And Now There Will Be American Legion Baseball This Summer in South Dakota


WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota American Legion Department Commander released a press release on Tuesday, May 19, saying there will be a sanctioned legion season in 2020. The state announced on May 14, that the state would sanction a season in 2020 so that local posts could sponsor teams and teams could use their jerseys with the legion patch on there. The state commission continues to find ways to have a 2020 season and it appears that there may be a chance for that. Now the South Dakota American Legion Athletic Commission is asking the teams and their coaches to get their teams registered. The commission concluded the press release by sharing their excitement for a possible return to baseball. The entire news release from the South Dakota American Legion Sports Commissioner Dan Sudbeck and the commission reads like this.






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Statement from South Dakota American Legion

Department Commander on 2020 Baseball Season

WATERTOWN – Tuesday, May 19, 2020.


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 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.