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Parents, Players and Those Desiring to Coach
The American Legion Baseball season is approaching!
This is Larry Vannoy, Madison County American Legion Commander and Commander of Madison Post 229 and a strong advocate of American Legion Baseball.
Our American Legion Summer baseball program continues to grow. Last year Madison County American Legion posts sponsored five teams; we had 45 teams playing in the state. This year we expect to grow, the number of local teams will depend on player interest and availability of coaches. We played at UAH and James Clemens in 2019 and we have secured these fields again this year.
Soon we will be advertising team tryout dates. We are seeking players and coaches.
Please send me an email or give if you would like to know more about our program.
Here are some highlights about American Legion Baseball:
American Legion baseball costs a fraction of the cost to play summer travel baseball. Most travel baseball teams cost $1,500 or more to be a member of the team. American Legion player costs average $150 - $350 per player in Alabama (we are pursuing team sponsors which would bring down the player cost even lower). Our focus is basic civics, sportsmanship and Americanism while playing our National game. We are reinforcing respect to our flag, the rights and privilege of being a citizen in this great nation and respect for those that pay the price of freedom. We play the National Anthem before each game and encourage Legionnaires and other veterans to attend the games and wear Legion or service caps and talk to the players and parents to support and encourage them to be responsible citizens. Most times one of our veterans throw in the first pitch.
Team coaches and assistants are vetted by a background check and American Legion registered teams come with liability and supplemental medical insurance as well access to a free robust software program to track player rosters, pitcher pitch counts, team wins and losses. We work with teams to develop their play schedules against other area American Legion teams.
The season typically begins after the academic school year ends which is near the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The state tournament is normally held in mid-July. The possibility of advancing to the American Legion World Series tournament is available to teams that can advance through the tournament levels. The season offers both full and part time play. The program has league focused teams, tournament teams and hybrid organizations.
Alabama is hosting National’s Southeast Regional 19U Baseball Tournament in Montgomery on August 5-9, 2020. This national tournament will have 7 states represented with the champion playing on ESPN during the American Legion World Series. We are hopeful that some of your players will be part of American Legion baseball this summer.
Registration for the 2020 season is open now through May 15. The deadline is June 25th for baseball rosters to be finalized. There are three divisions for competition: Junior Varsity, Varsity and Senior (19U).
Go to http://www.baseball.legion.org for national team registration. The season will begin Memorial Day weekend. Please visit www.alabamaamericanlegionbaseball.com for more information. My Post 229 website is www.americanlegionpost229.org
Larry Vannoy, 256-468-8400, commander@AmericanLegionPost229.org