Press release - This year marks the 95th anniversary of American Legion Baseball. It all started here in South Dakota by a resolution from Milbank, South Dakota, that was adopted at an American Legion National Convention in 1925.
This Spring, when The National American Legion canceled National American Legion Baseball, it had many wondering if the American Legion Baseball season would be done before it even began. After a clarification, it was determined that American Legion Departments could, in fact, sanction State American Legion Baseball.
On May 13th, the South Dakota executive committee adopted the following motion.
"Motion to sanction a 2020 South Dakota American Legion Baseball Program to be administrated by sponsoring Posts, coaches, and managers. That these teams follow guidelines recommended by the State Athletic Commission, which states Teams must abide by local, state, and national COVID19 policies, have insurance and have permission from city officials to play". The executive committee passed this motion because "It's the right thing to do."
The local coaches and baseball committees have stepped up to the plate and are providing great leadership. The South Dakota American Legion appreciates their efforts to make the 2020 season a possibility.
The South Dakota American Legion has sent information to the coaches from last year's registered teams, and many of them, along with their sponsoring posts, are planning their 2020 season. We are asking to have the proof of insurance, SD Form#2, and team rosters mailed to State Headquarters in Watertown by June 10th, 2020.
We look forward to a great season and are proud to be sponsors of South Dakota American Legion Baseball. LET'S PLAY BALL!!