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2017 TBD High School Competitive Fall Baseball League

 September 10, 17, 24; October 1 & 8



(July 31, 2017) Total Baseball Development is hosting the 13th year of the TBD Fall League in Sioux City. The Iowa Great Lakes is going on their 3nd year as a TBD Fall League location!  Your team will play at just one of the two locations for the entire fall unless your team approves travel to a site for 'inter-league' play! Your team simply selects one location of either Sioux City or the Iowa Great Lakes that is the most convenient and that will be your home for the 2017 TBD Fall League.

12 players to a team and teams play two 5 inning games in a three hour time frame for five Sundays.  Games are scheduled tournament style throughout the fall complete with league rankings so then on the last Sunday teams will compete for first place and the winners receive Championship t-shirts, trophies, and genuine fake champagne! 

In 2016 between Sioux City and the Iowa Great Lakes there were TWENTY TWO teams!  See all information, locations, and how to sign up below.




The 2017 TBD Fall League is just around the corner

Sign up now

Games start on the 10th of September!!!


  • The TBD Fall League is for high school baseball players 8th  through 12th grades . . . All Iowa players welcome as well as players from Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
  • Three hours of baseball every Sunday for five weeks before the leaves fall and the snow flies keeps your skills HOT and gets you a great jump on the competition for the 2018 season!
  • Games will take place on the five Sundays of September 10, 17, 24, October 1 and 8.
  • There are 12 players to a team.  Individual players AND small groups can sign up and be assigned to a team or COMPLETE FULL TEAMS can sign up.
  • It gets you ROLLING already for next summer so sign up now!!!



  • The Sioux City location will host games at the Strikers Complex and expand to other Sioux City area locations as needed.  The Sioux City league will take the first 20 teams to sign up.
  • The Iowa Great Lakes location will host games at various Iowa Great Lakes locations.  The Lakes location will take the first 12 teams to sign up.  


  • Your team will play at only one of the two primary locations throughout the fall unless you volunteer for Interleague Play, which means you could play at either of the other two sites on various weekends based on your request or via an invitation.  Teams must approve of this.
  • Additional Wild Card sites within reasonable distance of the two primary locations may be used only if the tournament style scheduling allows and if teams approve of a Wild Card site.  Multiple Wild Card sites have hosted TBD Fall League games in the past.  For example Sioux Central's High School field in Peterson, Iowa was used in 2015 as a Wild Card site, and in 2016 the Granville Spalding High School field in Granville, Iowa was used. 


TBD Fall League!!! 



Fall Baseball is just around the corner . . . Opening Day is 10th of September!!!


 Next year is never very far away!!!

 So before the leaves fall and before the snow flies this gets you FIVE extra Sundays of competitive baseball and for sure gets you geared up for next summer!!!

Three hours of baseball every Sunday keeps your skills fresh and gets you a jump on the competition and ready to roll for the 2018 season!


If you have more questions about anything regarding the TBD Fall League at any of the locations please contact Bob Protexter by email at or call or text: 712.490.7199






  •            High school baseball players from Fall 8th graders all the way up through high school seniors
  •            High school baseball players from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota
  •         High school baseball players that want to get better at the game
  •         High school baseball players that want an edge on the competition on the first day of practice in 2018
  •         High school baseball players that like baseball




  • Teams will play 2 five inning games in a scheduled 3 hour time session every Sunday . . . So your team will play one 3 hour session every Sunday at either 12:00 noon or 3:15 pm.
  • After Church and before sundown.
  • The 1st session runs from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • 2nd session runs from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
  • Schedules are set Tournament Style and are set for the first Sunday based on TBD Fall League pre-season rankings.  Then the schedules are set up for all following weeks based on your team's Fall League standings, results, and team record.  Pre-season rankings are based on the grades of the players on the team. 
  • Schedules for all Sundays will be posted here on the front page.  After each Sunday the schedule for the next week will be posted by or before midnight on Monday. 
  • FIVE Sundays of competitive baseball starting September 10, 2017


More about the Fall League .......


  • Each player receives a TBD Fall League t-shirt with team colors and a number on the back.  Rosters will be printed to identify all players.
  • All players hit in the lineup. 12 men to a team. (13 max option on rosters available with league, team, and coaches approval)
  • Free substitution on defense. 
  • Pitch counts for pitchers.
  • Fall League standings for all teams, with pre-season rankings based on the overall age of your team and last year's finish if you played in the TBD Fall League!
  • ALL metal bats used must be BBCOR Certified, and the TBD Fall League will be wood bat optional again this year.
  • The 2017 TBD Fall League will be for 2018 High School eligible players. This means 8th graders can play, and players from all states are welcome to play.
  • Full teams will provide their own coaches and we will work to provide coaches for teams that are created from individuals and small groups from many schools.  Those teams are listed as All-Star teams.
  • The TBD Fall League is a great way to have fun and to get better at playing baseball in the fall!!!


Next year is never very far away!

Get ready now!


Click here to SIGN UP TODAY!


  • Sign up takes only 10 minutes . . . and you can do it now . . . ONE STOP SHOP!!!
  • To sign up online please click on "ONLINE Signups" on the left hand column by the yellow arrow.  TBD Fall League is only $135 per player!  You can sign up as an individual player or small group of players and then be assigned to a team or you can sign up as a full team. 
  • When we receive your signups we will build the teams according to schools you list.
  • If you have more questions please contact Bob Protexter by email at or call or text: 712.490.7199



Players responsible for:

- Their own equipment; including bats, helmets, gloves, catching gear, baseball pants, and protective gear.  You will be provided with a numbered t-shirt jersey and a field to play on . . . Get after it!

- Their own good attitudes - You are already on a baseball field so that should put you into the good attitude mood already.  Appreciate the abilities that you have and play hard.

- Their own hustle - Move the games along as sessions are timed.  If you walk on the field then you are losing at bats and opportunities to make great plays.  Do not leave any innings on the table.  90 % of hustle is on the players, with 5% on the coaches and 5% on the umpires.  The more hustle exuded the more baseball played . . . and more baseball is a good thing.


If you have more questions about anything regarding the TBD Fall League at any of the locations please contact Bob Protexter by email at or call or text: 712.490.7199


Andy Wolf of Spirit Lake will operate the Iowa Great Lakes TBD Fall League and may be reached by email at or call or text: 515-320-3534



With sign up comes all the above cool stuff and the below cool stuff as well!!!

September 11 - Opening Day & Pre Season Rankings

EVERY SUNDAY - FREE ~ FREE ~ FREE cage time at the Strikers Complex in Sioux City on game days.....Come early & Stay late...HIT UNTIL YOU HAVE BLISTERS and THEN HIT SOME MORE!!!

October 8 – CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY with Fall League PLAY-IN GAME & Fall League WORLD SERIES GAMES taking place. Always lots of nail biters & white knuckle games!!! Winning team receives Championship trophies, TBD Fall League World Series Championship Locker-Room t-shirts, and real FAKE champagne!!! ... THAT’S LEGIT! . . . See the pics below of the 2016 Fall League!

September & October – Lots of extra baseball . . . AND THAT'S PRICELESS TOO!!!



  • Team / Partial Team Signups: If you are having a full team or partial team please make sure you, your coach, manager, or team organizer goes to our website and clicks "Downloadable Forms & Printable Flyers" by the yellow arrow in the left-hand blue column.  Then fill out the roster and email it to or send it in by regular mail.  This will be cross referenced with the online signups received to make your roster.  We will organize teams by requests and by the school listed on the signup. 
  • Individual Signup: If you are an individual signup or a very small group we will group you by need of position to the create the proper team pitching wise and defensively to the best of our ability.  Remember: Pitching and Defense wins Championships!
  • ROSTERS: As the signups come in and the teams round up we will start posting rosters and lists of players on this website so you can see who has signed up, and so you can get all your guys to sign up in time.  This will be general at first with mostly just names, and then simple rosters, and then more specific with jersey colors and numbers a bit later. We would rather be late and accurate with final rosters than early and constantly making changes.  Thanks for your patience. 
  • SCHEDULES: For the schedule of the first Sunday on September 10 we rank all the teams league wide and schedule championship tournament style.  Because of very many variables and some interesting team creation situations the schedule for Week 1 will come out late the week of September 5.  Again, we would rather be late and accurate than early and constantly having to make changes.  Again, thanks for your patience.
  • Schedules AFTER Week 1; Each succeeding week's games schedules and devised with like records and special pairings and will be posted on the TBD website after Sunday's games and by Monday night at midnight.


 Click here to SIGN UP TODAY!

Thanks for your interest in the 2017 Total Baseball Development High School Competitive Fall Baseball League and "THANKS" for being a TBDer!!!`



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AND . . . If you are a youth player the Strikers Complex in Sioux City will also be hosting a Fall League for younger players as well.  For more information please visit this website: or call or email Val at: 712.490.2906 ~




 TBD Fall League RULES: 

2017 Total Baseball Development Fall League 

Official Game Rules:


Teams are to be set with twelve man rosters with all players hitting in the lineup.  Thirteen player maximum is allowed only with prior approval of coaches. Free substitution on defense is allowed with the exception of pitchers re-entering as a pitcher after another pitcher has pitched. The home team is allowed to hit in the bottom of the last inning of the second game regardless of score if time and pitching allows. If the home team is winning before that bottom starts and has won the game already, then that game score stands as the final score before that bottom begins. The home team of the first game will be the visiting team in the second game. The on deck hitter at end of game one leads off the second game for both teams, and the lineups stay the same from game one to game two.

Pitchers will be limited to three innings of work and or a sixty pitch, pitch count for each Sunday. A thirty pitch, pitch count will be used per inning. A pitcher can exceed thirty pitches in an inning only when the pitch count is less than thirty when an at-bat begins.  The pitcher then completes that at-bat.  If there are less than three outs then the inning will then either roll over (the inning stops where it is at and the next inning starts with same base runners in place), a reliever will be used (the next scheduled pitcher can begin his appearance and his pitch count and inning count begins immediately), or a ringer (coach/instructor may be used if/when available) will complete the inning.  In accordance with inning and pitch count rules the only way a pitcher can pitch in Game 1 and Game 2 is that the pitcher must be the last pitcher in Game 1 and the starting pitcher in Game 2.  The base umpire will keep the pitch count and communicate with the pitcher on pitch count. The pitcher will be notified when he begins a batter with twenty five or more pitches.

No bases will be awarded for hitters that walk or are hit by a pitch until the third occurrence in one trip to the plate, at which point the result will be the result, and the batter will take his base if walked or hit by a pitch.  Until that third occurrence that batter will stay at home plate and hit again with a new count.  The player making the last out will take his place at first base for that walk or hit by pitch. Exceptions for ‘last out’ runners are catchers and the pitcher at that time, where then the next last out will run. For score book continuity that batter will be credited with a walk or a hit by pitch.  

+ Courtesy runners are to be used for catchers and pitchers with one or more outs.

+ The three hour game sessions will be played in double header fashion with each game being five innings each with ten to fifteen minutes in-between games. The less the break the more the baseball! The more you hustle on and off the more baseball! After the first pitch of the first game for each session the umpire will record the START TIME and communicate this with each dugout.  No new inning in any session but the last session of the day will begin in the second game of that session with less than fifteen minutes left in that sessions three hour time frame.  
No new inning in the last session of the day will begin in the second game of that session in that sessions three hour mark of the three hour time frame.  Delay of game tactics to run out the clock will be dealt with appropriately by the umpires.  If the first game is tied after five innings then the sixth inning of the first game will start with a runner (the last hitter from the previous inning regardless of position) at second base. If the first game is tied after six innings then the game will be a tie, and the result counts as a tie.  The same situation will be applied to the second game for the 6th inning, and then as time permits, the 7th inning will start with a runners (the last two hitters from the previous inning regardless of position) at second and third base. The 8th inning will start with bases loaded with the last three hitters from the previous inning as base runners.  


+ All baseball rules outside of the TBD Fall League rules will be the Iowa High School Athletic Association Baseball Rules.


All teams will receive a win, loss, or tie for each game. Any second game with at least one complete inning will count towards the team’s standings as a final game result.  The home plate umpire will record the final score of both games after the second game, and will confer these scores with each head coach of that day.



+ Play hard ~ always.

+ Have fun ~ lots of it.







 2016 TBD Fall League ~ Sioux City CHAMPIONS

Sgt. Bluff Orange & Black Camos



 2016 TBD Fall League ~ Iowa Great Lakes CHAMPIONS

Estherville Reds




 2016 TBD Fall League ~ Sioux City NIT - Group B CHAMPIONS

Sioux City ~ LeMars Maroons



The voting is done and the picks of the pics are in, and the 2016 TBD Fall League Photo of the Year is . . . . . 

#5 - A Cloud of Dust

This shadow soaked photo by Scott Linden with sun splashes, lots of color, and lots of action at the plate in a cloud of dust shows #40 Brady Seier, a senior at Spencer High School, and a member of the Iowa Great Lakes Fall League HLP-Specer-SO ROYALS getting ready to take his tag to the sliding Gerardo Beltran, a senior at Gehlen Catholic High School, and a member of the Sioux City Fall League Gehlen KELLY GREENS . . . And the call is SAFE!  The backdrop is a cheering mom at the beautiful Vosburg Field in Granville, Iowa.  Safe at Vosburg for Gehlen and an award for Scott Linden for the 2016 TBD Fall League Fall League Photo of the Year!!!  Congratulations Scott!


Question: What is your pick for the best pic? Please vote for the 2016 TBD Fall League Photo of the Year. Voting ends at midnight on November 15, 2016

#1 - Head Hunter 0.9% 2
#2 - Big league approach 17.0% 39
#3 - Tilted 0.4% 1
#4 - Lefty pitcher 5.2% 12
#5 - A cloud of dust 43.7% 100
#6 - Colorful action shot shows no action 0.4% 1
#7 - Catcher reaches for the sky 3.5% 8
#8 - Upside down player 1.7% 4
#9 - Healthy hack   0.0% 0
#10 - Play at the plate at Vosburg Field 6.1% 14
#11 - Wild card pic of of tough dudes 21.0% 48





The 2016 TBD Fall League Photo of the Year is . . . You be the judge.

With election season here you can be the judge of which pic will win the 2016 TBD Fall League Photo of the Year!!!


2016 TBD Fall League Photo of the Year CONTEST!


  • Vote online here on the poll on the right hand column. 
  • Click on your pick on the poll, and then click VOTE at the bottom of the poll so your vote will be counted.
  • To see where the pics stand in the rankings before the final tallies are taken just click on 'View Results' to see the running tabulation of all votes to date.


Here are the photo selections that have been selected.  Over 100 photos were submitted and these are the top picks . . . of the top pics!  The winner will win the 2016 Photo of the Year Trophy and a Total Baseball Development care package.  Voting ends on November 15 at midnight with the announcement for 2015 TBD Fall League Photo of the Year to be made on November 16.  Vote away and Good Luck to all of our entrants for the 2016 TBD Fall League Photo of the Year Contest!!!

2016 Photo of the Year ENTRIES!


 #1 - Head Hunter in Week 1 at the Iowa Great Lakes.  Brandon Winkel of the Sheldon Oranges gets taken down early by the upstart All-Star Greens to start the 2016 TBD Fall League at Okoboji High School.  (Photo by Rod Winkel)


#2 - Big league approach to Fall League action at the Strikers Complex Field #4 by Noah McWilliams of the Sioux City East Texas Oranges.  Lots of success to come for this mean-faced ball player! (Photo by Kelli McWilliams) 


#3 - This tilted view of the camera shows the tilted view of the hitter doing his best to take a round bat and hit a round ball squarely! (Photo by Maite Zabaleta)  


#4 - Lefty pitcher for the Gehlen Kelly Greens uses all of his might, including some apparent Michael Jordan tongue action, to get opposing hitters out at Vosburg Field in Granville, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Linden)   


#5 - A cloud of dust and where is the ball as a Gehlen Kelly Green player slides under the tag to be safe at the plate at Vosburg Field. (Photo by Scott Linden) 



#6 - This colorful action shot shows no action . . . but actually YES, chess in motion.  The catcher is taking the sign from the dugout . . . The pitcher is toeing the rubber contemplating his next pitch . . . The hitter is taking his signs from the 3rd base coach . . . The hitter on deck is timing up the pitcher for his big at bat . . . And the right side defense adjusts, shifts, and moves around in anticipation of this lefty hitter hitting one their way . . . And who said baseball was boring???  (Photo by Maite Zabaleta) 


#7 - This catcher from the Estherville Reds reaches for the sky and puts this out of play ball out of play! (Photo by Erin Fraker)   


#8 - This upside down player from the Sioux City East Oranges is getting things right side up by throwing a strike and throwing so hard his hat came off! (Photo by Beth Heath)


#9 - This All-Star Jades player takes a healthy hack at the Sgt. Bluff High School field. (Photo by Todd Greta)


#10 - A Spencer player from the HLP-Spencer-SO Royals makes a great play at the plate, but the Gehlen Kelly Green player counters with a great slide for a safe call and a run for the Kelly Greens at their home park of Vosburg Field in Granville, Iowa.  (Photo by Scott Linden)


#11 - This wild card photo number 11 in a contest of 10 photographs shows a bunch of tough dudes from the Estherville Reds ready to play some ball! (Photo by Erin Fraker)   

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Play hard or go home...........and watch out for that bacon cheese hamburger!!! Kansas City Royals center fielder Tommy Murphy hits the wall and the burger in Spring Training 2009.....................WELL DONE!!!.......The play and the burger!!!


Total Baseball Development (TBD) is a baseball school located in Sioux City, Iowa, USA that offers individualized personal and group instruction, out-of-season leagues, camps, clinics, and player placement services for high school, college, and professional baseball players.

Total Baseball Development operated a select high school age baseball club called the Sioux City Bancrofts for five years (2008-2012) that competed as a Summer Tournament Team in 2008 & 2009, a Fall College Prospects Team from 2009-2012, and an American Legion Baseball Team from 2010-2012 that participated in a Spring schedule.  The Bancrofts were named after Dave Bancroft ~ Sioux City's only Hall of Famer in Cooperstown; inducted in 1971.

Total Baseball Development and this website serves as a local resource for baseball in the Siouxland area, and baseball opportunities state-wide & nation-wide. For more information please contact Bob Protexter at 712-490-7199 or by email at

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"The Man In The Arena"
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Paris, France
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