End of 2020: Updates from the Kirkwood Legion Baseball Director - Stu Vincent
Our Fall program was incredibly successful!
- Varsity Tournament win Aug 29-30
- Varsity Fall League Champs!
- JV Tournament win October 10-11
- JV Fall League Champs!
- 15u wins 15/16u Tournament October 17-18
- Freshman 2nd place finish Fall League
- Proud Partners with South Western Illinois College Head Coach Dave Garcia and Pitching and Catching Coach Adam!
- Weekly practices out of Kirkwood Athletic Association ... thanks Eric, Matt and all of KAA!
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. Please watch for our next tryouts this spring! Contact Legion Director Stu Vincent with any questions ... 314-960-0397 or StuVincent22@gmail.com.
While we anticipate 100% returning players, we will have limited roster spots for Summer 2021, 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 year 2020 has been. 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 Winter!
1) Winter Workouts will begin Saturday January 9, 2021
2) Indoor Hitting with Coach Hack!
3) Indoor Fielding with Coach Dave!
4) Pitching Instruction with Coach Adam!
5) Catching Instruction with Coach Adam!
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), and had an AWESOME FALL!!!
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!
2020 Summer Wrap-Up & Fall Preview
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.
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