AAU Baseball Handbook
‘Sports for All, Forever’
AAU BASEBALL HANDBOOK
I. Governance & Administration
III. Playing Rules
IV. National Championship
V. AAU Glossary
The provisions in this handbook apply to the AAU Baseball National
Championships. Individual Districts may adopt and modify these rules.
BASEBALL PROGRAM HISTORY
AAU Baseball was established in 1983 to provide an additional national level of competition for teams, players, and coaches whom
otherwise might not have that opportunity. Independent teams and teams affiliated with other baseball organizations are welcome to
participate in AAU District and National Championships. Beginning in 2001, AAU Baseball began to offer more divisions of play to
accommodate players of all skill levels and ages, as well as many different types of teams. Annually over 700 teams, representing the
52 AAU Districts, compete in AAU Baseball National Championships.
The Amateur Athletic Union of the United States is the largest non-profit volunteer service organization in the U.S. dedicated to the
promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. The foundation of AAU’s success lies in its dedicated
supporters whom are encompassing the entire nation providing youth competitions in your area, in some or all of the thirty-two
different sports in the program. Perhaps the most astounding fact about this organization is that it is comprised primarily of unpaid
volunteers-people like yourself, who believe that young people benefit from organized athletic experiences, and who dedicate their
spare time to organize or become involved in youth competitions in their local communities.
It is important to understand the structure of the AAU in order to become more involved with and to work effectively within the
organization. The organization consists of individual Districts, some states have more than one AAU Distri