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forms that you need,
to properly register and
run your American Legion
Baseball team.
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contact, if you need info or
have questions about
American Legion
Baseball in Minnesota.
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participate in, to watch in your
area --or publicize a tournament
that you are hosting.
 
       
Important News & Alerts
       
  For information regarding this year's
Division I State Tournament,
Divison I Sub-State Playoff Tournaments
(and links to Division II and Junior tournament info), please visit the
Minnesota State Tournament home page.
 
       
       
       
       

June 10, 2014:

Minnesota Legion Baseball Mourns Berg's Tragic Loss

On the evening of Tuesday, June 10th, current Division I Vice Director -- and former State Director -- Darwin Berg, was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Berg served as State Director for 10 years, from 2003 through 2012; he previously served as Vice Director (Division II) for eight years, from 1995 through 2002. Sincere sympathies are extended to his family at this time of great loss.

Funeral Arrangements & Obituary: Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel
899 Highway 15 South, Hutchinson, MN 55350, 302-587-2128

Story in Sun Current News  
       
       
       
       

June 7, 2014:

MN Ranks #1 Nationally !!

National released its figures to us, on the number of 2014 registered teams within each State. Minnesota tops the list, with 306. Pennsylvania, which has held the #1 spot for many years, comes in second, with 299. Nebraska follows with 281. Wisconsin (207) and Illinois (163) round out the top five. Because MN is one of the leaders, in terms of the number of registered teams, it retains its distinction of being one of the few States that is designated to send two teams to Division I Regional competition.
View list of all 50 states.

 

June 9, 2014:
Ever Wonder How MLB Baseballs are Made?

Check out this episode of Discovery Channel's "How It's Made."

       
       
       

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.
A "baseball kit" (including hardcopies of the 2014 MN and National American Legion Rule Books) is mailed to the Managers of teams that have submitted their 2014 team applications; it also includes a memo covering important information about the 2014 season and instructions for the remainder of the registration process. If you did not receive this 2014 "baseball kit," please contact the State Legion office. Electronic versions:
2014 Minnesota Rule Book
2014 Baseball "Kit Letter"

       
       
       

January 1, 2014
2014 Team Registration:


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

All Coaches are also required to complete concussion training,
per Minnesota State law. Training is valid for 3 years.
Scroll down for complete information on such, below..

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

       
       

Update: May 1, 2014
2014 Team Registration - Phase 2 Instructions

(
printable version of below)

Completing Your Team's Registration
Thank you to all teams who met the deadline for submitting their application to participate in 2014. To finish the registration process, follow the steps below.

1. Purchase Insurance & Pay Fees, by May 15th. If you have not yet done so, log-in to your team's account on the National registration site --
http://baseball.legion.org/, click on "Purchase Insurance" and work through the screens.
a. The ability exists to add "Additional Insureds" -- the owner(s) of your home field(s), so that they will also be covered under the liability policy.
b. You will need a credit or debit card to complete the purchase. If you are using a debit card, you must enter the account name exactly as it reads on the bank statement (not on the debit card).
c. The State and National registration fee amounts will automatically be added into the total, prior to entry of your payment card info.
NOTE: Failure to purchase insurance by May 15thwill result in a $200 late fee; failure to purchase insurance by June 1st will result in team disqualification for the 2014 season.

2. Finalize Your Coaches & Staff. Make sure that ALL of your coaches (and volunteer staff who are subject to background checks) are entered into the national registration system -- and that they have, indeed, completed a background check.
a. Log-in to your team account. Click on MY APPLICATIONS, then "view" your team's application to verify your listed staff. NOTE: If you have need to delete an individual from the list of your team staff, contact
Mike Perry, or Gail Kalata.
b. To add additional staff members, click on "Add Coaches / Staff" (in the GREEN menu box on left side of the screen.)
c. After you submit the information, the person you have added will appear as "pending" in your team's Application (within the MY APPLICATIONS section of your account), until it is confirmed within the system by the State Director that he/she has successfully passed a background check.
NOTE: Coaches who are not listed and/or who have not completed a background check are not permitted to participate in any way; District Directors will be monitoring team compliance.

3. Ensure that All Coaches Have Completed Concussion Training. Collect certificates from new coaches to your staff, as well as from coaches whose training has expired. Submit certificate copies to your District Director. Again, Directors will be monitoring for compliance.
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4. Download and/or Print Player Forms. A link to Form 2, Form 76, and Form 77 is located within your team account. TIP: If you download the forms to your computer, you will then be able to email them to players, versus printing and handing out hardcopies for completion. (NOTE: Both coaches and players must complete Form 2.)
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5. Enter Players into your On-Line Roster. Log-in to your team's account and click on "Enter Roster," and advance to the player entry screen. Returning teams have the ability to search for and select players from the prior season, to reduce the amount of data entry.
a. For each player, enter / update information -- including position, height, weight, etc., and the total enrollment of his high school (refer to the following reports):
2014 Public School Enrollment Report
2014 Private School Enrollment Report.
b. Uniform numbers must be entered accurately; FYI, for playoffs and the State Tournaments, roster information from the system will be used for program printing and other purposes.
c. Once saved, the system will retain the player info that was entered, you may exit the system and return at another time to enter additional players and/or continue editing.

6. Submit your Final Roster to National by June 15th. When your roster is in final form, at the top of the player entry screen, click on "Click here to submit final roster," and follow the on-screen instructions.
a. Once you complete this step, your roster becomes locked, and you cannot make any additional changes. If you accidentally submit your roster prematurely by accident, contact
Mike Perry immediately.
b. Teams that fail to complete this step face season disqualification.

7. Submit your Roster Packet to Your District Director by June 15th.(Note: your District Director's deadline may be earlier than June 15.) The following items must be included:
a. Hardcopy printout of the roster you submitted to National. (In your team's system account, print the report entitled "Form-1 Roster" -- which includes player addresses, birth dates, etc. The "abbreviated tournament roster" report is NOT ACCEPTABLE for submittal.)
b. Completed Team Info/Roster Submittal Sheet(
Printable Version).
c. Copies of fully-completed Form 77's (Declarations), as applicable.
d. Copies of fully-completed Form 76's (Transfer/Waivers), as appl.
e. Concussion training certificates, as applicable, and any other miscellaneous forms, approval requests, and/or declarations.

NOTE: All players and coaches must also complete Form 2 prior to commencing participation. To reduce time and copying expense for teams, the state office will no longer retain copies of these. Therefore, your District Director will specify a date for you to submit original Form 2's to him/her for review, and they will then be returned to you. All teams must then produce the original Form 2 (along with original proof of age for each player) during team check-in at your playoff tournament.

See related information posted in the News Section below, as well as items available in the Team Reg'n & Admin Resources section, Of course, refer to your rule book as well. If you have other questions, please contact your District Director, Mike Perry, or Gail Kalata

 

2014 Phase 1 Instructions (printable version)

       
       
       

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
- THURSDAY, Aug. 14th through Tue, Aug. 19th (pool play)

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
2014 MN Sub-State Playoff Tournament
Note: Final team assignments are not available until after all teams have registered for competition for the respective season.

For info on the results of each of the Sub-State Tournaments (as available), please visit the 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)
2013-14 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.)
2013-2014 Statewide School District Map    
       
2014 Scholarship Application MapQuest    
       
2013 Key Playing Rules Summary (for Umps) Prior Year Enrollment Archives:    
  2013 Public School Enrollment Report    
2013 Minnesota Rule Book 2013 Private School Enrollment Report    
2012 Minnesota Rule Book      
2011 Minnesota Rule Book 2012 Public School Enrollment Report    
2010 Minnesota Rule Book 2012 Private School Enrollment Report    
       
  2011 Public School Enrollment Report    
  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 2014 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
    District 9 District 10 South Hennepin League
      District 10 Wright County League
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 6/10/2014)
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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