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; 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.
Currently the Massachusetts American Legion Baseball schedule also remains in place and it remains our goal to hold the regular 2020 season as originally scheduled. However, the Massachusetts Athletic Committee will continue to monitor developments and provide additional information as it becomes available. For now, we ask everyone to please comply with all guidelines, restrictions and regulations established by local, state and federal authorities and to observe the social distancing guidelines in effect until they have been lifted.
Chairman Paster with Quincy Senior Manager Steve Maze
The Athletic Committee accepted bids to host the 2020 Senior and Junior Department Championship Tournaments from Quincy Post 294 and Weymouth Post 79 at its November 10, 2019 Meeting. The Tournaments will commence on Saturday July 25, 2020 and will continue through Wednesday July 29, 2020. The Senior Tournament will be held at Adams Field, Quincy and the Junior Tournament will be held at Libby Field, Weymouth.
Chairman Paster with Weymouth Post 79 Junior Manager Jeremy Anderson
2019 Region One Tournament Champion Shrewsbury Post 397
Congratulations to Shrewsbury Post 397 for winning its 2nd Tournament Championship in three years. Shrewsbury advanced to the 2019 American Legion World Series which opened on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. It was an all Massachusetts Region One Final as Shrewsbury defeated Department Champion Lawrence 3 -1 in Game 15 of the Tournament.
2019 Department Champion Lawrence Senior Team
Congratulations to Lawrence for winning the 2019 Senior Championship Tournament and to Lynn Post 291 for winning the 2019 Junior Championship Tournament.
Department Baseball Chairmen whose teams appeared at the 2019 World Series teams
Baseball Chairmen from all 50 Departments met at Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 27 through 29, 2019 to recap the 2019 season and prepare for 2020. Among the subjects discussed were suggested rule changes and changes to the background check procedure resulting from recent federal legislation which requires coaching staffs of youth sporting teams to undergo training on spotting signs of sexual and physical abuse of minors.
Traditionally the American Legion presents the World Series uniform jersey to each Department Baseball Chairmen who's Department appeared at the World Series. Shown from left to right are Department Baseball Chairmen: Gary Stone of Missouri, Charles Abrahamson of National Champion Idaho, Richard Anderson - Americanism Chairman, Dick Paster of Massachusetts, Sidney Parfait of Louisana, Don Wallis of Illinois, Tom Drury of New Mexico and Mark Cauble of North Carolina.
The Athletic Committee has named Diamond Baseball model D1-AL-MA as the only baseball authorized for use in Massachusetts during the 2020 and 2021 regular and post seasons. The following retailers are direct retailers for Diamond Sports and may be contacted to obtain balls for the 2020 season:
On Deck Sports/Pro Mounds, Braintree
Tricon Sports, Lexinton
Grogan Marciano Sports, Mansfield
Beacon Sporting Goods, Quincy
Butler's Sporting Goods, Hyannis
Piesco Sporting Goods, No Easton
Rockland Athletic, Rockland
Tri Valley Sports, Medway
Whip's Sports, Springfield
Department Athletic Committee Chairman. 1212 Hancock Street, Suite 110, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617 472-3424
Players who have played American Legion Baseball in prior years must register, tryout and play for the last team they played for. In certain instances, players who fail to make the team they last played for may request a Transfer from their team manager and, if granted, must register and tryout for the next closest Base School team to their parent's legal residence. Players who are otherwise eligible for a Transfer may only obtain one Transfer during their American Legion eligibility.
Players who have not played American Legion Baseball in a prior year, with certain exceptions, must register and tryout for the Base School team closest to their parent's legal residence. A player's legal residence is established as of March 31 of each year. Players who do not attend the public high school serving their parent's legal residence, in most cases, have a one time option to play for the Base School team closest to their parent's legal residence or the Base School team closest to the school they attend. Once this option has been exercised, it becomes final and binding for the remainder of their eligibility. MapQuest is used to determine which Base School team is closest to a player's legal residence or closest to the school the player attends. For the list of Senior and Junior Base School teams, click on Programs, then Senior or Junior and Team List.
The recruiting rules are established by the National organization and can be confusing. The rules are available on the National web site firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific questions may be addressed to the local District Chairman, (see the list of District Chairmen on the About Us tab) or to the Department Chairman, Dick Paster, email@example.com.