Orr and will consist of the following:

  • 60 yard dash
  • OF throwing
  • IF taking ground balls
  • Catchers’ pop times
  • Batting Practice
  • Live hitting with pitchers in attendance (scrimmage)

If you would like to learn more about the Heartland of America Baseball League (HoABL), you can check out their official site HERE.

You can also check out a Q&A with the Director of Baseball Operations HERE.