Parents, Teams, Players and Those Desiring to Coach
The 2020 American Legion Baseball season is fast approaching!
This is Larry Vannoy, Madison County American Legion Commander and Commander of Madison Post 229 and a strong advocate of American Legion Baseball.
The Alabama American Legion plans to have a robust baseball season. With many of the Alabama American Legion posts interested in sponsoring teams, we plant to have a fantastic summer baseball program. We hope to start having games around Memorial Day Weekend and go through mid-July, culminating in an end of season tournament”.
American Legion baseball costs a fraction of the cost to play summer travel baseball. 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.
American Legion Baseball is a competitive program primarily comprised of high school ball players that want to compete after the school baseball season ends. However, unlike travel and showcase baseball, all American Legion baseball coaches are vetted by a criminal background check. 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.
American Legion teams play primarily in the state of Alabama. The opportunity for extended families to watch their loved ones play baseball is a benefit for our Legion players. The class of 2020 players could have an opportunity to play in front of their friends and families to have a better closure for their 2020 season. With several teams in the area, we will be able to play evenings and weekends without the need for overnight stays.
We will follow the Alabama Governor’s COVID-19 guidelines as we progress through the spring and summer.
Eligible players must be born between January 1st 2007 (youngest player) and December 31, 2001 (oldest player). Registration in available on-line. Please choose the proper division for your player. Our divisions are :
Junior Varsity Division - eligibility - current academic year 9th grade and below players
Varsity Division - eligibility - current academic year 11th grade and below players
19U Division - eligibility - high school graduates born in 2001 and younger players
We invite school teams and travel teams to enter. Individual ball players will be also be formed up into legion teams.
Teams, coaches and players should go to the Alabama American Legion Baseball website to register: http://www.alabamaamericanlegionbaseball.com/
Questions can be sent to Commander@AmericanLegionPost229.org or call 256-468-8400.