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2021 SEASON UPDATE

The national American Legion Baseball program is back in full swing for the 2021 season.  In the fall of 2020, the Department of Montana was notified by the National Executive Director that the program would be playing again for the 2021 season and the national organization announced the 8 regional tournament and ALB World Series schedules.

Montana was one of only 6 departments (states) that played a full season last year, with many adjustments throughout the season.  It played as an approved independent American Legion program.  It had to change the team registration, insurance, and rostering procedures.  It also moved the district and state tournament venues.

This season, ALB will be back to "normal" in terms of team registrations, roster submissions, and insurance purchases. 

The Montana-Alberta ALB Executive Baseball Committee anticipates that coaches/teams will need to communicate with local health departments again this season.  Montana teams did a great job of leading the entire nation with communicating with local health departments last season, which should make it easier this season.  As MAALB gets to the heart of its season this summer, the hope is that some of the restrictions will ease as vaccines roll out.

   Click for 2021 Season Key Dates   

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Welcome to the website for Montana and Alberta's Class AA, A, and B American Legion Baseball leagues and teams.

The Class AA division is a Senior (19-years-old and under) league comprised of teams whose players come from high schools that have a combined, or total, enrollment of more than 1,000 students.  The league's web page can be accessed from the TEAMS tab above. The state champion advances to the Northwest Regional. The regional champion advances to the ALB World Series, which has been broadcast on ESPN during the second week of August since 2011.

The Class A division is also a Senior league, but is comprised of teams whose players come from high school that do not combine, or total, 1,000 students. Although the state champion does advance to a regional tournament, there is no world series for this level of teams.

The Class B division is primarily a Junior league (17-years-old and under).  New legion teams typically play and register as Class B junior or senior teams if 18-year olds are going to be on the roster.  There are many Class B invitational tournaments that are  around Montana each summer.  There is no officially sanctioned state tournament for this level.

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Pitch Count Table for the 2020 & 2021 Seasons

2020/21 PITCH COUNT RULES CHANGES

There is one change to the pitch count rule for the 2020 season as follows:
Rule 1.R.3. Pitching Rule - If a pitcher throws 45 or fewer pitches in game one of multiple games on the same day, he may return to pitch in game two, up to 105 pitches total for the day. If a pitcher were to throw more than 45 pitches in game one, he would be ineligible to pitch in game two.
>> 2021 Pitch Count Table


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    2020 Team Registrations Open January 1, 2020

    Register your team on the national team database


    2020 MONTANA CONFERENCE JANUARY 24-26

    American Legion is a sponsor again for the 5th annual Montana Baseball Conference. The conference will be at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman again this year, Friday through Saturday, January 24 and 25th.  Sunday, January 26 will be at the new Montana Indoor All Sports facility for drills and hitting.

    This year there is a Player Camp for ages 9-11 & 12-14 Yrs, and a College Prospects Camp 15-19 Yrs.  Coaches will be doing  on field and classroom sessions.  The on field sessions will be held at Bozeman's new indoor all sports facility.

    The link to the website and agenda are to the right.  

    We encourage all teams to register to support the conference and to take advantage of the baseball instruction offered at each session.

    The conference will also be valuable to your youth league coaches, so please forward this information on to your youth division coaches and league administrators.

    If you have any questions about the conference please contact Paul Mrazek at 250-919-6706 or by email to info@mtbaseballcoaches.com

    2020 LEGION SCHEDULE AND TOURNAMENT DATES

    > 2020 Season Key Dates Schedule

    > 2019 Season Key Dates Schedule

    2020 Team Fees & Insurance

    The fee schedule below shows the team registration fees for 2021 season. 
     

    Class B Teams

    $200

    $200

    $200

    Class A Teams

    $400*

    $400*

     

    Class AA Teams

    $400

    $400

     
     
     
     
     
    * Class A ($250 Team Fee + $50 for State Champ for Regional Tournament expenses + $50 for District Tournament Host for umpire expenses + $50 for State A Tournament Host for umpire expenses per registered A team)

    Total fees for insurance and team registration for the  2020 season:
     

    Class B junior Teams w/ Year Round Insurance Coverage

    $491

    Class B junior Teams w/ Seasonal Insurance Coverage

    $441

    Class B senior Teams w/ Year Round Insurance Coverage

    $589

    Class B senior Teams w/ Seasonal Insurance Coverage

    $519

    Class A & AA Teams w/ Year Round Insurance Coverage

    $789

    Class A & AA Teams w/ Seasonal Insurance Coverage

    $719

     Print 2020 Team Fees & Insurance 
     
     Print 2019 Team Fees & Insurance 
     
     Print 2018 Team Fees & Insurance 
     


    Tournament Rotations

     

    CLASS A DISTRICTS*

     
     
     
             
     
    NORTHERN 
    SOUTHERN 
    EASTERN 
    WESTERN 
             
    2017  
    Havre
    Butte                    
    Miles City
    whitefish              
    2018
    Tri-County
    Helena            
    Glendive      
    Bitterroot Red Sox
    2019
    Medicine Hat
    Bozeman
    Laurel
    Libby
    2020
    VAUXHALL GREAT FALLS
    three forks
    Billings Cardinals
    bitterroot bucs
    2021
    LeWISTOWN
    LIVINGSTON
    GLASGOW
    MISSOULA
    2022
    VAUXHALL
    anaconda
    BILLINGS BLUE JAYS
    KALISPELL
    2023
    LETHBRIDGE
    Belgrade
    MILES CITY
    POLSON
    2024
    FORT MACLEOD
    Dillon
    GLENDIVE
    BITTERROOT BUCS
    2025
    LEWISTOWN
    Butte
    LAUREL
    WHITEFISH
    2026
    GREAT FALLS
    Helena   
     
    CRANBROOK
    2027
    TRI-COUNTY
     
     
     
    2028
    HAVRE
         
     
    * IF A NEW TEAM COMES IN TO A DISTRICT, OR IF A TEAM DROPS OUT AND THEN COMES BACK IN, THAT TEAM DROPS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE ROTATION AND THE REST OF THE ROTATION SCHEDULE IS ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY. 
    2020 Season: Three Forks switched into south district host and bitteroot bucs switched places with missoula
             

    CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENT ROTATION**

     
     
             
    2017
    Three Forks
    Southern
     
     
    2018
    MILES CITY
    Eastern
     
     
    2019
    FLORENCE
    Western
     
     
    2020
    LEWISTOWN*
    Northern
     
     
    2021
    HAVRE
    NORTHERN
     
     
    2022
    TBD
    SOUTHERN
       
    2023
    TBD
    EASTERN
       
    ** CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENTS ROTATE THROUGH OUR 4 DISTRICTS.  TOURNAMENT SITES ARE AWARDED FROM TEAM BIDS.  LEWISTOWN WAS AWARDED THE 2020 TOURNAMENT.
     
     
     
     
     

    CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT ROTATION***

     
     
             
    2017
    Bozeman Bucks
     
    2018
    Kalispell Lakers
     
     
    2019
    Billings Royals
     
     
    2020
    BILLINGS ROYALS & SCARLETS*
     
     
    2021
    GREAT FALLS CHARGERS
       
    2022
    Billings Scarlets
     
     
    2023
    Medicine Hat Monarchs
     
    2024
    Helena Senators
     
     
    2025
    Lethbridge Elks
     
     
     
       
             
    *** CLASS aA STATE TOURNAMENTS ROTATE THROUGH THE AA CONFERENCE.  THERE ARE NO BIDS TAKEN TO HOST THE AA TOURNAMENT.  TOURNAMENT WAS MOVED FROM HELENA TO BILLINGS IN 2020.
    • Class A Districts.  District rotations can change by teams agreeing to switch years up to host.  Another situation that can change this order is if teams drop out and later come back in.  If a team does drop out and later returns back into the District it will be placed into the bottom of the rotation.

    • Class A State. The State A tournament rotates through each District.  Teams selected to host will be based on a tournament bid and selection process.

    • Class AA State.   The State AA tournament is set as a fixed rotation of AA teams.  If new teams are added to AA they are added to the bottom of the rotation.

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    MT/AB Legion Baseball Contacts

    Title Name Phone Email
    General Chairman Ron Edwards 406-580-2575 mtlegionbaseball@gmail.com
    Class AA Chairman Carl Hennell 406-546-5513 mtlegionaa@gmail.com
    Class A Chairman Ron Edwards 406-580-2575 mtlegionbaseball@gmail.com
    Class A North District Chairman Jim Monteith 403-382-0924 jim.monteith44@gmail.com
    Class A South District Chairman Ron Edwards 406-580-2575 mtlegionsouth@gmail.com
    Class A East District Chairman Pete Moe 406-553-3355 pmoe3-k@hotmail.com
    Class A West District Chairman Wayne Raymond 406-550-0101 --------------
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    Phone: 406-580-2575


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    Ron Edwards
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    680 Sycamore Lane
    Bozeman, MT  59718
    406-580-2575
    mtlegionbaseball@gmail.com