When fields are open, if conditions decline coaches are responsible for stopping practice to avoid damage to fields from play on wet fields. Field hotline: 916-405-5682.
FAST FACTS ABOUT EGBR
Here is the latest on bat rules for 2013 in Babe Ruth League:
13-15 BASEBALL DIVISION The only composite barrel bats permitted are stamped BBCOR .50.
The Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division will allow ALL aluminum/alloy 2 5/8 inch barrel bats and ALL COMPOSITE HANDLE (only) aluminum/alloy barrel bats in any minus or drop. For example, if it is not a COMPOSITE BARREL bat, then -8, -9, -10, etc. bats are allowed. ALL BBCOR .50 -3 High School approved bats are allowed in the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division.
2 3/4 inch barrel bats are not approved for league play.
Metal cleats are permitted but certainly not required in EGBR.
EGBR typically has 14-17 teams each year in the 13-15 division and play is on full size fields, 60'6" mound and 90' bases. The season will start in late March/early April and go to mid-June with a 22 game schedule. Playoffs will go another week and all-stars will continue to at least the first week of July. The composition of the league is typically 75-80% 13 and 14 year olds. Your league age is determined as of May 1 of the current season.
Teams can start with a maximum of four players protected. Those who are playing high school ball can sign up as a "supplemental", which allows them to play the 2nd half of the Babe Ruth season for a reduced fee and eligibility for all-stars. Each team will have either one or two supplementals.
Tryouts will be held the first two Saturdays in February (players only have to attend one of the two tryouts), with the third Saturday as a rain make-up if needed. No players are cut after tryouts; it is simply a way to disperse the talent in a fair manner. The draft will be held the last Saturday in February. Two coaches meetings will be held in late January for those interested or curious about coaching.
Players can only be protected if the player and parent(s) agree to be protected by a certain coach. These protections can be agreed to after a player tryout, but coaches are not permitted to chase down players at the tryout field to try to obtain that approval. Instead, they can make contact by phone or e-mail afterwards. It is nice to be wanted, but make your decision on what is best for the player, not anyone else.
Teams will practice approximately three times a week during the month of March, then play approximately two games a week (sometimes three) during the season with practices at the coaches' discretion. Each team will have one doubleheader at some point in the season (after supplementals have joined their teams). There will also be at least one night game per team, perhaps two. Every team will participate in one Game of the Week, Saturday night at Bartholomew Sports Park.
We will utilize six fields- three on the west side (Nottoli, Zehnder & Bartholomew) and three on the east side (Jones North, Jones South and Brown Diamond). EGBR's boundaries cover all of Elk Grove (see Handouts on the left side menu for a map). All teams will play and practice at all fields.
A welcome letter along with a registration form is mailed out before the end of October. The registration deadline will be January 28 and fees will go up after that date. On line sign-ups will also be available once the registration window is opened.
GOLF TOURNAMENT SIGN-UPS NOW AVAILABLE
Golf Flyer Elk Grove Babe Ruth announces its fourth annual golf tournament. The tournament will be held at Wildhawk Golf Club on Friday, May 7th. Shotgun start is at 2 pm. Cost is $125 per player for one or two, $330 for three players or $400 for a foursome. Hole sponsorships are $150 for new sponsors and $100 for returning sponsors.
You can sign up online and pay with a credit card or print out the Word file above and mail in your form with a check. We'll have contests, goody bag, lunch and dinner and a raffle and silent auction at the end of the day.
Please help us support your league and join us for some good times on the course.
The 16-18 season begins in late May; you can now sign up online. Please register by May 8, 2013. The schedule is 15 games and will conclude near the 4th of July. Fees are $170 for the full season. You can also register as a pool player for $20 and pay $15 per game played if you cannot commit to the full season. Sign up online under Online Forms or go to Handouts, print the form and mail it in.
Registration will be open a few more days as we work on getting enough players for three teams. We hope to have teams picked and practicing by at least May 13th.
Baseball, Snackbar and Fun Saturday September 22-Bartholomew Babe Ruth Field
September 19, 2012
This Saturday, September 22 Elk Grove Babe Ruth presents a Quadruple Header slate of games at Bartholomew Sports Park Babe Ruth Field. The slate starts at 10am when the team from Galt vs Grayberg's team. Our Snackbar will open before the end of that game so grab some lunch! At 1pm The Grayberg team visits Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Team. The feature Double dip follows at 4pm when the Secure Auto Longhorns visit the TPC Law Muskrats. Visit the Snackbar for Dinner. Then enjoy the TPC Law Muskrats at Trojans starting at 7pm. We hope to have a singer for the National Anthem before the 7pm game and expect the scoreboard to operate during the 4pm and 7pm games. Students get Community Service hours in our Snack Bar -Contact Larry Stone (916) 759-5822
Elk Grove Babe Ruth is looking for one or more volunteers who can be available during the day to look after the fields. All of the board members work during the day, so the ideal person would be someone who is retired, an old "baseball guy", who wouldn't mind taking a little ownership over the fields to keep them in good shape. Clearing weeds, filling holes, watering down the infield and making recommendations to EGBR and CSD about what things need to be done are some of the tasks we envision. It would be great if this person or persons establish a relationship with the CSD maintenance folks and work with them on sprinkler fixes, watering adjustments, safety hazards, etc.
It would be so valuable to have a pair of eyes at the fields while the rest of us are busy at work. Providing advice and observations about the fields when the weather is questionable would be extremely valuable. We sometimes have to make decisions about cancelling practices or games without really knowing the exact conditions of the fields. This field rep could get litter or some other drying agent during the day to get fields ready for afternoon use, which is something we only do now when we show up at the fields around 4:30 or later. And usually the game or practice is delayed while this work goes on.
We also have to pick up chalk and bring it to the fields, but that is difficult work even for a young guy!!
If you are interested or you know someone who is, please contact Joe Matlen at 747-6252 or firstname.lastname@example.org or any other board member.
FALL BALL REGISTRATION OPEN
2012 Fall Ball Registration Registration for 2012 fall ball is now open! The season will consist of 12 games, played mostly through Saturday doubleheaders. It will start with practices in late August and the first games on September 8. League age 13's (based on 2013 age) will be in their own division, so they can get used to the bigger field. League age 14-15's will play in another division.
Fall ball is a good chance to play some different positions, sharpen your game, and generally work on becoming a better player. Those who would be league age 14 in 2013 that struggled a bit in the spring 2012 season or are new baseball players, can play with the 13's if they like.
Cost is $95. You can sign up online or print a form and mail it in.
There are still a few openings in the 14-15 league. The 13 league is now full. Sign up online to get your registration form in quicker. Questions? Contact Joe Matlen at 916-747-6252 or Doug Penney at 916-607-3131.
Auto Stats Click on the blue letters above or go to Handouts to get an Excel program that wil keep track of your team hitting stats. This model was developed by Rob McAfee.
KIDS NEED COMMUNITY SERVICE?!
If you know someone who needs community service hours, Elk Grove Babe Ruth is a great organization to gain those hours. We can use assistance in field maintenance, refurbishing equipment, help at tryouts, help with fundraisers, help at tournaments, and possibly other areas. Contact Joe Matlen at email@example.com for more information.
If you have any interest in becoming an umpire for Elk Grove Babe Ruth, please contact Mark Steele at (916) 684-0704.
Are You a RAFFLE WINNER?
June 16, 2012
Thank you to everyone that supported the Babe Ruth Raffle this season. After drawing and announcing names this morning at the championship game, we still have prizes that have yet to be claimed. If your name is on the list below, please come to Bartholomew Park from 5:30-7:30pm to pick up your prize or call Larry Stone (916) 759-5822 to make other arrangements.
Elva Perez - $25 Jamba Juice Gift Card R. Flaga - $25 Starbucks Gift Card Roger Tarfoya - $25 iTune Gift Card Brian Camp - $25 Starbucks Gift Card Matt Flores - $25 Mimi's Gift Card Mark Splinter - $100 BMP Gift Certificate Jim Hunt - 3 Front Row Giants Tickets for 7/1
Sand Gnats prevail over Owlz in back and forth game
The Owlz advanced to the 2012 League Champioinship game on Thursday defeating the Thunder 10-2 on Thursday. With pitchers Peter Sprague, Austin Archuleta and Jack Roselli, they held off a tough Thunder team, combining for a one-hitter. The Owlz scored 5 in the 3rd inning to break a 1-1 tie, on a triple by Archuleta. With two runners on, Sprague followed with another triple to drive in two. Ryan Ames then singled him home to make the score 6-1.
In the National League semi-final, a grueling matchup between the Ironbirds and the #5 seed, Sand Gnats played 7 innings and were tied. In the 8th inning the Sand Gnats scored what proved to be the winning run, as Nick Pruitt closed the game for the win. More details to follow...
The Championship game was played at Bartholomew Babe Ruth field. The grandstands were filled with fans who were treated to a great game. The Owlz forged a three run lead early and then after falling behind mounted a comeback that failed. Among the leading hitters for the Owlz Ryan Ames had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Austin Archeleta had a doble and scored 2 runs while Tyler Lantsberger had a hit and 2 RBI. Ethan Moreno had a hit and 2 runs scored. Other Owlz with hits were Jose Robles and Zachary Aquila. The Sand Gnats were lead by Nicholas Henderson who was 2 out of 3 with a Double and 2 RBI. Winning pitcher Nick Pruitt had a hit and scored a run as well. Lead off hitter Kevin Brase was 2 out of 3 at the plate while 2 hole hitter Ricky Van Houten was 1 out of 2 with 2 runs scored. Tanner Smith had a hit and an RBI. There were added hits by Devin Ashley and Garrett Bray. Starting pitch Andrew Gale pitched 3 innings with no earned runs. Andrew also had an RBI. A great game to finish the season.
LOOKING FOR CAL RIPKEN INFO?
Elk Grove has two Cal Ripken leagues, which operate under the Babe Ruth League, for players age 5-12. Go to the links on the left side menu to navigate to their websites. One is for players east of Highway 99 and one is for players west of Highway 99.
May 13, 2013 – 07:00 PM
Next Board Meeting is May 13, 2013. Contact Joe Matlen for details at 747-6252.
TYLER ROUTT ALL-STAR GAMES
In addition to the 22 game regular season schedule, each player will have the chance to participate in the Tyler Routt "Gamer" Mid-season All Star Classic. Held on May 1, 2011, the Tyler Routt Classic is a unique contest between players who in the opinion of their coaches demonstrate the will, effort and can-do attitude of the late Tyler Routt. Tyler Routt was a long time player in this league who inspired his coaches and teammates by his love of the game and desire to play it hard. He was not the best player on the field but he exhibited the best "Gamer" attitude. After his Elk Grove Babe Ruth playing days were over Tyler Routt was killed in an auto accident. The league established this all star game in his honor. It features, not the sure fire future high school players, but the players who are gamers. We have found over the years that these players tend to elevate themselves and their level of play and become very good players and even star players later in their careers. For more on the Tyler Routt Classic see Remembering a Gamer by Joe Matlen (click handouts on the left menu and select "Tyler Routt Article").