Cancellation of the 2020 American Legion Department of Ohio Baseball Season
Due to the current Covid-19 forced operation directives in Ohio, the consideration of the health of our members and athletes, and of future uncertainties, the American Legion Department Executive Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Baseball Season.
With the unpredictability of the current worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the manner in which the virus spreads, its duration and the resulting public health regulations and restrictions across the nation, The American Legion is facing an improbable situation. The Americanism Commission, in consultation with National Commander James William “Bill” Oxford, announces cancellation of all 2020 American Legion Baseball national tournaments, inclusive of all eight 2020 Regional Tournaments and the 2020 American Legion World Series.
The awarding of American Legion Baseball scholarships for 2020 have also been completely suspended.
The decision to cancel was extremely difficult but deemed necessary, first and foremost in the interest of health and safety, and in the face of uncertainty.
More information will be disseminated as it is received.
- Annual National Registration Fee – With cancellation of the 2020 American Legion World Series and eight regional tournaments the Americanism Commission has suspended assessing teams an annual national registration fee ($50 for senior teams; $25 for junior teams). Refunds for those teams having previously paid a national registration fee are automatically forthcoming – it is not necessary for a team to request that refund and those refunds will be received by teams no later than June 30th.
- Administrative Fee – The administrative fee ($35) assessed during the online registration process is non-refundable and will continue to be assessed for all teams during the online process. This fee offsets administrative costs that include, but not limited to, credit card processing fees, annual update and maintenance of the online registration system, and printing and shipping costs of the annual American Legion Baseball Rule Book.
- Department Fees – Teams having already paid applicable department fees through the online registration process and whose department subsequently cancels their 2020 playing season must seek refund through their respective department. The American Legion Department of Ohio will send refund all teams their Department Registration fees by May 30th.
- Insurance Purchase Process and Refunds – In accordance with American Legion Baseball National Rule 1.N. Teams must purchase both group liability and accident insurance from K&K Insurance by June 1st. Teams whose department has not canceled 2020 regular season play will continue to purchase mandatory insurance through the online registration process. For those teams who may fail to form, June 25th is the deadline for initiating a refund of insurance premiums. Any team seeking an insurance refund must contact their department baseball chairman, who will in turn contact K&K Insurance on their behalf to initiate that refund.
K&K Insurance will not issue or sell American Legion Baseball insurance to teams whose departments are not sanctioning a 2020 regular playing season.