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The West Coast League (WCL) is an independent summer baseball league founded in 2005, comprising teams from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The league is designed to develop college talent. As such, only current college players are allowed to participate in the league. Top college players compete in the West Coast League, which has produced dozens of professional players and a number of major leaguers. League teams are operated just like professional minor league teams.

The WCL season runs from early-June to mid-August, with each team playing 48 games. For the 2007 season, the league adopted a new two-division format. It expanded the schedule from 42 games to 48 games in 2009 and went to an unbalanced schedule. The top two teams in both the East and West divisions play a best-of-three Divisional Series to determine who will play for the championship. The Championiship Series is also best-of-three.

For the first time in 2006, the WCL held an All-Star game. The inaugural game was held at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Washington, with players assigned to either the East or West squad, although this was before actual divisions were created in the league. The 2007 game was played in Bellingham, Washington, and the 2008 game was played in Moses Lake, Washington. The All-Star Game was eliminated after the 2008 season.

The league recently added Longview/Kelso, Washington for the 2010 season and Klamath Falls, Oregon to begin play as soon as 2010.

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Team list

Division Team City Home field Capacity Head Coach 2009 Record
West Bellingham Bells Bellingham, WA Joe Martin Field 2100 Kevin Matthews 22 - 26
Bend Elks Bend, OR Vince Genna Stadium 2500 Sean Kinney 25 - 23
Corvallis Knights Corvallis, OR Goss Stadium 3000 Brooke Knight 38 - 10
Cowlitz Black Bears Kelso / Longview, WA David Story Field 1229 Bryson LeBlanc Expansion Team
Kitsap BlueJackets Bremerton, WA Kitsap Fairgrounds 1200 Matt Acker 20 - 28
East Kelowna Falcons Kelowna, BC Elks Stadium 1250 Kevin Frady 24 - 24
Moses Lake Pirates Moses Lake, WA Larson Field 1234 Steve Keller 10 - 38
Walla Walla Sweets Walla Walla, WA Borleske Stadium 1600 J.C. Biagi Expansion Team
*Wenatchee AppleSox Wenatchee, WA Paul Thomas Field 1200 Ed Knaggs 34 - 14

"*" = Denotes 2009 WCL Champion

List of WCL champions

2009 Wenatchee AppleSox Corvallis Knights 2-0
2008 Corvallis Knights Wenatchee AppleSox 2-0
2007 Moses Lake Pirates Corvallis Knights 2-0
2006 Wenatchee AppleSox Spokane RiverHawks 2-0
2005 Wenatchee AppleSox Bellingham Bells 1-0

League officials

Position Name Affiliation
President Ken Wilson
Vice President Bobby Brett Bellingham Bells
Treasurer Jim Corcoran Wenatchee AppleSox
Secretary Dan Segel Corvallis Knighs
Board of Directors Bobby Brett Bellingham Bells
Board of Directors Jim Richards Bend Elks
Board of Directors Dan Segel Corvallis Knights
Board of Directors Tony Bonacci Cowlitz Black Bears
Board of Directors Dan Nonis Kelowna Falcons
Board of Directors Rick Smith Kitsap BlueJackets
Board of Directors Brent Kirwan Moses Lake Pirates
Board of Directors John Stanton Walla Walla Sweets
Board of Directors Jim Corcoran Wenatchee AppleSox
Board of Directors Irv Zakheim Coeur d'Alene RiverHawks*
Umpires Supervisor Dave Perez
Conference Stats Administrator Evan Reyes

"*" = Formerly the Spokane RiverHawks. In process of moving and will rejoin for the 2011 season.

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