Caroline Post 29

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

We will hold our June membership meeting this Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 7 PM.  Due to the concerns and restrictions currently in place, we will hold it in the dining room, and will insure there is sufficient distance between attendees.  All those attending the membership meeting are requested to please wear appropriate face mask, in accordance with guidance from the state of Maryland and recommendations from the CDC and health department.  The member lounge is not open due to current restrictions in Maryland.  update our page when we have information about opening our post home.


CLOSURE OF POST HOME

Due to the restrictions imposed across the entire State of Maryland, Caroline Post 29 will not be open for the immediate future. All events planned at the Post will be updated with this information, essentially cancelling them. As always, we'll try to keep everyone advised of the status of the Post and it's activities.  If you need assistance, we do monitor our email (legion29@outlook.com) and voicemail (410-479-2708), and will try to respond within the same day.

Also, with so many people posting partly true or rumors about the current situation on social media sites, there are some easy ways to find more trusted information. Caroline County has a website with links about local information, state resources, and links to national level information sources for those looking for information about the COVID-19 virus.  You can visit https://www.carolinecovid19.org/ for more information.

We will update our page when we have information about opening our post home.


American Legion Baseball Cancelled for 2020 - Message from Department of Maryland below:

American Legion Baseball Cancelled for 2020 - Message from Department of Maryland below:
Message from Dept of Maryland American Legion Baseball Committee

All:
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!
Bill Cauley
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.”