As Cambria County winner St. Michael heads to today’s Region 7 American Legion Tournament at Indiana’s White Township Complex, changes are being discussed for the local baseball league’s 2007 season.

In particular, the majority of team managers in the Cambria County American Legion are looking at ways to strengthen the league’s make up and rescheduling by-laws.

Traditionally, the league loosely followed a policy that permitted teams to make up games at a date that suited both teams involved.

But according to information on the league’s Web site, that system failed this year, as several teams failed to reschedule.

This has forced the league to drop unplayed games from the schedule and has opened the door for teams to qualify for post-season play despite the fact that they didn’t play all of their regular-season games.

“When this league was established, it wasn’t done to serve as a pick-up league so high school kids could get some at-bats during the summer months,” said Cambria County League Vice President Jason Kaminsky, who is the manager of the Richland/Windber team, on the league’s Web site.

“American Legion baseball is an institution in its own right. Therefore, it is the responsibility of team managers to uphold the integrity of the league and not to act with motives that serve their own personal agendas.”

Ten of the league’s 15 teams qualified for this year’s Cambria County American Legion baseball playoffs, including Somerset (20-2), St. Michael (18-3), Nanty Glo (13-9), Bedford (14-6), Meyersdale (14-6), Richland/Windber (12-10), Conemaugh Valley/Johnstown (12-10), Westmont/Ferndale (9-12), Ebensburg (10-10) and Lilly/Loretto (8-12).

Each team was scheduled to play 22 games.

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One of my co-workers, Shawn B. Curtis, was driving on Route 56 and observed that Thomas J. Madill Field now has light towers.

There had been talk about putting in lights at the United High School gridiron facility for many years and it looks like the Lions are soon going to be playing Friday night football.

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High school football camps are just a few weeks away and coaches will be taking extra precautions, especially if the recent heat wave continues.

A youth football league in Florida is rethinking safety requirements after two boys died during separate summer practices this month.

The boys, ages 11 and 12, collapsed days apart after running laps at their first Tampa Bay Youth Football League practices.

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