HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska Legion Baseball is planning to a hold a regular season this summer. The move comes on the heels of Governor Pete Ricketts announcement on Monday, May 11 allowing youth baseball and softball to start June 1st.
Nebraska Legion Chairman, Jody Moeller stressed the importance of following the guidelines Governor Ricketts advised teams must follow.
"[Ricketts] return to youth sports directive came out. It fit that bill perfectly. It took care of the two weeks of practice for us," Moeller said. "So this all fell into place perfectly, with the National letter that came out and then the Governor's announcement on Monday."
Moeller said they will not have the National American Legion's sponsorship or involvement following their announcement Sunday, May 10.
"We wanted everybody to know that we weren't going to be one of the 15, 16 states around the country that completely cancelled their Legion baseball program," Moeller said. "We left the door open and it's going to workout. We're going to have a pretty decent season I think."
Moeller said without national backing, teams will be required to get insurance before registering for the regular season. He said legion representatives will be meeting this Friday to go over the details and rules of the season. They will release that information next Monday, May 18 on the Nebraska Legion website.
It is still undecided what venues teams will play at but teams still can wear their Legion jerseys with the American Legion patch.
Moeller said the best way for athletes to register is to contact their coaches. Games will begin June 18 and go until the end of July.