Madison Alabama American Legion Post 229

 

American Legion Baseball Registration Is in Full Swing 

Parents and Players,

This is Larry Vannoy, American Legion Madison County and Madison Post 229 Commander.  Please take a minute to read this letter about American Legion Baseball.  

Madison American Legion Post 229 is sponsoring American Legion Baseball again this year in the Madison County area.  Two years ago, we had two teams, last year we sponsored five.  I fully anticipate the number of county teams to grow again this year. 

We have secured Bob Jones and James Clements ball fields; I am confident other school ball fields will be available should we need them.  Our high school coaches are huge advocates because of the competitive, less expensive option.  Player fees range about $250 - $300, significantly less than the traditional travel team.   Most games are played against other legion community teams but are not required to do so.  Seldom are teams require overnight stays unless your team plans to play in out of area multi-day tournaments.  Fees include supplemental medical insurance, team liability insurance, coach criminal background checks, a uniform, and all ball play fees.  We are also seeking team sponsors that could significantly reduce the cost to play. Teams can also play tournaments outside the legion should they as you would see in a traditional travel team.  American Legion Baseball is a competitive program.  Players come in as part of a school team, pre-formed prior travel teams or individual players wanting to join a team. 

The Baseball program offers opportunities in three age divisions: Junior Varsity, Varsity and 19U for state championships.  The 19U division state champion can advance to Regional tournament and possibly the American Legion World Series. 

The Junior Varsity division is designed for the rising 9th and 10th graders, however, we will accept players that are not moving into the 9th grade as long as they turn 13 sometime this year.  The Varsity division is open for all players with at least one remaining season of High School athletic eligibility.  The 19U (Senior Division) division is designed for recent high school graduates and younger players with a possibility that some prior year graduated players may be eligible.

American Legion Baseball has an alumni base that includes more than half of current Major League Baseball players, American Legion Baseball is one of the most prominent and tradition-rich amateur athletic leagues in existence.

The program is always growing, and participation is easy so there’s ample opportunity for new players to join, for coaches who want to start a team, for umpires, and for individuals or groups interested in volunteering. 

American Legion Baseball has a long history in Alabama. The league strives to provide a good mix of flexible schedules and good competition. 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 season offers both full and part time play. The program has league focused teams, tournament teams and hybrid organizations.

Regular season and tournament games are held within the State of Alabama. The American Legion is run as a not for profit league with the goal of improving our young people within a positive, competitive environment while preparing our players for high school and collegiate level play.

The American Legion will observe a January 1st cut-off date. Thirteen (13) year olds are the youngest players in American Legion Baseball with a date of birth in 2008.

For more information about American Legion Baseball in Alabama visit the web site http://alabamaamericanlegionbaseball.com.  At this web site teams, individual players and coaches can enroll.

For information about the Madison American Legion Post 229 teams, visit http://americanlegionpost229.org/  and choose the Baseball tab.

For general information about American Legion Baseball:  https://www.legion.org/baseball

Or call: Commander Larry Vannoy, 256-258-8534, commander@americanlegionpost229.org

Help us grow the American Legion Baseball Program in North Alabama!

Larry