American Legion Baseball is a national institution, having thrived through a world war, several national tragedies, and times of great prosperity as well as great despair. The league still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The program is also a promoter of equality, making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels or social standings. American Legion Baseball has been, and continues to be, a stepping stone to manhood for millions of young men who have gone on to serve their country or community, raise families or play the sport at the highest level.
American Legion Baseball Cancelled for 2020 - Message from Department of Maryland below:
Message from Dept of Maryland American Legion Baseball Committee
It is with the deepest regret that the 2020 American Legion Baseball season has been cancelled, due to the COVID 19 pandemic. National headquarters in Indianapolis made the official announcement today (Tuesday). This means there will be no World Series and no regional tournaments this year.
After much consideration, and consultation with all district reps, Mike Riston, chairman of the Department of Maryland ALB Baseball Committee, announced today (Tuesday, April 7) the Department of Maryland 2020 Senior and Junior ALB Tournaments have been cancelled as well. In addition, all 2020 scholarship programs have been suspended.
As hard as it was to make these decisions, the safety of all players, managers coaches, umpires, parents and fans must always come first.
No decision from national headquarters has been reached regarding the refunding of fees already paid. You will be notified as soon as we receive updated information. If you have not yet registered or paid any fees, please do not do so.
Should local teams decide to go forward with independent seasons this summer, if restrictions are lifted in time, they are urged to purchase separate liability insurance from a carrier of their choosing. They must also not say they are American Legion Baseball teams, due to liability reasons.
I've also enclosed a copy of the official email from national headquarters, announcing the cancellation of the season and all tournaments.
We look forward to seeing all of you back on the playing field in 2021!
Please be safe!
Secretary-Official Tournament Scorekeeper
Department of Maryland
American Legion Baseball Committee
2020 American Legion Regional Tournaments and 2020 American Legion World Series canceled
Awarding American Legion Baseball and Samsung American Legion Scholarships suspended for 2020
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 and Samsung American Legion Scholarships for 2020 have also been completely suspended (Samsung American Legion Scholarships awarded in years prior to 2020 will continue to be paid out to students upon their requests to receive their funds).
Many baseball coaches are unable to complete prerequisite league play scheduled between May and July due to the closure of schools and playing facilities across the nation. In August, more than 500 players, coaches and volunteer staff are scheduled to travel and participate in eight regional tournaments and the American Legion World Series, collectively attracting thousands of fans and spectators. Many of these individuals are of a high-risk demographic.
Currently, there are 32 American Legion Boys State and 9 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs who have found it necessary to cancel their 2020 programs due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with several more having indicated that cancellation is probable. It is through the Boys State and Girls State programs that youth are afforded eligibility to apply for Samsung American Legion Scholarships. Many, many Boys State and Girl State delegates did not pursue their applications for 2020 Samsung American Legion Scholarships as a result of the scores of Boys State and Girls State program cancellations.
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. As Americanism Commission Richard Anderson noted, “These times are unparalleled. And while it is distressing to think of all those youth across the nation who are disappointed to learn of the cancellation of American Legion programs this year, it would be a much, much greater tragedy if even just one of those youth were to fall ill during a program. The Americanism Commission feels this is the right thing to do.”