The new rule for American Legion baseball that was set to begin in 2015 to not allow 19 year old players, who are attending college, to play has now been scrapped.
American Legion state officials informed coaches of all 16 teams in District V on Thursday via email that the incoming rule has now been “rescinded.”
No explanation was given in the email on why the ruling has been scrapped, according to Smith Post head coach Tony Abone Jr.
“We just got an email today saying that the rule of the 19-year-old or college freshman not being able to play is being rescinded,” he said.
“Obviously with four of our players we have now, they get to come back next year and play. I was surprised to get it and read it today. I don’t know all of the particulars about it but they sent it out to tell our coaches and players about it. I’m sure at the (District V Tournament seeding) meeting in two weeks we’ll find out more about it.”
Smith players Bernie Adorino, Drew DeBlasiis, Adam Chmielewski and Anthony Pacicca began the season under the impression that it would be their last, but now instead they will have the option of returning next year if they so choose.
“The kids are excited because they thought they were done,” said Abone. “With the exception of Jeff Cooke, everyone on the team now is eligible to be back next year.”