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2015 State Babe Ruth Tournaments

13'S  NORTH PROVIDENCE - SMITHFIELD

14'S CRANSTON

15'S WEST WARWICK @ McCARTHY

TOURNAMENT DATES: JULY 10TH THRU JULY 18TH

CREDENTIAL MEETING: June 28, 2015 AT 6PM AT COVENTRY REC HALL (PAINE FIELD)

2015 NE Regional Babe Ruth Tournaments

 

2015

Age

Host

Format

Start Date (1stgame)

13

Winooski, VT

Pool play

July 25th

14

Westfield, MA

Double elimination

July 25th

13-15

Trumbull, CT

Pool play

July 24th

16

Stamford, CT

Invitational

July 22nd

16-18

Worcester, MA

Not yet determined

July 25th

 

 

2016 NE Regional Babe Ruth Tournaments

 

 

2016

Age

Host

13

Rochester, NH

14

Not yet determined

13-15

Lynn, MA

16

Not yet determined

16-18

Not yet determined

 

No requests for the 2016 14 year old or 16-18 year old tournaments. Interested leagues please get your request in by June 1.

 

2015 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2015 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2015 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

Background Checks (Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball) – Effective with the 2015 season, a volunteer who successfully passes a nationwide background check; this background check will be valid for a three-year period. For example, a volunteer who successfully passed a background check in 2014; this background check will be good through the 2016 season, and the next background check for this volunteer would not be required until the 2017 season. A volunteer who successfully passes a background check during the 2015; the background check is good through the 2017 season.

Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division – The Designated Hitter has been replaced with an Extra Player “EP” for local league and Babe Ruth tournament competition, which includes District, State and Regional competition, as well as the 16-18 World Series. Prior to the beginning of each tournament game, the manager may elect to add a tenth hitter to the batting order. The player will be indicted in the line-up as the “EP”. The “EP” cannot be added to the line-up once the game begins. The “EP” will be treated as any other starter, and cannot be eliminated during the course of the game. If a team starts with 10 players, the team must finish with 10 players. Penalty shall be a forfeit.

Rulebook – Rule 0.01 – REQUIREMENTS FOR CHARTER (paragraph 5) (All Divisions of Babe Ruth League, Inc.) - State Commissioners shall approve geographical boundaries established by each league in conjunction with the District Commissioner in whose district that league exists and operates. Appropriate written descriptions, maps or specifications of boundary limitations, must be certified by and filed with the State Commissioner and submitted to Babe Ruth League, Inc. for final approval. A player must play within the league’s geographical boundaries in which the player resides. This is determined according to the legal residence of the player’s parents or legal guardian. Waivers permitting a player to play outside of his geographical boundaries are not permitted in Babe Ruth League.League geographical boundaries shall be subject to review and adjustment by the State or Regional Commissioner and Babe Ruth League, Inc. whenever it is deemed advisable. Geographical boundaries are established to eliminate competition of an undesirable nature, but shall not be established to prevent healthy expansion of teams and leagues within any given area. The only exceptions to the above rule are as follows:

If a player rostered on a Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball team moved outside of that league’s geographical boundaries. In this case, the player may finish his/her playing career in the respective division of that league.

 

    1. NEW – 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.) Once a player selects to participate in a league where the player is eligible, the player must finish the current season in the same league under the school boundary rule.

      Players and their parents/guardians are advised that a false statement of residence or school attendance may lead to ineligibility to participate in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball. Any league who fails to comply with the“Geographical Boundaries and School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirements” may result in the disqualification of a player, team from regular season and/or tournament play.

Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball (All Divisions) – Contact Rule – If a runner attempting to reach home plate or another base intentionally and maliciously runs into a defensive player in the area of home plate or a base, he will be called out and ejected from the game.

Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball (All Divisions) – Anyone warming up a pitcher at any location shall wear a mask. A throat protector is considered part of the catcher’s mask.

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.

Babe Ruth Softball (14U, 16U and 18U Divisions) Rule 2.00 – Definition of Shoes – Metal cleats are permitted in the 14U, 16U and 18U divisions. In the 10U and 12U divisions, only rubber cleats will be permitted.

 

NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL TOURNAMENT SELECTION PROCESS

 New England Babe Ruth Regional Selection Process

2016 Sites Available (14’s; 15’s & 16-18’s)

15's awarded to Greater Lynn Babe Ruth

League President must submit in writing a letter or email to Don Clarke requesting which age group on or before March 1, 2015.

Submit a 10 percent deposit in form of check or money order payable to Babe Ruth League Inc. on or before March 15, 2015.

League must submit a Qualification Proposal via Power Point Presentation or Mail to Don Clarke on or before June 1, 2015.

Award Date August 31, 2015.

Leagues not awarded a tournament will be held on file for a maximum of 2 years.

2017 Sites Available (13’s, 14’s; 15’s & 16-18’s)

League President must submit in writing a letter or email to Don Clarke requesting which age group on or before March 1, 2015.

Submit a 10 percent deposit in form of check or money order payable to Babe Ruth League Inc. on or before March 15, 2015.

League must submit a Qualification Proposal via Power Point Presentation or Mail to Don Clarke on or before June 1, 2015.

Award Date will be at the October 2015 Regional Meeting.

Leagues not awarded a tournament will be held on file for a maximum of 2 years.

 Regional Tournament Fees

 $3,000 for 13 – 15 age group

 $1,500 for 16 – 18 age group

 

 

 

RI SENIOR BABE RUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE

TO DATE WE HAVE THREE TEAMS, COVENTRY, WEST WARWICK AND PROVIDENCE. NORTH PROVIDENCE IS LOOKING INTO FEASIBILITY OF DOING ONE. WE CAN ALWAYS COMBINE LEAGUES TO FORM A TEAM IF A LEAGUE CAN NOT FIELD A WHOLE TEAM ON THEIR OWN. WE WOULD LIKE FOUR TEAMS WITH PLAY STARTING IN MAY. CONTACT JIM SPEARMAN OF COVENTRY.

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

XTREME BASEBALL

  Ø  Competes against AAU and Legion

 Ø  Tournament Travel Team

 Ø  All In Model vs Combo Model

 Ø  Fee is $200 - $300 per player

 Ø  Marketing

 Ø  Must play Babe Ruth Teams

 Ø  Fall Tryouts

 Ø  Pre-requisition

 Ø  CTEXTREME.org

 Ø  EMASS (16 teams) / WMASS

 Ø  CT Memorial Day tournament

 Ø  Combine geographic boundaries for small town leagues

FRANK ROCCA OF CT BABE RUTH IS WILLING TO COME MEET WITH RI LEAGUE PRESIDENTS.

Background Checks

Full service background screening companies that perform National Background Checks:

First Advantage: Contact person Marvin Hudgins 678-710-7251

Protect Youth Sports: Contact person Bruce Sprowl 877-319-5587 ext 286.

Background Checks (All Divisions of Babe Ruth League, Inc.)Effective with the 2015 season, a volunteer who successfully passes a nationwide background check; this background check will be valid for a three-year period. For example, a volunteer who successfully passed a background check in 2014; this background check will be good through the 2016 season, and the next background check for this volunteer would not be required until the 2017 season. A volunteer who successfully passes a background check during the 2015; the background check is good through the 2017 season.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why is Babe Ruth League requiring leagues to conduct background checks?

It has become the standard among youth organizations to require volunteers working with children to complete a background check. The purpose of the required background check is to deter individuals who should not be working with young athletes from applying to volunteer. Additionally, it serves to identify any unsuitable criminal history of those individuals who do apply as a volunteer. Babe Ruth League, Inc. cares about the protection of your players and feels confident that through your leadership as League President, as well as that of your local league's Board of Directors, we can achieve our goal of making Babe Ruth League, Inc. the safest program in which our youth can enjoy the great games of baseball and softball.

2) Who is required to complete the background check?

All managers and coaches, as well as any other persons and volunteers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams are required to complete the background check.

3) What type of offenses should the local league screen for when conducting a background check?

Local leagues are conducting annually a nationwide search that contains the applicable government sex offender registry data. (A check conducted only in one state will not meet the minimum requirements of these regulations.) An individual who has been convicted or plead guilty to charges involving or against a minor, no matter when the offense occurred, must not permitted to work or volunteer.

4) Who in the local league should be responsible for processing the background check information?

Babe Ruth League, Inc. recommends the local league's Board of Directors appoint the League President and two other individuals to handle background checks. These individuals may or may not be members of the local league's Board. For example, the Board of Directors may choose to appoint individuals who have professional experience with conducting and processing background checks, such as law enforcement officers or individuals with a legal background.

First Advantage is an online volunteer screening service designed for the nonprofit industry. It offers affordable access to criminal records, identity verifications and other credentialing information with the results of these searches available within minutes. First Advantage provides innovative, cost effective, background check solutions that help provide a safe environment for the youth we serve. It also helps protect and promote the integrity and reputation of our leagues.

For further information or to join now, please contact our dedicated account manager, Marvin Hudgins at 678.710.7251 or Marvin.Hudgins@fadv.com, or visit the First Advantage Website. As a chartered member of Babe Ruth League, Inc., this service is available to you at discounted pricing.

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 mikumd@hotmail.com

DARLINGTON NATIONAL BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: SARAH BRAYALL 742-0354 sazza724@yahoo.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: ROBERT CLAYTON 523-5878 or  clayro99@aol.com

PORTSMOUTH BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: GARY VASPOL  gvaspol@gmail.com

VP OF BASEBALL: ROBERT McSPARREN 338-0889  robert.mcsparren@bms.com

PROVIDENCE BABE RUTH

CONTACT PERSONS:    JOE COUGHLIN, President 644-4031

                                      SAM PAGAN, Vice President 569-5875

                                      MATT LABRANCHE 219-1252

                                      DIEGO GRULLON 688-8455 or grullond@yahoo.com

                                      FANCISCO RAMIREZ 345-2296 or ciscoramirez15@yahoo.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

VICE PRESIDENT: ROB FORNIER 556-9095 or rs8281@cox.net

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