Playing for the Ozark Generals

Playing for the Generals:

The Generals Baseball Club of the Ozarks, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, compete independently in the Midwest. The team plays at Meador Park in Springfield, the primary home field for the organization since 1996 & also at Barnhouse Field in west Springfield.

Player applications for 2021 can be downloaded here. (Sending in the application does not provide a roster spot without approval, but simply increases consideration.) Roster makeup is heavily upperclassman: SR, JR, & JUCO Soph. Seniors who have completed their college eligibility & are looking to sign with a professional league are given roster preference. Freshman position players are considered only after late April. Red-shirts are not taken from any level of college baseball unless a former player.

Players or coaches with questions can contact Manager, Rusty Aton, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. 417 832-8830 or email to

Cost of Playing for the Generals:

Because the Generals operate as an unfunded state and federally registered not-for-profit organization, all players contribute the amount necessary to cover the cost of the season. Player contribution for 2021 are $250 for pitchers/seniors and $350 for position players. Fees collected help cover uniforms, league dues, insurance, plus most overnight travel expenses.

Once a roster spot is offered and accepted, a $100 non-refundable deposit must be returned immediately with the Player Registration Form & Code of Conduct. Player fundraising documents are sent out via email immediately after signed contact and deposits are received.

Players are Provided With:

  • Three or four jerseys

  • Two undershirts

  • A hat

  • Navy blue belt (depending on team)

  • Navy blue socks

  • Pre-Game Shorts

  • Players To Provide:
    It is recommended that players provide their own newer solid white and solid grey pants (no piping and no old practice pants) to ensure correct length and fit. If you do not have any, a pair(s) can be loaned in limited sizes.

    Housing, Employment, and Transportation

    Housing: Housing for players without friends or family in the Springfield area is provided through area host families or subleased houses/apartments. Host families are limited supply and go to players in order: pitchers, senior position players, all other position players. Any one receiving one is requested a $100 donation offset host families incurred expense. Arrangements are set up in early May & only after signing a player code of conduct agreement. Strict rules apply to staying with host families. Apartment/House cost average $250 per month and still require a code of conduct to be signed.

    Employment: Limited jobs are typically available for players looking to make extra money however players are responsible for securing employment.

    Transportation: Transportation around southern Missouri is the responsibility of all players. All players must bring a vehicle and drive themselves to work and local/southern division games or receive prior clearance before signing on to play. Team transportation for long road trips in the form of a team owned van is available for position player and pitchers who are expected to play those series.

    Wood Bats

    Position players will have team owned composite bats available or can use their own wood bat. Players may use any approved wood bat.