A wooden bat league following NCAA baseball rules and guidelines.

About Our Baseball League



In October of 2010, the Ohio Valley League was formed with four teams. The four initial teams in the Ohio Valley League were the Marion Bobcats (established in 2008), Owensboro Oilers (established in 2006), Fulton Railroaders (established in 2004), and the Tradewater Pirates (established in 1999 as semi-pro team). The Ohio Valley League is now comprised of 10 teams spanning across Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.


The initial four teams of the Ohio Valley League left the historic KIT League after the end of the 2010 season to form their own summer collegiate baseball league. Each of the teams are a throwback to the original Kitty League. After two years of operation, the Ohio Valley League added the Hoptown Hoppers, another throwback team from the original Kitty League.


Following the new franchise in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the Tradewater Pirates moved from Dawson Springs, Kentucky to Madisonville, Kentucky in 2012. The Dubois County Bombers then moved from the Prospect League to the Ohio Valley League in 2013. The Madisonville Miners then changed their name to be the ‘Madisonville Miners’. In 2015, the Paducah Chiefs joined the league to expand to a six-team league. Then, the Henderson Flash and the Muhlenberg County Stallions joined the Ohio Valley League in 2016 to create an eight-team organization. The Owensboro Oilers rebranded themselves under new ownership to the ‘Owensboro RiverDawgs’. The Ohio Valley League then welcomed a ninth team, the Franklin Duelers, in 2018. Finally, in 2020, the Full Count Rhythm joined the league to make the Ohio Valley League filled with ten teams.


Today, the Ohio Valley League uses National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and guidelines except for the use of wooden bats. The Ohio Valley League is also divided into two divisions: North and South. The North Division consists of Dubois County, Owensboro, Henderson, Madisonville, and Muhlenberg. The South Division consists of Franklin, Full Count, Hoptown, Fulton, and Paducah. In 2021, the league schedule will incorporate 44 games for each team: 22 at home and 22 away. The league also expects to add more teams in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana for the incoming years. For more information regarding the league history, contact Zachary Bulleit at zbulleit@ohiovalleyleague.com.



Franchise Opportunities

There are a minimum of 44 games for each team with post season playoffs. Teams in the OVL have minimum travel requirements for away games and return home after each game. Reasonable fees and league assistance helps to establish each new club.

Click here to contact us to learn more about establishing and operating a baseball franchise in the Ohio Valley League. We would love to hear from you.

The Ohio Valley League Officials are:

President - John Bruce
Vice President - Vic Evans                                  
Treasurer - Ted Jatczak                
Secretary - Mark Stone                
Head Scorekeeper - Zachary Bulleit