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RI SENIOR BABE RUTH FINAL SCHEDULE

5-TEAM LEAGUE: COVENTRY, WARWICK PAL, CUMBERLAND, PROVIDENCE, SMITHFIELD

2016 SCHEDULE

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

BABE RUTH BATS

 

Updated:
 

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."

APPROVED BATS:
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 DivisionsIf 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
Reebok Vector-TLS 33-inch model

* 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.

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.


PENALTY

  • 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.

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.

 

 

 

RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH COMMISSIONERS

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

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

RI 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, 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

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