Kirkwood Legion Baseball

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Who are We?

The Kirkwood Legion Baseball organization is made up of select-level, high-school age baseball players living in the Kirkwood, Webster Groves, and Lindbergh school districts. Players can go to any school, but must live in these school districts.  

Covid and Legion Baseball ... while we remain extremely careful, Kirkwood Legion Baseball is thriving in 2020 ... our Fall program for 3 teams have offered:

  • Collect Coaching Instructional Sessions (weekly)
  • League play (out of Pacific High School)
  • Tournament play
  • Outdoor practices (minimum weekly) 

With the Summer 2020 American Legion season being canceled due to COVID, our Kirkwood Legion baseball organization competed in a Summer Combined League with other Legion Post Teams and other club teams throughout the greater St. Louis area.  Based on high demand, we are fielding 4 teams ... One 18u/Varsity , One 17/18u/JV and TWO 16u/Freshman teams.

When competing in the American Legion seasons, the Kirkwood Legion Baseball teams play a game and practice schedule consisting of:

  • District 10 team games 
  • ‘Out-of-District’ games
  • Local tournaments
  • American Legion District 10 All-Star game
  • American Legion District 10 DOUBLE ELIMINATION Playoffs
  • American Legion Zone Playoffs (winner and host of District 10 playoffs advance) and American Legion National Playoffs (if win Zone playoffs)

Kirkwood Legion Baseball teams play our home games on the Kirkwood High School Varsity baseball field and at Kirkwood North Middle School in partnership with the Kirkwood High School athletic department.  We also play out of Kirkwood Athletic Association.

Benefits of Legion Baseball

Strong competition

  • High School skill level competition
  • Annual District, Zone and National playoff tournaments
  • The Legion organization selects players to compete in District and State All-Star games
  • Teams have the flexibility to compete in local tournaments and against other local clubs
  • Competing with wood bats (Varsity and JV levels) helps hitting in high school and beyond

Comparative costs

  • Less overhead and no mandatory participation results in lower per player fees 
  • No ‘out-of-town’ or overnight travel … if offered, it won’t ever be required
  • Partnerships with professional hitting, pitching and defensive coaches

Excellent 'Baseball-to-Life' balance

  • Players are not required to play every season … but year-round programs are available
  • Teams generally target 3 to 4 weekly baseball events (games, practices, cages, etc.)
  • Roster sizes allow for other player activities (work, family vacation, a weekend off, etc.)
  • Baseball activities are targeted for weekdays with occasional weekend tournaments/games

Alignment/Visibility to coaches

  • Kirkwood Legion Baseball organization partnerships with Kirkwood, Lindbergh and Webster Groves Athletic Directors and Baseball Coaching staffs provide visibility for Legion players with their future High School Coaches
  • The Legion organization is committed to helping connect Seniors with their preferred college coaches  

Opportunity for you to remain involved (if you want)

  • Legion baseball has a mix of professional and parent coaches
  • With American Legion, you can remain involved with:
    • Coaching (experience and qualifications dictate coaching positions)
    • Practice Help
    • Legion Committees
  • Legion will keep existing teams together ... you can join as a team OR an individual (pending geographic restrictions)

American Legion - Missouri District 10

The Kirkwood Legion Baseball organization competes in the Missouri State American Legion District 10.  The District 10 American Legion Posts include:

  1. Kirkwood Post 156 (made up of players from Kirkwood, Webster Groves & Lindbergh schools)
  2. Ballwin Post 611 
  3. Chesterfield Post 556  
  4. Eureka Post 177  
  5. Lemay Post 162 
  6. Manchester Post 208
  7. Maryland Heights Post 213
  8. Thoman Boothe Post 338

The Kirkwood Legion Baseball organization competes against other Missouri and Illinois American Legion posts including Pacific Post 320, Union Post 297, Ellsberry Post 226, Washington Post 218, Wentzville Post 323, Jerseyville Post 492 among others.

Professional Coaching Partners

I'd like to thank our hitting coach Steve Hacker and our Conditioning and Pitching Coach Cam Hatch as we continue to partner with them for our Winter and Spring Workouts preparing our players for their High School seasons!