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American Legion Softball is slated to come to Wisconsin in 2023. The Wisconsin American Legion Softball League will be sanctioned by the American Legion, Department of Wisconsin and will mirror that of Wisconsin American Legion Baseball. Offering a program for high school softball players will help teams develop during the summer, and as with baseball, keep teams together. We plan on recruitment rules similar to American Legion Baseball which will keep the teams community based and avoid the creation of ‘super teams’ . If you are interested in forming a team and/or would like updates on the status of this new program, please submit your contact information and we will be in contact as plans progress.
Does our team need to be sponsored by an American Legion Post? No, you can be sponsored by an American Legion Post, VFW, Auxiliary Organization, a Business, etc as long as it’s approved by the Wisconsin American Legion Softball Committee
What additional costs are associated with having a team? Expenses beyond registration and insurance would come on a more local level, i.e. jerseys/uniform expense, umpire fees, any equipment needed for team use, potential field use fees. Background checks for each coach must be done annually at $8 per individual.
What uniform requirements will there be? The Wisconsin American Legion Softball Logo will be required to be on the jersey top. This logo needs to be on the left chest area or left sleeve. The patch may be sublimated in the jersey (with Wisconsin Legion Softball prior approval) or a patch may be sewn in the required area. Please contact Wisconsin American Legion Headquarters for patches. Teams must be in matching jersey tops and bottoms.
Who schedules games? Teams will schedule their own games. Once registration begins, an online directory will be available for team communication. Teams will be allowed to play in Wisconsin Legion Softball games when all members of their team have completed their WIAA season.
What does the season schedule look like?
What will postseason play look like? Playoffs will be overseen by the Wisconsin American Legion Softball Committee. Regional Tournaments may require more travel for some than others, depending on the amount of teams registered as well as the location of those registered teams. Regional Tournament Champions will advance to the State Tournament. We are hoping to have an 8 team state tournament beginning in 2023. Regional and State Tournament format will be a double elimination tournament.
Who is in charge of getting umpires for games? Host teams will be required to secure necessary umpires for regular season games as well as being responsible for payment of them. Regional Tournament hosts will secure all umpires for the duration of their Regional Tournament. Regional Tournament hosts may require an umpire fee up to a maximum of $75.00 per game. State Tournament hosts will secure all umpires for the duration of their State Tournament. State Tournament hosts are responsible for payment of umpires, no fee to be charged to attending teams for umpire fees.
How is transportation coordinated? Teams will coordinate transportation individually, whether it be parent/team transportation or bussing.
What is the cost per player? Teams can decide on individual player costs based on their sponsorship, fundraising, season expenses.
Can players participate in travel ball and Legion Softball at same time? Players ARE NOT committed to play only Legion Softball during regular season play. They will need to be committed to Legion play during post season tournament play (two weekends).