WESTTOWN EXPRESS BASEBALL

 

 

Online Registration Open; 2020 Tryouts April 4th and 5th

Online registration for the 2020 Westtown Express American Legion spring season is now open (2nd tab above). We ask that all interested players register online ahead of tryouts.
 
We anticipate fielding all four teams this season: Prep, Sandlot, Junior Legion, and Senior Legion. League age is defined as the player's age as of 12-31-2020. The four teams are broken out by the following age groups:
  • Prep - 14U (birth year 2006 and later)
  • Sandlot - 15U (birth year 2005)
  • Junior Legion - 16U (birth year 2004)
  • Senior Legion - 17-19 (birth years 2001-2003)

If a player is league age 19 (birth year 2001) and in college, they are eligible to play so long as they played for the Westtown Legion team last year. All players must live in the Rustin High School demographic area to play for a Westtown Express team.

Because of the timing of the Easter holiday this year, we are planning tryouts for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, April 4th and 5th (rain date tentatively set for April 19th). The time for different age groups to report will be posted later in March. Prospective players must attend at least one, and preferably both, tryouts to be considered for a roster position. Legion will remain a wood bat league for the 2020 season and team bats will be available at tryouts for players who do not yet own their own. Registration fees are $400 ($300 for a second player from the same family) and are required at tryouts for a player to be considered for a roster spot (check will be shredded if player does not make a roster). Checks should be made payable to "Westtown Legion Baseball" with the player's name in the memo line.

The Legion baseball season generally runs from the middle of May (generally when school teams have finished their seasons) through mid-July.

OUR MISSION

The Westtown Express will provide young men the opportunity to play competitive baseball, while embracing fairness, hard work and a respect for all teammates and competitors.

Westtown Express

BASEBALL MADE PERFECTLY CLEAR

This is a game played by two teams, one out the other in. The one that’s in sends players out one at a time to see if they can get in before they get out. If they get out before they get in, they come in; but, it doesn’t count.  If they get in before they get out, it does count.

When the ones out get three outs from the ones in before they get in without getting out, the team that’s out comes in and the team that’s in goes out to get those going in out before they get in without being out.

When both teams have been in and out nine times the game is over. The team with the most in without being out before coming in wins unless the ones in are equal, in which case, the last ones go out to get the ones in out before they get in without being out.

The game ends when each team has the same number of ins out; but, one team has more in without being out before coming in.

Just a simple game, isn’t it? 

By Harry K.

THE BALL PLAYER'S 10 COMMANDMENTS

  1. Nobody ever became a ball player by walking after the ball
  2. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder
  3. If what you did yesterday still looks big to you; you haven't done much today
  4. Keep your head up and you not have to keep it down
  5. When you start to slide, slide! He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one
  6. Do not alibi on bad hops. Anyone can field a good one
  7. Always run them out. You can never tell
  8. Never Quit
  9. Do not find too much fault with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are
  10. A pitcher who hasn't got control hasn't got anything

Written by Chief Bender, Phila Athletics: 1903-1914

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