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The American Legion Launches new Community based fastpitch softball program

09/16/2022, 7:30am CDT
By Bob Tomlinsonj

It will be like the American Legion Baseball Program that has been in existence for decades

A few months ago my good friend Jim Wickert whom I met through our great game of fastpitch contacted me and told me about a new American Legion Fastpitch Softball Program he was helping develop. He told me he'd be in touch when he had more information to share. 

Earlier today he sent me the following message. I'm sharing it with all of you in this news item. 

Hi  Bob,
I hope that all is well with you and yours.  The text below and the attached brochure provide information on the American Legion Softball program that we are planning for the 2023 season.  If it is something that you think is worthwhile I would appreciate if you would pass this on as you see fit.  You will note that our Legion State Tournament is scheduled for the same weekend that the travel teams are at their National Tournaments.  We are envisioning teams that are school district based but the roster can include players from more than one school district if that is what it takes to form a team.
Thank you,
Jim Wickert
(608) 478-1937 (Office)
(608) 228-3834 (Cell)

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you an exciting, new opportunity that is being offered beginning in 2023.  Wisconsin American Legion is excited to offer American Legion Softball next spring, just as we currently offer American Legion Baseball to over 200 programs in Wisconsin!  With the 2023 inaugural season, Wisconsin will become one of the very few states in the nation to offer this program.  

The program will be offered to those entering grades 8-12 this fall.  It will have two divisions based on the school district enrollments of the players on the teams.  A unique opportunity our program will offer is an opportunity to all registered teams for post season play and the opportunity to play for a state championship.  Sole commitment to Wisconsin American Legion Softball is not required with the exception of post-season tournament play. 

Team registration will open on October 15, 2022, with team registration closing May 1, 2023.  The registration and insurance fees will be very affordable, with combined totals under $500.

We ask that you help spread the word of this great opportunity being offered beginning in 2023.  Please feel free to share throughout the “softball world.”  We will be in the vendor area at the 2023 WFSCA Coaches Clinic and would love to talk to you all about our program.

You may reference our website for further information,  Also, please take a look at the attached brochure.  Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have or want to talk further about the opportunity offered by Wisconsin American Legion Softball!

 See you on the diamond in 2023!

Very Respectfully,


Jen Swenson

Program Coordinator

The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin

Direct (608) 745-0338

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