TORRINGTON – With the recent announcement the American Legion national organization has canceled the 2020 season’s Regional and World Series events, it caused some confusion around the state over whether there would even be a season.
Other than that, nothing is going to change about the upcoming season.
“Not much has changed,” Wyoming State Chairman Cody Beers told WyoPreps.com earlier this week. “Our teams are still practicing. We are just completely separated from our national organization this season. We are Wyoming American Legion Baseball for this year.”
Wyoming American Legion Baseball will not be tied to the national organization but is still being backed by the Wyoming Department of the American Legion, according to Beers.
When Wyoming decided to go ahead with a season, the biggest obstacle became insurance.
“Everyone switched over to K&K Insurance through the national, and once the national dissolved, everyone started getting refunds on their insurance,” Tiger manager Rob Mortimore said.
The state of Wyoming was able to get back with K&K Insurance, making sure all the teams are covered.
One of the other differences will be the state has generated a waiver that every player and parent are required to sign if a player wishes to participate in the 2020 season, not holding the state responsible should they contract COVID-19 while playing.
“Cody Beers has been good about getting stuff rounded up for us and staying ahead of the battle for us,” Mortimore said. “He’s really stepped up and got the ball rolling in getting us in a position to start playing games.”
As of right now, there are a couple teams which are still up in the air whether they will have a season. As a result, that has affected the Tiger schedule.
“We are helping each other out. We are picking up games here and there within the state, making sure the guys are out on the field playing this summer. That’s what we all want.”
The Tigers are currently scheduled to begin their season on Wednesday, May 27 in Wheatland before traveling to Casper on Tuesday, June 2.
The second annual Dean Bullock Tournament was moved up a day to June 11-12 due to the Goshen County School District graduation.