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.

 

Baseball Refunds

  • 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.

IMPORTANT 2020 DATES:


Junior Tournament

CANCELLED

Beavers Field, Lancaster Ohio

Click Here for Tournament Results

Senior Tournament

CANCELLED

Beavers Field, Lancaster Ohio

Click Here for Ohio American Legion State Tournament Bracket and Standings

Senior Tournament Showcase Banquet

CANCELLED

Crossroads

2095 W Fair Ave

Lancaster, OH 43130


With 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.

About 5,000 teams compete each year, so there’s ample opportunity for new players to join, and for coaches who want to start a team. The league also employs a large number of umpires and other volunteers.

General (Forms will be updated as they become available from National Headquarters)

2020 Tournament Bracket

2020 American Legion National Baseball Rule Book

2020 Ohio Baseball Rules Manual

2020 Insurance Procedures

2020 Player Age Chart

American Legion Emblem use request form

Legion Baseball Liability Warning

We are looking for sponsors for The American Legion Senior Tournament Program. If teams, parents, local sponsors or community members would like place an ad in the program, please click HERE

Forms (Forms will be updated as they become available from National Headquarters)

HOW TO APPLY FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK:

GO TO THE AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL WEBSITE: https://baseball.legion.org/

1. CLICK ON: Background Checks
2. Follow the instructions on the “Protect Youth Sports” application and when complete hit “submit”

American Legion Baseball is the finest summer baseball program for high school students in Ohio and the nation today. American Legion Baseball serves as the largest source of talent to major league teams of any youth baseball program. In 2018, over 55% of all players on 30 major league team rosters played American Legion Baseball. 2019 marks the 94th year for American Legion Baseball, an enviable anniversary in any field. For these past 93 years American Legion Baseball has strived to maintain the reputation as the highest regarded youth baseball program in the nation.
This year’s senior tournament kicked off on July 31st at Beavers Field in Lancaster Ohio. This tournament was an 8 team, double elimination tournament. The 8 teams who won each of their regions were the following.

Region 1- Pemberville Post 183
Region 2- Sidney Post 217
Region 3- Wayne County Post 68
Region 4- Lancaster Post 11
Region 5- Circleville Post 134
Region 6- Meigs Post 39
Region 7- Conneaut Post 151
Region 8- Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750

 

The final game of the tournament started on Sunday August 4th at 1:00pm. Wayne County and Beverly/Lowell faced off for the final game, both teams only having one loss after their games on Saturday wrapped up. Last years tournament runner-up, Beverly/Lowell defeated Wayne County 7-1.

 

They immediately moved on to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament which was held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Their first game was Wednesday August 7th against Gladwin County Michigan Post 171. They defeated them 13-5 and went on to play Terre Haute Indiana Post 346 and defeated them 10-2. Day three of the tournament, they defeated Danville Post 210 15-16, then moved on and defeated Swoyersville Pennsylvania Post 644 9-8….. making them the ONLY undefeated team in the Great Lakes Regional Tournament and advancing them to the final game.

The final game was our faithful “Boys of Summer” versus Danville Illinois Post 210, which were the winners of the loser’s bracket. Danville defeated Beverly/Lowell 14-6, forcing them to play a second game because that was Beverly/Lowell’s first loss. In the last game of the Great Lakes Regional Tournament, Danville defeated Beverly/Lowell 4-3.

These young men played their hearts out. They left it all on the field. To say they made Ohio proud, is an understatement. They were the state runner ups last year and came back this year with a hunger. They won the Ohio Senior State Tournament and went straight to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament. They defeated many good teams and were undefeated until the final day. You can’t win em all boys, but we are so very very proud of you!

You made your community, your Post, Department, the State of Ohio, and The American Legion so proud. You make us feel grateful that you wear the patch! Great season! Until next year…..

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

-Babe Ruth

Senior Tournament Champion

Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750

Senior Tournament Runner-up

Wayne County Post 68

Region 1 – Winner

Pemberville Post 183

Region 2 – Winner

Sidney Post 217

Region 3 – Winner

Wayne County Post 68

Region 4 – Winner

Lancaster Post 11

Region 5 – Winner

Circleville Post 134

Region 6 – Winner

Meigs Post 39

Region 7 – Winner

Conneaut Post 151

Region 8 – Winner

Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750