For those of you who are new to the American Legion Baseball Program, here is a snapshot of how the season and the NP Legion program work.
Nether Legion is offered to all Wallingford - Swarthmore School District age eligible residents, as well as portions of Ridley. In general, Ridley Township west of Rt 420 and North of MacDade is in our territory, and the portions of Ridley Park west of Morton/Swarthmore Ave and North of I-95. Families in Ridley living east of these boundaries are part of the Glenolden-Clifton program.
For exact territory borders, please contact email@example.com, who can share how to use the Census maps to see which census tract you reside in. Nether's territory includes census tracts 4016.01 and 4016.02 (essentially Folsom) and 4041.01 and 4041.02 (Swarthmorewood and Woodlyn). Ridley Park tracts (4039.01 and 4039.02) are shared with Glenolden using Morton/Swarthmore Ave as the dividing line.
2016's Legion program will offer the Legion "Prep" Team (primarily 13 year olds, 12 year olds may qualify if they are currently on the 7th grade school roster), a U - 14 Team (Sandlot), and our Main Line Jr. Legion League Team (13-15) and a Sr. Legion program for players 16 to 19 years of age. Ideally, the Prep Team and the U-14 Team are key elements and venues to prepare players for the Jr. Legion Team. The Sr. Legion team is designed for players who want to continue to play baseball at a very high level throughout the summer and keep their skills sharp for the upcoming high school or college baseball season.
In January and February we will hold indoor practices and tryouts for all players interested in travel baseball who will still be no older than 15 on April 30th 2016. Senior Legion tryouts will also be held for players that are still 19 or under as of January 1, 2016.
From these tryouts the coaches will evaluate all participants and determine the talent level of each player. As a result of the tryouts and indoor practices, players that make the travel program will be assigned to a pre-season roster on either the Prep team (made up of mostly 13 yr olds), the Jr. Legion pre-season roster (13-15's) and or the U - 14 "sandlot league" Team. Understand that as the pre-season evolves players may be moved from one roster to another based on their skill levels until final rosters are determined. Senior Legion rosters will be set later in the spring as this league does not generally begin practice or games until all school ball has concluded.
Our preseason schedule will include weekly clinics at Swarthmore College with the coaches and players of Swarthmore College, as well as other coaches in our program. This has proven to be a great tool to our success to sharpen our skills prior to the regular season. We intend to also offer special clinics for players who wish to attend that will be sponsored by our professional coaches.
In March, April and May we may play (on weekends) scrimmages and tournaments as schedules and weather permit. Understanding there are many conflicts with other activities, school ball and social events, the preseason rosters allows us to continue to evaluate our candidates for the Legions regular season rosters. Legion, Prep and the U - 14 "sandlot league" travel team will not conflict with any School baseball schedules as the regular season schedule will not start until just before Memorial Day and go through mid-July and possibly late July and or early August, if a team advances to states in any playoff competition.
As this is the most competitive baseball for this age group, we expect a commitment from the players and parents to have their son available throughout the entire season and especially playoffs which could run through July and possibly in early August. (please do not schedule any family vacations until August if you plan to have you son play on the Prep, Jr Legion or Sr. Legion teams)
The scrimmages, practices, clinics, and your performance will decide who actually makes the final roster on any of the the travel teams. Final announcements of team assignments will be made prior to roster deadlines outlined by each program. Regardless of your assignment, players may be dual rostered and schedules will be carefully planned to maximize playing time and minimize conflicts with another team (should your son be dual rostered). NPAA Baseball has capped the number of teams you may play on to two. This may include two travel teams or a travel team and our NPAA Senior league. Generally, all rising 13's (Prep Team players) will also be rostered on the NPAA Senior League. 14s and 15s that are not dual rostered on the Jr. Legion team are encouraged to also play NPAA Senior League in order to maximize playing time and gain valuable extra "reps" and experience to sharpen their skills.
The cost of Legion or travel baseball is more expensive than our intramural league due to the type of baseballs used, umpire fees, Clinics, Insurance, and uniform requirements. In an effort to keep prices as low as possible, we will hold our annual fundraiser "tag/bat-day" on the Saturday before Easter, and all players are expected to participate, while parents are encouraged to participate as well. Each year we also sponsored a U-14 tournament over Memorial Day and hosted a snack bar on multi-game weekend days that generated additional funds. As this is a volunteer organization, all parents are asked to get involved and volunteer for one or more of our fund-raising programs.
Registration will begin just after the new year and all participants will first register for NPAA and those making the travel and or legion progams will be assessed the difference between NPAA senior program and the Legion fee. If you make a travel program roster (and pay the Legion fee), you will not have to pay extra to play NPAA Senior league and or a second travel team. NPAA will have a registration table at our tryouts.
If you have any questions regarding our program, please contact NPAA Legion Coordinator, Peter Atsaves, for details. Cell: 610.608-7344, firstname.lastname@example.org.