ALYB Summer Baseball Program
Any child meeting the age requirements for one of ALYB’s leagues is eligible for active player membership. There are no league boundaries in determining if a player is eligible to apply to play American Legion Youth Baseball. Applications are open to all individuals and league assignments are determined based on the age guidelines in the Player Applications section below.
ALYB maintains a Program Calendar on this website which contains all important dates for the current year pertaining to events including application dates, application deadlines and special events. Detailed information, including downloadable/printable documents, can often be found by clicking on these events.
Player Applications for the Summer League open online starting in late January with an in-person option available in late February and early March. Each player will receive a team shirt and hat as part of their successful application. Other costs that player fees are intended to cover include, but are not limited to, utilities (power, water, etc.), umpires, baseballs and gas/maintenance for all field equipment and lawn mowers.
IMPORTANT: Any player that is not paid in full by March 30th will not be assigned to a team and will be placed on a waiting list.
A player is eligible to participate in a particular league based on the player’s age on April 30th of the current year. No player can be on rosters in two different divisions in the same season. Age groups include:
5-6 D League – Tee and Machine Pitch (6U)
7-8 C League – Machine Pitch (8U)
9-10 B League (10U)
11-12 A League (12U)
13-15 Pony League (15U)
NOTE: 4-year olds are allowed to play if they have completed one (1) year of standard Tee Ball and/or parents assess that their child can safely take part in the Tee Ball League.
A player may apply to play at the level above the one that they are age eligible for if the player’s parents and the ALYB Board feel that the player possesses the appropriate skills and no safety concerns exist. In addition, if the ALYB Board feels that a player’s skill level significantly exceeds those typical of the league that they are age eligible for then that player may be assigned to the next higher league.
Any player assignments outside of the above guidelines must be approved by the ALYB Board.
No player(s) will be automatically assigned to a team based on a parent requesting to be an Assistant Coach for a particular team.
Players returning to the same age group from the previous season will remain with the same team/organization unless electing to enter the Player Draft, upon which they cannot be assigned in that season’s Player Draft to the team/organization that they have elected to leave.(EXCEPTION: American Legion Pony League teams are redrafted each year)
Returning players that are moving up in age group will remain with the same team/organization unless electing to enter the Player Draft, upon which they cannot be assigned in the Player Draft to the team/organization that they have elected to leave. (EXCEPTION: All D League players moving up to C League and all A League players moving up to Pony League will be entered into the Player Draft)
Returning players that are moving up in age group and that do not have an affiliated team/organization in the higher age group will be entered into the Player Draft. (EXCEPTION: The ALYB Board may elect to have these players absorbed into an existing team/organization)
Players in any age group that were not part of the American Legion Youth Baseball Program the previous summer will be entered into the Player Draft.
Any player that is entered into the Player Draft is required to attend one of two Player Evaluation Days as scheduled by the League, unless an in-season evaluation from the previous year is on file. Once a player has applied and paid in full they will be notified as to whether they need to attend Player Evaluations.
Player Evaluations provide the opportunity for players to demonstrate the basic skills of baseball (i.e. fielding fly and ground balls, throwing and base running) in the presence of other players in the same age division in which he/she will most likely play. The Player Evaluations shall be conducted in the presence of at least one ALYB Board Member. Team managers or their designated representatives may be present if they so choose.