Haywood American Legion Post 47 will hold tryouts for the American Legion Senior League Baseball team on Saturday April 29th starting at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon May 7th starting at 2:00 p.m. The head coach for the 2017 team will be Bergin Tatum head coach at Tuscola. He will be assisted by Jeremy Ellenburg the head baseball coach at Smoky Mountain. Both coaches played baseball for the Catamounts. The Haywood Post 47 2015 team won the Region 10 Championship and advanced to the state championship losing in the second round the the eventual state champion team from West Rowan.
Young men born between January 1st 1998 and December 31st 1999 are eligible to play senior league. The American Legion has NO waivers on age and are absolute on acceptable birth certificates. The entire rule book is available on line simple search the American Legion Baseball. Another important regulation requires players to play their second year of eligibility for the same team they played for in their first year of eligibility. Also all players for Haywood Post 47 MUST have parents or a guardian with a permanent address in North Carolina. In 2014 Haywood post 47 was required to forfeit several games because a player from Rabun Gap Nacoochee School was on the team. Even though the player competed against many of the North Carolina schools in high school while playing for the private school did not qualify for a waiver. Since Asheville Post 70 is the only other Legion team in western North Carolina players from Haywood County west will be required to tryout for Post 47 so the competition is expected to be intense. College or University participation does not disqualify a player from Legion baseball so long as their age is in the acceptable time frame. In the past players from Canton to Hiwassee Dam have participated including a couple of key players from Swain and Hayesville in 2016.
For more information contact either Coach Tatum at Tuscola or Coach Ellenburg at Smoky Mountain. The team Athletic Director in Roy Pressley in Waynesville at 828-452-1015. WRGC Radio is gearing up to broadcast several of this year’s Post 47 games. There are excellent sponsorship opportunities available. If interested contact the WRGC Sales Department at 828-586-2221