The Montgomery Baseball League is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization; we cannot operate without active participation from the community. As such, we are actively seeking volunteers to serve on the 2018 MBL Board of Directors.
We seek volunteers who are committed to the entire league - across all age groups - and can make decisions for the benefit of the entire program and not just a single age group or division. We look for members who can not only dedicate their time to the program, but who also have the ability to recruit other volunteers to work with them in their respective area. While being an active MBL Board member has a certain degree of responsibility, it is also a very rewarding experience and well worth your time.
Each year we seek to retain a number of our existing volunteers to ensure continuity in our program while at the same time attracting new board members to bring in new ideas and energy, and to represent our younger player generations. All Board positions are open for election each year (with the exception of the role of “Past President”) and we know that several existing board members will be retiring and not seeking re-election this year, so we encourage you to seriously consider joining the Board.
There are 12 different Board position available and open to election that will allow you to contribute time in an area that interests you most.(As noted above the 2018 MBL Board will consist of 13 Board members including the “Past President” position).
Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of these positions can be found on the MBL web site under the "General Information" link (select “Board Positions” from the Categories drop-down list).
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Montgomery Baseball Board of Directors, please complete an application (which can be found on the MBL web site under the "Documents" link) and follow the submission instructions on the form.The deadline for submission is on or before October 1st! The new Board will be announced by October 31st.
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If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Gary Greene, League Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or Frank Kimick League President at email@example.com.
Montgomery Baseball Complex Shut Down!
SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY OCTOBER 28! WE NEED YOUR HELP!
"...and now, the end is near..."
"...and so we face, the final curtain..."
Yes, the end of the baseball season is fast approaching, and soon it will be time to close down the McKnight Baseball Complex until next spring...and we could use a hand! Every year we ask for volunteers to help us in tasks big and small - taking down nets, bringing is L-screens, shutting down the snack bar, etc. - and this year is no different. We can use a few ladders and folks with pick-up trucks. So please join us on the morning of Saturday, October 28, from 9:00 AM - Noon. We'll supply the coffee, donuts, a smile, and a firm handshake...if you will supply the hands. It really doesn't take much - and many hands make light work! We hope you will consider joining us!
Equipment Bag Return!
Managers & Coaches: Please return all equipment bags to the McKnight Complex garage on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Thank you!!
Starting in 2018, to be legal for play in Little League, Pony Baseball, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball, AABC, AAU and Dixie Youth Baseball, your bat will need the USABat stamp on it.
USABatStandard Baseball Bats will go on sale in the Fall of 2017. Major brands like Easton, DeMarini, Louisville Slugger, and Rawlings are already hard at work on these new youth baseball bats with the USABat stamp.
Key USABat Standard Baseball Bat Facts apply:
Cal Ripken Division (Tee Ball League) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - Tee Ball Bats (lengths 26' and shorter) must feature the USABat mark and accompanying permanent text which reads " ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS"
Cal Ripken Division (Cal Ripken Leagues and Tournaments) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - have approved the use of youth baseball bats 2 5/8” barrels, with USABat mark and NO BBCOR Bats are allowed
Babe Ruth Division 13-15 (Leagues and Tournaments) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - have approved the use of youth baseball bats 2 5/8" barrels, with USABat mark or BBCOR.50
Babe Ruth Division 16-18 (Leagues and Tournaments) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - have approved all baseball bats must be BBCOR.50 and NO Greater Than Drop -3
The 2 5/8” big barrel lengths will be much shorter than the current 2 5/8” 1.15bpf barrels used in today’s game due to the performance regulations put in place
All current youth baseball bats will continue to be legal in the above mentioned organizations through December 31, 2017
1.15bpf bats will NOT be grandfathered in for the 2018 season
The goal is to make youth bats perform like a wood bat
There will be no limit to how light a bat can be (except the Babe Ruth 16-18 Division) which should be helpful to younger players
According to USA Baseball, the governing body that oversaw the research and ratification of the new USABat standard, this change is being made for “integrity of the game”, and not “safety” reasons, as it claims “Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports
Long story short, everyone who plays with the Montgomery Baseball League (league and tournament play) under the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball chartered organization and the other organizations mentioned above will need to buy a new bat starting in 2018. These bats will perform like wood bats. Baseballs will likely not be hit as far with these bats, BUT the larger diameter barrel on the baseball bats can and will make the baseball easier to hit for many players. See the chart below and please feel free to visit http://www.baberuthleague.org/ for more information.
Reminder: The McKnight Baseball Complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY!
The McKnight Baseball complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY. It is not a public facility and is not associated with the Montgomery Township or Somerset County Parks systems. The management and maintenance of this facility is funded by the Montgomery Baseball League (MBL) through registration fees, advertising, fund raising, and the generous donations of local residents and businesses.
Use of the McKnight Baseball Complex is limited to individuals registered for current MBL programs and MBL-sponsored events and groups. MBL reserves the right to permit or deny any individual and/or team access to the McKnight complex, including fields, batting cages, or concession, seating, and parking areas.
Use of these facilities for private games, lessons, or training without written authorization from MBL is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any unauthorized use of these facilities for such purposes is at the risk of the Trainer/Coach AND Trainee(s)/Player(s). Any damage or injuries resulting from unauthorized use of these facilities will be the sole responsibility of Trainer/Coach. Violators will be considered to be TRESPASSING and may be PROSECUTED.