TO: American Legion Department Commanders and Adjutants
American Legion Baseball Department Chairmen
FROM: Richard Anderson, Chairman, National Americanism Commission
DATE: March 22, 2020
SUBJECT: COVID-19 and American Legion Baseball Program
American Legion Baseball’s highest priority is the health, well-being and safety of all our participants, families, volunteers and fans. Currently the National American Legion Baseball schedule remains in place per dates approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC); however, the schedule is subject to the respective state restrictions where the Regional and World Series tournaments are scheduled. It remains the goal of the Americanism Commission to hold our Regional and World Series tournaments this summer if possible.
Your National American Legion Baseball Committee continues monitoring COVID-19 developments through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the COVID-19 updates from National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford at legion.org. We are committed to communicating with you on a consistent basis and provide you with additional information as it becomes available.
We realize this pandemic results in all of us taking concerted steps and making important decisions regarding the 2020 baseball season. For now, we ask you to review the guidelines, restrictions and regulations established by local, state and federal governments to ensure doing whatever is required for the safety and well-being of everyone involved. The more prepared we are moving into this 2020 program season, the better we are in the face of all possible contingencies.
As this point, based on known school districts, local, state and federal restrictions and regulations, the American Legion Baseball Committee strongly encourages and recommends that departments suspend all baseball activities (team meetings, tryouts, practices, etc.) until all restrictions have been lifted.
The abuse awareness training will be required every 2 years and it is set in the system to be manually audited by me, so, I will need you to email me a copy of your certificate of training. Although I can accept training from other sources (High School, work place, the Protect Youth Sports of which you took the background check…..) The official site for Legion baseball abuse awareness training is the: https://sportdev.org/USAB/Certification/Coach_Certification/USAB/Certification/Coach_Certification
So, please send me a .pdf of your team insurance and the abuse certificate of training (for each adult on the roster). We will retain a database from year to year so that only the new people listed on the roster will need to send one in. That is, until your every other year comes due. The certificate will also need to be in your team book for the seeding meeting.f
Background checks are also manually audited by me, but there is a separate system for that and I can see who has done one.
Rule books and new forms have been posted on the website.
Rule books and other material will be mailed in hard copy, one per team to the managers once registration is completed on May 15th.
ID cards for players are mandatory and free. ID card form is on the website, must be signed by the team manager or head coach. Can be mailed, faxed or emailed.
Reminder of important dates:
- May 1st: Team registration must be submitted and in the system
- May 15th: All fees paid and insurance purchased: Team Approved – teams cannot be approved until the background checks are completed and the fees are paid.
- May 31st: All Transfer Forms (Form 76’s) must be completed and turned into me or Department (rule of thumb, If a player does not attend your school, you probably need to do a Transfer Form 76)
- June 6th: Tournament Director meeting
- June 15th Last day, Rosters must be submitted into the National System
- June 30th: NLT day to get ID cards in a timely manner
The Nebraska American Legion Athletic Committee held the 2019 post season meeting and provide the following for the 2020 Legion baseball season. Meeting notes, 2020 Tournament Application, Guide to obtaining insurance, Slides to assist you in getting your Abuse Awareness certificate (also see the "required certifications link to the left)