The Independent Professional Baseball Federation is an association of the four longest-running Independent Leagues, the American Association, Atlantic League, Can-Am League, and Frontier League. The IPBF was created to coordinate marketing and baseball operations between the four leagues. The IPBF endorsement demonstrates the strength, tenure, and strong business operations of these leagues.
The four leagues have a played a combined 58 seasons. The Frontier League began play in 1993, followed by the Atlantic League in 1998, the Can-Am League in 2005, and the American Association in 2006.
The leagues currently include 42 members in 18 states and three Canadian provinces. Our markets include the suburbs of Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Washington along with traditional minor league markets. For the 2014 season, the leagues combined to draw over 6,000,000 fans.
The four leagues have developed 31 new ballparks for Independent Baseball along with overseeing renovations to classic ballparks such as Evansville’s Bosse Field (the 3rd oldest stadium in professional baseball, celebrating its 100th birthday in 2015) and Quebec’s Le Stade Municipal (opened in 1939).
The IPBF leagues are characterized by stable and experienced leadership. Each of the league Commissioners/Presidents has run an Independent League for at least the past 18 years and have an average tenure of over 40 years in baseball.