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Important News & Alerts
       

March 1, 2014:
The 2014 School Enrollment reports are now available.

When entering players into its on-line roster -- and when calculating Combined Total Enrollment of schools represented on its roster (and listing such on the Roster Submittal Cover Sheet), teams must use the enrollment figures shown in the following reports:

2014 Public School Enrollment Report
2014 Private School Enrollment Report

March 1, 2014
2014 Minnesota Rule Book.
In March, a hardcopy of the 2014 Minnesota American Legion Rule Book will be mailed to the Managers of teams that have submitted their 2014 team applications -- along with a memo covering important information about the 2014 season, as well as instructions for the remainder of the registration process. Electronic versions of both are available here:
2014 Minnesota Rule Book
2014 Baseball "Kit Letter"

       
       
       

January 1, 2014
2014 Team Registration is Open:


ALL MANAGERS, COACHES, ASSISTANT COACHES, etc. again must complete a background check in 2014 -- National mandates that it is required ANNUALLY.
Therefore, you are encouraged to get your staff background checks completed ASAP.
Link to:
BACKGROUND SCREEN APPLICATION

If you are looking for tournaments for 2014, please see the
updated
tournament listing at the bottom of this page!

       
       

2014 Team Registration - Phase 1 (printable version of below)

1. Decide who will be your Team Administrator
(the primary person responsible for performing tasks in the registration system -- and to whom the system will send email correspondence, including emails related to password reset requests.) Most often, this person is the team's Manager & Head Coach. Sometimes, it is the Team Business Manager of the sponsoring Post/organization. (If multiple people are involved, please ensure to communicate with one another on the completion of system tasks, to prevent the creation of duplicate teams in the system!)

2. Apply for Background Checks: Request your team coaches and volunteer staff to complete their annually-required background check: (Also see info below.) Link to Background Check Application

3. Go to National's team registration site, http://baseball.legion.org/ (The main National web site address -- for general information and materials -- is www.legion.org/baseball.)

NOTE: Metro area Junior Legion teams should not complete #4 (team account) or #5 (team application). These items are completed by Jim Peck, who will provide your Team Administrator with the User ID and Password. Your team will then be responsible for completing additional "Phase 2 tasks," such as adding coaches, entering players, and submitting your team's roster and forms.)

4. Create a 2014 Team Account. The Team Administrator must create a new account in the system for the 2014 season -- which includes setting up a User ID and Password. (For returning teams, National has advised us that the User ID and Password should be different than that used in 2013.)

Record your User ID and Password and keep it in a safe place. Also remember that these log-in credentials MUST be shared with everyone who needs to access your team's account in the system. For example, if one person is responsible for buying insurance -- and another is responsible for entering the team's roster -- both must use your team's ONE User ID and Password.

5. Complete and Submit the 2014 Team Application by April 1st, signifying your team's intent to participate in 2014.

a. Before beginning the Team Application, It is suggested that new teams
view this quick summary (prepared by National.) Although it was written for the 2013 season/system, it provides a good idea of what your Team Administration home page will look like and how the system generally functions.

b. Click on REGISTER TEAM to begin the application and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Special Notes:

i. Although the instructions might state that you may enter up to 5 total staff members (coaches and volunteers), the system actually DOES accept more than 5. (continued at right ...)

ii. In order to be able to retrieve 2013 team / player information, on page 2 of the application, returning teams should make sure to select "I want to search for, and use, info from a prior season's team."

iii. If you start an application, but do not finish it, the system will save the partially completed portion. To resume an application you started during a previous on-line session, click on MY APPLICATIONS (in the menu on the left-hand side of your team administration home page.) Do not begin another new application.

iv. Due to National's integration of background checks into the registration process (see article below), teams must enter the names, email addresses, and phone #'s of ALL coaches (and other volunteer staff, who are in authority over, and have direct/regular contact with players) into the Team Application -- and those individuals must pass a background check, before the Team Application can be approved.

Further, teams cannot purchase insurance, enter players into their rosters, etc., until after the Team Application is approved.) Therefore, get your coaching staff lined up early -- and make sure that all individuals get their background checks completed PROMPTLY.

If additional coaches join a team's staff after the team application is submitted / approved, those coaches can (and MUST) be added to the team's coaching roster. To do so, use the "Add Coaches / Staff" function (in the menu on the left-hand side of your team administration home page.)

6. Monitor the Status of Your Application. Following your submittal of the team application, it will go into an approval queue. You will be notified by email when your application is approved -- or if any additional information is needed. (Again, it cannot be approved until all coaches and volunteers named in the application have successfully completed their background checks.)

You can also check on the status of your application (and view a summary of its contents -- including whether or not coaches named in the application have completed their background checks) by clicking on MY APPLICATIONS (in the menu on the left-hand side of your team administration home page.)

If any of the information in your application needs to be edited or corrected (including typos in email addresses or phone numbers) -- or if any named coaches need to be deleted -- please contact
Gail Kalata or Mike Perry as soon as possible.

7. See related articles below, as well as the Team Reg'n & Admin Resources section of this web page, for other important info pertaining to registration and the 2014 season.

If you have any questions, please contact your District Director, Mike Perry, or Gail Kalata.

Additional instructions related to purchasing insurance, entering team rosters, etc. will be posted soon. Also please see the 2014 Baseball "Kit Letter"

       
       
       

January 1, 2014:
Reminder: All Legion Coaches Must Have Completed Training on Concussions


During 2011, the State of Minnesota passed a new law, requiring, among other things, that ALL youth athletic coaches and officials receive training on concussions. (The training is free, available on-line, and only takes 20-30 minutes to complete.)

Click here for a one-page policy handout for Legion Team Managers on the law's requirements. Teams must plan accordingly, so that ALL coaches (head and assistant) are properly trained before the start of any tryouts, practices, games. Coaches who do not submit proof of training are NOT eligible to coach Legion Baseball. In addition, all those who umpire Legion games must have completed training, or they are personally in violation of the law.

Once completed, training is valid for three (3) years, after which, training must be recompleted -- and a new certificate of completion must be submitted. Resources associated with this law:

March 13, 2012: See story on National web site.

January 1, 2014:
All Legion Managers, Coaches and Team Volunteer Staff must undergo Background Screening, before beginning 2014 Season Activities


Beginning with the 2013 season, the National American Legion has made it mandatory that all team Managers, Coaches, Assistant Coaches -- and other volunteer staff who meet certain criteria -- must undergo annual background screening, prior to engaging in any meetings, events, practices or games that involve youth participants.

To ensure consistency and protect confidentiality, all screening must be conducted by one designated vendor ("Protect Youth Sports"); if an individual has previously undergone background screening through/for another organization, those results may not be substituted. The cost of each individual's background screen will be billed to, and paid by, Minnesota American Legion Baseball.

All those to whom this requirement applies are urged to complete the background screening application as soon as possible. A team's application to participate in the American Legion Baseball program will not be approved until each person has successfully completed a background screening. Those who do not complete it -- or who fail the screening -- are ineligible to particiapte.

Related links:
-
National Executive Committee Resolution 16
-
National Risk Management Policies

       
       

January 1, 2014:
2014 Registration Fee Info:
(no change from 2013)
Sr. Teams
..... National Fee = $50 ..... State Fee = $125

Jr. Teams ..... National Fee = $25 ..... State Fee = $100

2014 Insurance Premium Info:
Sr. Teams
: Seasonal Accident = $165 (Yr Round=$240); Liability = $135
Jr. Teams:
Seasonal Accident = $145 (Yr Round=$210); Liability = $95
All teams must also pay a $20 insurance admin/processing fee.

(For 2014, accident coverage increases by $5; liability decreases by $5. VanDyk's admin fee increases by $10. So, this results in a $10 total increase over 2013's rates.)

Again for 2014, insurance premiums and national/state fees are rolled into one, combined purchase, which is made through the national registration system, using a credit or debit card.

December 10, 2012:
Bat Rule Reminder

Effective January 1, 2012, National American Legion Baseball adopted the BBCOR (Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution) standard, which is designed to eliminate discrepancies with bat lengths and provide a more direct measure of bat performance, improve safety, and produce similar batted-ball speeds between wood and non-wood bats. Beginning in 2012, all non-wood bats used on the playing field must, therefore, carry the BBCOR certification mark. If any bat fails to meet this requirement, said bat shall be removed from the game, the batter shall be declared out, and the head coach or team manager shall be ejected from the game.

February 27, 2012: National has advised that the 33" Marucci CAT5 bat (and 34" as of 7/25/12) has been decertified and is not considered a legal bat for Legion use at this time. Info regarding returns, as posted on the National web site.

March 24, 2012: Nat'l has advised that the Reebok Vector TLS-33 Bat has been decertified and is not considered a legal bat for Legion use at this time. Visit the National site and/or this link for further info regarding this bat.

July 25, 2012: National advised that the Marucci Black Series 33" and 34" have been decertified.

       
       

March 17, 2013:
Are You Looking for Contact Info for Another Team?
The National Legion Baseball web site contains a listing of registered teams on it's "Find a Team" pages -- for all teams, nation-wide -- which includes Team Manager contact info, as well as a link to the team's web site, if applicable; you can also access 2012's information. Also, don't forget that MN Legion Baseball is on Facebook!
Go to the National "Find a Team" pages
Go to Minnesota American Legion Facebook page


December 15, 2011:
MN American Legion Baseball is on Facebook!
Intended to serve as a useful forum for coaches, players, and fans, make sure you visit (and "Like") the Minnesota American Legion Facebook page. For example, you can use the Facebook page to

- Share your team's scores with the general public.
- Advertise remaining openings in tournaments you are hosting.
- Post notices that your team is looking for games.
- Promote your team's fundraising events, etc.
Use the page as a resource for your team -- and help us promote MN American Legion Baseball at the same time!

If you are not currently a Facebook member and want to set up an account, it is free. Go to www.facebook.com and follow the instructions. A family member or friend can also help you learn how to use Facebook's various features.

       
       
       

2014 Tournament Dates:

DIVISION I:

2014 Division I Sub-State Playoff Tournaments:
Week of July 22nd (exact dates vary by Sub-State)

2014 89th Annual MN Division I State Tournament:
- Hosted by Eagan
- Team Reporting & Banquet: Thurs, July 31st
- Games: Friday, August 1st through Monday, August 4th

2014 Central Plains Region 6 Tournament:
- Hosted by Fargo, ND
- Thurs, August 7th through Mon, Aug 11th
(Reporting date, Aug 6)

2014 89th Annual ALB World Series
- Hosted by Shelby, NC
- Friday, August 15th through Tuesday, August 19th

DIVSION II & JUNIOR:

2014 28th Annual Division II State Tournament:
- Hosted by Luverne
- Team Reporting & Banquet: Thursday, July 31st
- Games: Friday, August 1st - Sunday, August 3rd

2014 Division II Central Plains Regional Tournament:
- Hosted by Milbank, SD (MN sends two teams in 2014)
- Thurs, Aug 7th through Sun, August 10th (Reporting date, Aug 6)

2014 Junior Legion State Tournament
- Hosted by Eagan
- Tuesday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 27th

2014 Junior Legion Mid-State Regional
- Hosted by Leavenworth, Kansas
- Thursday, July 31st through Sunday, August 3rd

       
       

January 1, 2014:
Division I Sub-State Playoff Information
Beginning in 2013, while all teams continue to belong to and compete in their respective District Leagues, instead of participating in Sub/District playoff tournaments within each District, Division I teams were assigned to one of 15 Sub-State Playoff Tournaments being held around the state. Each Sub-State Playoff Tournament Champion earns a berth in the 16-team Division I State Tournament; the State Tournament Host also receives a berth -- rounding out the field to 16 teams. Teams should contact their respective District Director for further info pertaining to team assignments to tournaments.

Printable list of teams assigned to each
2013 MN Sub-State Playoff Tournament
Note: Final 2014 team assignment will not be available until after all teams have registered for competition in the 2014 season.

For info on the results of each of the 2013 Sub-State Tournaments (as available), please visit the 2013 MN State Tournament web page.

   
       
       
Team Registration & Administrative Resources
       

2014 Team & Player Registration: All teams must registrer, buy insurance, and pay fees through National's electronic registration system. (The registration system web address is http://baseball.legion.org/.) In addition, all teams must submit hardcopies of their Rosters and Player forms to their respective District Director by given deadlines. The following instructions will help guide you through the process.

Did You Know that Minnesota has a fast-growing Junior Legion Program? (In 2013, the Junor Legion program is open to those born on or after January 1, 1996, whereas Senior Legion is January 1, 1994.) If you have questions about the Program and/or have interest in starting a Junior Legion team in your community, please contact Jim Peck, MN Junior Legion Program Director, at 952-474-5071.

       
Step-by-Step, Detailed Registation Instructions: American Legion Baseball Code of Sportsmanship:
       
NOTE: Because, like you, we could not access the nat'l system until 1/1/2013, the system might look/act slightly different than the examples shown in the following instructions. Note that the instructions below were written for 2011-12 registration system, Athough the 2013 national sytem is similar,

I will:

Introduction: Navigating the National Web Site and Viewing a Sample Team Keep the rules;
Step 1: Complete Your Team Application for the Upcoming Season (Do Jan 1 - April 1) Keep faith with my teammates;
Step 2: Purchase Insurance & Pay State/National Fees (Deadline = May 15) Keep my temper;
Step 3: Inputting & Editing Coach and Player Information Keep myself fit;
Step 4: Accessing Reports, Forms and Other Useful Tools Keep a stout heart in defeat;
Step 5: Electronically Submitting the Team's Final Roster to Nat'l (Deadline = June 15) Keep my pride under in victory;
Step 6: Submitting Hardcopy Forms to District Director (Deadline per District Director) Keep a sound soul, a clean mind, and a healthy body.
       
       
Rule books, Supplies, Related Links: School Enrollment Data & Maps: Registration-Related Forms: For State Tournament Participants:
2014 Minnesota Rule Book 2014 Public School Enrollment Report 2014 Form 2 - Player Indemnification Player Housing Form 100.12
  2014 Private School Enrollment Report Form 76 - Transfer / Release Chaperone Responsibility Form 100.22
National Rule Book (link to National site)   Form 77 - Player Declaration Team Stat Report (Scouting Sheet)
       
MLB Official Baseball Rules (MLB web site)
A pocket-sized book ("Official Rules of Major League Baseball") is available from
Triumph Books.

2013 Major League Baseball Rule Change Summary
MN School Dist. Map/Web Directory Page
(As an example of the resources available on
the above web page, open the "Education Mapper." Click anywhere on the map. Then
click "show" for the District you want to see.
It zooms in.)
New Team Formation / Change Form
Please print this form out and affix it to the top
of your roster and packet of player/coach forms,
before you submit such to your District Director.
Player Release from Tourn. Site Form 100.13
(Note: Used when housed player departs the tournament prior to his team's departure.)
       
Purchase Uniform Patches & Other
Supplies (link to National web site)
2012-13 MN School District Maps
(Includes links to a variety of school district maps, including "clickable" state-wide and metro maps.)
Roster Submittal Cover Sheet (Required) Application to Umpire at State Tournament
       
National "Team Resources" Page
(Many items of interest available; e.g., sample
tourn. brackets, first aid kit suggestions, etc.)
MapQuest    
       
2014 Scholarship Application Prior Year Enrollment Archives:    
  2013 Public School Enrollment Report    
2013 Key Playing Rules Summary (for Umps) 2013 Private School Enrollment Report    
       
  2012 Public School Enrollment Report    
2013 Minnesota Rule Book 2012 Private School Enrollment Report    
2012 Minnesota Rule Book      
2011 Minnesota Rule Book 2011 Public School Enrollment Report    
2010 Minnesota Rule Book 2011 Private School Enrollment Report    
       
  2010 Public School Enrollment Report    
  2010 Private School Enrollment Report    
       
Youth Athletic Concussion Resources:      
Requirements Summary for Team Mgrs Fact / Action Sheet for Coaches Fact Sheet Handout - for Athletes  
Training Video for Coaches Coach's Clip-board Reference Sheet Fact Sheet Handout - for Parents  
       
       
       
Umpiring Associations & Related Information:    
Note: By listing them here, American Legion Baseball is not endorsing the usage of any of the follwing association; the information is merely being provided as a convenience to team coaches. If your association wishes to be listed, please email the URL to be posted as a link; please note that it is your responsility to notify us of any future changes in the URL address, as we do not continuously test link validity. Thanks.


 
Northwest Association of Umpires, Ltd. Midwest Umpires Application to Umpire at State Tournament  
St. Paul Municipal Umpires Metro Umpires    
Central MN Umpires Association (Facebook) Northstar Umpires 2013 Key Playing Rule Summary for Umps  
       
    2013 MLB Rule Change Summary  
       
District / MN Staff Directory & General Info
       
2014 State Officers & District Directors (printable PDF document)
If you have interest in playing for an American Legion Baseball team,
this document provides basic information regarding player eligibility, current levels of competition within the Program, a map showing the American Legion's ten Districts in Minnesota, as well as who to contact in each District to help you determine for which team you are eligible to play.
Find a Team:
Visit the National ALB web site and review the listings of registered teams to find a team near you!


       
       
Links to District Baseball Web Sites: District 3 (Apple Valley 76er site) District 6 (St. Cloud MAC site) District 10 North Hennepin League
  District 4 District 8 District 10 Home Page
       
       
Note: For individual team web sites, visit the National ALB web site list of MN teams.
If a team has a web site, a link will be listed, along with the team's other profile info.
   
       
       
Other Links / Info of Interest: MN Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Minnesota State HS League Web Site  
  Past Div I Legion Tournament Champs Past Div I Legion Tourn. Outstanding Players Past Other MN Legion Baseball Awards
       
       
Tournament Listings
       
We have been notified of several Legion Baseball tournaments that will be taking place in our area, outlined in this Printable List of 2014 Area Tournaments. If you need additional information, please contact the person listed (i.e., the Minnesota Baseball staff does not have additional info on these tournaments, other than what is shown.)

If your Legion team/Post is hosting a tournament you would like to list it on this site, please email the information (we cannot accept it over the phone), and it will be posted as soon as feasibly possible. (Please be patient; the maintenance of information on this site is purely a volunteer endeavor!) Accompanying flyers should preferrably be submitted in PDF (Acrobat Reader) or Word format -- or as a link to another web page where the information is posted. Only Legion-hosted tournaments being held in, or in close proximity to, MN will be posted here. Please submit those being held in other areas to National, for posting on the nation-wide tournament directory. Thank you.

       
Printable List of 2014 Area Tournaments
(last updated 3/28/2014)
Gopher Classic Tournament page Archived List of 2013 Area Tournaments  
National ALB's Tournament Directory Archived List of 2012 Area Tournaments Archived List of 2011 Area Tournaments  
       
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