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Hardball Association previews what Aberdeen Smittys season will look like this summer

Legion baseball will be taking place this summer in South Dakota after much uncertainty left its status in the balance due to COVID-19.  The Aberdeen Hardball Association, which oversees baseball within the city is excited the players will get a season in the end.


The American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis sent a letter in May informing Legion posts across the country there would be no baseball this summer.  Following that letter, some states looked into having a season independent of the legion’s blessing.  From there, the headquarters sent out another letter, deciding to allow states to decide for themselves whether or not baseball could be played this summer.  Players are allowed to wear legion baseball jerseys and patches, but individual posts will need to sponsor them.


Jay Kussler with the Aberdeen Hardball Association says before the decision was made to allow states to determine for themselves the status of baseball this summer, many class A schools across the state were doing anything they could to salvage a season…





Even though games will be played, legion baseball will look different this year because of how things will be set up with no overseeing national body.  Legion baseball is for teenagers ages 13 to 19 in fifth US States and parts of Canada.  Kussler explained further…





According to Kussler, Huron and Yankton are the only two legion posts who have not approved play yet as of the end of May.  Huron and Beadle county has been one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the state and is currently experiencing a second spike in cases.


American Legion baseball is a tradition dating back to 1925 and was founded in Milbank South Dakota.  As of 2016 there are approximately 3,786 teams across North America.  The last national champion was Idaho Falls, Idaho post 56.


Kussler closed out the conversation talking about what some of the protocols that will be used to try and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during Aberdeen Smitty’s games…