RI SENIOR BABE RUTH
League Meeting: This Thursday 7:00pm at the Coventry Community Center (Lower Level)
Address: 1277 Main St, Coventry, RI 02816
- Identify Coaches
- Field names
- Field/Date Conflicts
- Ground Rules
- Wooden Bat
- 14 Game Schedule
- Sunday Doubleheaders (to keep from running into September and reduce travel costs)
- Visitors and Home Teams provide two baseballs each
Future League Options:
- Run schedule along-side Regular Spring Babe Ruth (2017)
- Enter a RI All Star Team to take part in the 16-18U All Stars (Consists of players from each team in the league)
7 TEAMS: COVENTRY E; COVENTRY W; PROVIDENCE; WARWICK PAL; CUMBERLAND; SMITHFIELD; WEST WARWICK
ANYONE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT STEPHEN NORTHUP AT 401-406-0503.
The league is an all wood bat league that will run 14 games with the 1st place team at the end of season being crowned league champion. Ages are 16u to 18u; however younger players are optional and the choice of the individual leagues. This league is designed to provide a place for our aged out Babe Ruth players to play baseball. Umpires will be the responsibility of the Home team. Baseballs will be shared, Home team provides 2 and away team provides 2 baseballs.
There are no league fees for 2016; however if we decide to enter a 2017 All Start team we will have to discuss a fee which would provide the entrance fee for the 2017 All Star tournament. Registration fees for league teams is the option of the individual leagues.
Games are played on Sunday Mornings (10am) and Thursday evenings (7:30pm). Our goal is to avoid conflicts with other sports and field activities. All games would be 7 Innings with a 2.5 hour time limit.
During our meeting we would like to discuss the possibility of entering a RI 16-18u All Star Team in 2017. The idea would be to pull at least two please from each team to make up the RI team.
We all see drops in player participation do to other sports and specialty leagues. Lost in the mix are the kids who are not playing on these specialty teams and just want a place to play inexpensive baseball following their Babe Ruth careers. Senior Babe Ruth is an option for these kids to continue to play baseball for the next 3 years. We are looking to continue to grow the league and provide a fun, exciting league for the kids. I need your help to make this vision a reality, so thank you all in advance for your time and dedication to the kids and the sport.
SENIOR BABE RUTH SCHEDULE
2016 RI STATE BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS
Tourney Dates: July 8th - 16th
13'S COVENTRY BABE RUTH @ PAINE FIELD
2016 RI STATE CHAMPION: CRANSTON
THEY ADVANCE TO REGIONAL PLAY IN ROCHESTER, NH BEGINNING JULY 23RD
NOTE: SEE BRACKET REVISIONS WHICH ARE NOTED IN RED
14'S PROVIDENCE BABE RUTH @ METCALF FIELD
2016 RI STATE CHAMPION: WARWICK PAL
THEY ADVANCE TO REGIONAL PLAY IN BRIDGTON, ME BEGINNING JULY 23RD
NOTE: SEE BRACKET REVISIONS WHICH ARE NOTED IN RED
15'S NORTH PROVIDENCE-SMITHFIELD BABE RUTH @ NPHS FIELD
2016 RI STATE CHAMPION: NORTH PROVIDENCE - SMITHFIELD
THEY ADVANCE TO REGIONAL PLAY IN LYNN, MA BEGINNING JULY 22ND
NOTE: SEE BRACKET REVISIONS WHICH ARE NOTED IN RED
2016 NE REGIONAL BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS
Not yet determined
13 REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Contact: Robert Plaisted 603-923-9703
Cranston, RI 18 St. Johnsbury, VT 3
Waterford, CT 4 Keene, NH 0
Pittsfield, WMA 7 Taunton, EMA 2 (Suspended Top 4)
14 REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Contact: Joe Trybus 207-890-1437
Warwick PAL, RI 7 Lyndon, VT 2
Newtown, CT 12 Monadnock, NH 1
13-15 REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Contact: Jim Beliveau 781-632-5016
Trumbull, CT 7 Brattleboro, VT 3
NP-S, RI 11 Somersworth, NH 1
Medford, EMA 5 Apple Valley, ME 4
Pittsfield, WMA 11 Lynn, EMA 3
Pittsfield, WMA 13 Apple Valley, ME 1
Trumbull, CT 7 NP-S 6
Brattleboro, VT 16 Somersworth, NH 5
2017 NE REGIONAL BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS
Not yet determined
Not yet determined
Not yet determined
Not yet determined
2016 BABE RUTH TEST PILOT PROGRAM
As directed by the Babe Ruth League Board of Directors, permission is hereby
granted to each Babe Ruth 13-15 league to conduct a test pilot program to allow
league age 16-year-old players to participate in their local league during the
These players will NOT be eligible for 2016 tournament competition.
The purpose of the test pilot program is to see if this option will:
1. Create a more enjoyable local league experience due to an increase in
2. Enhance the 15-year-old and 16-year-old participant’s experience due to size,
ability, and skills being comparable.
3. Increase the local league’s overall participation numbers.
If your league wishes to be part of the test pilot program for 2016, please
notify me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will notify National
As it is always Babe Ruth Baseball's intent to better understand and implement
rule and policy changes, upon completion of the 2016 local league season, they
will ask you to provide your input on the effect of the test pilot program.
BABE RUTH BATS
For 2016 Playing Season
Babe Ruth League, Inc. Approved and Non-Compliant Bats
"It is the policy of Babe Ruth League, Inc. to assure the safety of all participants. Accordingly, Babe Ruth League, Inc. reserves the right to ban any equipment, including bats, at any time, including during the season, based upon a change of existing policy and/or upon new information made available to Babe Ruth League, Inc."
To follow up our previous correspondence and information posted on the Babe Ruth League website, the following details on all baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for local league and tournament play. Such descriptions are included as part of the Babe Ruth League Rules and Regulations.
CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 33"in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2¼" in diameter. Only 2¼" barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed. Wood 2 ¼" barrel bats are allowed.
13-15 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter. All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed. Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.
16-18 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length and the bat barrel many not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter or be greater than a -3 length to weight ratio. Only metal/composite bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 are allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. – All Divisions – If any bat in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball cannot be clearly identified for its make and model to determine the barrel composition, then the bat should be removed from the game.
Click Here to read about the USABat Standard to be used beginning on January 1, 2018.
NON-COMPLIANT BATS FOR - BABE RUTH/CAL RIPKEN:
Contained below is a current listing of non-compliant bats that are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball program or activity.
Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Combat B2YB1 Da Bomb Youth Baseball Bat, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Cal Ripken program or activity.
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue)have failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue), including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.
* The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised Babe Ruth League, Inc. that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the following bats:
Marucci CAT-52 33-inch model, CAT-52 34-inch model, and Black 33-inch and 34-inch models
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Louisville Slugger TPX Dynasty -12, (black/red/grey) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Reebok Vector-TLS 33-inch model
Effective immediately and until further notice, Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) TPX Dynasty bat (Model - YB12D -- (black/red/grey) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk (blue) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk bat (Model - BTKYB, blue) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.
Effective immediately and until further notice, the bats listed above are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.
NON-COMPLIANT BATS FOR - BABE RUTH SOFTBALL:
Contained below is a current listing of non-compliant bats that are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth Softball program or activity.
* Babe Ruth League Softball has been advised that Louisville Slugger is recalling the entire current line of the OneX fastpitch softball bat (all lengths and weights) from the market.
Effectively immediately and until notified otherwise, these bats are no longer approved for play in any level of the Babe Ruth Softball program. It should be noted that both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have taken similar action at the request of Louisville Slugger. Click here for more information.
- If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.
- A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair ball will be ruled out. No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand. This is an appeal play. The "at bat" will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
- Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game.
If you have any questions on approved or non-compliant bats, do not hesitate to contact Babe Ruth Headquarters.
2016 RULE CHANGES
Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Latest Rule Changes for 2016
The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2016 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2016 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.
- Cal Ripken Division – Fake Bunt – Slash Bunt – A batter is out for illegal action when the player fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing, thus eliminating a player from fake bunting the ball. Penalty: Batter is out, the ball is dead, no runners may advance.
- Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball, and Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball – Rule 11.06 Paragraph 7 (NOTE) – A Cal Ripken Baseball (all divisions) host league, a Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball (all divisions) host league, and a Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 host league is given the option of having one or two tournament teams – one team as the host team and one team to compete through the regular tournament competition bracket. At no time is it permissible for a player, manager or coach to appear on more than one tournament team roster in the same season.
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION FEES
- Tournament Team Administration Fee – Beginning with the 2016 season, Babe Ruth League will implement a Tournament Team Administration Fee to help offset the cost of the Official Tournament Trail leading the Cal Ripken Baseball World Series, Babe Ruth Baseball World Series, and Babe Ruth Softball World Series. Babe Ruth League continues to offer a first-class, positive and memorable experience for all players, coaches, families and local league officials. Please note the following fees:
Cal Ripken Baseball Division
10-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
12-Year-Old Tournament Team Major 60 - $25
12-Year-Old Tournament Team Major 70 - $25
Babe Ruth Baseball Division
13-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
14-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
13-15-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
16-18-Year-Old Tournament Team - $75
Babe Ruth Softball Division
8U Tournament Team - $25
10U Tournament Team - $25
12U Tournament Team - $25
14U Tournament Team - $25
16U Tournament Team - $25
- Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball – Any Cal Ripken Baseball or Babe Ruth Baseball League may elect to use a pitch count during local league games. For more information on Pitch Counts, please visit www.baberuthleague.org and click on the “Pitch Smart” link.
- CLARIFICATION - Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball – Rule 11.05, Paragraph 10 - All protests concerning player eligibility must be presented in writing from the protesting League President with clear indication of proof for the protest.
- CLARIFICATION - Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball – – Rule 0.01,Paragraph 5 (b.) – With the State Commissioner’s approval, if the physical location of the school where a player attends classes during the traditional academic year is within the boundaries of an established league, the player is permitted to participate in the established league. (Note: This excludes home schools, cyber schools, sports-related schools, sports academies, or after school where a student participates outside of the primary school in which the player is enrolled.) A player is only eligible to participate in one Cal Ripken Baseball; Babe Ruth Baseball; or Babe Ruth Softball League.
- CLARIFICATION - Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball - ALCHOHOL/TOBACCO (All Divisions) – Babe Ruth League prohibits the use of all alcohol and tobacco products on all field and dugouts for both local league and tournament competition. These products include smokeless tobacco, E-cigarettes, vapors, and all related alcohol products.
- CLARIFICATION - Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball – Rule 11.04, Documents – NOTE – These documents must stay in possession of the Tournament Director during each tournament level. These same documents shall accompany the team as they advance in tournament competition. Failure to produce the required documentation can result in the disqualification and elimination of a player, team or league from tournament play.
2017 RULE CHANGES
Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Latest Rule Changes for 2017
During the recent Board of Directors Meeting, the Rules and Regulations Committee has recommended the following:
- Cal Ripken Baseball – If a pitcher pitches six (6) innings in a game, the pitcher must have one calendar day rest, or if a pitcher pitches a total of six (6) innings in two successive days or games, the pitcher must have one calendar day rest.
- Babe Ruth Baseball - If a pitcher pitches seven (7) innings in a game, the pitcher must have one calendar day rest, or if a pitcher pitches a total of seven (7) innings in two successive days or games, the pitcher must have one calendar day rest.
USA BASEBALL, MEMBER ORGINIZATIONS ANNOUCES NEW YOUTH BAT PERFORMANCE TESTING PROGRAM
Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on January 1, 2018
USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations (NMOs) announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.
The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.
The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.
Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.
It is important to note there will be no immediate change to youth baseball organizations’ bat rules. All bats, currently accepted for the respective leagues, remain permissible through December 31, 2017. Each participating national member organization will incorporate the new standard into their rules for the 2018 season and will begin, with this announcement, to inform their membership of the USABat standard.
Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:
Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?
To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.
Why the change to a wood-like standard?
USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.
Why not just use wood bats?
Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.
How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?
Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.
Why is USA Baseball involved?
The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard. Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard.
Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?
Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois
Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University
Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute
Why wait until 2018?
The implementation date of 2018 will allow bat manufacturers sufficient time to conduct the appropriate research, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping needed to get new bats into retail outlets. This date also allows the participating national member organizations adequate time to educate their memberships of the USABat standard.
Is my current bat good for league play?
Yes. Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.
Is safety the reason for the change?
No. Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.
How will I know which bat to buy?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.
When can I buy the new bat?
It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.
RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH COMMISSIONERS
RHODE ISLAND STATE COMMISSIONER MIKE WALKER
RI ASSISTANT STATE COMMISSIONER JIM SPEARMAN
RI ASSISTANT STATE COMMISSIONER JIM HICKS
RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH LEAGUES
BABE RUTH HEADQUARTERS SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
New England And Middle Atlantic regions - Baseball & Softball
Service Representative Sharon Montervino
Help Desk for Leagues: 1-800-880-3142
COMMISSIONER TOLL FREE LINE: 1-800-552-1330
BABE RUTH LEAGUE, INC.
1670 WHITEHORSE-MERCERVILLE ROAD
HAMILTON, NJ 08619