Last Updated: July 3, 2016
John Villella
Southern NJ District 1 Commissioner
167 Clover Ave. Trenton, NJ 08638
(609) 883-5608
the3VillellaBoys@aol.com

 

     2016 DISTRICT 1 BASEBALL  

   CHAMPIONS

 

  

8U - HOPEWELL 

9U -  HOPEWELL 

10U -  NORTHERN BURLINGTON 

11U 50/70 - NORTHERN BURLINGTON 

12U 50/70 - HAMILTON LITTLE LADS   

12U 46/60 - CHAMBERSBURG 

13U - HAMILTON BABE RUTH  

14U - NOTTINGHAM

15U - EWING / HOPEWELL

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2016 TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    DISTRICT 1   SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY   MIDDLE ATLANTIC REG
 
                     
                       
8 YEAR OLDS   23-Jun UPPER FREEHOLD   14-Jul MOUNT LAUREL   29-Jul ROME ENY  
9 YEAR OLDS   23-Jun UPPER FREEHOLD   14-Jul MOORESTOWN   29-Jul MARLTON SNJ  
10 YEAR OLDS   22-Jun MONTGOMERY   8-Jul MOUNT LAUREL   21-Jul POUGHKEEPSIE ENY  
11 YEAR OLDS 50/70 27-Jun MONTGOMERY   14-Jul BRICK AMERICAN   29-Jul AUDUBON NWPA
12 YEAR OLDS 46/60 23-Jun NORTH TRENTON   8-Jul MARLTON   21-Jul MONROE NNJ  
12 YEAR OLDS
50/70 24-Jun HOPEWELL   1-Jul WASHINGTON TWP   14-Jul MARLTON SNJ  
                       
                       
13 YEAR OLDS   24-Jun HAMILTON    8-Jul ATLANTIC SHORE   22-Jul QUEENSBURY ENY  
14 YEAR OLDS   24-Jun NOTTINGHAM   8-Jul HAMILTON   22-Jul ATLANTIC SHORE SNJ  
13-15 YEAR OLDS   24-Jun EWING / HOPEWELL   8-Jul EWING / HOPEWELL   22-Jul WEST END PA  
16-18 YEAR OLDS     OPEN   8-Jul OPEN   21-Jul MOUNT OLIVE NNJ  

 


PETE RICHARDSON

DISTRICT 1

MEMORIAL UMPIRE AWARD


District 1 commissioner John Villella will be presenting the first annual award at the close of the 2016 District 1 baseball season.


This award is named in memory of Pete Richardson.  Pete exemplified what an umpire should be, in all aspects of the great game of baseball.

 

The following are the criteria for this prestigious award:

 

 

  • Well respected among fellow umpires, coaches and players
  • A long tenured career (10+ years is preferred) which will have included recreational, district, state and regional games

  • Volunteers time to mentor umpires and helps to run clinics

  • Regularly promotes good sportsmanship and fair play

  • Makes the game of baseball a GREAT experience first and foremost for all players, coaches and fans

  • Shows hustle, good judgement, honesty, integrity and consistency

 

 

 


John Villella reflects on 25 years as
District One Babe Ruth League commissioner
By JOE O’GORMAN, jogorman@trentonian.com
Posted: 09/24/14, 4:15 PM EDT |

Over the last 25 years, a lot has changed in the structure, coaching and administration of youth baseball.
However, the one constant factor has been the role of John Villella as the Babe Ruth League District One Commissioner.

Leagues have changed, league presidents have changed ... even the rules have changed, yet under the leadership of Villella, baseball in District One has continued to operate at a standard that rises above it all.
Babe Ruth’s headquarters have been based in Mercer County since its inception and the tireless efforts of Villella to maintain a top-notch district have not gone unnoticed.

“District One is the flagship area for the Babe Ruth League,” said BRL vice president Robert Faherty. “It is the home of where it all started and John represents the Babe Ruth League with great passion.”
Villella’s passion has been burning since he managed in the Ewing Babe Ruth League. Over the last 25 years, Villella has taken District One to the highest level.

Whether it is a league president, a state commissioner, a regional commissioner or BRL headquarters they all know they can call on Villella for help and support.

Villella’s involvement in Babe Ruth Baseball covers 42 years, and in an era where change in leadership is often, Villella continues to carry the BRL mantle.

Under Villella’s guidance, District One has seen fall baseball grow each year. The all-tournament game at Arm & Hammer Park (formerly Waterfront Park), a cooperative effort with the Trenton Thunder, has been an event close to Villella’s heart.

“It’s really great to be able to give the kids an opportunity to play a game there,” Villella said. “It’s about being able to do something for the kids.”

This year every state tournament at the Babe Ruth level was hosted by a league in District One. It’s a tribute to Villella and his staff that the district has become the premier host of Babe Ruth baseball.

“It really makes me feel good that the tournaments are here,” Villella said. “It’s a compliment to my staff and me. I have a very hard working staff. Jack Lippincott was on my staff for 23 years and I couldn’t ask for a better commissioner. Tony Gould has been there for 20 some years and he just retired. Guys like that have helped me make the district what it is.”

The district allows kids to learn the game, play the game and play it in an extremely well organized venue.

“John is committed to the leagues and the players in District One,” Faherty said. “His experience as a Babe Ruth parent, coach and league administrator has made it personal for John. Babe Ruth headquarters has the utmost respect for John and his staff for the many years of dedicated and tireless service.”
Right there with Villella has been his wife, Joan. She not only provides him with the time to foster his passion, she gives all she can to make the district better, too.

“I just try to do the right thing for everyone especially the kids” Villella said. “Joan has been a treasure for this district. I’ve been lucky to surround myself with a great staff and the presidents in this district are wonderful”
Villella’s passion, dedication and love for Babe Ruth baseball over the past 25 years have made District One a special place for kids to play the game.

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District One is the best that Babe Ruth League baseball has to offer...
  
TRENTONIAN, 07/13/2004 -
"A district like no other: District One is the best that Babe Ruth League baseball has to offer...District One is the envy of the seven other districts that are in Southern New Jersey. No district has as many teams,or players as talented, as the ones competing in
District One...people in this district take their Babe Ruth baseball very seriously, provide superior facilities and give the media the best working conditions to promote the game.
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