American Legion Baseball

By Denny Rotz

The Purpose of American Legion Baseball is to give young men an opportunity to develop their skills on the baseball diamond and to have fun. Teenage boys in all fifty states in the USA and Puerto Rico can participate. There are more than five thousand teams participating in American Legion Baseball. Most  Major League Baseball players have played Legion Baseball.

There are programs for different age divisions. Junior Legion Baseball is for ages 13-17. Senior American Legion is for ages 19 and under. There are eight regions in the Legion Baseball program. The Central Plains region includes: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The Great Lakes region includes: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Mid-Atlantic region includes: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Mid-South region includes: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. The Northeast region includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Rhode Island. The Northwest region includes: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The Southeast region includes: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. The Western region includes: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.


The Pledge, or American Legion Code of Sportsmanship, is read and recited before each Legion Baseball contest: “I Will Keep The Rules. I Will Keep Faith with my Teammates. I Will Keep my Temper. I Will Keep myself Fit. I Will Keep a Stout Heart in Defeat. I Will Keep my Pride under in Victory. I Will Keep a Sound Soul, a Clean Mind, and a Healthy Body.”

In 1925, The American Legion Department of South Dakota started the program of American Legion ball. The official website is Series.Amateur baseball umpires have the opportunity to umpire American Legion in local leagues, state regional tournaments, state tournaments, regional tournaments, and at the American Legion