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2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

David Comery, Coventry Babe Ruth
Peter Palermo, Warwick PAL Babe Ruth
Ronald Scibak, Apponaug Cal Ripken and R.I. Cal Ripken
William Kelly, St. Anthony Cal Ripken and R.I. Cal Ripken
Sharon Montervino, Rhode Island and New England Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth Service Rep
 
Just a quick reminder that the Induction to the R.I. Babe Ruth Leagues, Inc. Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. in the Le Foyer Club Fountain St. Pawtucket, R.I.  Tickets are $25.00 each and should be purchased by February 8, 2017.  Please contact Everett Downing, Chairman, R.I. Babe Ruth Hall of Fame Committee at (401)439-6737 for tickets or with questions.
 
Let's all come together and support our honored recipients. 
 

2017 NE REGIONAL BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS

2017

Age

Host

13

Westfield, MA

14

Trumbull, CT

13-15

TBD

16-18

TBD

2017 RULE CHANGES

Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Rule Changes for 2017
Updated 12/5/2016

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2017 season.  These changes will be reflected in the 2017 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

  1. Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball, and Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball - Tournament Pitching Rules These pitch count limitations will apply to all tournament games played in District, Area, State, Regional and World Series competition and will completely replace Tournament Regulation Rule 11.05, Paragraph 4 (innings pitch).  For the local league season, leagues are still permitted to use pitching limitations as defined in Rule 0.06 and under Local League Options – Pitch Count.

There are no limitations on the number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a tournament (bracket or pool play) game subject to the following pitch count limitations:

TOURNAMENT PITCHING REST REQUIREMENTS 

 AGE

 DAILY MAX (PITCHES IN GAME/DAY)

 REST PERIOD

0 Days

1 Day

2 Days

7-8

50

1-20

21-35

36+

9-10

75

1-40

41-65

66+

11-12

85

1-40

41-65

66+

13-15

95

1-45

46-75

76+

16-18

105

1-45

46-75

76+

  1. If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, he may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
  2. Intentional Walk Rule – An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having its catcher or coach request the umpire to award the batter first base. This may be done before pitching to the batter or on any ball and strike count. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.
  3. All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another tournament game.
  4. All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional, and World Series)
  5. In a game suspended by darkness, weather, or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitcher at the time the game was halted may continue to the extent of his/her eligibility.
  6. Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used, as specified above, shall be declared forfeited. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a preparatory (warm-up) pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation.  Tournament Officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. 
  7. Swing Player Options - If a 15-year-old player swings up and participates on the 16-18 tournament team and pitches, they will abide by the 16-18 tournament pitching rules.  Same would apply if a 12-year-old player swings up and participates on a 13-year-old tournament team, they will abide by the 13-15-year-old tournament pitching rule. Whatever the age of the tournament will determine the pitch count regardless of the player's league age.

Official Pitch Count Record

  1. The Tournament Director must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count statistician.  The pitch count statistician shall record all pitches as defined in the rule book (Rule 2.00 – A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher.), in addition to any pitches delivered to the batter ruled a “no pitch” by the umpire.
  2. The pitch count statistician must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager has the ultimate responsibility for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed to meet the mandated rest requirements.
  3. The official pitch count statistician should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count statistician to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.
  4. Cal Ripken Baseball; Babe Ruth Baseball; Babe Ruth Softball - CHROME BATTING HELMETS; CHROME CATCHER’S MASK/HELMET - Chrome batting helmets; Chrome Catcher's Mask/Helmet are not permitted in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball for local league and tournament play. The batting helmet; catcher's mask/helmet shall not have a chrome or mirror-like surface. The chrome or mirror-like surface is illegal due to its distracting nature which may be dangerous to other players.

CALIRIFCATIONS TO EXISTING CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL; BABE RUTH BASEBALL AND BABE RUTH SOFTBALL RULES AND REGULATIONS

  1. Cal Ripken Baseball; Babe Ruth Baseball; Babe Ruth Softball - Rule 0.01 – Requirement for Charter – Paragraph 6 – For Leagues that use a Third Party Insurance Provider (not Babe Ruth/K&K Insurance) for your League’s Liability Insurance - You must have a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence limit of liability insurance coverage.
  2. Your league should be named insured or referenced in the description of operations to show they are covered. 
  3. The certificate should show evidence there is coverage under the General Liability for claims of negligence brought by athletic participants against the insured league.  This can be reflected in a variety of ways.  Please use one of the following three acceptable methods to reflect this:
    1. A Legal Liability to Participant limit of $1,000,000 shown on the certificate.
    2. Under the Type of Insurance General Liability sections putting “Athletic Participants” with an “X” indicating coverage next to it.
    3. A Statement in the Description of Operations box that claims brought by athletic participants are covered or not excluded.

  1. “Babe Ruth League, Inc.” must be named as additional insured.  Also required is the wording “The Certificate Holder is an additional insured with respect to the operations of the named insured.  Our new address is:  1670 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619.

 For a sample certificate with the suggested, contact your Headquarters Service Representative.  The certificate can be emailed to our office, faxed to 609-695-2505 or sent via email.

  1. Cal Ripken Baseball; Babe Ruth Baseball; Babe Ruth SoftballRule 0.04 – Paragraph 3 - A team roster and league schedule shall be filed with the SI-Play system for Babe Ruth League, Inc.
  2. Babe Ruth Softball Team Composition - Beginning with the 2017 season, an official softball team roster (local league and tournament play) may consist of one (1) manager and three (3) coaches.  This rule change increases the number of coaches permitted from two (2) to three (3).
  3. Babe Ruth Softball, Rule 11.06 –Note- The eligibility of teams to compete, seeding and format are under the jurisdiction of the District, State, and Regional Commissioners and the National Commissioner.
  4. Babe Ruth Softball, Rule 1.11 (h) - Uniforms for team managers and coaches – The team manager and coaches will be required to wear identical uniforms consisting of the following: (1) a shirt in the same colors as the team’s uniform, (2) dress shorts or pants of the same style and in the same colors as the team’s uniform, and (3) athletic footwear including running shoes, sneakers, cleats and excluding open toed footwear.
  5. Babe Ruth Softball, Rule 11.06 –Note - The eligibility of teams to compete, seeding and format are under the jurisdiction of the District, State, and Regional Commissioners and the National Commissioner.

 

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

NEW ADDRESS:

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