The American Legion baseball program is a national organization for players between 13 and 19 years of age. The goal of the Boyertown Legion baseball program is to provide players with the highest level of competition in our area while also giving those interested in playing at the next level the tools and instruction they need to achieve their dreams. Teams in the Legion program play in the Spring Season and require a tryout to participate.
The Legion program can be thought of as three different levels. Junior Legion Prep and Junior Legion are the youngest level, for 13-16 year-olds. At this level, the focus is on helping the player adapt to the full size field and identifying a primary fielding position for the player based on their skill set. Junior Legion Prep and Junior Legion coaches work with each player to master the fundamentals of their focus position.
The next level is the 17U Showcase team. At this age, players interested in playing collegiately start identifying and reaching out to target schools. The 17U Showcase team is designed to facilitate the college recruiting process while each player continues to receive instruction to help them to master their specialty position. This team plays in 2-3 regional College Showcase tournaments in the Spring Season to give players an opportunity to get in front of college coaches.
The most senior level is the Senior Legion team. At this level, players interested in playing collegiately have already engaged with target schools and perhaps committed to a school. This level is focused on continued instruction and development for each player's position while playing high-level baseball to gain experience.
The following graphic shows the age groups associated with each Boyertown team in the Legion program. Boyertown has two Junior Legion teams. The Grizzlies have players from the geography associated with Boyertown Middle School East and the Bear Cubs have players from the geography associated with Boyertown Middle School West. The age cut-offs for all teams in the Legion program are based on the player's age on December 31 of the year that they play for the team.
A tabular summary of the different Boyertown teams in the Legion program is shown below. Click the team name link to find out more information about that team. Players that meet the residency requirement for a team but attend a private school are still eligible to participate.
|Junior Legion Prep||14U||Bear Paws||Boyertown School District||BMBL|
|Junior Legion||16U||Grizzlies||Boyertown Middle School East||BMBL|
|Junior Legion||16U||Bear Cubs||Boyertown Middle School West||BMBL|
|17U Showcase||17U||Blue Collars||Boyertown School District||Senior Legion|
|Senior Legion||19U||Bears||Boyertown school district||Senior Legion|
All teams in the Legion program require a tryout for participation. Tryout schedules are designed to ensure that players that are cut from one team will have an opportunity to tryout for the other team(s) in their age group or the Babe Ruth Kodiak team for their age group. An overview of Legion and Kodiak team tryout options for each age group can be found here.