American Legion Baseball
BECOME PART OF THE FUN
American Legion Baseball is always growing, and participation is easy! In Wisconsin, over 200 teams compete each year, so there's ample opportunity for new players to join, and for coaches who want to start a team. Young athletes ages 13-18 years old are eligible to play. American Legion Post sponsorship is encouraged but not a requirement to play Legion ball.
Coaches who want to start a team should contact State Commissioner Roger Mathison at (608) 558-1503 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Department will send a new team packet, which includes the state and national rule books, insurance information and online registration information.
The Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association was established at the annual Department of Wisconsin Convention in Oshkosh on July 17, 1953. On an average, 55% of Major League Baseball Players played American Legion Baseball as teenagers: i.e. Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, and Yogi Berra!
REGISTRATION EASY AND ONLINE
All registration is through the National American Legion website at www.legion.org/baseball. Enter team information, pay fees and insurance, download forms and build your team roster. CLICK HERE for complete step-by-step instructions.
To avoid possible infringement upon copyrights belonging to The American Legion, a team can't call themselves Legion Baseball unless they REGISTER online as a Legion team. Registration deadline is JUNE 1st.
USA Baseball and MLB team up to help young players reduce arm injuries by providing a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Baseball is a safe game to play at all ages, but research has shown that pitching too much — particularly at a young age — can increase a pitcher's risk of injury. Go to http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart for more information.
AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL RULES
For the past 86 years, American Legion Baseball has played the game using "Official Baseball Rules" as authorized by the commissioner's office of Major League Baseball for both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. New rules beginning with the 2014 season for JUNIOR VARSITY play:
2015 National Rule Book (4391 kb)
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion (post-affiliated) team may nominate a graduating senior who plays on a Wisconsin American Legion team. CLICK HERE for scholarship application. Deadline: July 15.
That person will also be considered for The American Legion All-Academic Team sponsored by Diamond Sports. Nationally, eight players will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship. A ninth player, selected as the most outstanding member will be awarded an additional $5,000 scholarship.
Beginning January 2013, background check screenings are mandatory for coaches, managers and
volunteer staff involved with Legion Baseball teams. You have 40 minutes to complete the application.
Please have credit card information ready, the cost is $8.00.
Click the link below to take the background check:
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