American Legion Baseball
Coaches and Managers here is the link to the website to complete the background checks for your teams registration, the link will be connected to the national registration site.
HOW TO REGISTER A TEAM
Visit – baseball.legion.org
Additional resources (rulebooks, forms, scholarship applications) – www.legion.org/baseball/resources
STATE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
The State Tournaments site has yet to be determined.
Teams In Tournament
Division 1 –
Division 2 –
Division 3 –
Division 4 –
WHO WE ARE
Anyone who really knows baseball, especially the old pros, will tell you, “Baseball is a game of character.”
Anyone who truly knows amateur teenage baseball, especially the college coaches and pro scouts, will tell you that American Legion Baseball remains the best program in the country. Why? Not only is it the oldest, largest and most competitive teenage baseball program, but its primary purpose is to build character in young men.
Does it achieve its purpose? Indeed it does, better than any other program. Character has been built in over 10 million young men who have played American Legion Baseball.
Over 55 former Legion players have been inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, far more inductees than any other youth baseball program.
Nearly 75 percent of current college players are graduates of the Legion Baseball program. More than half of current major-leaguers played Legion Baseball. So did almost every working Major League Baseball manager, along with several former MLB commissioners.
American Legion Baseball is the only youth baseball program that pays for travel, lodging and meals at the State, Regional and World Series tournaments.
In the 88 year history of American Legion Baseball, no team from Texas has ever won the American Legion Baseball World Series.
Learn more about American Legion Baseball by visiting the American Legion Baseball national web site at www.legion.org/baseball
“I applaud you for your efforts in promoting character in our young. I also can’t thank you enough for promoting baseball as the American past time.”
President George W. Bush
Address to the National Convention
San Antonio, Texas
August 29, 2001
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2016 SEASON:
Jan 1 Online Registration Opens Jan 1 Coaches Backgrounds needed to be submitted Mar 31 Establishment of players legal domicile & school May 15 All Coaches & Staff need background checks submitted May 15 DEADLINE for Team registration, including payment of registration fee and insurance. ($200.00 late fee after May 15th) June 1 Coaches and Staff background checks must be approved (if application was submitted by May 15 and it has not been approved call!) June 1 LAST DAY for team registration June 30 Deadline to submit official roster Form 1 to the National Office to be eligible for play. July 15 Applications for Baseball Scholarship must be received at Department Headquarters (Austin) by this date. Junior (17U) July 9 The District Champion must be determined by this date. July 16 The Division Champion must be determined by this date. July 19 – 23 Department (State) Championship Tournament, location to be determined. July 26 – 30 Regional Championship Tournament, Bryant, Arkansas Senior (19U) July 10 The District Champion must be determined by this date July 26 The Division Champion must be determined by this date. July 27 – 31 Department (State) Championship Tournament, Atlanta, Texas* August 4-9 Regional Championship Tournament, Glendale, Arizona* August 13-18 World Series, Shelby, North Carolina*
*Expenses paid by The American Legion
Senior and Junior American Legion Baseball
2013 Age Eligibility Requirements
BASEBALL RULE BOOK
Players that graduate H.S. in 2012 must play for the Legion team they played for during the 2012 season.
Players born in 1993 are no longer eligible to play American Legion Baseball.
If a player is born in 1994 or 1995, that player must play in the Senior Legion Baseball program.
Players must be 13 years of age as of January 1, 2013 to be eligible for the Junior Legion Baseball program.
Players (age 12 and under) born in 2001 and after are not eligible to play American Legion Baseball.
STARTING A TEAM
Tips for starting a team.
· All teams should have the objective of winning the World Series. The competition and teamwork to achieve this lofty goal is what builds character.
· Recruit players who are committed to playing on your Legion team, who share the objective of winning the World Series. If at any time a team has less than 12 players available to play during the playoffs, the team is disqualified from further play.
· Nine-inning games are played in the 8 team double elimination championship tournaments at the national level. Therefore, in order to win the Regional and World Series tournaments, the team must have a very deep pitching staff.
· Try to have the maximum 18 players on your team in order to maximize the number of youth we support through this great program.
· Try to maximize the number of games played by your team. There is no reason why a Legion baseball team can’t play in another league; however, once the Legion playoffs begin, the Legion team must be committed to playing in the Legion playoffs.
· It doesn’t have to cost the Post anything to sponsor a Legion baseball team. However, it is traditional that the sponsoring Post pay for the team registration fee and insurance, at least.
· Work with your coach to establish a budget, and together develop a plan for raising money to fund the team’s expenses. It is permissible for the players to contribute financially to the program. All contributions to the team via the Post are tax deductible.
· Baseball has many rules. Integrity in the program is maintained by strictly and fairly enforcing the rules. Therefore, read and know the rules. The National Rule Book and Department (State) Rule Book will be published after January 1.
· Start early. Start now.
· If you have any questions, feel free to ask your local Baseball Chairman.
Department Baseball Committee members:
Ed Magers, Baseball Director
Division Baseball Chairmen:
1st Division – Carl Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org Districts 1,3,4,5,12, 13
2nd Division –
3rd Division – Jon Davidson Districts 9,10,14,15,20,23
4th Division – Johnnie Washburn, email@example.com Districts 16, 7, 18, 19, 21
Watch game highlights, view statistics, and learn more about the World Series by visiting the American Legion Baseball national website.