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2016 STATE BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS

RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH

CREDENTIAL MEETING: Date TBD at Coventry Rec Center, Paine Field

Tourney Dates: July 9th - 16th

13'S  COVENTRY BABE RUTH @ PAINE FIELD

 

14'S TBD

 

15'S NORTH PROVIDENCE-SMITHFIELD BABE RUTH @ NPHS FIELD

 

2016 NE REGIONAL BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS

  

2016

Age

Host

13

Rochester, NH

14

Tri-Town, Maine

13-15

Lynn, MA

16

Not yet determined

16-18

Worcester, MA

 

13 REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Contact: Robert Plaisted 603-923-9703

14 REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Contact: Joe Trybus 207-890-1437

13-15 REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Contact: Jim Beliveau 781-632-5016

2017 NE REGIONAL BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS

2017

Age

Host

13

Westfield, MA

14

Not yet determined

13-15

Not yet determined

16

Not yet determined

16-18

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 
2016 season.    

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 eligible players. 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 mikew1129@cox.net and I will notify National Headquarters. 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.

2016 RULE CHANGES

Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Rule Changes for 2016
Updated 10/7/2015

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 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:
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION 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
Updated 12/14/2015

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

 

USA Baseball Logo

 

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.

 

 

 

BABE RUTH COMMISSIONERS


RHODE ISLAND STATE COMMISSIONER MIKE WALKER
EMAIL: mikew1129@cox.net
CELL: 401-450-9412

ASSISTANT STATE COMMISSIONER JIM SPEARMAN
EMAIL: jamesjspearman@gmail.com
CELL: 401-316-2712

ASSISTANT STATE COMMISSIONER JIM HICKS
EMAIL: j.j.hicks@cox.net
CELL: 401-598-6742

RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH LEAGUES

COVENTRY BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: JIM SPEARMAN 821-5954 / 316-2712 or jamesjspearman@gmail.com

ADDITIONAL CONTACT PERSON: JACK FLYNN jflynn@cbrl.org or jflynn@gdeb.com

CRANSTON BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: MIKE ENRIGHT 787-4671 or mikumd@hotmail.com

MIDDLETOWN BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: MIKE CONDRY 855-0628 or condry19@gmail.com 

NEWPORT BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: JIM HICKS 598-6742 or newportbaberuth@gmail.com or j.j.hicks@cox.net

NORTH PROVIDENCE - SMITHFIELD BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: JERRY DANDENEAU 527-1410 or gdandeneau@cox.net

PORTSMOUTH BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: ROBERT McSPARREN 338-0889 or Robert.mcsparren@bms.com

PROVIDENCE BABE RUTH

CONTACT PERSONS:    SAM PAGAN, Vice President 569-5875 or primelectric8@gmail.com

                                      DONALD GEORGE 327-1588 or nbageo@aol.com

WARWICK PAL BABE RUTH

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: JOHN PALIOTTE 737-1800 / 640-2584 or John.Paliotte@warwickpal.com

WEST WARWICK BABE RUTH 

PRESIDENT: DAVID GOSSELIN JR. 401-265-5505 or Dgosselin1@cox.net or David.Gosselin@cox.com

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

Email:  sharon@baberuthleague.org

 

COMMISSIONER TOLL FREE LINE: 1-800-552-1330

NEW ADDRESS:

BABE RUTH LEAGUE, INC.
1670 WHITEHORSE-MERCERVILLE ROAD
HAMILTON, NJ 08619