We've had several people ask us if they had to "join" SWBL in order to participate in any of their events. The answer to this question is "Absolutely Not!"
While "joining" SWBL does have some privileges, such as first pick at events during the scheduling phase in October, and first crack at hosting events in their community, anyone can play in any event, sponsored by SWBL. We call it a league because we do give out a league trophy at the end of the year, as determined by our computer rankings (minimum games played is required). In addition, all SWBL events will follow the same rules and format, making all events consistent. This consistency makes it much easier for coaches and fans to understand the rules, timing, etc. at each individual event.
So, what do you do if you wish to play in an SWBL Event for the first time? Simple, just follow these simple steps (Be sure your pop-up blocker allows for pop-up in the swblonline.com site.):
Be sure to register in the SWBL site. Simply click REGISTER in the upper, right-hand corner of the screen and follow the prompts to assign a community and team/gender to your account.
Once registered, you will need to verify your email account. Check your email (and spam folder) and click on the link to verify your account. You only need to do this once.
After registration is complete, you are ready to enter events. Simply click on the EVENTS tab on the gold bar to access our large database of events. You can filter the events by grade/gender, specific dates, or hosting sites. If an event has openings, you will be able to click on the link called "Click to Enter or See Teams in this Event."
If the event in one that you would like to enter, simply click on the open spot at that event. This event will be assigned to your account. Schedules for events typically come out 8-10 days prior to the event.
In addition, you can enter your team's roster online. Host schools are asked to print off programs for fans at their events, so having a full roster entered in the system is great for your parents and fans. Parents can also sign their child's waiver forms online. Instructions for this can be found by clicking on the DOWNLOADS tab on the gold bar and downloading the Parent Waiver Instructions.
Hopefully, this helps everyone have a better understanding of how they can play in SWBL events. Help us spread the word and make SWBL bigger and better than it already is!