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MBL Selects the 2018 Board of Directors

***NEW LEAGUE PRESIDENT: GAUTAM KOBLA***

 

October 27, 2017

Last night, the Montgomery Baseball League (MBL) elected its new Board of Directors for the upcoming season. In accordance with MBL By-Laws, the newly elected Board members will each serve a term of 1-year beginning November 1, 2017 and running through October 31, 2018.

At this time, we would like to welcome Erik Arnesen, Tom Moore, Joe Olenick, Wendy Roitburg and Chris Spaulding, who are joining the Board for the first time.

In addition, we would like to introduce our newly elected league president Gautam Kobla! Gautam has been involved in our program for the last 8 years and joined our board in November 2016. He brings a strong level of commitment to our volunteer program and community. We are certain he will do an outstanding job leading our league. 

Here is your 2018 MBL Board of Directors:

  • Board President - Gautam Kobla
  • League Secretary - Vikram Sadineni
  • VP of League Operations - Tom Moore
  • VP of Recreational Baseball - Ryan Quillen
  • VP of Player Registration - Eric Rossman
  • VP of Travel & Tournaments - Erik Arnesen
  • VP of Umpires - Gary Greene
  • VP of Field Maintenance - Scott Reinson
  • VP of Administration - Joe Olenick
  • VP of Finance - Mike Fogarty
  • VP of Marketing - Chris Spaulding
  • VP of Special Events - Wendy Roitburg
  • Past President - Frank Kimick

The new Board and the community would like to thank all the outgoing board members and recognize their contributions, Scott Greenstein (served 3 years), Stacy Greenstein (served 3 years), Gurdon Horner (served 2 years) and Marc Schulberg (served 2 years). Thank you! 

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to personally thank and recognize Joe Gerdes who has served on our board for the last 11 years as VP Cal Ripken, President and Past President. Joe has done outstanding work for our program and has logged in many tireless volunteer hours for the benefit of the players and families of our community. Super thank you to Joe!

Finally, as I move on from the day-to-day management of our program, I would like to thank ALL the players, families, past board members, sponsors, township and school officials for cultivating and maintaining the unique culture and atmosphere that is the core of the Montgomery Baseball League community. My family has developed life-long friendships and made many memories. For that I am forever grateful.

Signing off!

With all my very best,

Frank Kimick

 

 


 

 


2018 USA BASEBALL BAT STANDARDS NOW AVAILABLE!

USABat Standard Baseball Bats


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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.

 

USABat Standard 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. 

Any questions about this use-policy can be directed to any member of the MBL Board of Directors.  If you see unauthorized use of the McKnight Baseball Complex, please contact a member of the MBL Board of Directors or contact the Montgomery Township Police non-emergency number.  Thank you.

 


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