Updates from the Kirkwood Legion Baseball Director - Stu Vincent
What's HOT now ... Team Tryouts for Fall 2020 and Summer 2021!
Our Fall 2020 and Summer 2021 tryouts have been extremely productive and we have many new, skilled players joining our organization. We are excited to have you.
We have a few remaining spots, so if interested in scheduling a tryout, please contact Legion Director Stu Vincent with interest ... please send your email to StuVincent22@gmail.com.
What a Summer this has been so far. I am so proud of all of our teams, players and families for their patience, sportsmanship and commitment to our demanding schedule. We conducted ourselves with strong adherence to Covid guidelines and our sportsmanship is exemplary ... all the while being extremely successful against very strong competition. We continue to grow as an organization even during these challenging times.
It is time to switch our focus to this Fall! Due to tremendous demand, we will be fielding 3 teams:
1) One 17/18u team (wood bat only)
2) Two 15/16u teams (metal and wood bat)
Please remember, the Fall approach is more casual (free subbing, less practices, etc.) This year's overall plan:
Once the schedules are released, please watch the Event Schedule section for game times, practice times and instructional camp times. Please remeber that all Fall activities are OPTIONAL ... school sports take priority and so does homework!
- the league for our 3 teams will all be played out of PACIFIC High School (through Ellisville Athletic Association)
- 12 league games played on Tues, Weds, Thurs, Sat and/or Sun. WeekDAYS 5:30p and/or 8p and WeekEND starts anywhere from 10a-8p
- 2 hour time limit
- Games to begin August 15 and be played through mid-October
- Mostly Legion teams
- Tuesday nights from 6-8p (all teams/players) ... starting Tuesday Aug 4 ... all at Kirkwood Athletic Association #2
INSTRUCTION (still finalizing approach)
- Weekly sessions (likely Mondays) with SWIC Head Coach Dave Garcia ... sessions to start mid/late August
- Sessions to include instruction on hitting, INF/OF defense, pitching and catching
Thanks to all who helped the Kirkwood Legion Baseball Organization with an incredibly successful 2020 and our record setting 2019. Special thanks to our Hitting Instructor, Steve Hacker, and our Pitching and Conditioning instructor Cam Hatch.
While we began the summer re-conditioning, and competing with a GAME HEAVY schedule this summer, due to our recent COVID scare (with all tested Kirkwood players testing NEGATIVE), we have decided to make some shifts for the remainder of our summer season. Please keep in mind it remains each family's responsibility to not send a player to a game or practice that has symptoms of the Coronavirus, including but not limited to fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pains, loss of smell or taste, or who has been in contact with someone diagnosed with the virus in the previous 14 days. We will ask our team these pertinent questions before we take the field.
Some of our changes:
- Scaling back game schedule and replacing with practices
- Limiting game roster sizes to no more than ~11 for single games and ~13 for Double Headers
- Restricting players to only competing for OUR Kirkwood baseball organization
- We will ask the opposing coach if any of his players have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone having the virus.
- Social distancing in the dugout will be enforced as best possible. Players will be asked to sit behind the dugout in the event we cannot adequately separate in the dugout.
- We will continue to bar seeds or gum in the dugout or on the field.
- We will continue to not allow players to share equipment.
- We will continue to discourage fist bumps or high fives.
Thanks to all for your continued adherence to these rules moving forward!
As a final recap from 2019:
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on the Kirkwood Legion Baseball Organization on winning THREE of the 6 possible District 10 plaques for the Summer 2019 season!
1)Freshman District 1o Regular Season (and undefeated!) Champions
2) Freshman District 10 District Tournament Finalist
3) JV District 10 District Tournament Finalist and 2019 American Legion Zone qualifier!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KIRKWOOD LEGION VARSITY TEAM for a great season and long run to the SEMI-Finals before bowing out to the eventual District Playoff Champs!
And additional congratulations to the Kirkwood Legion JV team as they qualified for the American Legion ZONE tournament this week at Yanks Field in Ste Genevieve ... with an unlucky draw, eventually lost to the Zone Tournament Finalists and Champions.
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the Kirkwood Freshman team on a PERFECT DISTRICT SEASON!
Fall Ball session updates:
Due to overwhelming response and interest, we had 3 teams participating in Fall teams:
- TWO 15/16u teams
- ONE 17/18u team ... CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING THE FALL 2019 SESSION!!!
Final 2019 Summer results:
Varsity - 5th place District 10 finish but made the District Semi-Finals
Junior Varsity - 3rd place Summer 2019 District 10 finish and qualified for Zones!
Freshman - 1st place and undefeated Summer 2019 District 10 finish
Varsity Team News/Updates - Head Coach Dave Humphrey
Great job this summer ... we have been extremely competitive vs highly skilled teams.
Please attend practices for the remainder of the Summer whenever you can. Part of our commitment isn't just to provide games and tournaments ... we expect to continue to make you better baseball players setting you up for an exciting fall and next year's High School season!
Junior Varsity Team News/Updates - Head Coach Tom Dunn
Coach Dave is right ... it's been a great summer and I am proud of you all!
Let's keep the momentum rolling as we close out the summer and head into fall!
Freshman Team News/Updates - Head Coach Stu Vincent/Daniel Witt
Kirkwood High School/Kirkwood … 801 W Essex Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Heine Meine/Lemay … 153 LeMay Ferry Rd, Lemay, MO 63125BMAC/Maryland Heights … 13161 Taussig Ave, Bridgeton, MO 63044
Ellisville Athletic Association/Eureka & Ballwin … 2301 Westhills Park Dr. Ellisville, MO 63011ABC fields/Thoman Boothe … 10050 Livingston Ave, Saint Ann, MO 63074
DeSoto High School/DeSoto … 815 Amvets Dr, Desoto, MO 63020Ronsick Field/Washington … 211 High St; Washington, Missouri 63090